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Former astronaut Godwin tells women's club about her hometown support (09/17/05)
Dreams of traveling in space were how it began for Dr. Linda Godwin. Those dreams, coupled with support from family and educators, launched her into space -- four times -- and eventually to the Johnson Space Center in Texas where she currently works...
Mayor says quorum language is unclear (09/17/05)
City council may only vote with less than a quorum to fill vacancies. Imagine a plane carrying five of the seven Cape Girardeau city council members crashes, leaving just two councilmen alive to make all of the city's decisions. Under the current city charter, the councilmen would have the authority to conduct business in those circumstances to fill vacancies...
Crossing the Delaware (Park) (09/17/05)
After 20 years of being unused, Delaware Park has become a popular spot for mountain bike enthusiasts. For most of its 20 years, Delaware Park remained untouched and mostly unknown nestled between Lexington Avenue and Old Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau. The city's master plan calls for developing the 18 acres as a neighborhood park with picnic tables and a shelter, but funding has been unavailable...
World briefs 9/17/05 (09/17/05)
Germany may get first female chancellor; President says Iran may share nuclear technology; Christian area of Beirut bombed, at least one dead
Region/state digest 09/17/05 (09/17/05)
Man arrested after fleeing Cape Girardeau police A Cape Girardeau man was arrested for running from police during a traffic stop early Friday afternoon. Calvin Gene Ayers, 45, of 12 N. Pindwood Lane, was the passenger in a vehicle that Cape Girardeau officer Josh Smith pulled over for a traffic violation on William Street at Sheridan Drive. ...
Students learn real pace of detective work (09/17/05)
Leanne Grant's eighth-grade students at Scott City Middle School won't mistake Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators for the quick-talking cast of characters in the "CSI" television show. The patrol's crime-scene investigators don't rush through the evidence like prime-time Gil Grissom and his "CSI" colleagues...
Fair crowd enthusiastic despite Tracy Byrd's lack of energy (09/17/05)
Tracy Byrd's radio-friendly honky-tonk music would seem perfect to get a crowd pumped up at a fair. And while the 1,900 people in the crowd did go wild for Byrd's hits like "Watermelon Crawl," "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous" and "The Truth About Men," the performer was less than animated himself Friday night at the SEMO District Fair...
Local churches turn out in support of Hurricane Katrina's victims (09/17/05)
Help for hurricane victims ** Local churches continue their efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here's a list of some on-going activities and how you can participate: The church: Fruitland Community Church How to help: The church is collecting non-perishable items for the Louisiana Food Basket project sponsored by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. A team from the church will leave Sept. 25 to assist a fedding unit in the New Orleans area...
After 150 years, still aging Grace-fully (09/17/05)
Helen Ueleke first entered Grace United Methodist Church in 1937 as the 15-year-old daughter of the church's new minister. She's been there ever since. Like several other couples she knows, Ueleke met her husband at Grace. They were married in the church in 1941...
The real spiritual journey (09/17/05)
A brother went to see Abba Moses in his hermitage and asked him for a word. The old man said, "Go and sit in your cell, and it will teach you everything." One could wonder how an empty cell could teach a person anything. As I thought about what Abba Moses had answered, I realized that when I ceased "looking" for God I found what I needed right before me. ...
Religion briefs 9/17/05 (09/17/05)
Today; Grace Fellowship Church in Marble Hill, Mo., will present Linda Pepper of Gentle Thunder Ministries at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (573) 238-4746.; Sunday; Grace Fellowship Church in Marble Hill, Mo., will present Linda Pepper of Gentle Thunder Ministries at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (573) 238-4746.; Tuesday; Grace United Methodist Women meet, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall with the Copeland Circle, followed by the Sander Circle at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall and the evening circle at 6:30 p.m. in the home of Grace Hoover.; Wednesday; Free Trinity Pentecostal Church will begin a tent revival in Randles that continues through Friday. ; Friday; The Church Women United annual awareness luncheon will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. The lunch will begin at noon. For more information, call 334-0316.; Youth garage sale at First Christian; First Christian Church will hold its annual youth garage sale Sept. 24 to help raise funds for the youths' work trip in the summer of 2006. The sale will be held at the church. ; Dinner auction for St. Joseph School; The 14th annual St. Joseph School dinner auction will be held Oct. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Scott City. For more information, call 264-2344.; Tygett named to Catholic fellowship; Maureen Tygett, a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson, has begun studies in a graduate program designed to build new models of leadership teams in Catholic parishes. ; Areawide women's conference; Jackson First General Baptist Church will hold an areawide, non-denominational women's conference from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 The theme is "Extreme Makeover: Faith Edition." Guest speaker is singer/songwriter Ginger Millermon. For more information, call 243-8467.
