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150th annual SEMO District Fair (09/12/05)
Free Attractions Showtimes Granpa Cratchet's Puppet Show Saturdays: 3, 5 & 7 p.m. Weekdays: 5:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m. Great Lakes Timberjack Show Saturdays: 3, 5 & 7 p.m. Weekdays: 5:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m. Hoffmann's Exotic Endangered Cats of the World Show...
School officials review playground safety issues (09/12/05)
Missouri children slide into danger daily, judging from national statistics that show playgrounds in the state are among the least safe in the nation. But local schools insist their equipment is safe and every effort is made to guard against putting children at risk during recess...
Day four: Guard settles in; prepares for missions (09/12/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- The soldiers of the 1140th Engineer Battalion entered New Orleans for the first time Sunday, setting up camp in a former party town that now is occupied by corpses floating in flooded streets, a million displaced refugees and mounds of trash and debris...
September Project lets students reflect on 9-11 (09/12/05)
Sept. 11, 2001, will be a day Central High School senior, Taryn Heid, will remember for the rest of her life. "It is one of the most important days in our history," she said. "It was a horrible tragedy that really rebirthed patriotism in our country."...
Cape festival planners announce musical lineup (09/12/05)
With two weeks left until the City of Roses Music Festival hits downtown Cape Girardeau on Sept. 23 and 24, the music lineup has been finalized for the festival's four stages. This year, the ninth for the festival, will feature stages on Water Street at the corners of Broadway, Independence Street and Themis Street and another stage at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo...
'Ragin' Cajun' general becomes icon leading military's Katrina response (09/12/05)
According to family lore, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore was born during a hurricane. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- To troops, he's the "Ragin' Cajun" an affable but demanding general barking orders to resuscitate a drowning city. To his country, he's an icon of leadership in a land hungry for a leader after a hurricane exposed the nation's vulnerability to disasters...
Community Q&A 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
n Name: Tammy Biri...
Community briefs 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
Silent auction will raise hurricane relief funds Stamps and Scrapbooks at 412 East Main St. in Jackson will hold an ongoing silent auction of miscellaneous items including scrapbooking supplies until Friday. From 6 to 11 p.m. Friday the class fee for crop night will be donated to the relief effort for those participating and auction items bid upon will be sold. You may check on your silent auction items by calling 204-7662...
Honoring a role model: Astronaut will be recognized by Zonta (09/12/05)
The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau will hold its second annual luncheon Friday at the Show Me Center to honor women from the Cape Girardeau area. This year's event will honor Jackson native and NASA astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin. The luncheon raises money for local and international service projects and scholarships...
Community cuisine 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
Guardian Angel Home and School fall dinner; Scott City K of C to hold annual Friday dinners
Mississippi River states seek to limit sturgeon, caviar industry (09/12/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Like the sturgeon they snare in their nets, caviar fishermen in Mississippi River states are increasingly being targeted because of their productivity. Wildlife regulatory agencies in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky -- the core of the Midwestern caviar industry -- are pushing new regulations aimed at limiting the size and scope of the sturgeon catch...
City dedicates park at famous intersection (09/12/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been nearly two decades since there has been a corner to stand on at 12th and Vine, an intersection made famous in the song "Kansas City." That hasn't stopped tourists from visiting the empty field east of downtown to get their pictures taken at the site in an area that once thrived with all-night jazz halls, cheap dance clubs and elegant ballrooms...
Specter says he won't ask directly if Roberts will overturn Roe (09/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he will not ask Supreme Court chief justice nominee John Roberts whether he would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., did say he planned to ask Roberts, the president's pick to succeed the late William H. Rehnquist as chief justice, whether there is a right to privacy in the Constitution...
Survey: Retail gas prices hit all-time highs after Katrina (09/12/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Damage to Gulf Coast refineries and pipelines by Hurricane Katrina pushed retail gas prices to historic highs in the past two weeks, with self-serve regular averaging more than $3 a gallon for the first time ever, according to a nationwide survey released Sunday...
Carolina residents wary of Ophelia (09/12/05)
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Hurricane Ophelia sat nearly stationary off the coast of the Carolinas on Sunday, taunting coastal residents made wary by the destruction that Katrina caused along the Gulf Coast. The storm was more than 200 miles from land with sustained wind of nearly 75 mph, but it was piling up heavy surf that challenged surfers and pounded the beaches. ...
New Orleans shows 'signs of progress' (09/12/05)
With floodwaters receding, residents gather for church services. NEW ORLEANS -- Workers here were picking up trash Sunday, a small miracle under the circumstances. The airport opened to cargo traffic. A bullhorn-wielding volunteer led relief workers in a chorus of "Amazing Grace."...
