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Cape man in Monday raid faces felony drug charges (12/22/04)
A Cape Girardeau man who police say has a lengthy criminal record was charged Tuesday with three felony drug crimes and one misdemeanor. Brittany Devonce Purl, 30, was arrested Monday afternoon at his 127 S. Lorimier St. home after the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force served a search warrant there...
Missouri finds Illinois wearing a lofty ranking (12/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- No poll is necessary for Quin Snyder, who knows what Missouri is up against when it faces top-ranked Illinois tonight. Even if they weren't No. 1, the Illini have won four straight in the 24th annual neutral-site game against the Tigers. And, according to the Missouri coach, they're playing like the top team in the country heading into the game...
Area's elderly receive holiday gifts (12/22/04)
At Blanchard Elementary School, students knew them as "Grandma" and "Grandpa." Church groups and clubs that donated knew them by a letter of the alphabet when their case profiles were featured in the Southeast Missourian. Regardless, recipients of the Christmas for the Elderly program were overwhelmed by the community's generosity and grateful for the gifts delivered Tuesday...
Southeast faces a real Bear at home (12/22/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women have not had many opportunities over the years to play a home game against a nationally prominent Division I program. But that chance will come tonight when Southwest Missouri State visits the Show Me Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Bears have made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in the past 14 seasons, including two trips to the Final Four...
Gonner attracts a crowd at N. Texas (12/22/04)
Southeast Missouri State University will be playing a long way from Cape Girardeau tonight, but the team's leading scorer figures to have his own personal cheering section for the game against North Texas. Dainmon Gonner, a senior forward, grew up in Fort Worth -- which is about a 35-minute drive from the North Texas campus in Denton. Southeast (3-5) and the Mean Green (5-3) square off at 7 p.m...
Region/state digest 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
Former Cape resident to speak on ABC show; TV viewers who watch "Good Morning America" on ABC will see an interview of a former Cape Girardeau resident today. Dr. Mark Stacy, son of Southeast Missouri State University professor Jane Stacy, will talk about a discovery he made during a research project on a medication used to treat Parkinson's disease. "People who would not gamble at all suddenly find themselves gambling," Jane Stacy said. Mark Stacy is the medical director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. The segment will be aired between 7 and 9 a.m.; Two Cape men sentenced on cocaine charges; Farmer fined $4,000 for poisoning birds; Four arrested in Perry County undercover probe; Panel: Quicker action might have saved teen; St. Louis parishes learn of closings
Schultz building resumes role as school (12/22/04)
Schultz School once again will open its doors to students. After a two-year legal battle, the Cape Girardeau School District will turn the property at 101 S. Pacific St. into the new home of the Alternative Education Center. The center is currently located in eight classrooms leased from the Assembly of God's House of Hope outreach center -- the former May Greene Elementary -- at 1000 Ranney Ave., but the district's lease expires this year...
Chamber wants back license bureau (12/22/04)
The Jackson Chamber of Commerce will ask governor-elect Matt Blunt if it can resume the operation of the license bureau after a 12-year hiatus. The Jackson Board of Aldermen Monday night adopted a resolution in support of the request, which would pull management operations from the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation...
SEMO professor to study Holocaust at D.C. museum (12/22/04)
Southeast Missouri State University political science professor Dr. Mitchel Gerber created a class on the Holocaust six years ago. Today, he's still teaching the class, trying to convey the horrors of the Nazi regime and explore why so many people turned a blind eye to the atrocities...
Child of the moon (12/22/04)
ORAN, Mo. For most children, the sun is synonymous with happy times. Maybe spent outside with friends. Swinging at the playground. Swimming at the pool. Even in the bone-chilling days of winter, the sun offers light to roll reluctant snow into a ragtag Frosty...
Club news 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
St. Mary CWC; Exchange Club; Hobbs Chapel UMW; Alpha Mu Master
Appeal in Sikeston murder reinstated (12/22/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated the appeal of a man convicted of murdering a Sikeston, Mo., gas station clerk during a 1998 robbery. After the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District in St. Louis upheld his convictions in October 2002, Darius Nicholson, acting as his own attorney, filed an appeal in which he claimed his trial counsel was ineffective...
