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Stories from Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Convicted murderer given 20-year prison sentence (05/24/05)
BENTON, Mo. -- Convicted murderer Richard Yang was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday morning after leading authorities on an international chase that lasted five years. In 2000 Yang pleaded guilty to murdering his estranged wife Xu Xue "Louise" Qin at her home on July 4, 1998, but disappeared before he could be sentenced. ...
School officials find new use for old building (05/24/05)
There are a few cracks left to fill and holes to patch, but the Alternative Education Center's move to the former L.J. Schultz School in Cape Girardeau still feels like going from stepchild to Cinderella for students and teachers. The AEC's lease at 1000 S. Ranney St. expired this year and after a few months of renovations, the school relocated to the former seventh-grade center at 101 S. Pacific St. last week...
Traffic to be reduced to one lane on Kingshighway (05/24/05)
Southbound traffic on South Kingshighway will be reduced to one lane, weather permitting, beginning Wednesday, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said. The lane closure is necessary as construction of a new Silver Springs Road/Kingshighway intersection continues, officials said. ...
Drive to collect blood coincides with Memorial Day (05/24/05)
The unofficial start of summer begins with Memorial Day weekend, and the American Red Cross will spend the holiday weekend encouraging people to donate blood. Donors who participate in the local drive will receive commemorative T-shirts, coupons to area barbecue restaurants and be eligible for a new barbecue grill to be awarded in a drawing...
Room to grow (05/24/05)
Wes Mueller steered his pickup truck along the rutted, weedy gravel road, gazing at fields of corn, wheat and soybeans on a 252-acre farm south of Gordonville. A broad smile creased his face. "This is one of our classrooms," he said. As chairman of Southeast Missouri State University's agriculture department, over the next few years Mueller will help relocate the university farm to this site along Highway 25...
Business owners seek signage from MoDOT (05/24/05)
More concerns about access on the West Jackson Boulevard widening project surfaced Monday as business owners complained about the design's lack of signs granting permission for U-turns. Ever since the Missouri Department of Transportation unveiled a limited access corridor -- one that came with a median instead of continuous left-turn lanes -- there has been tension between property owners and MoDOT...
Man notices more strength, better balance after surgery (05/24/05)
Most people wouldn't see an immediate difference in his appearance, but Jim Trickey and his wife, Brandy, know that a Chinese medical procedure has changed how his Lou Gehrig's disease manifests itself. Trickey, of Cape Girardeau, had a cell implant about three weeks ago in China in hopes of slowing the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. There is no cure for the muscular disorder that eventually leads to paralysis...
Accident at busy Cape intersection kills 1 (05/24/05)
A five-vehicle accident at the busy intersection of William Street and Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau left one man dead, injured seven and closed the intersection for about two hours Monday morning. Michael Miller Roberts, 62, of Cape Girardeau was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. ...
Young student immigrants share experiences through theater (05/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The teens are dancing in an Indian disco when loud booms announce the arrival of soldiers who drag one of the dancers away. "We have to help her," one girl says to a friend, but the friend runs off to make sure her family is safe. The scene, part of the "Pictures of My Culture" show performed by young refugees and immigrants living in St. Louis, is not the happiest. But the performers are trying to portray their lives and memories, memories they say are filled with joy and pain...
Learning briefs 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Central musicians earn top ratings at festival; Craven to attend fine arts academy at SMSU; Driskell earns doctorate in veterinary medicine; Elementary students win poster contest; Peacemaker award goes to Cairo student; Harris selected for White House internship; Evans presents autism research at Mizzou; Essner receives Dean's Scholarship to SLU; Cole inducted into honor society at Mizzou
Jackson Agenda 5/24 (05/24/05)
JACKSON SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA ** 7 p.m. today at 614 E. Adams St. * Recognition of All-State choir students * Recognition of Missouri Scholars 100 Program students * Approval of summer school * Reports
Hearing scheduled for Jefferson City plane crash (05/24/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Federal investigators have scheduled a three-day public hearing, beginning June 13, into last year's fatal crash of a commercial plane in a residential area of Missouri's capital. ...
