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Three men face domestic assault charges (10/12/05)
Three men were arrested on felony domestic assault charges over the weekend. On Sunday, Thomas E. Williams, 56, of Cape Girardeau was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot his wife, 19-year-old son and 23-year-old stepson while at his home. According to the probable-cause statement, Williams yelled at, spit on and shoved his wife. ...
Most of Katrina pets adopted (10/12/05)
Penny, a 2-year-old terrier mix, spent 30 days in a concrete and steel kennel before she was sent to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. She had been through a lot. Penny's owner had died at her home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and Penny was left abandoned...
Pigeons are nuisance, messy disease carriers (10/12/05)
The birds are becoming a problem in downtown Cape Girardeau. They like to roost in flocks and leave their droppings on whatever they want; pigeons are a basically a nuisance, experts say. The cooing birds made news this week when downtown residents complained about a poison that was being used by a pest-control company hired by Marquette Tower. A pet dog was poisoned, but survived. Some thought the poison-laced corn was unsafe for pets and children, and also inhumane to the birds...
Man exposes himself to woman from inside vehicle (10/12/05)
An unkown man reportedly exposed himself to an 18-year-old woman in the 700 block of Baudean Lane on Sunday. According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, a dark blue Cavalier approached the woman as she was walking on the street. From inside the car, a man exposed himself and asked a sexually explicit question. While the woman ran to her home, the man drove off. The woman described the suspect as a white man with blond hair, wearing blue jeans and a light-colored shirt...
Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission agenda 10/12/05 (10/12/05)
7 p.m. today ** City hall, 401 Independence St. Public hearings * Request of Dale LaFont and Roscoe Newbern to rezone 402 S. Kingshighway from M-1, light industrial district, to M-2, heavy industrial district, and for a special-use permit for a manufactured office unit...
Union Pacific talks about safety with concerned Scott Co. officials (10/12/05)
Editor's note: Part of this story appeared in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian, but the second half was accidentally omitted. This is the complete story. BENTON, Mo. -- Union Pacific Railroad has alleviated some fears Scott County officials had about a proposed track swap, but added more doubt for Sikeston's city government...
Lawmaker aims to end college tiff by year's end (10/12/05)
Poplar Bluff state Rep. Gayle Kingery hopes to use his legislative power to broker a solution over education centers. A Poplar Bluff lawmaker will intervene to resolve the dispute between Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College...
Unbuckled territory (10/12/05)
Brooke Huber's cousin died before she was born. Thrown from her Jeep Wrangler, the cousin died on impact. A few weeks ago, a co-worker's boyfriend was killed in a car accident. He wasn't wearing a seat belt, either. Now Huber is on a crusade. She doesn't want another friend or relative to die an unnecessary death...
Museum up for discussion (10/12/05)
An organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Public Library for those interested in establishing a children's museum. For more information, call Martha Brown at 651-5263.
St. Vincent students inch toward using metric system (10/12/05)
St. Vincent de Paul School in Cape Girardeau is celebrating metric measurements this week. Virginia Sander, a junior high math teacher, said she got the idea to celebrate metric week from an e-mail the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics sent her and from some Web sites...
Dana employees join UAW (10/12/05)
Employees at Dana Corp. in Cape Girardeau have voted to join the United Auto Workers union, which will soon begin to negotiate a new contract that will set terms of wages and benefits for its 222 new members. After three separate meetings between the union and the workers, the vote was verified on Sept. 23, according to plant manager Larry Dillon...
Club news 10/12/05 (10/12/05)
American Legion Post 158; Xi Nu Phi
Teenager fires 12-gauge shotgun into Farmington school's ceiling (10/12/05)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Dressed in black and wearing a mask, a 17-year-old boy allegedly brought a 12-gauge shotgun to Farmington High School and fired it into a restroom ceiling Tuesday, prompting a brief lockdown. No one was injured when the shot was fired around 8 a.m...
Mo. group advocates stem-cell amendment (10/12/05)
The constitutional change, which Gov. Matt Blunt supports, would ensure that stem-cell research allowed under federal law would also be permitted in Missouri. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A coalition of researchers and patient groups proposed a constitutional amendment Tuesday to protect stem cell research and treatment in Missouri, where anti-abortion activists have tried to outlaw a particular form of the research...
Students reminisce about their days in one-room school (10/12/05)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Boyd England and Warren Iwig have been good friends since their days as pupils at Decker School. That was nearly 80 years ago. "I started school in 1921, when I was 6, and graduated in 1929," England said. "My first teacher was a man teacher, and he was a good teacher. On one of the first days of school, he told the story 'The Little Engine That Could.' I still remember that. He was strict. His name was Lawrence Sims."...
