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Stories from Thursday, August 25, 2005

Teaching science, respecting religion (08/25/05)
Teaching science respecting religion Editor's note: Earlier this month, President George W. Bush reignited the debate over evolution by suggesting the theory of intelligent design should be taught in schools. Today in the first of a two-part series the Southeast Missourian examines how public schools in the region approach teaching about the origins of life...
Another view: Short lunch periods force students to eat quickly (08/25/05)
ANOTHER VIEW ** Short lunch periods force students to eat quickly Studies say it takes at least 20 minutes after eating to feel full. For local elementary students those 20 minutes are all they have to get into the lunchroom, go through the line and eat...
ShowHouse of Ideas to feature series on interior design (08/25/05)
The seminars scheduled for the Designer ShowHouse of Ideas, sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital and the Southeast Missouri State University interior design program, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The first seminar, "Five Characteristics of an Effective Gardener," will be given by horticulturist Joe Sherinski...
Women learn about football by gearing up for clinic (08/25/05)
Eighteen women attended the sixth annual Ladies Football Clinic Wednesday night at the Show Me Center. Southeast Missouri State University coaches discussed basics of football offense, defense and the kicking game. The clinic started, after mingling and enjoying chicken wings, cheese and vegetables, with two women dressing in practice equipment including thigh and knee pads...
Southeast enrollment up from 2004 (08/25/05)
Total enrollment is up 6.4 percent for all undergraduate and graduate students at Southeast Missouri State University, according to university officials. There are 9,425 students enrolled, up from 8,854 at the same time last year. A total of 8,540 of those are undergraduate students, up 7.6 percent from fall 2004, and 1,696 of those undergraduates are freshman, up 12.1 percent from 2004...
Cape Central grad joins Army National Guard (08/25/05)
Army Spec. Heather K. Lindsay has enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Army. Lindsay is a human resource specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion based in Cape Girardeau. She has served in the military for six years. Lindsay is the daughter of Kurt and Diane Lindsay and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lindsay, of Cape Girardeau. She is a 2005 graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School...
Grading the cafeteria: How healthy is your child's lunch? (08/25/05)
Children are losing the obesity battle in America's school cafeterias, say critics who contend school lunches have too much fat and lack nutrition. But local school officials and food-service directors disagree. They say their school districts do a good job of giving their students healthy lunches...
Medical building in the works in Poplar Bluff (08/25/05)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Together Saint Francis Health Development services and the Poplar Bluff Medical Partners are constructing a four-story, 94,000-square foot building that should be completed by the spring of 2007. Construction of the new medical office building in the Poplar Bluff Medical Park began Aug. 18...
Cape native now a prosecutor for Mississippi Co. (08/25/05)
Standard Democrat CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Guns and children will be the focus for Mississippi County's new assistant prosecuting attorney. Ken Richardson, a Cape Girardeau native who received his law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., began working in the Mississippi County prosecuting attorney's office Aug. 1...
Corps rejects Blunt's request to release water (08/25/05)
Governor disappointed that water from Missouri River reservoirs isn't going to be released. WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rejected a request by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's office to release water from reservoirs on the Missouri River to help shippers navigating the drought-plagued Mississippi River...
Daydreaming, Alzheimer's disease may be linked (08/25/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Scientists who set out to explore changes in the brain as Alzheimer's disease progresses got a surprise: a possible link between daydreaming and the degenerative brain disease that robs memory, language and thought. A new Washington University study shows the part of the brain used to daydream is the same where Alzheimer's disease develops -- in some people -- later in life. It suggests the normal brain activity of daydreaming fuels the sequence of events leading to Alzheimer's...
Retired bishop faces abuse suit (08/25/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local man filed suit Wednesday against a retired Roman Catholic bishop he claims sexually abused him as a child. The plaintiff filed the suit as John Doe E.K. against Bishop Joseph H. Hart, who spent 20 years at five Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph parishes before becoming auxiliary bishop in Cheyenne, Wyo...
Tropical Storm Katrina nears Florida, could become hurricane (08/25/05)
A stretch of Florida's coast was under a hurricane watch. MIAMI -- A hurricane warning was issued for the southeast Florida coast late Wednesday and people were advised to take safety precautions in advance of a late strike today by a growing Tropical Storm Katrina...
