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Stories from Tuesday, November 11, 2003

'Jak II' edgier than original (11/11/03)
A few years in prison will change anybody. Look what happened to Jak. Sony once dreamed that Jak would be their Mario. In Naughty Dog's "Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy" two years ago, they seemed to be on the right track with a cheerful, platform-hopping young hero with big ears named Jak and his furry orange weasel sidekick, Daxter...
Jackson School Board agenda 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
Jackson School Board 7 p.m. today 614 E. Adams St. On the agenda:
  • Annual financial audit
  • Renewal of Employee Assistance Program
  • Approval of program evaluation for facilities, grounds and safety
  • Approval of graduation date
  • Superintendents' reports...
  • Cape resident in dispute over city regulations on fences (11/11/03)
    Stan Wicks fenced off his swimming pool for privacy. But Cape Girardeau city zoning regulations could force him to take down the two fences that he spent over $8,000 erecting. One is a 5-foot, white vinyl fence, and the other is a 6-foot, wooden fence that sits on his swimming pool deck built just behind the white fence...
    Murder suspect hires private attorney (11/11/03)
    Murder suspect Gregory Allen McNeely has hired local attorney Stephen Wilson for his defense. Wilson appeared Monday in Cape Girardeau County Associate Circuit Court. Investigators say McNeely, 24, of Cape Girardeau, shot Terry Vernon Lynn II, 26, in the head Nov. 1 in the parking lot behind Players Lounge at 632 Broadway. Lynn died at the scene...
    Skating for your life (11/11/03)
    Recently, some friends and I were in Cape for a change instead of our somewhat boring town called Bore-an (chuckles to self). Intent on bowling, we went to the lanes only to find that the entire Bowling League of America was there the same night. We might as well have had "amateur" stamped across our faces with the way the thousands of bowlers were looking at us dressed in our preppy "Friday night" clothes...
    Judge backs governor's power to cut school funds (11/11/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Constitution doesn't shield public education spending from midyear cuts when the overall state budget is out of balance, a judge ruled Monday. However, the state Supreme Court will be asked to review the decision and offer a definitive opinion on whether a governor can withhold approved funding for public schools or if he must target other state departments when cuts are necessary...
    Faces of 2morrow 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    Lynn awarded state leadership scholarship Matthew Lynn of Jackson has been awarded a $500 Missouri Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2004-2005 academic year. A Jackson High School senior, he is the son of Dean Lynn of Jackson and Belinda Lynn of Kaplei, Hawaii...
    House Democrats choose new leader (11/11/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Democrats selected state Rep. Rick Johnson of High Ridge as the new minority floor leader on Saturday. Johnson, who had served as minority whip since January, replaces fellow Jefferson County lawmaker Mark Abel of Festus as head of the House Democratic Caucus...
    Feds help states build veterans cemeteries (11/11/03)
    Vietnam veteran John Brame plans to be buried in a veterans cemetery reminiscent of Arlington, yet situated in his hometown in western Kentucky. "If you're from here or retired here, more than likely your kids will be here, too, and they don't want to see Daddy buried in Virginia," said Brame, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Hopkinsville...
    Honoring those who served (11/11/03)
    While the headlines and newscasts speak of continuing battles between the Iraqis and Americans, suicide attacks and assaults on soldiers, most of the children at Scott City Schools are far removed from the battlefield. But they know someone who's not...
    Feeling the strain of pressure (11/11/03)
    As I pop in my tape of Queen's greatest hits and play "Under Pressure" by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, the thought comes to mind not of the popular rock singers, but of the reality of the song, especially in the daily lives of high school students everywhere...
    Student achievement, budget top Cape board agenda (11/11/03)
    Everything from meeting with officials of neighboring school districts to improving student achievement was on the floor for discussion Monday at a study session of the Cape Girardeau School Board. During the session, board members discussed a variety of issues that could impact the school district in the near future, including the possible formation of a Committee on Student Achievement...
    New flood map could affect insurance rates (11/11/03)
    Some Jackson homeowners who have been paying flood insurance for years may soon not have to. Other homeowners, however, might have to start paying for flood coverage. Chris Koehler of Koehler Engineering outlined a new-and-improved Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map to the Jackson Board of Aldermen Monday night at the board's study session...
    Boy in shooting creates legal dilemma (11/11/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The scenario: A suspect with a history of violence and mental problems fatally shoots a relative. The solution: a criminal trial if the suspect is an adult, or a juvenile delinquency hearing if the suspect is a teenager. But what happens when the suspect is in early elementary school?...
    Man charged in weekend stabbing (11/11/03)
    BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A Bolivar man was charged Monday with stabbing a friend to death during a gathering to celebrate the victim's birthday. Jackie Dean Jackson, 49, faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Robert Charles Stickley...
    Lost radioactive material may be used to make 'dirty bomb' (11/11/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators have documented 1,300 cases of lost, stolen or abandoned radioactive material inside the United States over the past five years and have concluded there is a significant risk that terrorists could cobble enough together for a dirty bomb...