Corps finishes pumping out New Orleans floodwaters (10/12/05)
NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that it has finished pumping out the New Orleans metropolitan area, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina six weeks ago and then swamped again by Hurricane Rita. The initial flooding during Katrina was caused by water surging over some levees and breaking through others. At one point, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water...
ExxonMobil to spend more than $570 million in clean air settlement (10/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- ExxonMobil Corp. will spend an estimated $571 million for pollution controls at seven oil refineries in a settlement with the government and three states over alleged violations of clean air laws. The company also will pay fines totaling $8.7 million and spend $9.7 million to retrofit city buses, restore coastal habitat in Louisiana and sponsor other environmental projects around the refineries...
Privacy, expense keep eye scans, fingerprinting out of U.S. ATMs (10/12/05)
They walk up to an ATM and press their thumbs on the screen. Out spits the cash. New York? No. Chicago? No. The mountains and jungles of Colombia. It's one of the few places in the world where banks are using fingerprint biometrics, which verify people's identities based on their unique physical characteristics...
Al-Qaida No. 2 to his deputy: Be ready in case Americans leave (10/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- In a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, al-Qaida's No. 2 leader said the United States "ran and left their agents" in Vietnam and the jihadists must have a plan ready to fill the void if the Americans suddenly leave Iraq. "Things may develop faster than we imagine," Ayman al-Zawahri wrote in a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. ...
Statin drugs credited with lowering cholesterol levels in older Americans (10/12/05)
Rising number of overweight Americans remains health-care concern. CHICAGO -- Despite the sharp rise in obesity in the United States, cholesterol levels in older Americans have fallen markedly over the past 40 years, mainly because of the introduction of statin drugs in the late 1980s, a government study found...
Nationwide natural gas prices expected to increase 50 percent this winter (10/12/05)
Missouri consumers can expect to pay about $1,000 this winter, although the cost can vary dramatically within just a few miles. Heating bills this winter will take the same leap motorists saw at the gasoline station, with natural gas costs expected to average 50 percent higher...
Striking beer truck drivers get letters of termination (10/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- More than four months after walking off their jobs, striking beer truck drivers for Lohr Distributing Co. were notified they've lost their jobs to replacement workers, a union official said Tuesday. The distributor sent letters of termination to about 25 drivers, saying that temporary replacements for striking workers had been made permanent employees, said Dan McKay, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 600...
Officials estimate earthquake's death toll at more than 35,000 (10/12/05)
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan -- Heavy rain and hail forced the cancellation of some relief flights to earthquake-stricken regions Tuesday and survivors scuffled over the badly needed food -- the first large-scale aid to make it overland to this devastated city. Officials estimated that the death toll would surpass 35,000...
World briefs 10/12/05 (10/12/05)
Queen, Blair to attend Thatcher's 80th birthday LONDON -- Margaret Thatcher is having a big party Thursday to celebrate her 80th birthday. There will be about 680 guests with her at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park, her assistant Gilly Penrose said. ...
Liberians vote in first presidential election since civil war (10/12/05)
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Liberians stood in long lines under a broiling sun to vote Tuesday as this West African nation held its first presidential elections since the end of a civil war in 2003. At one station, people started lining up at 2 a.m., six hours before polls opened...
Scheeters make name for themselves (10/12/05)
Caitlin Scheeter has known Kaitlyn Scheeter nearly all her life. "Our moms taught together in Chaffee public schools," Caitlin Scheeter said. So, she knew long before stepping foot in the same school with Kaitlyn Scheeter at Notre Dame Regional High School that there was another person by nearly the same name...
Notre Dame girls volleyball rallies to win at Central in three games (10/12/05)
The Notre Dame girls volleyball team was pushed to three games by host Central on Tuesday night but rallied for a 22-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory. "It was probably one of our best matches," Central coach Malle Gannon said. "It's a big step for us."...
Tigers reach sectional round (10/12/05)
Central defeated Cor Jesu 5-2 to advance. Central's first experience with the new team district format worked out well for the girls tennis team, as the Tigers defeated Cor Jesu 5-2 on Tuesday to earn a spot in the Class 2 sectional round. The Tigers will host Parkway South at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the first round of the four-team sectional...
Tigers, Bulldogs can't settle bragging rights (10/12/05)
The area's top two boys soccer teams hooked up for the first time Tuesday when Central hosted Notre Dame. The game lived up to its anticipation, with both teams coming up with strong offensive chances, big saves and plenty of physical play. But after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie Tuesday, they will have to wait until the Oct. 19 meeting at Notre Dame to determine bragging rights...
