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Stories from Friday, October 14, 2005

Cape mom pulls burning mattress from residence (10/14/05)
A mother alerted to a burning mattress by her 6-year-old son dragged the flaming bed Thursday evening from a second-story room to her front yard. Lamecha Abraham recently moved into the home at 1410 Pemiscot St. just north of Capaha Park. She was unpacking boxes in the living room when her son told her the bed was on fire...
Little-used program offers domestic violence counseling (10/14/05)
Domestic violence adversaries are revisiting a program that provides an alternative for domestic assault offenders. On Thursday, the Safe House for Women Inc. sponsored its third meeting of the Domestic Violence Community Response Task Force. The topic was the Domestic Violence Diversion Program, discussed by Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle and Vickie Lankford of the Department of Corrections...
Split personality: Cape violinist enjoys classical, bluegrass (10/14/05)
Liesl Schoenberger will be a featured soloist Saturday with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belleville, Ill. Violinist Liesl Schoenberger has a split personality when it comes to music -- one part classical, one part bluegrass. As the Indiana University college senior prepares for her featured solo on Saturday with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belleville, Ill., the Cape Girardeau native's third bluegrass CD, "Say Old Man," is on the shelves in local music stores...
Crowell critical of SEMO's risky funding (10/14/05)
University president Dr. Ken Dobbins says construction costs would have gone up if the school waited to build. Southeast Missouri State University began building its River Campus arts school without the money to pay for it, state Sen. Jason Crowell said Thursday...
Taking the bait: Remote-control deer deter poaching (10/14/05)
A deer stands in the underbrush several feet from the roadway. Its tail twitches and its head moves as if to follow a car that is coming up the road. Seemingly unafraid, the deer stares as the car stops. While the driver sits, a passenger draws out a rifle, aims and fires a shot...
Counties' fuel funds on fumes (10/14/05)
Some area counties have already spent their entire fuel budgets with three months left in the fiscal year. High gas prices have left area counties scrambling to find money for shrinking or diminished fuel budgets. Jamie Burger, Scott County's 2nd district commissioner, said the sheriff and highway departments' fuel budget is completely spent...
Funding comes from many sources (10/14/05)
At the urging of Southeast Missouri State University, the Missouri Development Finance Board issued two sets of bonds two years ago: $9.97 million in 20-year bonds for the city's share of the project and $26.36 million in 30-year bonds to cover the university's and state's remaining share of the cost...
St. Charles man pleads guilty to tyring to sell fake Rembrandt (10/14/05)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A man who posed as a member of the Saudi royal family in an effort to sell a fake Rembrandt painting for $2.8 million has pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Majed A. Ihmoud, 52, of St. Charles, tried to sell a reproduction of "Man with the Golden Helmet" last year in a transaction witnessed by undercover FBI agents...
Unearthed documents shed new light on Missouri history (10/14/05)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The elaborate cursive penmanship has a distinct early 1800s look, but the signature on a brown, crumbling document is clear: Daniel Boone Sr. St. Charles County director of administration Steve Ehlmann, also a local historian, was bored one day a couple of years ago and decided to dig through some old boxes in the basement of the administration building...
Scientists look to DNA for nutrition advice (10/14/05)
NEW YORK -- As a registered dietitian, Ruth DeBusk has eaten a healthy diet for a long time. As a geneticist, she wondered if she could do better. So earlier this year, she had her DNA tested by a company that gives personalized nutrition advice based on genetics. The results indicated she needed more folate...
Nation briefs 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
Cases of polio virus found in Amish community ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Four children in a Minnesota Amish community have become infected with the polio virus, the first known infections in the U.S. in five years, state health officials said. Health officials said the cases do not pose a threat to the general public because most people have been vaccinated against polio. ...
Woman charged with cutting open pregnant neighbor to steal baby (10/14/05)
PITTSBURGH -- A woman hit her pregnant neighbor over the head, drove her to a secluded area and cut her belly in an attempt to steal her baby, authorities said. Police said the attack was stopped only because a teenager on an all-terrain vehicle came across the women...
