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Stories from Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cape man charged with child endangerment (09/27/05)
Timothy Curtis Stewart was charged with endangering the lives of three children and suspicion of driving while intoxicated, by the office of the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney. Stewart, 36, of 1413 Cape Girardeau, faces up to seven years in prison or one year in the county jail for one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, up to one year in the county jail for one misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and up to six months in county jail for one misdemeanor count of driving while revoked.. ...
Court denies Oran man's appeal to prove he's not predator (09/27/05)
Troy Spencer spent 15 years in state prison and has been confined by the Department of Mental Health ever since. The Missouri Court of Appeals last week refused to give an Oran man another chance to prove he is not a sexually violent predator. Troy Spencer, 55, is one of 74 convicted sex offenders confined by the Department of Mental Health in a unit at the Farmington Correctional Center. ...
Bond wants $1.3 billion for Guard equipment (09/27/05)
Equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan has left a shortage in U.S., officials say. U.S. Sen. Kit Bond is urging President Bush to provide an additional $1.3 billion to boost National Guard equipment, saying Monday that military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have drained Guard resources to "perilously low" levels...
Contemporary arts group plans screening (09/27/05)
Local contemporary arts group Integrated Counterbalance will sponsor a screening of "Structures," one in a four-part series to air on PBS called "Art:21 -- Art in the 21st Century," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cape Central Junior High School Auditorium. ...
Area motorist dies from injuries suffered in wreck (09/27/05)
A New Madrid, Mo., woman died late Monday morning from injuries she received Sept. 19 when her truck hit a train in Pemiscot County. Laura Hunter, 59, died at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Train driver Gregory Hency, 42, of Benton, Mo., was not injured...
Reporter's Question 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
The Southeast Missourian is looking for teens who volunteer their time in the community, such as hospitals, nursing homes and not-for-profit organizations, for an occasional series about students who make a difference. For more information, contact features editor Callie Clark Miller at 335-6611, extension 128 or cmiller@ semissourian.com...
Mirror, mirror… Teens' obsession with looks leads to Web beauty contests (09/27/05)
Being beautiful isn't everything. But according to recent statistics, it does have a lot to do with the amount of attention you get as a child, the kind of friends you'll make, what kind of job you'll have, how much you'll earn, and other outcomes of life...
Cape fire report 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 4:47 p.m., box alarm 1-3 at 416 Elm St. * At 4:50 p.m., power line down at 320 N. Ellis St. * At 8:17 p.m., box alarm 1-2 at 1428 William St. * At 8:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street...
Court briefs 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
Cape Girardeau man faces charge of assault Kyle W. Hente, 20, of 1805 Grandview, Cape Girardeau, was charged with assault and unlawful use of a weapon on Saturday by the office of the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney. He faces up to 15 years for one felony count of assault and up to eight years for two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon. ...
Power knocked out by storm (09/27/05)
About 5,400 Southeast Missouri residents went without electricity Sunday -- some for up to 13 hours -- after remnants of Hurricane Rita caused 70 separate outages in the area, according to AmerenUE spokesman Mike Cleary. High winds knocked trees into lines in many of the incidents, he said...
Scott City woman wins lottery prize (09/27/05)
Ramona Glastetter Blankenship and her new Chrysler PT Cruiser GT were driven onto U.S. Cellular Field at the end of the Chicago White Sox game on Saturday. Once on the field she opened the trunk and found out she was $25,000 richer. Robin Leach of the TV show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" was even there to emcee...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra to return for Nov. 16 show (09/27/05)
The rock-opera concert experience of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to the Show Me Center this year with a show titled "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. Last year the group rocked Cape Girardeau with its electrified Christmas fare, drawing a crowd of about 4,300 and garnering rave reviews from audience members. ...
Centennial celebration offers youth activities (09/27/05)
The Southeast Missourian's centennial anniversary celebration Saturday offers a variety of activities for children. Here's a schedule of what's happening and how to find it: Newspaper Magic: Magician Bill Coomer performs magic tricks using the Southeast Missourian newspaper...
Author schedules book-signings (09/27/05)
PRAIRIE du ROCHER, Ill. -- Dr. Margaret Kimball Brown, author of "History as They Lived It: A Social History of Prairie du Rocher, Ill.," will be available for two book signings in the Prairie du Rocher area on Saturday. Brown, a native of Prairie du Rocher, will sign her book at 10 a.m. at Fort de Chartres, Ill., and at 2 p.m. at the Ste. Genevieve Interpretive Center. Prairie du Rocher was settled on the banks of the Mississippi River southeast of St. Louis...
