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Stories from Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Sikeston man pleads guilty to bank robbery (12/07/04)
A Sikeston, Mo., man pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. district court to bank robbery. Bradley G. Brown, 24, pleaded guilty to one felony count of bank robbery before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw. On Aug. 18, 2003, Brown entered the First Security State Bank of Sikeston, handed a note to a bank teller and demanded that she give him a quantity of the bank's money in $100 bills. ...
Retiree averts scam to raid bank account (12/07/04)
A caller claimed Marian White's name and bank information were on a public Web site. By Linda Redeffer ~ Southeast Missourian The woman who called Marian White Saturday sounded professional and polite. But there were a few things about the phone call that didn't seem quite right to the Cape Girardeau woman...
Lawmakers call for better funding of Missouri's ports (12/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A legislative committee studying multimodal transportation is recommending the state improve funding for river ports. The broad suggestion, however, doesn't specifically set a dollar figure or identify a source for new revenue...
Jackson board ups utility rates (12/07/04)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen voted to increase water and electric rates at the same rate as the national inflation rate Monday night. It was the first time the city has used its statutory authority to raise the rates with inflation. City administrator Jim Roach said the city will likely stick to the inflation increases on a yearly basis...
Sedgewickville man pleads guilty to felony count (12/07/04)
William Perkins, 43, of Sedgewickville, Mo., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. On Sept. 30, a federal search warrant was executed at Perkins' residence while he was there. Investigators seized four firearms and several rounds of ammunition. Perkins admitted that the firearms and ammunition were in his possession...
Venue change in case involving domestic, animal abuse (12/07/04)
The domestic violence, animal abuse and escape cases against Paul Oakley, 43, of Cape Girardeau have been moved on a change of venue to Mississippi County. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said the request for a change of venue was a matter of routine...
Best displays sought for Holiday of Lights (12/07/04)
It's part of the yearly holiday routine. People will be spending hours of their free time, often working harder than they do during the work week, hanging lights, signs and decorations to make their house, business or yard stand out as the most festive. This year -- as it has for more than 15 years -- the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is going out to reward those laborious efforts...
Emerson Trust sending wheat to Sudanese (12/07/04)
American wheat is being sent to the African nation of Sudan through the efforts of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust. Emerson's widow, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Missouri, announced that the trust has donated 200,000 metric tons of wheat to avert famine in Sudan...
'New' and improved (12/07/04)
The city of Jackson took possession Monday of a refurbished 1977 model firetruck which was purchased from an Ohio dealer for $75,000. Jackson firefighter Greg Hecht looked over Jackson's "new" ladder truck. The truck will satisfy a requirement from the Insurance Services Office, which rates fire departments for insurance companies. By purchasing the truck, the department will be able to maintain a 5 rating...
Weathering a decline - Fewer geese wintering in S. Illinois (12/07/04)
An old, roll-your-eyes schoolyard joke asks, "Why do birds fly south for the winter?" "Because it's too far to walk." While perhaps not amusing after third grade, the riddle has a ring of truth to it. Birds don't work any harder than they have to. And that includes flying south. If the weather stays warm enough for the birds to stay put, they'll do just that...
Learning briefs 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
** St. Cin earns spot in dean's list publication Lindsey St. Cin of Perkins, Mo., was among 170,000 students included in the 2003-2004 National Dean's List publication. St. Cin is a junior at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Don and Lori St. Cin of Perkins...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
** Approved a motion changing the regular board meeting date to Jan. 18 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Approved a change order to B.W. Birk and Associates for a $17,354.22 increase to the contract amount, in reference to the Water Treatment Plant No. 1 high-service pumps replacement...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
** Public Hearings n Held a public hearing regarding the petition for annexation from the city of Cape Girardeau for a 1.5-acre portion of Delaware Park adjacent to the northern city limits east of Old Sprigg Street and north of Lexington Avenue. Held a public hearing regarding the request of Terry Cole for a special-use permit for a monument sign at 2907 Independence St...
U.S. students lag behind international peers in math (12/07/04)
AP Graphic MATH SKILLS By Ben Feller ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Fifteen-year-olds in the United States don't have the math skills to match up to peers in many other industrialized nations, test scores released Monday show. The latest international comparison also underscores an achievement gap in America: White U.S. students scored above average, while blacks and Hispanics scored below it...
