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Cape City Council to discuss banning people holding signs on curbsides (06/02/08)
Businesses could be banned from using people hired to hold signs from curbsides that draw potential customers if a new ordinance is passed by the Cape Girardeau City Council. The ordinance, which amends Section 15-16 of the city code, prohibits "selling or soliciting on public streets, rights-of-way, intersections, medians or sidewalks."...
Cape council to look at annual operating budget (06/02/08)
The Cape Girardeau's City Council will decide the use of millions of dollars at today's meeting. The packed agenda includes the city's annual operating budget for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. Annual revenue for the coming year is projected at more than $22 million...
Riverside Regional Library wants youths to 'Catch the Reading Bug' this summer (06/02/08)
Riverside Regional Library recently launched its summer reading program. "Catch the Reading Bug" is the theme for all branches. BENTON, Mo. n 1:30 p.m. Wednesday: "Movie Day." n 3:30 p.m. June 11: Missouri Department of Conservation. n 3:30 p.m. June 16: "The De Priest Puppets."...
Preserved land opened for livestock grazing (06/02/08)
The federal government has opened up millions of acres of preserved farmland to livestock grazing in response to rising feed costs. The decision affects more than 21,000 Missouri farms enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which compensates landowners for leaving certain property idle and planting long-term vegetation...
Summer meals to be served at schools (06/02/08)
The school year is over, but the cafeteria will remain open in Cape Girardeau. To prevent impoverished children -- those who normally receive a free or reduced-price lunch during the school year -- from going hungry over the summer, meals will continue to be served...
Red House announces tours, programs, events for June (06/02/08)
June is French-Canadian month at the Red House Interpretive Center. n The Red House gift shop, gardens, murals and tours are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. n At 11 a.m. June 14, a program titled "French Canadian Influence in Southeast Missouri" will be presented by Linda Clark Nash, historian, educator and grant writer. ...
Hotel/motel tax up for vote in Charleston (06/02/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Charleston voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to establish a "bed tax" in the city. "We hope to pass a 5 percent hotel-motel tax to raise money to promote tourism," said Claudia Arington, executive director of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. "We're very excited and hoping it will pass to give Charleston a boost. ... We want to concentrate on bringing visitors to our beautiful little town. We have so much here to offer."...
Meeting agendas for Jackson, Cape County (06/02/08)
Jackson The city of Jackson's board of aldermen meet a 7:30 p.m. today at city hall, 101 Court St. Action Items n Adoption of agenda n Approval of minutes and monthly bills Power and Light Committee n Ordinance accepting the dedication of a drainage easement and sanitary sewer easement deed from Litz Brothers Inc., for the final plat of Bent Creek Subdivision, Phase 6...
Community Briefs 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
Lt. Gov. Kinder honored with leadership award Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was recently honored by the Missouri Coalition of Alzheimer's Association Chapters with the Leadership of the Year Award. The Alzheimer's Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving care for those with the disease and finding a cure for future generations...
Mississippi County struggles to cover increasing fuel costs (06/02/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mississippi County Commissioners will meet with the sheriff Thursday to discuss the county's fuel budget crisis. Fuel budgets from several county departments are on course to outspend their allocations. "I don't know what to do about this fuel," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday. "We have to figure out a plan. It's going to have to be addressed; fuel is not going to go down considerably."...
Restaurant throws party to help China's earthquake victims (06/02/08)
A party held at China John's Buffet in Jackson raised $5,030 for earthquake relief in central China. Chinese exchange students and educators at Southeast Missouri State University helped organize the event. Restaurant owner John Cai made a donation in addition to supplying food for about 200 people who attended the party...
Boys and Girls Club provides resources, programs for children (06/02/08)
When school lets out, there's a place children can go to play sports, make friends, study sign language, learn leadership skills and go on field trips: The Cape Girardeau Boys and Girls Club. Many parents value the club and its resources and programs for their children. In addition to after-school care, the club also offers a summer camp from June 9 to July 31...
Marchers protest rising crime and violence in St. Louis area (06/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Tens of thousands of black St. Louis residents took to the streets Sunday in a unity march against violence that has plagued some city neighborhoods. On a steamy afternoon, throngs of black ministers, Black Panthers and other black men hungry for change marched through the historically black Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis as black women cheered them from the sidelines...
St. Louis-area firefighter killed in plane crash (06/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- An 18-year veteran firefighter from Creve Coeur has died after his plane crashed in St. Charles County, according to KSDK-TV. Dave Lucas, 52, crashed his plane into a cornfield off Greens Bottom Road near the Katy Trail. It happened around 11 a.m. Sunday after he took off from Creve Coeur airport. Authorities said he was an amateur but experienced pilot...
