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Gunman opens fire on South Ellis Street (04/19/06)
A man opened fire near a Cape Girardeau intersection Tuesday afternoon, but no one was shot. At least two shots were fired after noon in the 1000 block of South Ellis Street, said police Sgt. Barry Hovis. Witnesses reported seeing two to four men with handguns, one of whom fired shots at another man, he said...
Talent promotes Part D drug plan in Jackson (04/19/06)
The complexity of a new prescription drug program shouldn't scare seniors, U.S. Sen. Jim Talent said Tuesday. Talent held a town hall meeting at the Jackson Senior Center to discuss the Medicare Part D program. Despite widespread complaints, the program represents the best and most efficient way to "get the cost of prescription drugs down and pay some of that discounted cost," Talent said...
Old Town Cape elects executive committee, directors (04/19/06)
Old Town Cape Inc. has announced the election of members to the executive committee and the board of directors. Continuing board members are Heather Brooks, city of Cape Girardeau; Greg Cook, Zickfield's Jewelers; Jayne Ervin, Jayson Jewelers Ltd.; Sarah Goeke, Downtown Kids Association, student representative; Kendra Harris, Jayson Jewelers Ltd.; Jim Maurer, Rhodes 101; Scott Shivelbine, Shivelbine's Music Store...
Lt. governor dedicates participation in cancer event to secretary of state (04/19/06)
Concern about finding a cure for breast cancer swept aside political divisions Monday as Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he would dedicate his participation in a fund-raising event to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Kinder, a Republican, was joined by two Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Maida Coleman and Rep. Rachel Storch, at a news conference to announce he will run in the 2006 Komen-St. Louis Race for the Cure on behalf of Carnahan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year...
Cape Girardeau-area celebrations of Earth Day fizzle in recent years (04/19/06)
There was a well-attended parade and a festival. A Trail of Tears litter drive, a park cleanup and a mile-long run. To mark Earth Day's 20th anniversary in 1990, Cape Girardeau-area residents participated in several activities to promote environmental citizenship and make their world a cleaner place...
Cape fire burns two homes (04/19/06)
A raging fire destroyed a home on South Spanish Street Tuesday afternoon. It also ignited a nearby house, causing severe damage. Fire inspectors hadn't determined the cause of the blaze as darkness fell. They plan to continue their investigation today, Cape Girardeau fire Capt. Rick Crites said as the final firetrucks left for their stations...
Out & About 4/19/06 (04/19/06)
Today Cape Alternative Farmers Market: downtown Cape Girardeau, 8 a.m. Heart and health screenings: Saint Francis Medical Center's Health and Wellness Center Lobby Atrium, 7 to 10 a.m. Women In Agriculture: eighth annual program, United Methodist Church, Marble Hill, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m...
Autopsy: Ste. Genevieve teen died of accidental drowning (04/19/06)
STE GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- A Ste. Genevieve teen found dead in a lake after missing for more than two weeks apparently died in an accidental drowning. On Monday afternoon, emergency officials pulled the body of Wade Lurk, 17, and his car from Goose Creek Lake, a development on the border of St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties...
Region digest 04/19/06 (04/19/06)
Gunman opens fire on South Ellis Street A man opened fire near a Cape Girardeau intersection Tuesday afternoon, but no one was shot. At least two shots were fired after noon in the 1000 block of South Ellis Street, said police Sgt. Barry Hovis. Witnesses reported seeing two to four men with handguns, one of whom fired shots at another man, he said. ...
Club news 4/19/06 (04/19/06)
Lamplighters FCE; Kage FCE Club; Zonta Club
Tamms man surrenders after standoff with Cape police (04/19/06)
Cape Girardeau police surrounded an apartment building on South Spring Street shortly after noon Tuesday and engaged in a short standoff with a suspected drug dealer. Clifton N. Brown, 22, of Tamms, Ill., gave himself up after about 20 minutes of hiding in the second-floor apartment at 639 S. Spring St. in the Cape La Croix Luxury Apartments. Police expect formal charges to be filed against Brown today...
8 weather sirens will be installed in Jackson (04/19/06)
In less than a month eight sirens will provide early storm warnings for residents in Jackson. The Southeast Missouri Medical Center Inc., a Jackson not-for-profit organization, initiated efforts to purchase warning sirens one month ago, said Jackson Mayor Paul Sander. The SMMC and Jackson School District agreed to provide funding for five sirens, which would cover 65 percent of the city. The other sirens would give the city complete coverage...