Missouri to renew legal battle over base cuts (09/17/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Friday directed Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon to resume the state's legal challenge to the federal government's plan to close an Air National Guard base in St. Louis and other military installations. "I have not stopped fighting for the facilities that were inappropriately recommended for closure or realignment, and I will continue to do all I can to protect these installations," Blunt said...
CSIs in Illinois deal with lack of evidence, smarter crooks (09/17/05)
State Journal-Register SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- "CSI" and its spinoffs mean more time in court for members the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Lab. The testimony, many times, isn't to break open a case. "It is to explain things like why there isn't a print," said Robert Davis, director of the Springfield crime lab. "More often than not, you won't find a print you can use to make a comparison...
Federal judge blocks state's new anti-abortion law (09/17/05)
Gov. Matt Blunt's spokeswoman said he looksorward to debating the law's merits. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of new anti-abortion law, ruling it would have forced an end to abortions in part of Missouri and created a general chilling effect on abortion counseling...
Design for Truman statue unveiled (09/17/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Give 'em a hello, Harry. Organizers of a drive to place a statue of Harry S. Truman outside historic Union Station unveiled the winning design Friday, showing the 33rd president raising his trademark Homburg hat in a wave. Sculptor Bruce Wolfe said he wanted to capture the "friendliness, the gregariousness of Mr. Truman. I've looked through a zillion photographs of him, and a lot of them had the hat up like that."...
St. Louis seminary among first evaluated in gay inquiry (09/17/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A Catholic seminary in St. Louis will be among the first in the country to be visited by Vatican officials seeking evidence of homosexuality. Bishop Michael Burbidge of Philadelphia will lead a five-member team that will visit Aquinas Institute of Theology Sept. ...
Health groups want to raise cigarette tax (09/17/05)
If approved by voters, the increase would raise $351 million the first year. ST. LOUIS -- A coalition of health groups is spearheading a citizen initiative to raise the state's cigarette tax by 80 cents a pack to pay for prevention and cessation programs and health care for those harmed by tobacco...
Black leaders take wait-and-see attitude (09/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, seeking to dispel the widely held notion that poor, black Hurricane Katrina victims were abandoned because of their race, said Friday the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast will be successful only if it eliminates poverty and racial injustice...
National day of prayer for Katrina victims gets a mixed response (09/17/05)
In cathedrals and state Capitols, mosques and synagogues, Americans joined Friday in a national day of prayer for the communities and lives lost to Hurricane Katrina. However, many houses of worship did not participate or drew few people, partly reflecting disillusionment with how the federal government responded to the disaster...
NASA plans another lunar landing by 2018 (09/17/05)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA hopes to return astronauts to the moon by 2018, nearly a half-century after men last walked the lunar surface, by using a distinctly retro combination of space shuttle and Apollo rocket parts. The space agency presented its lunar exploration plan to the White House on Wednesday and on Capitol Hill on Friday. An announcement is set for Monday at NASA headquarters in Washington...
Ophelia finally weakens, speeds northeast (09/17/05)
NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Tropical Storm Ophelia was weakening and moving off the North Carolina coast Friday after a three-day drenching that was far less severe than many had anticipated. But tropical storm warnings were posted in New England. ...
Katrina's burden will fall to future (09/17/05)
The cost of cleaning up and rebuilding will be directly added to the $7.9 trillion national debt. WASHINGTON -- How much it will cost to clear the debris, detoxify the water, house the homeless and rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the Katrina catastrophe is still anyone's guess, but it's clear who's going to pay for most of it: Future generations...
At least 20 Iraqis die in sectarian violence (09/17/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A leading Sunni cleric called for religious and ethnic groups to take a stand against violence as Iraq endured a third consecutive day of sectarian killings -- the worst, a suicide car bombing at a Shiite mosque that killed at least 12 worshippers as they left Friday prayers...