Coroner blames another death on heat (08/25/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Heat was a factor in the death of a man whose body was discovered earlier this month in a sweltering room, the Jackson County medical examiner's office announced Wednesday. The victim was identified only as a 57-year-old Kansas City man...
Inmate's suit calls lethal injection cruel (08/25/05)
A hearing on Timothy Johnston's suit, filed more than a year ago, will be held just days before his scheduled execution. ST. LOUIS -- Even as the state prepares to execute Timothy Johnston next week for killing his wife, a lawsuit questioning the method of execution remains unresolved...
Web site lets donors check charities (08/25/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Web site introduced Wednesday allows Missourians to check how charities spend their money, Attorney General Jay Nixon said. The site currently lists only about a third of the hundreds of charities that operate in Missouri, but Nixon said he hopes other charities join the effort when they realize consumers are using the site...
Search for woman turns to farms (08/25/05)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- The search for a missing pregnant woman in Jefferson County took a new turn Wednesday as officers investigating her disappearance searched two farm properties in rural Hillsboro. The farms are owned by Bryan Westfall and his parents. Amanda Jones' relatives say Westfall is the father of her unborn child, who was expected to be born sometime this week. Jones disappeared Aug. 14 after meeting Westfall at the Hillsboro Civic Center...
Mother of fallen U.S. soldier returns to continue anti-war protest in Texas (08/25/05)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- A woman whose son was killed in Iraq returned to Texas on Wednesday to resume her anti-war protest near President Bush's ranch after a weeklong absence to care for her ailing mother. About a dozen protesters who have continued the peace vigil picked up Cindy Sheehan at the Waco airport Wednesday afternoon, six days after she flew to Los Angeles when her 74-year-old mother suffered a stroke...
Bush says U.S. will fight the war on terror as long as he's president (08/25/05)
NAMPA, Idaho -- President Bush vowed anew that there would be no retreat from the war in Iraq as he addressed a rocking crowd of military families Wednesday, a supportive contrast to the anti-war demonstrators who have been shadowing him wherever he goes...
Eastern bases among few saved (08/25/05)
Federal commission bucked the Pentagon's suggestion on two New England bases, but Cape's Naval Reserve Center is still being cut. WASHINGTON -- Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs...
Rival Shiite groups clash across five cities across southern Iraq (08/25/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Clashes erupted between rival Shiite groups across the Shiite-dominated south Wednesday, threatening Iraq with yet another crisis at a time when politicians are struggling to end a constitutional stalemate with Sunni Arabs. The confrontation in at least five southern cities -- involving a radical Shiite leader who led two uprisings against U.S. forces last year -- followed the boldest assault by Sunni insurgents in weeks in the capital...
Peru jet crash kills dozens; 58 walk away (08/25/05)
PUCALLPA, Peru -- Trudging through knee-deep mud in a hail storm, at least 58 people managed to escape a flaming Peruvian airliner that splintered as it crash-landed in the Amazon jungle, killing 37. One aviation expert called it a "miracle" that so many walked away...
World digest 08/25/05 (08/25/05)
Annan: U.N. determined to ensure aid for Niger NIAMEY, Niger -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed for more aid Wednesday for hunger-stricken Niger, and said the crisis in this desert nation could deepen if more help doesn't come soon. Annan's comments came as he wrapped up a two-day trip aimed at highlighting the plight of 5 million people across northwest Africa, most of them in Niger, facing food shortages after their crops were ravaged by drought and locusts. ...
Notre Dame shuts out Central (08/25/05)
Schnurbusch and Burger kept the Tigers off the scoreboard, while two freshmen made an impact with their speed. Notre Dame showed off its team speed and veteran pitching in a 6-0 romp against visiting Central on Wednesday. In their season opener, the Bulldogs had five bunt singles, including two from freshman Erika Reinagel. Fellow freshman Paris Burger also had a bunt single and swiped a pair of bases...
Redhawks have chance to be most talented squad in program's history (08/25/05)
Southeast opens its seventh season on Friday against Gardner-Webb at the Austin Peay Tournament. Heather Nelson believes this just might be her most talented team since she started the Southeast Missouri State women's soccer program in 1999. The seventh-year coach hopes that allows the Redhawks to climb back to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference standings...