Business digest 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
Chip maker Samsung to pay $300 million fine WASHINGTON -- Samsung, the world's largest maker of memory chips for computers and other gadgets, will pay a $300 million fine to settle accusations it secretly conspired with industry rivals to fix prices and cheat customers, federal officials said Thursday. ...
Trade deficit soars to $59 billion (10/14/05)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's oil bill surged to a record in August and so did goods imported from China, pushing the U.S. trade deficit to the third-highest level ever. And it is bound to get worse because hurricane-related increases for oil are still ahead...
Blanket's trip through government maze reflects trials of India's disaster relief (10/14/05)
TILGAM, India -- The wool blanket -- gray-blue-and-green plaid with fringe -- started out in a New Delhi government supply office. Loaded onto a rickety yellow truck with tents and other Indian-made blankets, it traveled north to earthquake-stricken Kashmir...
Attacks limit Iraqi polling places (10/14/05)
Sites were still unannounced Thursday for security reasons, just two days before a crucial constitution vote. HADITHA, Iraq -- U.S. Marines handed out thousands of fliers and copies of Iraq's new constitution Thursday, urging people to vote in this Sunni Arab town that only a week ago was the target of U.S. airstrikes...
Margaret Thatcher has 80th birthday (10/14/05)
LONDON -- Margaret Thatcher turned 80 Thursday with a rare return to the limelight -- a posh party attended by the queen and the former prime minister's two successors, all celebrating Britain's "Iron Lady." Heading the high-powered guest list were Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Prince Philip; Prime Minister Tony Blair; and Sir John Major, Thatcher's immediate successor at No. 10 Downing St...
Scott City spikers open 4-0 in SEMO Conference tourney (10/14/05)
Scott City went 4-0 to begin pool play in the SEMO Conference volleyball tournament Thursday. Central and Oran both started off 2-2, and Chaffee lost all four sets on the first day. The host Rams posted a 25-16, 25-21 victory against Central and a 25-14, 25-17 victory over New Madrid County Central...
Freshmen help Central extend SEMO streak (10/14/05)
The Tigers won their seventh straight conference championship. The rebuilding task for the Central girls cross country team didn't take very long at all. The Tigers, who had lost their top two conference finishers from last year's team, had three freshmen among their top five Thursday when they won their seventh straight SEMO Conference championship...
Zumwalt zooms right by Central (10/14/05)
The Tigers suffered a 27-14 loss at home and fell to 1-6. Two key first-half turnovers, combined with poor tackling, equaled a third straight loss for Central's football team, as the Tigers fell to Fort Zumwalt North 27-14 on Thursday at Houck Stadium...
Baseball fans can get sneak preview of 'Hawks (10/14/05)
The team will play five intrasquad games over the next eight days. The start of Southeast Missouri State's baseball season is still several months away, but fans will have an opportunity to get an early look at the Redhawks five times over the next week...
Davis, Largent again part of winning team (10/14/05)
Robin Davis and Carol Largent will have their names etched on the Stupples Cup for a second consecutive year. The Dalhousie Golf Club team led by professional Gary Squires topped a field of nine teams in the second annual event, which scored two best balls from the four-person teams in an 18-hole, handicapped format...
Stupples takes time from hectic schedule to present her trophy (10/14/05)
Karen Stupples admits it is an odd thing to have a trophy named in one's honor. "It's like hearing your voice on the radio for the first time," Stupples said Thursday prior to the start of the Stupples Cup tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club. "It sounds weird but it feels pretty cool."...
Astros get even with Cards (10/14/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Yes, it is possible to win on the road in the NL championship series. Roy Oswalt showed the way for Houston, silencing the St. Louis Cardinals and all their red-clad fans...
