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Girl Scouts of Otahki Council honor area women with Impact Awards (03/20/06)
The Women's Impact Awards Breakfast, held Saturday at Dempster Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, honored five outstanding women for their volunteer and professional efforts, serving as role models for all women and girls. The Girl Scouts of Otahki Council presented the event; corporate sponsors were The Bank of Missouri; event sponsors were Southeast Missouri State University and Chartwell's Catering...
Spring forecast to march in with bit of winter's chill (03/20/06)
Meteorologists say be prepared for a cool and damp start to the week when spring arrives today. But by the end of the week, area residents can expect sunshine and warmer temperatures. At 1:26 p.m. today, spring will officially begin. The vernal equinox -- the day when the sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator, resulting in days and nights of equal length -- will arrive...
Workshop planned as boost to beautification campaign (03/20/06)
A representative from Keep America Beautiful Inc. will hold a workshop Monday for community representatives set to lead the area's campaign for beautification and against litter. "It's all about the perception of safety, beauty, cleanliness and those things will help the economic indicators of a community," said Sue Smith, the KAB national trainer who will run the workshop...
Blocked artery (03/20/06)
In Scott City, Main Street is the quickest way to get from one side of town to the other. The corridor runs the length of town from west to east, carrying most of the city's traffic -- 15,410 vehicle a day, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda Study session at 5 p.m. Appearances Consent ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Appointments Liquor license Motions n A motion accepting into the city's system the sanitary sewer improvements to serve unsubdivided property east of Whispering Oaks Subdivision...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
7:30 p.m. today Public hearings Action Items Power and light committee Street committee...
Residents unsure if transit authority will honor taxi coupons (03/20/06)
Users of Cape Girardeau's taxi coupon program worry their coupons won't be valid once the countywide transit authority merges with the city's taxi coupon program. Last week officials announced the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority signed a letter of intent to purchase Kelley Transportation Co. ...
Pentagon wants fewer of its troops on Iraq's firing line (03/20/06)
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon wants to pull increasing numbers of American troops out of the line of fire in Iraq, but three years after the invasion this latest evolution in the U.S. military's mission will depend largely on whether Iraqi security forces can handle it...
Civil War Roundtable group still growing and learning (03/20/06)
The Civil War Roundtable, established in 1993, provides a forum for members to come together for study, discussion and growth concerning the American Civil War. A membership of about 30 encourages respect for and historical reflection about the broad dimensions of the middle period of American history...
Four area schools present "Leaders of the Pack" program (03/20/06)
Notre Dame Regional High School, Jackson Junior High School, Oak Ridge School and Scott City School played host to 12 teenagers from McAuley Catholic High School who are part of a group called "Leaders of the Pack." In a 50-minute program, "Leaders of the Pack" addressed teen and family issues through role-playing, singing and dancing...
Community cuisine 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
Emmanuel church to hold ham supper...
Farrow places second in junior division of MU 4-H horse judging contest (03/20/06)
Casey Farrow of Jackson placed second in the junior division of the state 4-H Horse Judging Contest recently at the University of Missouri. Farrow, a Cape Girardeau County 4-H member, was among the 260 competitors who tested their ability to evaluate the characteristics of individual animals in six breed classes at the MU Extension event...
St. Paul Lutheran School holds Winter Olympics (03/20/06)
St. Paul Lutheran School's kindergarten classes held their own winter Olympics recently in the school gym with the help of their PE teacher, Ellen Koeper. Fourth-grade classes helped by judging, measuring and record-keeping. Kindergarten athletes participated in bobsled, speed skating, curling, figure skating, ski jumping and cross country skiing. The events were improvised with scooters, stocking feet, cones and balance beams. Official Olympic music was played at the March 6 awards ceremony...
Community briefs 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
Scott County genealogy society meets Tuesday The Scott County Historical and Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverside Regional Libary in Benton, Mo. Current projects include new, updated cemetery books for the county. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Margaret Harmon at 335-0809, Lois Spalding at (573) 545-3326, Carolyn Frey at (573) 262-2415, Caryl Hairston at (573) 471-7381, or e-mail the society at scottco @clas.net...
Fight over voter ID more politics than policy spat (03/20/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation requiring voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot is being hailed as a priority by Republicans -- and vilified as a hassle by Democrats. But, as frequently happens in the Capitol, the problem it's trying to address -- and the harm it could cause -- may be exaggerated. And the strident support or opposition from both sides may have a lot more to do with politics than policy...
