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Stories from Sunday, December 12, 2004

Dickerson resigns as regents leader (12/12/04)
Don Dickerson, the longest-serving member on the current Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, announced Saturday he is stepping down as board president. Dickerson has served on the board since 1993. He became board president in 1996...
Appreciating music made by teen prodigies (12/12/04)
When Zach Dumey opens his mouth to sing, the smooth bass tones of his voice reverberate through the air, and people stop whatever they're doing to listen ... and watch. Beth St. John has seen it happen time and again. As choral director at R.O. Hawkins Junior High in Jackson, St. John has worked with the 14-year-old Dumey for two years now...
Tour highlights area's historic churches (12/12/04)
More than 20 people boarded a bus Saturday to tour historic churches in Cape Girardeau and Perry counties. Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Southeast Missouri Regional History Center at Southeast Missouri State University, led the all-day tour, which was intended to prompt people to explore other important places of worship in the area...
Two council seats draw candidate interest (12/12/04)
Two open Cape Girardeau City Council seats have drawn the interest of five potential candidates, including two former council members and two others who would make their cases based on their small-business experience. Two other city residents picked up nominating petitions, but then decided they wouldn't run. Under the city charter, a candidate must file a nominating petition signed by at least 50 registered voters in that ward in order to be on the election ballot...
Southeast women end trip to Hawaii with loss to BYU (12/12/04)
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Southeast Missouri State University's women put up a strong effort but suffered its second loss in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational. Brigham Young held off Southeast 62-52 late Friday. Southeast fell to 4-3. Brigham Young (5-1) and host Hawaii (2-2) played late Saturday for the championship of the three-team tournament...
Man throws burger at clerk (12/12/04)
ROCHESTER, N.H. -- It may be the first documented case of multitasking rage. Police say Tony Carr got angry with a clerk last month because he wanted to pay for his burger while it was microwaving it at a convenience store. But the clerk, Scott Litzenberger, told Carr he had to bring the burger to the counter 15 feet away to pay for it, police said...
China may have had first fermenters (12/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Chinese were consuming fermented beverages -- possibly wine -- as long as 9,000 years ago, according to scientists who used modern techniques to peer back through the mists of time. Early evidence of beer and wine had been traced to the ancient Middle East. But the new discovery indicates that the Chinese may have been making their drinks even earlier...
World briefs 12/12/04 (12/12/04)
Love letters cleared away at 'Juliet's house' in Italy ROME -- For decades, amorous visitors to Verona have pinned up their love letters for posterity outside the house where legend has it Romeo wooed Juliet under her balcony. Now, those tender messages are being dumped in the trash. Many of the notes are attached with chewing gum, a hazard for the medieval stucco walls. The cleaning operation, which started last month, is due to finish in February...
Winter sports take on a new twist when there's no snow (12/12/04)
MINNEAPOLIS - From snowmobiling on alfalfa to strapping on cross-country skis with wheels, Minnesotans are finding ways of coping with a frustrating lack of snow. It's been a mostly brown December in the southern half of the state, and northern Minnesota hasn't recorded snow depths of more than 8 inches this season...
Following a star Celebrity Nativity scene draws ire in U.K. (12/12/04)
LONDON -- Christian leaders on Wednesday denounced a Nativity scene at a London wax museum featuring soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, a former Spice Girl, as the parents of Jesus. The waxwork tableau at Madame Tussauds museum included President George W. Bush as one of the three Wise Men, actors Hugh Grant and Samuel L. Jackson as shepherds and Australian disco diva Kylie Minogue as an angel...
Elmo, Shrek top 2-year-old's list (12/12/04)
Toybox Cameron is a 2-year-old that can't get enough of Elmo, SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek. He'd like any of those characters and toys for Christmas. Destiny, 4, likes "anything to do with dolls," her mother says. My Little Pony and Polly Pockets also are favorite toys the girl sees on advertisements...
