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Stories from Thursday, December 9, 2004

Small steps of progress (12/09/04)
Katie Williams jogs around a sharp corner on Cape La Croix Trail, slowing to a walk as she passes underneath Hopper Road. Ahead of her, around 50 students from Clippard Elementary School are darting along the trail's sidewalk. A few children and a parent volunteer linger behind her...
Southeast's Redhawks logo goes down the catwalk (12/09/04)
From sock caps to sweat pants, Southeast Missouri State University unveiled its new Redhawks merchandise Wednesday at a fashion show that drew a crowd of about 400 students and school staff eager to get a first look at the items. Students, cheerleaders and staff -- including university president Dr. ...
Robbery, assault charges bring suspects to court (12/09/04)
The Jackson man accused of robbing Horst Pharmacy Nov. 2, and a suspect accused of wielding a sword at Cape Girardeau's Wal-Mart the day before were both bound over to Division I for arraignment. Jeffrey E. Lattimer waived his preliminary hearing Monday in front of Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp. He is expected to enter a plea in Division I on Dec. 20...
P&Z lays out 9 new Cape road projects (12/09/04)
The city would widen sections of Mount Auburn Road, Bloomfield Road and South Sprigg Street, as well as improve the Kingshighway-Cape Rock Drive intersection and extend Fountain Street as part of a $20.3 million road improvements plan that would take voter approval to fund...
Directory features Cape mural, new mascot logo (12/09/04)
SBC has released a new phone directory for the Cape Girardeau region and its cover features elements of the city's past and future. The upper right-hand corner of the cover features the new Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks logo. But the centerpiece of the SBC Yellow Pages front features a picture of one of the Mississippi River Tales Mural's 24 interpretive panel scenes that were recently painted on the city's flood wall...
Seniors living alone with little cause to celebrate (12/09/04)
Toybox The shelves are bare and there won't be any Christmas presents for needy children unless donations start coming in -- and soon. Toybox organizers need about $25,000 in monetary donations and nearly that amount in donated toys to provide gifts for the nearly 500 families who have requested help...
Paving company offers asphalt deal to Jackson (12/09/04)
Farmington Road north of Route D was set for a barber-shop haircut. What it will get instead is a complete surface makeover. Thanks to a sweet deal offered by Delta Asphalt, the motorists who use the collector street every day will get a long-term solution to the pothole problem...
Scott City man remains jailed awaiting trial for murder (12/09/04)
SALEM, Mo. -- Bond for Robert L. Grant, 21, of Scott City was reduced in a bond hearing earlier this week, but so far Grant, accused of the July 17 murder of Chad Chaney, remains in the Dent County Jail. Circuit Judge William Seay of the 42nd Judicial District ruled Monday on an order amending Grant's bond to $250,000 professional surety only, no cash. ...
Military digest (12/09/04)
Navy Seaman Kroeckel completes basic training Navy Seaman Apprentice John O. Kroeckel, son of Joyce M. Davis of Cape Girardeau, Mo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Kroeckel is a 2004 graduate of Moberly Senior High School at Moberly, Mo...
Ribbons are magnetic way to connect soldiers, families (12/09/04)
Magnets are drawing soldiers and their families closer together. This year the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross has been raising money by selling magnetic ribbons. Those funds have been used through the Armed Forces Communication Program to send messages between soldiers and families in times of emergency...
Elementary students to 'buy' holiday gifts (12/09/04)
Next week, students at Blanchard Elementary will experience shopping for family members' gifts, many for the first time. The Cape Girardeau school collects monetary donations as well as new or barely used items every year for a special holiday store...
'Heartland Heroes' made available on Friday (12/09/04)
After a brief delay in publication, the book "Heartland Heroes" will be available Friday. "Heartland Heroes" chronicles the military service of area veterans during World Wars I and II. Originally scheduled to be published in November, the book was delayed because the number of pages was increased from 280 to 304 and an index was added. ...
Montana presents difficult challenge (12/09/04)
The way South Dakota State physically manhandled his team for much of Saturday's game has Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner concerned heading into tonight's contest against Montana. Southeast and the Grizzlies will match 2-3 records in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center...
Southeast plans a Hawaiian punch (12/09/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women planned to have some off-the-court fun in Hawaii -- but their main focus this week is on basketball. Coach B.J. Smith's squad arrived in Honolulu on Tuesday evening after a flight of approximately 10 hours. After some sightseeing on Wednesday, Southeast is gearing up for the three-team Waikiki Beach Mariott Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii...
