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Stories from Monday, April 17, 2006

Putting the fight into Southeast's own fight song (04/17/06)
Fans of Southeast Missouri State University can't sing the school's fight song. That's because the upbeat tune doesn't have any words unless you count the brief chant "Go Southeast." The Southeast Missourian -- never short on words itself -- hopes to rectify the situation with a just-for-fun contest to find words to accompany the spirited music...
Big time under the big top as circus comes to Cape (04/17/06)
The biggest of the big tops is returning to Cape Girardeau this week as the world-famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to town. The show coming to the Show Me Center starting today is an all-new Ringling Bros. production that features clown Jon Weiss, who is known by millions after his appearance on the hit CBS show "The Amazing Race."...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
City Hall, Study Session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings Appearances Communications Consent ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Appointments Liquor license Other...
Jackson Board of Aldermen 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
7:30 p.m. today Public Hearings Action Items Power and Light Committee Street Committee...
Results from last week's online poll 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
semissourian.com Last week, 10 residents expressed dissatisfaction to East Cape Girardeau council members over their decision to grant a business and liquor license to the Big Blue Martini, a gentlemen's club that Stephanie Capp plans to open in the former Purple Crackle building. ...
Out & About 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
Today Poetry coffee house: sonnets, Cape Girardeau Public Library, 7 p.m. Southeast Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra: Academic Auditorium, 8 p.m. April 17. Texas Hold 'Em tournament: Krieger's Hometown Sports Grill, 8 p.m. Heart Smart screenings: Southeast Missouri Hospital's HealthPoint Plaza, 8 to 10 a.m...
Cape, Jackson workers travel south to help Bootheel neighbors (04/17/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Finding a mess is not unusual for Cape Girardeau and Jackson city crews. The employees of the street, water and sanitary sewer departments are always the first called whenever drains have flooded, debris needs removing or sewers are blocked...
Gathering to worship at the first light of dawn (04/17/06)
He is risen! He is risen indeed! The message proclaimed numerous times at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau drew loud cheers, amens and hallelujahs from worshippers early Sunday morning. A short line of thunderstorms washed out the planned outdoor Downtown Council of Churches Easter sunrise service, and worshippers moved indoors to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ...
Former Cape Girardeau Mayor Howard Tooke dies (04/17/06)
Former Cape Girardeau Mayor Howard Tooke, 88, died Sunday afternoon at the Missouri Veteran's Home. Tooke served for 18 years on the city council, 13 as mayor, until he retired in 1986. Current Mayor Jay Knudtson said Cape Girardeau is a better place because of Tooke...
No injuries in Jackson apartment fire (04/17/06)
No one was injured in an apartment fire on South Bellevue Street in Jackson on Sunday afternoon. Firefighter Roger Williams with Jackson Fire and Rescue said firefighters got a call from a resident of the apartment building at 2:23 p.m. reporting smoke and flames in a downstairs apartment. The fire was contained in the living room, Williams said, and firefighters had the fire controlled within five minutes of arriving...
Bollinger County scenic drive on course for this weekend (04/17/06)
The 16th annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive has scheduled events in Bollinger County for Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the scenic drive, call the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 777-0068. Other areas to visit include Altenburg, Brazeau, Burfordville, Cape Girardeau, Commerce, Frohna, Jackson, Leopold, Oak Ridge, Old Appleton and Pocahontas. Brochures are available with maps for the entire 150 mile drive...
Community briefs 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
Neighborhood group takes part in cleanup The Neighborhood Connections group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at 101 Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau. Individuals interested in learning about forming their own Neighborhood Watch program should attend. The group has adopted Skateboard Park, Washington Park and May Greene Garden and will participate in cleaning, planting and painting at those locations beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at "Friends of the Park Day." Call 651-4567 for more information...
Girl Scouts recognize top sellers and adult volunteers (04/17/06)
At the annual recognition dinner and meeting held recently at Jackson Knights of Columbus Hall, the Tsalagi Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Otahki Council recognized Girl Scouts and adult volunteers for their efforts. Cadette Girl Scout Rachel Hodo of Jackson, from Troop 212, was recognized as top seller of fall product sales, with $505 sold. The top cookie seller, Brownie Girl Scout Lindsey Breer of Jackson, from Troop 279, sold 400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies...