Locksmiths: Warm weather keeps business brisk as people turn to lawnmowers, boats (06/02/08)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- City Safe & Lock is the place to be on Mondays and Fridays. "Usually over the weekends people will lose their keys or have break-ins," co-owner Mark Allen said. But this is a busy time of year for cousins and co-owners Mark and Rick Allen, the only employees at the 70-year-old business...
College leaders: Mixed results from legislature (06/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Final grades for the 2008 legislative session are in among Missouri's university chancellors and presidents. The verdict: a decidedly mixed report card. The University of Missouri system, which educates 72 percent of students enrolled in the state's four-year colleges, scored several important victories, notably a 4.2 percent increase in the fiscal year 2009 operating budget...
Police follow soda machine's tracks back to store it was removed from (06/02/08)
HUGHES, Ark. -- Police didn't have to look too hard to figure out the source of a soda vending machine found in a front yard -- they just followed the tracks. Deputies from the St. Francis County sheriff's office spotted a Pepsi machine on Thursday in the yard of a home in Hughes. A set of dolly tracks in front of the machine led back to a liquor store less than a mile away that had reported it missing...
Immigration raid leads to calls for action against owners (06/02/08)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- After the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history, hundreds of workers have been sentenced but not one company official as yet faces any charges -- something critics say is typical of a federal government that is tough on employees but easy on owners...
Fire strikes Hollywood studio; cause still under investigation (06/02/08)
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- One of Hollywood's largest movie studios starred in a disastrous sequel Sunday as a fire ripped through a lot at Universal Studios, destroying a set from "Back to the Future," a King Kong exhibit and a streetscape seen frequently in movies and TV shows...
Mars spacecraft's arm leaves its mark (06/02/08)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- NASA's new robot on Mars has reached out and touched the soil for the first time, leaving behind a striking footprint-like impression, scientists said Sunday. The Phoenix Mars Lander's robotic arm was making a test run, just one week after its landing. The spacecraft, which is also its own laboratory, will soon start scooping up soil and ice and running tests on it...
Without boom, shuttle astronauts perform short wing inspection (06/02/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Lacking the proper laser tools, shuttle Discovery's astronauts performed a cursory wing inspection Sunday as they zoomed ever closer to the international space station. The astronauts used their ship's 50-foot robot arm to beam down camera images of the upper edges of the wings so engineers back on Earth could check for any evidence of launch damage. ...
High gas prices lead drivers to put less in tank, then run out (06/02/08)
Brent Saba had just dropped a church group off at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday morning and was heading north on Interstate 95 when it happened: His 15-passenger van ran out of gas. Saba, a 24-year-old church pastor, made it to the shoulder just past the Ben Franklin Bridge and waited more than 30 minutes for someone to stop and lend him a cell phone. Then he waited a while longer for AAA to arrive with fuel...
Obama shifts campaign's focus to general election (06/02/08)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- It's Barack Obama's party now. He beat the ultimate insider at the insider's game. And he's already turned his full-bore attention to the general election contest against Republican John McCain. During a weekend in which Hillary Rodham Clinton mounted a likely last hurrah in Puerto Rico and national Democrats resolved the sticky issue of seating Florida and Michigan delegates under a formula favorable to Obama, the Illinois senator took a series of bold steps to signal his focus was riveted on the fall campaign:. ...
Clinton wins lopsided Puerto Rico primary (06/02/08)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hillary Rodham Clinton won a lopsided but largely symbolic victory Sunday in Puerto Rico's presidential primary, the final act in a weekend that brought Barack Obama close to the Democratic presidential nomination. The former first lady was winning roughly two-thirds of the votes as she continued a strong run through the late primaries...
End in sight on cleanup of WWII nuclear fuel plant (06/02/08)
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- Building the world's first full-scale uranium enrichment factory -- a 45-acre monster that was the biggest industrial structure in the world at the time -- took 18 months amid the race for the first atomic bomb. Six decades later, federal authorities think they finally have a handle on just how long it will take to clean up and tear down the long-shuttered relic of the Manhattan Project: About 15 years...
Legendary clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71 (06/02/08)
PARIS -- Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, who reworked the rules of fashion by putting women into pantsuits that came to define how modern women dressed, died Sunday evening, a longtime friend and associate said. He was 71. Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent's business partner for four decades, said he had died at his Paris home following a long illness...