Events set to honor Dr. Martin Luther King (12/12/04)
The Rev. Earl Nance Jr., pastor of the Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, will be the keynote speaker at Southeast Missouri State University's 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Jan. 17 in the Show Me Center...
Octopus in tank latches onto idea of motherhood (12/12/04)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- It was a May-December romance that really had legs: Young Aurora, a female giant octopus and her aging cephalopod suitor J-1 were thrown together for a blind date seven months ago by aquarists who hoped the two would mate. By all appearances, their fling was a success, and Aurora began dribbling long strings of eggs down the sides of her tank the following month. Though her sweetheart died of old age in September, the pitter-patter of tiny tentacles seemed close at hand...
Late recovery halts Eagles, lifts Southeast past Eagles (12/12/04)
Southeast Missouri State University picked up an expected victory over Central Methodist University Saturday night -- but it was far from the breather most people probably anticipated. Apparently on their way to a lopsided loss as they trailed by 21 points with under seven minutes left, the Eagles rallied to within three points in the final minute before Southeast held on for an 83-77 triumph...
Waning interest in low-carb diets hitting some firms (12/12/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- About a year ago, Dave Champlin and his two roommates lived in what their friends at the University of Missouri called the House of Fat. At a combined weight of 890 pounds, the three decided to try the Atkins diet. By strictly adhering to the low-carb, high-protein diet, Champlin lost about 45 pounds and his roommates each lost between 50 and 60 pounds...
Lawsuit questions state's $700,000 paid to Planned Parenthood (12/12/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Arguments are scheduled Monday in a case questioning the legality of state payments to Planned Parenthood under a now-defunct program that provided family planning and health services for poor women in Missouri. St. Charles County businessman Daniel Shipley has sued the Missouri Department of Health and Planned Parenthood. Ray County Circuit Judge Werner Moentmann will hear the case as a special judge in Cole County Circuit Court...
Man charged for pointing weapon at suburban police (12/12/04)
ST. LOUIS -- A man who was shot after pointing a gun at police officers was charged Saturday with flourishing a weapon. Alexander Thomas, 19, of the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, was in critical but stable condition Saturday. No one else was injured...
One man at center of revitalization for St. Louis suburb (12/12/04)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- When Joe Edwards opened his Blueberry Hill restaurant and bar three decades ago, he threw out about two-thirds of the clientele, including neighborhood drug dealers and outlaw motorcycle gang members. "Within a week after opening, I realized that if Blueberry Hill were to succeed, I was going to have to work on the area, too," Edwards said...
Not just for slackers: deciphering uses of 'dude' (12/12/04)
PITTSBURGH Dude, you've got to read this. A linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers...
Democrats gather to talk about new party leader (12/12/04)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eight potential candidates to head the Democratic Party pledged on Saturday a renewed commitment to win votes from churchgoers and appeal to people throughout the South and West. The next chairman of the Democratic National Committee will become one of the party's leading opponents to President Bush's second-term agenda and a principal planner of the Democrats' strategy to rebound from widespread losses in recent years...
New surprise attack at Pearl Harbor (12/12/04)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The USS Arizona Memorial's visitors center was designed to accommodate 750,000 people a year when it was built in 1980, but today it's jammed with crowds more than twice that big -- and it's literally bursting at the seams...
White House outlines air pollution strategy (12/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will make air pollution a top priority in Congress early next year, starting with "an aggressive push" to build support for his pollution-cutting plan, senior administration officials said Saturday. At the same time, the administration will hold off until no later than March on a rule to cut pollution from power plants that would accomplish some of the same ends as Bush's anti-pollution plan, the officials said...
Bush's challenge in remaking Social Security (12/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will confront formidable hurdles in Congress as he pursues an overhaul of Social Security, the New Deal program known as the untouchable, third rail of politics. Add soaring budget deficits to the debate, and his effort becomes even more difficult...