Southeast track fares well in opener at Arkansas St. (12/07/04)
Despite not fielding a full lineup, Southeast Missouri State University's track and field program got its season under way Saturday by turning in several top performances at the Arkansas State Invitational. No team scores were kept. Southeast's women got a big debut from touted freshman Kathy Coleman, who won the 55-meter dash (7.15 seconds), was second in the long jump (19 feet 9 1/2 inches), set a school record in the triple jump by placing third (39-10 3/4), and finished third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.22).. ...
Interest in conceal permits below expectations (12/07/04)
From staff and wire reports Concealed-carry permits aren't the hot ticket some Missouri officials had predicted, with applications in the nine months since the law took effect running far below expectations. Based on response to similar laws in Texas, Oklahoma and other states, the Missouri State Highway Patrol estimated the first year would produce 60,000 applications for permits to carry a concealed weapon...
Unwelcome presidential visit to Chile (12/07/04)
Sounds like things got a little hot in my two-week absence from Antofagasta. A couple weeks ago Chile held a meeting of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) leaders in its capital of Santiago. Among others, President Bush attended. To say that he was an unwelcome guest only hints at the river of contempt that flows for President Bush in Chile. ...
Needy families hope for brighter holiday (12/07/04)
Toybox The only thing Dominque, 9, wants from Santa is a new watch or an alarm clock. His brother, 3, wants a toy telephone and the baby, 1, needs any sort of educational or learning toy from Santa. This family is just one of nearly 500 who have requested gifts from the Toybox program, a joint effort of the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian. ...
The car that Sam wrecked (12/07/04)
It's odd that just a few weeks ago I discussed having a wreck while eating a biscuit, because it happened. Well, a biscuit wasn't involved, luckily, nor a banana tree. But it was my fault; no surprise there. I had pulled up behind a truck when getting off Bloomfield Road and was waiting my turn to get on the highway. ...
Cape OKs plan to increase employee pay (12/07/04)
Saying it was the best the city could afford, the Cape Girardeau City Council approved a pay plan Monday night that will give all city employees pay raises starting in January. The council voted unanimously for the pay plan as part of revisions to the current city budget that includes an alternative trash service to replace the spring cleanup program that was axed as part of budget cuts earlier this year...
Cape youth crowned state seventh-grade chess champ (12/07/04)
It wasn't until the queen fell that Bobby Henson began to suspect he had won. It was luck, he admits; just a quick repositioning of his knight in between his opponent's king and queen, then she belonged to him. After that it was all check, check, check...
Broadway widening would cost two homes (12/07/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council voted Monday to proceed with plans to widen Broadway between Perry Avenue and Houck Place despite opposition from a woman who said she didn't want to lose her home and art studio to the road project. Lauren Tracy told the council she doesn't want to leave the brick home at 1310 Broadway. Tracy said she bought the house just east of the Hardee's restaurant two years ago...
Eighth-grader works as DJ for school events, parties (12/07/04)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - For one Blue Valley eighth-grader, going to a Friday night party is all in a day's work. Lakewood Middle School student Brock Langhart has been making the rounds at area parties working as a disc jockey since he began his own business several months ago...
Polish parish at odds with archbishop weighs trust options (12/07/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Members of an independent Polish parish, at odds with the Archdiocese of St. Louis over control of its assets, on Sunday considered a possible compromise that could appease both sides. Many of the hundreds gathered in the hall of St. Stanislaus Kostka remained fearful about the future of their historic Polish parish. But parish board spokesman Roger Krasnicki reminded them, "We will have to give up something in order to reach a solution with the archdiocese."...
Study - Celebrex safer than Vioxx (12/07/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- New research suggests that top-selling pain reliever Celebrex does not carry the same heart attack risk as Vioxx, a similar drug pulled from the market in September because of safety concerns. The study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania contradicts claims that all so-called cox-2 inhibitors may carry similar dangers...
