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Stories from Friday, December 10, 2004

Cape Supply blaze ruled accidental (12/10/04)
The state fire marshal's office has ruled that the Aug. 18 fire that destroyed the Cape Restaurant Supply Building on Morgan Oak and Frederick streets was an accident. Cape Girardeau fire marshal Mike Morgan said that the state's report confirms what local firefighters suspected -- that the fire was accidental. However, the damage was so severe that it is impossible to say what caused the fire, Morgan said...
Kingshighway to brighten up with 61 new street lights (12/10/04)
Even headlights aren't enough to light up the darkened outskirts of Cape Girardeau along North Kingshighway as motorists head into the city at night. But that should change by early next year as the city completes a $177,000 project to install 61 street lights along 1.4 miles of Kingshighway from Interstate 55 to the south entrance of Boulder Crest. The route borders two county parks, the veterans home and Memorial Park Cemetery...
Elderly woman seeks new trial in Illinois murder plot (12/10/04)
A Cape Girardeau County jury handed down a minimum punishment, then asked for a suspended sentence. By Marc Powers ~ Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A 68-year-old great-grandmother serving a prison term for conspiracy to commit murder should get a new trial because the jury that convicted her recommended she not be punished, the woman's attorney told the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday...
Police search for woman missing 21 years (12/10/04)
What began 21 years ago as a missing person case has over the years evolved into a homicide case for Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. He hopes recent discoveries will soon help him bring the case to a close. The day before Thanksgiving 1983, Linda Jean Crites was reported missing. ...
MoDOT listens to Route AB concerns (12/10/04)
Before the Missouri Department of Transportation submits a final plan to move Route AB, officials from that agency want to hear what the people who will drive on it have to say. In 90 minutes time Thursday afternoon, about 60 people came to the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to discuss the project, said Eric Krapf, project engineer from Sikeston, Mo ...
Enlarging God's house (12/10/04)
Visitors to La Croix Church's new facility might think they've entered a performing arts center instead of a church sanctuary. With stadium seating, flat-screen monitors, and high quality sound and lights, worship services at the Cape Girardeau church this weekend will be unlike most others in Southeast Missouri...
Three finalists named to lead Cape schools (12/10/04)
Two Missouri educators and one from South Dakota are finalists in the Cape Girardeau School District's search for a new superintendent. The local school board narrowed its search from 15 original applicants to six candidates they interviewed last week and now to three finalists, including Cape Girardeau's current assistant superintendent, Dr. Betty Chong...
Company seeks OK to build new Cape hospital (12/10/04)
Paperwork recently filed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has set in motion events that may ultimately result in construction of a $5 million long-term health-care facility in Cape Girardeau. Earlier this week, a newly formed company called Landmark Hospital of Cape Girardeau LLC filed a letter of intent to seek "certificate of need" approval from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee to build a 30-bed long-term acute-care hospital at 3255 Independence St...
Marine with local ties killed in Iraq (12/10/04)
On Thanksgiving Day, Marine Cpl. Zachary "Zak" Kolda, from a computer somewhere in Iraq, sent the following message to a family Web site: "happy thanksgiving all. hopefully tonight i can send arleen a short vid [video] of me sending holiday greetings. of course thanksgiving here isn't perfect, but it definitely allowed me to reflect on the important things for which i am truly thankful:...
Local briefs 12/10/04 (12/10/04)
Latest bridge lighting problems fixed The decorative lights once again are illuminating the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. A blown transformer turned off the lights in October. Missouri Department of Transportation officials said a new transformer had to be ordered. ...
White, Leinart each take home prestigious awards (12/10/04)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Oklahoma quarterback Jason White was a two-time award winner Thursday night, taking the Maxwell Award as college football's best all-around player and adding his second straight Davey O'Brien quarterback trophy. White, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, also is a finalist for this year's Heisman to be presented Saturday night in New York...
United Way surpasses $1 million campaign goal (12/10/04)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri raised more money this year than ever before in the agency's 50-year history. The 2004 campaign goal, set at $1 million, was a first for the United Way which provides funding to 40 local programs in Cape Girardeau County and Scott City, Perryville and Marble Hill. But the goal was easily surpassed...
Twins hoping for doll clothes, sports equipment (12/10/04)
Toybox A mother of three wants her children to have the best Christmas possible, and they will with Toybox's help. The Toybox program takes donated toys and gifts to needy children up to age 12. One of the children, Jalen, 8, wants a remote-controlled car, Spider-Man toys and Incredible Hulk toys. He also wants a basketball and football. Deja, his twin sister, wants a Bratz doll, an Easy Bake oven and clothes for her new dolls...