Hamas rallies in Gaza pose new challenge to Abbas (09/17/05)
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip -- Thousands of masked Hamas gunmen marched in formation through abandoned Jewish settlements Friday, firing in the air and trampling an Israeli flag in the Islamic militant group's largest military-style victory parade since the Gaza withdrawal...
St. Vincent suffers loss to Potosi (09/17/05)
Waylon Richardet rushed for 170 yards on 35 carries, but that performance was not enough to lift St. Vincent's football team to a victory Friday night. The defending Class 1 state champion Indians fell to 1-2 as visiting Potosi improved to 3-0 with a 21-16 victory...
Vianney departs Jackson with 35-14 victory (09/17/05)
The Indians committed five turnovers in their loss to the Golden Griffins. Jackson opened the third quarter on a good note, scoring a touchdown 2 minutes into the second half to close within six points of Vianney. But by the time the third period ended, the Golden Griffins were in control and on their way to a 35-14 win at Jackson...
Winless Tigers suffer 32-0 defeat against visiting Chickasaws (09/17/05)
Blytheville employed trickery in dropping Central to 0-3. Central nearly got a block on Blytheville's first punt attempt. On the second Blytheville punt attempt the Tigers had a gang of tacklers bring down the punter before he got the ball off. The Tigers had the line stacked on Blytheville's fourth punt attempt at the start of the third quarter, but this time the Chickasaws learned their lesson. ...
Evansville slips past Redhawks 1-0 (09/17/05)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Evansville's women's soccer team scored a goal midway through the second half and knocked off visiting Southeast Missouri State 1-0 Friday night. Heidi Gray put a shot past Southeast goalkeeper Lindsay Pickering from about 20 yards out 20 minutes into the final period...
Tigers try to shore up defense, recover from last week's defeat (09/17/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Although memories of last year's nationally televised loss to Troy linger, the Missouri Tigers are downplaying talk of revenge leading up to today's rematch. Instead, the Tigers (1-1) are focused on rebounding from another disappointing loss, 45-35 last weekend to New Mexico. It was their fourth straight loss at home...
Redhawks, Bears may get truer self exams (09/17/05)
Both teams should get better reads on how they stack up against the competition after today's game. The way Missouri State coach Randy Ball sees it, neither he or Southeast Missouri State coach Tim Billings know a whole lot about their teams yet...
Area digest Sept17 (09/17/05)
Bridge run set for Oct. 1 The Bridge Run, a 5-kilometer run and one-mile walk on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, will take place Oct. 1 in conjunction with events to celebrate the Southeast Missourian's centennial. The race will start and finish at Fountain Street and Highway 74 by the Southeast Missouri State University river campus...
Rams, Cardinals search for first victory (09/17/05)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Don't expect Kurt Warner to get too emotional about his first game against the St. Louis Rams. Warner is on a reclamation mission with the Arizona Cardinals, and there is no time to linger in the past in the NFL. "It will be fun before the game, smile and shake some hands," he said, "but the bottom line is we need to go in and execute and play a good football game and come out with a win."...
Appleby carries big stick at 84 Lumber (09/17/05)
FARMINGTON, Pa. -- Stuart Appleby, looking for his first victory since January, unleashed big drive after big drive Friday during his sixth consecutive round in the 60s at the 84 Lumber Classic to open a one-shot lead Friday over an equally long hitter, Chris Smith, and a very accurate Cameron Beckman...
Cards' champagne stays on ice (09/17/05)
The Cubs handed St. Louis a 5-3 loss and put the Cardinals' division-clinching celebration on hold. CHICAGO -- There was disappointment, frustration. Beyond that, there was patience in the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse because the players realize the celebration is coming...
Charlie Brewer (09/17/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James C. "Charlie" Brewer, 66, of Perryville died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at his home. He was born June 1, 1939, in Perry County, Mo., son of Harley and Agnes Cecilia Swink Brewer. Brewer was retired from Gilster-Mary Lee. He was a member of Christ the Savior Catholic Church at Brewer, 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society, Amvets and American Legion Post 133...