Oktoberfest to coincide with celebration (09/27/05)
Buckner Brewing Co. is going German this Saturday, coinciding with the Southeast Missourian's centennial celebration. Buckner will have its annual Oktoberfest during its regular hours of operation. Buckner's Oktoberfest will feature up to 10 styles of micro-brewed beer on tap, including the launch of the annual Oktoberfest beer...
Learning briefs 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
Jefferson Elementary gets new sign from PTA; Central Marching Tigers take first place in contest; Notre Dame wraps up successful activity week
New mosquito capable of carrying West Nile found in Missouri (09/27/05)
The insects can transmit the virus to humans after feeding on infected birds. ST. LOUIS -- A species of mosquito common in the eastern U.S. and capable of carrying the West Nile virus has made its way to the Midwest for the first time, a finding made by a college undergraduate, Washington University officials said Monday...
State judge puts hold on abortion law (09/27/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Already blocked by a federal judge, Missouri's new anti-abortion law received a second setback Monday as a state judge added his own temporary restraining order against the law. Jackson County Circuit Judge Charles Atwell said the law likely violates constitutional rights to free speech and due process and threatens irreparable harm to abortion-provider Planned Parenthood and its patients...
Car battery, tire fees kick in Saturday (09/27/05)
The tire fee is expected to bring in about $2.1 million a year, the battery fee, $750,000 annually. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Customers buying car batteries and tires in Missouri will pay a little more for them starting Saturday. That's the date a new law requires retailers to start collecting a 50-cent fee on lead-acid batteries of at least 6 volts -- which generally means batteries for cars and boats -- and a 50-cent fee on each new tire sold...
Warm, dry weather helps Missouri harvest (09/27/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Warm, dry weather helped the harvest across Missouri, offsetting interruptions from last week's rain, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday. Farmers averaged 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork, the service said. Topsoil moisture ratings were 10 percent very short, 26 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus...
'Chess guy' spreads gift for the game (09/27/05)
Anthony Winn was a 13-year-old checkers whiz when he took on a chess whiz his own age and lost. The other player knew the principles of chess. Winn knew only how to move the pieces around on the board. It changed his life. Understanding how he'd been defeated made chess more than a game for Winn. It became a cause...
Nation briefs 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
Judge releases 'Junior' Gotti on $7 million bond; Survey: Retail gas prices drop 20 cents nationwide; Study: Weight loss might precede Alzheimer's
Rescuers find more survivors, damage in western Louisiana (09/27/05)
CREOLE, La. -- Hurricane Rita's path of devastation along the Texas-Louisiana coast became shockingly clear Monday, as rescuers pulled stranded bayou residents out on skiffs and Army helicopters searched for thousands of cattle feared drowned. Crews struggled to clean up the tangle of smashed homes and downed trees. ...
Bush administration sets up Supreme Court showdown on abortion (09/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a national ban on a type of late-term abortion, a case that could thrust the president's first court picks into an early tie-breaking role on a divisive and emotional issue...
Man shoots three, then himself at New York factory (09/27/05)
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- A fired employee walked into a nail polish factory Monday and shot the co-owners and a manager in the head before killing himself, police said. All three of the people shot by Victor M. Piazza survived, although one was critically injured...
Pfc. England convicted in Abu Ghraib abuse case (09/27/05)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Army Pfc. Lynndie England, whose smiling poses in photos of detainee abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison made her the face of the scandal, was convicted Monday by a military jury on six of seven counts. England, 22, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreating detainees and one count of committing an indecent act. She was acquitted on a second conspiracy count...
Report warned of disaster response flaws 8 months ago (09/27/05)
The report called for creation of a uniformed medical reserve corps fashioned after the National Guard. Eight months before the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, an internal Homeland Security Department review warned that the nation was woefully unprepared for a medical disaster and lacked a coherent plan for taking charge of mass casualties...
Lowe's faces class-action suit (09/27/05)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against Lowe's Home Centers, the nation's No. 2 home-improvement chain, for employee's seeking unpaid overtime. U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia certified the class-action case Sept. 1...
Five Shiite teachers killed in Iraqi grade school shooting (09/27/05)
The gunmen targeted teachers in a school where the children were mainly Sunnis. BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Insurgents dragged five Shiite Muslim schoolteachers and their driver into a classroom, lined them against a wall and gunned them down Monday -- slayings in Iraq's notorious Triangle of Death that reflect the enflamed sectarian divisions ahead of a crucial constitutional referendum...
