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Workshop offers insight to potential town criers (09/30/05)
Seven people sat upstairs in the American Queen room of the Dockside Consignment Center Thursday night to hear an insider's tips on how to become a successful town crier. On the eve of the competition, Redmond O'Colonies, American Champion Crier, reminded potential participants to have fun...
Stomach flu making its presence known (09/30/05)
A flu-like nuisance is sweeping through families as the fall season begins. Commonly referred to as the flu, the stomach flu is a highly contagious illness that lasts on average 24 hours, said Dr. Daniel Bieser of the Mount Auburn Medical Group. It is not to be mistaken as influenza, which is a respiratory illness...
Penny proves popular at Humane Society shelter (09/30/05)
After being featured in the Southeast Missourian Thursday, Penny, a terrier mix left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, has received several adoption inquiries. Six of the 24 dogs brought from the hurricane-damaged area were officially adopted from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri on Thursday. Several adoptions will be finalized today...
ShowHouse of Ideas to feature interior design tips (09/30/05)
For the past month, men and women have scurried in and out of the home at 700 N. Pacific St. at all hours of the day and night. They've carried out the old and carried in the new, sometimes more than once. Their goal? Nothing short of picture perfect...
Home cookin' among the best (09/30/05)
Two local chefs are finalists in the third annual AgriMissouri Chef Recipe Contest. Two of the state's top chefs who are the best at using Missouri agricultural products work in Cape Girardeau. DeWayne Schaaf and Jason Elspermann are finalists in the third annual Chef Recipe Contest sponsored by the AgriMissouri Program and Missouri Department of Agriculture. The contest focuses on building a demand for agricultural products grown, raised and processed in Missouri...
'Hawks drop SIU, Missouri St. from lineup (09/30/05)
Southeast Missouri State's two longest-standing football rivals will not appear on next year's schedule, and also probably not on schedules in the foreseeable future. The Redhawks will play neither Southern Illinois nor Southwest Missouri State after four-year contracts with those schools ended this season...
Scott City fire report 9/30/2005 (09/30/05)
Scott City Firefighters responded to the following items on Sept. 23: * At 5:29 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2100 block of Main Street. * At 8:40 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of Richard Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls on Sunday:...
Court briefs 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
Sentencing date set in death of 2-week-old A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man faces up to life in prison for abusing his 2-week-old son to the point of death. David Alan Tippen, 20, withdrew his innocent plea on Tuesday to charges of child abuse resulting in death and second-degree murder, during a jury trial before Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis. ...
Displaced students try to adjust to new schools, home (09/30/05)
Some students and their families are returning to the Gulf Coast; others will likely stay the rest of the school year. Some students who came to Southeast Missouri after Hurricane Katrina uprooted them have begun returning home to familiar-but-damaged neighborhoods on the Gulf Coast. Now children made refugees by Hurricane Rita are showing up in the region...
Story assignment turns into love affair (09/30/05)
Freelance writers Don and Judy Schnable visited Cape Girardeau over the past two days to gather information for a feature story they're writing about the area. As they leave, the couple realizes they may have found their future home. After visiting sites such as the Mississippi River floodwall mural, Trail of Tears State Park and Bollinger Mill, the Schnables have fallen in love with the area...
Celebration to feature wide range of music (09/30/05)
Saturday the Southeast Missourian Centennial Celebration will offer hours of entertainment ranging from Sousa-style march music, Creole sounds, a 13-year-old bluegrass prodigy, and magic to the wisdom of Mark Twain. Hometown musical hero Jerry Ford will open the day with his brass band, providing music for the opening processional and throughout the day. ...
CenturyTel basic phone rates drop (09/30/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- CenturyTel of Missouri's basic phone rates will drop starting Saturday, the Public Service Commission said Thursday, but costs for other services such as call waiting will rise. Basic monthly residential rates will drop by 20 to 24 cents a month, depending on a customer's rate plan. Current rates range from $9.13 a month to $11.04 a month...
Steelman renames, restarts deposit-loan program (09/30/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Treasurer Sarah Steelman is hoping some new incentives and a new name can help renew interest in a long-standing state program that allows banks to offer below-market loans to farmers and businesses. The treasurer's office will begin to take applications today for the BIG Missouri program, which deposits money in Missouri banks to be used for low-interest loans. The new acronym stands for Believe, Invest, Grow...
Okla. woman charged in trooper's death (09/30/05)
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- An Oklahoma woman was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a state trooper struck on the highway earlier this month. Wendye Chesher, 29, of Arkoma, Okla., was charged with a single county of involuntary manslaughter in the Aug. 17 death of Cpl. John Sampietro Jr...