Michael Huey (09/17/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Michael Huey, 61, of Chaffee died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 22, 1943, in St. Louis, son of Joel and Avis Lorene Mansker Huey. He and Hope Marie Kennedy were married Sept. 17, 1988...
Walter Weber (09/17/05)
Walter C. Weber, 71, of St. Louis County passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 10, 1933, at Burfordville, son of August and Emma Nagel Weber. The family later moved to Jackson, where he attended St. Paul Lutheran School and Church...
Harold McFerron (09/17/05)
Harold Eugene McFerron, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. He was born Jan. 7, 1921, at Randles, son of Arthur F. and Lucy Beck McFerron. He and Helen Louise Ford were married Aug. 31, 1946, in Cape Girardeau...
Herman Loiseau (09/17/05)
Herman Charles Loiseau, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1914, in East St. Louis, Ill., son of Henry and Mary Louise Hebert Loiseau. He and Lela Chapman were married Jan. 19, 1955...
Georgia Meyer (09/17/05)
Georgia B. Meyer, 102, formerly of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 16, 1903, near Jackson, daughter of Samuel McFerron and Lillian Day McFerron Loos. She and Herman H. Meyer were married in January 1924. He passed away Dec. 19, 1955...
Rev. Frederick Mouser (09/17/05)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- The Rev. Frederick Estel Mouser, 89, of Glenallen died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at the Baptist Home in Ironton, Mo. He was born June 20, 1916, at Lodge, Mo., son of the Rev. Estel and Mae Shell Mouser. He and Lela Virginia Sitze were married April 25, 1937...
Lloyd Banks (09/17/05)
Lloyd Jeffery Banks, 65, of Springfield, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at his home. He and Carrie Byrne were married Oct. 11, 2003. Banks worked at McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft from 1964 to 1966. He was a counselor with Jackson School District from 1971 to 2001, and also coached basketball and girls track...
Births 9/17/05 (09/17/05)
Chamberlain; Westrich; Kenedy; Seibel; Haupt; Kerr; Wulfers
Fire report 9/16/05 (09/17/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 11:16 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of Water Street. * At 5:45 p.m., box alarm at 350 N. Henderson Ave. * At 9:10 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2300 block of Jane Drive...
Police reports 9/17/05 (09/17/05)
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Out of the past 9/17/05 (09/17/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 17, 1980 The tail of a heavy thunderstorm whipped through the Cape Girardeau area late last night, bringing with it gusty winds and more than an inch of rain; the storms rumbled through parts of Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, leaving behind much cooler temperatures...
Constitution Day is a celebration of two documents (09/17/05)
As we observe a new celebration honoring the U.S. Constitution's Sept. 17 anniversary, we should take time to consider the miracle the Founders created more than 200 years ago. In 1787, after many heated arguments about what form the new American government would take, the delegates to the constitutional convention finished their draft of the constitution, reflecting a series of compromises that wholly pleased none of them...
Constitution Day (09/17/05)
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."...
Thanks for 1140th stories, photos (09/17/05)
To the editor: I cannot tell you how much the articles by Scott Moyers and the photos by Don Frazier regarding the 1140th Engineer Battalion cleanup mission in New Orleans mean to me. My son is there. It keeps me so well-informed on what is going on with them. My son calls occasionally but cannot convey all that these articles tell...
Explanation was condescending (09/17/05)
To the editor: Mayor Jay Knutson's explanation of proposed city charter changes for park fees was insulting to every citizen of Cape Girardeau and especially to women. I count myself as a member of the "little old lady" group that does not play golf and, therefore, would not be affected by an increase in golf fees...
We can help, fix blame at same time (09/17/05)
To the editor: Your recent editorial about Hurricane Katrina advised that we should concentrate on helping the victims of the hurricane and wait till later to affix blame. Is it your opinion that we citizens cannot do two things at once? Do you think we cannot simultaneously help those weather refugees and rapidly determine why the government failed to act? If you do, you are buying into the acceptance of a lethargic government that cannot do more than one thing at a time...
Speak Out 9/17/05 (09/17/05)
Thanks for column; City for the wealthy; Creeps will benefit too; Showing compassion; A mess again; Feds are responsible; City business; Primary agenda; Fair behavior; Blame game; Turning advice; Sending help; It's a way of life; Beer competition
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