Gas prices make alternative fuel stocks skyrocket (09/12/05)
NEW YORK -- Alternative energy has long been dismissed as too expensive to be practical, but with oil hovering around $65 a barrel, solar energy and fuel cells are starting to look positively affordable. As a result, alternative fuel companies' stock has soared this summer alongside oil prices...
Muslim groups help hurricane victims (09/12/05)
HOUSTON -- About 2,000 Muslim volunteers helped victims of Hurricane Katrina at the city's downtown convention center Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Muslim leaders from around the country who were in Houston for the volunteer effort said the anniversary was coincidental. But they welcomed the opportunity to highlight their faith's true meaning...
Siblings read loved ones' names at Sept. 11 ceremony (09/12/05)
NEW YORK -- As if they were writing letters to a long-lost friend, the brothers and sisters of Sept. 11 victims walked to the microphone, looked to the sky and tearfully told their siblings what had happened in the world since they died. They talked about babies born, children growing up, and how much the victims were still missed...
World briefs 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
Ruling party vote kicks off primary in Mexico; No attempt was made on Afghan minister's life; Clinton says China must tolerate more dissent
Japanese leader gets big boost as ruling party heads for victory in parliament elections (09/12/05)
TOKYO -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi scored a political triumph Sunday as the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party headed for a landslide win in an election touted as a referendum on his push to privatize Japan's cash-swollen postal system. Early today, public broadcaster NHK projected the LDP won 296 seats in parliament's 480-seat lawmaking lower house, far more than the 241 needed for a majority and the 249 seats it held when Koizumi dissolved the chamber Aug. ...
More than 150 insurgents killed in Tal Afar offensive (09/12/05)
TAL AFAR, Iraq -- Insurgents staged a classic guerrilla retreat from Tal Afar on Sunday, melting into the countryside through a network of tunnels to escape an Iraqi-U.S. force that reported killing about 150 rebels while storming the militant bastion...
Colleges try to track blue-chip prep talent dispersed by Katrina (09/12/05)
JACKSON, Miss. -- High school football star J.C. Brignone lost nearly everything when Hurricane Katrina tore through coastal Bay St. Louis, from his home to his senior season at St. Stanislaus High. Brignone's family fled 400 miles to join relatives in the suburban Atlanta town of Lilburn, where Georgia powerhouse Parkview High received him with open arms...
U.S. reclaims Solheim Cup (09/12/05)
Europe and Stupples unable to stave off the Americans in singles match play. CARMEL, Ind. -- Karen Stupples said she didn't watch the scoreboard Sunday during her singles match at the Solheim Cup. But she could sense -- even before the crowds began to thicken and before all of her nonplaying European teammates began following along the back nine at Crooked Stick Golf Club -- the significance of her spot in the next-to-last pairing opposite Meg Mallon of the United States...
Tigers try to remain positive after loss (09/12/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For the second straight season, Missouri has an early season nonconference blemish on its record. Unlike last season, players are determined not to let it ruin everything. The Tigers couldn't keep up with New Mexico's offense in a 45-35 shootout loss Saturday night, a game that exposed glaring weaknesses in run and pass defense along with a puny pass rush and even punier punting. ...
Stewart is still the driver to chase (09/12/05)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart was in a good place before the final race to set the field for NASCAR's Chase for the championship, his spot atop the standings secure. And now that the nine other drivers that will contend for the title have been decided, including five from Jack Roush's stable, Stewart still is the man to beat...
Calcavecchia wins Canadian Open despite birdie drought (09/12/05)
Mark Calcavecchia thought his best days on a golf course had slipped away. His performance at the Canadian Open in Vancouver, British Columbia, proved he was wrong. Calcavecchia battled his putter in the final round and made just one birdie on the weekend, but ended a four-year winless streak by closing with a 1-over 71 Sunday for a one-stroke victory...
Making believers: Carpenter builds strong case for Cy Young (09/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Two years ago, Chris Carpenter wandered around the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse in baseball limbo while recovering from shoulder surgery. The team signed him to a free-agent deal despite the uncertainty of his medical condition, and since has reaped the rewards for its patience. Carpenter, who had a breakout season in 2004 with 15 wins before a biceps injury knocked him out of the postseason, is 21-4 this year and the NL Cy Young Award favorite...
New start, old woes: Rams yield a special teams TD in 28-25 loss to 49ers (09/12/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mike Nolan left the locker room with no grin, no spring in his step, absolutely no indication his San Francisco 49ers had just shocked their oldest rivals in his head coaching debut. The jubilant players in the room behind him -- and John York, the excited owner shaking his hand -- still knew something remarkable had just happened for the NFL's worst team in 2004...
Saints overcome obstacles to win opener (09/12/05)
The New Orleans Saints took their minds off two weeks of death and despair, focused on football and won a game Sunday for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Deuce McAllister ran for two touchdowns and John Carney kicked a 47-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to lift the Saints to an emotional 23-20 win over the Carolina Panthers...
