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Stories from Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Man punished for using wildlife traps on federal land (11/24/04)
A Carter County man with a record of wildlife violations was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to three months in prison for setting leg hold traps to catch a bobcat and acquiring, possessing and transporting a bobcat off forest service land. The two sentences will run concurrently. Judge Lewis M. Blanton also assessed a $2,500 fine and a $20 assessment fee for each count, to be paid immediately, against John H. Partney, 55, of Van Buren, Mo...
DNA test, sought to prove innocence, confirms guilt (11/24/04)
A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in 1992 to kidnapping and raping a Cape Girardeau woman, and who 10 years later demanded a DNA test to prove his innocence, will continue to serve his life sentence. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said that the DNA test sought by Rubin Weeks only confirmed his guilt...
Diners don't have to feel guilty at Thanksgiving (11/24/04)
It's become a cliche -- Americans across the country, in a food-induced stupor after having eaten a huge Thanksgiving dinner. But the foods that make up a traditional Thanksgiving meal are really quite healthy. Food experts say those concerned with watching their weight and eating healthily can have their turkey and trimmings and eat them too...
SEMO sells flu vaccine to county (11/24/04)
A sudden bonanza of 580 doses of flu vaccine received by the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center this week was distributed to nursing homes as quickly as it came in. The health center bought the doses from Southeast Missouri State University at cost, which amounted to $48,256 -- about $83 a dose...
Parrett to leave Jackson Chamber (11/24/04)
Jackson Chamber of Commerce executive director Ken Parrett is stepping down from the position March 31, he announced Tuesday. Parrett is moving to Poplar Bluff where his wife, Judy, accepted a regional administrative position with the Missouri Division of Youth Services...
Southeast places three players on all-conference first team (11/24/04)
Three Southeast Missouri State University players earned first-team honors and three more made the second team as all-Ohio Valley Conference football awards were doled out Tuesday, with voting done by the league's coaches and sports information directors...
A holiday table for all (11/24/04)
The Norman Rockwell image of Thanksgiving -- smiling family members seated around the table, and grandma and grandpa at the head of the table with the perfectly prepared turkey -- still defines the holiday in many Americans' minds. But for others, the Thanksgiving meals of today transcend the grandparents' dining room...
Shorthanded Southeast beats Hawks (11/24/04)
Considering how shorthanded Southeast Missouri State's men were for Tuesday night's home opener, coach Gary Garner was simply looking for any kind of a win over Division II Rockhurst. It wasn't always easy or pretty, but Southeast was able to pull away from the stubborn Hawks in the second half for an 81-64 victory in front of 2,010 fans at the Show Me Center...
Southeast picks up pace in victory over Lyon (11/24/04)
If Tuesday's basketball game had ended after about seven minutes, Lyon College would have been in good shape. Unfortunately for the Pipers, however, they were forced to play the full 40 minutes -- and thus had to endure the expected rout at the hands of Southeast Missouri State University...
Club news 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
Zonta Club The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau Area met on Nov. 2 at the University Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. In honor of the centennial celebration of the Southeast Missourian, Jon Rust, publisher and co-president, presented a historical overview of the contribution of women in the publication. ...
Health care tops many state agendas (11/24/04)
In Tennessee, nearly a half-million people are warned they could lose their government-supported health care. In Maine, the move is in the opposite direction -- the state is expanding its role and, with reliance on the private sector, aiming to provide affordable health insurance for all 138,000 residents now without it...
Exploding cell phone batteries cause injuries (11/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, his ears ringing, hand gushing blood and body covered in black ash. In a split second last August, fragments from Michael's exploding cell phone had hit him between the eyes and lodged in the ceiling of the family's home in Oceanside, Calif...
Flu vaccine smuggling thwarted in New Jersey (11/24/04)
SOMERS POINT, N.J. -- A New Jersey hospital helped thwart an attempted sale of smuggled flu vaccine, authorities said. "From the initial contact, it lit us up like a Christmas tree," said Albert Gutierrez, Shore Memorial Hospital's president and CEO...
