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Stories from Friday, July 15, 2005

Blunt chooses extra session for flawed laws (07/15/05)
Governor vetoes bills on lobbyist disclosure. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When Missouri governors are presented with bills that on the whole they want to sign but which contain serious flaws, they frequently exercise their veto power and call on the legislature to pass clean versions the following year...
National education test shows mixed results (07/15/05)
Secondary students need more attention, tests show. WASHINGTON -- The nation's 9-year-olds last year posted their best scores in the building-block subjects of reading and math in more than three decades. Older students didn't fare as well. At the same time, achievement gaps between racial groups narrowed, according to results of the 2004 National Assessment of Educational Progress announced Thursday...
Rehnquist says he will not retire from Supreme Court (07/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- Squelching rumors of his retirement, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said Thursday he will continue heading the court as long his health permits. "I'm not about to announce my retirement," he said. Rehnquist released the statement hours after being released from an Arlington, Va., hospital after being treated for two days with a fever...
Broadway project to cause traffic detour (07/15/05)
ROAD CLOSING Broadway to have detour today Broadway from Pacific Street to Henderson Avenue will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to noon today to allow for construction work on the Broadway widening project. Detour signs will be posted and motorists will be encouraged to use alternate routes, said acting city engineer Abdul Alkadry...
Cuts could end drug task force (07/15/05)
Bush has proposed cuts that put local drug enforcement units at risk. Kevin Glaser knows he's fighting a battle that can't be won. Every day Glaser and other police personnel struggle against a relentless enemy who won't stop until it gets what it wants -- methamphetamine. And when one meth maker or distributor is thrown behind bars, there's at least one other ready to take that one's place...
Southeast Missouri dog show starts early with test of good behavior (07/15/05)
About 700 of man's best friends will gather in Cape Girardeau this weekend for the Southeast Missouri Kennel Club Dog Shows, but a few amateurs and professionals are getting started early. The annual dog shows officially begin Saturday morning, but the Southeast Missouri Kennel Club Inc. ...
Region/state digest 07/15/05 (07/15/05)
Poplar Bluff High School dropping ID badges POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff High School administrators have decided to repeal last year's controversial policy requiring all students and staff to wear photo IDs on campus. "We wanted to try something to increase safety and we thought we had a good plan," said superintendent Randy Winston, "but it wound up not working." Many students attached bright orange "worn under protest" stickers to their tags. ...
Land mine kills Missouri soldier (07/15/05)
FORDLAND, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri soldier killed in Iraq this week on his second tour of duty had matured during his first stint there, one of Sgt. Timothy J. Sutton's former teachers said. "He was not much of a patriot before he left, but he was when he got back," said Richard Faber, who taught Sutton at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. "He was a lot more mature and serious."...
Georgia man shoots postal worker to get out of debt (07/15/05)
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Earl Lazenby had delivered mail for years to the aging brown home with overgrown plants in the yard and a National Rifle Association sticker on the front door. The home's owner was always friendly, sometimes chatting with Lazenby at the grocery store...
House approves new Mississippi River locks (07/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- The House voted to approve the nation's costliest waterway navigation project Thursday, a $3.6 billion undertaking to ease shipping on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Environmental and taxpayer groups have opposed the project...
First U.S. Vioxx trial begins (07/15/05)
ANGLETON, Texas -- Merck & Co. traded its mission of healing and treating sickness for relentless marketing and pursuit of profits, a plaintiff's lawyer in the nation's first Vioxx-related lawsuit to go to trial told jurors Thursday. Mark Lanier, representing widow Carol Ernst, displayed the phrase "Merck-y ethics" on a large screen and promised to skewer the judgment of a company he said knew the popular painkiller could be dangerous years before a study showed it could double risk of heart attack or stroke. ...
