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Women's Show offers treats, health-care information (10/17/05)
Demonstrations, displays and novelty items were available for women of all ages at the 15th annual Women's Show this past weekend at the Show Me Center. The event featured more than 100 different booths with everything from cooking demonstrations and health information to massages and manicures...
Head-on crash injures Tamms, Ill., resident (10/17/05)
A Tamms, Ill., man was seriously injured early Sunday morning when his pickup hit a semi tanker truck head-on in Alexander County. Nicholas A. Santa Maria, 21, was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where he was treated for several broken bones...
Scott City Chamber: Closed for business? (10/17/05)
A lack of participation may kill the organization that has existed since the early 1980s. A meeting will be held Thursday to decide the future of the Scott City Chamber of Commerce, and whether it will still exist in 2006. On Oct. 6, chamber president Paul Schock sent out a letter to chamber members urging them to attend the special meeting. ...
Jackson aldermen to take up lighting proposal (10/17/05)
Bigger and brighter street lights should welcome motorists driving into Jackson on U.S. 61 sometime after the first of the year. After being denied several grants to fund engineering for the East Jackson Boulevard streetscape lighting project, the city's Board of Aldermen will vote today on whether to spend $23,700 to fund the engineering portion of the project...
Fewer showing interest in becoming art teachers (10/17/05)
While educators and administrators are touting the benefits of arts education, potential teachers have lost interest in the subjects of art and music. "One of the problems we've had, and I have heard of this problem in Southeast Missouri, is there is a shortage of music and art teachers," said Deborah Fisher, fine arts consultant with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Division of School Improvement. "It's a fairly recent trend."...
Art work in school (10/17/05)
Beth Thomas' office is mobile, going with her to and from the three different Cape Girardeau public elementary schools she teaches at each week -- Franklin, Clippard and Alma Schrader. She doesn't so much mind the traveling, though, when she gets to deal with the kids...
Jackson Board of Aldermen Agenda (10/17/05)
7:30 p.m. today, city hall Public hearings * A public hearing to consider the rezoning of approximately 37.5 acres of property in Terrace Park Estates Subdivision, from R-1 (single family residential) district and R-2 (single family residential) district to R-2 (single family residential) district, R-3 (one-and-two family residential) district and C-2 (general commercial) District, as submitted by Donkers Inc...
Shriners offer special health screening for children at Westfield West Park mall (10/17/05)
The Shriners Hospitals for Children are holding a free screening clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westfield West Park mall. The screening can identify children under the age of 18 who may benefit from the expert orthopedic and burn care provided at Shriners hospitals...
Community briefs 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
Missouri Veterans Home receives donation The Missouri Amphibious Navy Inc. group, a not-for-profit organization aimed at bringing veterans together with the members they served with, recently donated $500 to seven Missouri Veterans Homes including the home in Cape Girardeau. The money is used to help provide activities, games, parties, outings and special events for the veterans. The MAN group meets at 11:30 a.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Ryan's Family Steak House...
Community cuisine 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
Senior Foundation serves buffet meal; St. John's United Church serves chili and stew; Whole hog pork sausage supper at Zion Lutheran; Barbecued Boston butt, smoked chicken dinner; St. Joseph serves pork and chicken dinner
Community Q&A 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
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Military news 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
Bowman completes U.S. Navy basic training; Local men graduate from basic combat training
Food banks say Katrina, other changes hurting food donations (10/17/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just in time for the normally busy fall and holiday season, the largest food bank in the Kansas City area has warned that its pantry could be leaner than in past years. Harvesters, which gives out food to agencies in 13 counties of western Missouri and eastern Kansas, said food donations during the third quarter were down 8 percent from the same period a year ago...
Obese man dies in home fire; rescuers struggled to save victim (10/17/05)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A fire broke out in a mobile home Saturday, killing an obese, bedridden man, and injuring two firefighters who struggled to save him. Timothy Lee Morris, 45, called 911 from his home when it caught fire about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, fire officials said. His daughters, ages 8 and 13, fled the fire and ran to neighbors, pleading for them to help free their father, who was described as weighing more than 600 pounds...
Americans worry about bird flu, flood CDC with health questions (10/17/05)
ATLANTA -- Americans fearful of bird flu are peppering health officials with all sorts of questions: Is it safe to have a bird feeder in my yard? If I see a dead bird, should I report it? Is it still OK to have turkey at Thanksgiving? The answers are yes, no and yes...
Reporter's conversations detail the White House-CIA blame game over weapons in Iraq (10/17/05)
WASHINGTON -- A New York Times reporter's accounts of her private conversations with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff capture a behind-the-scenes blame game between the White House and the CIA over the war in Iraq. Cheney's top aide, I. ...