Supreme Court hears Casino Aztar tax case (12/09/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday tackled the question of whether a casino is really a casino when it comes to property taxes. At stake in the case is at least $2.5 million in disputed tax revenue from the 1999 through 2003 tax years that Pemiscot County Assessor Donna Snider says Caruthersville-based Casino Aztar owes the county. The money has been held in escrow while the case has progressed through the court system...
Tax preparer faces lawsuit over bogus deductions (12/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Justice Department has sued a St. Louis tax preparer, claiming the man filed at least 33 returns with improper deductions amounting to $3.5 million, the government said Wednesday. Charles B. Eden, who does business as Eden Financial Services, filed returns that fraudulently claimed deductions for nonexistent or grossly inflated charitable donations and business expenses, the Justice Department said. ...
Father pleads guilty in death of infant son (12/09/04)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri man pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of his son, who drank a substance -- including Coleman fuel -- used to make methamphetamine. Dennis Doubet, of Carthage, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and possession of meth chemicals during his appearance in Jasper County Circuit Court. ...
Couple's final gift: $8 million for college-bound students (12/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- When Barbara Lubin died earlier this year at age 97, she left a surprise gift from herself and her late husband: $8 million to help needy students attend college. The couple's gift -- $4 million each to Washington University and Saint Louis University -- was presented to the universities Wednesday by US Bank. The money will establish the Max and Barbara Lubin Scholarship Fund, to assist humanities students with exceptional abilities but financial needs...
FBI, police recover stolen art (12/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The FBI and Bridgeton police said Wednesday they have recovered some of the more than $2 million in art works stolen from a storage unit in October, including original paintings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso and other artists. The works -- in excess of 100 pieces -- were placed in a storage unit in Bridgeton, in suburban St. Louis, by the owner, a family that lives out of state...
Senate sends spy agencies overhaul bill to president (12/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Congress on Wednesday ordered the biggest overhaul of U.S. intelligence in a half-century, replacing a network geared to the Cold War fight against communism with a post-Sept. 11 structure requiring military and civilian spy agencies to work together against terrorists intent on holy war...
President keeps treasury secretary (12/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary John Snow, an aggressive champion of the administration's economic policies, accepted President Bush's offer Wednesday to remain in the Cabinet. Bush's decision kept an important member of his economic team in place as the president seeks to promote his second-term priorities of simplifying tax laws and overhauling Social Security...
Judge rejects soldier's plea in enlistment contract suit (12/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- A soldier who challenged an Army policy requiring him to serve past the date of his enlistment contract must return for duty in Iraq while his lawsuit is under review, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth refused to issue a temporary restraining order allowing Spc. David Qualls to remain in the United States, where he is home on leave. He is scheduled to fly to Iraq on Friday...
Troop injuries reach historic levels (12/09/04)
For every American soldier killed in Iraq, nine others have been wounded and survived -- the highest rate of any war in U.S. history. It isn't that their injuries were less serious, a new report says. In fact, some young soldiers and Marines have had faces, arms and legs blown off and are now returning home badly maimed. But they have survived thanks, in part, to armor-like vests and fast treatment from doctors on the move with surgical kits in backpacks...
New breast cancer drug helps prevent returns (12/09/04)
SAN ANTONIO -- A newer drug prevented far more breast cancers from recurring in older women than the old standby tamoxifen and with far fewer side effects, doctors said Wednesday, citing a new study. Cancer specialists said Arimidex is likely to become the first-choice treatment for most women who have had the disease, and they predicted a wider role for similar drugs of its type, called aromatase inhibitors...
By the numbers Survey shows what Americans do, where they go (12/09/04)
WASHINGTON -- Americans are on the road more than ever. Drivers in a typical household log enough miles every year to travel between New York and Los Angeles almost eight times -- 21,200 miles. On those road trips, they might snack on cheese. Americans consume almost 31 pounds of it a year. Lots of people -- almost 29 million -- try to burn off those calories by joining health clubs...
Some OPEC members hope to cut production (12/09/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- The possibility of a cut in OPEC production grew stronger Wednesday after the oil minister of heavyweight Saudi Arabia indicated he was aware of majority sentiment in favor of a reduction. "Our objective is to keep the market balanced and keep it stable," Saudi Oil Minister Ali Naimi said in Cairo, where the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meets Friday...
Consulate attack turning some Saudis against militants (12/09/04)
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The five men who attacked the U.S. consulate are being vilified by some Saudis as criminals, not lauded as heroes, even though they targeted the offices of a country that remains unpopular among many Arabs. While support for al-Qaida remains strong in parts of Saudi Arabia and among some religious figures, a sophisticated government campaign to turn Saudi public opinion against Islamic extremists appears to have gained some ground...
