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Stories from Tuesday, September 20, 2005

A new home for Sophie Mei (09/20/05)
The mostly male Priggel family was recognized with an award for the adoption of a girl from China. The government in overpopulated China only allows couples to have one child without a financial penalty. The one-child policy, in place since 1979, often pressures Chinese parents to give up their unexpected children. ...
Tip leads to arrest of suspect sought in Cape drug bust (09/20/05)
Lorenzo Tate, 17, was captured on a Greyhound bus in Evansville, Ind. An informant's tip led to the arrest Saturday of one of two fugitives from the drug crackdown on South Hanover Street, Cape Girardeau police said. Lorenzo Tate, 17, was captured on a Greyhound bus in Evansville, Ind., as he traveled through that city from Atlanta to St. Louis, patrolman Jason Selzer said...
Jackson resident faces charges in rape case (09/20/05)
A 26-year-old Jackson man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl who was baby-sitting in his apartment complex. Juan Thomas, 26, of 1444 E. Main St., Apt. 2, was charged with one count of forcible rape and one count of statutory rape with a juvenile under 17 years of age by the Cape Girardeau prosecuting attorney's office. He appeared on Monday for initial arraignment before Circuit Judge William Syler Jr...
Giving help + comfort: Volunteers are put to work on all types of jobs (09/20/05)
When Hurricane Katrina's aftermath affected Southeast Missouri, the local office of the American Red Cross was glad to have the services of Deborah McBride. In early September, 175 people from New Orleans arrived in Kennett, Mo., on three buses, ready to set up temporary homes at a camp there...
Two Jackson men hurt when vehicle overturns (09/20/05)
Two Jackson men were injured when their vehicle overturned and slid across Interstate 55 in Perry County late Thursday evening. Driver Trent Forester, 22, received moderate injuries, and Daniel Forester, 19, received serious injuries. Both wore seat belts, and were taken by Perry County Ambulance to Perry County Memorial Hospital. ...
Naps aren't just for old folks (09/20/05)
When I was little, I remember my parents taking random naps throughout the day for no reason whatsoever, it seemed like. "Why are they so tired all the time?" I wondered while my friend and I played on the Slip-N-Slide or picked up dead birds lying in the yard...
A helping hand from parents (09/20/05)
Parents can do their own homework on how to best help their children When it comes to helping children with homework, parents need to remind themselves what help really means. It doesn't mean that parents should do their children's homework, nor does it mean that children should be forced into an exercise of survival of the fittest. ...
Reporter's question 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
The Southeast Missourian is looking for teenagers who volunteer their time in the community. For example, volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes or with community agencies...
Climbing out of the homework hole (09/20/05)
Maybe you dozed off in class one day. Maybe you're distracted by your growling stomach or perhaps thinking about a fight you had with your parents. Whatever the reason, you miss most of the lesson and discover the night's homework appears to be written in a foreign language...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Presentations ** n Nancy Jernigan discussed Neighborhood Nights project. * City officials updated council on Public Safety Trust Fund projects. Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings) * Approved new regulations for general commercial districts...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 9/19/05 (09/20/05)
Action Items ** Power and Light Committee * Approved a bill proposing an ordinance accepting the dedication of recreation trail easement deeds from the reorganized school district R-2, regarding the West Independence Street and East Lane recreation trail projects...
Search for hurricane victims turns up looters' caches (09/20/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- It was like a modern-day treasure map -- a computerized diagram of neighborhoods with codes marking the addresses where National Guard soldiers came upon caches of goods taken by looters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "There's probably still loot out there" hidden in various homes, Capt. Gregg McGowan said from his Oklahoma National Guard unit's makeshift headquarters...
Jackson aldermen approve new building codes (09/20/05)
New houses will have to meet tougher earthquake guidelines; basements will need more exits. The Jackson Board of Aldermen adopted new international building codes Monday that should improve the city's Insurance Service Office rating, and could lower future insurance rates...
Court briefs 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Cape man sentenced to 16 years in prison Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man, Tywonne T. Turner, was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison for three counts of felony drug-dealing and one count of probation violation. Authorities said Turner, 30, of 735 William St., committed the new offenses after spending only one month on probation for selling a controlled substance. ...
Single-car wreck results in serious injuries (09/20/05)
A Jackson man received serious injuries from a single-car accident on Sunday in East Cape Girardeau County. John Maloney, 36, was not wearing a seat belt and was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on County Road 324, one mile east of Tilsit, Mo., when Maloney's 1971 Honda ran off the roadway while negotiating a curve...