Wife of prominent lawyer found dead (10/17/05)
LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- The wife of prominent defense attorney and TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz was found slain in the entryway of the couple's San Francisco Bay area home, authorities said Sunday. Horowitz, currently leading the defense in a sensational murder trial, called 911 Saturday evening to report that he found his wife, Pamela Vitale, dead in their home, police said...
Public lands sold to mining companies at 19th century prices (10/17/05)
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. -- The ruddy slopes of 12,392-foot Mount Emmons loom over this town, drawing hikers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers. But to residents such as Jim Starr, they also stand for what is wrong with the nation's antiquated mining laws...
Iran lambastes London, Washington over bombings, nuclear program (10/17/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran launched a double-barreled diplomatic assault on Britain and America on Sunday, accusing London of possible involvement in weekend bombings that killed five people and charging that Washington was bent on hauling Tehran before the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear program...
Sunni effort has little effect on referendum (10/17/05)
Initial vote tallies show Iraqi government's constitution is assured of passage. BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's landmark constitution seemed assured of passage Sunday after initial results showed minority Sunni Arabs had fallen short in an effort to veto it at the polls. The apparent acceptance was a major step in the attempt to establish a democratic government that could lead to the withdrawal of U.S. troops...
Pakistani officials raise quake death toll estimate (10/17/05)
BALAKOT, Pakistan -- Pakistani officials predicted Sunday that many more thousands of dead would be found in earthquake-ravaged Kashmir as heavy rains in the Himalayan region drenched homeless survivors in mud and misery. The latest estimate would raise the death toll from the magnitude-7.6 quake in the mountains of northern Pakistan and India to at least 54,000 -- a jump of more than 13,000 from the official count of known dead...
Area softball players grab SEMO Conference honors (10/17/05)
Kelly placed four players on the SEMO Conference all-conference softball team. The Hawks were one of three teams from the five-team district to win a district title this season. Kelly won in Class 2, Chaffee won one in Class 1, and Poplar Bluff won in a Class 4 field that also included league foes Jackson and Central...
Wildcats are young but formidable (10/17/05)
As a ninth grader starting on the Leopold varsity volleyball team, Casey Bucher has acquired the nickname "fresh." The players who gave her that nickname aren't exactly old hands. Sophomores Cassi Jansen, Cassie Seiler, Maddy Hutchings and Desiree Arnzen all played big roles for the Wildcats on Friday in a 20-25, 25-14, 25-9 victory over Zalma in the Mississippi Valley Conference championship match. The victory lifted Leopold to 18-4...
Samford cripples Redhawks' title hopes (10/17/05)
Southeast suffered a 3-1 loss at home and tumbled into fifth place in the OVC. Southeast Missouri State's hopes of winning the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season soccer championship took a major hit Sunday afternoon. And at the same time, Samford's hopes of capturing a third consecutive OVC title received a major lift as the Bulldogs posted a 3-1 victory at Houck Stadium...
NFL: Week 6; Sunday's results (10/17/05)
Chargers 27, Raiders 13 LaDainian .Tomlinson became the first player since 2001 to run, catch and throw for a touchdown as the Chargers shut down an Oakland offense slowed by an injury to Randy Moss, winning their fourth straight over the Raiders. The Chargers (3-3) hadn't won four straight in a rivalry dominated by the Raiders (1-4) since taking the first six meetings from 1960-62, when Al Davis was their defensive ends coach...
Wie disqualified from her first pro tourney; Sorenstam wins Samsung (10/17/05)
Michelle Wie's pro debut made her look like an amateur Sunday when she was disqualified for taking a bad drop from the bushes in the third round of the Samsung World Championship. Talk about a rude welcome less than two weeks after turning pro. First, Annika Sorenstam blew away the field in Palm Desert, Calif., to win by eight shots, even with a double bogey on the last hole...
Cards lose cool, Edmonds, La Russa (10/17/05)
HOUSTON -- Not only are the St. Louis Cardinals losing the NL championship series 3-1, they're losing their cool. Manager Tony La Russa and Jim Edmonds were ejected for arguing pitch calls in the seventh and eighth innings of Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros, another frustrating game for them in an increasingly frustrating series...
White Sox reach World Series (10/17/05)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Not since Shoeless Joe Jackson have the Chicago White Sox caused this much of a commotion. World Series, here they come. After nearly a half-century of ho-hum baseball, the White Sox finally made it back Sunday night. A.J. Pierzynski came out on the right side of yet another umpiring ruckus, Jose Contreras pitched Chicago's fourth straight complete game and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 to win the AL championship series in five games...
Feeling blue in Houston (10/17/05)
HOUSTON -- Poised as can be no matter how tough the task, Astros closer Brad Lidge pulled off another great escape against St. Louis. Now it's the steaming-mad Cardinals who are in a serious jam in the NL championship series. Defensive replacement Eric Bruntlett started a game-ending double play, Lidge wriggled out of a major mess in the ninth inning and Houston scratched out a 2-1 victory Sunday in Game 4 to move within one win of its first trip to the World Series...