Nowacki anxious for season to begin (08/25/05)
After four years as an assistant, she guides the Redhawks into the Missouri State Invitational this weekend. Renata Nowacki can't wait to begin making her imprint on Southeast Missouri State volleyball. She'll get the opportunity this weekend when the Redhawks open the season in the Missouri State Invitational in Springfield, Mo., facing St. Louis University and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, and host Missouri State on Sunday...
Earnhardt's misery seeks Gordon's company (08/25/05)
NASCAR's most popular driver wouldn't mind seeing another big name miss out on the Chase for the Championship. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is done talking about the points standings. In fact, he claims he hasn't even looked at them this week. In serious danger of missing the playoffs, Earnhardt has found the best strategy for him is to not even worry about it...
NASCAR standings 8/25/05 (08/25/05)
Driver standings ** 1. Tony Stewart 3,268 2. Jimmie Johnson 3,142 3. Greg Biffle 3,016 4. Rusty Wallace 2,979 5. Mark Martin 2,899 6. Jeremy Mayfield 2,869 7. Kurt Busch 2,848 8. Ryan Newman 2,773 9. Carl Edwards 2,758 10. Jamie McMurray 2,702 11. Dale Jarrett 2,651...
Huggins agrees to buyout (08/25/05)
A deal that will end the coach's tenure at Cincinnati hasn't been completed yet. CINCINNATI -- Bob Huggins agreed Wednesday to step down as Cincinnati's basketball coach, ousted by a school president determined to change the program's image. One day after Huggins was given a choice of resigning or being fired, he agreed to take a $3 million buyout of his contract. The school's offer includes a chance to stay for three more months, giving advice on basketball recruits and related matters...
Federer, of course, has top seed in U.S. Open (08/25/05)
NEW YORK -- The draw for the U.S. Open held as much drama for Roger Federer as most of his matches. He didn't much care how it turned out, who he played in the first round on Monday or who he might play in the rounds that follow. He was off in his own world Wednesday, sleeping late, then practicing at the National Tennis Center while the draw went on with a bit of pretentious ceremony across the East River at the United Nations...
Cards-Pirates pregame scuffle prompts meeting (08/25/05)
PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a brief shoving match during batting practice Wednesday night, prompting the umpires to hold a pregame meeting with managers Tony La Russa of the Cardinals and Lloyd McClendon of the Pirates...
Carpenter reaches 18 wins (08/25/05)
The Cardinals' 8-3 victory put La Russa in a tie for third in career wins for managers. PITTSBURGH -- Even with a five-run lead in the first inning against the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates, Chris Carpenter took nothing for granted. Carpenter allowed just four hits and three runs in eight innings, becoming the majors' first 18-game winner, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pirates 8-3 Wednesday night...
Tour director says 'we were all fooled' by Armstrong (08/25/05)
The seven-time champion called Leblanc's remarks "preposterous." PARIS -- Sounding convinced that Lance Armstrong is guilty of doping, the director of the Tour de France said "we were all fooled" and the seven-time champion owes an explanation for "proven scientific facts" from a newspaper report alleging he cheated to win cycling's most prestigious event...
Lunch Boxing (08/25/05)
Ever wonder what really happens to the broccoli, skim milk and whole-wheat bread in your child's lunch box? Does it go in his stomach, or in the trash? With some 14 million U.S. children facing obesity, experts say bringing diets under control both at home and in places such as school has become a heavyweight bout for many families...
It's safe to love carbs again (08/25/05)
I was brought up with the wonder of Wonder Bread, that deliciously sweet confection known as white bread. It was fortified with all kinds of -- well, who knows what exactly -- but it is what good mothers gave their growing children back in the '50s...
Asking yourself how it feels (08/25/05)
Aug. 25, 2005 Dear Leslie, Bob Dylan asked a generation how it felt to be without a home, like a complete unknown. Instead of worrying them, as it would have their war-winning, FHA-housed parents, the question was liberating for baby boomers. A rolling stone became their symbol...
Virginia Meyr (08/25/05)
Virginia Lee Meyr, 77, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at Jackson Manor. She was born June 5, 1928, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of John and Minnie Schloss McFerron. She and Paul E. Meyr were married Dec. 29, 1946, in St. Louis. They had been married 56 years when he passed away May 17, 2003...
