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Federal grants boost efforts to combat drunken driving (08/18/05)
Extra patrols will enforce the laws against driving while intoxicated. Area police agencies have some advice for people prone to drink and drive: Beware. For 18 days beginning Friday, extra patrols will enforce the laws against driving while intoxicated. Federal grants, distributed by the Missouri Division of Highway Safety, will help pay the overtime for increased vigilance...
Club news 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Ramblewood Garden The Ramblewood Garden Club met Aug 2, at the Red House. Jane Jackson and Alan Higgins served as tour guides. A meeting was held at the Boardman Pavilion. The volunteer committee will discuss fund raising. Recommendations will be made at the September meeting. Emphasis is placed on need for funding scholarships...
Community briefs 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Post M of the TPA holds picnic on Saturday The Cape Girardeau Post M of the Travelers Protective Association will hold a family picnic Saturday, Aug. 20 at Cape County Park shelter 8. Pork steak and side dishes are on the menu. Games are planned. Girl Scout Troop 321, sponsored by Post M, helped with July's picnic and will assist with upcoming safety projects...
Ramsey bridge decades in making (08/18/05)
Scott City officials expect the project to ease traffic jams and attract new business development. Traffic congestion usually isn't a problem for towns of 5,000 people, but usually doesn't apply to Scott City. Nearly every morning and afternoon, the city sees the kind of bottleneck experienced in large metropolitan areas, and it has been that way for decades...
Recruiting for days of caring (08/18/05)
Hosts of 2005 Days of Caring need volunteers Hosts of the 2005 Days of Caring, The United Way of Southeast Missouri and the Vounteer Intergenerational Center (VIC), are again promoting volunteers and volunteer opportunities within the business community. The Days of Caring project takes place from Monday, Sept. 19 to Friday, Sept. 23. Projects need to be submitted by Aug. 19. Volunteers and volunteer groups need to sign up by Sept. 9...
Missouri bargain for business, study shows (08/18/05)
Study: Show Me State has wage costs, tax burdens below national average. Scott Rhodes doesn't need a study to tell him that it's cheaper to do business in Missouri. He also does business in Illinois. "It's considerably costlier to run a business over there," said Rhodes, vice president of Cape Girardeau-based Plaza Tire, which employs 300 people companywide. "The unemployment taxes are higher, worker's comp is higher, property taxes are higher. It's across the board."...
Father, son receive prison sentences on drug charges (08/18/05)
A father-and-son crack dealing duo received lengthy prison sentences Tuesday in federal court. Freddie M. Wren, 57, and Carl H. Wilson, 40, both of Cape Girardeau, were found guilty at trial on federal felony charges and were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Shaw, according to U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway...
Aldermen ban dodgeballers from Jackson's upper tennis court (08/18/05)
Weekend tournament of up to 250 players was canceled because of board's action. A spur-of-the-moment decision by the Jackson Board of Alderman forced organizers to cancel a long-planned dodgeball tournament in a city park. The board voted Monday to restrict the use of a newly refurbished tennis court. The action, which was not on the board's agenda, directed city parks workers to bar anyone who isn't playing tennis...
ACT scores rise in state, Jackson (08/18/05)
Marks dipped slightly in Cape Girardeau and Scott City. Missouri ACT scores rose a tenth of a point in 2005, but some local schools dropped off slightly from a year ago. The ACT test is a college preparatory test which is divided into four areas: Mathematics, English, science and reading. The top score is a 36...
Pregnant mom missing since Sunday afternoon (08/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Just days away from her due date, Amanda Jones was thrilled about the upcoming birth of her baby boy. When she left work Friday, where co-workers had recently thrown the single mother a baby shower, the last thing she said was she'd see them Monday...
DNR claims lead ore from trucks contaminates soil along highway highways (08/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has found what it calls significant soil lead contamination along several southeast Missouri roads traveled by trucks hauling lead ore, including about 50 residential properties. The DNR said Wednesday it has issued a permit allowing storage of the lead-contaminated soil collected from private land and public right-of-way near the highways. ...
Court clears way for suit against Philip Morris (08/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri appeals court has ruled that a lower court appropriately certified as a class-action case a lawsuit accusing Philip Morris USA of misleading smokers about the health risks of its so-called "light" cigarettes. Tuesday's ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals was cheered by attorneys who pressed a similar lawsuit in Illinois against the cigarette maker, which in that case was ordered to pay a $10.1 billion consumer-fraud judgment. ...