    Top bishop says church leaders must reconcile with victims (11/11/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The president of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops opened the group's national meeting Monday by saying the "energy of the whole church" should be directed toward reaching out to victims of clergy sex abuse and rebuilding unity among Catholics divided by the crisis...
    Supreme Court agrees to hear case on Guantanamo prisoners (11/11/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear its first case arising from the war on terrorism, an appeal asking whether foreigners held at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba may contest their captivity in American courts. The case concerns more than 650 prisoners held essentially incommunicado at Guantanamo Bay. ...
    Malvo pleads innocent; jury selection begins (11/11/03)
    CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- As sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad stood trial in a courtroom 15 miles away, jury selection began Monday in the murder case against 18-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo, with his attorneys arguing he was brainwashed by the older Muhammad...
    Agency finds 'no evidence' Iran was trying to make atomic bomb (11/11/03)
    VIENNA, Austria -- A confidential U.N. nuclear agency report has found "no evidence" to back U.S. claims that Iran tried to make atomic arms, but it cannot rule out the possibility because of past cover-ups by Tehran, diplomats told The Associated Press on Monday...
    Central's defense has helped reach big goal (11/11/03)
    Central goalie Tony Leuckel spends most games watching the action, wondering when it will be his turn to touch the ball. The Tigers' junior goalie has more shutouts than goals allowed this season, but he's averaged only about four saves a game. Leuckel has seen 11 balls pass by him, good enough for a 0.53 goals-against average...
    Otahks wrap up test run with win (11/11/03)
    Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team let St. Louis Goldstar hang around for the first half Monday night. Then the Otahkians put down the hammer and cruised to a 93-56 victory that marked the end of their two-game exhibition schedule...
    Injuries may keep Goodenough, NesSmith out for TTU (11/11/03)
    Southeast Missouri State University's football team has been hit hard by injuries all season -- and now the Indians have two more key ones to contend with. Coach Tim Billings said Monday that quarterback Andrew Goodenough -- who has started the past two games -- and wide receiver Chris NesSmith -- second on the squad with 39 catches -- are questionable for Saturday's contest at Tennessee Tech...
    Berroa, Willis take top rookie player titles (11/11/03)
    NEW YORK -- Kansas City shortstop Angel Berroa beat out New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui for AL Rookie of the Year in voting that rekindled the debate on whether veteran Japanese players should be eligible. Florida pitcher Dontrelle Willis easily defeated Milwaukee outfielder Scott Podsednik to win the NL award...
    They were scores worth a thousand words (11/11/03)
    If all you've seen of the Oklahoma Sooners this season are the final scores, know this: It's been harder most Saturdays for Bob Stoops to keep the score down than run it up. The most recent was 77-0 over Texas A&M, and it could have been worse. The Oklahoma coach wasn't kidding when he said afterward, "I believe in being decent to people."...
    Sports briefs 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    Colleges
  • Missouri's men's basketball team opened its exhibition schedule with an 85-76 win over the Lithuania Inter Hoop team just hours after debuting at No. 5 in the APTop 25 preseason poll. ArthurJohnson had 21 points and Rickey Paulding 15...
  • Area sports digest 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    Southeast volleyball player wins OVC award Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Jill Miller is the Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the week for volleyball. Miller had a career-high 28 digs in a win over Eastern Kentucky, then added 15 digs during a victory over first-place Morehead State...
    Children aren't on the clock (11/11/03)
    In our hurry-up world, time doesn't stand still. It rushes along in the fast lane. Our modern society is full of schedules. Seconds matter. Americans have perfected the practice of cramming tons of activities into work and play. We live by schedules, whether neatly recorded in Palm Pilots or outlined in handwritten notes on the refrigerator...
    Alma Fortner (11/11/03)
    ZALMA, Mo. -- Alma Jean Fortner, 66, of Zalma died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 5, 1937, at Zalma, daughter of Leo and Letha Ladd Whitehead. She and Ernest E. Fortner were married Oct. 11, 1954, at Essex, Mo...
    Charles Schweain (11/11/03)
    Charles "Tommy" Schweain, 59, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at his home. He had valiantly struggled with cancer 14 years. He was born June 24, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, son of Riley and Mayme Wallace Schweain. He and Toni Friedrich were married Nov. 3, 1962. They celebrated 41 years of marriage this month...
    Charlie Duff (11/11/03)
    PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Charlie Duff, 85, of Portageville died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Lyon County, Ky., son of Jessie Hobert and Madie Ann Collins Duff. He and Mary Frances Durbin were married Nov. 30, 1940, in Portageville...
    Caroline Rose (11/11/03)
    EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Caroline Rose, 59, of East Prairie died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at the home of a brother. She was born Jan. 29, 1944, in Charleston, Mo., daughter of John Wesley and Mary Marie Smith Rose. Rose was a home health caregiver with American Home Care, and a member of Elm Street Baptist Church near Charleston...
