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U.S. Supreme Court fight contrasts with state system (08/01/05)
There is little public scrutiny in the selection of Missouri Supreme Court judges. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While attending a luncheon in Kansas City in May, Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary Rhodes Russell had the honor of sharing a table with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. During their conversation, Russell said the veteran member of the nation's highest court touted the virtues of Missouri's nonpartisan system of choosing judges and urged Russell to ensure it is preserved...
As the Web turns 15, experts weigh pros and cons (08/01/05)
The Internet -- and by default its hard-to-separate little brother, the World Wide Web -- was initially conceived with the high-minded goal of instant global communication and top-speed world-wide commerce. According to some local and national experts, though, what people actually use the Net and the Web for has veered slightly off course into the nether realms of cyberspace...
Commissioner: Cremation could save money (08/01/05)
Cape Girardeau County could save money by cremating residents who die indigent rather than burying them in coffins, 2nd District Commissioner Jay Purcell says. But Gerald Jones, the presiding commissioner, said there are few indigent burials in any year. He's reluctant to change the county's current policy...
Students on guard, but not deterred from London trip (08/01/05)
Southeast Missouri State University students study abroad in England. Davis Dunavin signed up for Southeast Missouri State University's Missouri London Program months ago. Planning to depart in September, he will spend his entire fall semester in the city, attending classes and immersing himself in the culture...
Blues and Barbecue: CASA plans benefit to raise funds for abused, neglected kids (08/01/05)
Mid-Life Crsis will provide live music for the event, and the menu includes red beans and rice. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri, the not-for-profit child advocacy group that works toward the best possible outcome for abused and neglected children in three counties, is gearing up for its annual Blues and Barbecue fund raiser...
Community briefs 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
Women in Agriculture meet and tour winery The Scott County Women in Agriculture will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at the USDA office on Highway 77 in Benton, Mo. Following the meeting the group will tour the River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo. Women who share an interest in gardening, cooking, farming, family and community activities are invited. For more information, contact Kay Dover at (573) 545-9027...
Cape Girarardeau City Council agenda 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
Today, 7 p.m. ** City Hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Public hearings * A public hearing regarding the request of the Trust of Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck and Raycom America Inc. (owner of KFVS-TV) to rezone 229 N. Lorimier St. from R-4, multi-family residential district, to C-3, central business district...
Jackson girl donates hair to Locks of Love (08/01/05)
Savannah Curl, 7, of Jackson, donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Savannah, who made her donation last month, was all smiles as Aleda Phillips from the Style Shop cut her hair. Savannah sent a letter and her photo with her hair to Locks of Love in hopes of becoming pen pals with its recipient...
Area Navy officer sails aboard USS Kitty Hawk (08/01/05)
Navy Lt. Matthew J. Brickhaus, son of Lolamae Brickhaus of Sedgewickville, Mo., and his shipmates made a port visit to Sydney, Australia while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. On the first day of the visit, Brickhaus's ship was host to a reception for more than 1,000 Australian dignitaries, and conducted tours for more than 3,000 guests. ...
State briefs 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
Columbia woman honored for volunteer service; Blagojevich vetoes three pro-gun bills; Chicago man dies while trying to cut down tree
AFL-CIO's rank and file prepare for life after rift (08/01/05)
CHICAGO -- Wren Bradley loves her union, but she said her "other heart" is committed to her local labor council -- which she'll be forced to leave because of a massive schism in the AFL-CIO. Bradley is a member of the Service Employees International Union, which joined the Teamsters in defecting from the labor giant just as its 50th anniversary convention got underway last week in Chicago. The United Food and Commercial Workers announced its departure Friday...
Authorities: Sex offender took abducted Nevada girl to Mexico (08/01/05)
RENO, Nev. -- An 8-year-old girl was abducted by a convicted sex offender who took her to Mexico, where the two were found staying in a shelter, authorities said. Officials in Mexico and the United States said the girl was sexually assaulted by Fernando Aguerro, who is accused of kidnapping her from her home near Reno on July 22...
Bush offers sympathy, prayers for fallen Scouting leaders during Jamboree speech (08/01/05)
It was Bush's third attempt to travel to Fort A.P. Hill, the Army base sponsoring the Jamboree. BOWLING GREEN, Va. -- Succeeding on his third try to visit them, President Bush comforted thousands of Boy Scouts on Sunday at a national jamboree marred by the electrocutions of four leaders and stifling heat that sickened 300...