Rock 'n' roll, baby food get funds from strapped federal budget (11/24/04)
WASHINGTON -- Despite soaring deficits, the government spending plan awaiting President Bush's signature is chock-full of special items for industries and communities. Consider $443,000 to develop salmon-fortified baby food, or $350,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
Wireless users keep cell numbers (11/24/04)
NEW YORK -- Nearly 8 million mobile phone users have switched carriers and kept their cell numbers since a new rule allowing that flexibility went into effect one year ago, the Federal Communications Commission disclosed Tuesday. Almost 750,000 more people have moved either a home or office phone number to a cell phone, the FCC said before the anniversary of the agency's "number portability" order...
Nation briefs 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
Guantanamo lawyers skip right to high court WASHINGTON -- Attorneys for an alleged al-Qaida member have filed an unusual appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the government's strategy in holding military trials for terror suspects in Cuba. Earlier this month a federal judge blocked the first planned trial, and lawyers for the accused enemy combatant in that case are trying to bypass an appeals court and get the issue before the high court immediately...
Rather to resign as anchor for CBS in March (11/24/04)
~ From staff and wire reports Dan Rather, the hard-charging embodiment of CBS News who saw his reputation damaged by an ill-fated report on President Bush's National Guard service, said Tuesday he will step down as "CBS Evening News" anchor March 9 after nearly a quarter-century in the job...
Ukrainian leader calls for negotiations to end political crisis (11/24/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Outgoing President Leonid Kuchma called for negotiations in Ukraine's spiraling political crisis Tuesday, hours after the leader of the opposition declared himself the winner of a disputed presidential election to the approval of tens of thousands of protesters...
World briefs 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
Abbas taking hard-line stance in race to lead RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The interim Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, told parliament on Tuesday that he'll follow in Yasser Arafat's footsteps and demand that Israel recognize the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees, a hard-line position that has contributed to failed peace efforts in the past. ...
U.N. - Rights of women crux of world AIDS fight (11/24/04)
LONDON -- The women's rights movement and the AIDS movement must come together if the world is to ultimately win the fight against HIV, the United Nations said in a report released Tuesday. Women and girls in the developing world are increasingly becoming its main victims, but current safe-sex prevention strategies are of little use to the millions who don't have the power to say no to sex or to insist on condom use...
New raids launched to clear way for Jan. 30 elections (11/24/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Some 5,000 U.S. Marines, British troops and Iraqi forces launched a new offensive Tuesday aimed at clearing a swath of insurgent hotbeds across a cluster of dusty, small towns south of Baghdad. The series of raids and house searches was the third large-scale military operation this month aimed at suppressing Iraq's Sunni Muslim insurgency ahead of crucial elections set for Jan. 30...
Arab states balk at forgiving Iraq debt (11/24/04)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Arab countries made clear Tuesday they are far from ready to commit to a deal to forgive more than $30 billion owed them by Iraq, despite U.S. pressure and a recent debt-relief package by other major countries. The hesitation on the part of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait -- both strong U.S. ...
Meadow Heights wins opener with balanced attack (11/24/04)
Four scorers reached double figures Tuesday night to lead the Meadow Heights boys basketball team in a 76-46 victory against Leopold in the season-opening game for both teams. Anthony Bollinger scored 17 points, while Terry Wagner and Michael Collier each scored 12, and Heath Fulton added 10...
Turf toes - St. Vincent preps at Houck to break in shoes (11/24/04)
The lights were on and the Indians were on the field Tuesday night at Houck Stadium. It was the St. Vincent High School Indians making the trip south from Perryville to prepare on an artificial surface for this weekend's state title game. "We got some turf shoes, and we wanted to try them out," St. Vincent coach Keith Winkler said...
