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Stories from Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Cape Girardeau police seek two robbery suspects (07/27/05)
Cape Girardeau police haven't been able to identify any suspects in the armed robbery Thursday at the KFC restaurant at 2101 William St. "There are no new developments," patrolman Jason Selzer of the Cape Girardeau police said. Two men entered the restaurant about 9:30 p.m. ...
Congress' energy bill would extend daylight-saving time (07/27/05)
Daylight-saving time would last a month longer under the provision. A federal energy bill would tinker with Americans' clocks, extending daylight-saving time by a month to reduce electricity consumption. The provision is included in a sweeping bill ironed out by House and Senate negotiators who worked into the early hours Tuesday in hopes of getting the legislation wrapped up before Congress departs for its summer recess...
S. Illinois district gets tough with late bills (07/27/05)
Public water district customers racked up $1,200 bills. Officials in a southern Illinois water district have started turning off the faucets of the 6 to 7 percent of its customers who don't pay their water bills, changing from a more lax policy in the past...
Park concert scheduled for 8 p.m. (07/27/05)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band will hold its weekly concert in the park at 8 p.m. today at the Capaha Park band shell. The theme of this week's concert is jazz and swing with special entertainment by the Jerry Ford Orchestra. Selections include "The Show Piece March," "A Big Island Medley" and several Frank Sinatra tunes. In case of rain the concert will be held in Academic Auditorium...
Author, critic discusses modern-day free press (07/27/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The path to a free press no longer lies in the pages of newspapers and magazines, but in the blogosphere, says Terry Teachout. Teachout, a Sikeston native, author and theater and film critic for the Wall Street Journal, delivered his first public lecture in his hometown Tuesday night, spreading a populist message about the changing nature of journalism...
Blunt cuts labor mediation board with executive order (07/27/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt has quietly eliminated a state panel that presided over union elections for public workers and determined the status of collective bargaining units. The executive order, which Blunt signed July 1 without public announcement, shifted the powers and duties of the Missouri State Board of Mediation to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. ...
I-55 to get wider stripes as part of safety project (07/27/05)
Interstate 55 is changing its stripes -- they're getting wider and, transportation officials say, safer. The interstate is among the 2,200 miles of Missouri roadways that will soon be sporting a new look, with brighter, longer-lasting center stripes, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Club news 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
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Sarcoxie man faces murder charges in the shooting of two housesitters (07/27/05)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A man who failed to report to a minimum security center after his release from prison three weeks ago has been charged with killing two men at a home near Sarcoxie during the weekend. John M. Opry, 26, of Sarcoxie, was arrested early Monday morning while walking along a highway in Sarcoxie, Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn said. ...
Some papers pull, edit 'Doonesbury' (07/27/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- About a dozen newspapers have objected to use of toilet humor in Tuesday's and Wednesday's "Doonesbury" comic strip, and some either pulled or edited the strip. Kansas City-based Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes the strip to around 1,400 newspapers, said it had re-ceived some complaints from editors about a caricature of President Bush referring to presidential aide Karl Rove as "turd blossom."...
Forgery charges against Cairo mayor dropped (07/27/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A judge has thrown out felony official misconduct and forgery charges against the mayor, clerk and former treasurer of this small southern Illinois community. Williamson County Judge John Allen Speroni said Monday there was insufficient evidence to try Cairo Mayor Paul Farris, city clerk DeBran Sudduth and former city treasurer Charles McGinnis...
NASA roars to life; debris causes concern (07/27/05)
A 1 1/2-inch piece of tile came off from around a particular vulnerable spot. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA skipped the customary post-launch party Tuesday. The celebrating will have to wait until Discovery and its seven astronauts are safely home. After all, Columbia looked as if it was home free until it shattered on its return to Earth in 2003...
An anxious triumph (07/27/05)
On Jan. 28, 1986, a teacher named Christa McAuliffe was to become the first teacher to explore space. Before entering the Challenger, McAuliffe said she wanted to bring history back to the classroom, to tell her students that NASA was their space program. Millions watched the 37-year-old teacher and six other astronauts die that day as the Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight. NASA didn't reach space again for another three years...
Nation briefs 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
Smart's alleged kidnapper found incompetent for trial SALT LAKE CITY -- The man charged in the kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial Tuesday. The decision will send Brian David Mitchell to a state hospital until he is deemed capable of standing trial. ...
Senate Republicans move to shield gun makers, dealers from lawsuits (07/27/05)
A technical maneuver was used to halt debate on $491 billion defense legislation. WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday moved the National Rifle Association's top priority ahead of a $491 billion defense bill, setting up a vote on legislation to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits over gun crimes...
Study warns of growing water demands (07/27/05)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- At current rates, California's thirst for water will jump by 40 percent over the next 25 years, with much of the water used for landscaping, a new study warns. The Public Policy Institute of California says in the study being released today that population growth will necessitate conservation, water planning and recycling as the West struggles with continuous water shortages...
Blair vows not to yield 'one inch' to terrorists on British foreign policy (07/27/05)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed Tuesday not to "give one inch" on British policies in Iraq or the Middle East, and said his government is determined to toughen laws against terrorists and their supporters in the wake of attacks on London's transit system...
