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Stories from Monday, July 25, 2005

Road projects await passage of TTF3 issue (07/25/05)
Cape Girardeau would move ahead with nine major road projects if city voters approve a half-cent sales tax measure, Transportation Trust Fund 3, on the Aug. 2 ballot. Here's what would be done: LaSalle Avenue: The most expensive project on the list, it could cost more than $3.1 million...
Hot weather adds to load for those under the sun (07/25/05)
Outside work requires caution amid blistering temperatures. Hot enough for ya? Try working in it. While many area residents are grumbling about the sweltering 95-degree days, those who do back-breaking labor under the scorching Southeast Missouri sun really have something to gripe about...
Transportation sales tax vital, officials say (07/25/05)
Cape Girardeau roadways, current and future, relying on sales tax extension. Cape Girardeau's transportation sales tax is necessary when it comes to fixing city streets and building new ones, city officials say. Without it, the city would be hard-pressed just to maintain existing streets, much less build new ones to serve growing residential and commercial areas...
Schools readying to open (07/25/05)
New equipment and tidying up signal preparations for classes. As the hottest days of summer slip by, children are unlikely to focus on what they need to do to be ready for school. But the men and women who keep area school buildings in shape are thinking a lot about what they need to do to be ready for the children...
Scouts pledge their support to troops during encampment (07/25/05)
Money to purchase Army and Air Force Exchange Service cards and phone cards was collected at the weeklong Boy Scout Camp held at Cape County Park South as a community service project. The Cub Scouts and Webelos typically work on skills like firing BB guns, building fires, tying knots and pitching tents through hands-on activities which help them earn badges. ...
Nation briefs 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
Rain eases fire threat in southern Utah; NASA will launch shuttle regardless of fuel gauge; White House won't release all Roberts' documents
World briefs 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
U.S. military employ poor Afghans for rebuilding; Sharon: 'unprecedented' measures may be taken
Survivors gather to mark tragedy of ship's sinking (07/25/05)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Survivors of one of the final Naval tragedies of World War II gathered this weekend to honor hundreds of crewmates from the USS Indianapolis who were killed when their ship was torpedoed, leaving hundreds of sailors adrift on the Pacific Ocean amid circling sharks...
Community digiest 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
Red House holds meeting today to recruit docents The Red House Interpretive Center is holding a recruiting meeting today at 3 p.m. for volunteer docents. Dressed in period clothing, docents/guides tell the story of Louis Lorimier and show visitors what life was like here in 1803. New docents will receive training and information...
Bond seeks additional $50M for new K.C. bridge (07/25/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Kit Bond is trying to secure an additional $50 million to replace a bridge spanning the Missouri River that is a major artery into downtown. Although the 51-year-old Paseo Bridge already is undergoing $21 million in repairs, Missouri transportation officials have long believed the bridge needs to be replaced. ...
Vietnam veteran keeps vow to buddy, returns keepsake after 35 years (07/25/05)
MOUNT VERNON, Ky. -- Richard Hines traveled to eastern Kentucky from Michigan to keep a 35-year-old promise to an Army buddy. Hines' pledge: return an old Bowie knife to David Chaney's family in Rockcastle County. "I made a promise," Richard Hines said, standing by David Chaney's grave on Saturday, "and I'm here to keep that promise."...
Blunt, McCaskill both want to better government, so what's the difference? (07/25/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt says he wants to make government more efficient. He has even appointed a special commission to do so. State Auditor Claire McCaskill says she also wants to make government more efficient. That's why she does performance audits -- going beyond financial accounting to recommend management changes in state agencies...
Senate poised to vote on repealing estate taxes (07/25/05)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans will push for a vote this week on permanently repealing the estate tax even though the GOP appears to lack enough support to get past Democrats' objections. The tax has fallen as a result of gradually escalating exemptions and decreasing rates since President Bush's tax cut in 2001...
Hiker rescued, survives five days in lava field in Hawaii (07/25/05)
WAIMEA, Hawaii -- A hiker lost for five days in a lava field near a volcano says he survived by drinking water he squeezed from moss in a mostly barren landscape. Gilbert Dewey Gaedcke III, 41, was rescued Friday afternoon after a teenager on a helicopter tour spotted him stumbling across the rocky lava, trying to attract attention with a mirror from his camera...
New York's Penn Station evacuated after bomb scare (07/25/05)
NEW YORK -- A bomb scare emptied the nation's busiest commuter rail station Sunday for about an hour, disrupting service on trains and subways. The midday threat at Pennsylvania Station arose after someone threw a backpack at an Amtrak ticket agent and said it was a bomb, said Marissa Baldeo, a spokeswoman for New York City Transit...
Teamsters, SEIU to abandon AFL-CIO; part of four-union rift (07/25/05)
Coalition leaders seemed to be establishing the group as a newly minted rival of the AFL-CIO. CHICAGO -- Jolting organized labor, the Teamsters and a massive service employees' union decided Sunday to bolt the AFL-CIO, paving way for two other labor groups to sever ties in the movement's biggest schism since the 1930s...
