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CVB approaches soccer group about dropping City of Roses moniker (03/10/06)
Cape Girardeau's annual 80-team spring soccer tournament will still be called the City of Roses Soccer Tournament when it begins in late April. Whether that name will stick in future years is yet to be determined. Tournament organizers, like the organizers of the annual City of Roses Music Festival, are considering a name change. ...
Candidates pitch plans for schools, city government (03/10/06)
Voters had the opportunity to ask questions of candidates running for Cape Girardeau city council, mayor and school board in a forum held by the League of Women Voters Thursday night. Elections will take place April 4. The race for school board offers the most competitive race with three candidates vying for two open spots...
Cape task force looks at burning rules (03/10/06)
A task force with representatives from city hall, the fire department and the county health board is examining laws on burning yard waste in Cape Girardeau. Battalion chief Mike Morgan, the group's spokesman, said city officials thought it was worth looking at current ordinances after incidents where unattended piles of burning leaves and other debris sparked larger fires...
Cairo city attorney dies of heart attack (03/10/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Former Alexander County state's attorney and current Cairo city attorney Michael P. O'Shea died suddenly Wednesday morning at age 54. O'Shea, who received his law degree from St. Louis University, grew up in this town at the Southern tip of Illinois. He was remembered Thursday as a smart, tough attorney who fought vigorously for his clients' interests...
Drenched: Heavy rain, storms cause floods, damage in region (03/10/06)
Heavy rains Thursday kept emergency workers busy responding to flooded roads, stalled vehicles and accidents. Cape Girardeau was hit by a deluge shortly after 7 a.m., reducing visibility almost to zero and drenching downtown. Another heavy round of showers struck shortly before noon, filling Broadway and spilling onto sidewalks east of Lorimier Street...
Southeast names diversity official (03/10/06)
Lincoln Scott of Chesterfield, Mo., formerly vice president of human resources and organizational development at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, has been hired as assistant to the president for equity and diversity issues at Southeast Missouri State University...
Missouri House approves changes to jobless benefits (03/10/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House members on Thursday passed legislation that would make it easier to disqualify people for unemployment benefits if they are fired for missing work or testing positive for alcohol or drugs. The legislation would also require whistle-blowers who sue after being fired to prove that an actual law was violated. Several opponents of the provision said that sets too high a standard for people who come forward with information about possible crimes...
House passes smaller Medicaid program for working disabled (03/10/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A year after eliminating a Medicaid program for the working disabled, the state House passed legislation Thursday to restart a smaller, more restrictive version of the health-care program. The Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program would begin anew July 1, if senators and Gov. Matt Blunt also sign off on the legislation. The House passed it 152-2...
Cigarette sales hit historic low (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Cigarette sales are at a 55-year low, but public health advocates say more must be done to encourage the roughly 20 percent of Americans who still smoke to quit. The National Association of Attorneys General, relying on Treasury Department data, reported that 378 billion cigarettes were sold in the United States last year. That is the lowest number sold since 1951...
Two-headed snake draws no takers (03/10/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis can keep one claim to fame -- it will remain home for We, the two-headed rat snake. After offering We for two weeks on an Internet auction, the snake's owners at the World Aquarium downtown decided to keep the rare creature. The asking price of $150,000 was never offered, said aquarium president Leonard Sonnenschein...
States fail to take advantage of nearly $2 billion in Katrina disaster aid (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly $2 billion in federal disaster aid for Katrina evacuees is sitting unclaimed more than six months after lawmakers approved the emergency funding. Congress approved a $2 billion block grant program in September for displaced Gulf Coast families -- regardless of income -- to help them get back on their feet after the Aug. 29 storm...
Rumsfeld: U.S. troops would rely on Iraqis to respond if civil war begins (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Dealing with a civil war in Iraq would be the responsibility of Iraq's own security forces, at least initially, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress on Thursday. Testifying alongside senior military leaders and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Rumsfeld said he did not believe Iraq would descend into all-out civil war, though he acknowledged that sectarian strife had worsened...
Government report indicates older Americans are not working as they used to (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Fifty years ago, nearly half of American men 65 and older were still working. Today, only about one in five men in that age group is still working. Some of the reasons, according to a government report Thursday: the growth in private pensions, Social Security and Medicare benefits. As benefits for older Americans grew in the last half of the 20th century, fewer saw the need to work beyond 65...
Chertoff: Bird flu could appear in U.S. in months (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- A deadly strain of bird flu could appear in the United States in the next few months as wild birds migrate from infected nations, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday. Chertoff said "there will be a reasonable possibility of a domestic fowl outbreak" as migrating birds mix with ducks, chickens and other birds in the U.S. But he cautioned against panic, noting that the Agriculture Department has dealt with other strains of bird flu for years...
Rat-squirrel not extinct after all (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- It has the face of a rat and the tail of a skinny squirrel -- and scientists say this creature discovered living in central Laos is pretty special: It's a species believed to have been extinct for 11 million years. The long-whiskered rodent made international headlines last spring when biologists declared they'd discovered a brand new species, nicknamed the Laotian rock rat...