ND's golden grail is 30 wins, state title (10/12/05)
Notre Dame takes 26 victories into today's sectional game against Fredericktown. The Notre Dame softball team set a school record for wins in a season by wrapping up its second straight district title on Saturday. But the Bulldogs aren't thinking about the 26 wins they have as much as the four wins they have left to get...
Eastern Illinois stands in path of EKU's title bid (10/12/05)
Two of the conference's three unbeaten teams play each other this week. After Eastern Kentucky won at two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State on Oct. 1, many people around the OVC already were handing the title to the Colonels -- even though they had played just two league games...
Round 2: St. Louis, Houston will square off again in NLCS (10/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- They are members of the same division. They're perennial playoff teams. And they're meeting for the second year in a row with a trip to the World Series at stake. All right! Let's have some fightin' words between these obviously bitter rivals...
Travel-weary Angels top White Sox in Game 1 (10/12/05)
CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Angels will have plenty of time to rest. Right now, they're too busy winning. Paul Byrd pitched effectively in a pinch, Garret Anderson homered and the travel-weary Angels edged the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Tuesday night in the opener of the AL championship series...
Steelers breath easier after MRI on Roethlisberger (10/12/05)
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a hyperextended left knee and a bone bruise sustained during a game-winning field goal drive at the end of a 24-22 victory over San Diego on Monday night, but hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game against Jacksonville...
Walker uses time off to mend from hit pitch (10/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The extra day the St. Louis Cardinals got between playoff series made it the perfect break for Larry Walker. The 38-year-old right fielder got hit by a pitch on his right knee in Game 3 of the division series sweep of the Padres, and needed time and therapy to reduce swelling in time for the NLCS rematch against the Houston Astros that begins on Wednesday night...
Mulder cleared to pitch Game 2 (10/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder's successful bullpen session on Tuesday solidified the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation for the NL championship series. The 16-game winner, who took a line drive off his left biceps in his division series start, was cleared to pitch in Game 2 after throwing more than 40 pitches the day before the Cardinals began their NLCS rematch against the Houston Astros...
CBS will televise the Valley's tournament final (10/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Valley reached an agreement with CBS on Tuesday to televise its conference championship game the next two seasons while abandoning for now its usual Monday night final slot. It's a decision that's expected to raise the profile of the midmajor league...
Pirates hire Tracy to manage (10/12/05)
PITTSBURGH --The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Jim Tracy on Tuesday after he spent five mostly successful seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tracy was 427-383 and won the 2004 NL West title with the Dodgers despite a failed roster overhaul orchestrated by general manager Paul DePodesta that led to a 71-91 record this season. The two did not agree on numerous personnel decisions, including that to not bring back Beltre after he hit 48 homers and had 121 RBIs in 2004...
Undersized defensive lineman Smith plays big role for Tigers (10/12/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri junior Brian Smith may be undersized for his position but rarely has he underachieved. Smith, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end, was recognized as the Big 12 Conference's defensive player of the week. He had a career-high 11 tackles -- including four tackles for a loss -- along with a forced fumble and one broken up pass in Missouri's 38-31 win Saturday at Oklahoma State...
Blues hit Blackhawks for first win of season (10/12/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Jay McClement posted his first NHL goal in the unlikeliest of ways. McClement scored on a penalty shot and added an assist Tuesday night as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 to end their season-opening, three-game losing streak...
Spacious floor plan has more than meets the eye (10/12/05)
Thoughtful amenities and careful detailing ensure comfort and style in this home, plan CC-1990-M by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers' Network. The floor plan covers 1,990 square feet of living space. Inside, the entry leads to the dining room and the great room. A high vaulted ceiling expands the great room, which features a brick fireplace that goes to the ceiling...
Happening doctor gets bungalow to match (10/12/05)
By Candice Olson Jason is a happening bachelor. And a busy doctor to boot. He'd just purchased his first home, but the small bungalow was outdated and cramped -- no place for a progressive single guy to entertain his friends (and certainly no place to bring the ladies)...
Casserole meets needs of diabetics (10/12/05)
This curried lamb casserole has more to offer than being easy to make, tasty and low in fat. The recipe is from a source that caters to the special needs of diabetics. There are about 250 recipes in the collection published as "America's Complete Diabetes Cookbook" edited by Katherine E. Younker, a registered dietitian experienced in diabetes education. This is her third cookbook...
