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Stories from Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Engineer quits amid Ill. porn investigation (07/06/05)
Josh Richardson started work for the city of Cape Girardeau on May 15. Cape Girardeau city engineer Josh Richardson resigned Friday amid an investigation by the Illinois attorney general's office of pornographic images found on a computer in the McDonough County, Ill., highway department, where Richardson previously worked...
Traffic accident results in power loss in Cape (07/06/05)
More than 200 homes in Cape Girardeau were temporarily without power Tuesday night after a truck struck a utility pole in the 100 block of Clark Avenue, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department and AmerenUE. The accident occurred around 7 p.m. and no one was injured in the accident, said police. When the truck struck the utility pole a transformer was blown, causing a chain reaction that initially took out power to 243 homes...
Family files complaint on Cape police (07/06/05)
An injured Cape Girardeau police sergeant was back on the job Tuesday, but some bystanders at a Fourth of July altercation involving him claim police used excessive force and uttered racial slurs and other pejoratives. A group of relatives who live in Cape Girardeau and St. ...
Body discovered near Commerce (07/06/05)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- The discovery of a body near Commerce has resulted in a murder investigation as authorities believe the man was a victim of foul play. According to Scott County chief deputy Thomas Beardslee, the body of a white male, probably in his 60s, was recovered Tuesday afternoon adjacent to the riverbank north of Commerce...
Talent urges moving toward renewable fuel sources (07/06/05)
Senator backs production of fuel from agricultural products like corn or soybeans. U.S. Sen. Jim Talent was in Jackson on Tuesday to address voters on a new energy bill recently passed in the Senate, aimed at reducing American dependence on foreign oil...
Interchange means new street for Cape (07/06/05)
Construction of the new East Main Street interchange on Interstate 55 will pave the way for a new entrance road for the city of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri State University's planned life sciences research park and a new outer road along the east side of the interstate...
Fourth of July leaves messes to be cleaned up (07/06/05)
If Monday night was the party, Tuesday morning was the hangover. Those who had the most fun on the Fourth of July in Cape Girardeau and Jackson were also left with the most work to do, getting up early to rid their neighborhoods and communities of fallen fireworks, paper plates and other tossed-out trash...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
Public hearing n Held a public hearing regarding the request of Dalhousie LLC to rezone The Lochs Subdivision on the southern end of the proposed development at the Dalhousie Golf Club to R-2, single-family residential district. Consent ordinances (Second and third readings)...
23 counties placed under drought alert (07/06/05)
From staff, wire reports Cape Girardeau County is one of several in Southeast Missouri placed under a drought alert by Gov. Matt Blunt Tuesday. The alert covers 23 Missouri counties in the southeast, south-central and northeast parts of the state. The counties are Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Pike, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, Ste. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne...
Tornado warning system being tested today (07/06/05)
The city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University will conduct a test of their tornado warning siren system at noon today. The test is done on the first Wednesday of each month and will last about three minutes. The test will not be conducted in the case of threatening weather. The alert will consist of a steady tone and is used when tornado warnings have been issued for Cape Girardeau County...
Governor signs bill to spur job growth (07/06/05)
Companies that create jobs can keep part of state income taxes paid by their employees. As Gov. Matt Blunt signed an economic stimulus bill into law Tuesday, economic development officials said companies are already expressing interest in creating new jobs in Missouri in order to take advantage of the measure's financial incentives...
Dexter resident sees cancer battle as team effort (07/06/05)
Mike Keathley is on the road to recovery following colon cancer. DEXTER, Mo. -- In the Boy Scout Law, it is stated, "A Scout is true to his family," "A Scout looks for the bright side of things," and "A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle."...
City courts try out stun belts (07/06/05)
ST. LOUIS -- City courts will test stun belts during trials of some defendants who are perceived to be a danger or flight risk, officials said. The belt, which is mostly or fully hidden, can incapacitate a person for up to eight seconds with the push of a button...
High-profile designers to make McDonald's uniforms more hip (07/06/05)
The fast-food chain has an ongoing effort to reshape its image. CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp.'s work force is about to get an extreme makeover. The nation's largest fast food chain plans to work with high-profile fashion designers -- Tommy Hilfiger and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs are among the top targets -- to create trendy, stylish employee uniforms...
Much of state still hurting for rain (07/06/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Despite good amounts of rain last week in northern and western Missouri, most of the rest of the state is still hurting, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday. Farmers averaged 5.7 days suitable for field work last week...
Duncan tied up three found slain in Idaho before abducting children (07/06/05)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Eight-year-old Shasta Groene told authorities that a man later identified as a violent sexual predator tied up her family before she and her 9-year-old brother were taken away in a pickup truck, according to court papers released Tuesday...