Nation digest 12/07/04 (12/07/04)
** Congress withdraws plan for opening tax returns WASHINGTON -- Congress voted unanimously Monday to kill a provision making it easier for lawmakers and aides to peruse people's income tax returns in a vote Republicans hoped would end a political tempest. ...
President Bush launches bid for big changes in Social Security (12/07/04)
and Deb Riechmann ~ The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday opened his campaign in Congress for historic changes in Social Security, asking for legislation that will let workers create private retirement accounts within the government-run program...
Deal clears way for vote on intelligence overhaul (12/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- Two powerful congressional chairmen, one who had opposed legislation to revamp the nation's intelligence agencies, endorsed a compromise Monday and moved a bill endorsed by President Bush closer to approval. House Armed Services chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Senate Armed Services chairman John Warner, R-Va., announced that they would vote for the bill to implement the Sept. 11 commission's terror-fighting recommendations...
Court - Police officer's sex videos are not free speech (12/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- The naked truth, the Supreme Court says, is that the Constitution's free speech guarantee doesn't protect a police officer who used the Internet to sell videotapes of himself stripping off his uniform and pretending to write tickets...
Seeking any edge, college hoop teams try a video game (12/07/04)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Simplice Njoya, a University of Memphis basketball forward, sat hunched over a laptop, testing an idea first studied on Israeli fighter pilots. The premise: Skills he picks up playing a complex computer game can make him a better ball player...
Militants invade U.S. compound in Saudi Arabia (12/07/04)
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Lobbing grenades, militants invaded Jiddah's heavily guarded U.S. Consulate on Monday, attacking staffers and others in the compound until Saudi security forces stormed in. Nine people, none American, were killed in the attack, which was claimed by al-Qaida and showed how vulnerable Saudi Arabia remains to Islamic extremist violence...
World briefs 12/7/4 (12/07/04)
** Small bombs explode in seven Spanish cities MADRID, Spain -- Explosions rattled seven Spanish cities Monday following telephone warnings from the armed Basque separatist group ETA, in a resurgence of violence after months of keeping a low profile since the deadly Madrid train bombings by Muslim militants. ...
St. Vincent boasts 5 all-staters (12/07/04)
The state champion Indians put three players on the Class 1 first team and two on the second team. ~ Southeast Missourian St. Vincent's magical season which saw the Indians bring home their first football state title may be over, but the rewards are still coming in for the Perryville school...
Kelly blasts East Prairie 59-20 in opener of Chaffee Tournament (12/07/04)
Top-seeded Kelly jumped out to a 39-3 halftime lead and routed No. 8 East Prairie in the first round of the Chaffee Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday at Chaffee High School. Leigh Ann Buchheit led the Hawks with 11 points, and Kelly Essner added nine...
Cowboys' two-minute rally stuns Seahawks 42-39 (12/07/04)
SEATTLE -- Now that he's healthy, Julius Jones is making it look easy. The rookie had 198 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including a 17-yarder with 32 seconds left, and Dallas erased a 10-point deficit with less than two minutes to play in a 43-39 stunner over the Seahawks on Monday night...
Called upon - Chandler will start for injured Bulger (12/07/04)
Chris Chandler will start for injured Bulger on Sunday By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- For at least another week, the St. Louis Rams' offense will be in the hands of a 39-year-old quarterback. Good thing Chris Chandler, the backup to the injured Marc Bulger, doesn't feel his age...
Klitschko concerns himself with homeland, title fight (12/07/04)
LAS VEGAS -- Vitali Klitschko begins his day an hour earlier than usual, waking at 6 a.m. so he can have some time before training for his heavyweight title defense against Danny Williams. That's when he gets on the phone with friends and family in Ukraine, getting the latest news on the country's presidential crisis just as the sun begins to come up in Los Angeles...
Singh finally wrestles award from Tiger's grip (12/07/04)
NEW YORK -- Vijay Singh won the PGA Tour player of the year award Monday for the first time, ending Tiger Woods' five-year hold on the honor with a season that left no debate about who was No. 1 in golf. Singh captured the PGA Championship among his nine victories and became the first player to surpass $10 million in one season. No one else won more than three times, and his earnings were nearly twice as much as Ernie Els'...