Typhoon Damrey slams into southern China (09/27/05)
The typhoon is Hainan island's strongest storm in 30 years. SHANGHAI, China -- Typhoon Damrey slammed into southern China's resort island of Hainan on Monday, killing at least nine people, collapsing houses and sweeping away rice, rubber and banana crops...
Suspected al-Qaida leader in Spain convicted for role in Sept. 11 attacks (09/27/05)
MADRID, Spain -- A Syrian-born businessman was sentenced to 27 years in prison Monday after being convicted of leading a terrorist cell and conspiring to commit murder in the Sept. 11 attacks. He was cleared of a more serious charge in Europe's biggest trial of suspected al-Qaida members...
Israel's Ariel Sharon wins narrow victory in key Likud Party vote (09/27/05)
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon survived a major challenge to his leadership in the party he helped found, narrowly claiming victory Monday in a vote widely seen as a referendum on his rule and the recent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip...
Central, Scott City try to build win streaks (09/27/05)
Football players at Central and Scott City went to practice on Monday with thoughts of forming a winning streak for the first time this season. The Tigers (1-3) broke into the win column on Thursday with a 14-6 home win over Normandy. Scott City (1-3) also picked up its first win at home, rallying for a 26-20 win over Brentwood...
Oak Ridge spikers sweep Saxony (09/27/05)
Tabbi Ruesler had seven digs and three kills to lead Oak Ridge's volleyball team to a 25-22, 26-24 home win over Saxony Lutheran on Monday. Jessica Seyer led the Blue Jays (8-6-2) with six kills, Kia Thomas added four kills and Hannah Sedgwick had eight digs...
OVC football standings (09/27/05)
OVC football Standings Conference Overall Team W-L Pct. W-L Pct. Tenn.-Martin 1-01 .000 3-1 .750 Eastern Ill. 1-0 1 .000 2-2 .500 Eastern Ky. 1-0 1.000 1-3 .250 Jacksonville St. 1-0 1.000 1-3 .250 Murray St. 0-0 .000 1-2 .333 Samford 0-1 .000 1-3 .250...
Tennessee upends LSU with 30-27 win in OT (09/27/05)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Tennessee refused to be part of LSU's feel-good story. Gerald Riggs Jr. pushed into the end zone from a yard out in overtime to give the 10th-ranked Volunteers a 30-27 comeback win Monday night in the Tigers' long-awaited, hurricane-delayed home opener...
OVC soccer standings (09/27/05)
OVC standings Conference Overall Team W L T Pts. W L T Pct. Austin Peay 2 0 0 6 5 4 0 .556 Jacksonville St. 2 0 0 6 5 4 1 .550 Tenn. Tech 2 0 0 6 5 6 0 .400...
OVC volleyball standings (09/27/05)
OVC standings Conference Overall Team W L Pct. W L Pct. Eastern Ky. 2 0 1.000 10 3 .769 Eastern Ill. 2 0 1.000 6 4 .600 Jacksonville St. 2 0 1.000 5 7 .417 SE MISSOURI 2 0 1.000 5 8 .385 Tenn. St. 1 1 .500 8 8 .500 Austin Peay 1 1 .500 4 8 .333...
Redhawks QB has broken foot (09/27/05)
Kevin Ballatore will likely miss at least three weeks. Southeast Missouri State football coach Tim Billings figured that, with all the injuries the Redhawks suffered last year, they might be due for better luck in that department this season. But that has hardly been the case...
City of Roses Half-Marathon results (09/27/05)
City of Roses Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) MALES Top 5 Overall -- 1. Eric Heins 1:12.30, 2. Brian Whitehead 1:15.53, 3. Paul Fliege 1:31.14, 4. David Long 1:32.01, 5. Alex Schroeder 1:32.35 Top Masters -- 1. Gary Holda 1:26.31 0-19 -- 1. Lucas McIntosh 1:37.59...
Broncos shred KC's defense, win 30-10 (09/27/05)
DENVER -- Rod Smith, Mike Anderson and the Denver Broncos made that newfangled Kansas City defense seem a lot like the old one. And that vaunted Chiefs offense looked pretty lame, too. Anderson ran for a 44-yard touchdown and Smith became the first undrafted player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards receiving Monday night, as the Broncos handled Kansas City from start to finish in a 30-10 victory...
Jets lose Pennington for the season (09/27/05)
NEW YORK -- Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right rotator cuff, The Associated Press learned Monday night. Pennington's injury was confirmed by a person with knowledge of his condition, but who declined to be identified because the team had not made an official announcement...
Best in the West? Up- and-down Padres strived for .500, October (09/27/05)
Up-and-down Padres strive for .500 and October SAN DIEGO -- The countdown to mediocrity is sweeping toward its conclusion for the San Diego Padres, who could become the first team in a non-strike year to win a division title despite a losing record...