Lottery promotion irks Kansas towns (08/01/05)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Residents in two Kansas communities are angry over a radio spot for the Kansas Lottery that suggests their towns are boring. The Kansas Lottery is partnering with several Kansas radio stations to promote its Great Escape Hybrid Doubler tickets...
Fabric on Discovery's belly may pose danger (08/01/05)
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A couple short strips of fabric dangling from Discovery's belly may require an unprecedented repair by spacewalking astronauts, if engineers determine there's even a possibility that the problem could endanger the shuttle during descent, NASA said Sunday...
Leader in low-carb craze files for bankruptcy (08/01/05)
NEW YORK -- Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that promoted low-carb eating into a national diet craze, filed for bankruptcy court protection Sunday, a company spokesman said. Atkins has been hurt by waning popularity of its namesake diet, which focuses on eliminating carbohydrates such as bread and pasta as a way to shed weight. ...
Minnesota tightens drunken driving limit (08/01/05)
TRIMONT, Minn. -- It was only a broken headlight on a beat-up pickup truck, but it led Martin County Deputy Matthew Owens to turn around and stop it for a check. The pickup's driver reeked of alcohol and a test showed he had a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol level, enough for a drunken driving offense -- even on one of the last nights in the last state in the country to have a 0.10 percent minimum for driving while intoxicated. ...
U.S. envoy: China offers new draft in N. Korea talks (08/01/05)
BEIJING -- China has proposed a new draft of a statement by negotiators at talks on North Korea's nuclear program, the U.S. envoy said today after weekend discussions were snarled by the North's demands for what it should receive in exchange for disarming. ...
Iran threatens to restart nuclear program unless it gets incentives (08/01/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran threatened Sunday to restart some suspended activities that could be used to make atomic weapons if European negotiators do not immediately offer a promised package of incentives to entice Tehran to freeze its nuclear program. A senior European diplomat said the negotiators from Britain, France and Germany were just days away from making Tehran a "generous" offer that could include guarantees that Iran will not be invaded if it agrees to permanently halt uranium enrichment.. ...
Heavy rains hamper India relief work, official says death toll will reach 1,000 (08/01/05)
BOMBAY, India -- Authorities warned residents to remain at home Sunday after heavy rains fell again across Bombay and surrounding areas hammered last week by devastating floods, with more than 900 people now reported dead. Cleanup efforts and the distribution of food supplies to needy residents were slowed by the renewed monsoon rains, which began early Sunday. Aviation officials ordered the city's airports -- the busiest in the country -- closed for seven hours because of poor visibility...
London bomb arrests total 21; police check for Saudi Arabian link (08/01/05)
Investigation in transit terror plot stretches from England to Italy. LONDON -- Police arrested seven people Sunday during a raid on an apartment in southern England, bringing to 21 the number in custody in the relentless hunt for accomplices in the failed July 21 transit bombings...
Framers of Iraq's constitution want to extend deadline (08/01/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Framers of Iraq's new constitution said Sunday they need more time to finish the document, a move that threatens the political momentum on which Washington has staked its strategy for drawing down forces from the country next year...
Troops look for missing Sudanese vice president (08/01/05)
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Ugandan and Sudanese forces were searching for John Garang, the southern rebel leader-turned-vice president who is seen as crucial to Sudan's fledgling peace deal, early today after his helicopter disappeared amid reports it crashed in bad weather in northern Uganda. ...
North Korean nuclear weapons talks hit snag (08/01/05)
BEIJING -- North Korea's demands for what it should receive in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapons program snarled talks Sunday, but the U.S. envoy maintained that "things are moving," with more negotiations planned Monday. The negotiations ended their sixth day without an agreement on a Chinese-drafted proposal, and South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Song Min-soon said talks Sunday focused on "what corresponding measures other parties will take" in return for an agreement by the North to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.. ...
Capahas pack winning streak for Wichita trip (08/01/05)
The Plaza Tire Capahas will carry plenty of momentum into their 24th consecutive National Baseball Congress World Series appearance. Plaza Tire (24-6) has posted 10 consecutive victories as it prepares to face the Wichita Gators (21-25) at 10 tonight in the opening round of the 46-team, double-elimination event...
Community baseball 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
The Jackson Cal Ripken baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the Midwest Plains Regional Tourament for 12-year-old boys on Sunday with a 14-2 victory over Iowa City in Dickinson, N.D. Logan Bartles was the winning pitcher. He also had a home run and a double as hewent 2-for-3 at the plate...
