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Question for voters Nov. 7 boils down to worries versus hopes (08/18/06)
No politicians anywhere actively support the creation of cloned human beings. And talk of cloning raises the specter of sci-fi classics such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" or "Brave New World." But for those opposing Amendment 2, the horror of cloning extends to the petri dish, where the techniques first pioneered to produce Dolly the sheep could be used to foster stem-cell lines identical to a living donor...
300 rally against stem-cell measure (08/18/06)
Amendment 2 provides a stark choice for Missourians, opponents whipping up religious opposition told a crowd of 300 Thursday night. Speakers at the Christians Against Human Cloning rally painted the proposal as the next step in a satanic onslaught, using promises of cures to promote tyranny and death...
Road advisory board has 26 applicants so far (08/18/06)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners will continue accepting applications for the new Road and Bridge Advisory Board until Sept. 15. The advisory board is an 11-member panel created during the run-up to Aug. 8's successful county sales-tax vote. The board will include one member from each of the 10 townships in the county along with one at-large member...
Gunfire report yields no evidence, arrests (08/18/06)
Police officers responded to a call of shots fired Thursday morning at a Cape Girardeau intersection, but there were no injuries. The call reporting gunfire at the intersection of Hanover Street and Jefferson Avenue came in at 9 a.m. Officers who responded to the scene spoke with residents at 303 S. ...
Firefighter, rescue training scheduled (08/18/06)
Firefighting and rescue training classes have been scheduled for later this fall in Jackson and Fruitland. The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute will hold a Cape Girardeau County Fire School in October. A 36-hour basic firefighter skills class is scheduled for Oct. ...
Flags flying at half-staff in honor of slain worker (08/18/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt ordered flags at state facilities to be flown at half-staff in honor of a slain Missouri Department of Transportation employee. Kenneth Hoierman, a 15-year veteran for MoDOT, was killed Tuesday morning while assisting emergency responders on Interstate 55 just south of St. ...
Cape police take man into custody for assault (08/18/06)
A 52-year-old man charged with fighting an officer while naked was taken into custody Thursday. Michael McLeary, of 606 S. Silver Springs Road, was accused of attempting to choke a police officer Sunday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of felony assault of a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor property damage. ...
SEMO freshmen move in, with volunteers doing the heavy lifting (08/18/06)
For Sherry Lowry, moving her 19-year-old daughter into her dorm room Thursday was as easy as standing around. No sooner had Lowry's husband set boxes down on a sidewalk than a group of five football players walked up to haul them away. All Lowry could do was sputter her daughter Morgan's room number before the men grabbed the boxes and took them up five flights of stairs at Towers...
United Way reveals new direction during media luncheon (08/18/06)
About 30 people attending the United Way of Southeast Missouri media luncheon were thanked for their contributions in delivering a clear, consistent and inspiring message to ask for the public's help in meeting the United Way's past challenges. An all-around thanks to everyone was made by Nancy Jernigan, executive director, at the event held at Celebrations restaurant...
Senate candidates Talent, McCaskill meet cordially at Missouri State Fair (08/18/06)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- There were no harsh words, no critical glares, just plenty of friendly banter and ham as Missouri's Senate candidates met Thursday at the state fair's annual political breakfast. The must-do event for Missouri politicians took on extra significance this year because both Republican Sen. Jim Talent and Democratic challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill are aggressively courting rural voters for the Nov. 7 election...
St. Louis dorm offers plenty of amenities (08/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Gene Clark's college days were over more than 20 years ago. But he's considering going back after seeing his daughter's new stylish high-end dorm at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "It's like a hotel. It smells like a new car. And she's got a swimming pool? We don't have a swimming pool at home," Clark said. "I need to go back to college."...
Suspect charged who walked away from police (08/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The murder suspect who walked out of St. Louis police headquarters after being left unattended was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and escaping custody, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said. Ladon Grissom, 21, of St. ...
Governor bars tax breaks to corporate ethanol plants (08/18/06)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt barred the state from giving discretionary tax breaks to corporate-owned ethanol and biodiesel plants Thursday, reserving the incentives for facilities owned primarily by farmers. The move comes just as the state's renewable fuels industry is starting to boom...
Suspect in Missouri death arrested in Texas (08/18/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man sought by the Greene County sheriff for a fatal shooting in June faces extradition from Texas after he was arrested Wednesday in McAllen on immigration-related charges, authorities said. Alvaro Molina, 21, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the June 9 shooting death of Francisco Javier Gaspar, 20. Molina was arrested in McAllen after a traffic stop during which authorities found six illegal immigrants from Mexico in his vehicle...