Blunt calls lawmakers back for special session (08/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Wednesday called lawmakers into a Sept. 6 special session to impose new restrictions on abortions, but he set forth a narrow agenda that likely would prevent passage of a proposed ban on certain stem cell research...
Oil spike this time around not expected to translate into troub (08/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Ouch. Oil is hovering above $66 a barrel and the price of filling up your car is approaching $3 a gallon. While this year's energy price surge looks a lot like the classic oil shocks of the past that sent the country tumbling into recession, this time a lucky combination of events should spell a different outcome...
Report: Wholesale inflation jumps by biggest amount in nine months (08/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Inflation at the wholesale level increased by the largest amount in nine months in July, reflecting the hit consumers are taking at gas pumps. The Labor Department reported that its Producer Price Index, which measures price pressures before they reach the consumer, jumped by 1 percent in July, the biggest advance since a 1.5 percent increase last October...
Sentencing hearing gives chilling insight into BTK serial killer's mind (08/18/05)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Prosecutors offered chilling details into the BTK serial killer's reign of terror Wednesday, outlining his fascination with bondage, his desire to strengthen his hand muscles when he found it hard to choke victims, and a terrifying conversation he had with an 11-year-old girl before he killed her...
Nationwide candlelight vigils call for end to war in Iraq (08/18/05)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq got underway Wednesday in a national effort spurred by one mother's anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch. The vigils were urged by Cindy Sheehan, who has become the icon of the anti-war movement since she started a protest in memory of her son Casey, who died in Iraq last year...
Windows worm spreads quickly; major damage unlikely (08/18/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Several new variants of a computer worm emerged Wednesday to attack corporate networks running the Windows 2000 operating system, just a week after Microsoft Corp. warned of the security flaw. As experts predicted, the Windows hole proved a tempting target for rogue programmers, who quickly developed more effective variants on a worm that surfaced over the weekend and by Tuesday had snarled computers at several large companies...
Boat with illegal immigrants sinks in Pacific; over 100 feared dead (08/18/05)
The boat, which was designed to hold 15 people, was believed to be headed to the U.S. BOGOTA, Colombia -- A small boat overloaded with more than 100 illegal immigrants capsized and sank in rough waters in the Pacific Ocean, and only nine survivors were found, clinging to a wooden box and buoys, officials said Wednesday...
Nation briefs 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Coretta Scott King in fair condition at hospital ATLANTA -- Coretta Scott King was hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday and a family friend said the 78-year-old widow of Martin Luther King Jr. had suffered a stroke. King was admitted to Piedmont Hospital on Tuesday, and the family released a statement Wednesday saying she was resting comfortably. ...
A forced exodus (08/18/05)
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip -- Jewish settlers sobbed and screamed, some of them ripping their shirts in mourning, as Israeli troops dragged them from homes and synagogues Wednesday -- the beginning of the end of Israel's 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip...
More than 325,000 pilgrims join World Youth Day celebrations (08/18/05)
COLOGNE, Germany -- Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims streamed into the German city of Cologne on Wednesday for the Roman Catholic Church's 20th World Youth Day, visiting the city's historic cathedral and awaiting a visit from the pope. Visitors celebrating their faith packed the square in front of the cathedral and surrounding streets, waving their national flags and singing songs -- in Spanish, French, German, English, Polish and Romanian. Some 325,000 people poured into the city...
Religious leader stabbed (08/18/05)
Woman sneaked into group of singing monks and stabbed 90-year-old Brother Roger. PARIS -- It was vespers in the Church of Reconciliation and a choir of monks was intoning the first notes of evensong amid a sea of worshippers. In the peace and solemnity of prayer, few people in the Burgundy village paid heed to the woman who had slipped into the group of singing monks...
Three Polish researchers rescued from polar bears (08/18/05)
OSLO, Norway -- Three unarmed Polish researchers stranded on a remote Arctic island were rescued by helicopter as polar bears were closing in on them, officials said Wednesday. The hairsbreadth escape took place on an island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 650 miles from the North Pole...
Bombs rattle Bangladesh (08/18/05)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- More than 100 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing two people, including a young boy, and wounding at least 125. About 50 people were arrested, a state-run news agency reported. There was no claim of responsibility, but leaflets from a banned group seeking the imposition of Islamic law were found at many scenes...
Co/op: Will locals schools participate in cooperative scholarship program? (08/18/05)
The members of the Missouri High School Activities Association threw an athletic lifeline of sorts to student-athletes at small schools this past spring by approving cooperative sponsorships. Now the question is whether any school will actually use it...