Mets end slide with Martinez on mound (09/12/05)
New York defeated St. Louis 7-2 to end its six-game losing streak. ST. LOUIS -- The way the New York Mets' road trip went, Pedro Martinez considered pitching to avoid a series sweep more stressful than his start in the World Series last fall. Martinez stopped his own two-game skid as well as the Mets' six-game losing streak, working eight strong innings in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday...
Federer spoils Agassi's unlikely march (09/12/05)
The defending champion rolled to a four-set victory in the championship match. NEW YORK -- Roger Federer, a man of panache and unparalleled perfection in finals, withstood Andre Agassi's spirited upset bid to capture a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title...
As the world turns at KFVS news (09/12/05)
Q: Is it true that KFVS12 doesn't know which way the earth rotates on its axis? Check out the opening clip on the nightly local news. A: "This is a good question, one we get occasionally," said Paul Keener, director of marketing for KFVS12 and its sister station, UPN The Beat. ...
Newest Cape restaurant gives away food cooked for practice (09/12/05)
By the time Cape Girardeau's newest eatery, Texas Roadhouse, opens to the public at 4 p.m. today, the business will have already provided about 1,000 free meals to city employees, various service organizations and charities. Jen Cope, regional marketing manager for the Louisville, Ky.-based firm, said the food served was everything that is on the menu including appetizers and salads. For the past week, employees practiced cooking steaks, ribs, potatoes and a variety of chicken dishes...
Phasing out film: Digital camera revolution took decades to develop at Kodak (09/12/05)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Steven Sasson knew right away in December 1975 that his 8-pound, toaster-size contraption, which captured a black-and-white image on a digital cassette tape at a resolution of 0.01 megapixels, "was a little bit revolutionary." When anyone asked, the Eastman Kodak Co. engineer ventured that it would become a commercial reality in 15 to 20 years...
Christopher Cook (09/12/05)
Christopher Clarence Cook, 40, of Scott City died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at his home. He was born Aug. 16, 1965, in Cape Girardeau, son of William Christopher and Shirley Amelia Held Cook. Cook worked on the river as a deck hand. Survivors include his mother; a son and daughter, Christopher and Isabelle Cook of Scott City and a sister, Jamie Sitzes of Scott City...
Misty Drake (09/12/05)
Misty Dawn Drake, 28, of Old Appleton died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at her residence. She was born March 23, 1977, in Ste. Genevieve, daughter of Leroy Barnette and Peggy DeWeese Barr. She and Wayne L. Drake were married March 27, 1993. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Perryville...
Florence Miller (09/12/05)
Florence Miller, 87, of Anna, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at City Care Center in Cobden. She was born July 17, 1918, in Alexander Co., daughter of James and Stella Simpson Ice. She married Gerald Miller April 8, 1939. He died December 19, 1999...
Melvin Bailey (09/12/05)
Melvin A.C. Bailey, 52, of Advance died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter. He was born May 7, 1953, in Senath, Mo., son of Melvin and Docia Wardlow Bailey. He and Pam West were married in 1974 in Doniphan. Bailey was a retired electrician for Noranda Aluminum. He was of the Methodist faith...
Ethel Unnerstall (09/12/05)
Ethel J. Unnerstall, 91, of Benton died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born March 23, 1914, in Kelso, daughter of Benjamin and Dorothy Heuring Enderle. She married John A. Unnerstall July 1, 1933, in Jonesboro, Ill. He died Jan. 22, 1988...
Cape police report 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
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Out of the past 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 12, 1980 The Cape Girardeau Elks Club has purchased a 100-acre parcel from the Otahki Girl Scout Council and has earmarked the land as the site for future construction of a new Elks Lodge; the Lake Hollenbeck property includes about 100 acres northwest of the city...
Giving to United Way (09/12/05)
In 2005, the United Way of Southeast Missouri distributed $80,000 to the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross and $65,000 to the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau. An additional $18,000 in emergency United Way funding is enabling the two organizations to help refugees from Hurricane Katrina who have landed in Southeast Missouri...
God's first rule: Love one another (09/12/05)
To the editor: I was horrified at the tragedy on our Gulf Coast this past week. I believe our nation has been moving in the wrong direction for some years now. It is easy to find, or make up, rules to live by. I think a lot of people now believe our relationship with God depends on our obedience to the rules. This mistaken attitude shows in our behavior toward each other...
Thanks to 8th District relief effort (09/12/05)
To the editor: I would like to thank everyone in the 8th District who is helping with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From Cape Girardeau, Kennett, Leadwood and all along the I-55 corridor, contributions of much-needed supplies have been driven south. ...
Speak Out 9/12/05 (09/12/05)
Stop blaming the feds; Pay the price; Wasted education; A blessing to help; Hurricane realities; They turned their heads
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