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Stories from Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Former Cape Girardeau detective denied new trial (12/14/04)
Paul Edward Tipler, the former Cape Girardeau detective convicted June 23 of forgery and acquitted of seven other felonies, was denied a new trial Monday. Tipler was, however, sentenced to two years of supervised probation, the imposition of which was suspended, plus special conditions...
Changed of venue ruled for accused swordsman (12/14/04)
A Chaffee man accused of wielding a sword at the Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart has pleaded innocent. Richard Taylor, 57, pleaded innocent Monday to felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, two counts of assault on a police officer, property damage and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. ...
County regains lost grant in hours (12/14/04)
Cape Girardeau County saw $91,000 disappear and reappear -- at least tentatively -- all in the same day Monday. At about 10 a.m., Stan Murray, the Hubble Creek project manager from the National Resource Conservation Service, walked into the commission chamber with bad news. As he handed each of the three commissioners a small packet of information, Murray told them a $91,000 state storm water grant for a crucial Hubble Creek erosion project was lost...
Sen. Jim Talent slated to speak at luncheon (12/14/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- U. S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., will speak at the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission Legislators luncheon at noon Monday. Federal, state and local leaders will attend the luncheon at the American Legion Hall, 98 Grand Ave., in Perryville. ...
'The Messiah' concert scheduled (12/14/04)
Members of the Central Junior High choir will perform "The Messiah" tonight in a free concert at Lynwood Baptist Church, 2935 Lynwood Hills Drive. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and features 13 young vocalists. The choir is under the direction of Mike Dumey...
Program provides holiday cheer (12/14/04)
Toybox Brianna, 10, wants a new Barbie doll for Christmas this year. She also likes Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears. Her brother, Cameron, 7, wants a Spider-man toy, an Uno game and a remote-controlled car. Kaleb, 6, wants Power Ranger toys and flash cards...
Filing day arrives for school board candidates (12/14/04)
In four months, the faces that make up the Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City school boards could change dramatically. Just how big a change might take place will begin to take shape today, the opening day of filing for Missouri school boards. The Cape Girardeau School District has four of seven positions on the board up for grabs in the 2005 election. Jackson and Scott City will each have three openings...
Sharing Mary's messages (12/14/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. N eal Gramaud believes that he's been called out for a special purpose in life. He's not a priest or a preacher, just a simple 44-year-old farmer from Perry County with a wife and children. But he feels led to help bring people to God...
Toybox has less than $1, too few toys (12/14/04)
With nearly 100 applications remaining to be filled, Toybox only has 90 cents left in the bank and not enough toys to share with needy children. "The toy donations that have come in so far have been good," said Kerry Reeves, a Jaycees member who is organizing the Toybox effort...
Murals on floodwall complete; artist goes (12/14/04)
Mural artist Thomas Melvin has stepped back, taken a long look at his work and declared himself satisfied. The Mississippi River Tales murals, the 24 panels he was commissioned to paint on the Cape Girardeau floodwall, are finished. "It's always a bit of a surprise to be able to bring yourself to say it is done," Melvin said. "At a certain point you have to say so."...
Missouri's 11 electoral votes officially go to Bush (12/14/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With a few strokes of a pen, Missouri's Republican presidential electors on Monday formally handed the state's 11 electoral votes to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The brief procedure at the state Capitol that officially closed the books on Missouri's role in the 2004 presidential election attracted just a couple dozen onlookers, mostly family members of the state's electors...
District superintendent to lead administrators group (12/14/04)
District superintendent to lead administrators group David Fuemmeler, superintendent of the Nell Holcomb School District, has been selected to serve as president of the Southeast District of the Missouri Association of School Administrators for 2004-2005. Fuemmeler will chair monthly meetings and represent the organization at state meetings...
Goodbye feels the same in every language (12/14/04)
We went out of Antofagasta just as we came in: with a mob-like scene and lots of emotion. Most schools in Antofagasta finished classes last week, freeing us volunteers to either travel or return home early. Thus, last Tuesday night found three of us hopping on a bus to make the 19-hour trek south to Santiago...