Young people are upping the ante on dangerous stunts (07/25/05)
Two young people have died in Idaho, each suspected of trying to catch a buzz by cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Also in recent weeks, a college student in Kentucky and another youth in Michigan have fallen to their deaths while "surfing" atop moving vehicles...
Egyptian resort attacks were highly coordinated, investigators say (07/25/05)
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- The bombers who carried out Egypt's worst-ever terrorist attack appear to have entered this Red Sea resort in pickup trucks loaded with explosives that were hidden under vegetables, security officials said Sunday. Police were searching for three suspects believed to have survived the bombings...
Earthquake hits off Indian coast; Thailand issues tsunami warning (07/25/05)
NEW DELHI -- A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit India's southern Nicobar Islands on Sunday, triggering panic in the islands and prompting Thailand to issue a tsunami warning for the region devastated by December's earthquake and tsunami. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages. ...
Suicide car bomber kills at least 22 people in Iraq (07/25/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives outside a Baghdad police station Sunday, killing at least 22 people in the country's deadliest attack in a week. Separate attacks killed a U.S. soldier and a Marine, the U.S. military said...
Frustrated Muslim youths targeted by extremists (07/25/05)
The bombings in London have put pressure on Muslims to find potential terrorists in their midst. LONDON -- Field trips, soccer matches and art exhibitions -- those are some of the activities British Muslim leaders are proposing to reach out to disaffected youths in the hope of preventing them from falling prey to extremist recruiters...
Heartland teams reach Babe Ruth World Series (07/25/05)
The Heartland 10-and-under girls softball team advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series as it won its Babe Ruth regional on Sunday, defeating Neosho Valley, Kan., 7-1 in the championship game in Burlington, Colo. Summer Burger picked up the victory on the mound...
Phillips claims Jaycee tournament (07/25/05)
Kent Phillips of Cape Girardeau overcame the heat and a double-bogey, double-bogey start to win the championship flight of the 2005 Auffenberg Chrysler Men's Individual Tournament Sunday at the Cape Girardeau Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. Phillips, a member of Kimbeland Country Club and a former member of the Southeast Missouri State University golf team, finished with a two-day total of 141. ...
Watson captures Senior British Open in three-hole playoff (07/25/05)
Tom Watson had already won the British Open twice before he figured out the nuances of links golf. So there was no better place for him to end a two-year drought on the Champions Tour. In Aberdeen, Scotland, no less. Watson matched Des Smyth along the back nine at Royal Aberdeen, then won a sudden-death playoff with par on the third extra hole Sunday to capture the Senior British Open for his fourth senior major...
Padres' Nevin mulls veto power in trade for Orioles' Ponson (07/25/05)
SAN DIEGO -- Padres slugger Phil Nevin has until Tuesday night to decide whether to accept a proposed trade to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson. Nevin flew home from Philadelphia with the NL West-leading Padres after they lost their seventh straight game, and planned to spend today's off day discussing the deal with his family...
Busch turns in dominating day, wins Pennsylvania 500 (07/25/05)
LONG POND, Pa. -- Kurt Busch kept his poise with NASCAR's two grizzled veterans pushing hard down the stretch. Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin were both determined to leave Pocono for good as winners. Instead, Busch spoiled the going away party and kept moving toward another Nextel Cup title...
Phelps flounders early on first day (07/25/05)
MONTREAL -- Michael Phelps stood at the edge of the pool deck, cheering on his teammates and happily thrusting both arms in the air when the Americans finished off a dominating victory. Quite a change from his mood a few hours earlier. On a stunning day for the world's best swimmer, Phelps was a flop in the morning -- he couldn't even get past the preliminaries -- but a winner again by Sunday evening...
Lance rides into the sunset a champion (07/25/05)
PARIS -- He stood stock still, right hand covering his heart, and listened to his national anthem being played along the wide boulevard of the Champs-Elysees for a seventh and final time. And just like that, it was over. The moment Lance Armstrong had alternately dreaded and dreamed about in the deepest reaches of his competitive soul hit him full force. He stared straight ahead and drew his lips tight, the only way he knew to keep the tears from being loosed...
Macomb deals with withdrawals (07/25/05)
The former host town of the Rams' training camp loses money and luster. MACOMB, Ill. -- Longtime fan Randall Barnwell recently picked up three St. Louis Rams jerseys for just $55 at a shop in downtown Macomb, where blue-and-gold souvenirs are selling at cut-rate prices since the team moved its summer training camp after being here for nine years...
Cubs slam 8-4 loss on Redbirds (07/25/05)
Neifi Perez belted a 10-inning grand slam to lift Chicago. ST. LOUIS -- Neifi Perez took a big swing and hoped for the best. "I hit the ball thinking it was going to go foul," he said. "Thank God it didn't." Perez hit his second career grand slam in the 10th inning, after the Cubs blew a one-run lead with two outs in the ninth, and Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 on Sunday night...