Two hospitalized after Amtrak derailment (09/30/05)
BLACKWELL, Mo. -- Two people remained hospitalized in satisfactory condition and train tracks were expected to reopen Thursday, after about 20 people were injured in an Amtrak derailment, officials said. Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer said none of the injuries were life threatening...
US and China conclude third round of textile talks with no agreement (09/30/05)
WASHINGTON -- The United States and China have failed to reach agreement on a deal to limit a flood of Chinese clothing and textile imports coming into the United States. Negotiators said Thursday that the talks would resume next month. The U.S. side said progress in narrowing the differences had been made in this week's talks which lasted from Monday through Wednesday night, a day on longer than had been scheduled. ...
Pentagon analyst charged with leaking information to plead guilty (09/30/05)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A Pentagon analyst charged with providing classified information to an Israeli official and members of a pro-Israeli lobbying group will plead guilty, the U.S. District Court clerk's office said Thursday. Lawrence A. Franklin, 58, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was indicted in June on charges of leaking classified materials -- including information about potential attacks on U.S. ...
Fast-spreading blaze threatens California homes (09/30/05)
LOS ANGELES -- Walls of flames from a wind-driven wildfire crept toward hundreds of homes Thursday, forcing evacuations as firefighters grappled with hot, windy weather. The fire doubled in size early in the day to at least 7,000 acres, consuming at least one home as it burned across 10 miles of ridges along the line dividing Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The stench of smoke enveloped the area...
Scientists for the first time observe wild gorillas using simple tools (09/30/05)
For the first time, biologists have documented gorillas in the wild using simple tools, such as poking a stick in a swampy pool of water to check its depth. Until now, scientists had seen gorillas use tools only in captivity. Among the great apes, tool use in the wild was thought to be a survival skill reserved for smaller chimpanzees and orangutans...
Roberts sworn in as chief justice (09/30/05)
WASHINGTON -- John G. Roberts Jr., a conservative protege of the late William H. Rehnquist, succeeded him Thursday and became the nation's youngest chief justice in two centuries, winning support from more than three-fourths of the Senate after promising he would be no ideologue...
Rebuilding: Lots of ideas, little direction (09/30/05)
A month after Hurricane Katrina roared in, political leaders are taking their first steps toward rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region, but they are heading off in different -- and possibly conflicting -- directions. The mayor of New Orleans is creating one commission to oversee the task. ...
2006 Mercedes E-Class is a midsize (09/30/05)
The V-6-powered Mercedes-Benz midsize luxury car doesn't just get a new name this model year. The 2006 Mercedes E350 comes with a new, 3.5-liter engine with considerably more power than its E320 predecessor, bigger brakes and the largest standard wheels and tires ever on an entry, gasoline-powered E-Class...
House set to act on overhaul of Endangered Species Act (09/30/05)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's most prominent and contentious environmental law, the 1973 Endangered Species Act, could be in line for a major overhaul that would limit habitat protections while giving new rights to property owners. Legislation by House Resources Committee chairman Richard Pombo would eliminate "critical habitat" protection for plants and animals where development is limited; would allow political appointees to make some scientific determinations; and would require the federal government to compensate property owners whose development plans are blocked to protect species.. ...
Actor Robert Blake testifies in wrongful death lawsuit (09/30/05)
BURBANK, Calif. -- Six months after being acquitted of murder, actor Robert Blake took the stand Thursday in a wrongful death lawsuit and denied lying about what happened the night his wife was shot to death. During colorful, sometimes contentious exchanges with the judge and the attorney representing Bonny Lee Bakley's family, Blake acknowledged he may have given different versions of what happened on the night Bakley died. ...
Schwarzenegger vetoes gay marriage bill (09/30/05)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Thursday on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in California, saying the issue should be decided by voters or the courts. Schwarzenegger had announced his intention on Sept. 7, a day after the legislature became the first in the country to approve a bill allowing gays and lesbians to wed...
Bus company questioned over explosion (09/30/05)
The owners of the bus that exploded during the Hurricane Rita evacuation may have been negligent. DALLAS -- The company whose bus caught fire last week, killing 23 nursing-home patients fleeing Hurricane Rita, was the subject of complaints by three people in 2002 who said its vehicles reeked of fuel and were in disrepair, according to state records...
String of car bombs kills at least 60 north of Baghdad (09/30/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Three suicide attackers exploded a string of near-simultaneous car bombs in a mainly Shiite town Thursday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 70, Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed five U.S. soldiers fighting in a hotbed of Iraq's insurgency...