Limbaugh to administer oath to Blunt and Kinder (12/22/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. will swear in the state's new governor and lieutenant governor next month. Governor-elect Matt Blunt and lieutenant governor-elect Peter Kinder, both Republicans, asked Limbaugh to perform the key duty during the Jan. 10 inauguration ceremony...
Court upholds that no time limit applies in clergy abuse cases (12/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- Affirming a lower court's stance that no time limit applies to prosecuting someone for sodomy, Missouri's highest court Tuesday refused to hear the case of a Roman Catholic priest accused of child sex abuse during the 1970s. The Missouri Supreme Court's ruling, without comment, upheld a September ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals that reversed a St. Louis judge's determination that too much time had passed for the Rev. Thomas Graham to be charged with the clergy abuse...
Mourners gather for funeral of slain Skidmore mother (12/22/04)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Hundreds of mourners gathered Tuesday in this small northwestern Missouri farming community to bury a young woman who was strangled and whose baby was cut from her womb. Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, of Skidmore, was found by her mother Thursday in a pool of blood in her small home, her baby missing. A woman Stinnett knew from breeding and showing rat terrier dogs made a first court appearance Monday on a charge of kidnapping resulting in death...
Tax overhaul may prove to be more incremental than sweeping (12/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's campaign to make the tax code simpler, fairer and more pro-growth is likely to involve incremental changes to the current system rather than a sweeping effort to scrap the venerable income tax for a radically new approach, such as a national sales tax...
Top Fannie Mae executives forced to resign (12/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- The chief executive and top financial officer at mortgage giant Fannie Mae were forced out of the company Tuesday as the nation's second-largest financial institution struggled to deal with serious financial reporting problems. Chief executive Franklin Raines said in a statement issued late Tuesday that he had decided to resign because of his pledge to hold himself accountable if regulators determined the existence of accounting errors...
Teen drug use down though inhalant use on the rise (12/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer teenagers are smoking cigarettes or using illegal drugs, but a survey released Tuesday shows a troubling increase in the use of inhalants by younger adolescents. The smoking rate among younger teens is half what it was in the mid-1990s, and drug use by that group is down by one-third, according to the University of Michigan study, done for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Less dramatic strides have been made among older teens...
Mother of suicide victim sues Wal-Mart over gun sale (12/22/04)
DALLAS -- Near the end of her short life, Shayla Stewart, a diagnosed manic-depressive and schizophrenic, assaulted police officers and was arrested for attacking a fellow customer at a Denton Wal-Mart where she had a prescription for anti-psychotic medication...
Analysts claim sales of diet soda could eclipse regular (12/22/04)
Still think the cola wars are about Coke vs. Pepsi? These days the carbonated beverage battleground is diet vs. regular, and it's looking increasingly as though the lightweight could flatten its full-calorie cousin. Though the highly competitive $64 billion soft drink industry still is dominated by regular soda, sales of diet are surging and some industry analysts say low-cal eventually could take the lead...
Conservative India buzzing over sex scandal (12/22/04)
NEW DELHI -- It was a private act of two hormone-charged teenagers that lasted 2 minutes and 37 seconds on digital video. But offered for sale on the Internet, the fuzzy images of the 17-year-old girl having oral sex with her high school sweetheart has sent shock waves through urban India, exposing the growing friction between the conservative middle class, its increasingly Westernized progeny and modern technology...
Former Pakistan premier's husband arrested in slaying (12/22/04)
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Police on Tuesday arrested the husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in the killing of a former judge and his son in 1996, taking him back into custody just a month after he'd been freed on bail, lawyers and officials said...
Sudan rebels pledge no new attacks in Darfur (12/22/04)
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Sudan rebels pledged Tuesday not to launch any attacks in the Darfur region as long as government soldiers kept their promise of a cease-fire, while African Union mediators ended peace talks that reached a stalemate after 11 days. The cease-fire pledge came as the British aid group Save the Children UK said it was pulling out of Darfur because four of its workers have been killed there since October. ...