Illinois turns back Georgetown (12/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- In the first half, Illinois trailed for 11 minutes, 20 seconds, longer than it had in its first seven games combined. In the second half, the Fighting Illini were in control buzzer-to-buzzer in a solid defense of their No. 1 ranking. Roger Powell scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting, and Illinois shot 65 percent in the second half Thursday night to pull away for a 74-59 victory over Georgetown...
Southeast rally short this time (12/10/04)
This time, another big comeback by Southeast Missouri State University only ended in disappointment. Five days after wiping out a 17-point second-half deficit and beating South Dakota State on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, Southeast's rally fell short, as visiting Montana held on for a 69-66 victory when Dainmon Gonner's open 3-point shot at the buzzer missed everything...
Despite sprain, Jackson ready for duty (12/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Coming off his first career 100-yard game, Steven Jackson won't let a sprained right knee stop him. Marshall Faulk's understudy expects to shake off the injury and start again Sunday for the St. Louis Rams. "It's a little tight, but it should be all right for this weekend," Jackson said. "I know me and Marshall, we're working on getting back to playing."...
Gannett, E.W. Scripps to check out Pulitzer (12/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Gannett Co. -- the nation's largest newspaper publisher -- has announced publicly for the first time it may bid for Pulitzer Inc., the company exploring a possible sale some analysts expect to fetch $1.5 billion. Another diversified media concern, E.W. Scripps Co., appeared more lukewarm, its president and CEO Ken Lowe telling Wall Street during a media conference Wednesday that "we'll kick the tires, but at this point that's about it."...
Bush keeps four Cabinet secretaries (12/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush announced Thursday he was keeping the heads of the Transportation, Interior, Housing and Labor departments, ending the major shake-up that will put new faces on three-fifths of his Cabinet in his second term. Bush also said that Jim Nicholson, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and current U.S. ...
New York City firefighter who died serving in Iraq recalled as hero (12/10/04)
NEW YORK -- A New York City firefighter who responded to the 2001 World Trade Center attack and died last month serving with the Army National Guard in Iraq was remembered Thursday as "the true definition of a hero." Sgt. Christian Engeldrum, who also was a former police officer, was killed Nov. 29 when his vehicle was attacked outside Baghdad. He was the first New York City employee to die in the U.S.-led war...
Military working hard to upgrade Iraq vehicles' armor (12/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Military officials said Thursday they were working hard to upgrade the armor on Army vehicles in Iraq, a day after a soldier pressed Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on the subject. President Bush said, "The concerns expressed are being addressed."...
Record Powerball winner's granddaughter missing (12/10/04)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has reported his 17-year-old granddaughter missing, police said late Thursday. Family members had not seen or heard from Brandi Lasha Bragg since 9 p.m. Saturday when she was at her Hurricane home, Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Arthur said...
Marine who went missing while in Iraq charged with desertion (12/10/04)
The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Marine who was reported abducted in Iraq last summer and later turned up in his native Lebanon was charged Thursday with desertion. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun was charged following a five-month investigation into his June disappearance from a U.S. military camp near Fallujah, Iraq, according a statement from the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade at Camp Lejeune...
Video games keep children calm, study says (12/10/04)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy's hand, researchers say. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect...
Tennessee reporter involved in soldier's question on armor (12/10/04)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A National Guardsman who asked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld a bold question about armor on war vehicles went to the microphone after consulting with a Tennessee reporter. Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Edward Lee Pitts, who is embedded with the 278th Regimental Combat Team, wrote about the incident in an e-mail to co-workers sent Wednesday...
Less-severe surgery can tell whether breast cancer has spread (12/10/04)
SAN ANTONIO -- Removing just one to three key lymph nodes instead of the usual dozen or more can spare women lifelong arm problems and reliably indicate whether breast cancer has spread and needs aggressive treatment, the first big study to test this approach has found...
Five killed in Ohio nightclub shooting (12/10/04)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It looked like something out of a macabre heavy-metal video: The lights dimmed in the smoke-filled nightclub, the rock band Damageplan launched into its first thunderous riffs, and then a man in a hooded sweatshirt ran the length of the stage and opened fire, shooting the lead guitarist at least five times in the head...