Homeland security nominee apologizes (12/12/04)
WASHINGTON -- The White House renewed its search for a homeland security chief Saturday as the candidate President Bush thought ideal apologized for an immigration problem involving a family housekeeper that forced him to withdraw. "I owe the president ... a great apology that this may have caused him and his administration a big distraction," Bernard Kerik said in a telephone interview...
Austrian doctors: Ukraine's Yushchenko was poisoned (12/12/04)
VIENNA, Austria -- Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin, doctors said Saturday, adding that the highly toxic chemical could have been put in the opposition leader's soup, producing the severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face...
Northern Ireland undergoes remarkable political shifts (12/12/04)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Belfast used to be a place where you dreaded walking past an abandoned car on a lonely street for fear it might blow up. These days, Belfast is a bustling city of bag-laden shoppers, well-heeled diners and nightclubbers shouting for taxis...
Nationalists beat unification party in Taiwan vote (12/12/04)
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's pro-independence parties lost a hotly contested legislative election Saturday -- a defeat that might reduce the risk of a conflict with China but also continue the political gridlock that has paralyzed one of Asia's youngest democracies...
Insurgent attacks kill Iraqi police (12/12/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents pressed their attack on U.S. troops and Iraq's security forces Saturday, killing five Iraqi police officers and wounding 14 American soldiers in a relentless effort to derail next month's elections. A U.S. Marine also was killed in the province containing the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah...
Kelly tops Delta in overtime to win title (12/12/04)
Kelly and Delta may have combined for only 90 points in the final of the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament on Saturday at Chaffee, but there was still plenty of excitement as the Hawks pulled out a 47-43 overtime victory. In a meeting of undefeated teams, it was top-seeded Kelly (4-0) which was able to use its depth and pressure to finally get the best of a young Delta (4-1) squad. ...
Central starts hot, loses lead to Marquette in second half (12/12/04)
If only Saturday's championship game of the Northwest Mobil On the Run Tournament had ended how it began. After jumping out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, Central came out on the losing end of a 52-44 contest against Marquette at Northwest...
Indians take third in Missouri Duals (12/12/04)
Jackson's wrestling team finished 6-1 in dual meets over the weekend and took third place in the Missouri Duals which finished up Saturday in Jefferson City. The Indians only loss came to Raymore Peculiar 44-20. Granite City (Ill.) won the tournament with a 34-31 win over Peculiar...
FanSpeak 12/12/04 (12/12/04)
Boo for booing THE FAN who believes booing is perfectly justifiable at sporting events, especially high school, is one example of what is wrong with the state of fan behavior as a whole. The MSHSAA guidelines repeatedly stress sportsmanship, and to think booing falls within the confines of proper conduct is laughable. ...
Red Sox sign Wells; Pavano opts for Yanks (12/12/04)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Wells made the surprising decision to sign with the Boston Red Sox, Carl Pavano picked the New York Yankees and Roger Clemens narrowed his choices to the Houston Astros or retirement. Pittsburgh and Cleveland finalized the first trade of the winter meetings Saturday, with reliever Arthur Rhodes going to the Indians for outfielder Matt Lawton...
Rams take scars from NFC title game to Charlotte (12/12/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The most recent game between Carolina and St. Louis lasted more than four hours, through all of regulation and into a second overtime, finally ending on a dramatic long touchdown that sent the Panthers to the NFC championship game...
USC's Leinart takes home Heisman (12/12/04)
NEW YORK -- Matt Leinart replaced a Heisman Trophy winner and became one himself. The Southern California quarterback won college football's most prestigious individual award Saturday night, beating out Oklahoma teammates Adrian Peterson and Jason White, last year's winner...
Tigers use Kleiza to stymie Grizzlies (12/12/04)
Linas Kleiza scored a career-high 26 points in an 87-62 victory over Montana. The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Linas Kleiza has waited and waited, expecting it to happen at some point this season. On Saturday, it did. Kleiza found his shooting touch and scored a career-high 26 points to lead Missouri to an 87-62 win over Montana...