Lessons on how to kill a car engine (12/14/04)
Life lesson No. 1 -- always make sure you have oil in your car. The day before Thanksgiving I was with a friend, driving on the interstate to her house when my 1994 Toyota Corolla started making this noise like the engine was slamming into the side of my car every time I touched the gas pedal. My friend and I immediately began to freak out as every light on my dashboard began to flash at me. The only reason I saw them was because I moved away the two pictures I had taped to the dashboard...
MU football player charged with rape (12/14/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri freshman linebacker Alvin Newhouse was charged Monday with forcible rape and forcible sodomy, police said. University police Capt. Brian Weimer said the victim came to police Sunday afternoon, accusing Newhouse of raping her early that morning in his Graham Hall dorm room...
Giving thanks in French (12/14/04)
Chambéry in autumn is as beautiful as Southeast Missouri in autumn, maybe even more so. The weather is much colder, though. The fall season means more than just cold weather, it means three very important holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas --every foreign exchange student's nightmare. ...
Learning briefs 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Freshman Eftink joins Pi Beta Phi at Ole Miss Jan Eftink, a freshman at the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Miss., has been initiated into the Mississippi Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi. Eftink is a 2004 graduate of Oran High School. She is the daughter of John and Claret Eftink of Chaffee, Mo...
Winans moves up on career scoring list (12/14/04)
Primarily because of an injury, Derek Winans has scored just 18 points so far this season. Still, that total has allowed Southeast Missouri State University's senior guard to move into fifth place on the school career men's basketball scoring list...
Goodson, Simonhoff top big years with all-america honors (12/14/04)
Southeast Missouri State University had a struggling football season this year, but that doesn't mean the squad was without its share of standout players. Two of them, senior tight end Ray Goodson and sophomore punter David Simonhoff, were honored Monday as second-team selections on The Sports Network Division I-AA All-American team...
Special dorm floor at Ill. State for students who want to serve mankind (12/14/04)
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph NORMAL, Ill. -- While many college students learn about the world's ills, students living on a special floor of an Illinois State University dorm are committed to doing something about them. Many of the 55 students living on Manchester Hall's Service and Leadership lifestyle floor have examined their passions and formed small groups to help a community. ...
Holden to remain in capital after leaving office (12/14/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Bob Holden won't be moving far when he leaves the Governor's Mansion next month. Holden said Monday he has rented a house in Jefferson City -- along the Missouri River, just like his current residence -- and plans to remain in the capital at least until his sons finish the current school year...
Georgia's surplus goods up for eBay auction (12/14/04)
ATLANTA -- Interested in a box of bright orange gym shorts? How about a low-mileage, vintage fire truck from the 1960s? If so, then Georgia may have a deal for you. The state has become the latest to open up its warehouses of surplus goods to online auction sites such as eBay...
Investigators say scientist murdered with arsenic (12/14/04)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- A nuclear physicist and former McDonnell Douglas Corp. research scientist who died suddenly last summer was deliberately killed with a massive dose of arsenic, authorities said Monday in ruling the case murder. An investigator in this St. Louis suburb said recently completed toxicology tests now show that 67-year-old John Mullen died of acute arsenic intoxication June 29, within hours of complaining of an upset stomach at his home...
Man evicted from makeshift home under drawbridge (12/14/04)
CHICAGO -- For three or four years, a homeless man achieved the impossible: He found a cheap place to live on pricey Lake Shore Drive. Actually, Richard Dorsay lived under Lake Shore Drive, in a wooden shack built into the beams and girders of the drawbridge that crosses the Chicago River...
Python journeys from Missouri to New Jersey (12/14/04)
CLIFTON, N.J. -- Like something out of a Disney film, the story of Paco the Python is a serpentine tale of a pet snake missing in Missouri for more than a month until turning up 1,000 miles away, accidentally shipped to New Jersey in a box with a DVD player being sent for repairs...
Americans have fat chance of losing weight from holidays (12/14/04)
It's just a pound or two, right? Cut a few carbs, hit the gym and they'll be gone by February. Keep dreaming. Though most Americans who gain weight at the holidays add little more than a pound, the only thing that's slim in the new year is the chance that the weight will ever go away...
Nation digest 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Bush nominates EPA chief to head HHS WASHINGTON -- President Bush selected Michael Leavitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, as secretary of Health and Human Services on Monday, filling one of the last two openings in his second-term Cabinet. ...