Descendents of John Summers Sr. sought by families (04/17/06)
John Summers Sr., born about 1740 in Scotland, came to New Madrid, Mo., with Col. George Morgan to settle that area. Records from Louis Houck state that Summers and some sons had settled in Cape Girardeau. Descendents of these early pioneer settlers of Cape Girardeau are being researched in several states. Children of John and Agnes Ewing Summers were Agnes, Andrew, Alexander, James and John Jr...
Community cuisine 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
St. Augustine annual spring dinner Sunday; Hobbs Chapel serves chicken and dumplings; Spring dinner and country store April 30
Missouri's reform recommendations largely languishing (04/17/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The trees were losing their leaves and temperatures dipping when 20 influential Missourians settled upon 85 suggestions to make state government better. Now with the leaves re-emerging and temperatures rising, it's time to see whether the dormant season has brought life to the recommendations of Gov. Matt Blunt's Missouri State Government Review Commission...
Attorney General Nixon decries use of tobacco settlement money (04/17/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is expected to receive its regular payment from a national settlement with big tobacco companies today. The roughly $125 million will push the state past the $1 billion mark, with payments dating back to 2001. Attorney General Jay Nixon is using that benchmark payment to express his disappointment that the state has not dedicated serious amounts of money to thwarting smoking...
Oklahoma City bombing survivors fear lessons are being forgotten (04/17/06)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before her two grandsons died with 166 other people in the Oklahoma City bombing, Jannie Coverdale thought that terrorist acts were committed only in foreign countries by people whose names are hard to pronounce. "Before the bombing, we didn't know there were Timothy McVeighs and Terry Nichols and all those stupid people in this country," Coverdale said. "After the bombing, we found out that we didn't have to go overseas to find those people. They're right here."...
Dark entries uncovered in online diary of suspected Oklahoma killer (04/17/06)
PURCELL, Okla. -- Kevin Ray Underwood's blog talks about the weather, movies, books, life in rural Oklahoma and -- especially in more recent posts -- feeling isolated, depressed and even homicidal. He wrote in September 2004, "my fantasies are just getting weirder and weirder. Dangerously weird. If people knew the kinds of things I think about anymore, I'd probably be locked away. No probably about it, I know I would be."...
Even lawmakers don't want to fill out own tax returns (04/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to their own tax returns, many members of Congress who specialize in writing tax laws turn to professional preparers rather than completing the paperwork themselves. "It's onerous and everybody knows it," said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass...
Nation briefs 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
Crash tests show benefits of side air bags; Authorities trap bear near site of attack ; Two sex offenders fatally shot in their homes; Mountain lion that attacked boy is killed
Big brother: NYPD sets up surveillance cameras to fight crime, terror (04/17/06)
NEW YORK -- Along a gritty stretch of street in Brooklyn, police this month quietly launched an ambitious plan to combat street crime and terrorism. But instead of cops on the beat, wireless video cameras peer down from lamp posts about 30 feet above the sidewalk...
Woman accused of throwing acid (04/17/06)
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- An Albany woman was accused of crashing a Sudanese wedding party early Sunday and splashing people with a glass bottle full of acid, injuring six people, authorities said. Of those injured, two firefighters were burned when their latex gloves melted as they tried to treat the others splashed with the substance...
Non-Hispanic immigrants wonder what reform means for them (04/17/06)
LOS ANGELES -- As a Pakistani, Hamid Khan stood out among the Hispanics he marched alongside at a recent immigration law protest. When he told one demonstrator where he was from, the man responded: "'Then what are you doing here?'" Khan was surprised...
World briefs 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
Hamas renews calls for unity government ; President commutes 1,200 death sentences ; Pitt, Jolie considering Namibian name for baby
Former Iranian president says attack not in Washington's best interests (04/17/06)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Iran's former president accused the United States Sunday of waging "a psychological war" against Tehran and said an American strike against the Islamic republic would not be in Washington's interests. Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, who heads the Expediency Council, a powerful body that mediates between Iran's parliament and clerical hierarchy, said Western nations' attempts to block Iran's nuclear program were "unjust."...
Iraqi leaders halt parliament as talks snarl (04/17/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Efforts to form a unity government suffered a new setback Sunday as Iraqi leaders postponed a parliament session after failing to agree on a prime minister. Bombs targeted Shiites near a mosque and on a bus as attacks nationwide killed at least 35 people...