Oklahoma leads nation in damage from tornadoes (03/20/06)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The cost of tornado damage in Oklahoma since 1996 has been higher than any other state, according to a newspaper analysis. Using federal data, The Oklahoman found that from 1996 through February 2005, the state -- located in the heart of what is commonly known as Tornado Alley -- has suffered more than $1.6 billion in damages from tornadoes. That's about $1 billion more than the state in second place on that list, Arkansas...
Amish help their own rebuild after deadly storm (03/20/06)
WINDSOR, Mo. -- When Jerry Yoder, his wife and three sons emerged from their cellar in western Missouri moments after last Sunday's deadly tornado had passed, he faced a range of emotions. Among them were thanks to God that his family was all right, followed by awe that winds could do so much damage in such a short time, and then, a feeling of being overwhelmed at the huge job of putting his farm, and his life, back in order...
Mayor: March 12 tornado damage in Springfield could top $100 million (03/20/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Mayor Tim Davlin said the damage caused to private property during a recent violent storm that generated a pair of tornadoes could top $100 million. The figure stems from an informal report collected from insurance companies, according to Davlin...
Hormone injection's promise of youth comes with risks (03/20/06)
CHICAGO -- Injecting himself with human growth hormone six times a week and swallowing a handful of dietary supplements each day doesn't seem weird or excessive to 44-year-old Richard Weisman of Las Vegas. "I have young children. I do it for them," said Weisman, the owner of a luxury and sports car dealership at Caesar's Palace. "I want to be healthy as I get older."...
Weekend rain might cause reassessment of statewide ban on burning (03/20/06)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A slow-moving weekend storm system that has soaked Oklahoma with much-needed rain might cause state officials to reassess a statewide burn ban that has been in place for more than four months. National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Gallant, based in Norman, said that as of mid-afternoon Sunday, Oklahoma City had received 1.73 inches of rain since the storm system began moving through the state Friday night...
Three charged in Ala. church fires decline to post bond (03/20/06)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Three college students accused in a string of rural Alabama church fires will not seek release on bond on the federal charges, their attorneys said. Attorneys for Matthew Lee Cloyd, 20, Benjamin Moseley, 19, and Russell DeBusk Jr., 19, said their clients, also facing state arson charges, won't seek federal bond...
Nine Missouri counties declared disaster in wake of storms (03/20/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nine Missouri counties have been declared federal disaster areas in the wake of last week's storms, which killed nine people. The disaster declaration makes federal funding available to residents in the counties of Christian, Hickory, Johnson, Monroe, Perry, Pettis, Randolph, Ste. Genevieve and Saline, said R. David Paulison, acting director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency...
NW Missouri family leads walk for soldiers' memorials (03/20/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A northwest Missouri family plans to lead a 5-kilometer walk to raise money for a statue to honor a family member killed in Iraq and hopes to receive enough funds for memorials for other slain soldiers. Patrick and Deann Farnan will lead a "Walk to Remember" in Weston on Saturday. ...
Fight over control of ports spurs debate about foreign ownership (03/20/06)
WASHINGTON -- The furor over efforts by an Arab company to buy U.S. port operations has focused attention on a little noticed economic fact of life: America increasingly is foreign-owned. From the ritzy Essex House hotel in Manhattan, owned by the Dubai Investment Group, to the nationwide chains of Caribou Coffee and Church's Chicken, owned by another company serving Arab investors, foreigners are buying bigger and bigger chunks of the country...
Business buys patents, then sues to make money (03/20/06)
AUSTIN, Texas -- While most technology companies make money by developing software, building hardware or providing services, Forgent Networks Inc. has taken a different route: It produces threats and lawsuits that try to cash in on ideas. Forgent and other companies with similar strategies -- often called "patent trolling" by critics -- amass intellectual property portfolios and file suits against other businesses, accusing them of infringement...
Unsafe imports slip through regulatory net and onto store shelves (03/20/06)
NEW YORK -- The poison arrived in a plastic bottle from India bearing a simple label in English and Hindi. "Useful in flu and bodyache," it read. "Two tabs twice a day or as per physician's advice." What it didn't say was that the herbal medicine, on sale at a store in Queens, contained 2,190 times the amount of mercury considered safe by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies...
States look to legislation to reduce dropout rates, but experts aren't convinced (03/20/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stephan Howell got in a lot of fights in high school and was suspended so often he couldn't get credit for some of his classes. By his senior year, he was told he would have to stay an extra year and a half if he wanted to graduate...
Iraq war opponents demonstrate on third anniversary of invasion (03/20/06)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The third anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq drew tens of thousands of protesters around the globe, from Portland to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana to Australia, with chants of "Stop the War" and calls for the withdrawal of troops...