Upgraded 'D' improves its turnover production (09/27/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Any turnover, let alone the game-altering 85-yard interception return by Adam Archuleta in Sunday's victory over the Titans, was a rare occurrence last season for the St. Louis Rams. The takeaways are becoming more plentiful and have helped the Rams to a 2-1 start heading into this week's game at the New York Giants. The Rams have forced seven turnovers, including three against the Titans, after totaling a league-low 15 all last season...
Players offer own idea of stiff penalties for steroids (09/27/05)
The union says a 50-game suspension is too much for a first-time offense. NEW YORK -- Baseball players offered to accept a stiffer penalty for first-time steroid offenders -- 20 games instead of 10 days -- along with agreeing to amphetamine tests, but their proposal Monday still fell short of what commissioner Bud Selig wanted...
Sports briefs 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
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Family mourns molting crab (09/27/05)
Bailey cried. It appeared to be a monumental disaster. Her pet hermit crab, Speedy, was dead. At least, I thought it was when I saw pieces of the crab scattered about outside its shell. It looked like some crab-crazy serial killer had done the damage inside the plastic tank in Bailey's room...
Norbert Foster (09/27/05)
Norbert Theodore Foster, 98, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at the Lutheran Home, where he had lived several years. He was born Feb. 12, 1907, at Ardeola, Mo., son of Franklin Pierce and Martha Ellen McQueen Foster. His family moved to Cape Girardeau, where he attended the old Lorimier School, Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University...
Irene Rechenberg (09/27/05)
Irene Anne Gliem Rechenberg, 68, of Millersville died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Chicago, daughter of Frank and Ludmilla Kokavec Gliem. She and Norman T. Rechenberg were married July 23, 1960, in Niles, Ill...
Donald Jordan (09/27/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Donald Jordan, 77, of Tamms died at 11:44 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, on arrival at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 7, 1927, at Elco, Ill., son of Eugene and Eulah Greer Jordan. He was married May 31, 1947, to Isabel Lamb...
Margaret Gibson (09/27/05)
Margaret G. Gibson, 95, of Jackson died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Monticello House. She was born June 25, 1910, at West Plains, Mo., daughter of Henry Alva and Mary Hogan Jamison. She first married Ben Green, who died in 1944. She and Thomas A. Gibson were married Dec. 7, 1946, in Carlsbad, Calif. He died April 21, 2001...
Elvira Ikerman (09/27/05)
Elvira N. Ikerman, 70, of Alton, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, at Alton Memorial Hospital. She was born March 24, 1935, in Jersey City, N.J., daughter of Dante C. and Florence Lombardi Trinca. She and Jerry Ikerman were married Aug. 7, 1954...
Births 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
Thomas; Gaebler ; Ingvalson; Wallace; Adams; McCullough; Hale; Johnson
Cape police report 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
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Out of the past 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
25 years ago: Sept. 27, 1980 The South American bird which escaped Wednesday from Birdie's Wings and Things has been located, but captors cannot persuade the valuable bird to come down out of the trees; the Military Macaw was spotted late Thursday in a tree behind city hall, but no one, including the bird's mate, has been able to coax it down out of the heavy foliage in the area...
Ethanol: An energy sink (09/27/05)
An Associated Press story in July reported on research at the University of California at Berkeley and at Cornell University in New York stating that 29 percent more energy is required to produce ethanol than is in the ethanol itself. In addition, $3 billion is given each year to the ethanol industry in tax subsidies...
Crime scene reality (09/27/05)
Television programming these days is filled with hour-long shows about high-tech crime solving. A generation of viewers is left with the impression that (a) every crime will be solved, (b) it only takes an hour and (c) those latex gloves are all you need to stay clean while sifting through the grime and blood of a crime scene...
Tobacco tax redux (09/27/05)
While some states have exchanged annual payments from the Big Tobacco settlement of a few years ago for one-time cash infusions, Missouri is not one of them. Information in Sunday's editorial on the proposed increase in the tobacco tax was incorrect. Faulty background information is to blame...
Stop using depleted uranimum (09/27/05)
To the editor: The following information is from "Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War"" by Leuren Moret. The U.S. has been waging wars in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan using depleted uranium weaponry since 1991. These weapons are illegal under international law and violate the U.N. Convention on Human Rights, as they do not meet the four legality tests:...
Speak Out 9/27/05 (09/27/05)
Give it to victims; No excuse for poverty; Common sense; Competing with coffee; Spending my money; Even goofier ; Flickering attempt; Don't be fooled
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