Thousands of Indian workers strike to protest airport privatization (09/30/05)
NEW DELHI -- Thousands of airport workers backed by civil servants and state-run bank and insurance company employees held a one-day nationwide strike Thursday to protest government privatization plans they fear will affect their jobs. The 12-hour strike of nearly 20,000 workers was focused mainly on India's airports, where more than 35 percent of flights were canceled, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The strikers were mostly from communist-led trade unions...
World briefs 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
Dispute causes split at N. Korea nuclear talks ; Poland's election winners launch coalition talks; Japanese court upholds ruling on war shrine visit; Serb president hopes for visit from the pope
Ukraine marks anniversary of Nazi massacres in Kiev (09/30/05)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Weeping survivors clutching red carnations paid tribute Thursday to tens of thousands of Jews massacred by the Nazis 64 years ago at the ravine known as Babi Yar. At a memorial park erected at the chasm just outside Kiev's city center, about 200 people bowed their heads and laid flowers at the bronze monument marking the area where the killings took place in September 1941. ...
Jackson spikers sweep to victory at Notre Dame (09/30/05)
The Jackson girls volleyball team edged Notre Dame 25-22, 25-23 in a match at Notre Dame on Thursday night. "I thought both teams played really, really well," Notre Dame coach Tara Stroup said. "It was dead-even all the way through the game. I think both teams are happy with the way they played."...
Devils, Rams enter rivalry game with one win combined (09/30/05)
Scott City and Chaffee are two football programs facing similar dilemmas as they prepare for tonight's SEMO South Division game at Chaffee. Both teams are forced to use young, inexperienced players across the field. While only one win separates the two teams through four weeks this season, it is Scott City's 8-2 mark last year and the memory of a winning season which truly makes the difference...
Redhawks volleyball to make home debut (09/30/05)
Finally, after 13 matches, Southeast Missouri State's volleyball team is going to play at home. The Redhawks, off to a 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference start, face defending OVC champion Eastern Kentucky at 7 tonight at Houck Field House. Southeast, 5-8 overall, also has a conference home match Saturday, against Morehead State at 2 p.m...
Redhawks spiral to 0-5 (09/30/05)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- How bad have things gotten for Southeast Missouri State's floundering offense? True freshman quarterback Markus Mosley, expected to redshirt this year, entered Thursday night's game early in the fourth quarter in an attempt to jump-start the Redhawks...
Blues owners sign letter of intent to sell (09/30/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have signed a letter of intent to sell the hockey franchise and the Savvis Center's lease to businessman David Checketts, media outlets reported Thursday. The St. Louis Blues had no comment, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and radio station KTRS-AM reported the development. Phone calls to Checketts were not returned...
Yankees, Red Sox gear up for showdown (09/30/05)
BOSTON -- It's not just the AL East title up for grabs when the New York Yankees go to Boston for three crucial games this weekend at Fenway Park. The league's Most Valuable Player award might go to the star whose team wins the division. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez both have the eye-popping numbers that will put them near the top of most MVP ballots. ...
Newspaper's history points to its future (09/30/05)
When things get old, what happens? They break. Usually. That's what we've come to expect. Planned obsolescence abounds. Do you think any of the investors in the first bridge across the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau thought, back in the 1920s, that a new bridge would be needed when the 21st century rolled around?...
Everybody's a critic: 'Corpse Bride' (09/30/05)
Three and a half stars (out of four) Being an avid movie fan I was looking forward to seeing "Corpse Bride." Director Tim Burton is known for his offbeat films, and with this film I was not disappointed. The story of a awkward young man who accidentally weds a young corpse while betrothed to another young woman is delightfully quirky. The movie's off-beat humor helps the storyline run smoothly and keep your attention...
Bringing bluegrass to the common man (09/30/05)
Before Alison Krauss and Union Station came along, hearing bluegrass music on FM radio was almost unheard of. Bluegrass was one of the most underground of styles, with a core of dedicated fans singing the praises of banjo and dobro master in oblivion, preaching to the choir...
Exhibit traces 70 years of local photography (09/30/05)
Local family known for photography will be honored at Southeast Missouri State University's library. From 1925 to 1975, the Lueders family name was synonymous with photography in Cape Girardeau. This Sunday an opening for the exhibit "A Lueders Perspective, 1925-1995: Seven Decades of Photography" at Southeast Missouri State University's Kent Library will highlight the historic people and places the Lueders captured on in images starting at 2 p.m...
Live shows showcase mastery of styles (09/30/05)
Afrograss folk rock: A study in the one-man show. Arthur Lee Land's live show is, in a word, kinetic. The Colorado-based musician jumps around the stage like a man possessed, with an acoustic slung over his back, a variety of African percussion instruments at his side and a bass guitar on a stand, he bounces between instruments, playing each one to make a musical whole...