Louisiana, Florida Panhandle prepare for tropical storms Cindy and Dennis (07/06/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- Scattered rain spread into the Gulf Coast states on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Cindy strengthened and headed toward land, and communities and oil companies started taking precautions. A second weather system was gaining tropical storm strength in the Caribbean and forecasters warned it could hit Florida later in the week...
Bush considers candidates for Supreme Court court (07/06/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has had more than four years to think about what he wants in a Supreme Court justice and he has revealed a few clues about his ideal candidate and how he'll make the selection. Since Bush's first campaign for president, court watchers have been talking about how he could have the opportunity to shape the aging court. But Bush has been tightlipped when asked for specifics about whom he would pick...
No tornado deaths in April, May, June (07/06/05)
WASHINGTON -- For the first time since record-keeping started in 1950 no one was killed by a tornado in April, May or June. Normally those are the top months for tornadoes with an average of 52 fatalities, sometimes many more. April was about average with 137 tornadoes. May was way below average with 134 tornadoes. There were 299 twisters in June...
Insurgents mount attacks against Arab and Muslim diplomats in Iraq (07/06/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents mounted attacks against Arab and Muslim diplomats in Iraq on Tuesday, wounding Bahrain's top envoy in a kidnapping attempt. Pakistan's ambassador also escaped an assault on his convoy. The attacks came three days after gunmen seized Egypt's top envoy to Iraq as he was buying a newspaper in the capital, appearing to signal an insurgent campaign to discourage Islamic countries from bolstering ties with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government...
Militants storm Hindu shrine in India (07/06/05)
LUCKNOW, India -- Militants blew up a security wall with a car bomb and stormed a Hindu shrine at the heart of India's biggest religious controversy Tuesday, triggering a gunbattle in which security forces killed five attackers. Hindu nationalists blamed Pakistan-based Muslim militants for the first major attack on a Hindu temple site since 2002. Police didn't blame any group...
World briefs 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
Explosion tears through police post in Dagestan MAKHACHKALA, Russia -- An explosion tore through a police post in the southern Russian region of Dagestan Tuesday, killing at least one officer and wounding three, a regional police spokeswoman said. The blast took place in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, said Marina Riasulova, a spokeswoman for the regional Interior Ministry...
45,000 soldiers, police to evacuate 9,000 Gaza settlers (07/06/05)
JERUSALEM -- Israel plans to send 45,000 troops to evacuate 9,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip and part of test Bank, Israel's defense minister said Tuesday -- a massive deployment that reflects concern some resistance to the pullout might be violent...
Pakistan's top envoy to Iraq attacked in Baghdad (07/06/05)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Gunmen attacked a convoy carrying the Pakistani ambassador home from work Tuesday in Baghdad, but the diplomat was not injured. It was the third attack on a foreign diplomat in less than a week in Iraq. The envoy, Mohammed Younis Khan, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that gunmen riding in two cars fired on his convoy in the Mansour district of the Iraqi capital...
U.N. hands over documents in oil-for-food probe (07/06/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations will give oil-for-food investigators informal notes from meetings about the program, having received no objection from the council's 15 members, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday. Secretary-General Kofi Annan gave the council until Tuesday to voice opposition to his plan to turn over the documents...
Jackson Babe Ruth sweeps Chaffee in district twinbill (07/06/05)
Jackson's Babe Ruth baseball team swept a doubleheader on the road at Chaffee on Tuesday. Jackson won 9-6 and 16-1 in five innings. Overall, Jackson improved to 22-5 and 12-2 in district play. Kyle Brown pitched all seven innings in the opener for Jackson. Brown allowed four hits, four earned runs and struck out six. Ryan Watkins and Sam Lincoln had three hits apiece. Travis Niswonger and Sam Sander had two hits apiece...
Jackson notches a wild victory (07/06/05)
Walks and hit batters were abundant in a 10-5 win over Perryville. Southeast Missourian Control was the name of the game Tuesday in the opener of a doubleheader between Jackson and Perryville in an American Legion contest at Jackson. Jackson starter Cameron Heath and Perryville starter Jacob Donze both had their share of struggles. Heath walked nine batters in 2 2/3 innings. Donze gave up five free passes and hit three batters as well...
Cape Tigers stand at 4-2 in Cooperstown tourney (07/06/05)
The Cape Girardeau Tigers 12-and-under baseball team opened play at the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y., by winning four of its first six games. The Tigers will complete pool play this morning in the 80-team tournament. Elimination bracket games begin this afternoon and the tournament concludes Thursday...