Africa got AIDS drug despite warnings (12/14/04)
WASHINGTON -- Weeks before President Bush announced a plan to protect African babies from AIDS, top U.S. health officials were warned that research on the key drug was flawed and may have underreported severe reactions including deaths, government documents show...
Oracle seals $10.3 billion takeover deal (12/14/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ending 18 months of bad blood, Oracle Corp. raised its takeover bid for bitter rival PeopleSoft Inc. by 10 percent to seal a $10.3 billion deal that will create the world's second-largest maker of business applications software. The agreement, announced Monday, caps a rancorous Silicon Valley feud marked by churlish exchanges between the companies' management teams and colorful courtroom battles...
Jury opts for death penalty in Peterson murder case (12/14/04)
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Repelled by Scott Peterson's seeming lack of sorrow and remorse, a jury decided Monday that he deserves the death penalty for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, almost two years ago to the date. A cheer went up outside the courthouse as the jury announced its decision after 11 1/2 hours of deliberations over three days. ...
Israel will withdraw troops during Palestinian election (12/14/04)
HERZLIYA, Israel -- Israel's defense minister said Monday that Israeli troops will withdraw from Palestinian areas for 72 hours during next month's Palestinian presidential election, signaling that a deadly attack on an Israeli army outpost hasn't stopped fledgling peace efforts...
Ukraine government moves to control poisoning probe (12/14/04)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's outgoing government sought Monday to control the inquiry into the poisoning of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, with officials close to the government taking charge of both investigations into who tried to harm or kill the leader of the "Orange Revolution."...
World digest 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Protestant party breaks relations with N. Ireland DUBLIN, Ireland -- Northern Ireland's major Protestant party broke off relations with the Irish government Monday after Prime Minister Bertie Ahern indicated he had accepted the IRA's refusal to provide photographs of disarmament. ...
Bomber linked to al-Qaida claims 13 lives in Baghdad (12/14/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An al-Qaida-linked suicide bomber blew up his vehicle Monday near cars waiting to enter the Green Zone, home to the U.S. Embassy and Iraq's interim government, killing 13 Iraqis on the anniversary of Saddam Hussein's capture. As insurgents continued to step up attacks against U.S. ...
Jackson stays perfect with victory over Pirates (12/14/04)
Jackson's girls basketball team dominated the second half and romped past host Perryville 64-37 Monday night to maintain its perfect record and hand the Pirates their first loss. The Indians (8-0) outscored Perryville 34-12 after the break, pulling away from a 30-25 advantage...
Martz doesn't rule out Bulger for Sunday's game (12/14/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger can't get healthy fast enough for the St. Louis Rams. Bulger, who missed Sunday's 20-7 loss to the Panthers with a sprained shoulder, resumed light throwing on Monday, but the team is aiming for him to return to the lineup next week against the Eagles...
Martinez appears bound for Mets (12/14/04)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pedro Martinez picked the New York Mets over the Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago White Sox dealt Carlos Lee to Milwaukee for Scott Podsednik and a reliever on Monday as baseball's annual winter meetings finished with many top stars still searching for teams...
Matheny opts for Giants, signs three-year contract (12/14/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants and catcher Mike Matheny agreed to a $10.5 million three-year contract Monday, the latest move to upgrade the team's defense. Matheny, who won his third Gold Glove award last season, joins nine-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel, who signed a $12.25 million, three-year contract with the Giants last month...
Sports briefs 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
n Illinois was No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday for a second straight week, the school's longest run ever at the top of the rankings. The Illini (9-0) moved into the top spot for the third time in school history last week. The other two times -- 1952 and 1989 -- they were there for all of a week, although they reached the Final Four both of those years...
Dad wrestles 8-foot Santa for holidays (12/14/04)
There's nothing like a China-made Santa to get you in the holiday spirit. I spent Monday -- a day off -- out in the stiff breeze of winter trying to add some Christmas cheer to the front yard. Joni and I used to dress up our front yard every Christmas with lighted reindeer, Christmas trees and even candy canes. But in recent years, we've been too busy to decorate the front lawn...