Armstrong closes out career with win No. 7 (07/25/05)
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong closed out his amazing career with a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory Sunday -- and did it a little earlier than expected. Because of wet conditions, race organizers stopped the clock as Armstrong and the main pack entered Paris. Although riders were still racing, with eight laps of the Champs-Elysees to complete, organizers said that Armstrong had officially won...
Sports briefs 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
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Getting to the bottom of the Tower Club (07/25/05)
Q: What is the Tower Club at the Hirsch Building that is so secretive? A: "The Tower Club is a group of businessmen and leaders in the community who get together for lunch once a week on the eleventh floor of the KFVS Tower," said Harry Rediger, former J.C. Penney manager and heralded community leader. Rediger is secretary-treasurer of the organization...
New Drury Inn still in plans, but on hotel hold (07/25/05)
The year 2003 was a big one for hotel announcements. But announcements, like life, are subject to change. That was the case two years ago when St. Louis-based Drury Inns Inc. unveiled plans for a new 180-room hotel at Interstate 55 and Highway 74. Earlier in the year Midamerica Hotels made a splash with word that it was going to raze the 40-year-old Holiday Inn and replace it with a sleek, new Holiday Inn Express...
A twist on takeout (07/25/05)
For Cindy Berry, the "aha!" moment came in 2002 as she sat by the pool reading a magazine article about Dream Dinners, a new meal-assembly store in Seattle where customers could prepare a month's worth of food in about two hours. "They had a commercial kitchen, high-quality ingredients and signature sauces," Berry said. "I thought it would be so nice to have something around here that would be so accessible."...
Business memo 07/25/05 (07/25/05)
Kontek Industries gets Maryland business NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Kontek Industries announced last week that Maryland has selected Kontek as an approved vendor for the manufacturing of secure communications shelters for upgrading and expansion of its statewide communication system for emergency services, law enforcement and first responders. Kontek has also been working with the state of New Mexico to upgrade and expand its statewide communication system for the past year...
People on the move 07/25/05 (07/25/05)
Doctor attends program on spine in California Dr. Kevin A. Vaught, with the Brain and NeuroSpine Clinic of Missouri, recently attended an invitation-only program titled "Global Spine" in San Francisco. The program educated and trained surgeons in the use of Medtronic products for the treatment of spine disorders. While 113 physicians from around the world attended the program, Vaught was the only one from Missouri. He has offices in Cape Girardeau and Perryville, Mo...
Electronics giant Sanyo goes from profit to loss (07/25/05)
TOKYO -- When a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jarred Sanyo Electric Co.'s chip-making plant in northern Japan last October, reversing the company's profit forecast to a massive loss, it was a crowning blow to an electronics giant already rattled by plunging prices and sinking stock...
Women a neglected market for video games (07/25/05)
Men account for 70 percent of players in an industry worth billions of dollars. SAN FRANCISCO -- Tara Teich enjoys nothing more than slipping into the role of a female video game character. But the 26-year-old software programmer gets annoyed by the appearance of such digital alter egos as the busty tomb raider Lara Croft or the belly-baring Wu the Lotus Blossom of "Jade Empire."...
Gettie Chiles (07/25/05)
Minor, Mo. -- Gettie Louise Chiles, 60, of Minor died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at Transition Care in Minor. She was born Oct. 4, 1944, in Chaffee, Mo., daughter of the late Curtis and Martha Aldina Treece Chiles. Chiles was a past member of Cape First Church...
Viola Drum (07/25/05)
Viola S. Drum, 86, of Millersville died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Millersville, daughter of Omar and Reva Yates Stearns. She and Wilson Drum were married Oct. 26, 1935. He died Feb. 20, 1995...
Fire report 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls on Saturday: * At 6:08 p.m., illegal burn at 225 Marlin Drive. * At 6:34 p.m., emergency medical service at South West End Blvd. * At 8:01 p.m., fire alarm at 1105 Linden St. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday:...
Police reports 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
25 years ago: July 25, 1980 Police come up empty-handed after searching a small pond in Shawnee Park, in the south part of the city, for the body of Dr. Margaret Smith, the 73-year-old former university instructor who has been missing for more than two weeks...
Eminent domain (07/25/05)
The Joplin Globe Gov. Matt Blunt, obviously upset at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the New London, Conn., eminent domain case, has appointed a nine-member state task force to recommend ways Missouri can prevent or, at least, make unlikely similar instances of municipal governments taking private land for private development...
Churches unite (07/25/05)
Often in their zeal to do good, churches go far afield to help people in need, ministering to impoverished people in Appalachia or building schools in Latin America. In Cape Girardeau, two congregations have launched a mission in their own back yard...
Speak Out 7/25/05 (07/25/05)
Theocracy ahead?; Upset in Jackson; Hopeless statement; Sidewalks are great
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