Confusion, Huskey reign at run (07/06/05)
The Cape Girardeau runner finished No. 1 among 254 entrants. Southeast Missourian Lost somewhere in the confusion of an unexpectedly large crowd of runners for Monday's Independence Day 5K run at Jackson City Park was one very important fact: the winner...
He's human -- barely: Tiger Woods returns to No. 1 despite uncommon gaffes (07/06/05)
Tiger Woods has returned to No. 1 despite uncommon gaffes The record indicates that Tiger Woods is having a big year. He already has won three times, including the Masters for his first major since 2002, and he has finished in the top three in seven of his 13 starts on the PGA Tour. He has returned to No. 1 in the world. And when Woods says his game is coming together, no one rolls his eyes...
IOC to reveal site for 2012 Summer Games (07/06/05)
SINGAPORE -- A return to Paris for the first time since 1924? Back to London after more than half a century? A first for the Big Apple? Another fiesta in Spain? A reward for the new Russia? After all the global campaigning, furious lobbying and last-minute pitches by world leaders and sports celebrities, the most glamorous and hotly contested Olympic bid race in history will be decided today when the International Olympic Committee chooses among Paris, London, New York, Madrid and Moscow to be the host city for the 2012 Summer Games.. ...
Armstrong slips on the yellow (07/06/05)
The six-time champion is the overall leader after winning time trial. BLOIS, France -- Lance Armstrong's Discovery Channel squad won the team time trial at the Tour de France on Tuesday, handing the six-time champion the yellow jersey as overall race leader...
Redbirds fly past Arizona, win 7-1 (07/06/05)
Pujols extended his hitting streak to 17 games. PHOENIX -- Albert Pujols drove in two runs with three hits -- including a double and his 22nd homer -- to extend his hitting streak to 17 games and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-1 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night...
Sports briefs 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
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Practical and personalized: Cross-stitched bibs make for simple but unique baby gift (07/06/05)
It seems everyone's having a baby these days. I suppose I'm at the age where that begins. Most of my friends have been paired off long enough to reach that stage. And, as a single, I bear the burden of buying for baby alone. I've bought expensive dresses to wear in their weddings, and I've thrown high-priced bridal showers. I refuse to pitch in on another $200 changing table. I've reached my limit. My mom used the floor, it was free, and I turned out just fine...
Conspiracy theories (07/06/05)
There's a conspiracy going on, and I'm going to expose it if I have to befriend and betray every hairstylist in the area. Here's how it works: You go to the salon and get a new hairstyle. Maybe you get just a trim. Either way, when it is finished, you look beautiful. You have a nagging doubt that you may never look the same way again, or at least until you return to the salon for your next appointment...
Spice up grilled meat with new marinades (07/06/05)
Barbecue and grilling meat out is a favorite of our family year-round. We have been known to be out grilling during rain and snow, and it doesn't bother us a bit. I was really excited about the mail I received this week because it will allow us to try something new on the grill...
Louise Beeson (07/06/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Louise E. Sturm Hafley Beeson, 90, of Perryville died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born April 25, 1915, at Mount Vernon, Ind., daughter of Francis L. and Lilly Love Crowder Sturm. She and Marvin Lee Hafley were married Dec. 24, 1931. He died on Oct. 5, 1957. She and Karl Beeson were married Oct. 26, 1996, and he died on Feb. 18, 2002...
Louise Bishop (07/06/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Louise P. Bishop, 85, formerly of Perryville, died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Cedar Pavilion Nursing Home in Cedar Hill, Mo. She was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Dixie, Ark., daughter of Luther and Pearl Davis Phillips. She and W.C. Bishop were married in October 1949. He died March 25, 1983...
Cleo Brune (07/06/05)
LIXVILLE, Mo. -- Cleo P. Brune, 77, of Lixville died Monday, July 4, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, at Friedheim, Mo., son of O.H. and Mellie Crites Brune. Brune was a farmer. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church at Friedheim, member of Lutheran Men's Club, and a church trustee...
Wanda Cook (07/06/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Wanda Jane Cook, 75, of Anna died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at City Care Center. She was born April 12, 1929, in Anna, daughter of Lee and Cora Pearce Brimm. She and Herschel Summers were married in 1928 in Anna. He died in September 1985. She later married John Cook in Anna...
Jane Smith (07/06/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Jane Smith, 94, of Cairo died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Superior Care Nursing Home in Paducah, Ky. She was the daughter of Edwin and Ruth Hudson Halliday. She married James Persell Smith. Smith was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah, and Magnolia Manor Patrons Club. She was a former member of Church of the Redeemer in Cairo...