Dry weather helps progress of planting (05/24/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Farmers have almost completed planting of some spring crops thanks to dry weather most of the week, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday. Farmers had an average of 5.8 days suitable for field work last week, the service said. ...
Police chiefs' group renews debated charity deal with firm (05/24/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A charitable foundation run by Missouri police chiefs has renewed its contract with Texas-based fundraiser United Appeal Inc. despite criticism that the telemarketing company takes too big a share of the contributions. The extension was similar to the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation's previous contracts with United, calling for the foundation to get just one-fifth of money raised for the charity by United while the company gets about 80 percent, said Sheldon Lineback, executive director of the Jefferson City-based foundation.. ...
Officials tout breakthrough in breeding endangered gray wolves (05/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Two artificially inseminated Mexican gray wolves recently birthed a combined eight living pups at a research site founded by late naturalist Marlin Perkins, marking perhaps the first time the non-surgical technique has worked with endangered wolves...
Risk of side effects from cholesterol drug Crestor higher than thought (05/24/05)
DALLAS -- Contrary to government claims, side effects happen more often with Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug that consumer advocates tried to get off the market earlier this year, a new analysis shows. The review of leading cholesterol drugs taken by millions of Americans showed that most are safe and that the risk of serious problems, even with Crestor, are low. But the latest research seemed to challenge a Food and Drug Administration decision not to pull the drug off the market...
Doctors using cold to avoid brain damage in heart attack victims (05/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- For 24 hours, Hamilton Loeb lay unconscious inside a cold blue suit that put his brain on ice. Four times, his heart had stopped beating and he was shocked back to life. Then doctors essentially refrigerated him in a bid to avert the brain damage that too often cripples survivors of cardiac arrest...
Senate reaches deal on nominees (05/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- In a dramatic reach across party lines, Senate centrists sealed a compromise Monday night that cleared the way for confirmation of many of President Bush's stalled judicial nominees, left others in limbo and preserved venerable filibuster rules...
Top court to take N.H. abortion case (05/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday it would take up a new abortion case this fall, raising the political stakes just as the court faces the possibility of replacing ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. The justices, in agreeing to review a parental notification law from New Hampshire, showed surprising zeal to take on a divisive subject -- especially considering the uncertainty of the court's future and the partisan fighting in the Senate over President Bush's nominees for federal judgeships.. ...
Supreme Court developments (05/24/05)
On Monday, the Supreme Court: * Turned aside 5-4 an appeal by a Mexican citizen on death row who contends he and 50 other Mexicans should have their death sentences overturned because they were improperly denied legal help from their consulates. * Ruled 6-3 the government was within its rights to force beef producers to pay for a multimillion-dollar "Beef: It's what's for dinner" marketing program...
Cases in Vioxx litigation could reach 100,000 (05/24/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge told dozens of attorneys crowded into a courtroom here Monday that there could ultimately be up to 100,000 cases filed against Merck & Co. over its now withdrawn pain reliever Vioxx, and that he could hear a case as early as the fall...
USF shareholders OK sale of firm (05/24/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trucking company USF Corp. said Monday that a majority of its shareholders approved selling the company to Yellow Roadway Corp. for $1.37 billion in cash and stock. The deal is expected to be closed today, USF said in a news release...
Girl left in trash expected rescue (05/24/05)
LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Left to die in a trash bin under rocks and concrete blocks, and unable to scream for help, let alone move, the 8-year-old girl still believed someone would find her. She remained trapped in the dark for hours, sleeping intermittently while she waited, according to the account she gave a friend. When she heard muffled voices growing closer and the lid being lifted, she greeted her stunned rescuers by wiggling her fingers...