    Genevieve Loida (11/11/03)
    Genevieve Loida, 91, of Scott City died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
    Virgil Freeman (11/11/03)
    BELL CITY, Mo. -- Virgil "J.D." Freeman Sr., 64, of Bell City died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Trenton, Tenn., son of John Franklin and Jane Edna Harris Freeman. Freeman was a mechanic for Potashnick Transportation Inc...
    Mary Kiefer (11/11/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mary Kiefer, 94, of Advance died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 18, 1909, in Rombauer, Mo., daughter of William "Bill" and Artie Rievley Duncan. She and Fred Kiefer were married June 25, 1952, in St. Louis. He died April 26, 1979...
    Nell Houlihan (11/11/03)
    Nell Hazel Houlihan, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at the Lutheran Home. She was born March 28, 1907, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Louis M. and Edna B. Creibaum Norvell. She and John J. Houlihan were married Aug. 29, 1933, in Cape Girar-deau. He died Sept. 22, 2001...
    Charles Naeger (11/11/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charles R. Naeger, 76, of Perryville died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., son of Charles A. and Olivia Schlattmann Naeger. He and Mary Lou Hoffman were married Sept. 25, 1948...
    Irene Callaham (11/11/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Irene Callaham, 84, of Sikeston died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at Clearview Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 26, 1918, in Kerwin, Kan., daughter of George and Rosa Miller McAdow. She and John P. Callaham were married June 22, 1951, at Oran, Mo. He died Dec. 27, 1983...
    Chalmer Blessing (11/11/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Chalmer V. Blessing, 85, of Perryville died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Ste. Genevieve Care Center in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He was born Dec. 17, 1917, in Perry County, son of Joseph Henry and Mary Luvina Taylor Blessing. He and June Weibrecht were married Sept. 25, 1948, in Perryville...
    Cape police report 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt DWIs John Edwards, 4062 Route W, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Christopher Mitchell, 6 Rivercrest 5A, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
    Cape fire report 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Sunday to the following items: At 5:36 p.m., alarm at 1630 David. At 11:05 p.m., alarm at 2830 Independence. Firefighters responded Saturday to the following items: At 2:12 a.m., medical assist at 45 S. West End Blvd...
    Out of the past 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    10 years ago: Nov. 11, 1993 Cape Girardeau County Assistant Prosecutor Ian Sutherland gives frank Veterans Day speech to about 75 veterans and their families at Jackson's American Legion Post 158; dressed in full uniform, Sutherland focuses on World War II during his speech...
    Warning - Licentious sex is unconstitutional! (11/11/03)
    By Morley Swingle Be honest. Have you ever done anything licentious? Meaning "sexually unrestrained" or "libertine" or "going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits." If so, it may have occurred to you at the time that others might consider your behavior immoral; but I'll bet you never dreamed you were doing something unconstitutional...
    Higher heating bills (11/11/03)
    When it comes to natural gas rates, where you live makes all the difference. On Nov. 1, AmerenUE began charging higher gas rates for this winter for its 111,000 Missouri customers. The Missouri Public Service Commission approved the rate increases, which vary by location...
    Salute to veterans (11/11/03)
    Each year, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. But it seems to take on even more meaning in years when we have soldiers who are, in the name of liberty, answering the call to arms. This is such a year...
    Judges overstep their authority as law enforcers (11/11/03)
    To the editor: When did this country's judges become the makers of the laws instead of the enforcers of the laws? Three cases in point: the judge in Florida who decided we satellite TV owners could not have the East Coast and West Coast feeds of the networks, the judge who overrode the Missouri Legislature and decided we could not have concealed weapons, and the judge who decided to change President Bush's version of the abortion laws. When did they become so all powerful? Where does it end?...
    Real culprits were the people shooting the gun (11/11/03)
    To the editor: It is tragic that a 9 mm handgun was used in the commission of two violent crimes. But let us not make the weapon the culprit. The culprits in both cases were human beings doing horrible and illegal things to another person. The weapon could have as easily have been a kitchen knife or a ball bat...
    Ask Gov. Holden to restore funding for alternatives (11/11/03)
    To the editor: I want to inform the public that Gov. Bob Holden has dropped all funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program even though the legislature supported it. Of all the programs that were funded last year, this is the only one Holden cut in its entirety despite its great success. This past year, the program served 648 women with a 99.7 percent success rate. That means 646 babies were saved...
    FBLA attendees set good example of today's youths (11/11/03)
    To the editor: On a regular basis we read and hear about teenagers who have done bad things or made bad choices. I would like to take this time to share may experience with you. Last week I took a group of Central High School students to the National FBLA Fall Conference in Indianapolis. ...
    Speak Out 11/11/03 (11/11/03)
    Take back the party I'M AN old ex-Democrat who used to vote and even campaign for Democrats like John Kennedy, Stuart Symington, Albert Spradling and Marvin Proffer. These are people who put their country before their party. Did I leave the party? No, the party left me. ...
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