Bush rules out tax increase to overhaul Social Security (12/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday ruled out raising taxes to finance the centerpiece of his second-term domestic agenda: a Social Security overhaul to help the system survive an impending wave of retiring baby boomers. Three years after his Social Security commission issued recommendations on how to repair the system, Bush remained noncommittal Thursday on how he would pay for the estimated $2 trillion cost of revamping Social Security. But vast new borrowing seemed increasingly likely...
Consumer Reports compares heartburn, cholesterol drugs (12/10/04)
WASHINGTON -- Nexium and other brand-name medicines are no better for most heartburn sufferers than a drug that can be bought for much less and without a prescription, Consumer Reports said Thursday as it added prescription medicines to the products it reviews...
Canadian Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage (12/10/04)
TORONTO -- Canada's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that gay marriage was constitutional, a landmark opinion allowing the federal government to call on Parliament to legalize same-sex unions nationwide. If approved by a majority of the House of Commons, as widely expected, Canada would become the third country to embrace marriage by homosexuals and lesbians. Belgium and the Netherlands are the other two...
Filipinos trapped in rubble survived 10 days on water droplets (12/10/04)
MANILA, Philippines -- Maria Tamares constantly feared the tiny, pitch-black crevice under tons of mud and logs would be her grave -- and that of her 3-year-old granddaughter and three others trapped for 10 days under storm-loosened rubble. One person died beside Tamares, pleading for water. The dirty trickle that at first found its way through the cracks quickly dried up, forcing the survivors to lick the ground and a moist concrete slab...
Detainee's affidavit details abuse he suffered at Guantanamo (12/10/04)
The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Prisoners at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed, terrorized by attack dogs and forced to take drugs, an Australian detainee said in an affidavit released Thursday...
Shiite parties put forth list of candidates (12/10/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Under the guidance of Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric, Shiite parties presented a list Thursday of 228 candidates for next month's elections. Minority Sunni Arabs, who had been favored under Saddam Hussein, must now decide whether to join the race or renounce a vote that will help determine the country's future...
Krista Miesner's late 3-pointer lifts Perryville to a 69-68 win (12/10/04)
Perryville has had its share of strong girls basketball teams over the years, but those teams always stumbled when facing Notre Dame. Whether it was regular season or district play, the Bulldogs have had Perryville's number. What looked like another routine Notre Dame win over the Pirates on Thursday night at Notre Dame Regional High School turned into a spirited comeback for the Pirates, who roared back for a 69-68 win...
Mules come up short vs. Wildcats (12/10/04)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Greg Oden scored 16 points Thursday night to lead Lawrence North, the No. 1 high school team in Indiana, past Poplar Bluff, Mo., 56-40 in a televised matchup of two of the nation's most highly touted prep players. Oden, a 7-foot junior who led the Wildcats to Indiana's Class 4A championship last spring, already is being projected as a possible No. 1 NBA draft pick in 2006 should he forgo college. Poplar Bluff's Tyler Hansbrough, a 6-9 senior, has signed with North Carolina...
Delta tops Scott County to reach tournament title game (12/10/04)
Second-seeded Delta advanced to the championship of the Chaffee Invitational Tournament with a 54-39 victory against No. 3 Scott County Central. Sarah Cook lead all scorers with 21 points, and Kaci Menz added 12 for the Bobcats. Brittney Peet paced the Bravettes with 15 points, and Brittany Godwin had 10...
Chiefs will complete season with Holmes on injured list (12/10/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Priest Holmes, who was leading the NFL in scoring and rushing when he injured his knee in early November, was placed on injured reserve Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. The Kansas City Chiefs indicated Wednesday they would probably finish the year without their star running back, whose recovery from sprained knee ligaments has gone much more slowly than the team had hoped...
Arizona, Dodgers each add a slugger (12/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Arizona snapped up Troy Glaus and Los Angeles added Jeff Kent as teams made big-money deals with All-Stars on Thursday, one day before the start of the winter meetings. Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP as Anaheim's third baseman, agreed to a $45 million, four-year contract with the last-place Diamondbacks...
Illinois team keeps up winning ways (12/10/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Julian Wright of Homewood-Flossmoor is getting a taste of what college may be like next year when he plays at Kansas. The Vikings of Flossmoor, Ill., played last Saturday in the Marshall County HoopFest in Kentucky and then traveled Thursday to Missouri to play in the 24th annual Shop 'n Save/KMOX Shootout at Savvis Center. In the HoopFest, Flossmoor snapped a 41-game winning streak of Virginia's Oak Hill Academy. The Vikings won 68-67...