World digest 07/27/05 (07/27/05)
Investigators in Egypt ID suspected bomber's body SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Investigators said Tuesday they have identified a body they suspect is that of a suicide bomber in the weekend attacks that killed scores in this Red Sea resort, saying he was an Egyptian with Islamic militant ties. ...
Pingel: One part player, one part coach (07/27/05)
The record-breaking receiver looks to also make his mark in the coaching profession. Scott Pingel admittedly never had the speed NFL scouts covet, but that hasn't prevented the Perryville native from excelling at many levels of football. Pingel, a 1995 St. Vincent High School graduate, recently completed another sensational season as the top receiver in the National Indoor Football League...
Youngsters increasingly cutting in on Sorenstam's turf (07/27/05)
Annika Sorenstam has not given up on winning the Grand Slam, for no other reason than she is very determined and very good. It just won't happen this year. And considering what has transpired since her dream evaporated in the mile high air at the U.S. Women's Open, she might look back at 2005 as the best chance she ever had to capture all four majors...
A minor find is a major surprise (07/27/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Despite the nuisance created by a pesky nail on the dugout steps at Busch Stadium, it's been a fantastic first week in the major leagues for John Rodriguez. Not long ago, he was just a 27-year-old minor leaguer. Now, he's a daily, productive fixture in the St. ...
Turf being installed in Edward Jones Dome (07/27/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Don't be fooled by the heat -- football season is almost here. And when the St. Louis Rams open preseason play in three weeks, they'll be playing on a new, cushier turf. The old concrete-like artificial surface the Rams have played on -- and complained about -- since arriving in St. Louis in 1995 has been ripped up at the Edward Jones Dome. Installation began July 18 on the new $168,000 FieldTurf and is expected to be complete by Monday...
Boston's Clement hit by line drive (07/27/05)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Clement was hit in the right side of the head by Carl Crawford's line drive Tuesday night and carried from the field on a stretcher. Clement could be seen blinking his eyes when he was placed on the stretcher, and the Red Sox said he was conscious and alert as he was taken to the Bayfront Medical Center near Tropicana Field for further evaluation...
Phelps wins 200 free showdown (07/27/05)
MONTREAL -- Michael Phelps is back. Phelps shook off the disappointment of his first event at the World Swimming Championships with an emphatic victory in the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night, holding off Australian star Grant Hackett. The 20-year-old American hung on when South Africa's Ryk Neethling went out fast, reached the midway point under world-record pace and had enough left to get to the wall ahead of Hackett...
Jury awards damages to Crudup in firing (07/27/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jurors couldn't reach a verdict Monday on whether the Raytown School District discriminated against former Missouri basketball star Jevon Crudup when firing him from a coaching job. But they did decide that the parents of a former player contributed to Crudup's firing as sophomore basketball coach at Raytown South High School, awarding actual damages of $3,249.80, plus another $25,000 in punitive damages...
Knicks offer job to Brown (07/27/05)
The former Pistons coach will likely man the sideline in New York. NEW YORK -- Larry Brown has been offered a contract by the New York Knicks to become the franchise's 22nd head coach, his agent said Tuesday. "An offer has been made, but that doesn't mean a contract has been completed. Nothing has been finalized," said Joe Glass, Brown's longtime agent...
Sports briefs 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
Baseball...
Cure for cold feet (07/27/05)
Is your floor at home tile or linoleum over concrete? That's a built-in formula for cold feet. But there's nothing like the feel of wood plank underfoot. So, deep-six that concrete chill and replace it with the warmth of hardwood flooring. The easiest method is to install factory-finished parquet or laminated hardwood over the concrete. Just make sure it's clean. Then glue it down...
Parents keep their children guessing (07/27/05)
I may never know for sure, but good parenting probably involves the element of surprise. It hit me when a friend at work brought her toddler and infant to the office for everyone to see. I asked Kim how her older son was handling the new baby. "Badly, to tell you the truth," she said. ...
Seafood helps make for a cool summer (07/27/05)
This Recipe Swap column is being read around the globe. We received an email from Clare Gorman in Manchester, England who reads this recipe column and would like to swap recipes with readers here in our area. She has, what she called, "Good ol' fashioned British recipes". ...
Meet the beetles! Get to know Japan's voracious insect (07/27/05)
Over the past several years, gardeners have told me that Japanese beetles were attacking their landscape. When I looked at the landscape, or looked at samples of beetles that were brought to me, I identified, not Japanese beetles, but our common June bugs or May beetles...
Emma George (07/27/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Emma Catherine George, 94, of Anna died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Ill. She was born Nov. 12, 1910, in Union County, daughter of Grant and Lucille Henderson Cochran. George attended Anna Church of the Nazarene...
Lee Evans (07/27/05)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Lee Ottis Evans, 53, of Portageville was pronounced dead on arrival Friday, July 22, 2005, at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo. He was born Sept. 30, 1951, at Marston, Mo., son of Prentiss Adams and Julia Evans. Evans attended St. Louis public schools. He was a construction worker...