Panamanian woman works to cross language barrier (09/20/05)
Dr. Etty Arjona Chang spoke about her 35 years as a translator and interpreter. Growing up in a bilingual community, Panamanian resident Dr. Etty Arjona Chang learned the hard way that "stupid" in Spanish is one of the worst insults to call anyone...
Learning briefs 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Students named presidential ambassadors at Southeast...
New mothers finding hope in Baton Rouge (09/20/05)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- First came the rising floodwaters, and the pregnant woman started praying. Please, she said to herself, please don't let me give birth to my twins in this hot, dark attic surrounded by water. Finally, using a crowbar and hammer, friends pried open the roof and she made her way out by a leaky boat...
Cape Girardeau city council revises charter proposal (09/20/05)
The Cape Girardeau City Council won't allow a few council members to control future city decisions even if most council seats are vacant. The council voted unanimously Monday night to amend a proposed change to the city charter that would make it easier to appoint residents to fill vacancies until a special or regular election is held...
Perry County parents face manslaughter (09/20/05)
The mother and stepfather of a Perry County boy who died at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital were charged Monday with voluntary manslaughter. Michael D. Altom, 25, and Emily A. Altom, 25, also face three felony child endangerment charges, according to warrants filed in Perry County associate circuit court...
Scott City's emergency planning under review (09/20/05)
Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath have Scott City officials thinking about their own disaster preparedness. At the city council meeting Monday night, Scott City fire chief Jay Cassout told the council the city should re-examine its own disaster plan in case of an event like a major earthquake along the New Madrid Fault...
Judge allows Nixon to proceed with Katy bridge suit (09/20/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge ruled Monday that Attorney General Jay Nixon cannot be barred from suing the Department of Natural Resources in a dispute involving an old railroad bridge and the Katy Trail State Park. Attorneys for DNR had argued that Nixon's office should be disqualified from bringing the lawsuit because of an alleged conflict of interest. ...
NASA estimates $104 billion cost for returning astronauts to moon (09/20/05)
The new exploration plan would allow four astronauts to stay on the moon for a week. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It will cost $104 billion over the next decade to send astronauts back to the moon, NASA's chief said Monday, defending the price tag as an investment the nation can afford despite the expense of Hurricane Katrina...
Injections of human stem cells appear to repair spinal cord injuries (09/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Injections of human stem cells seem to directly repair some of the damage caused by spinal cord injury, according to research that helped partially paralyzed mice walk again. The experiment, reported Monday, isn't the first to show that stem cells offer tantalizing hope for spinal cord injury -- other scientists have helped mice recover, too...
Florida residents flee; oil industry gets nervous (09/20/05)
Storm was moving over warm water, which is 'extremely favorable for development.' KEY WEST, Fla. -- Residents boarded up windows Monday and evacuated the low-lying Florida Keys as Tropical Storm Rita gathered strength in the Bahamas, threatening to grow into a hurricane with a potential 8-foot storm surge...
Fearful of Rita, mayor suspends reopening New Orleans (09/20/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- Under pressure from President Bush and other top federal officials, the mayor suspended the reopening of large portions of the city Monday and instead ordered nearly everyone out because of the risk of a new round of flooding from a tropical storm on the way...
Crude prices rise more than $4 a barrel amid storm fears (09/20/05)
NEW YORK -- Crude-oil futures surged more than $4 -- the biggest one-day price jump ever -- amid worries that Tropical Storm Rita strengthening off the Bahamas could hit U.S. oil facilities in the Gulf of Mexico later this week, striking another blow at an industry struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina...
Wal-Mart accused of shortening lunch breaks for its employees (09/20/05)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Attorneys representing about 116,000 former and current Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees in California told a jury Monday that the world's largest retailer systematically and illegally denied workers lunch breaks. The suit in Alameda County Superior Court is among about 40 cases nationwide alleging workplace violations against Wal-Mart, and the first to go to trial. ...
O'Connor prepares for final days on Supreme Court (09/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Her legacy not yet sealed, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is getting an unexpected final chance to select fights for the Supreme Court to take on and to influence colleagues in abortion, capital punishment and assisted suicide cases. O'Connor's delayed retirement leaves in place -- at least for a couple of months -- a power broker, popular and respected among the other justices...
Worried OPEC ministers to increase oil supply (09/20/05)
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC ministers edged toward consensus Monday on a proposal to make available 2 million extra barrels of oil a day, while fears about another storm heading for the U.S. Gulf Coast drove prices up more than $4 a barrel. Prices soared above $67 a barrel in New York on worries about Tropical Storm Rita, which was gaining strength in the Bahamas and was expected to further strengthen to a hurricane with the potential to inflict fresh damage on U.S. refineries...