Dubai company retracts port plan (03/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- A Dubai-owned company abruptly abandoned its plan for managing operations at six U.S. ports Thursday, defusing an election-year showdown between President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress over an issue that had become a political land mine for the GOP...
Business digest 03/10/06 (03/10/06)
U.S. trade deficit hits another record WASHINGTON -- Rising oil prices and Americans' seemingly insatiable appetite for foreign goods -- from Chinese clothing to French wine and Japanese cars -- sent the U.S. trade deficit to another record. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the deficit jumped to $68.5 billion in January, 5.3 percent more than in December. ...
Murder acquittal sparks backlash against India's courts (03/10/06)
NEW DELHI -- The facts of the case appeared straightforward: On a hot summer night in 1999, a young woman tending bar in an upscale New Delhi restaurant refused to serve a drunk patron. So he shot her in the head. Dozens of people witnessed the killing of Jessica Lall, bullet casings were recovered, and a suspect was quickly identified...
World digest 03/10/06 (03/10/06)
American to leave Abu Ghraib prison to Iraqis BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The American military said Thursday its new lockup near Baghdad airport to house security prisoners now held at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison should be ready within three months. Once the U.S. ...
Redhawks get back to work for NCAA tournament opener (03/10/06)
Southeast Missouri State is still a few days away from finding out the particulars regarding its first appearance in the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament. But the Redhawks don't have to know who their opponent is in order to work on their game in anticipation of their opening-round NCAA contest, which will be either March 18 or 19...
Tigers' misery ends (03/10/06)
DALLAS -- Jamel White made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1 minute, 15 seconds left and followed that with a key rebound to lift Nebraska to a 71-64 victory over Missouri in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night. The Cornhuskers (18-12) blew a 12-point lead in the second half, but White's 3-pointer from the right wing broke a 64-64 tie. When Thomas Gardner missed a 3-pointer at the other end, White grabbed the rebound and Missouri didn't score again...
Southeast honors 132 individuals at annual scholar-athlete lunch (03/10/06)
A total of 132 individuals were honored Wednesday during the annual Southeast Missouri State Scholar-Athlete Luncheon at the University Center. Those recognized have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average, and they represent 49 percent of all the athletes at Southeast...
Smith eyes big finish at NCAA indoor meet (03/10/06)
Last year at this time, Miles Smith was an unknown in national track circles. Not any longer. Southeast Missouri State's junior 400-meter standout enters today's preliminaries of the NCAA indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark., as a marked man...
Redhawks will fight weather, SDSU this weekend (03/10/06)
Southeast Missouri State still hopes to get in its scheduled three-game weekend home baseball series with South Dakota State -- but that might not be possible. Thursday's torrential rain has left Capaha Field "a mess," according to coach Mark Hogan, even with the tarp covering the infield...
Special family: Shepards earn state award from Special Olympics (03/10/06)
One sings the national anthem before the games. One competes. One helps run souvenir stands, and another is diligently working with the state in recognizing Special Olympic athletes. This group effort of volunteering an enormous amount of time to support disabled athletes was more than enough to earn the Shepard family of Cape Girardeau the 2005 Family of the Year distinction from Special Olympics Missouri...
Kiwanis, police recognized with regional honors (03/10/06)
The Kiwanis Club of Cape Girardeau and the Cape Girardeau Police Department also were recognized with region awards Jan. 21 at the annual "Night of Inspirational Stars" awards banquet for Special Olympics Missouri. The Kiwanis Club was recognized as the Outstanding Business/Organization of the Year in the Southeast Area, and the Cape Girardeau Police Department was the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year...
Weinrich traded to Canucks for Mojzis (03/10/06)
The St. Louis Blues continued a season-long shakeup Thursday, trading veteran defenseman Eric Weinrich to Vancouver for 23-year-old defenseman Tomas Mojzis and a third-round draft choice. The Blues assigned Mojzis to Peoria of the American Hockey League. He had one assist and 12 penalty minutes in seven games with the Canucks. In 37 games with Manitoba of the AHL, he had five goals, 13 assists and 52 penalty minutes...
Wind makes for wild round at Honda Classic in Florida (03/10/06)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Gusty winds sent 8-iron shots flying 245 yards, while some 4-irons struggled to go 185. The breezes had a few balls fluttering on the greens, most of the players couldn't break par and golf's rarest feat spiced up the afternoon...
Ponson pleased with second outing (03/10/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Sidney Ponson liked his second spring training start better than his first. Ponson allowed one run in four innings -- a solo homer by Jason Stokes -- in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-0 loss to a Florida Marlins' split squad on Thursday...
A shaggy cat, and her story (03/10/06)
What I'm about to tell you regarding a certain furry cat is the truth. I swear. Miss Kitty, as you know, is the amply endowed calico cat that has graciously allowed my wife and me to maintain a residence in the house attached to Miss Kitty's garage. We are permitted, at no extra charge, to park our vehicles inside the garage...
