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Stories from Saturday, August 13, 2005

Blunt asks Corps to release river reservoirs (08/13/05)
A river committee has set a meeting for New Orleans next week to discuss the drought and low river levels. The shrunken Mississippi River needs more water to support barge traffic, and Gov. Matt Blunt wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide it...
Lutherans reject approving same-sex ceremonies (08/13/05)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A national meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted Friday to rebuff what many saw as an attempt to push the denomination toward approval of blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. ...
Homegrown talent (08/13/05)
Young singers and dancers showcase their skills in uptown Jackson. Talent shows are nothing new to Quitman McBride III. Last year he won the Heartland Idol's junior division contest at the SEMO District Fair with his rendition of Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama."...
Causing a stink: Low oxygen puts pond fish at risk (08/13/05)
Massive fish kills are common in summer months, conservationist says. FRUITLAND, Mo. -- Mary Terry woke up Tuesday morning to a disgusting sight. Scores of fish, some of them about 3 feet long, were floating dead on the surface of the pond in her front yard...
Man accused in Cape arson had been assaulted near apartment (08/13/05)
The 19-year-old accused of setting fire to a Pacific Street apartment building was a frequent visitor to the location. He was assaulted nearby on Aug. 1 and arrested for trespassing at the apartments on July 21, according to police reports. Anthony R. Williams of 902 Jefferson Ave. was formally charged with arson Friday in connection with the fire at 401 S. Pacific St. In a probable-cause affidavit, Cape Girardeau police Cpl. Don Perry said Williams admitted setting the fire...
Thebes sponsors mud races today (08/13/05)
THEBES, Ill. -- Owners of powerful pickup trucks are wanted today in Thebes to show their prowess in the mud. The cash-strapped town will hold a fund-raising picnic and mud race at the city park near the Mississippi River. Professionals with modified trucks will compete, Mayor Anthony Bomar said, but local people can join the fun by paying the $15 registration fee...
World briefs 8/13/05 (08/13/05)
Britain bars Muslim cleric from returning ; U.S. fears Iran's reactor could produce plutonium
Kingshighway lane to be closed a night (08/13/05)
Northbound traffic on Kingshighway will be reduced to one lane from Broadway to Cape Rock Drive overnight Sunday to allow construction of a new right-turn lane, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. The lane reduction will be from 11 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, MoDOT officials said...
Single-car crash injures two Thursday (08/13/05)
Two Marble Hill, Mo., residents were seriously injured late Thursday in a single-car accident in Bollinger County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. Eric Ballard, 21, was driving westbound on Highway 34 about four miles east of Marble Hill when the crash happened, the patrol reported. He and his passenger, Susan Ballard, 19, were taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Area has chance of rain next week (08/13/05)
If an approaching cold front doesn't bring rain, it still should cool off the area slightly. Drought-weary farmers want rain, but it's uncertain whether Mother Nature will oblige soon. The area has a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain Sunday through Tuesday, said Robin Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky...
Area woman injured avoiding deer on Route Y (08/13/05)
A Jackson woman received moderate injuries Friday when she wrecked her vehicle while trying to avoid a deer, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. Katherine Teichman, 56, was eastbound on Route Y about eight miles east of Jackson in a 2001 Ford when the accident occurred, the patrol said...
Religion Briefs 8/13 (08/13/05)
KMHM marks station's 10th anniversary The home of "Southern Gospetality" -- radio station KMHM 104.1 FM -- is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout August. The station has its roots in Southern Illinois as WXAN 103.9 FM, which first signed on the air in 1982 with little more than a box of gospel records to play. ...
It's time to whack our weeds (08/13/05)
I'm ready to pull up at the farmers' market, drop the tailgate and sell my weeds. Why, I can set out whole baskets of dandelions, wild onion, crab grass, quack grass, thistles, wild mustard -- and even throw in some sassafras sprouts for free! Americans buy pornography, violence, and all kinds of sin from Hollywood, so I might as well peddle poison ivy...
Bible Universities 8/13 (08/13/05)
Some requirements for students at one prominent American college: "Everyone shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life." "Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that they are ready to give an account of their proficiency."...