Artifacts 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
'Standing Ovations' concert set for Oct. 9; SEMO theatre, dance, symphony open seasons; Cape wants neighbors to party together; Model aircraft fly-in and show to be held at airport; Wishing Chair comes to Underberg House Oct. 7; Ste. Genevieve holds Autumn Days Oct. 8, 9; First Friday openings planned for Oct. 7
At the theaters 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
'Greatest Game Ever Played'; 'The History of Violence'; 'Into the Blue'; 'Oliver Twist'; 'Serenity'; Still in theaters; '40-Year-Old Virgin'; 'The Brothers Grimm'; 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'; 'Constant Gardener'; 'Corpse Bride'; 'Cry Wolf'; 'Exorcism of Emily Rose'; 'Flightplan'; 'Just Like Heaven'; 'Lord of War'; 'Sky High'; 'The Wedding Crashers'
Pauline Tolbert (09/30/05)
PAID STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Pauline M. Tolbert, 77, of Sturdivant died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 30, 1928, at Greenbrier, Mo., daughter of Cara and Lily Simmers Acord. She and Cletus Tolbert were married in December 1948, in Piggott, Ark...
Garold Hency (09/30/05)
FLAG ORAN, Mo. -- Garold D. Hency, 80, of Fenton, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley in Fenton. He was born Dec. 9, 1924, at Oran, son of Elmer and Elba Simmons Hency. He and Berniece B. Moore were married April 24, 1954, in Mississippi. She died Oct. 8, 2000...
Bobby Seabaugh (09/30/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bobby G. Seabaugh, 77, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at his home. He was born July 8, 1928, at Sedgewickville, Mo., son of Zack A. and Cora D. Crader Seabaugh. He and Juanita May Sanders were married Oct. 18, 1951. She died Sept. 23, 1997...
William Morgan (09/30/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- William Morgan, 72, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Hershel Stover (09/30/05)
Hershel "Doc" Stover, 78, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Italla, Ala., son of the late Lonnie and Odella Freeman Stover. At the age of 7 he moved to LaForge, Mo., where he met Freda J. Glidewell. They were married Jan. 10, 1949, in Tunica, Miss...
Births 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
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Out of the past 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 30, 1980 A large crane lifts the fifth and final arch into place as new Trinity Lutheran Church takes on its own structural personality at the corner of Themis and Frederick streets. Although structurally safe, the Cape Girardeau traffic bridge across the Mississippi River is one of many in Missouri a study has shown to be functionally obsolete; the study says nearly 66 percent of the state's 24,515 bridges are deficient by state and federal engineering standards, although not necessarily unsafe.. ...
Refining incapacity: Politicians have hurt as much a s hurricanes (09/30/05)
Midway through his press appearance Monday, we wondered if President Bush was going to don a cardigan. He was waxing on about energy "conservation," a la Jimmy Carter, and at one point he even said Americans should "curtail nonessential travel." Maybe they should turn down their thermostats and let their kids tap their keyboards with gloves on, too...
Congratulations, Jr. (09/30/05)
In the midst of all the hoopla over the big wingding Saturday for the Southeast Missourian's centennial finale, a 56-page special tabloid section in Tuesday's newspaper heralded another major milestone within the newspaper family: the fifth anniversary of the Southeast Missourian Jr...
DARE program needs support (09/30/05)
To the editor; Children sometimes like to play cops and robbers. When becoming an adult, it no longer a game. It has become a reality. Perhaps in childhood the desire to guard against crime has its beginning. The abuse of drugs today is reaching its peak. Why do these individuals enjoy destroying the lives of many as well as themselves? Why do they fail to see how many are caught by police because of such behavior?...
How U.S. marks World Peace Day (09/30/05)
To the editor: Sept. 21 was World Peace Day. In over 100 countries millions of people and their governments participated in programs to celebrate the occasion. Meanwhile, the greatest country on Earth has become a nation of women talking on cell phones while driving vehicles designed to carry an entire construction crew; and good Christian men who stand by as Haliburton steals billions of taxpayer dollars and worry about whether a poor black woman raising her grandchildren might be getting more than her fair share of welfare.. ...
Bush, GOP find ways to spend (09/30/05)
To the editor: The article concerning U.S. Sen. Jim Talent's efforts to provide President Bush with line-item veto power on spending bills is very interesting. What I can't figure out is why President Bush needs line-item veto power for spending bills, considering he hasn't vetoed one spending bill since he's been in office. ...
Speak Out 9/30/05 (09/30/05)
Education is a must; Sound-bite protests; Shades of Fonda; Ethanol fallacies; Parking woes; Fantastic photo; Here's the reason; Raised with love
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