Ready to prove he's the real McCoy (08/18/05)
Southeast's highly touted defensive back will hit the field this season after being ineligible last year. Charles McCoy entered Southeast Missouri State's football program in 2004 with perhaps more hype than any player in recent Redhawks history -- and maybe ever...
Jacobsen hired as assistant (08/18/05)
She set several school records at BYU and was a volunteer assistant there last year. Brogan Jacobsen has been hired as an assistant coach for the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics program, head coach Tom Farden announced Wednesday. Jacobsen, a former standout gymnast at Brigham Young University, replaces AndreŽ Pickens, who recently resigned after one season with the Redhawks...
Annual tournament about more than just basketball (08/18/05)
The event, which also includes a gospel concert, raises money for House of Prayer's Educational Youth Domestic Center. Since he now lives in Dallas, Scott Porter doesn't find as much time as he would like to visit family and friends in Cape Girardeau...
McMurray tries to keep team engaged in Chase (08/18/05)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray fell agonizingly short of qualifying for NASCAR's playoffs last season, missing out on a spot in the Chase for the Championship by 15 points. His entire team believes that if McMurray had made it in, the Joplin, Mo., native might have won the title...
Cardinals set single-season ticket record for franchise (08/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals' final season at Busch Stadium has produced record crowds as well as a first-place team. The team announced Wednesday that it had sold 3.45 million tickets, breaking the previous franchise single-season record of 3.43 million in 1989. Their game Wednesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks was expected to be the 31st sellout, and 23rd straight attendance over 40,000...
Rams preferred camp close to home over Western Illinois (08/18/05)
Butler's knee injury seemed to be the only major setback suffered in training camp. ST. LOUIS -- The Rams broke camp Wednesday with positive opinions about it being held close to the city rather than traveling to Illinois, where they've trained in past years...
NCAA ends legal battle by purchasing NIT's two events (08/18/05)
NEW YORK -- The NCAA purchased the rights to the preseason and postseason National Invitation Tournaments as part of a settlement that ends a four-year legal fight between the two parties. In the deal announced Wednesday, the NCAA will pay $56.5 million to the five New York City colleges that operate the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, the organization that has run the NIT since 1940...
Taguchi fills in nicely for injured outfielders (08/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- In spring training, So Taguchi said he was ready to be a regular. Injuries to St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Larry Walker and Reggie Sanders have given him a chance to prove it. The 36-year-old Japanese import matched his career high with four hits and three RBIs Tuesday, just the latest in a string of effective games for the stand-in starter who struggled to get the ball out of the infield when he first came to America in 2002...
Butler's season over already (08/18/05)
The cornerback, who was injured on the first day of training camp, will have knee surgery Monday. ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Jerametrius Butler will undergo knee surgery Monday and miss the season, coach Mike Martz said Wednesday. Butler sustained a torn ligament in his right knee July 28, the first day of training camp. Rams doctors recommended surgery...
Mulder blanks Arizona again (08/18/05)
The left-hander pitched a five-hitter in his first start against the Diamondbacks since his 2001 one-hitter. ST. LOUIS -- A year ago at this time, Mark Mulder was in the midst of a second-half swoon that contributed to the Oakland Athletics missing the playoffs for the first time in five seasons...
Solving perpetual problems (08/18/05)
One couple I know called it "Our Own Private 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'." I often refer to it as the "marriage-go-round," that carnival ride that married couples so easily board. The great marriage researcher John Gottman refers to them as "perpetual problems" in marriage...
Concept of doctors' house calls makes a comeback (08/18/05)
Dr. Tamika Henry carries a stethoscope in her bag. But that's about all she has in common with doctors who visited patients in the heyday of the house call. Her woven tote from El Salvador is a virtual office, carrying diagnostic tools and a pocket computer that gives her instant access to patient charts. "Dr. Tamika" -- as doting patients call her -- is a thoroughly modern physician helping to revive a bygone form of medicine...
Health calendar 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Calendar Today ** Diabetes support group, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Fitness Plus Conference Room. Physician referral required to attend. To register call 331-5897. "Ask Your Doctor," 8 to 9 p.m., cable channel 5. Healthcare professionals discuss medical subjects and answer phone-in questions...
Tanning may be habit-forming, survey says (08/18/05)
Los Angeles Times Sun worshipers often joke that they're junkies when it comes to catching rays, but a new study suggests there may really be something addictive about tanning. The study's Texas-based researchers asked 145 randomly selected beachgoers at Galveston Island to answer questions adapted from two surveys typically used to screen for alcohol and substance dependence...