Parliament approves election changes in next Ukraine vote (12/09/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Tens of thousands of opposition supporters, many of them haggard and shivering after 17 days of round-the-clock street protests, chanted and danced in triumph after parliament approved reforms Wednesday to ensure a fair ballot in Ukraine's repeat presidential election...
Developments in Iraq on Wednesday (12/09/04)
n Guerrillas carried out a spate of raids in the city of Samarra on Wednesday, stealing weapons from a police station, blowing it up, and exchanging fire with police and U.S. troops. At least five Iraqis were killed, and the city police chief resigned...
Questions still surround Ukraine candidate's illness (12/09/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- The cause of the illness that has left Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko's face pockmarked is still not known, the director of the hospital that treated him said Wednesday, rejecting a report that the presidential candidate was poisoned...
Report: World losing battle against hunger (12/09/04)
ROME -- The world is losing the battle against hunger, with the number of malnourished people in developing nations growing to more than 800 million people and rising, according to a U.N. report Wednesday. The report's findings make an eight-year-old pledge by governments to halve the number of the world's hungry by 2015 seem difficult to reach -- the number in the developing world is just 9 million lower than in 1990-1992...
Meet and greet with troops puts Rumsfeld on the spot (12/09/04)
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- In a rare public airing of grievances, disgruntled soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about long deployments and a lack of armored vehicles and other equipment. "You go to war with the Army you have," Rumsfeld replied, "not the Army you might want or wish to have."...
Central captures first victory (12/09/04)
The Central boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Wednesday night, beating Parkway Central 70-59 in the first round of the Mobil "On the Run" Classic hosted by Northwest High School in House Springs. Mo. Central plays Eureka at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals...
St. Vincent places nine on all-state (12/09/04)
St. Vincent's football success was rewarded by the state's football coaches. Nine players from the school's state championship team received all-state recognition on three Class 1 teams chosen by the Missouri Football Coaches Association. Five St. Vincent players had been chosen on two all-state units selected by Missouri sports writers and distributed by The Associated Press...
Mules ready for prime-time TV (12/09/04)
~ Daily American Republic After trips to Arkansas and Kentucky to open the season Poplar Bluff basketball fans will finally get a chance to see their Mules play tonight at home -- on the couch. The team will be in Indianapolis, but the game with Lawrence North will be televised nationally...
Blues Cruise (12/09/04)
It started out as a way to get one person's attention but ended up as a head-turning focal point at racetracks around the area. Brothers Doug and Perry Beier took turns behind the wheel of a modified race car this summer, and they drew more attention for their paint scheme than for their racing abilities. Their car sported a St. Louis Blues emblem on the driver's side panel...
Morris stays in St. Louis (12/09/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Morris will return to the St. Louis Cardinals, agreeing Tuesday night to a $2.5 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $4.5 million in performance bonuses. The NL champions also re-signed two other players, reaching one-year deals with right-hander Cal Eldred ($600,000) and outfielder John Mabry ($725,000)...
Area calendar (12/09/04)
Baseball Pitching lessons: Former Southeast Missouri State University baseball All-American and current professional pitcher Todd Pennington is conducting pitching lessons for all ages. Pennington is with the Cleveland Indians organization. Info: (618) 203-8093...
Intrasquad meet slated for today (12/09/04)
The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team doesn't open its season until Jan. 15, but fans can get a preview of the campaign today when the squad have an intrasquad meet at 5 p.m. at Parker Gym. Admission is free, and fans will also be given schedule cards and posters...
'Growing old is not for sissies' (12/09/04)
A friend of mine recently remarked to me, "What I fear most is getting old. I don't think I have the stomach for it." He's not alone. It was Bette Davis who famously proclaimed: "Growing old is not for sissies." She looked to me like she would know...
Listening for falling snow (12/09/04)
Dec. 9, 2004 Dear Pat, Before her pictures included me, DC lived in Northern California and loved going to Lake Tahoe for cross country skiing. She would take the four-lane highway north until it turned into two lanes and then one, going up the mountain until she was high enough to find falling snow...
Billboard Awards adds to Usher's accolades for year (12/09/04)
LAS VEGAS -- Usher may not want to ring in the new year. This one's been too good to him. The R&B impresario dominated the 2004 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, picking up 11 awards in the latest in a string of accolades he has earned in 2004...
'Late Late Show' settles on new host (12/09/04)
NEW YORK -- So much for being a TV hotshot: Craig Ferguson spent the first night after finding out he'd been selected as the new host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" sleeping in his car. After months of on-air tryouts for Craig Kilborn's replacement, CBS announced Tuesday the selection of Ferguson, the Scottish actor who portrayed boss Nigel Wick on "The Drew Carey Show" for eight years...