John Hoffman (08/25/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- John R. Hoffman, 55, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at his home. He was born May 9, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, son of Frederick John William "J.W." Hoffman Jr. and Thelma Glenora Lacey Hoffman. He and Jeanne J. Masterson were married Nov. 19, 1994, in East Cape Girardeau, Ill...
Sgt. Bob Davis (08/25/05)
Sgt. Robert Gene "Bob" Davis, 23, of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was born Dec. 27, 1981, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jimmy and Judy Kimes Davis. He and Amanda Johnston were married April 21, 2001, in Jackson...
Doris McCullough (08/25/05)
Doris Louise McCullough, 86, of St. Louis died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 13, 1918, at Illmo, daughter of Frank and Myra Tesdal Mackley. She married Herbert McCullough. McCullough was formerly of Cape Girardeau...
Frances Feigenspan (08/25/05)
Frances S. Feigenspan, 103, formerly of Jefferson City, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 13, 1902, at Fulton, Mo., daughter of Ben L. and Lula Beaven Stewart. She and J.J. Feigenspan were married May 30, 1925, in Kirksville, Mo. He died July 3, 1987...
Births 8/25/05 (08/25/05)
Bisher; Dirnberger; Cantrell; Glenzy; Ayala
Cape/Jackson fire reports 08/25/05 (08/25/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: * At 3:22 p.m., a fire alarm at 1000 Towers complex. * At 4:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of South Mount Auburn Road. * At 7:50 p.m., a natural gas odor at 338 Broadway...
Cape police report 8/25/05 (08/25/05)
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Out of the past 8/25/05 (08/25/05)
25 years ago: Aug. 25, 1980 After a summer that passes much too quickly for children, classes begin for more than 4,000 youngsters in the Cape Girardeau public schools; it is also the first day of school for pupils at Trinity Lutheran School, St. Vincent's and St. Mary's Catholic grade schools, Notre Dame High School and University Schools...
Tapping taxpayers (08/25/05)
American taxpayers who raised their eyebrows over padded funding for pet projects in the federal highway bill might arch them even higher over efforts to save dying languages. At risk are 2,500 native languages, or dialects of various languages, spoken only by a few individuals whose knowledge and understanding of a particular language will die with them over the next century or so...
Debbie Shank still a wife and mom (08/25/05)
To the editor: Jumping from job to job obviously is wrong, according to Scott Moyers. His first statement in his front-page article downs Debbie Shank, who has had more than one job. So have I. Am I doing something wrong? Please tell me Moyers did not just wake up one morning without ever working a day in his life and decide to be an editor for the Southeast Missourian. ...
Use tax system to your advantage (08/25/05)
To the editor: I would like to offer an alternative plan to the Fair Tax plan offered by Neil Boortz and U.S. Rep. Linder in their book and also the flat-tax plan offered by Steve Forbes and others. My plan features a progressive tax with a 10 percent start rate. A large number of taxpayers would have a marginal rate of 15 percent on taxable income up to $58,000. The plan would offer credits for children, education, retirement and adoptive taxpayers...
Perry team gets first-class treatment (08/25/05)
To the editor: On Aug. 20 our 12-and-under fast-pitch girls' softball team was invited to play in the Cary Flanigan Memorial Tournament at the Shawnee Sports Complex in Cape Girardeau. If you can judge a man by his friends, Mr. Flanigan must have been an outstanding person. The way people came out to support this event was touching. You could tell that Mr. Flanigan had many loving family members and friends...
Support businesses along Broadway (08/25/05)
To the editor: Now that the construction on Broadway of a new entrance to Southeast Missouri State University is near completion, I wish to direct your attention to a serious point of consideration. In the eyes of some taxpayers, this improvement is welcomed and necessary. ...
Speak Out 8/25/05 (08/25/05)
Traffic planning; Knowledge is good; Unsung heroes; Impact of fuel prices; Thanks for help; Unjust cause; Give them thanks; Deserve a reward; Choose your lane; What answers?; Silly controversy; More jobs; Science and fiction; Slower isn't better; Low pay scale; Comparing scores; Not so superior; Postal bargain
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