Zulema Fulkerson (07/06/05)
Zulema Fulkerson, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Conway County, Ark., daughter of Irving and Ella Bryant Harrington. She and Glenn Dallas Fulkerson were married Aug. 28, 1942, at Charleston, Mo...
Barbara Shaw (07/06/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Barbara Anita Shaw, 73, of Sikeston died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of Elmer Clinton and Ida Estelle Curtis Hensley. She and Gene T. Shaw were married Nov. 23, 1963, in St. Louis...
John Lee Jr. (07/06/05)
MORLEY, Mo. -- John Robert "J.R." Lee Jr., 93, of Morley died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 3, 1912, at Morley, son of John Robert and Tillie Deiters Lee Sr. He and Olivia Gennell Huffstutter were married Nov. 28, 1943, in Cape Girardeau...
Christena Pobst (07/06/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Christena Marie Pobst, 86, of Oran died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 25, 1918, at Oran, daughter of Joseph and Mary Gosche Hahn. She and Louis M. Pobst were married on April 22, 1941, and he died on Aug. 26, 2000...
Verlin Statler (07/06/05)
Verlin L. "Fat" Statler, 76, of St. Charles, Mo., died Monday, July 4, 2005, at his home. He was born April 27, 1929, at Sedgewickville, son of Adolph and Ida Statler. He married Helen Kurre. Statler was a supervisor of planning at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 241 AF&AM and VFW Post 4219...
Florence Howard (07/06/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Florence Lee Howard, 79, of Sikeston died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at her home. Howard was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Huntianna, Miss., daughter of the late Rodger and Mamie Williams. She and George Howard were married in 1942. He died on Nov. 27, 1983...
Al Meadows (07/06/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Al Meadows, 91, of Cairo died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at Jennie Stuart Hospital in Hopkinsville, Ky. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Bilek (07/06/05)
Edward L. Bilek, 77, of Millersville died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
William Mehrle (07/06/05)
William K. Mehrle, 47, of Lutz, Fla., died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at his home. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Bettie Mehrle of Sun City West, Ariz.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Deborah and Darrell Kitchen and Jane and Scott Koch, all of Cape Girardeau...
Wanda Fletcher (07/06/05)
GIDEON, Mo. -- Wanda Maxine duBarry Fletcher, 80, of Gideon died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at Twin Rivers Hospital in Kennett, Mo. She loved her family, her home, her friends, her church and country. Those that knew her and loved her called her by many different names, "Maxine," "Mother," "Grandmother," and "Mimur"...
Edward Hahn (07/06/05)
Edward "Ed" Hahn, 94, of Jackson passed away Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Lutheran Residential Care East in Cape Girardeau, where he and his wife had resided since June 3. He was born May 28, 1911, in Millersville, son of John and Lucinda Stroder Hahn. He and Lillian Brown were married July 13, 1932, in Jackson. They would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this July 13...
Eldon Maloney (07/06/05)
Eldon Ernest Maloney, 59, of Jackson died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ray and Wilma C. Williams Maloney. Maloney had been a carpenter for Ray Davault, Brown and Root Construction, and operated a lawn service...
Cape fire report 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 9:24 p.m., a grass fire at 2145 Independence. * At 10:37 p.m., a citizen assist at the 2200 block of Cambridge Drive. * At 11:01 p.m., an emergency medical service at the 2200 block of Cambridge Drive...
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
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Out of the past 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
25 years ago: July 6, 1980 Faith Christian Academy, a ministry of Faith Baptist Temple, is planning to begin a 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten program this fall; school will open for classes Aug. 18, with full day classes for first through 12th grade and a half-day of classes for kindergarten; principal of the school is Marvin Wormington...
Waving the banner: NAACP criticism of Confederate flag unwarranted (07/06/05)
Being a Southern heritage activist, I have been closely following the news stories about the return of the Confederate flag in Missouri. Notice that I choose my words carefully and deliberately. I refuse to refer to the subject of the Confederate flag as an "issue," and for good reason...
Anti-litter letters (07/06/05)
Along with the fireworks and cookouts, this year's Fourth of July was special in another way: It was the deadline set by area communities to be litter free after weeks of cleanup activities and getting out the word about the litter problem and ways to beautify the area...
Speak Out 7/6/05 (07/06/05)
Correction needed; Recruiting rhetoric; Military thinker; In harm's way; More than you need; Fireworks rule; Bad analogy; Still some wrinkles; Neighborhood display; Proud of brown; Still honorable; But no new taxes; Thanks for celebration
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