Religion calendar 8/13 (08/13/05)
Sunday The 26th annual Holy Convocation will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 through 21 at Church of God in Christ, 113 Clayton St., Sikeston, Mo. For more information, call (574) 471-7134. The Dance Theatre Ensemble from Carnago, Italy, will perform a liturgical dance at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at Grace United Methodist Church...
Proposed power plant prompts concerns about Puxico refuge (08/13/05)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Fishing, hunting, birdwatching, and other forms of nature tourism drive tiny Puxico's economic engine, dependent to a large extent on visitors to a national wildlife refuge a half-mile from the Southeast Missouri town. So as plans to develop a proposed $2 billion, coal-fueled power plant in Southern Illinois proceed, Puxico Mayor Ruth Temple and others worry the plant 85 miles away may adversely affect air quality -- and tourism -- at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, an ancient hardwood, bottomland swamp forest where waterfowl and other migratory birds rest, nest, and feed.. ...
Two face charges in case of selling flesh-eating paste (08/13/05)
ROCHELLE, Ga. -- A doctor is accused of assisting an unlicensed practitioner who allegedly treats cancer patients with a flesh-eating herbal paste that leaves them with horrible disfigurements. Georgia's board of medical examiners has accused Lois March, an ear, nose and throat specialist, of aiding and abetting Dan Raber's practice by providing pain medication to patients who had received the treatments...
NASA launches Mars orbiter to gather data for later exploration (08/13/05)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft designed to gather more Mars data than all previous missions combined blasted off Friday into a golden morning sky on its way to the Red Planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifted off on an Atlas V rocket for the seven-month journey, which began three days after space shuttle Discovery completed its mission...
FDA tightens access to acne drug that causes birth defects (08/13/05)
Under iPLEDGE, every patient must enroll in a computerized registry. WASHINGTON -- It's about to get tougher to buy the acne drug Accutane, as the government imposes a last-ditch effort to prevent birth defects caused by the skin-clearing pills. Starting at year's end, thousands of Accutane users -- plus doctors who prescribe it and stores that sell it -- must enroll in a national registry that ensures they understand all the drug's risks, and take special steps to avoid the most notorious one, Accutane-damaged pregnancies.. ...
Scared smokers rushing to take controversial lung cancer test (08/13/05)
If a simple, painless test can find the world's deadliest cancer when it is smaller than a pea -- and such a test does indeed exist -- shouldn't people who are most at risk have one? Surprisingly, the federal government, American Cancer Society and a raft of cancer specialists say the answer is "no."...
Bush passes by war protesters (08/13/05)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush and his motorcade passed the growing camp of war protesters outside his ranch Friday without incident. As Bush passed on his way to and from a political fundraiser, law enforcement blocked two intersecting roads where the demonstrators have camped out all week. Officers required the group to stand behind yellow tape, but no one was asked to leave...
Officials release oral histories from 9/11 (08/13/05)
NEW YORK -- The Fire Department on Friday released thousands of pages of oral histories recorded by firefighters about Sept. 11 and hours of radio transmissions, a vast mine of records that evoked anew the chaos and horror of the attack. "Somebody yelled something was falling," firefighter Maureen McArdle-Schulman recalled. "We didn't know if it was desks coming out. It turned out it was people coming out, and they started coming out one after the other."...
Poll- Gas prices will soon cause hardships (08/13/05)
Average price of gasoline is more than $2.40 per gallon, up 56 cents from 2004. WASHINGTON -- More people are feeling that record-high gas prices soon will have their wallets running on empty. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed for an AP-AOL poll expect fuel costs will cause them financial hardship in coming months. That's sharply higher than in April, when about half felt that way...
Thousands stranded as British Airways cancels flights over labor strike (08/13/05)
LONDON -- British Airways began the painful days-long process of moving tens of thousands of stranded passengers late Friday, after a strike that paralyzed its flights to and from Heathrow Airport was resolved. Though all the 1,000 striking workers returned to their jobs Friday afternoon, hundreds of flights had been canceled at one of the world's busiest airports during the peak of the summer travel season. ...