Nation digest 05/24/05 (05/24/05)
200 dead cats found at animal worker's home; Rodent virus kills three transplant recipients ; Four teens shot in W.Va.; two had attended prom; Senate briefly recesses after airspace violation
Child molester nabbed after nearly 30 years (05/24/05)
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A convicted child molester who fled Southern California before his prison sentence and eluded authorities for nearly 30 years by taking on the identity of a long-dead infant has been arrested in Florida, officials said Monday. George J. England, 60, was arrested by federal agents last week aboard a yacht in Miami, according to local prosecutors. The vessel's owner was not charged, officials said...
President- No Afghan control of U.S. troops (05/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai left the White House on Monday with no promise of more control over thousands of American troops in his country and with strains in his relationship with the United States on full display. Despite a chummy side-by-side news conference with President Bush that was designed to showcase U.S. ...
Questions remain about how many, and who, died in May 13 Uzbek protests (05/24/05)
ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan -- Khamid Urinbayev didn't recognize the bloated corpse of his youngest son after it lay for three days at the morgue. Finally, the 23-year-old was identified from his documents, one of the victims of a spasm of bloodshed that has put President Islam Karimov on the defensive...
String of Iraq attacks kill at least 49 (05/24/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A string of car bombs and suicide attacks across Iraq killed at least 49 Iraqis and wounded more than 130 Monday, striking a Baghdad restaurant popular with police, a Shiite mosque and the home of a community leader near Mosul. Insurgents also assassinated a senior Iraqi general in the capital, and the U.S. military reported that four American soldiers were killed in combat Sunday in northern Iraq and a fifth died in an accident...
World digest 05/24/05 (05/24/05)
Joint declaration eludes 'nuclear five'; Palestinians announce delay in elections; Afghan forces seize 10,000 pounds of opium
Five girls killed in Dublin bus crash (05/24/05)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- A bus full of high school students collided with two cars northwest of Dublin on Monday and tipped over into a ditch, killing five teenage girls and injuring 50 people, police said. The crash happened between the town of Navan and village of Kentstown at about 4 p.m. A police spokesman, chief superintendent Michael Finnegan, said 51 high school students were on the bus. The five girls who died were aged 13 to 16 and attended a Roman Catholic school in Navan, he said...
Conference champ Jackson sweeps awards (05/24/05)
Jackson swept the SEMO Conference baseball honors, taking both player of the year and coach of the year after a 9-0 conference record this season. Jason Meystedt was voted player of the year for his stellar senior season. Meystedt is hitting over .400 and is 5-2 on the mound...
Jackson, ND face sectional tests (05/24/05)
During the Jackson Indians' four-year reign as girls soccer district champions, they have racked up a combined record of 79-11-2. While regular season success has been plentiful, Jackson has not been able to translate that into success in the state playoffs. ...
Grappling honor (05/24/05)
A virtual lifetime of dedication to wrestling -- and plenty of success as both an athlete and coach -- has put Bruce Thomas in a place he never could have imagined. Thomas, a former standout wrestler at Southeast Missouri State and coach at Jackson High School, will soon become a part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame...
Defending champ Myskina exits in record time -- first round (05/24/05)
PARIS -- A sprinkle of rain, like soft tears, fell in the final game on one more day of sadness and frustration for Anastasia Myskina, the first defending French Open champion, male or female, ever to lose in the first round. The thrill of her upset victory a year ago seemed a mocking memory for the wispy Russian. ...
Pistons Shaq-le Heat in Game 1 (05/24/05)
MIAMI -- The mismatches favored the Detroit Pistons, and the defending champions kept finding and exploiting them. Whether it was Tayshaun Prince outsizing Dwyane Wade, Rasheed Wallace taking his man outside or Chauncey Billups getting the better of Damon Jones, the Detroit Pistons played calmly and intelligently for 48 minutes and defeated the Miami Heat 90-81 Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals...
Tony catches Whitey (05/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A decade ago when the St. Louis Cardinals hired Tony La Russa as their manager, there's no question he would have lost a popularity contest with Whitey Herzog. A very successful run -- five postseason berths and a World Series appearance -- narrowed the gap. And La Russa caught Herzog, who guided the team to a championship and three pennants in the 1980s, on the franchise victory list Monday night with a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates...