Colts 'D' will get chance to shine vs. Rams (10/17/05)
St. Louis will face Indianapolis tonight on a national stage. INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts defense has heard it for years: It wasn't tough enough, it wasn't good enough, and with that offense, it didn't really matter. If five weeks of pressuring quarterbacks, forcing mistakes and allowing a paltry total of 29 points couldn't completely change their image, tonight's game against the St. Louis Rams might...
Reader misses weathervane atop Hecht's store (10/17/05)
Q: What happened to the "weathervane" that looked like a sailing ship that used to perch atop the roof of the beautiful old Hecht's store in downtown Cape? --Elsie Miller, Cape Girardeau. A: "We had a major windstorm back in the fall before we closed, and we had some slate that blew off the roof onto the sidewalk. ...
Floating dock may become restaurant (10/17/05)
The floating dock that got away from Cape Girardeau city officials may now end up as a floating bar and grill at the city's riverside park. But first, a little background. In June, Cape Girardeau city officials became interested in bringing a floating dock to Cape Girardeau. Mayor Jay Knudtson, chamber of commerce president John Mehner and Convention and Visitors Bureau director Chuck Martin made plans to travel to Alton, Ill., for a look...
Home sales down, prices up (10/17/05)
On a recent crisp fall morning, Kathryn Bradford spent some time shopping -- for homes. She and her real estate agent, Laura Ritter, first looked at a charming yellow farmhouse in Jackson. Then they spent a half-hour or so checking out a cozy, well-decorated home on East Rodney in Cape Girardeau, poking their way through the bathroom, spacious backyard and four bedrooms...
World's largest Wi-Fi cloud stretches over fields of onions, thistle (10/17/05)
HERMISTON, Ore. -- Parked alongside his onion fields, Bob Hale can prop open a laptop and read his e-mail or, with just a keystroke, check the moisture of his crops...
IBM hopes R&D unit an unheralded growth engine (10/17/05)
Its engineers are expected to earn about $1 billion in service contracts this year, but the real value may be in stimulating lucrative hardware sales. NEW YORK -- The setting was a holdover from the days of the robber barons: a grand private club commissioned by J.P. Morgan himself. But the message IBM executives delivered to 30 companies' technology officers was that many time-honored ways of doing business are long gone...
People on the move (10/17/05)
Operations manager gets recognized The Manchester Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals has recognized Carol L. Sandvos, operations manager at Advance Logistics, for her professional accomplishments. Sandvos has a background in warehousing. The registry in a news release said that her experience and expertise in providing customer service at a management level, managing employees and customer relations enhances the professional services provided by the facility...
Thelma Ray (10/17/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Thelma Ray, 100, of Jonesboro died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Feb. 9, 1905, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Joseph Cleveland and Minnie Hartline Allen. Ray was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro...
Willard Rhodes (10/17/05)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Willard L. Rhodes, originally of Whitewater, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. Survivors include a daughter, Monica Dunlap of St. Louis; a son, Russell Rhodes of St. Louis; a brother, Leonard Rhodes of Arnold, Mo.; three sisters, Marie Withers of Florissant, Mo., Louella Nothdurft of Cape Girardeau and LaVerne Langston of Hazelwood, Mo.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...
Ina Canter (10/17/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ina Foster Canter, 89, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, in Perryville. She was born Dec. 23, 1915, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of the late Ben and Ambrosia Tucker Hudson. She and Robert James Foster were married. He died Nov. 10, 1987. She and Edward Canter were married, and he died on May 25, 1996...
Police reports 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
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Out of the past 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
25 years ago: Oct. 17, 1980 The Cape Girardeau City Council unanimously accepts the resignation of city manager W.G. Lawley effective Feb. 28. When the city of Cape Girardeau selects a contractor later this year to operate the city's new transit system, there may be only one contractor to choose from: Kelly Transportation Co.; under the terms of the federal Urban Mass Transportation Act, the city would be disqualified from receiving any federal subsidy for creation of a transit system here if it awards a bus system contract to any firm which would compete with the Kelly company, which operates the taxi services in Cape Girardeau.. ...
Monitoring cell phones (10/17/05)
We all know cell phones are handy, sometimes in unforeseen ways. In London, police tracked down a suspect in the recent failed suicide bombings by running down his cell phone records and tracing him to his brother's flat near Rome. Now the Missouri Department of Transportation proposes to have private companies monitor motorists' cell phones as a means of tracking traffic patterns. ...
Speak Out 10/17/05 (10/17/05)
Homesick outsider; Intersection ideas; Ways to cut; Big-screen classics; For adults only; Driving too fast; Bird invasion; More tea, please; Spreading the problem; Really big parrot; Thanks for cleanup; Wonderful event; Courtesy letter; Market wages
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