Federalism is a deal-breaker issue in Iraqi constitutional showdown (08/13/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Angry over Shiite calls for regional governments, many Sunni preachers urged their followers Friday to register and vote in the October constitutional referendum -- but against the charter if it includes measures to "divide the country" through federalism...
After two years of battling injuries, Marco Tipton plans to play (08/13/05)
Marco Tipton can hardly contain his enthusiasm when asked how it feels to be healthy again. Tipton, a Southeast Missouri State cornerback, has missed virtually all of the past two seasons with injuries. But he said during Friday's media day at Houck Stadium that he has rarely felt better -- and he's looking forward to finally playing a full senior season...
Southeast shows off study area (08/13/05)
Southeast Missouri State athletic director Don Kaverman beamed with pride as he conducted an informal tour of the university's new Redhawks Success Center during Friday's football media day. "It's a real upgrade, and something that will do a lot for our athletic program," Kaverman said...
Heartland Nationals get just one hit in opening loss (08/13/05)
The Heartland Nationals, a local 12-and-under girls fastpitch softball team, found the going rough Friday during the opening round of the Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Cherry Hill, N.J. Heartland had just one hit and suffered a 5-1 loss to Sparta, N.J., in the first of four pool play games...
Area digest Aug13 (08/13/05)
Wrestling returns to Cape Girardeau Gateway Championship Wrestling has an eight-match card set for 8 tonight at the Cape Girardeau National Guard Armory, at 2626 Independence. The card features two title matches, including heavyweight champ Kory Twist taking on Adam Raw and light heavyweight champ Dingo facing Jackal...
Kelso Fastpitch defeats Jamco (08/13/05)
The 21st annual Kelso Klassic fast-pitch softball tournament, which was rained out in June, resumed Friday without a hitch. In the only official tournament game played, Kelso Fastpitch defeated Jamco Transportation 11-5 in a matchup of the tournament hosts...
Woods birdied the last hole to make the cut (08/13/05)
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- The roars came early for Phil Mickelson, who quickly separated himself from the pack Friday at the PGA Championship and matched his largest lead in a major. They were just as loud in the steamy afternoon for Tiger Woods, for an entirely different reason...
Longhorns coach closes practices to fans, media (08/13/05)
Brown cited concerns about injury information reaching the Internet before practices are completed. AUSTIN -- Texas coach Mack Brown closed football practice to fans and reporters for the rest of the preseason on Friday, citing concerns that player injury information was being posted on the Internet...
Five players reach deals (08/13/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Mark Rycroft, while forward Ryan Johnson has accepted a qualifying offer, the team said Friday. The Blues also announced they have re-signed forward Mike Glumac and defenseman Mike Stuart and that defenseman Trevor Byrne has accepted a qualifying offer...
Stewart ready for road course (08/13/05)
Tony Stewart doesn't appear to need much help right now, having won four of his last six NASCAR Nextel Cup starts, riding a string of seven straight top-10 finishes and sitting atop the season standings. Sunday's race on the road course at Watkins Glen International probably won't slow him down. Stewart has won four of 13 starts on road courses, including the last two in a row...
Rams kick off preseason with victory vs. Chicago (08/13/05)
Bears starting quarterback Grossman suffered an ankle injury. ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Bears lost their second preseason game 17-13 to the St. Louis Rams -- but more importantly, they lost starting quarterback Rex Grossman for three to four months when the former Florida star broke his left ankle...
Zambrano hangs in, earns win for Cubs (08/13/05)
Chicago recorded its second straight win against St. Louis. CHICAGO -- Carlos Zambrano's back began to tighten up again. This time he stayed around long enough to get the win. Zambrano allowed six hits over six shutout innings Friday to lead the Chicago Cubs to their second straight victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1...
Benjamin Chambers (08/13/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Benjamin Franklin Chambers, 81, of Sikeston died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Anniston, Mo., son of Benjamin Franklin and Emma Pollock Chambers. He and Lucille Maxine Newman Chambers were married April 20, 1946...
Nina Davidson (08/13/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Nina Davidson, 92, of Anna died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born Jan. 23, 1913, in Anna, daughter of Homer Lee and Alveney McIntire Hileman. She and Howard Davidson were married June 16, 1940. He died Jan. 15, 2004...