Hailing Seasor's big season: Morehead St. player is hit with Capahas (08/01/05)
Lance Seasor believes he has found something of a home away from home in Cape Girardeau. In fact, he has actually made his summer home in Cape Girardeau the past three years as the second baseman of the Plaza Tire Capahas, who play the Wichita Gators at 10 p.m. tonight in the opening round of the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan...
Doyle sneaks away with title (08/01/05)
No one was even talking about Allen Doyle having a chance to win the U.S. Senior Open. That was precisely the way he wanted it. Doyle shattered the U.S. Senior Open final-round record Sunday, closing with an 8-under 63 to win his third Champions Tour major while others tossed away their chances...
Chiefs hear clock ticking (08/01/05)
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The years are beginning to catch up with and run out on Trent Green and his high-flying Kansas City offense. Most of the Chiefs' players are well into their 30s. Resting aching backs, nursing tender knees and feet, they're practicing only once a day while more youthful teammates bear up under a two-a-day grind during an unusual hot spell in western Wisconsin...
Terrell moves up Martz's chart (08/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- In college at New Mexico, offensive guard Claude Terrell wrote a column called "Inside the Trenches With Big C" for a fan Web site. As a rookie with the St. Louis Rams, he's already in the middle of things. In what's likely partly a nod to an impressive start and partly a motivational ploy, coach Mike Martz on Sunday elevated the fourth-round pick to starting left guard ahead of free agent Rex Tucker...
Hearns returns to ring with 8th-round KO (08/01/05)
DETROIT -- Thomas Hearns scored an eighth-round knockout of John Long on Saturday night in his first fight following a five-year layoff. Long, a 35-year-old St. Louis native who last fought in June 2004, was game for eight rounds but was unable to answer the bell in the ninth at a half-filled Cobo Arena...
Cooperstown opens its doors to infielders Boggs, Sandberg (08/01/05)
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Wade Boggs cried when he acknowledged his father, who turned a scrawny kid into one of the game's toughest outs by teaching him that inside-out swing. Ryne Sandberg was simply Ryno -- smooth, stoic and flush with reverence for the game...
Hackett collects top honor at world meet (08/01/05)
MONTREAL -- Grant Hackett swam to a historic victory, then picked up a well-deserved trophy as top man at the world championships. Michael Phelps? He spent the final night cheering from the stands. The striking contrast made two things abundantly clear: Hackett is one of the greatest swimmers in history, while Phelps spent a little too much time since the Olympics working the talk-show circuit...
Draft picks on offensive line have yet to sign (08/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Alex Barron, the St. Louis Rams' first-round pick, missed his fourth day of training camp Sunday while talks continued on a contract. The sides may be getting closer to a deal because other players drafted near Barron have agreed to terms in recent days. NFL teams generally base first-year salaries on the contracts of comparable players. Barron was the 19th overall pick and Marcus Spears, the 20th pick, signed Sunday with the Cowboys...
Deadline passes with no major deals (08/01/05)
NEW YORK -- Manny Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, A.J. Burnett and Mike Cameron all stayed with their teams as baseball's non-waiver trade deadline passed with only five low-level deals involving 11 players. Outfielder Matt Lawton was the highest-profile player to switch sides Sunday, going to the Chicago Cubs from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Jody Gerut...
Edmonds powers Redbirds from off the bench (08/01/05)
St. Louis defeated Los Angeles 7-5 in 11 innings. LOS ANGELES -- Jim Edmonds was supposed to get a day off. He knew better and kept himself prepared for anything. Edmonds drove in three runs with a pinch RBI double in the seventh inning and a two-run homer in the 11th, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday...
Sports briefs 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
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Trail rumors aren't true (08/01/05)
Q: I have had a number of women tell me they will not walk the Cape LaCroix Trail alone because there are people who live under the bridge and there have been attacks on walkers. I am having difficulty believing it, but I have heard this story from different sources. Is this true or just a rumor out of control?...
Hannah's favorite ice cream parlor is closing (08/01/05)
I've always found ice cream parlors comforting, especially the old-fashioned ones where they use hand scoops to shovel out heaping mounds of hard serve from heaven. But when you're a parent, ice cream parlors become more than a place to consume cold comfort food. It's a place where your children have near-religious experiences, gobbling up ice cream that makes them happier than Elmo, Six Flags or any Teletubbie ever could...