Lorene James (07/27/05)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Lorene Bernice Elizabeth James, 79, of Anaheim, Calif., died June 6, 2005, at Laguna Hills Nursing Home in Laguna Hills, Calif. She was born Oct. 30, 1925, at Glenallen, daughter of Andrew Jackson and Susan Ida Sawyers Mouser. She and Jesse H. James Jr. were married Dec. 18, 1945. He died July 29, 2004...
Dennis Scheel (07/27/05)
Dennis O. Scheel, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Madine Atchison (07/27/05)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Madine G. Atchison, 73, of Glenallen died Monday, July 25, 2005, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1931, at Bessville, Mo., daughter of Barney and Mae Devenport Welker. Survivors include a son, Ray Atchison of Glenallen; three daughters, Glenda Camp and Anita Atchison of Glenallen, Ruth Atchison of Marble Hill, Mo.; a brother, Virgil Welker of Marble Hill; two sisters, Adell Garland and Iva Padgett of Marble Hill; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren...
Virginia Seckel (07/27/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Virginia Seckel, 86, of Perryville died Monday, July 25, 2005, at her home. She was born March 18, 1919, in Okolona, Ark., daughter of Ruben R. and Bertie Lee Harris Shackelford. She and Raymond R. Seckel were married July 9, 1960...
Dan Russell (07/27/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- James Daniel "Dan" Russell, 51, of Sikeston died Monday, July 25, 2005, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Sikeston, son of Clifford Daniel and Vivian Parish Russell. Russell was a 1971 graduate of Sikeston High School. He worked at Noranda Aluminum from 1977 to 1998, and formerly coached T-ball and Little League baseball. He had been a newspaper carrier for the Standard Democrat since 1982...
Bobby Thomas (07/27/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bobby Joe Thomas, 76, formerly of Sikeston, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. He was born Jan. 3, 1929, at Kingsland, Ark., son of Jesse Hugh Thomas and Grace Hanshew Thomas Rhodes. Thomas worked as a service station attendant for 76 Truck Stop in Matthews, Mo...
Dorothy Williams (07/27/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dorothy Williams, 84, of Mayflower, Ark., died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Heritage Living Center in Conway, Ark. She was born March 14, 1921, at Senath, Mo., daughter of the Rev. Bennie and Hettie Jones. She and Adrian "Red" Williams were married Nov. 8, 1936. He died April 9, 1981...
Mildred Schwettman (07/27/05)
Mildred Schwettman, 94, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at Point Lookout Health Care in Hollister, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Monsignor Joseph Gosche (07/27/05)
Monsignor Joseph E. Gosche, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Dec. 15, 1923, at Oran, Mo., son of George John and Amanda Helen Schwartz Gosche. Monsignor Gosche served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 and was a veteran of World War II. He received the Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and two overseas bars...
Births 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
Law; Kiser; Stotler
Cape fire report 07/27/05 (07/27/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 6:32 p.m., alarm sounding at 725 S. Kingshighway. * At 8:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Linden Street. * At 8:57 p.m., box alarm at 58 Rivercrest Drive...
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
25 years ago: July 27, 1980 Grace United Methodist Church presents a program on "The Gospel in Art" during the evening service; the Rev. Howard W. Ellis, artist and minister, speaks on the subject, "A Portrait of Jesus," drawing the picture as he preaches...
Reform ideas: Cape Girardeau hearing brings good comments (07/27/05)
Those who sat through the hearing, which lasted more than three hours, of the Missouri State Government Reform Commission in Cape Girardeau last Friday got an insight on the committee's deliberations. The Cape Girardeau full committee hearing was one of seven being held throughout the state in soliciting public insight into information gathering before we focus on our recommendations. ...
Health courts (07/27/05)
The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger Virtually everyone agrees that the system of paying for health care is out of whack. Lawsuits, or perhaps more accurately fear of lawsuits, are frequently cited as the culprit. Yet ask what to do to solve the problem and the blame game begins. Doctors blame insurance companies, insurance companies blame juries, and on it goes...
Potter's readers (07/27/05)
The (Springdale, Ark.) Morning News Kids won't read. We've often been told that as if it's an undeniable truth. Reading is too passive. It's old-fashioned and boring. We think that's just one of the prevailing myths of modern society. Proponents of "newer" media often trumpet the supposed demise of the printed word as they promote their own trendy alternative...
Good for business (07/27/05)
A business development specialist soon will be hired to run the new Cape Girardeau office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA officials say they are intent on finding "someone who knows the community." The SBA previously served the region from its St. Louis regional office. The new office in Cape Girardeau recognizes that the business growth in Southeast Missouri is significant enough to warrant an office here...
Blood donor finds too many delays (07/27/05)
To the editor: I have rare O-negative (universal donor) blood and try to give blood as often as I am allowed. I have, in fact, been giving blood for over 40 years. At one point, I worked in Jefferson City, Mo., and gave blood frequently. Never, in mid-Missouri, did a blood donation take over 45 minutes. Often it took only half an hour...
Speak Out 7/27/05 (07/27/05)
Going too far; Blame the feds; Band for younger fans; Rifles were common; Follow good examples; Call legislators; Worse than roundabouts; Abusing our roads; Just wait for fallout; Info is there
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