Prime-time soap floats to the top (12/09/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Reality television's survivors and junior Trumps have been bumped from the top of the water-cooler agenda -- and all it took was four volatile homemakers. "Desperate Housewives" has unexpectedly stolen some of reality's gloss and resurrected the prime-time soap opera genre long absent from the broadcast networks...
Ruth Steward (12/09/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ruth C. Steward, 92, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1911, in Maury City, Tenn., daughter of Ed and Mae Agee Byassee. She and Fred H. Steward Sr. were married Aug. 18, 1935. He died March 31, 1978...
Leona Anderton (12/09/04)
Leona Helen Anderton, 90, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born June 28, 1914, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of George Thomas and Annie Eliza Rice Hughes. She and James Henry Anderton were married Sept. 28, 1930, in Courtney, Mo. He died in 1990...
Helen Whittaker (12/09/04)
Helen Marie Whittaker, 77, of Manito, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at Morton Villa Nursing Home in Morton, Ill. She was born April 21, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of William and Agnes Stallings Graham. She and Ellis Whittaker were married March 31, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He died Nov. 4, 1988...
Virginia Songer (12/09/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Virginia Townsend Songer, 89, of Chaffee, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 10, 1915, in Jonesboro, Ark., and had lived in Puxico, Mo. She married Gilbert Townsend who died in 1974. She married Mitt Songer who died in 1996...
Kailey Jackson (12/09/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Kailey Nichole Jackson, 3 days, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Rosemary Roth (12/09/04)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Rosemary E. Roth, 83, of Ste. Genevieve died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at her home. She was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Ste. Genevieve, daughter of August H. and Rose Kuehn Rottler. She married Louis G. Roth, who died Oct. 21, 1987. Roth was a member of Western Catholic Union, Daughters of Isabella, VFW Auxiliary, and was a former 4-H leader...
Dora Meyer (12/09/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dora L. Meyer, 93, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Elder Care in Marble Hill. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Barks (12/09/04)
Paul C. Barks, 88, of Jackson died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born May 20,1916, at Sedgewickville, Mo., son of Fred J. and Nettie I. Conrad Barks. He and Lucille B. Propst were married Dec. 9, 1936. She died June 11, 1989...
Cody Ring (12/09/04)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- Cody Allen Ring, 14, of Wolf Lake died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1990, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ricky and Sharon Marquis Ring. Ring attended Shawnee Junior High School, and was a member of the baseball team, Beta Club, and band. He was an honorary member of River to River Corvette Club...
Leslie Hicks (12/09/04)
Leslie Taylor "LT" Hicks, 79, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Puxico, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 2, 1925, in Puxico. He married Mary Trout Dec. 26, 1946, in Piggott, Ark. She survives...
Out of the past 12/9/04 (12/09/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 9, 1979 The Grinch has been at work in Cape Girardeau, stealing 15 to 25 trees from the Optimist Club Christmas Tree Lot at Independence Street and Plaza Way; the trees, 6-to-7-foot royal Scotch pines, are valued at $300 to $400...
Day of infamy (12/09/04)
It is an honor to be here today on this solemn occasion to reflect upon the infamous tragedy of Dec. 7, 1941, and pay tribute to those who perished. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On that fateful morning in December 1941, without warning or declaration of war, 360 Japanese planes attacked the U.S. ...
Holland's euthanasia (12/09/04)
The news last week that some terminally ill newborns in the Netherlands have been administered lethal doses of sedatives to end their lives came as a shock. The shock was not that hospitals are helping people die. Hospitals in Holland and around the world already conduct mercy killings by withholding treatments that could extend patients' lives...
Liberal drinking, gun laws in Cape (12/09/04)
To the editor: Regarding the story about the lack of applications for concealed weapons in Missouri, I find it a bit frightening that in Cape Girardeau it is legal to have an open container of alcohol in the back seat of a car while at the same time there is also no requirement for a permit for a handgun in an automobile as long as it is not taken out of the car. ...
Help make Christmas a merry one (12/09/04)
To the editor: In response to "Empty Toybox needs filling for Christmas": It was truly heartbreaking to read the article about the empty Toybox. My wife and I don't have a lot with me being disabled and her being laid off, but thanks to family and the grace of God, we get by. ...
Speak Out 12/9/04 (12/09/04)
Try more sports I AM a parent with a young child in the Cape Girardeau School District. I am concerned with the sports programs in these schools. Every elementary school has a nice gym. Why are we not using these gyms to get our children involved in sports? I wish we could get a basketball league started with all these schools involved. I think this would help kids stay out of trouble. Maybe this would help some kids stay off the streets...
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