The wizard of concrete: Perryville man patents way to build steps more easily (08/01/05)
Leroy Rellergert has been in construction all his adult life. And for all of his adult life the Perryville, Mo., man has known that that the process to build concrete steps has been a drain on a developer's wallet. "It was a hassle," Rellergert said. "It was a big pain. There was a lot of waste, and it was time-consuming."...
Researcher puts cows in a bubble to test emissions (08/01/05)
The results could affect California's dairy industry if farmers have to comply with new air quality rules. DAVIS, Calif. -- How much gas does a cow pass? It's a serious question for California's dairy farmers, because the answer could cost them big money to comply with new state air quality regulations coming down the pike...
People on the move 08/01/05 (08/01/05)
Dana names June, July employees of the month Process engineer Brian Davis of Yount, Mo., has been named Dana Corp.'s July employee of the month. He has worked at the Cape Girardeau facility since 1991. Cell technician Elaine Walden of Cape Girardeau has been named Dana's employee of the month for June. ...
David Sander (08/01/05)
David George Sander, 79, of Jackson, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Sept. 6, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Rudolph and Laura Sperling Sander. He and Mildred M. Mayfield were married Nov. 29, 1944, in Gordonville. She died Sept. 8, 1999...
Lela Marquis (08/01/05)
Dexter, Mo. -- Lela G. Marquis, 87, of Dexter, formerly of Malden, Mo., died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare Center in Bloomfield, Mo. She was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Dyer, Tenn., daughter of Willie and Hattie Mae Warren Duck. She and Joe Marquis were married Oct. 24, 1953, in Bernie, Mo. He died May 24, 1996...
Joseph Bellis (08/01/05)
Joseph Lynn Bellis, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 18, 1942, in Chaffee, Mo., son of Harlan and Katherine Sawyer Bellis. Bellis was a self-employed electrical engineer. Bellis was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. ...
Grace Casey (08/01/05)
Grace Casey, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Harry Friend (08/01/05)
Harry D. Friend Jr., 92, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Sunday, June 22, 1913, in Caruthersville, Mo., son of Harry Davenport and Grace Liles Friend, Sr. He and Eulalia F. Kirsch were married Nov. 15, 1942, in Parma, Mo. She preceded him in death Jan. 7, 2004...
Cape fire report 08/01/05 (08/01/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: * At 4:42 p.m., emergency medical service at 212 S. Lorimier St. * At 6:57 p.m., alarm in the 2700 block of Plymouth. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 8:41 a.m., medical assist in the unit block of North Park...
Cape police report 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
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Out of the past 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 1, 1980 Three of the state's top four gubernatorial candidates were in Cape Girardeau yesterday; Lt. Gov. William C. Phelps, rated by most polls as an underdog to former Gov. Christopher "Kit" Bond in the Republican race for governor, was drumming up support in the last hours of his campaign...
In-flight cell phones (08/01/05)
The Des Moines (Iowa) Register Let's hope the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission get the message. Those are the federal agencies that would have to OK use of cell phones during flights. Please don't. Flying these days poses enough aggravation without being subjected to dozens of fellow passengers simultaneously engaged in loud, one-way conversations...
Homeland security (08/01/05)
The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle At a time when once improbable suicide bombings in this country are now believed by many to be inevitable, it's unsettling how critical homeland security policy decisions are still being made. ... For starters, President Bush needs to call in his homeland security chief, Michael Chertoff. Tell him, for example, that a border patrol official's recent embrace of the idea of a civilian border patrol made a lot of people nervous...
Does not compute (08/01/05)
Missouri usually puts computers to good use. Case.net, the state's computerized database for criminal and civil litigation, is a good example. A bad example of the state's high-tech prowess can be found at the Department of Revenue, where $17 million has been spent on a new computer system still waiting to go online 10 years after it was purchased...
Closing statehouse bureau lamented (08/01/05)
To the editor; The readers of the Southeast Missourian and the other newspapers in the Rust newspaper chain will lose an important resource when Rust Communications closes its bureau at the state Capitol. This is a time when the people of Missouri need to be better served by their newspapers, not deprived of insightful state government reporting. ...
Speak Out 8/1/05 (08/01/05)
More daylight; No bubble wrap; Christian precepts; Unchecked borders; Abusing a privilege; Safety first
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