Illinois vaults to No. 1 after impressive win (12/07/04)
Illinois took an unusual route to the top of The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll. The Illini, riding their impressive win over then-top-ranked Wake Forest, vaulted from fifth to No. 1 on Monday, moving past three unbeaten teams. It is the third time in school history Illinois reached No. 1 and this appearance at the top came following the 91-73 victory over Wake Forest, a game in which the Illini led by as many as 32 points in the second half...
Cal calls for coaches to make votes public (12/07/04)
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- California coach Jeff Tedford and the commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference called for coaches to make their votes public after California was dropped below No. 6 by six voters in the final poll. "It's something we need to know," said Tedford, who signed a five-year contract extension Monday. "One of the worst things that could happen is the votes being kept secret. If we had it to do all over again, I would hope that we'd make them public."...
Selig - Goverment's help is welcome in fighting steroids (12/07/04)
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would accept government intervention on steroid testing if the players' association refuses to change the current rules, which run for two more years. Sen. John McCain has threatened to propose legislation that would override the drug-testing provisions in baseball's collective bargaining agreement. ...
McRae joins Cardinals as hitting coach (12/07/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Former major league manager Hal McRae was hired by the Cardinals as their hitting coach Monday, joining a high-scoring team that slumped in the World Series. McRae, 59, replaced Mitchell Page, who held the job for 3 1/2 seasons before he was let go in October to seek help at an alcohol-treatment site near his California home...
Area sports digest 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
Elks Hoop Shoot is Saturday The Cape Girardeau Elks Lodge No. 639 will host its annual Hoop Shoot Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Central High School Junior High gymnasium. Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 (April 1, 2005 is used to determine ages) are welcome to participate, and there is no entry fee. There will be three ages divisions for both boys and girls: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Winners are eligible to advance to district, state, regional and national competition...
Sports briefs 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
Baseball n Denny Neagle's second run-in with the law in a little more than a year cost him his job with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies terminated the oft-injured pitcher's contract Monday, three days after he was cited for solicitation. The 36-year-old left-hander, who agreed to a $51 million, five-year contract in December 2000, is owed $19 million by the Rockies: $10 million in 2005 and a $9 million buyout of a $12.5 million team option for 2006...
Family won't keep holiday boxed up (12/07/04)
At the urging of my youngest daughter, I carefully maneuvered through our crowded attic to haul out our boxed Christmas tree, along with lights, ornaments and other assorted holiday decorations. Every year at this time, I vow to reorganize the attic to more easily access all those Christmas decorations so I won't feel like I'm stuck in the middle of an obstacle course...
This year's Oscar field wide open (12/07/04)
LOS ANGELES -- With no J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy to lord over Hollywood's prom night, an eccentric mix of real-life characters may step in to fill the void at the Academy Awards. There's the billionaire, Howard Hughes, in "The Aviator." The blind singer, Ray Charles, in "Ray." The sex researcher, Alfred Kinsey, in "Kinsey." The future revolutionary, Che Guevara, in "The Motorcycle Diaries." The paralyzed euthanasia advocate, Ramon Sampedro, in "The Sea Inside." The Good Samaritan innkeeper, Paul Rusesabagina, in "Hotel Rwanda." The guy who wrote "Peter Pan," J.M. ...
Rulen Knox (12/07/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Rulen G. Knox, 43, of Sullivan, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. He was born June 27, 1961, at Chaffee, son of Rulen Spies and Judy Bagwell. He and Deborah Phegley were married in Sullivan. Knox was employed by Operating Engineers Local 513 in St. Louis...
Ella Hoffstetter (12/07/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ella G. Hoffstetter, 85, formerly of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at the University Nursing and Rehab Center in Edwardsville, Ill. She was born July 22, 1919, at Minnith, Mo., daughter of James F. and Minnie A. Carson Boland. She and Harry G. Hoffstetter were married Aug. 3, 1944. He died July 23, 1999...
Hazel Davie (12/07/04)
Hazel Watkins Davie, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at Chateau Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Lawrence Taylor (12/07/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lawrence J. Taylor, 84, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. He was born April 2, 1920, in Perry County, the son of John and Ora Johnson Taylor. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During his tour of duty he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star...