Texas child welfare agency under magnifying glass over raid (06/02/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- For nearly two months, Texas child welfare officials had insisted conditions at a polygamist group's ranch were so abusive that none of its members should be allowed to keep their children. Now, however, one of the largest custody cases in U.S. history is unraveling, and some are looking for what went wrong when the state raided the Yearning For Zion Ranch and removed more than 400 children...
A year later, Hamas rule deepens in Gaza unfazed by Israel's boycott (06/02/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A year into Hamas' rule in the Gaza Strip, courts are meting out justice, police are arresting thieves, motorists are paying for licenses and authorities are blocking Internet porn sites. At the same time, Gazans are stocking up on vegetable oil -- not for cooking, but to run their cars during a severe fuel shortage. ...
Iraq spokesman cites problems with U.S. security pact (06/02/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's chief spokesman acknowledged differences with the United States over a proposed long-term security agreement and pledged on Sunday that the government will protect Iraqi sovereignty in ongoing talks with the Americans. Australia became the latest member of the U.S.-led coalition to pull combat soldiers from Iraq, fulfilling an election promise that helped sweep Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to power in November...
Gay rights activists hold scattered rally in Moscow (06/02/08)
MOSCOW -- Russian gay rights activists held a small, scattered protest in Moscow on Sunday, flouting repeated refusals from city authorities for permission to hold parades or demonstrations. Activists repeatedly have tried to hold parades and rallies in the Russian capital to call attention to gay rights. Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has rejected all requests to hold them...
Some villagers linger despite China flood evacuation (06/02/08)
QINGLIAN, China -- As others rushed for higher ground, the Liu family sat at home sipping tea and watching TV reports of a possible massive flood. Armed police came the night before to tell them to leave. A warning spray-painted outside their door marked a flood line the height of their floor...
Gates, Chinese defense official spar over military (06/02/08)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Pentagon chief and a top Chinese defense officer tangled over Beijing's military growth and U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Asia. The back-and-forth between Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the General Staff for the People's Liberation Army, was evidence of the countries' awkward transition to a more open and improved relationship...
Macedonia's prime minister declares victory (06/02/08)
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonia's prime minister declared victory Sunday in the Balkan country's parliamentary election after a vote that was marred by gunbattles that left one person dead and eight wounded. Nikola Gruevski said his center-right VMRO-DPMNE had won enough votes to gain a majority of the parliament's 120 seats, and opposition leader Radmila Sekerinska conceded defeat...
Capahas baseball among the best bargains around (06/02/08)
The Plaza Tire Capahas suffered a rare doubleheader home sweep Sunday, making them just 2-2 through their first four games of the season. You can bet that .500 record won't last for long because the tradition-rich Capahas always field stellar teams...
Amick leads his alma mater to its first state title in a team sport (06/02/08)
SPRINGFIELD -- The impatient man coached a near-perfect season. Lance Amick, second-year coach of the Scott City baseball team, admits he might be better suited to succeed as a coach in sports other than baseball. But after delivering the school's first championship in a team sport with a 23-1 season, he will be forever known in Scott City as a baseball man...
Capahas encounter first two losses of the season (06/02/08)
Manager Jess Bolen doesn't know when the last time his Plaza Tire Capahas were swept in a home doubleheader. Suffice to say, it had been a long time. "I can't remember the last time we lost a doubleheader here," Bolen said. "It's been years."...
Cape Junior Legion defeats Charleston (06/02/08)
The Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Post 63 Junior American Legion baseball team improved to 6-2 by beating host Charleston 14-4 Sunday. Ronnie Scott was the winning pitcher. Jamie Pickel and Andrew Williams both had two hits. B.I. Howard drove in three runs while Pickel and Josh Compas each added two RBIs...
Cards snag 7-4 victory vs. Pirates (06/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Braden Looper was on the field more than he expected Sunday -- the price of getting two hits on a hot day. Looper continued his torrid hitting to help earn himself a win in the Cardinals' 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had two singles, scored twice, and drove in a run to raise his batting average to .429 -- tops among pitchers in the majors. On the mound, Looper (7-4) allowed eights hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings...
New Planet Green network not what viewers might expect (06/02/08)
NEW YORK -- Viewers who tune in the new Planet Green network expecting a sober documentary on the plight of the yellow-breasted whooping finch will be in for a surprise. Instead, they'll see celebrities such as Tommy Lee, Ludacris, Tom Bergeron and Adrian Grenier -- and absolutely no lectures, promises Eileen O'Neill, the network's president...
Not-for-profits feel effect of slow economy, try to help those hit hardest by downturn (06/02/08)
When the Salvation Army opened a thrift store in May 2007 in Chaffee, Mo., the agency hoped the business would increase revenue so it could provide more services in the area. Little did they know that 11 months later the store would close its doors...