Hurricane builds in southeastern Caribbean (07/15/05)
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Hurricane Emily grew even more powerful Thursday after slamming into Grenada, tearing up crops, flooding streets and striking at homes still under repair from last year's storms. At least one man was killed. The storm strengthened to a dangerous Category 3 as it cleared the Windward Islands, unleashing heavy surf, gusty winds and torrential rains in places hundreds of miles away: Trinidad in the south, nearby Venezuela to the west and Do-minican Republic in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.. ...
Britain falls silent (07/15/05)
Nation responds in aftermath of deadly rush-hour terror attack. LONDON -- Office workers wordlessly filled the streets, construction workers removed their hard hats and London's famous black cabs pulled to the side of the road as Britain paid a silent tribute to the victims of four terrorist bombs that struck a week ago Thursday...
Jackson Legion wins its 11th straight (07/15/05)
The Jackson American Legion team clinched the No. 3 seed in the District 14 tournament with a 6-2 victory Thursday night against Scott County American Legion Post 369 (Medicap). Regardless of the seedings, Jackson (23-12 overall, 3-2 in the district) will enter Monday's district tournament as the hottest team after recording its 11th consecutive victory. ...
Young, Steele top defending champs in playoff (07/15/05)
The duo defeated Myers and Fowler on the second playoff hole at the Lassies Classic. Robyn Young and Leslie Steele stared down two formidable foes in Thursday's playoff of the 27th annual Lassies Classic at Cape Girardeau Country Club. Harriett Myers and Diane Fowler. Six-time champions of the two-woman scramble tournament. Defending champs after claiming the event in a playoff last year...
Jackson seals trip to state tourney (07/15/05)
Jackson's Senior Babe Ruth team faced Cape Girardeau Thursday night at Capaha Field with a chance to clinch a berth in the Senior Babe Ruth Missouri State Tournament. Jackson needed to take just one of two in the doubleheader to earn the berth. Thanks to a complete-game shutout from starter Brandon Stearns, Jackson did just that in the opener, winning 2-0...
Armstrong leads entering critical Pyrenees stages (07/15/05)
MONTPELLIER, France -- Lance Armstrong retained his overall lead in the Tour de France's flat, fast stage 13 on Friday, won by Robbie McEwen in a sprint. The win was McEwen's third of this year's Tour. Armstrong and his main rivals finished together in the stage across southern France before the race heads into the Pyrenees today...
Cause of player's death still not known (07/15/05)
The medical examiner ruled out a few general causes in the death of Aaron O'Neal. COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The death of University of Missouri football player Aaron O'Neal was not caused by infection, trauma or foul play, the Boone County medical examiner said Thursday, but complete autopsy results won't be available for weeks, pending further tests...
Armstrong keeps his lead but loses teammate in crash (07/15/05)
DIGNE-LES-BAINS, France -- Lance Armstrong retained the overall lead but lost a key teammate in a crash as the Tour de France headed out of the Alps following David Moncoutie's victory in Thursday's 12th stage. Moncoutie became the 15th Frenchman since World War II to win on Bastille Day, France's national holiday. It was his second stage win in five Tours...
Marion group agrees to buy Diamondbacks' Class A team (07/15/05)
MARION, Ill. -- The lead investor in a minor-league ballpark rising in Marion, Ill., has agreed to buy a potential home team for the field. A small investment group that includes East Alton attorney John Simmons on Wednesday entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement for the South Bend, Ind., Silver Hawks, the Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks...
World Series of Poker trims field to nine (07/15/05)
LAS VEGAS -- Poker's top players and unknowns were in a high-stakes showdown Thursday, each looking to make the nine-person final table at the World Series of Poker's main event and grab a piece of gambling glory. But not all will be playing Friday after round six of the no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament moved to the legendary Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, where the World Series began 36 years ago...
Tiger pounces on the lead (07/15/05)
Woods quickly stepped to the front with a first-round 66. ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- From behind the seventh green at St. Andrews, all anyone could see was Tiger Woods' head bobbing up and down from the deep bottom of Shell bunker. This was foreign soil for Woods, who famously stayed out of the sand all four rounds when he won the British Open five years ago. ...