Violet Hoffmeister (08/13/05)
Violet Hoffmeister, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Larry Proctor (08/13/05)
Larry Proctor, 56, of St. Louis died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
James Bourland (08/13/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- James K. Bourland, 83, of Cairo died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Barney Henderson (08/13/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Barney "Ted" Henderson, 78, of Olive Branch, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at his home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Murlin Andrews (08/13/05)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Murlin Wallace Andrews, 85, of East Prairie died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at Bertrand Nursing Facility. He was born Jan. 5, 1920, in Bowman, Ark., son of James Rowland and Elizabeth Jane McCullers Andrews. He and Mona Nadine Thornbrough were married Dec. 14, 1946. She died Feb. 13, 2003...
Walter Dawidowicz (08/13/05)
Walter J. Dawidowicz, 74, of Jackson died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Herkimer, N.Y., son of Zenon and Mary Kievlich Dawidowicz. He and Eloise Bishop were married Oct. 26, 1953. Dawidowicz owned and operated Dove Construction Co. in Casselberry, Fla. He then was a building inspector 10 years for the city of Casselberry, retiring in 1994. He moved to Jackson in 1999...
Vencil Duncan (08/13/05)
Vencil Henry Duncan, 80, of Gainesville, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at his home. He was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Red Hill, Va., son of Charlie and Annie Kelly Duncan. He and Verna Mae Mizell were married March 6, 1971, at Rockview, Mo. Vencil worked at Hughes Aircraft in Fullerton, Calif., and Cape Mobile Home Mart in Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 8/13/05 (08/13/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 1:22 a.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Bernice Street. * At 7:56 a.m., a motor vehicle accident in the 1200 block of Southern Expressway. * At 9:22 a.m., a motor vehicle accident on Route Y in Cape Girardeau County...
Police reports 8/13/05 (08/13/05)
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Out of the past 8/13/05 (08/13/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 13, 1980 The continuing heat wave is prolonging summer vacation for students in the Illmo-Scott City and Woodland school districts, whose boards of education this week decided to postpone the start of classes; most other Southeast Missouri schools intend to open on schedule...
Homecomers (08/13/05)
Jackson residents get excited about two things in August. One is the start of high school football practice. The other is Homecomers, the annual five-day celebration winding up today in uptown Jackson. Since the first Homecomers in 1908, the event has drawn thousands of people to Jackson for a round of contests, carnival rides, fried fish and reunions...
Congressional postal reform- What's in it for the consumer? (08/13/05)
A major U.S. Postal Service reform bill has passed the House of Representatives, and debate over the legislation among big business, big labor and bean counters from various branches of government is focused on U.S. Senate and White House approval. Lost amid the political wrangling is the fact that the new law does little to fix the most fundamental problems that affect post office consumers: Exorbitant spending on labor, flat productivity, and murky accounting practices that make it impossible to tell whether the Postal Service is unfairly increasing prices on Aunt Minnie to give discounts to big mailers.. ...
Sex offenders (08/13/05)
Jefferson City News Tribune Sentiment has been voiced that sexual offenders are being unfairly exposed to the harsh glare of the public eye. We disagree. Missouri lawmakers in 2004 approved a law that prohibits sexual offenders from living within 1,000 feet of any existing public school, private school or day-care facility. The votes were nearly unanimous -- 158-1 in the House and 31-0 in the Senate...
Fix broken nomination process (08/13/05)
To the editor: President Bush believes judges should strictly and faithfully interpret the law rather than legislate from the bench. He has appointed judges to the federal courts who share his judicial philosophy, and his appointees have been rated the best qualified of any recent administration by the American Bar Association. ...
Questions about new interchange (08/13/05)
To the editor: The big question regarding the new Jackson interstate interchange: Why build a completely new interchange when a half-mile south we already have an overpass into Jackson via County Road 618 and County Road 620? Why not simply add access lanes for I-55?...
Speak Out 8/13/05 (08/13/05)
Impact on Oran; Water is healthy; Exploited plight; Watchdogs at work; Plenty of pork; North to south
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