Judge orders new cost estimate for eminent domain ballot initiative (04/19/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge has ordered the state auditor to draft a new financial estimate for a ballot proposal that would restrict the use of eminent domain and require governments to compensate people for rules that lower their property values...
Four dead after gunman opens fire at workplace (04/19/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A man killed the mother of his child, then went to the catering company where he worked and killed two other women before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday. One other woman also was wounded, but is in stable condition. Police said the gunman, Herbert Chalmers Jr., killed 53-year-old Sylvia Haynes at her apartment Tuesday morning. ...
Teens plead not guilty to school shooting plot (04/19/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two Platte City teenagers charged with threatening to conduct an armed attack on their high school to mark the seventh anniversary of the Columbine High School killings made their first appearance in court Tuesday. An associate circuit court judge entered not guilty pleas for Trevor P. Fattig and Sean M. Amos, both 17. Each is charged with a felony count of making a terroristic threat and are being held on $15,000 bond. If convicted, they face up to four years in prison...
Fungal infection has contact lens wearers groping for glasses (04/19/06)
William Spadafora had tried reading glasses, distance glasses and bifocals. He had lost glasses, stepped on glasses and dropped glasses off the side of a boat. "I was fed up with glasses and I wanted to try something different, so that's why I tried contacts," said Spadafora, 58. "They worked for me for five or six years until I came down with the fungus."...
Nation digest 04/19/06 (04/19/06)
Moussaoui's mental health questioned ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Zacarias Moussaoui's behavior is abnormal even for an al-Qaida terrorist, a defense psychologist testified Tuesday. Xavier Amador diagnosed the Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator with paranoid schizophrenia after observing his actions and writings since 2002. ...
President in mood for change (04/19/06)
WASHINGTON -- Anxious Republicans are calling for a White House shake-up, and President Bush promises that changes are coming. In fact, the president said Tuesday, his new chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, is drawing up recommendations about "who should be here and who should not be here." But if anyone still had doubts about Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's future, Bush tried to put that question to rest...
After decades, Germany agrees to help open Holocaust records (04/19/06)
WASHINGTON -- After decades of holding back, Germany took a major step Tuesday toward opening Nazi records on 17 million Jews, slave laborers and other Holocaust victims to historians and relatives long anxious for conclusive information about their fate...
Crude oil climbs to new intraday record of $70.88 (04/19/06)
LONDON -- Oil prices hit a new intraday high of $70.88 a barrel Tuesday amid international tension over Iran's nuclear program and worries about supply disruptions in Nigeria. Light, sweet crude for May delivery surpassed the previous record of $70.85 a barrel in Asian electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, before easing back to $70.75. That's up 35 cents from Monday, when the contract settled at $70.40 a barrel, a record close...
U.S. diplomat: Envoys fail to agree on Iran sanctions (04/19/06)
MOSCOW -- A U.S. diplomat said Tuesday that envoys from the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany discussed sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but failed to agree on how to proceed. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said after nearly three hours of talks that diplomats recognized the "need for a stiff response to Iran's flagrant violations of its international responsibilities."...
Mexico wants migrant rights in U.S., but is harsh to Central American migrants (04/19/06)
TULTITLAN, Mexico -- Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money...
Sectarian clashes erupt in Baghdad for second day (04/19/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Clashes persisted for a second day Tuesday in a Sunni district of Baghdad between Iraqi forces and what appeared to be local militiamen who feared that Shiite death squads had infiltrated the community. U.S. and Iraqi troops sealed off streets to the Azamiyah district, and residents reported the area appeared quiet after clerics broadcast appeals for calm over loudspeakers from the main Sunni mosque. At least 13 people died in the two days of fighting, Iraqi officials said...
Dutch suspect being held in Holloway case, says prosecutor (04/19/06)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A 19-year-old Dutch man is being held by authorities on suspicion of involvement in Natalee Holloway's disappearance, the Aruban prosecutor's office said Tuesday. The man, identified only by his initials, G.V.C., also is suspected of drug offenses...
Tigers hand first conference loss to Eagles (04/19/06)
Two of the SEMO Conference's top pitchers squared off at Central on Tuesday, as Tigers ace Brad LaBruyere battled New Madrid County Central's Jordan Kimball. Central scored four runs in the bottom of the first, more than enough for LaBruyere, and the Tigers cruised to a 10-2 conference rout...