Al-Qaida: London bombs 'provided great lessons' (09/20/05)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a statement broadcast Monday that his terror network carried out the July 7 London bombings, marking the group's first direct claim of responsibility for the attacks that killed 52 people...
N. Korea pledges to drop nuclear programs in exchange for energy aid (09/20/05)
BEIJING -- North Korea agreed Monday to dismantle nuclear weapons and its atomic facilities in exchange for energy aid, economic cooperation and security assurances, a breakthrough that marked a first step toward disarmament after two years of six-nation talks...
British tanks crash through Basra jail (09/20/05)
Rescue freed two British soldiers, who were allegedly undercover commandos. BASRA, Iraq -- In a dramatic show of force, British soldiers used tanks to break down the walls of the central jail in this southern city Monday and freed two Britons, allegedly undercover commandos arrested on charges of shooting two Iraqi policemen. The Basra governor called the rescue a "barbaric" act of aggression...
ND's Schott makes most of promotion (09/20/05)
Notre Dame softball player Britney Schott made the most of her first varsity start Saturday in the third-place game of the Jackson Tournament at the Shawnee Sports Complex...
Eagles' Tipler proved too much for Rams (09/20/05)
The Scott City football team got a good glimpse of Paris Tipler on Friday night. The East Prairie running back rushed for 201 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Eagles' 35-15 victory against the winless Rams. Tipler, who also had an interception on defense, scored on touchdown runs of 69, 57 and 5 yards. He scored his other touchdown on a 68-yard touchdown reception that capped East Prairie's first possession...
Rams sweep past Perryville (09/20/05)
Scott City's volleyball team eased by visiting Perryville 25-14, 25-20 Monday night. The Rams improved to 7-4-1 with the win, while Perryville fell to 8-7-4. Lindsey Amick had nine assists for Scott City, Kacie Ritter had five kills and Valerie Gibbons added four kills...
OVC soccer standings 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
OVC standings Conference Overall Team W L T Pts. W L T Pct. Samford 0 0 0 0 5 1 2 .750 SE MISSOURI 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 .667 Tenn.-Martin 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 .556...
Redhawks make switch at QB (09/20/05)
Kevin Ballatore will get his first start on Saturday against Jacksonville State. It didn't take Southeast Missouri State coach Tim Billings long to decide that Kevin Ballatore's strong performance at Missouri State warrants him starting at quarterback...
Saints suffer first 'home' loss 27-10 (09/20/05)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Aside from a few superficial touches, it didn't look, sound or feel like home. The New Orleans Saints better get used to it -- because this is how it's going to be all season. The New York Giants, visitors in name and jersey color only, had no complaints. Playing before 68,031 of their fans Monday night in the comfort of their own stadium, the Giants beat the displaced Saints 27-10...
NASCAR penalizes Kahne, Gordon for antics (09/20/05)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robby Gordon and Kasey Kahne avoided suspensions Monday when NASCAR penalized them for road-rage incidents in New Hampshire. Gordon was fined $35,000 and docked 50 points in the driver standings for intentionally trying to hit Michael Waltrip's car during Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway, throwing his helmet at Waltrip's car, and cursing during a television interview...
Cardinals' playoff tickets sell out in two hours (09/20/05)
ST. LOUIS -- It took only about two hours Monday for the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals to sell out all playoff games leading up to the World Series. Tickets for the Division Series and National League Championship Series went on sale at 9 a.m. Monday and were sold out by around 11 a.m...
Congress probes whether Palmeiro lied under oath (09/20/05)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional investigators looking into whether Rafael Palmeiro lied under oath are interviewing players who know him, including a Colorado outfielder suspended this year for steroids, The Associated Press has learned. Palmeiro testified to the House Government Reform Committee in March that he never had used steroids. ...
MLB's home run average is at its lowest in 8 years (09/20/05)
NEW YORK -- Baseball had a brownout this year, with home runs dropping to their lowest level in eight years. Is there a link between the power outage and tougher steroid testing? "A lot of guys who were hitting them haven't been hitting them," Florida's Lenny Harris said. "I think the drug policy had a lot to do with it. It changed a lot of guys' diets. There are too many people having off years."...
Martz wants blame for close call in Arizona (09/20/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' first road victory in seven games went down to the wire, and coach Mike Martz knows he's to blame. Martz, known for his high-flying offenses, admitted he went into a shell preserving a five-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 17-12 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. ...