Wie keeps Masters hopes alive (07/15/05)
Michelle Wie won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links, meaning the 15-year-old from Hawaii is three wins away from an invitation to the Masters. She birdied three of the final five holes and beat Jim Renner 3 and 1 in her second match of the day. Wie, the first female to qualify for a men's USGA championship, earlier won 6 and 5 over C.D. Hockersmith...
Cause of player's death still not known (07/15/05)
The medical examiner ruled out a few general causes in the death of Aaron O'Neal. COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The death of University of Missouri football player Aaron O'Neal was not caused by infection, trauma or foul play, the Boone County medical examiner said Thursday, but complete autopsy results won't be available for weeks, pending further tests...
Sports briefs 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
Baseball...
First fruits- at last, success in the garden (07/15/05)
For the first time in more than a decade, I'm not whining about free tomatoes. That's because Trapper Joe, Rocker Joe, Roofer Joe has become Farmer Joe. By the way, I got stuck with those other nicknames for good reasons. Last fall I used a live trap to catch seven raccoons that were wreaking havoc on my patio fountain. They: Were thirsty. Thought the goldfish were appetizing. Or wanted to wash their dirty garbage. You pick...
Whose fault is damage caused by a speed bump? (07/15/05)
Dear Tom and Ray: Please respond ASAP! A late-'90s special edition Porsche was driven down a ramp. At the end of the ramp are two speed bumps, 2 feet apart. The first bump is made of concrete and the second one is hard rubber. Neither is more than 2.5 inches high at the center. ...
A minivan that imitates an SUV (07/15/05)
You can test drive cars for a week, read all the articles, and still buy the wrong car if you aren't completely honest with yourself. It happens all the time. How else can you explain the huge trucks and SUVs parked in our driveways? If we chose vehicles strictly on practicality, 90 percent of the cars on the road would be minivans. What other vehicle gives you so much for so little?...
Everybody's a critic: 'Fantastic Four' (07/15/05)
Not having seen a preview of this movie, I didn't know what to expect, especially when the first 15 minutes of the movie didn't seem to be going anywhere. However, once the story unfolded and the "Fantastic Four" came onto the scene, the pace picked up considerably...
At Disney, magic never ages and Mickey remains... (07/15/05)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As Marty Sklar nears the entrance to Disneyland, he pauses, looks up, and reads the plaque that has been there since the park opened on July 17, 1955: "Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy."...
Artifacts 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
Symphony orchestra previews season July 24; Heartland Pops Chorus to perform in capital; Cape La Croix Church to hold benefit concert ; The Donnas will rock out Missouri State Fair; Nashville's Picott playing at Underberg House ; Paducah Summer Festival runs July 22 through 31; Author to visit Depot Museum Tuesday
Fans await magic moment when new Harry Potter book will appear (07/15/05)
Steve Turner is thinking about calling the cops. The store manager at Barnes and Noble Booksellers' Cape Girardeau store has crowd control on his mind front-and-center as he prepares for tonight's midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the series about the boy wizard...
At the theaters 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'; 'Howl's Moving Castle'; 'The Wedding Crashers'; 'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl'; 'Batman Begins'; 'Bewitched'; 'Cinderella Man'; 'Dark Water'; 'Fantastic Four'; 'Herbie: Fully Loaded'; 'The Longest Yard'; 'Madagascar'; 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'; 'The Perfect Man'; 'Star Wars Episode III'; 'War of the Worlds'
Eddie Walton (07/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eddie Walton, 82, of Sikeston died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at his home. He was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Sardis, Miss., son of Ben and Elgenie Walton. He and Willie Etta Pipkins were married Nov. 21, 1942. She died Dec. 11, 2000. Walton worked at Malone and Hyde more than 25 years. He also served as mayor of Haywood City, Mo. He helped build and was an usher at Bowman Street Church. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ...
Farrell Bost (07/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Farrell Bost, 84, of Sikeston died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Hunter Acres Caring Center. He was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Cleveland, Ark., son of J.J. Bost and Pearline Summers Bost. He and Geneva Halbrook were married Aug. 14, 1945, in Cleveland...
