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Stories from Friday, July 29, 2005

Jury recommends four life sentences for Sikeston man convicted of sodomy (07/29/05)
A Sikeston, Mo., man faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of four counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of child molestation. Jack Pruitt, 48, was found guilty on the charges Wednesday evening by a Cape Girardeau County jury after a two-day trial. On Thursday morning, that jury returned to court with its recommended sentence: four life terms for the sodomy counts and 15 years for the molestation count...
Coroner: Woman, son died from heat (07/29/05)
Clarence Rogers was wearing a telephone headset when discovered. Excessive heat took the lives of two Cape Girardeau residents found on the floor of their Themis Street home, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said Thursday. Following autopsies, Clifton said he had ruled out foul play in the deaths of Glenda Rogers, who was in her 80s, and her son, Clarence "Roger" Rogers, 63. ...
Searching for the rare emerald (07/29/05)
CENTERVILLE, Mo. -- Armed with butterfly nets, thick rubber boots and just a dash of mosquito repellent, Bob Gillespie and Scott Kelley go out into marshy meadows in pursuit of the jewel of all bugs -- the elusive Hine's emerald dragonfly. Declared endangered in Missouri and federally, the Hine's emerald dragonfly is known to exist in just four states. It was discovered in Missouri in 1999...
Bill funds 2 local road projects (07/29/05)
Congress approves money for East Main interchange and Ramsey Creek bridge. The new federal highway bill on the verge of congressional approval will fuel two long-sought highway projects in the area: Jackson's East Main Street interchange and Scott City's Ramsey Creek bridge...
Region/state digest 07/29/05 (07/29/05)
Benton man hurt after car overturns NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- A Benton, Mo., man was in stable condition at Saint Francis Medical Center Thursday evening after crashing his car on a Scott County road. John Kirby, 67, was driving south at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday on County Road 241 about a half-mile south of New Hamburg, Mo., when he ran off the right side of the road, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. The 1993 Ford he was driving overturned. Kirby sustained moderate injuries...
Scott City sale expands to Commerce (07/29/05)
The Scott City Chamber of Commerce plans to incorporate Benton and Kelso into the sale later. The Scott City Chamber of Commerce plans to expand its citywide yard sale this year by including Commerce, Mo. Reaching out to Commerce is only the first phase in a long-range plan to expand the event further by incorporating Benton and Kelso later on. ...
Tasered grandmother gets probation for police quarrel (07/29/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 67-year-old grandmother who was shocked with a Taser stun gun after she honked her car horn at a police cruiser has been given a year's probation for sparking a quarrel with officers. A charge of improper use of the horn against Louise Jones was dismissed Wednesday in Kansas City Municipal Court. ...
Federal government to cut screeners at some airports, add at others (07/29/05)
WASHINGTON -- The government plans to reshuffle its passenger and baggage screeners, drawing protests from some airports slated to lose workers. Pittsburgh and Portland, Ore., will be among those taking the biggest hits. Las Vegas, Dulles International Airport in Washington and Los Angeles International Airport will gain, according to the plan, which will be implemented in the next couple of months...
Nation briefs 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
Scientists find oldest dinosaur embryos WASHINGTON -- Scientists have uncovered the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found, dating to the beginning of the Jurassic age 190 million years ago. The find is helping them understand the development of a plant-eating giant called Massospondylus carinatus. ...
Famous-Barr stores to take on Macy's name in '06 (07/29/05)
Macy's will replace locally familiar names including Filene's in New England and Famous-Barr in the Midwest in some 330 stores across the nation under post-merger plans announced Thursday by Federated Department Stores Inc. Federated also plans to sell 68 stores, including 27 current Macy's, next year because they overlap in markets with the company Federated is buying, May Department Stores Co...
House OKs CAFTA by two-vote margin (07/29/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush insisted that the small trade agreement with six Latin American nations would pay big dividends for security, stability and freedom in the Western Hemisphere. After persistent lobbying by the White House, Congress finally agreed...
Discovery docks with space station (07/29/05)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Discovery docked at the international space station Thursday after performing an unprecedented back flip to allow those aboard the outpost to photograph the shuttle's belly for signs of damage. The digital camera images will be analyzed by NASA to spot any signs of trouble. It wasn't immediately clear how long that analysis will take...
Authors from around the globe celebrate bad writing (07/29/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who compared a woman's anatomy to a carburetor won an annual contest that celebrates the worst writing in the English language. Dan McKay, a computer analyst at Microsoft Great Plains in Fargo, N.D., bested thousands of entrants from North Pole, Alaska to Manchester, England Wednesday in San Jose State University's annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest...
Yemeni sheik gets 75 years for aiding terror (07/29/05)
NEW YORK -- A Yemeni cleric who bragged about his ties to Osama bin Laden was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in prison -- the maximum -- in a terrorism financing case that was nearly derailed when the government's star witness set himself on fire outside the White House...
Police arrest 25 suspects in Egypt attacks in sweep of desert mountains (07/29/05)
CAIRO, Egypt -- The dragnet in the Sharm el-Sheik terror attacks widened Thursday as police detained at least 25 people in the desert mountains around the Red Sea resort and searched for a green pickup truck that may have been the getaway vehicle for some attackers...