Questions loom after alleged confession in JonBenet case (08/18/06)
BOULDER, Colo. -- For a moment, it seemed the decade-old mystery surrounding the slaying of a child beauty queen had been solved. But authorities Thursday cautioned against rushing to judge the schoolteacher who made a stunning confession that he killed JonBenet Ramsey...
2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is larger, has a V-8 (08/18/06)
As its name implies, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is part Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle. But with a 4-foot-long pickup bed behind the four-door, five-person passenger compartment, the Sport Trac also is part pickup truck. And for 2007, both parts of the Sport Trac are updated...
Judge: Tobacco companies lied to smokers about hazards (08/18/06)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that the nation's top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but said she couldn't order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought...
Federal judge in Detroit rules warrantless surveillance program unconstitutional (08/18/06)
DETROIT -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it. U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution...
W.Va. terminal evacuated after suspicious liquid found in luggage (08/18/06)
CEREDO, W.Va. -- A West Virginia airport terminal was evacuated Thursday after two bottles of liquid found in a woman's carry-on luggage twice tested positive for explosives residue, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said. "It looks like there were four items containing liquids," said TSA spokeswoman Amy von Walter. "Two of those containers tested positive."...
Overhaul of pension, savings rules signed into law by Bush (08/18/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed a broad overhaul of pension and savings rules Thursday, giving millions of people a better chance of getting the retirement benefits they have earned. The law, passed with fanfare by Congress two weeks ago, gives companies seven years to shore up funding of their traditional pensions, also known as defined benefit plans. Special rules for seriously underfunded companies require them to catch up faster...
Merck suffers setbacks as it defends lawsuits (08/18/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Merck & Co. was stung with two major legal setbacks over the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx on Thursday when a federal jury ordered the drug maker to pay $51 million to a heart attack victim, and a state judge in New Jersey overturned a November verdict favoring the company...
Gibson pleads no contest in DUI case (08/18/06)
MALIBU, Calif. -- Mel Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge Thursday and was sentenced to three years' probation, the district attorney's office said. Gibson did not appear but entered the plea through his attorney before Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira, Deputy District Attorney Gina Satriano said in a statement...
Volcano's fiery eruption leaves one person dead, 60 missing in Ecuador (08/18/06)
BANOS, Ecuador -- A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains showered incandescent rock and lava on nearby villages, smothering houses and burning residents as thousands tried to flee to safety. At least one person was killed and 60 were missing...
World's 'asteroid busters' widen the search for objects headed toward Earth (08/18/06)
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- They're out there, hidden among a haze of stars -- killer asteroids. Now the world's astronomers are keeping a wary eye to the skies for giant objects on a collison course with Earth. Experts say there are about 1,100 comets and asteroids in the inner solar system that are at least a half-mile across, and that any one of them could unleash a global cataclysm capable of killing millions in a single blinding flash...
Abbas: Palestinian militants agree to halt attacks on Israel (08/18/06)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that militant groups promised to suspend attacks on Israel in hopes of ending a nearly 2-month-long Israeli crackdown in the Gaza Strip. The militants denied there was a formal agreement with Abbas, but left the door open to a possible halt in attacks. Only minor violence was reported Thursday, and there appears to have been a drop in rocket attacks on Israel in recent days...
Bangladesh, France pledge troops to expand U.N. force in Lebanon (08/18/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- Nearly 50 countries that could contribute the 13,000 new troops needed to expand the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon met Thursday amid concern over the ground rules and firepower the soldiers could use. Bangladesh pledged up to 2,000 troops and France offered 200 new troops in addition to 200 already in the force, a disappointment to some who expected more from the country likely to lead the force...
Lebanese forces a welcome sight for most in south (08/18/06)
QLEIA, Lebanon -- Villagers throwing rice and Hezbollah supporters holding banners welcomed the country's army to south Lebanon on Thursday after a nearly 40-year absence, and the first airliner landed at Beirut airport since fighting began more than a month ago...
Columbians' distrust deepens after massacre near border (08/18/06)
LA VICTORIA, Venezuela -- The young soldier staggered back to his post and fell to his knees, crying hysterically as a comrade took his gun. The bodies of eight unarmed people -- including two children -- were later found burned, gagged and shot at a ranch down the road...
Scrimmages will give area fans first dose of gridiron (08/18/06)
It may be little more than a dress rehearsal, but a mix of scrimmages across the area should give area high school football fans a quick fix with the regular season just two weeks away. Jackson, Scott City, Chaffee and Perryville will all participate in intrasquad scrimmages tonight...
Area sports digest 8/18/06 (08/18/06)
Morris sweeps honors at flag tournament Kathy Morris won medalist honors and placed first in the play of the day Thursday in Cape Girardeau Country Club's ladies day action. The play of the day was flag tournament. Morris was followed in order by Mary Ann Vogelsang, Judy Holcomb, Luanne Kiefner and Catharine Weed...