Reds to get rid of struggling Graves (05/24/05)
CINCINNATI -- Closer Danny Graves was let go by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, a day after he made an obscene hand gesture at a fan taunting him over his latest poor performance. The club's career saves leader was shocked by the decision to designate him for assignment, a move that ended his eight-year career in Cincinnati. The Reds have 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers...
Afleet Alex rests for Belmont (05/24/05)
STANTON, Del. -- Jeremy Rose had one unprintable word pop into his mind aboard Afleet Alex when the horse was on the verge of crumpling to the dirt after his frightening collision with Scrappy T in the Preakness Stakes. Before Rose had time to consider any other words you can only think on television, he held on to the mane, restored balance and somehow turned a scare into a remarkable victory...
Manchester United will go into private ownership (05/24/05)
LONDON -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer said Monday he plans to take Manchester United off the London Stock Exchange as early as June 22, putting the world's richest soccer team into private ownership. In a statement to the stock exchange, Glazer's Red Football Ltd. said the "cancellation of trading in Manchester United Shares" would take effect June 22 "or as soon thereafter as is practicable."...
Recovering officer throws first pitch (05/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A police officer who lost both legs in a traffic accident outside Busch Stadium during the postseason threw out the first pitch before the St. Louis Cardinals' game Monday night. Matt Browning walked haltingly to the mound on prosthetic legs helped by braces, getting a big ovation, before lobbing the pitch that preceded a game against the Pirates...
Ex-star Abdul-Jabbar talks trash in basketball course in China (05/24/05)
SHANGHAI, China -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has advice for players facing trash-talking opponents: Ignore them. "The whole idea of responding to someone trying to use that tactic of intimidation is a waste of time and it's going to deflect them from what they want to do on court," the NBA's career leading scorer said...
Area digest 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Teddy Bears win golf tournament; Local drivers settle for runner-up showings
Sports briefs 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Baseball...
Summer jobs help teens with college expenses, experience for future (05/24/05)
The tests are graded, books turned in, and area high school students are now looking forward to a summer of work. Sure, there will be some days of fun and relaxation, but many students seek jobs to earn money either to buy something they're saving up for or to put away for college...
Virtual fish make good, clean pets (05/24/05)
We've taken in another pet. But unlike our pet pooch, Cassie, and our pet hermit crab, Speedy, our latest pet doesn't need to be fed unless you count electricity as a meal. That's because we now have virtual fish. The colorful fish swim across our computer screen in a virtual aquarium. There's even bubbles accompanied by the sound of an aquarium pump...
Marcus Seyer (05/24/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Marcus "Mark" Seyer, 89, of McClure, Ill., died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at Jonesboro Health Center in Jonesboro, Ill. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau...
Laura Buerke (05/24/05)
Laura Buerke, 46, of St. Louis died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at her home. She was born April 3, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of James and Marilyn Dankel Garner. She and Steven Buerke were married Sept. 8, 1997, in St. Louis County. Buerke attended Central High School, and Evangelical United Church of Christ...
Burl Hooker (05/24/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Lawrence Burl Hooker, 76, of Chaffee died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 1, 1928, at Chaffee, son of Lawrence Vylie and Hattie Viola Thomas Hooker. He and Joy Dobbs were married Jan. 24, 1949...
Cindy Streibel (05/24/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cindy R. Streibel, 48, of Perryville died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 10, 1956, in Perryville, son of Joseph L. and Lillian R. Ernst Blandford. Streibel had worked in the insurance department of a medical office. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Randy Young (05/24/05)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Randy Ray Young, 46, of Farmington died Monday, May 23, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 21, 1959, at Cape Girardeau, son of Samuel Ray and Sonja Cloninger Young. He and Sharon Young were married. Survivors include his mother; five daughters, Brandy, Samantha, Jennifer and Sabrina Young, all of Cape Girardeau, and Madeison Young of Farmington; one brother, Terry W. ...