Health center cookbook offers tasty dishes (10/12/05)
Everyone's idea of a great day is different. Mine always involves our children, but an added bonus to any day is getting a new cookbook. This week I had one of those days. Christy Sprengel of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center brought me a copy of the brand new cookbook they're selling. ...
Della Mae Stoops (10/12/05)
Della Mae Stoops, 82, of Scott City died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at Ford and Son Funeral Home Mount Auburn Chapel from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The Rev. Randy Heckman will officiate...
Clyde Angle (10/12/05)
Clyde W. Angle, 76, of Jackson, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau of a head injury sustained at his home. He was born Jan. 8, 1929, at Mayfield, Mo., son of Walter Chandes and Delphia V. Green Angle. He and Verda Mae Mayfield were married May 21, 1951, at Piggott, Ark...
Doris Moody (10/12/05)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Doris Moody, 84, of Olmsted died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at Parkland Hospital in Farmington, Mo. Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Carr Jr. (10/12/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Funeral Mass for Ralph Reece Carr Jr., 68, will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at 10 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Charleston. Monsignor Richard Rolwing, senior pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sikeston, Mo., will serve as celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, with Missouri Military Honor Guard providing military graveside rites...
Rondal Schmidt (10/12/05)
Rondal Myrle Schmidt, 81, of McPherson, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. He was born May 25, 1924, in Turpin, Okla., son of Daniel M. and Elizabeth Wiens Schmidt. He and Johnnie Louise Peck were married Aug. 2, 1945, in McPherson...
Delmar Hutteger (10/12/05)
Delmar E. Hutteger, 82, of Jackson passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 2. 1923, in New Wells, son of William L. and Emma K. Weber Hutteger. He and Irene L. Roth were married Oct. 11, 1946. They had been married 43 years when she passed away Sept. 15, 1990...
Norma Wood (10/12/05)
Norma J. Wood, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born May 13, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Thomas Edwin and Dona Elizabeth Evans Wood. Miss Wood retired in 1994 from B-Line Manufacturing Co. in Highland, Ill...
Juanita Downs (10/12/05)
Juanita Downs, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born Dec. 18, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Frederick A. and Ruth L. Smith Schumacher. She and Edward L. Downs were married June 3, 1950, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 10/12/05 (10/12/05)
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Out of the past 10/12/05 (10/12/05)
25 years ago: Oct. 12, 1980 The Rev. Johnny Thomas has been elected pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church; installation services are held in the afternoon, with the Rev. Oliver Johnson and his congregation, Greater Mount Oliver Baptist Church of Decatur, Ill., as special guests; Thomas and his family formerly lived in Decatur...
Quiet consensus: I (10/12/05)
This is the first of two columns. Part two will appear Thursday. Some 30 months after the removal of Saddam Hussein, an unspoken consensus is emerging about Iraq. The Howard Dean-Michael Moore-Cindy Sheehan fringe of the Democratic Party so far has made almost no inroads into mainstream party thinking. Perhaps this new Copperhead movement to find political resonance has failed because most Democratic stalwarts -- senators Kerry, Clinton, and Biden -- themselves voted to remove Saddam...
1140th ends storm duty (10/12/05)
The 500 members of the 1140th Engineer Battalion based in Cape Girardeau were sent to the Gulf Coast more than a month ago to help clean up the Himalayan mounds of debris left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Now the soldiers have returned to families grateful to have them home...
JAKES Day teaches valuable lessons (10/12/05)
To the editor: Thank you to the Bollinger County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for the JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Conservation Day held Oct. 8. This was a free event held for youths under the age of 17 at the farm of Jim Jensen. ...
Best wishes for Chief Strong (10/12/05)
To the editor: During the past four years I have had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Steve Strong, and in my opinion he has been an exemplary chief of police. I found him to be a a caring, open-minded and accommodating leader. His belief that all people deserve respect was reflected through his officers. ...
Ethanol proponents omit key data (10/12/05)
To the editor: There has been considerable discussion about the energetic efficiency of ethanol. Why do proponents argue ethanol is beneficial while our studies suggest the opposite? Proponents omit energetic inputs required to produce and repair farm machinery and plant equipment. ...
Cairo is great day-trip destination (10/12/05)
To the editor: I have recently taken up the fun activity of being a Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri tour guide. My friends find it fascinating to drive around southern Missouri and Illinois while I yammer on and on about the historical significance of the area...
Speak Out 10/12/05 (10/12/05)
Making it work; Enough gore; Refuting the lie; Missed opportunity; Wrong focus; Important sports; Chaffee policing; Construction speeding; Living conditions; Burning nuisance; Well-paid for services
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