Purported CIA operatives left a trail of phone calls (07/29/05)
ROME -- It wasn't their lavish spending in luxury hotels, their use of credit cards or even frequent-flier miles that drew attention. Instead it was a trail of casual cell phone use that tripped up the 19 purported CIA operatives wanted by Italian authorities in the alleged kidnapping of a radical Muslim cleric...
Ten dead, 367 rescued in India oil platform fire (07/29/05)
BOMBAY, India -- Ten people were confirmed dead and several were still missing Thursday from a massive fire on an oil platform in India's biggest oil field. Ships and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors. The government said it would take a month to recover most of the lost oil production. The state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp., which owns the platform, said it had started cleaning up an oil spill that stretched up to 10 nautical miles...
IRA pledges peace (07/29/05)
Belfast's streetwise Catholics and Protestants offered divided views. BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- For Robert Smith, a carpet salesman in one of Belfast's roughest Protestant neighborhoods, the latest peace pledge from the Irish Republican Army seemed little more than a slick sales pitch designed to appeal in an age of global terror...
Missouri Amateur will visit Dalhousie in 2012 (07/29/05)
Three Missouri Golf Association tournaments are scheduled for the Cape Girardeau course. Set aside a weekend in June 2012. Dalhousie Golf Club has been named the host facility for the Missouri Amateur Championship seven years from now. That was one of three tournaments announced for Dalhousie earlier this month at a meeting of the Missouri Golf Association...
Festus ends Jackson's streak (07/29/05)
Festus defeated the host 15-3 in the first-round game. Being the host team may have guaranteed Jackson's American Legion team a spot in the Zone 4 Tournament, but it also prevented Jackson from receiving a first-round bye. The zone bracket, which is predetermined before the season begins, gave the bye to District 14 runner-up Cape Girardeau and gave Jackson probably the toughest first-round matchup...
Magic ousted from world series (07/29/05)
The SEMO Magic 16-and-under fast-pitch softball team was eliminated from the NSA World Series on Thursday with a 7-6 loss to South Bend, Ind., in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Magic finished the tournament with a 3-3 record, going 1-1 in pool play and 2-2 in the bracket portion...
Stadler opens with 64 at U.S. Senior Open (07/29/05)
Craig Stadler shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to match the U.S. Senior Open first-round record and held a one-shot lead over Tom Purtzer with seven others -- including Greg Norman and Tom Watson -- within another three shots. Stadler birdied the first two holes and never let up, finishing with six birdies, an eagle and one bogey on the South Course at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio ...
Blues keep rights to Pronger by making qualifying offer (07/29/05)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have submitted qualifying offers for defenseman Chris Pronger and 11 other players. Pronger, a restricted free agent, has until Aug. 15 to sign the team's offer of $7.2 million. Beginning Monday, he can sign an offer sheet with another team...
Padres snap losing streak with ninth-inning run (07/29/05)
SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hitter and Robert Fick singled in the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night...
Redbirds thwart Padres 11-3 (07/29/05)
Chris Carpenter picked up his NL-leading 15th win. SAN DIEGO -- The three runs Chris Carpenter gave up in the second inning were just a hiccup. Otherwise, the right-hander had no trouble becoming the NL's first 15-game winner, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the staggering San Diego Padres 11-3 on Thursday...
Embattled Goodenow bows out as head of players' union (07/29/05)
TORONTO -- Accepting a salary cap was the last thing Bob Goodenow did as head of the NHL players' union. One week after his union took a deal that included just about everything he had vowed to fight, Goodenow is out. He and the union reached a settlement on the two years left on his contract...
Pace is finally a happy camper (07/29/05)
The chronic holdout is enjoying an early taste of football. ST. LOUIS -- For the first time in three seasons, Orlando Pace was on the field for the start of training camp. The St. Louis Rams' standout offensive tackle, who signed a multiyear deal earlier this year after two years as the franchise player, appeared pleased to be getting a fast start for a change as the team began two-a-day workouts...
Sports briefs 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
Baseball...
Keeping secrets -- and blathering over trivia (07/29/05)
There aren't many topics that would make me focus on anything serious in this column, and perhaps the Karl Rove controversy isn't the best reason to do so. But, honest to goodness, President Bush talks to Rove every day. He knows whether or not his trusted adviser told some reporter types that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent...
Scientists studying effects of glaring HID headlights (07/29/05)
Dear Tom and Ray: I'm writing about overly bright headlights. I have been calling them halogen headlights, but I saw in another response you gave that they are technically xenon or high-intensity discharge headlights. Well, I'm writing to let you know that when a car is coming at me with those lights, it feels like lasers are piercing my retinas! I detest those things. ...
Mustangs change but always give bang for the buck (07/29/05)
"Summertime" for me is warm sunshine, green grass, singing birds, ice cream and convertibles -- like the Mustang I tested this week. I've owned four Mustangs -- two convertibles and two coupes -- with straight-six, V-6, 4-cylinder and V8 engines. Mustangs have grown, shrunk and grown again over the years, but one thing has always remained constant -- outstanding bang for the buck...