World Bank head urges reforms (12/22/04)
JERUSALEM -- The president of the World Bank pushed Tuesday for Palestinian economic reforms and the lifting of Israeli travel restrictions in the West Bank in exchange for an additional $500 million in desperately needed aid to the Palestinians. The visit by James Wolfensohn, his first since the outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in 2000, came as British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Jerusalem for talks Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian officials...
Rocket strike kills 22 at U.S. base (12/22/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A 122mm rocket slammed into a mess tent Tuesday at a military base near the northern city of Mosul, ripping through the ceiling and spraying shrapnel as U.S. soldiers sat down to lunch. Officials said 22 people were killed in the deadliest single attack against Americans in Iraq since the start of the war...
Kelly girls advance to semifinals (12/22/04)
Kelly remained unbeaten with a 64-36 over Charleston on Tuesday night in the first round of the Twin Rivers Tournament in Broseley, Mo. Kelly Essner scored 15 points to lead three players in double figures for third-seeded Kelly, which improved to 7-0. Brittany Ponder added 12 points, and Mindy Robert finished with 10. Kelly led sixth-seeded Charleston 19-6 after one quarter and held a 38-15 advantage by halftime...
Jackson wrestlers excel early with blend of youth, experience (12/22/04)
Jackson's wrestling team wrapped up another strong weekend with its second straight Tiger Classic title on Saturday and will head into the Christmas break with momentum on its side. The Indians have faced some of the top wrestling programs across the state at the Parkway South Tournament, Missouri Duals and Tiger Classic over the last three weekends. Jackson finished third in its previous two tournaments before the Classic...
Court rejects Little's request to throw out felony DUI charge (12/22/04)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a St. Louis Rams defensive lineman's request to have a felony drunken driving charge thrown out, declining comment on Leonard Little's claim that the law behind the count is unconstitutional...
Dodgers kill deal involving 'Big Unit' (12/22/04)
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Dodgers withdrew Tuesday from the proposed three-team, 10-player trade that would have sent Randy Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees. "As we sit here right now, the deal is no more," Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said during a conference call. "I've been saying all along that we weren't going to do the deal unless it made sense for this club in 2005, and that was not the case."...
Washington D.C. clears way for Nationals (12/22/04)
WASHINGTON -- Baseball fans in the nation's capital can start dreaming again of their first opening day in 33 years. The District of Columbia Council voted 7-6 Tuesday to approve legislation that clears the way for the Montreal Expos to move to Washington next season and be renamed the Nationals. ...
Bumping to another age bracket (12/22/04)
It's nearly midnight Saturday, the night of my 35th birthday. I'm no longer a part of that desirable 18 to 34 marketing demographic. My purchasing decisions have been set. No advertising firm cares about capturing me anymore. I'm clicking my set over from MTV to VH1. Can "60 Minutes" be far behind? The most telling thing about my new age bracket is that I'm home and sitting at the computer. I just finished my online bill paying and moved on to column writing...
Desserts and soups to share (12/22/04)
The Christmas holiday is upon us, and once again I marvel at the Christmas story as I do every year. I wonder what Mary must have thought when she was chosen. And I'm sure Joseph must have had the same terrifying thoughts as well. I am only very glad it all happened just the way it did. With my two small children, we do an Advent lesson each evening so they might understand this remarkable story. I hope you have time to marvel on the Christmas story and share it with someone you love...
Feeding feathered friends (12/22/04)
I suppose I enjoy bird watching because I am reminded of many lessons in life that I sometimes forget about. Seldom do you see a squabble at the feeder. It seems that the yellow finches get along well with the gray juncos, the black and white chickadees, the brown creeper and the tufted titmouse. They are all different colors, but don't mind sharing with each other...