Tough opponents are testing Southeast, fans (12/12/04)
Who knows whether Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball team will have a fourth straight dismal season, do well and surprise a lot of people this year, or fall somewhere in the middle? It's still way too early to call. But it's a shame that so many fans already appear to have written the squad off during its 3-4 start...
Edition of 'Lessons and Carols' tops Christmas offerings (12/12/04)
It's difficult for those living in the era of the "war on terror" to imagine what the devastation of World War I meant to Great Britain. Some 900,000 citizens died in that conflict, triple the national toll in World War II. At King's College of Cambridge University alone, a third of the 200-plus students who went off to fight never returned and in all, 199 former King's men died...
New picture books could fill Santa's sack (12/12/04)
Chrissie is Santa's kid -- and not in the way that you, your child, your nephew and the rest of the people in the world are Santa's kids. Chrissie is the real thing, the offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. She spends her days at the North Pole, hanging with the elves and feeding the reindeer...
Windy City offers season's most dazzling gifts (12/12/04)
CHICAGO -- It's a staple of Christmastime Chicago: standing in the crowds outside the elaborate window displays of Marshall Field's State Street store, jostling for a glimpse. A block away are Daley Plaza's famous Picasso sculpture and annual tall tree...
A ranch with a twist (12/12/04)
The looks of this newly built house at 3010 Patriot Drive in Cape Girardeau could be deceiving. It's a ranch-style home, but it looks bigger. The roof lines are high, and it looks much like a two-story dwelling. So it keeps the convenience of main-level living ranch with the look of a more classically designed home...
Simplifying the season (12/12/04)
Tell your family that you don't want Christmas gifts next year and they'll likely think you've lost your mind. Who doesn't want presents? But when it comes to simplifying the season, skipping the gift exchange sometimes makes sense. In a world where Christmas shopping starts in October not December, the holiday season can become just too much to handle. And many people are opting out of the usual seasonal spending spree and choosing more meaningful and spiritual celebrations instead...
TV highlights for the week (12/12/04)
Making toys for all the children in the world is joyous work -- but it's a tough job, too. That goes double for Nick Snowden, who's in charge of the family business when, just three days before Christmas, one of his reindeer is snatched and sold to the local zoo. As if there weren't enough to worry about this time of year, Nick has to rescue Buddy the reindeer -- and fast...
Loretta Skelton (12/12/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Loretta Joyce Skelton, 63, of Sikeston died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1940, at Hayti, Mo., daughter of Lawrence and Lottie King Welch. She and Leonard M. "Jack" Skelton were married Jan. 27, 1961. He died Feb. 13, 2001...
Kenneth Simpson (12/12/04)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Kenneth "Tuffy" Simpson, 77, of Zalma died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Simpson was born March 27, 1927, at Brownwood, Mo., son of Lewis and Mary Cooper Simpson. He was a retired construction worker and a member of the Advance Eagles. He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II...
David Rose (12/12/04)
David J. Rose, 46, died Saturday at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, where he had resided the past three months. He was born Oct. 7, 1958, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the son of Emil S. and Edna S. Miller Rose of rural Piedmont, Mo. Rose was a graduate of Clearwater High School in Piedmont. ...
Myrtle Seabaugh (12/12/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- Myrtle "Myrt" Seabaugh, 80, of Patton died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov., 23, 1924, at Patton, daughter of Ira M. and Anna C. Shirley Crites. She and Virgil L. Seabaugh were married April 28, 1951. He died Dec. 27, 1988...
Earline Ruffin (12/12/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Earline W. Ruffin, 78, of Cairo died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at Cincinnati, Ohio. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bill McGhee officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Seabaugh-Spieler (12/12/04)
Jennifer Dawn Seabaugh and Andrew Spieler were married July 31, 2004, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Rev. Martin Springer performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Roger and Bonnie Seabaugh of Oak Ridge, and Gary and Cathy Spieler of Belleville, Ill...