Elmer Richardet (07/15/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elmer S. Richardet, 80, of Perryville died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Perry County, Mo., son of John and Elsie Zahner Richardet. He and Leona Schumer were married Sept. 28, 1946, at St. Mary's Seminary...
Wilson Denton (07/15/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wilson Lee Denton, 77, of Libby, Mont., formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Libby Care Center. He was born March 16, 1928, in Essex, Mo., son of James and Elizabeth Sweet Denton. He and Ioma Horn were married Nov. 23, 1946...
Larry Oliver (07/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Larry N. Oliver, 67, of Sikeston died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born April 16, 1938, in East Prairie, Mo., son of E.N. "Fats" and Colene Calhoun Oliver. After graduating from East Prairie High School, he moved with his family to California. He attended college in California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1959, serving two years in active duty and four years in the Army Reserves...
Sylvia Teets (07/15/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Sylvia Marie Cox Teets, 93, of St. Louis, formerly of Advance, departed this life Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in St. Louis. She was born June 10, 1912, at Ardeola, Mo., daughter of Ira and Sallie Dalton Cox. Sylvia and Bryon Teets were united in marriage April 1, 1939, at Benton, Mo. He preceded her in death June 27, 1998...
Helen Coleman (07/15/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Helen Anne Coleman, 86, of Anna died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at her home. She was born March 6, 1919, daughter of Jerry and Anna Novak. She and William Coleman were married on May 23, 1942, in Chicago. He died in 1997. Coleman lived in Kankakee, Ill., before moving to Anna and living there for 10 years. Coleman worked at South Chicago Savings Bank and as a real estate agent, a nurse's aide at Manteno State Hospital and a bookkeeper at Pope Brace Co...
Births 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
Ward; Mansfield; Wipfler; Boehme-Spencer
Fire reports 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * At 7:12 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of North Park Street. * At 8:40 p.m., wires arcing at 906 S. Benton St. * At 9:09 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1923 Emily Court...
Police reports 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
25 years ago: July 15, 1980 Stores selling plastic wading pools and air conditioners are doing a booming business as temperatures continue to climb; yesterday's prediction of 100-plus fell a little short, reaching only 99 degrees; however, high humidity leaves residents in misery...
Protecting the flag (07/15/05)
Often I am asked by reporters, "What harm does it do to burn a flag?" This question usually comes from young men and women, most of whom aren't veterans, and I frequently sense that they really don't understand why this issue is important. Recently, I was asked this question: "Tommy Lasorda told the story of a flag burning during a Dodger game in 1976 where Rick Monday ran out on the field and tore the flag away from a protestor. ...
Disappearing deficit (07/15/05)
Why is it that the dreaded federal budget deficit only commands screaming headlines when it's rising, not falling? And why is it that the deficit is portrayed as a fire-breathing, hydra-headed monster only when the press can portray the villain as "irresponsible tax cuts," not runaway federal spending? We ask these questions in the wake of the great unreported fiscal story of 2005: the shrinking federal deficit. ...
Joy and death in London (07/15/05)
As British officials continue to unravel the terrorist bombings that killed more than 50 innocent bystanders, the world both extends its sympathy for victims of the gutless attacks and ratchets up its sensitivity to future terrorism. Great Britain has been the target of terrorism before, but from internal sources as agitators on the Irish question once relied on brute force and organized mayhem to make their point. ...
Insightful letter has real meaning (07/15/05)
To the editor: After reading Rob Dillon's letter, "Human promise relies on reality," I felt I had finished reading a great book. Thank you for printing such insightful letters which deal with all of us as human beings and children of God. SHAHIN TORABI, Cape Girardeau...
Speak Out 7/15/05 (07/15/05)
The Abbott case; Church is a treasure; Parking problem; Taking action; Trees block signs; Fair and balanced; Great music; Rules for growth; Wasting little time; Time to choose; Possible exoneration; False prophecies; Absurd distinction; Commercial swath; No incentive; Government work
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