Bush: U.S. strategy will bring 'victory' (03/20/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush marked the anniversary of the Iraq war Sunday by touting the efforts to build democracy there and avoiding any mention of the daily violence that rages three years after he ordered an invasion. The president didn't utter the word "war."...
City enacts smoking ban in all public places (03/20/06)
CALABASAS, Calif. -- No more smoking in the park. Lighting up on the sidewalk could bring a fine. Dining on the restaurant patio? Don't bother asking for matches. One of the strictest tobacco bans in the nation went into effect in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas last week, making smoking off limits in public places where someone else might be exposed to secondhand smoke: indoor businesses, outdoor businesses, parks, outdoor cafes, even apartment building common areas...
Illegal broadcasts interfering with airline pilots in Miami (03/20/06)
The Associated Ptess MIAMI -- Airline pilots departing from Miami International Airport are getting an earful of something unexpected: Hip-hop tunes from a pirate radio station that sometimes interfere with their communications with the control tower...
Enron trial near halfway marker (03/20/06)
HOUSTON -- The fraud and conspiracy trial of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling is reaching its halfway mark: seven weeks, 15 prosecution witnesses and more to come. Yet for all the government's methodical efforts to show through documents, video and audio tapes and those witnesses' memories of how the former corporate titans repeatedly lied about the disgraced company's financial health, the jury's conclusion may hinge on what the defendants say if they testify as expected.. ...
Second human bird flu case found in Egypt; Israel continues poultry slaughter (03/20/06)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt reported its second human case of avian flu Sunday, and Israel continued its slaughter of hundreds of thousands of birds while waiting to learn if the disease had spread to poultry there. A 30-year-old Egyptian who worked on a chicken farm in the province of Qalyoubiya was the second person infected by the virus in Egypt, the Health Ministry said Sunday...
Documents show Saddam approved chemical weapons strike on Kurdish positions in 1987 (03/20/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein ordered plans drawn up for a chemical weapons attack on Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq in 1987, according to a letter signed by his personal secretary that is among documents recently declassified by the U.S. military...
Former Iraqi prime minister says country in middle of 'civil war' (03/20/06)
LONDON -- Iraq is in the middle of a civil war, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said in a TV interview aired Sunday. His comments were immediately rejected by Britain's defense secretary. Allawi told the British Broadcasting Corp. there was no other way to describe the increasing violence across the country...
Afghan man prosecuted for converting from Islam to Christianity (03/20/06)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan man is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death on a charge of converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under this country's Islamic laws, a judge said Sunday. The trial is believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan and highlights a struggle between religious conservatives and reformists over what shape Islam should take here four years after the ouster of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime...
Final chapter for 'The Da Vinci Code' case to unfold in London court today (03/20/06)
LONDON -- A three-week long trial that has swung from the religious mysteries in "The Da Vinci Code" to the more tedious world of copyright law approaches its climax today. Attorneys for Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors who claim the novelist Dan Brown "appropriated the architecture" of their 1982 nonfiction book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," are to begin their closing arguments in Britain's High Court...
Redhawks softball completes weekend sweep of Governors (03/20/06)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team wrapped up a perfect weekend to start Ohio Valley Conference play Sunday. And Stephanie Huffman was once again in the center of the action. Southeast completed a three-game sweep of host Austin Peay with a 5-2 victory behind the pitching of Huffman, who was credited with the victory in all three contests...
Men's NCAA Tournament: Sunday's second-round games (03/20/06)
Washington Regional Forwards Will Thomas and Jai Lewis dominated up front, and the 11th-seeded George Mason dug out of an early 16-2 hole to upset the Tar Heels, 65-60 on Sunday. George Mason (25-7) became the first Colonial Athletic Association team to reach the round of 16 since 1988, when Richmond went. The Patriots will play Wichita State on Friday in the Washington Regional semifinals...
Men's NCAA Tournament scores/schedule 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
OPENING ROUND At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Tuesday, March 14 Monmouth, N.J. 71, Hampton 49 WASHINGTON REGIONAL First Round Thursday, March 16 At Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C. Wichita State 86, Seton Hall 66 Tennessee 63, Winthrop 61 At Cox Arena San Diego...
A return to earth, Cape (03/20/06)
When Southeast Missouri State's players awoke early Sunday morning, they were greeted by an overnight snowfall that pelted the Denver area with several inches of accumulation. The local weather pretty much matched the Redhawks' ice-cold shooting performance during the program's first appearance at the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament...
NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
CLEVELAND REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 18 At Memorial Gymnasium Nashville, Tenn. North Carolina 75, UC Riverside 51 Vanderbilt 76, Louisville 64 Sunday, March 19 At Mackey Arena West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue 73, Missouri State 52 UCLA 74, Bowling Green 61...
Japan, Cuba reach final despite lack of big leaguers (03/20/06)
SAN DIEGO -- So much for major leaguers being the best in the world. The two teams playing tonight for the championship of the World Baseball Classic, Cuba and Japan, have a total of two players on big league rosters. The Cubans have none, and Japan's Ichiro Suzuki had little insight to offer on his opponent...
Sanders aims at another 20-plus homers for a seventh team in KC (03/20/06)
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reggie Sanders has hit 20 or more home runs for a Major League record six different clubs. He first hit 20 in 1993 with Cincinnati and also had 28 in 1995 with the Reds. He hit 26 in 1999 with San Diego; 33 in 2001 to help Arizona win the World Series; 23 in 2002 with San Francisco; and 31 in 2003 with Pittsburgh. The past two seasons with St. Louis he hit 22 in 2004 and 21 in 2005...
Redbirds win again with Ponson (03/20/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis starter Sidney Ponson allowed two runs and four hits in five solid innings and the Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 11-2 on Sunday. Ponson, who signed with St. Louis in the offseason, walked two and had one strikeout. "He made a couple of mistakes, but I thought he was solid," Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said...
Kings score three late goals to beat Blues (03/20/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Sean Avery tied it early in the third period and Michael Cammalleri scored the go-ahead goal less than 4 minutes later on a power play, helping the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Saturday night. Eric Belanger tied a career high with his 16th goal, newly acquired Brent Sopel had two assists, and Mathieu Garon made 23 saves after giving up 14 goals in the previous three games. St. Louis rookie Mike Glumac had a power-play goal in the second period...
Pampling wins Bay Hill sword after Owens putts away lead (03/20/06)
The silver sword for winning the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Fla., went to Rod Pampling. Greg Owen felt like falling on one. Owen had his first PGA Tour victory seemingly sewn up late Sunday afternoon, a two-shot lead and 40 inches left for a par on the 17th hole...
Rain pushes race back to today (03/20/06)
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Rain at the Atlanta Motor Speedway postponed the NASCAR race Sunday moments before the start, and it was rescheduled for Monday -- when more rain was in the forecast. Officials at the Golden Corral 500 tried to wait out the large front, but the rain kept coming and the announcement was finally made after 2 1/2 hours...
Meyer celebrates 60 years in real estate (03/20/06)
Shortly after Thomas L. Meyer returned to Cape Girardeau from his Air Force service in 1946, a friend posed a question: What did he think about going into real estate? His response: "What the hell, let's find out." Sixty years later, Meyer is still in real estate at the age of 87, working deals over the years that he estimates resulted in 3,000 jobs. ...
People on the move 03/20/06 (03/20/06)
Alliance Bank in Cape names president Alliance Bank has added Cord A. Polen to its management staff. Polen assumed the position of president for the bank March 6. He is working out of the main office at 217 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Polen most recently served as market president and chief lending officer of US Bank in Cape Girardeau. ...
Desperate to hook up (03/20/06)
Those at AT&T call the "Fair Competition in Video Act" a step that will improve TV-watching technologies and finally give consumers a choice by bringing competition to markets that have long been dominated by cable companies like Charter Communications...
Alma Slinkard (03/20/06)
Alma Lee Slinkard, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at her residence in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Saturday, Oct. 1, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of John L. and Della Robinson Hill, Sr. She and James W. "Jay" Slinkard were married on Nov. 29, 1941, in Cape Girardeau...
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Out of the past 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
25 years ago: March 20, 1981 The construction of a canopy over two doors of the Common Pleas Courthouse has outraged members of the Greater Cape Girardeau Historical Association, whose president claims the porch "ruins the whole appearance of the courthouse."...
Counting on NPR (03/20/06)
National Public Radio chief Kevin Klose came to Cape Girardeau last week to help celebrate KRCU-FM's 15th year as an NPR affiliate. Klose said NPR's health is strong. Listenership is now 26 million, doubling in just the last six and one-half years. Klose attributes much of that increase to the public hunger for news since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001...
Speak Out 3/20/06 (03/20/06)
Cairo's council; Freedom isn't free; Reading chaos; Disruptive behavior; Seat belts in buses; Widening worries; Transit imbalance; Thoughts on killing; No connection; City potholes; Dumplings and ...
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