Mollie Johnson (05/24/05)
Mollie Johnson, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Feb. 5, 1912, in Independence County, Ark., daughter of Edward Moss and Georgeann Cathey Montgomery. She married David Kern Johnson, who preceded her in death...
Cedric Larry (05/24/05)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Cedric Larry, 13, of Villa Ridge died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 30, 1991, in Cape Girardeau, son of James and Brenda Crown Larry. Cedric was a seventh-grader at Meridian School, and a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Pulaski, Ill. He loved animals and bugs. He was very artistic and adventurous, loved Pokemon video games and making origami figures...
Charlie Rudisill (05/24/05)
ORAN, Mo. -- Charles Edward "Charlie" Rudisill, 62, of Oran died Friday, May 20, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 5, 1943, at Miner, Mo., son of the Rev. Ralph and Agnes Mae Warren Rudisill. Rudisill was parts manager 34 years with Big Red's Auto Salvage. He attended Heartland Harvest Church of God of Prophecy near Blodgett, Mo...
Helene Kaltwasser (05/24/05)
Helene Clara Kaltwasser, 91, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1913, in Olney, Texas, daughter of Charles and Frieda Dietrich Kunkel. She and the Rev. A. O. Kaltwasser were married May 20, 1934, in Olney...
Births 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Bentley; Hitchcock; Long; Heisserer; Hotop; Littlepage; Lukefahr; Hinman; Beard
Police reports 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Monday. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests * Eric A. Mitchel, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery and stealing a motor vehicle...
Fire reports 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: * At 5:32 p.m., an illegal burn at 128 N. West End Blvd. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 7:28 a.m., a citizen assist at William Street and West Drive...
Out of the past 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
25 years ago: May 24, 1980 Those hoping to take a cooling dip in the municipal swimming pool in Capaha Park this Memorial Day weekend will be disappointed; since the Central High School pool is open, the opening of the Capaha Park pool was delayed while it gets a new coat of paint...
Fair and mainstream: Liberals use the judiciary to impose their policies (05/24/05)
When it comes to judges, Democrat Sens. Chuck Schumer, Ted Kennedy, Pat Leahy, John Kerry, John Edwards, Harry Reid and company just won't budge....
Standardized tests have negative impact on classroom teaching (05/24/05)
Every high school senior fears it. Younger students cringe at the thought of it. What is this frightful fixation that makes students run and hide? The ACT and SAT standardized tests given to students before entering college. These tests are supposed to verify that a student has learned what is needed to succeed in college and to place the individual into classes that are appropriate. ...
Jackson's school plan (05/24/05)
Officials of the Jackson School District believe a majority of voters favor improved and expanded facilities for students, but a large segment of the district's patrons believe a proposal that has failed twice is too ambitious. Now the district will ask voters in August to approve a $19.8 million lease-purchase plan that requires only a simple majority. The new plan will keep more of the existing buildings than the original and also cuts $7.2 million from original cost...
God is judge; let him do his job (05/24/05)
To the editor: This letter is in response to the letter from Sally White regarding the stem-cell surgery for Jim Trickey and David Landewee. Thank you for your positive opinion on the surgery these young men recently had in China. Those cells probably would have been trashed. I doubt that anyone in Jim or Dave's shoes would have turned away from the chance to see their children grow up or play ball or walk a daughter on her wedding day...
U.S. science being left in the dust (05/24/05)
To the editor; According to recent news reports, South Korean scientists have made a dramatic breakthrough in embryonic stem-cell research with great potential for medical advancement. In China, doctors are using stem-cell research to treat ALS patients from Southeast Missouri. ...
Sign on door- Government for sale (05/24/05)
To the editor: Thanks to a recent federal court decision, Americans will never know who served on Dick Cheney's energy task force. We don't know who served, but we now have a better idea of what was discussed. The meeting was a rousing success. Energy prices are soaring. ...
Speak Out 5/24/05 (05/24/05)
Beautiful county parks; Wifely duties; Responsibility factor; Economic indicators; Real curiosity; Poverty drivel; Public lanes at pool; Corral the children; Asking for money
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