Pope reflects on nuclear crisis in Easter message to faithful (04/17/06)
VATICAN CITY -- As Mass began, a brisk breeze ruffled the pope's gold-colored vestments and the crimson feathers atop the helmets of Swiss Guards as he strode up the square to take his place at a canopied altar on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica...
Arrest in Holloway case surrounded by mystery (04/17/06)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- An announcement that police made an arrest in the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway left many islanders wondering Sunday who the suspect is -- and whether the arrest marked a real breakthrough in the almost year-old case...
Iran will give financially strapped Palestinians $50 million (04/17/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran will give the financially strapped Palestinian Authority $50 million in aid, state-run television reported Sunday. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced the aid package during a conference held in Tehran in support of the Palestinians...
Canada confirms fifth case of mad cow disease (04/17/06)
TORONTO -- Canada confirmed a case of mad cow disease on Sunday at a farm in British Columbia -- the country's fifth case since May 2003, when the United States closed its border to Canadian beef. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Thursday it had a suspected case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. In humans, meat products contaminated with BSE have been linked to more than 150 deaths...
Anglican cleric finds Iraqis seeking solace in religion (04/17/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Attendance is booming at the Rev. Andrew White's church as more Iraqi Christians seek solace in religion to cope with a life of car bombings, kidnappings and deprivation. Every month, "Canon White," as he is known here, travels to Baghdad to minister to the faithful, including Western Protestants and Iraqi Assyrian Christians -- who must be bused into the U.S.-protected Green Zone to hear him preach after al-Qaida put a price on his head...
OVC baseball/softball standings 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
OVC baseball standings x-overall record includes one tie y-overall record includes two ties...
Johnson gains All-American distinction at Three Rivers (04/17/06)
In the storied 39-year history of Three Rivers men's basketball, Dominitrix Johnson managed a first. When he was named a third-team All-American last week, Johnson became the first point guard in Raiders history to receive the honor. There have been 17 All-Americans before Johnson, but none were point guards. Shooting guard Stalin Ortiz was the only other pure guard...
Marathon mom is off to Beantown (04/17/06)
Susan Richmond never ran track or cross country when she was a student at Dexter High School in the 1980s. In fact, Richmond did no serious running until she had her second child, Luke, five years ago. But now, at the age of 43, Richmond will be running in the most famous of all marathons, the Boston Marathon...
Pujols rips on Reds (04/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols hit three home runs, including a winning drive that erased a ninth-inning deficit and put an exclamation point on the St. Louis Cardinals' first homestand at new Busch Stadium. Then he did a little dance a few steps in front of home plate before teammates mobbed him...
Baddeley wins his first PGA Tour title by edging Furyk at Herit (04/17/06)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Aaron Baddeley won the Verizon Heritage for his first PGA Tour title Sunday, rallying with two late birdies and finishing off Jim Furyk with a scrambling par on Harbour Town's lighthouse closing hole. Baddeley was tied with Furyk entering the round, had a two-shot lead by the fifth hole, then was down by that many to Furyk after No. 11...
Sports briefs 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
Baseball n Two children were injured in a scramble to grab cash being dropped from a helicopter as part of a promotion after a minor league baseball game in Comstock Park, Mich. About $1,000 in cash was dropped Saturday from the helicopter over Fifth Third Ballpark's outfield as children lined the outfield fence...
Blues drop final home game in shutout fashion (04/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Curtis Joseph may be less than two weeks from turning 39 years old, but the Phoenix Coyotes goaltender appears far from finished. In his final audition before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, Joseph made 40 saves for his fourth shutout and the Coyotes ended their season with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night...
Cronin scrambles to get Cincinnati back on track (04/17/06)
CINCINNATI -- Mick Cronin and his new coaching staff were fixated on their cell phone keypads when the food arrived at their restaurant table. With hardly a word exchanged, they went on texting and recruiting. "The waitress said, 'I've never seen anything like this. ...
Today's race marks start of World Marathon Majors (04/17/06)
BOSTON --For marathoners, there have always been courses that stood out for their prestige, their tradition, and their purse. Starting in Boston today, those races are now the World Marathon Majors. "The whole point is to be the best runner in the world," Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi said as he prepared to make his debut in the Boston Marathon and try to take the early lead in a two-year competition for bragging rights -- and a $500,000 bonus...
On the air 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
On the air MLB Area events High school baseball...