Artest, others testify in appeal case (12/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Ron Artest took the witness stand and described, in his words, one of the worst brawls in NBA history. Teammates Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O'Neal and Anthony Johnson did the same, and a union attorney and one of O'Neal's bodyguards also testified...
Players offer to reduce salaries (12/10/04)
TORONTO -- The NHL players' association offered an immediate 24 percent rollback of salaries Thursday as the centerpiece of a new proposal handed to the league in an effort to end the season-long lockout. "The CBA that we proposed to the league will immediately reduce the value of every current player contract," NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow said Thursday night. ...
Hamm steps off center stage (12/10/04)
Hers was the game that launched a thousand kicks, then tens of thousands, then millions, a rare blend of brains, beauty and hard-nosed grace that redefined what it meant to play like a girl. But Mia Hamm's influence didn't end there. Like every great athlete, she knew that every game mattered, that every time she raised the bar, everybody who played alongside or after her would have to pull that little bit extra out of themselves. ...
Making Christmas bright (12/10/04)
When I was a youngster, the pages of the Sears and Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogs were dog-eared by Thanksgiving. The pages had been scrutinized, folded and marked with a pencil. If Santa or my parents or some rich, unknown benefactor had purchased every item I wanted, the total bill would have been over $1,000. A thousand smackeroos! Can you even imagine that much money?...
Ram's less bulky brother (12/10/04)
srobertson Dakota rewrites midsize truck specifications I'll bet that when Tim "the tool man" Taylor thinks about trucks, he pictures a massive, in-your-face chrome grill like the intimidating Dodge Ram's. You know -- something like a hemi V-8 breathing through a set of loud glass-packs. ...
Everybody's a critic: 'Alexander' (12/10/04)
No stars "Alexander" could have been a fascinating historical and social study for both adults and teens. But the relative restraint Stone showed in dealing with Alexander's bisexuality is nowhere in evidence in his handling of rape and battle scenes...
Coming to theaters 12/10/04 (12/10/04)
'Spanglish' Starring Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman, Paz Vega, Aimee Garcia and Sarah Steele. A Mexican woman named Flor and her 12-year-old daughter move in with an American family when she's hired on as their housekeeper. Flor doesn't speak English, so she has difficulty communicating with John, a chef married to Deborah, an account executive who left her work to be a stay-at-home mom. ...
Hollywood's new 'it' girl (12/10/04)
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan seems like a typical 18-year-old. She's really concerned with boys and her hair, she's fidgety and giggly, and she just bought these fuzzy purple boots from a Marc Jacobs sale. But this seemingly typical teen, who first got noticed as a child playing those famous twins in "The Parent Trap" remake, has a full-time job. The freckled redhead has made herself a household name with films including "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls."...
A gallery with many guises (12/10/04)
Aside from the artwork hanging from the walls, one of the first things you are likely to notice at the new Gallery 125 at 125 N. Main St. is the floor. It sparkles. Literally. To get the floor to sparkle, tiles were ripped up, the floor was cleaned and glitter was added and then topped with a layer of polyurethane...
Deloise Tyler (12/10/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Deloise E. Chaney Tyler, 64, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Pulaski, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at her home. She was born July 16, 1940, in Wyatt, Mo., daughter of Oley and Alma Rimpson Chaney. She married Willie Tyler in 1970...
Anna Vincent (12/10/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Anna Elizabeth Vincent, 83, of Benton died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Renner (12/10/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rose C. Renner, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born May 1, 1919, in Perry County, daughter of Louis and Theresa Unterreiner Leible. She and Joseph Renner were married May 26, 1947, at Apple Creek, Mo. He died Feb. 26, 1996...
Kailey Jackson (12/10/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Kailey Nichole Jackson, 4 days, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She was born Dec. 3, 2004, in Marion, Ill., daughter of Steven and Tia Hale Jackson. Survivors include her parents; a brother, Trenton Jackson of Jonesboro; maternal grandparents, Renee and Gary Knight and Rick and Lisa Pulver of Anna, Ill., Joe Hale of Xenia, Ill.; and paternal grandparents, Charles and Stella Jackson of Cobden, Ill...