Blu-ray video format may not dominate for years (06/02/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Blu-ray claimed victory over HD DVD to become the standard format for high-definition movie discs, but years may pass before it can claim victory over the DVD. Noemi Velazquez, a 44-year-old warehouse worker, can explain why. She took one look at the $399 price tag of a Blu-ray player at a Best Buy store one night this month in Glendale, Calif., and kept going...
Longtime advertising representative to leave Southeast Missourian (06/02/08)
Thirty-six years in the same occupation could feel like an eternity for some businessmen, but for longtime Southeast Missourian advertising representative Elmer Schetter, his time at the publication has flashed by all too quickly. His career at the newspaper will come to a close June 6 when he retires from a business he'd rather call a family...
People on the Move 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
Hospital executives earn board certification The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded Fellow status to three executives at Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1701 Lacey St. in Cape Girardeau. James Wente, president and chief executive officer, Jerry Sanders, financial analyst, and Ed Cooper, controller, earned the honor by passing an examination, earning educational credits and participating in community service. Fellows undergo recertification every three years...
Memo 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
Counseling services offered by center The Small Business Development Center of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau will offer free counseling sessions June 10 through 12 for area small businesspeople and individuals planning to enter the business field. ...
As food prices rise, farmers, others profit (06/02/08)
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The steepest run-ups in food prices since 1990 are hurting grocery shoppers, restaurants and school cafeterias but they're making others rich. The winners in the new food economy include crop farmers selling corn and wheat for near-record highs after years of crushingly low prices. ...
Loren Schwieger (06/02/08)
Loren Schwieger OLMSTED, Ill. -- Loren H. Schwieger, 76, of Olmsted died Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1931, in Pulaski County, Ill., son of Otto and Louise (Dagner) Schwieger. He and Carolyn Basse were married Dec. 2, 1951...
Bonnie Wilcox (06/02/08)
Bonnie Wilcox Bonnie Fay Crain Wilcox, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Columbus, Kan., daughter of John and Frances Sales Crain. She and Homer Carl Wilcox were married Jan. 26, 1939. He died Aug. 2, 2000...
Daniel Sterling (06/02/08)
Daniel Sterling Daniel Lee Sterling, 53, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008, at his home in Jackson. He was born July 16, 1954, in St. Louis, to Willis D. and Lillie N. McCalmon Sterling. He and Susan Kuehn were married April 12, 1980, in Jackson. Dan graduated from Perryville High School. He worked 23 years at ARI in Jackson, during which time he completed a bachelor's degree in industrial technology through Sterling University...
Police Report 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Assault n An assault was reported near Themis and Hanover streets. Thefts n Jasper's, 10 S. West End Blvd., reported two thefts of fuel. n Jasper's, 1008 N. Kingshighway, reported a theft of fuel...
Fire report 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 5:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 6 p.m., a vehicle fire at 6120 Cardrona Drive. n At 11:51 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Spring Avenue...
Out of the Past 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
25 years ago: June 2, 1983 Despite a last minute request from Southeast Missouri State University's dean of the College of Humanities, Dr. Fred Goodwin, the Cape Girardeau City Council last night gave initial approval to a $16.8 million city budget that contains no funds to help operate the university-run cable television public access channel; the university had sought $20,000...
Cape's Main Street loses clothing store (06/02/08)
Downtown Cape Girardeau is losing The Woman's Store, the only firsthand clothing store on Main Street. While the loss of a single store isn't usually anything more than a footnote in this space, it caused me to pause and consider whether the demise is evidence of decline. While the neighbors lament the loss, as does Chris Hutson, chairman of Old Town Cape, both see a lot of positive activity in the downtown area, especially along Main Street and Spanish Street...
History lessons from Lorimier (06/02/08)
Franklin Elementary educators and the History Channel found a way this school year to make history meaningful to a third-grade class. With the History Channel's $10,000 grant, the 8- and 9-year-olds spent much of the school year working on a project at Old Lorimier Cemetery. The students learned about cholera outbreaks, Mississippi River shipwrecks and unmarked graves. They took photographs of gravestones, heard ghost stories and learned about the city's founders...
Speak Out 6/2/08 (06/02/08)
Can scavengers I ALWAYS tie my trash bags. Perhaps it's can pickers looking for aluminum cans who untie them. Right-wing radicals RIGHT-WINGERS like David Limbaugh and Rush Limbaugh are the mirror image of the New Left of the 1960s. They are just as radical and want to reconstruct the world in their own image by warfare, government propaganda and, apparently, any means necessary. ...
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