Wilma Bohannon (12/14/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Wilma Frances Telker Bohannon, 79, of Charleston died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Texas Bend, daughter of Wilbert Raymond and Margaret Renaud Telker. She married Calvin Lawrence Bohannon June 27, 1953, in Charleston. He died Feb. 19, 2002...
Mary Steward (12/14/04)
ANNISTON, Mo. -- Mary A. Steward, 80, of Anniston died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 4, 1924, at Bragg City, Mo., daughter of Alvin and Lena McKinley Myrick. She and Vester "Stud" Steward were married Feb. 27, 1948, at East Prairie, Mo. He died Nov. 16, 1996...
David Campbell (12/14/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- David Lee Campbell, 51, of Gravois Mills, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at his home. He was born May 6, 1953, in Stoddard County, Mo., son of Virgil and Christine Branum Campbell. He and Diana Richards were married Feb. 28, 1986, in Benton, Mo...
Leo Martens (12/14/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leo E. Martens, 94, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born May 7, 1910, in Perry County, son of August and Caroline Hoog Martens. He and Olinda Huber were married July 25, 1933. She died Aug. 27, 1980. He and Odelia "Deets" DePauw Buerck were married May 5, 1990...
Dwight Buchanan (12/14/04)
Dwight L. "Buck" Buchanan, 56, of Scott City died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 10, 1948, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Carl and Marjorie Deardorff Buchanan. He and Deborah Lynn Vaughn were married July 7, 1977, in Scott City. She died Dec. 1, 2004...
Births 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Winkler Son to Christopher L. and Melissa N. Winkler of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:34 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004. Name, Aiden Christopher. Weight, 8 pounds 4 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Winkler is the former Melissa Altenthal, daughter of Brad and Karen Altenthal of Cape Girardeau. Winkler is the son of Hubert and Cornelia Winkler of Perryville, Mo. He is a teacher and coach with Nell Holcomb School District...
Fire reports 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Sunday: * At 3:21 p.m., vehicle accident at Big Bend Road and North West End Boulevard. * At 5:20 p.m., vehicle accident at Independence Street and West End Boulevard. * At 5:59 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Lorimier Street...
Police reports 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Luda D. King, 46, 503 S. West End Blvd., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests * Rickey Earl Hecht, 50, 12247 U.S. 61, Jackson, was arrested on suspicion of driving while revoked and driving without an ignition interlock device...
Out of the past 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 14, 1979 An incidental fee increase of $15 per semester was unanimously approved yesterday by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, bringing the fee rates for the coming academic year to $180 per semester for undergraduates and $190 per semester for graduate students...
Paying for the party (12/14/04)
In an effort to set a different tone for next month's inaugural events in Jefferson City, Mo., governor-elect Matt Blunt offered to streamline the invitation process and save money. Blunt's good intentions come four years after Gov. Bob Holden's million-dollar extravaganza that was funded mostly by union backers...
War adds to dangerous deficits (12/14/04)
To the editor: More than just an unnecessary and costly departure from addressing the real causes of terrorism, the Iraq war is contributing to an impending economic crisis. Tax cuts (overwhelmingly for the wealthy), a burgeoning defense budget and unanticipated war costs, combined with a sluggish economy, have produced massive deficits and a total debt of over $7 trillion. ...
Closing our eyes to common sense (12/14/04)
To the editor: In response to "Gene flaw may link autism, vaccine additive": The By Dr. Jill James strongly supports the concept that the mercury containing preservative, thimerosal, is a major cause for the autism epidemic. A group of physicians and researchers known as DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) has found other evidence that the underlying mechanisms are related to damaged sulfur metabolism. This includes the synthesis in the body of glutathione and its vital part in biochemistry...
The true connection is love (12/14/04)
To the editor: A few years ago I was a substitute teacher at Park View State School, which is a school for kids with physical and mental problems. At the end of the day I came home and sat down in front of my computer. The following poem just flowed out of me...
Speak Out 12/14/04 (12/14/04)
Delivering in the dark LAST NIGHT I was driving home from work northbound on Mount Auburn Road. There was a postman in his little vehicle putting mail into the mailboxes. Wouldn't it have been better for the postman to deliver mail on Mount Auburn during the day instead of at rush hour in the dark?...
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