Lauries relinquish naming rights on arena (11/24/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The family of Wal-Mart heiress who is the namesake of the new University of Missouri sports arena has agreed to transfer the naming rights to the school after allegations surfaced that Elizabeth Paige Laurie cheated her way through college, the University of Missouri said Tuesday...
Tigers remain in funk, now 2-2 (11/24/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nate Funk scored 21 points and Johnny Mathies came off the bench to score 18 points as Creighton defeated Missouri 78-54 on Tuesday night in the Guardians Classic semifinals. Creighton (4-0) will meet Ohio State (4-0), which defeated Houston 78-61 in the other semifinal game Tuesday, in the tournament championship game Wednesday night...
Green beans cater to varied tastes (11/24/04)
The turkey is the star at Thanksgiving, but tradition includes stuffing and side dishes to suit the varied tastes among family and guests around any holiday table. Green Beans with Citrus Vinaigrette 2 pounds green beans, trimmed 5 1/2 teaspoons olive oil...
Stylish spuds can grace both holiday and everyday tables (11/24/04)
Potatoes have a place on the table year-round for most people, in many guises ranging from being the symbol of down-to-earth food, as in "meat and potatoes," to being a vegetarian staple. At Thanksgiving or for other special days, potatoes merit being served with a bit of a flourish -- for a taste boost, for fun, or just to dress up the festive table. ...
Around the house 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
In the garden: Mulch leaves instead of raking Mulching yard leaves instead of dumping them into bags headed for the landfill can actually add organic matter to your yard. Mow the leaves into fine pieces so that they can decompose and enrich the soil's topmost layers. A report from Purdue University says that mowing the leaves doesn't introduce disease or weeds and won't degrade lawn color or quality. But leave mulching isn't a substitute for fertilizing...
The ant war of 2004 is on (11/24/04)
So far, ants, 1, Halls, 0. Florida is a freakish place for insects. In Missouri, there's probably not a bug to be found right now. When it freezes or snows, people say, "Good. Maybe it will kill the bugs for next summer." In Florida, the only thing that kills bugs is poison. Lots and lots of poison. You can do everything right -- clean off the counters, tightly seal all food, remove any standing water, and you'll still have a pest control contract...
Recipes use turkey leftovers from holiday meal (11/24/04)
smcclanahan Our children are so excited to have a couple of days of vacation from school they just don't know what to do first. After some lengthy discussion we decided to make a list of things we would like do over the long weekend. The lists included games to play, movies to watch, neighborhood children to play with and books to read with me. Notice that I did not mention any chores or cleaning duties. I guess we will have to adjust the lists a little to include those items, too...
Turducken offers twist on traditional turkey (11/24/04)
The problem with tradition, Curt George Siffert notes, is that it's always dated. Apparently many feel that way even about the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Thus, the National Turkey Federation (yes, there really is one) reports that non-traditional turkey preparations are the rage this time of year. Desperate to do something different with the holiday bird, people are trying everything from smoking it to grilling it to brining it to deep frying it to stuffing it with blue cornbread dressing...
Grammer faces Scrooge role (11/24/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Kelsey Grammer had to practice scowling in front of a mirror to appear convincing as Ebenezer Scrooge. "I'm so prone to just opening up my face -- I have a very open, available face and Scrooge is so closed off," says the actor best known as Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC comedy classics "Cheers" and "Frasier."...
Lindell Hahs (11/24/04)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Lindell E. "Linn" Hahs, 82, of Sedgewickville passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 20, 1922, in Sedgewickville, son of Ora and Minnie Statler Hahs. He and Hazel Marie Lukefahr were married Nov. 23, 1941, in Sedgewickville...
Larry McCain (11/24/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Larry McCain, 52, of Perryville died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. He was born Dec. 31, 1951, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Alfred and Freda Mitchell McCain. He and Brenda Boland were married Oct. 5, 2001...