Frances Heckemeyer (12/10/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Frances Elizabeth Heckemeyer, 91, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born Nov. 7, 1913, in Tuckerman, Ark., daughter of Anthony Joseph and Bessie Baughman Goetz. She and Paul Quentin Heckemeyer were married May 31, 1935, in St. Louis. He died June 23, 1991...
Henry Nordin (12/10/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Henry Arlie Nordin, 88, of Chaffee died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at Chaffee Nursing Center. He was born March 8, 1916, at Chaffee, son of Clarence Henry and Lethie Marie Biby Nordin. He and Cora Leona Seyer were married Dec. 28, 1985. She died Jan. 22, 1993...
Edith Nowak (12/10/04)
Edith Lauraine Nowak, 69, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Life Care Center. She was born April 16, 1935, in Washington County, Mo., daughter of Gilbert W. and Mildred Buchanan DeClue. She and James Sly were married April 23, 1955, in St. Louis. He died Dec. 31, 1977. She later married Jacob Nowak Nov. 12, 1984, in Belleville, Ill. He died Oct. 31, 1997...
Dora Meyer (12/10/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dora Louisa Meyer, 93, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born Sept. 5, 1911, at Laflin, Mo., daughter of William and Carrie Josephine Clippard Riehn. She and Leon Meyer were married Oct. 27, 1934, in Illinois. He died June 4, 1964...
United Way surpasses $1 million campaign goal (12/10/04)
Thomas Son to Joseph and Lauren Thomas of Saltillo, Miss., North Mississippi Medical Center Women's Hospital in Tupelo, 11:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. Name, Ethan James. Weight, 4 pounds 15 ounces. Mrs. Thomas is the former Lauren Young, daughter of Larry and Debbie Young of Jackson. Thomas is the son of Cindy Gaines of Dexter, Mo., and George Thomas of Cape Girardeau...
Police reports 12/10/04 (12/10/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Thursday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Damien A. Brown, 25, 1402 Perry Ave., was arrested on city warrants for contempt of court on various traffic offenses...
Out of the past 12/10/04 (12/10/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 10, 1979 Housing and tuition rates at Southeast Missouri State University will likely go up next fall, if the board of regents adopts proposals from the administration at its December and January meetings. Wayne T. Haertling, 36, a New Wells farmer, drowned yesterday when the tractor he was riding flipped over into a pond and pinned him under the water...
Toybox needs help -- now (12/10/04)
The Toybox program, which provides toys to needy children in Cape Girardeau, is about ready to deliver bundles of holiday joy next week. The children of more than 200 families will be cheered as Santa makes a special visit to brighten the season. But the children of nearly 300 families won't get any toys for Christmas unless donations to Toybox come pouring in right away...
Muslims should speak up (12/10/04)
To the editor: Muslims throughout the world do their religion a disservice through their silence. It is quite obvious that this religion comprises at least two very different sects: those to whom violence and death mean nothing, and those to whom violence and death are abhorrent. What a dichotomy exists within this group...
KRCU offers options for radio fans (12/10/04)
To the editor: I have been following the recent discussions about satellite radio and about the state of radio in general with interest. The recent comments under the title "Let me listen" prompted me to share a few thoughts. KRCU 90.9 FM is the public radio station for our region and broadcasts a variety of news, music and entertainment programs -- all commercial free. We air over 30 hours of local programming every week that is produced by volunteers from the community...
Seat belts serve special interests (12/10/04)
To the editor: Paul Cohen is right in his letter about seat belts, but he didn't go far enough. What nobody seems to want to talk about is why we have a seat-belt law in the first place. The reason is the insurance companies and the seat-belt manufacturers. The insurance companies want these kind of laws so it will decrease the amount paid out in accidents. And the seat belt manufacturers want the law for more profit. The politicians that pass the laws also benefit, I am sure...
Complaints push FCC to action (12/10/04)
To the editor: There's been a lot of talk in the press lately about how one activist organization, the Parents Television Council, is trying to dictate television standards for the rest of the country by encouraging its members to file complaints with the FCC. It seems that the press believes the hundreds of thousands of complaints filed by outraged citizens over the rampant raunch on television somehow don't count simply because the complainant belongs to an organized group...
Speak Out 12/10/04 (12/10/04)
Hats off to donors IT'S VERY gratifying to pick up the paper and see the little boy at Gordonville with his puppy. Hats off to the Aufdenbergs and Mr. Pind for their efforts in this. We wish them good luck in training this dog. It's a wonderful story...
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