'It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing' (07/29/05)
Probably the best guitar player that most people have never heard of wasn't a hedonistic rock star. In fact, he died before rock and roll ever got off the ground. His name is Django Reinhardt, and even though he's known mostly to jazz lovers and guitar geeks, his legacy of a new style called Gypsy swing is still carried on today by modern musicians like Harmonious Wail...
Everybody's a critic: 'Bad News Bears' (07/29/05)
One star (out of four) "Bad News Bears" is bad news. This remake of a 1976 movie is not worth your time or money. I realize that the children are supposed to be "out of the norm," but what is the norm, anyway? The extreme use of language and the attitudes that went along with it was completely offensive. I would not allow my children to see this movie. I do realize that children are made fun of when they are different...
Artifacts 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
Arts council looking for citizen volunteers ; Arts council seeks nominations for awards; Gary Lucy to exhibit at Aug. 5 opening reception; Garden Gallery to feature mosaics by Herrell; First Friday sets opening reception at Gallery 1.2.5; River's edge Pottery Guild to display in Grace Cafe
Grand Canyon becomes artist's obsession (07/29/05)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Bruce Aiken is an artist with only one subject. He paints the Grand Canyon over and over and has for more than 30 years. The sheer rock walls cut by the blue-green waters of the Colorado River are his lone muse, his love, his obsession...
At the theaters 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
'Must Love Dogs'; 'Sky High'; 'Stealth'; Still in theaters; 'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl'; 'Bad News Bears'; 'Batman Begins'; 'Bewitched'; 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'; 'The Devil's Rejects'; 'Fantastic Four'; 'Herbie: Fully Loaded'; 'Hustle & Flow'; 'The Island'; 'The Longest Yard'; 'March of the Penguins'; 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'; 'War of the Worlds'; 'The Wedding Crashers'
Harold Dillow (07/29/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Harold E. Dillow, 89, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 31, 1915, in Springville, Ill., son of Rollie A. and Gertrude Hunter Dillow. He and Violet M. Fink were married on Sept. 12, 1936, in Buncomb, Ill...
Luetta Henson (07/29/05)
Luetta R. Henson, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1934, at Scopus, Mo., daughter of Roy and Berniece Jenkins Hahn. Henson grew up in Millersville, moving to Cape Girardeau in 1951. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church...
Winfred Moyers (07/29/05)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Winfred Junior Moyers, 79, of Glenallen died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1926, at Hiram, Mo., son of K.W. and Dorothy Drum Moyers. He and Eunice Nixon were married Oct. 23, 1955. She died Nov. 28, 2004...
Glenda, Clarence Rogers (07/29/05)
Glenda Rogers and her son, Clarence "Roger" Rogers, were found dead Wednesday, July 27, 2005 in their Cape Girardeau home. Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
Waters; Sanchez; Themm; Rhoads; Money; Fillinger
Cape fire report 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: * At 4:50 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Themis Street. * At 9:34 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Hanover Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Cape police report 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
25 years ago: July 29, 1980 An engineering firm is to embark upon the second phase of a plan for a Mississippi River port near here after a commodity market analysis initially has shown there is a need; the analysis shows there is a potential for moving as much as 550,000 tons of commodities through the port at a freight savings to users of between $1.5 million and $2.5 million annually...
Paying for research: Innovative grants crucial to new medicines (07/29/05)
A Florida-based biotechnology firm developing a breakthrough technology in gene therapy for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic disease, was forced to delay its research because of funding problems. The technology is noteworthy because company officials believed it could have led to a promising new therapy for children and, possibly, additional treatments for chronic neurological diseases, cardiac diseases and others...
End of an experiment (07/29/05)
Five years ago, a man with an idea had the acumen to put that idea to a real-life test. In the face of overwhelming foreign competition, Eli Fishman decided to start a company in Cape Girardeau that would use American raw materials to produce high-quality shoes and work boots. Thus the Cape Shoe Co. began operations in what had been the Florsheim shoe factory...
University made correct decision (07/29/05)
To the editor: I have been reading with interest the letters to the editor regarding Southeast Missouri State University's action on demolishing an older home to make way for a parking lot. I applaud the university's action and see it as being financially responsible...
Comprehensive sex ed is needed (07/29/05)
To the editor: Probably few folks think taxpayer dollars should promote teen pregnancy, increase the frequency of single mothers and promote transmission of sexual diseases such as HIV. Regrettably, under pressure from the Bush White House and religious groups, this is exactly what is happening...
Bush won't fire his trusted adviser (07/29/05)
To the editor: Is Karl Rove a modern-day Deep Throat? I would have to say yes. The evidence reveals that Rove outed a covert CIA operative for the simple reason that the operative's husband issued a report shooting gaping holes in one of the Bush administration's theories about weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein's Iraq...
Speak Out 7/29/05 (07/29/05)
New taxes; Weapons of choice; What isn't revealed; Automotive retort; Ban cell phones; Parking and walking; Thanks for phone; Look for savings; Merger mistake
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