Everybody's a critic: '16 Blocks' (03/10/06)
Three stars (out of four) As a longtime Bruce Willis fan, I was looking forward to this movie with great anticipation. "Die Hard" this is not, but once again Bruce reprises his typecast role of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic cop (Detective Jack Mosely). Burned out and depressed, he is about to leave the office for the day when he is given the assignment of escorting a key witness, Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) 16 blocks to testify to a grand jury. ...
The solo experience: Three Southeast seniors prepare for the spotlight at upcoming symphony orchestra concert (03/10/06)
When Tim Weddle plays his bass in the tiny practice room at Brandt Hall, the booming sound reverberates through every block in the wall. The senior music major's standup bass is huge, almost too big for the room and almost bigger than Weddle himself, and so is the sound...
Artifacts 3/10/06 (03/10/06)
Jackson high school's spring triple threat; Annual Beckwith Lecture takes place Wednesday; Poster unveiling party taking place March 18; Artists, crafters sought for ArtsCape festival; African Music Ensemble performs March 17; Civil War re-enactment starts today in Sikeston; Dates set for Cape's Regional Air Festival; Gun and Knife Show starts March 17
Enthusiasts trying to revive polka through new sounds, lessons, festivals (03/10/06)
MILWAUKEE -- Three nights a week at Art's Concertina Bar you can step back to a time when couples went out to dance the polka and listen to the sounds of a concertina. But now owner Art Altenburg wants to sell his polka bar -- which is the last in Milwaukee and bills itself as "The Only Concertina Bar in the U.S.A." -- and he doesn't know if the new owners will keep it as a polka haven...
At the theaters 3/10/06 (03/10/06)
'Failure to Launch'; 'The Hills Have Eyes'; 'Shaggy Dog'; Still in theaters; '16 Blocks'; 'Aquamarine'; 'Brokeback Mountain'; 'The Chronicles of Narnia'; 'Curious George'; 'Date Movie'; 'Eight Below'; 'Final Destination 3'; 'Firewall'; 'Freedomland'; 'Hoodwinked'; 'Madea's Family Reunion'; 'Nanny McPhee'; 'The New World'; 'Ultraviolet'; 'When a Stranger Calls'
Michael O'Shea Jr. (03/10/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Michael P. O'Shea Jr., 54, of Cairo died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at his home. He was born Nov. 28, 1951, in Cairo, son of Michael and Mary Jane Hatcher O'Shea. O'Shea was a lawyer and was currently the corporation counsel for the city of Cairo. He was a former state's attorney for Alexander County...
Christine McKenzie (03/10/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Christine McKenzie, 84, of Chaffee died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Elvis Hoffman (03/10/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elvis L. Hoffman, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 10, 1919, at Perryville, son of Lawrence and Ida Schindler Hoffman. He first married Frances M. Peters Jan. 21, 1946. She died Feb. 28, 1980. She later married Wilma Vajdos Oct. 17, 1982. She died Oct. 27, 1999...
Dora Back (03/10/06)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Dora Ruth Back, 80, of Glenallen died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 12, 1925, in Lesterville, Mo., daughter of Nathaniel and Gertrude Maples Alcorn. She and Charles F. Back Jr. were married Aug. 30, 1946...
Harry Williams (03/10/06)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Harry Williams, 94, of McClure died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at his home. He was born July 27, 1911, in Massillon, Ohio, son of Ben and Martha Mann Williams. He and Josephine Miller were married in 1937. She died in 1999. Williams was a farmer, and of the Baptist belief...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 3/10/06 (03/10/06)
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Out of the past 3/10/06 (03/10/06)
25 years ago: March 10, 1981 Several hundred residents of eastern Cape Girardeau County gathered last night at Nell Holcomb School to discuss plans to establish a rural fire protection district for the area; the area is outside the boundaries of nearby fire departments; it is hoped a rural volunteer fire department can be established within the next two or three months...
Welcome, StuCos (03/10/06)
There are more than a thousand special guests in Cape Girardeau today: 800 representatives of students councils from middle, junior and senior high school across Missouri plus 400 advisers. They are here for the annual convention of the Missouri Association of Student Councils...
Tax dollars go to foreign governments (03/10/06)
To the editor: Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Southeast Missouri. You have been duped again. Your government has given $500,000 of your tax dollars to a foreign-owned ice cream maker in Sikeston, Mo., to increase its production line and double its mixing capacity...
Student gets close look at government (03/10/06)
To the editor: I would like to thank the Southeast Missourian for its generous donation toward my trip to the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. I learned more about our nation's government in a way that would have been impossible by simply reading a textbook. ...
Setting the record straight (03/10/06)
To the editor: In response to Bob Johnson's letter: Regrettably, I have not served in the military, but my father served honorably in World War II. I would like to thank Johnson and all veterans who served to protect this country. As far as Johnson's claims about this administration, let me present the facts...
Speak Out 3/10/06 (03/10/06)
That's no excuse; It's still a crime; No comparison; Spilling dirt; Making choices; No caste system; Thanks for purse; Plenty of support; Which is worse?; Changing times; Need traffic signs; Sexual entrapment; Precious life
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