Magician's fans wild about Harry again (12/22/04)
Get ready for publishing's ultimate blockbuster sequel: Harry Potter VI. Setting the stage for another round of midnight bookstore parties and marathon readings into the morning, the penultimate novel in J.K. Rowling's mega-selling series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on July 16 in the United States, Britain and four other countries, publishers said Tuesday...
Roy Riggins (12/22/04)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Roy V. Riggins, 83, of Poplar Bluff died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at The Manor in Poplar Bluff. He was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Hendrickson, Mo. He and Anna Mae Sisney were married Dec. 1, 1942, in Poplar Bluff. Riggins retired as a test deskman with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and was a former reserve deputy with the sheriff's department...
Ray Skinner (12/22/04)
Earl Ray Skinner, 80, of Jackson died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 12, 1924, at Avert, Mo., son of Harry Strawn and Bertha Fredericka Clingingsmith Skinner. He and Veda Jewell Brotherton were married Dec. 3, 1946. She died June 16, 2000...
Todd Thomas (12/22/04)
THEBES, Ill. -- Todd S. Thomas, 31, of Thebes died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in Thebes. He was born Dec. 26, 1972, in Cape Girardeau, son of Steve and Paula Thomas. Thomas was associated in farming with his uncle and grandfather at Willis Farms in Miller City, Ill. He was a part-time employee with Illinois Department of Transportation...
Carol Unnerstall (12/22/04)
Carol Ann Graves Unnerstall, 67, died at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at her home, after an illness of some months. She was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Gary, Ind., daughter of David A. and Mary Campbell Graves. She and K.J. "Sam" Unnerstall were married Aug. 23, 1957, in Cape Girardeau...
Thelma Giesler (12/22/04)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- Thelma R. Giesler, 85, of St. Mary died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville, Mo. She was born Oct. 23, 1919, in Perry County, daughter of John and Magdalen Esselman Breig. She and Norbert "Chub" Giesler were married May 20, 1939, at St. Mary. He died Oct. 4, 2003...
Births 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
Curtis; Kuntz; Lord...
Cape fire report 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: * At 8:51 p.m., box alarm at 1439 N. Clark St. * At 9:09 p.m., still alarm at 45 Green Acres Drive. * At 10:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Olive Street...
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Stephanie R. Rudluff, 24, 1306 Good Hope St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and traffic violations...
Out of the past 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
25 years ago: Dec. 22, 1979 Residents of Allenville are circulating a petition to demonstrate to the county court their opposition to a plan to move the Whitewater bridge superstructure to Allenville and construct a new two-lane bridge at Whitewater; the court recently proposed this plan to alleviate the transportation headaches Allenville residents face because of the lack of a bridge over the Diversion Channel...
Come on in (12/22/04)
Southeast Missouri State University, so important to Cape Girardeau and the region, has always lacked a front door that says, "Come on in." It's in the works. The university is making plans to create a dramatic entrance to the campus at the Broadway-Henderson Avenue intersection in Cape Girardeau...
Policies not in our best interests (12/22/04)
To the editor: Members of the Bush administration are showing that their highest priority is to their bank accounts and their second highest is to the corporations that helped get them elected. The actions of Tommy Thompson, secretary of health and human services, demonstrate this well. ...
Memories of shopping for mom (12/22/04)
To the editor: A tradition in my family is shopping for our mom on Christmas Eve. This picture (above), taken 20 years ago (and published in the Bulletin-Journal, which later merged with the Southeast Missourian), represents our annual routine on Christmas Eve: shopping in downtown Cape Girardeau, enjoying a wonderful lunch and sharing another year of memories with our dad...
GOP turns on its support base (12/22/04)
To the editor: In rural Missouri we are losing jobs left, right and center. And it's not just the family farmers who are being driven into bankruptcy by state and federal Republican policies that favor the large agribusiness corporations that are gobbling up small farms across the state and the nation...
Speak Out 12/22/04 (12/22/04)
Don't leave kids in car; Popular question; Customer is rarely right; Great pep band in Oran; Personal fiefdom; Just a cover-up; Plenty to do; Take some pride; It's Christmas
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