Water pollution is subtle erosion of nature's masterpiece (09/20/05)
Some time back I paddled across canvas. It was the end of October, four in the afternoon. Fall light ricocheted off hickories, elms and maples, absorbed their color, and splashed it back across the surface of Jack's Fork River. It was an artist's canvas of russets, reds and yellows...
Sports briefs 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Boxing...
Daughter feasts on District Fair pretzels (09/20/05)
Gone are the cattle and draft horses. Gone are the blue ribbons, the carnival rides and the cotton candy. Gone too is Tilly, the pretzel lady at the Southeast Missouri District Fair. Our 13-year-old, Becca, loves pretzels. She's addicted to the doughy treat...
Clarence Wessel (09/20/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Clarence Gus Wessel, 90, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Clarence was born at Dutchtown Aug. 2, 1915. He was the son of H.W.A. Wessel and Lily Fronie M. Muster Wessel. He was one of 10 children, two brothers and seven sisters. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church where he remained a member until moving to Chaffee in 1955, where he has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church...
Millie Meyer (09/20/05)
Millie Meyer, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at her home. She was born June 17, 1920, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Henry and Elnora Jones Rone. She and Carl G. Meyer were married Feb. 18, 1945, in Boston, Mass. He preceded her in death Sept. 4, 2000...
Leona Fornkahl (09/20/05)
Leona Fornkahl, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Don Kirkham (09/20/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Don T. Kirkham, 82, of Midwest City, Okla., died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Specialty Hospital in Midwest City. He was born June 15, 1923, in Olive Branch, son of Don I. and Alice Chandler Kirkham. He married Frances Downs and Alice Orchard, both of whom preceded him in death. He later married Dellavee Kirkham...
Bonnie Guyot (09/20/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bonnie A. Guyot, 87, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 19, 1918, at Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of Benton and Cora Conrad Murray. She and Merlin F. Guyot were married Aug. 21, 1943. He died Dec. 19, 2004...
Joseph Eirich (09/20/05)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Joseph W. Eirich, 61, of Olive Branch died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at his home. Eirich was a bus driver, and a member of the Lutheran Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. The only known survivor is a friend and caregiver, Emma Decker of Olive Branch...
Births 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Parks; Hartline; Silman
Cape/Jackson fire reports 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday * At 10:40 p.m., emergency medical service on South West End Boulevard. Monday * At 1:08 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street. * At 7:43 a.m., alarm sounding at 1000 Towers Circle...
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 20, 1980 Cape Girardeau County prisoners may soon be dressing alike in bright orange, one-piece overalls and shower shoes if Sheriff Eugene Coombs has his way; on the basis of Coombs' recommendation, the county court has authorized the sheriff to obtain bids on prisoner uniforms...
Cleanup heroes (09/20/05)
For nearly a week, Southeast Missourian reporter Scott Moyers and photographer Don Frazier accompanied members of the 1140th Engineer Battalion as they began a cleanup mission in New Orleans. What our readers learned from the stories and photos was something members of the 1140th -- many of them veterans of the war in Iraq -- already knew: The daily grind of military missions is not always glamorous, but it has its inspirational and emotional moments...
Friends' memories last forever (09/20/05)
To the editor: "Daddy, I lost some of my friends." "I understand son. You'll see them again." It was his first day at school. Not all of his friends started at the same school. He made new friends and got to see his old friends. He hadn't lost them. Friends remain friends...
Missouri needs to be prepared (09/20/05)
To the editor: As I sit here writing this letter, it brings back all of my old military-leave days and visiting my Aunt Mary Glasper and my cousins down in New Orleans. I remember standing at the corner of Canal and Royal near Ray Master Jr.'s French Quarter McDonald's enjoying my Big Mac and watching the streetcars go by. ...
Sikeston supports 'Fill the Boot' (09/20/05)
To the editor: I wish to thank the citizens of Sikeston and the surrounding area for helping to make this year's Muscular Dystrophy "Fill the Boot' Campaign so successful. This is the second year that the Sikeston Department of Public Safety has led the area's fire departments in collections. ...
Transfer programs less efficient (09/20/05)
To the editor: James Kellerman, executive director and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association, writes in response to my earlier op-ed column that I do not "know or understand the mission of a community college." He goes on to justify Three Rivers Community College's emphasis on transfer programs...
Speak Out 9/20/05 (09/20/05)
Disgraceful pointing; Study causes obesity?; A reason to give; Smooth ride; Take responsibility; Plenty of noise; Liberal spending; Taste of autumn; Familiar answers; Recess concerns; Fair and relevant; Talented contestants; Who will pay?
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