Slamfest will celebrate 15th B-day this year (08/18/06)
Fifteen years, still growing and perhaps more popular than ever. That in a nutshell sums up Slamfest, Cape Girardeau's outdoor basketball tournament that makes its yearly run at Indian Park this weekend. "It just keeps getting better and better," said LaTanya Thomas, one of the event's directors. "It's highly recognized throughout Southeast Missouri...
Linehan limits the media exposure for coordinators (08/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Throughout preseason training camp, first-year Rams coach Scott Linehan has shouldered the load of dealing with the media while his coordinators concentrated on getting players ready for the upcoming season. But on Thursday, the final day of camp, he decided it was time for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and offensive coordinator Greg Olson to get some exposure, and promised they would be available on Mondays to discuss the previous game...
Field makes short work of long Medina (08/18/06)
MEDINAH, Ill. -- That big showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson was overrated. So was Medinah. In the 193 rounds since this major switched to stroke play in 1958, par has never been such a pushover. Lucas Glover and Chris Riley each shot 6-under 66 to lead the assault on that 7,561-yard cream puff called Medinah Country Club, which yielded 60 scores under par...
Three days later, Seau may unretire (08/18/06)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Junior Seau may come out of retirement to play for the New England Patriots. Just three days after the San Diego Chargers threw him a lavish party to celebrate the end of his career, Seau told his former team Thursday that he might be coming back...
Total of 8 Angels, Rangers suspended (08/18/06)
NEW YORK -- Managers Buck Showalter and Mike Scioscia and six others were suspended by Major League Baseball on Thursday following two days of trouble between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels. Showalter will miss four games, starting with Texas' game Thursday night at Detroit. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will run the team in the interim...
Rolen topples Reds (08/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Rolen enjoys pressure. Rolen tied the score with a home run in the seventh inning, then hit a winning single in the ninth that led St. Louis over the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Thursday and boosted the Cardinals' NL Central lead back to 2 1/2 games...
Edmonds misses second game with post-concussion syndrome (08/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, who has missed two games due to post-concussion syndrome, is hopeful of returning to the lineup as early as today. "He actually felt better today and was actually talking about possibly playing tomorrow," trainer Barry Weinberg said after the Cardinals' 2-1 victory over the Reds on Thursday. "We just have to judge each day by his symptoms."...
USA officially begins quest for world title (08/18/06)
SAPPORO, Japan -- After mowing down five exhibition opponents by an average of 34 points, the U.S. is ready to re-establish ownership of international basketball. The exhibitions demonstrated that the Americans are treating the world championships as the start of a larger mission that, if all goes as planned, will culminate in a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics...
Is it a planet? And why do we care? (08/18/06)
When I was in the eighth grade, I could name all 48 states and their capitals. Then Ike came along, and the flag got two more stars. I thought of that this week when a committee of astronomers drafted a resolution that says there are 12 planets, not nine, in our solar system...
Automatic air conditioner causing marital disharmony (08/18/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: Please settle an argument between me and my wife. We have a 2005 Toyota Highlander with an "automatic air conditioner." You set the temperature, and it maintains it. My wife contends that the AC works like a house AC, so that the temperature of the cold air is constant and the compressor cycles on and off. ...
YouTube Web site, where viewers take control, is the biggest story in television (08/18/06)
NEW YORK -- The fall TV season is about to begin. The push is on from the broadcast networks to tempt you into watching what they spent the past year pounding into shape. At a moment when the networks would like nothing more than to make a splash -- another "Lost" or "Desperate Housewives" would be nice -- the biggest news in TV is the escalating instances of mutiny by viewers...
Everyone's a critic: 'World Trade Center' (08/18/06)
Three stars (out of four)     As the movie opens, you notice the serenity of the morning as the sun begins to rise and people start their daily routines. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, at 9:37 a.m. my wife was two blocks from the White House and I was seven miles outside of Washing...
The King still reigns 50 years later (08/18/06)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Fifty years ago, as Elvis Presley was about to make his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Helen Kreis was staring at the TV screen, barely able to contain her teenage excitement. Then her father pulled the plug. "He was just joking, but before he could get it plugged back in, I was next door at the neighbor's house. ...
Better than the Bard: A 'compleat' review of River City Players' newest production (08/18/06)
In its opening lines the River City Players' newest production, "The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)" (yes, the spelling is correct). Ryan Heslinga promises the audience something "unprecedented in theater." A performance that will capture "the towering grandeur" that is the complete works of William Shakespeare...