Maggie Brown (11/24/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Maggie Brown, 87, of Anna died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at home. She was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Jonesboro, Ill., daughter of William and Nora Miller Smiddy. She and Orvil "Preacher" Brown were married Jan. 2, 1932, in Jonesboro. He died Dec. 17, 1995...
Tamera Conner (11/24/04)
Tamera Lyn Conner, 18, of Jackson died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, from injuries received in an automobile accident. She was born June 6, 1986, in Marquette, Mich., daughter of Jonathon Moore and Bobbi Ann Conner...
Births 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
** Crice Daughter to Misty Dawn Crice of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:16 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004. Name, Aponi Marie. Weight, 8 pounds 1 1/2 ounces. Ms. Crice is the daughter of Jackie Crice and Larry Deimund of Perryville. ** Hanks...
Would-be crooks in police custody (11/24/04)
An employee who stayed late after work at Jackson's Pizza Hut, 437 W.Main, surprised two would-be burglars and enabled Jackson police to catch them, police said. According to Lt. Rodney Barnes, two men attempted to enter the restaurant around 2 a.m. Tuesday, but were spotted by an employee working later than normal who called police. They left without taking anything from the restaurant, police said, and were later caught...
Cape police report 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
** Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Steven Orcut, 48, 105 N. Clark St., Apt. 308, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and running a red light...
Cape fire report 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
** Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 11:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Linden Street. At 11:31 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Ellis Street. Firefighters responded to the following items on Tuesday:...
Out of the past 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
** 25 years ago: Nov. 24, 1979 Mary C. Kasten, a member of the Cape Girardeau School Board for 17 years, yesterday announced her intention to run for office again; her three-year term expires in April. Dogs -- 827 of them -- parade around show rings at the Southeast Missouri Kennel Club's 42nd all-breed dog show at the Arena Building...
Better highways (11/24/04)
With the passage of Amendment 3 earlier this month, Missouri roads could quickly show improvement. Three major highways in Southeast Missouri already are slated for improvements, although specific projects have not yet been identified. Sections of interstates 55 and 57 and U.S. 67 from Festus to Farmington will be resurfaced as part of the "smooth roads" program planned by the Missouri Department of Transportation...
Traditional marriage needs help too (11/24/04)
To the editor: I wonder how many people read the article in Monday's paper about protecting marriage ("Distracting watchword"). With all the uproar over same-sex marriage, it points out that what is missing from much of the debate is the broader issue of protecting marriage as a whole. It seems rather sanctimonious to decry the evils of gay marriage when traditional marriage between heterosexuals is not what it used to be...
Go after chronic alcohol abusers (11/24/04)
To the editor: Rather than frightening responsible adults who may have had a beer at a restaurant by setting up roadblocks this holiday weekend, the Cape Girardeau police should be focused on arresting drunk drivers. As Mothers Against Drunk Driving has stated, today's drunk driving problem is "down to a hard core of alcoholics." These chronic alcohol abusers know when and where police will be stopping drivers because roadblocks must be highly publicized to receive federal funding. ...
Junior Optimists help with flags (11/24/04)
To the editor: Thank you for the great article pertaining to the Avenue of Flags at Cape County Park on Veterans Day. There is one correction that needs to be made. The flags were put up on Veterans Day and taken down the following day primarily by the Junior Optimist Club of Cape Girardeau. These 24 youths have been responsible for putting up and taking down the flags on the last several occasions that the flags have flown...
Three tickets in one week (11/24/04)
To the editor: I have no idea where all of the highway patrolmen are. However, one of them is busy making U-turns on Highway 34 in Jackson and ticketing my daughter for a non-moving violation (factory-installed window tint). Come on, officer, three times in one week?...
Speak Out A 11/24/04 (11/24/04)
** Best show ever THANK YOU to the Southeast Missourian, KFVS-12 and the Show Me Center for providing Cape Girardeau the opportunity to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra. What a magnificent show. Please do whatever you have to do keep their word on returning on their next tour. This was the best show I have seen in Cape in many years. Thank you...
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