At large in the land of the Delta blues (08/18/05)
Aug. 18, 2005 Dear Pat, For many years the door of my refrigerator was decorated with a photograph that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. The photo was taken from the centerfield bleachers looking toward home plate. In the foreground, on one of the bench seats, a lovely woman in a bikini lay on her stomach watching the game, her legs crossed nonchalantly in the air...
Luella Brockmire (08/18/05)
Luella M. Brockmire, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at her home. She was born March 12, 1914, at Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Pete and Hilda Margaret Maddis Zeyen. She and Ralph Brockmire were married Dec. 18, 1932, in St. Charles, Mo. He died Nov. 2, 1983...
Esther Ackman (08/18/05)
Esther Ackman, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at the Perry County Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete with McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Clementine Moll (08/18/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Clementine J. Moll, 69, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born May 17, 1936, in Kaskaskia Village, Ill., daughter of Lloyd A. and Leona Mary Hoeb Lankford. She and Velroy Alvin Ruch were married Aug. 27, 1955. He died June 4, 1961...
Alta Priest (08/18/05)
Alta Olivia Priest, 75, of Jackson died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at her home. She was born July 10, 1930, in Piggott, Ark., daughter of Thomas and Lena Stephens Jackson. She and Earnie "Sonny" Priest were married Oct. 8, 1950. He died May 7, 1981. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Johnston and husband Shane, Gwen Maloney, all of Jackson; a brother, Eugene Jackson of Casa Grande, Ariz.; a sister, Catherine Anderson of Jonesboro, Ark.; five grandchildren, Laurie and Ryan Davis, Dereck and Carrie Johnston, Travis Maloney, Mandy and Bob Davis, and Carrie and James Scott; and nine great-grandchildren.. ...
Births 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Myers; Gremard; Brown; Adams; Shafer; Birk; Urhahn
Cape fire report 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: * At 4:07 p.m., emergency medical service at the 93-mile marker on Interstate 55. * At 4:37 p.m., emergency medical service at the 93-mile marker of Interstate 55. * At 4:58 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of Bellevue Street...
Cape/Jackson police reports 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
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Out of the past 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 18, 1980 Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court Charles P. Hutson and his staff begin moving into new office space in the former Cape Girardeau Public Library, even as Jackson and out-county residents opposed to the move announce their intentions to file a petition with the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday to block the move...
Academic tilt: A look of selective diversity in higher education (08/18/05)
Selective definitions of "diversity" can exclude some of its vital meanings. On college campuses, for obvious example, the goal of "diversity" has most urgently been focused on racial diversity. But at last, leaders of the higher-education establishment -- headed by the American Council on Education -- have finally recognized the fundamental basis for all education is diversity of ideas...
Averting tragedy (08/18/05)
Rescue stories with happy endings are far too rare these days. But two recent near-tragedies show how resourcefulness and quick thinking can save lives. An Air France flight from Paris skidded past the end of the runway in Toronto, broke apart and burst into flames. But tragedy was avoided when all 309 passengers managed to escape with only 43 minor injuries. Many of the passengers credited the plane's crew with an emergency plan that got everyone off in just a couple of minutes...
Opportunity for positive influence (08/18/05)
To the editor: In response to the Speak Out comment "Apt comparison": I believe the author's comments are inaccurate, xenophobic and representative of the author's own naivete and idealism. To imply that "Muslims are out to do away with Western civilization" is to forget that many Muslims now embrace Western civilization as a culture to which they contribute, thus making it their own as much as any Christian or American in the West. ...
Scouts represent nation's finest (08/18/05)
To the editor: Tragedies occur in some form almost daily. Recently the news gave an account of a group of Boy Scouts who were in the Sierra Nevada canyons when a severe storm suddenly developed causing a bolt of lightning to claim the life of the group's leader and injuring a number of others...
SEMO project hurts businesses (08/18/05)
To the editor: In response to the letter, "Street work affects businesses": The wasteful, unnecessary construction for Southeast Missouri State University's pointless new entrance is definitely hurting businesses. Cafe Azu has already been forced to shut down because of it. ...
Speak Out 8/18/05 (08/18/05)
Great guitarist; Baseball letdown; Pedestrian caution; Affordable job hunting; Insensitive example; Financial choice; Reasoning skills; Accountability issue; Worse than you think; Moment to cherish; Unselfish caring; They don't mix; Consenting adults; We need water park; Bad science, bad religion; Intelligent illness; Heading south
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