Amos Eilers (12/07/04)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Amos Peter "Buddy" Eilers, 57, of Bell City died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 24, 1947, in St. Louis, son of Amos and Pauline Abney Eilers. He and Regina Coleman were married Jan. 24, 1970, in St. Louis...
Della Anglin (12/07/04)
Della Anglin, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Barlow, Ky., daughter of Lucas and Mary Elizabeth Cramer. She married Les Anglin, who preceded her in death. Formerly of Cairo, Ill., she was a member of First Southern Baptist Church...
John Copeland (12/07/04)
John Paul Copeland, 43, of Kansas City, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. He was born April 23, 1961, in Bonne Terre, Mo., son of Walter and Leathea Copeland. He married Amy Mosley. Copeland was formerly youth pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church in Farmington, Mo., and later was pastor at Victory Free Will Baptist Church in Kansas City...
Lester Knight (12/07/04)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- Lester Louis Knight, 63, of Commerce died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Dec. 5, 1941, in Scott County, son of Lester Bryan and Thecla Clara Westrich Knight. Knight was manager of Service 4 Car Wash in Cape Girardeau 25 years, and had worked at Midwest Grain and Barge in Scott City the past four years. He was a member of Commerce Baptist Church...
Martha Touchette (12/07/04)
Martha A. Touchette, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 7, 1933, in Willow Springs, Mo., daughter of Ike and Cynthia Ledbetter. She and Ron Touchette were married Jan. 2, 1954. Ron passed away June 11, 2000...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
** Cape Girardeau Tuesday, Dec. 7 The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Joshua K. Estes, 21, Box 682, Highway 34, Marble Hill, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of speeding, driving with expired license plates, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle...
Out of the past 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
** 25 years ago: Dec. 7, 1979 A former dean of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. David A. Strand, reports that his name has been placed in nomination for the presidency of Southeast; meanwhile, interim president, Dr. Bill Stacy, reports he, too, is among the nominees for the permanent presidency...
Central post office (12/07/04)
For nearly a year, postal patrons in Cape Girardeau have been buying stamps and mailing packages at a temporary U.S. Postal Service facility in rented space on Christine Street. The biggest complaint about this location has been limited parking and getting in and out of the parking lot...
Pearl Harbor Day (12/07/04)
If you see flags flying at half-staff today, it's because Gov. Bob Holden has ordered the flags lowered at all of Missouri's state office buildings in observance of Pearl Harbor Day. Many others will no doubt lower their flags as well. It was on this day in 1941 that Japanese bombers attacked U.S. ...
Child needs both parents involved (12/07/04)
To the editor: This is in response to the Speak Out comment describing a father's role in a child's development is only to be a sperm donor and financial provider. I would wager a majority of the people who read this tirade against men were as outraged as I...
Give us programming choices (12/07/04)
To the editor: I am greatly alarmed by the programming on some of the so-called basic cable networks. A special report by the Parents Television Council shows just how licentious and depraved some of the programming on basic cable is. I urge you to read the report, which can be found at www.ParentsTV.org. ...
Cosby at NAACP? Funny suggestion (12/07/04)
To the editor: I read with a great amount of laughter the column by Michael Reagan, "Note to the NAACP: Draft Bill Cosby." Bill Cosby is a funny man and a degreed educator. However, he should stay doing what he does best: making us laugh. He said some very truthful comments and discussed subjects that most African Americans didn't want to hear, but we haven't had a real black leader since Dr. ...
Seat-belt law would clog courts (12/07/04)
To the editor: I agree with the letter about seat belts. The government is getting involved in our personal decisions way too much. You can get a fatal head injury from a fall while walking. It may not happen often, but the next thing you know we will have to wear a helmet while walking. ...
Speak Out 12/7/04 (12/07/04)
** Paint the lines THERE ARE streets all over town that need painted lines. I saw a woman driving on Broadway from Perry Avenue to Caruthers Avenue right down the middle of the two lanes. The lines are very faded out. ** Consider Williams IN READING Michael Reagan's column about the NAACP and Bill Cosby, I think Walter Williams should be highly considered. He seems to have thoughts, as Bill Cosby does, that would really help blacks reach goals they say they're looking for...
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