Blue Cross vague about Siemers Drive rumor (04/17/06)
So far it's just a rumor. But an employee at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri has assured me that the health benefits company will close its Cape Girardeau facility at 471 Siemers Drive in 18 months. I don't just run with rumors, even in a semi-gossip column like "Biz Buzz," so I called Blue Cross. The manager there couldn't comment on the record. But I was directed to a marketing person who works in the Milwaukee, Wis., office...
Business memo 04/17/06 (04/17/06)
Business counseling sessions available The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri State University will conduct counseling sessions for small-business people planning business ventures. The counselor, Gil Degenhardt, will be available from 10 a.m. ...
People on the move 04/17/06 (04/17/06)
Medical tech given leadership award Angie Sitzes, certified medical technician at the Missouri Veterans Home, was chosen by her co-workers to get the Quality Leadership Award. Administrator Jan Rau said Sitzes demonstrated the home's Achieve Global Training Program principles, which are to focus on the situation, issue or behavior; maintain self-confidence and self-esteem of others; maintain constructive relationships; and take initiative to make things better...
Nanotech draws focus of federal regulators (04/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators said last week they want to get a better handle on the burgeoning use of nanotechnology in everyday products, as their German counterparts struggle to understand why nearly 100 people suffered respiratory problems after using a novel cleaning product made with the submicroscopic particles...
IBM's profits up, but stock price stagnant (04/17/06)
ARMONK, N.Y. -- When Sam Palmisano addresses IBM's annual shareholder meeting this month, Big Blue's chief will unfurl plenty of good news. And yet investors in the audience could be forgiven for being impatient with the boss. After all, while Palmisano's four-year reign has dramatically reshaped the technology company, by one key measure it has been unsuccessful. Since he became CEO on March 1, 2002, IBM's shares have dropped 20 percent, shaving about $50 billion from its market value...
Baking a better biscuit (04/17/06)
Five years ago, Victoria McDowell lost a loved one -- her dog. McDowell had done everything she knew of to keep her English Staffordshire bull terrier healthy, including feeding it prescription dog food. But Cheyenne Jasper still died of a rare form of cancer...
Kenneth Aldrich (04/17/06)
Kenneth E. Aldrich, 84, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Chapel.
Joseph Mitchell (04/17/06)
Joseph E. Mitchell, 66, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Helen Casey (04/17/06)
Helen Anna Casey, 86, of Olmsted, Ill., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, Ill.
Howard Tooke (04/17/06)
Howard C. Tooke, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Piedmont, Mo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Ray Clubb (04/17/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. --Ray Clubb, 64, of Perryville died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill.
Thomas Parks (04/17/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Thomas E. Parks, 86, of Urbana, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
Aaron Davis (04/17/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Aaron Davis, 16, of Jonesboro, Ill., and Olive Branch, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1989, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Wesley Alan and Shavonna Wright Davis. He previously attended Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in Anna, Ill., and was attending Egyptian High School since December 2005...
Cape police reports 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
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Out of the past 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
25 years ago: April 17, 1981 Paul James Leonard, well-known Jackson industrial executive and civic leader, died yesterday at a Cape Girardeau hospital; Leonard, 67, was co-founder of the Wagner Manufacturing Co., later known as Lenco Inc. Bernie Parrish, author of "They Call It a Game," the hard-hitting book about life in the National Football League, spoke at a Sports and Society class at Southeast Missouri State University yesterday; the former all-pro cornerback, whose daughter, Teresa, is a member of the class, is now a private businessman in Edwardsville, Ill.. ...
You know better: How feminism wages war on common sense (04/17/06)
Word came out last week that Darryl Littlejohn, the New York bouncer charged in the Feb. 25 rape and murder of graduate student Imette St. Guillen, has been linked by a DNA match to an October sexual assault on another woman. This latest revelation will no doubt (and rightly) lead to more angry cries about the failure of Mr. ...
Honoring teachers (04/17/06)
All high-school graduates can think of a handful of great teachers who had a positive impact on their lives and careers and post-high school studies. These teachers' love of learning is infectious and makes their students want to know more. It's fitting that 10 such teachers are being honored by the Jackson and Cape Girardeau chambers of commerce...
Speak Out 4/17/06 (04/17/06)
It's my business; I don't buy it; Make a trade; Scott City run down; Setting the price; Outrageous hoopla; Need left-turn lane; Ballpark repairs; Police deserve respect; Confused priorities; Cradle to grave
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