Crain-Bradshaw (12/12/04)
Jennifer Crain and Christopher James Bradshaw were united in marriage Oct. 16, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Kabo Jr. performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Rita Crain of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Kenneth and Faye Bradshaw of Cape Girardeau...
Berge-Jennings (12/12/04)
Andrea Christine Berge and Michael Scott Jennings were married Aug. 7, 2003, at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The bride is the daughter of Dan and Chris Pekios of Bettendorf, Iowa, formerly of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Russ and Zoe Jennings of Milan, Ill., and Jeanette Thomas of Wahiawa, Hawaii...
Thompson-Baker (12/12/04)
Centenary United Methodist Church was the setting Aug. 14, 2004, for the wedding of Kristina Leigh Thompson and Keith Alan Baker. Dr. Clayton Smith performed the ceremony. Organist and pianist was Beverly Reece, and soloists were Chris and Shelby Talbert...
Dreyers mark 40th event (12/12/04)
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Dreyer of Jackson celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house reception Nov. 7, 2004, at the Elks Lodge in Jackson. The couple renewed their vows. Hosts were their daughters, Sherri Prysock of St. Louis, Nancee and George Flowers and Catheryn and James Hartle of Millersville; and grandchildren, Kelli Prysock, Caleb Burton and Jake Flowers, and Christopher and Chuck Hartle...
Heurings married 50 years (12/12/04)
Mr. and Mrs. George Heuring of Scott City celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner Nov. 25, 2004, at Woodard's Restaurant in Jackson. Heuring and Gladys Zimmerman were married Nov. 25, 1954, at St. Augustine Church in Kelso, Mo., by Monsignor Joseph Keusenkothen...
Police reports 12/12/04 (12/12/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Saturday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Keith A. Fischer, 19, of 724 Fairway, received a summons for driving while intoxicated. Douglas V. Rogers, 23, of 123 Elmdale St., Florissant, Mo., received summonses for a stop sign violation and driving while intoxicated...
Fire report 12/12/04 (12/12/04)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following item Thursday: Emergency medical service on Jackson Trail. Firefighters responded to the following item Friday: Citizen assist on East Main Street. Firefighters responded to the following item Saturday:...
Out of the past 12/12/04 (12/12/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 12, 1979 The rainbow-colored bulbs of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights are dark this week after Christmas Grinches cut wiring on the lights and damaged the fuse box controls; Capt. Harry Litherland remains undaunted, however, in his efforts to see that Christmas has at least a little cheer for 600 area families...
To save U.N., cut the dues (12/12/04)
Whether the United Nations were located in New York or in Geneva, Congress cannot and should not continue to spend our money paying dues to an organization that will not open its records to our elected officials who are seeking to investigate numerous reports of corruption reaching high up in the U.N. organization...
The future for Democrats (12/12/04)
Since Election Day, there has been a lot of predictable moaning and groaning about the future of the Democratic Party. Particularly predictable are the suggestions that we need to be more like Republicans. Democrats need to learn by our previous mistakes. We have tried being Republican-lite, and it does not work. It is a mistake to run away from the things we believe. I think we can win in the so-called Republican states by being real Democrats...
Highway projects (12/12/04)
A wish list of area highway projects has been forwarded to the Missouri Department of Transportation with what appears to be rubber-stamp approval from city and county governing bodies. Unlike the months-long process of picking street projects for Cape Girardeau's five-year funding process (see above), several highway projects for state funding are submitted with the hopes of getting two or three put on a five-year plan...
Speak Out 12/12/04 (12/12/04)
Not watching CONSIDERING HOW people drive in Cape Girardeau, they need a green arrow to tell them where to turn. Most of the accidents are because people don't watch where they're going. For those of you who drive around the college, please be mindful of the crosswalks. Students don't like almost being run over...
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