Notre Dame baseball routs Scott City in five innings (04/19/06)
Abe Dirnberger stole home in the fifth inning to help spark a nine-run inning and lead Notre Dame's baseball team to a 12-2 home rout of Scott City on Tuesday. Dirnberger swiped home with one out in the fifth to push Notre Dame's lead to 4-2, then the floodgates opened. Scott City starter Ryan Modglin walked five batters in the fifth...
Ex-Southeast assistant Schuberth gets his first job as a head coach (04/19/06)
Former Southeast Missouri State assistant basketball coach Tom Schuberth is finally going to get a chance to run his own program. The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, reported in Tuesday's edition that Schuberth will be named the University of Texas-Pan American head coach during a Friday news conference...
'Hawks' bats erupt (04/19/06)
Southeast Missouri State had an uncharacteristically silent offensive performance over the weekend, which led to its first Ohio Valley Conference series loss this year. But the Redhawks' potent bats were back in form Tuesday, sparking a doubleheader sweep of visiting Eastern Illinois...
Redhawks receive reprimand from OVC (04/19/06)
It appears as if Southeast Missouri State baseball coaches and players better start watching what they say to the local newspaper. Southeast coach Mark Hogan and catcher Levi Olson were issued public reprimands on Tuesday by the Ohio Valley Conference for publicly criticizing the umpires following Friday's OVC doubleheader against Samford...
A booming start: Shelton swings a powerful bat for Tigers (04/19/06)
DETROIT -- Chris Shelton is hotter than his hair color. Plucked off baseball's scrap heap a couple of years ago, Detroit's redheaded first baseman is now more than a curiosity or cute, opening-week story. Instead, Shelton is proving he has staying power with nine home runs through 13 games...
Blues end season with OT loss (04/19/06)
CHICAGO -- Kyle Calder scored at 3:20 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night as two of the NHL's worst teams concluded their seasons. Calder netted the game-winner for the second straight contest, beating Jason Bacashihua from right wing...
Pirates fire back at Cards (04/19/06)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates keep falling behind so early and so often, it almost seems as if they are beginning every game with a three-run deficit. No wonder they looked like a much different team when they enjoyed a big first inning instead of giving one up...
Two Duke players arrrested on rape charges, released (04/19/06)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested on rape charges Tuesday in a scandal that has rocked one of America's elite campuses and raised explosive questions of race, class and the privileged status of college athletes. The two players -- both graduates of Northern prep schools -- were promptly booked and released on bail. District Attorney Mike Nifong said a third player could also be arrested but has yet to be firmly identified...
Sports briefs 4/19/06 (04/19/06)
Hockey; Miscellaneous
Eating in mile-high style (04/19/06)
Two million dollars isn't peanuts. But it is pretzels. That's how much Northwest Airlines estimated it would save annually when last year it quit offering passengers those little bags of pretzels on domestic flights. Similarly, American Airlines netted a $40,000 annual savings when it eliminated just one olive from every salad served in its first-class cabins...
When the Easter bunny is done with them ... (04/19/06)
The Incredible Edible Egg. We have all heard that slogan from the producers and promoters of eggs. This time of year, we do tend to think about eggs, don't we? With Easter just past, I found myself and our children dyeing lots of eggs to hide, find and enjoy. It was so much fun, but the time went quickly...
Around your house 4/18/06 (04/19/06)
Garden Home Improvement Hardware centers carry a wide variety of peel-and-stick strips for traction. For best results, the tub or shower floor should be scrubbed and thoroughly dried, then wiped with rubbing alcohol to remove any soap film or remaining residue. ...
Finding hope in Caruthersville (04/19/06)
It had only been 10 minutes since I'd come to Caruthersville, but I was already lost. Not wanting to get any more lost, I decided it was time to pull over to a gas station and ask where to find 18th Street. Time to ask where the town's gaping wound was...
Ruth Schmidt (04/19/06)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Ruth Lydia Schmidt, 83, of Altenburg died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at her home. She was born Aug. 9, 1922, at New Wells, daughter of Anton and Edna Koenig Petzoldt. She and Theobald Schmidt were married Nov. 9, 1942. Schmidt was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg...
Albert Flamm (04/19/06)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Albert C. Flamm, 74, of Cobden died Monday, April 17, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Cobden, son of Adolph and Agnes Bradac Flamm. He and Carolyn Clutts were married May 1, 1954, in Cobden. Flamm was a lifelong member of Carbondale, Ill., and Cape Girardeau farmers markets. ...