Artifacts 8/18/06 (08/18/06)
FTB releases first album with JetSpeed; Jerry Ford Orchestra to perform USO show ; Chapman, O'Donnell to display at arts council; River City Players hold musical auditions; SEMO Acoustic Musicians' Guild meets Aug. 28; Market House Theatre accepting registration for Footlights; Columbia to hold arts festival in September
Joan Gardner (08/18/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Joan Gardner, 72, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Kewanee, Mo., daughter of Elmer and Camille Lands Chadd. She married Roy Gardner, who preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Mike Gardner of Sikeston; four daughters, Betty Croney, Gloria "Sissy" Gardner and Lois Dirickson, all of Sikeston, Yvonne Gross of Jackson; four brothers, J.D. ...
Amy Rushing (08/18/06)
Amy Lewis Campbell Rushing passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at her home at The Wellington Assisted Living Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time of her death she was surrounded by three generations of her family. She was born in Carbondale, Ill., Nov. 15, 1913, daughter of George A. and Georgia A. Byrd Campbell. Since she was the first child born in the first hospital in Carbondale, Dr. Lewis, the founder of the hospital, requested she be named after his wife, Amy Lewis...
Herman Eggleston (08/18/06)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Herman L. "John Lee" Eggleston, 71, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Memphis, Tenn., son of John and Ora Eggleston. He and Dora Mae Ramsey were married in 1970 in Cleveland...
Elmo Johnson (08/18/06)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Elmo Lincoln Johnson, 82, of Portageville, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at his home. He was born Nov. 18, 1923, at Garth Ky., son of Ed W. and Susan Barnes Johnson. He and Juanita Louise Taylor were married Nov. 20, 1945. Johnson served with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy, North Africa and Austria. He co-owned the "61 Garage & Body Shop" for several years before working at Noranda Aluminum until his retirement in 1989...
Viola Lair (08/18/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Viola Mae Lair, 80, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at her home. She was born May 22, 1926, at Ancel, Mo., daughter of Homer and Lillian Gowens Poole. She and Robert U. Lair were married Aug. 28, 1948. He died May 4, 1996. Lair had owned Hickory Hills BBQ and Pub in Chaffee. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Scott City...
Births 8/18/06 (08/18/06)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 8/18/06 (08/18/06)
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Out of the past 8/18/06 (08/18/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 18, 1981 A formal recommendation to use buses provided by a suburban Kansas City firm over those of a local transit company in the city's proposed transit system is expected to be made tonight by the Cape Girardeau Transit supervisor Steven D. Engelmann to the city council at the council's study session...
Food subsidies: Farms, ranches are essential part of our economy (08/18/06)
By Jo Ann Emerson For the past week I have toured farms, ranches and agribusinesses across the 8th Congressional District on my annual farm tour. Every stop on the tour is different, but practically everywhere I went I spoke to someone about a recent column by Jonah Goldberg which appeared in this paper...
Welcome to Club Fed (08/18/06)
The Wall Street Journal The closest thing to a lifetime sinecure in America is a federal government job, and now it turns out that it's also a very lucrative way to make a living. New data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis confirm that the average federal civilian worker earns $106,579 a year in total compensation, or twice the $53,289 in wages and benefits for the typical private worker. ...
The school buzz (08/18/06)
There's a fine hum that returns to our communities as schools reopen for another academic year. It's an exciting time for everyone, even those who no longer have children of their own in school. Traffic gets a little busier. Stores see more shoppers. Restaurants fill up more tables and booths. The movie houses sell more tickets and more popcorn...
No slacks for CHS girls in 1943 (08/18/06)
To the editor: Reading about the controversy regarding the dress code at Central High School got me to thinking of my high school days. In 1943, I was a junior at Central, and I don't remember having any kind of dress code. All students dressed nice. Girls wore skirts, sweaters, bobby socks and saddle-oxford shoes. Boys wore shirts, sweaters and nice pants. We had no T-shirts nor sweatshirts with printing on them...
SSI figures were incorrect (08/18/06)
To the editor: The Aug. 7 article by Mark Bliss about the new Missouri Senior Report was informative. Unfortunately, one section of the summary table accompanying the article contained some major errors. Under the heading "Supplemental Security Income payments as percent of total personal income," the following percentages were shown for the counties in your primary circulation area: Bollinger, 69 percent; Cape Girardeau, 45.2 percent; Perry, 29 percent; and Scott, 81 percent...
Speak Out 8/18/06 (08/18/06)
A place to smoke; Group learning; Crack house problem; Street vending; Not tired; Worst in the world; Disappointing world; Going to the ER; Police work; Missing fruit; Too expensive; Smoking illnesses; Dangerous grass; Keep it down; Fewer competitors
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