Shirley Wills (04/19/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Shirley H. Wills, 70, of Perryville died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 15, 1936, in Pueblo, Colo., daughter of Harry and Hattie Steben Triebes. She and Vernon L. Wills were married June 13, 1964. Wills received a teaching degree from St. John's College in Winfield, Kan. She had been a teacher, secretary and librarian at Immanuel Lutheran School...
Thomas Parks (04/19/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Thomas E. Parks, 86, of Urbana, Ill., formerly of Anna, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 12, 1919, in Alto Pass, Ill., son of Guy Clay and Margaret McCumisky Parks. Parks was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Washington University and the University of Illinois...
Robert Cashion (04/19/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert L. Cashion, 61, of Perryville died Monday, April 17, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 3, 1944, in Perry County, Mo., son of Eugene Robert and Birdie Clifton Cashion. He and Jenny Pullen were married Aug. 15, 1998. Cashion was retired from General Motors truck line. He was a former member of Pleasant Grove Church, past exalted ruler of Perryville Elks Lodge 2701, and member of United Auto Workers...
Gilbert Heins (04/19/06)
Gilbert W. Heins, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Johnson (04/19/06)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Mildred Irene Bennett Johnson, 88, of Poplar Bluff died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Johnson, the daughter of the late Oliver and Della Prowell Bennett, was born Nov. 16, 1917, in the Hendrickson community of Butler County...
Howard Tooke (04/19/06)
Howard C. Tooke, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Piedmont, Mo., son of the late Robert and Tuni Duncan Tooke. He and Frances Hoefer were married Feb. 24, 1938, in Cape Girardeau...
Elva Huber (04/19/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elva V. Huber, 95, of Perryville died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 1, 1911, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Dixie Wills Rabold. She and Vallie Julian Huber were married Nov. 27, 1930, at Sereno, Mo. He died Nov. 14, 1955...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/19/06 (04/19/06)
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Out of the past 4/19/06 (04/19/06)
25 years ago: April 19, 1981 Easter Sunday. Sunrise services are celebrated by a number of Cape Girardeau churches, including Faith Tabernacle Church and Evangelical United Church of Christ; the 45th annual Bald Knob Easter sunrise service is also held near Alto Pass, Ill., with Dr. Tom Haggai of High Point, N.C., as guest speaker...
General consensus: In defense of Donald Rumsfeld (04/19/06)
Foes of the Bush administration described the recent calls by six retired generals for Donald Rumsfeld to resign or be fired as "growing military pressure" for him to do so. These retired generals claim he should go for, among other things, ignoring the advice of senior military leaders and bungling the global war on terror in Iraq with poorly planned war-fighting strategies and post-Saddam planning efforts. We strongly disagree...
Tuition and funding (04/19/06)
In his remarks to the State Government Review Commission last April, University of Missouri president Elson Floyd pointed out that in fiscal year 2005 Missouri ranked 43rd among the states in funding for higher education, spending $6.34 per $1,000 of personal income compared to a national median of $6.89...
Tooke's namesake recalls stories (04/19/06)
To the editor: I am writing to you to tell you how very saddened I am at the fact that Howard Tooke died. You see, I was given my middle name after him. He was my grandmothers brother. My grandmother was Lucille Ada Tooke McCamy of Piedmont, Mo. As a little boy when I came to visit my grandparents, we would always visit with Howard and his wonderful wife Francis. ...
Workers Memorial Day 2006 (04/19/06)
To the editor: Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is the day each year working families take the time to mourn workers killed or injured on the job. We reflect on how far we have come and the distance we have yet to go to make workplaces safer. The news isn't good. In 2004 we saw the first increase in the national workplace fatality rate since 1994. Here in Missouri 165 workers were killed on the job. Across the nation more than 5,700 workers were killed on the job...
Tooke was right man at right time (04/19/06)
To the editor: Howard Tooke came to our city at a time he was needed. He filled his role well against a great deal of opposition. He told me that the opposition to the Show Me Center was so fierce that he regretted it often. He had supported the project. ...
Missouri needs cable-TV choices (04/19/06)
To the editor: The issue of opening up the cable-TV market to fair competition has been getting a lot of attention lately. I think it is important for people to put this debate into proper perspective. The focus should not be on the cable companies or AT&T. The focus should be on the consumer...
Speak Out 4/19/06 (04/19/06)
Payback time; Hiring illegals; No belts on school buses; Making history; Not a good idea; High cost of hepatitis; Watching Iran; Wrong person
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