Controversial call plays on ALCS' open day (10/14/05)
CHICAGO -- Ah, an off day in the AL championship series, a chance for the Angels and White Sox to take a little break out West. But everyone else in baseball was still buzzing -- not about a long home run or splendid pitching performance. Instead, all the chatter centered on the confusing call Wednesday night that helped decide Game 2 in Chicago...
Wie makes her pro debut with a 70 (10/14/05)
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Michelle Wie steadied her 6-foot frame over the ball, unleashed a powerful swing with a 3-wood and sent the ball soaring against the brown-and-green backdrop of Bighorn Golf Club to embark on her professional career Thursday. When the first round of the Samsung World Championship ended with a bunker-to-bunker bogey for a 2-under 70, it was not much different from the previous 93 rounds the 16-year-old Wie has played against the pros...
Sports briefs 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
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Apologia: My evil twin (10/14/05)
No matter how hard I try to be a nice guy, I sometimes come off looking bad. Or, as I explained to my workout-trainer buddy earlier this week: They must be talking about my evil twin. Have you met my evil twin? You won't like him. He's the fellow who writes columns that cut just a bit too deep -- and then puts my name on them so I'll get all the phone calls, letters and e-mails...
A run for the money: Chevy HHR gives Chrysler PT Cruiser some competition (10/14/05)
If you've spent time in a PT Cruiser you will feel right at home in the similarly sized Chevy HHR. From the raised seating position to the centrally located power-window switches, and the adjustable rear cargo shelf -- everything seems familiar. Chrysler has had the retro-wagon market to itself for nearly six years, and has enjoyed good sales. ...
Les Paul keeps rocking at age 90 (10/14/05)
NEW YORK -- Take it from Peter Frampton. Or from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Townsend or Jimmy Page -- they all owe a debt to Les Paul, father of the electric guitar. "They all mention Les as an inspiration because of [his] early records, which were jaw-dropping when you first heard them as a novice guitarist," says Frampton, who recalls learning licks off of Paul's records as a 9-year-old in England. ...
Artifacts 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
Jackson woman featured Thursday on documentary; Cape Central High choirs present choral concert; Symphony orchestra set to return Oct. 25; Gershwin pianist featured in Oct. 21 concert; Haunted Hall of Horror starts Oct. 21 at Arena; Students invited to raise Coins for the Corps; Illinois author's crime stories to be on Court TV; Former area resident featured in artists magazine; Two-day workshop with Mel Garbark offered ; River City Players return to the stage Oct. 21
Everybody's a critic: 'Proof' (10/14/05)
Four stars (out of four) "Proof" is one of the movies that simply draws you in -- it is not rife with intrigue or overly dramatic performances, it is simply a powerful film that keeps your attention throughout and makes your mind come alive. The story of a young woman coping with the death of her mathematical genius father, who in his later years went insane, is brilliantly portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow...
Stroughmatt returns to Cape with different goal in mind (10/14/05)
Dennis Stroughmatt is about to make his second trip to Southeast Missouri in two weeks. On Oct. 1 his band Creole Stomp entertained the throngs at the Southeast Missourian centennial party with its Creole sound. This time, instead of entertaining crowds with the Stomp, Stroughmatt will take the scholarly role of musician-historian, presenting an informational music program at the Red House Interpretive Center on Sunday. ...
At the theaters 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
'Domino'; 'Dreamer'; 'Elizabethtown'; 'The Fog'; Still in theaters; '40-Year-Old Virgin'; 'Corpse Bride'; 'Flightplan'; 'The Gospel'; 'Greatest Game Ever Played'; 'The History of Violence'; 'In Her Shoes'; 'Into the Blue'; 'Just Like Heaven'; 'Proof'; 'Serenity'; 'Two for the Money'; 'Waiting'; 'Wallace and Gromit'
Rust Communications purchases newspaper (10/14/05)
Rust Communications of Cape Girardeau has purchased a twice-weekly newspaper and a shopper in Tennessee, where the company owns two daily newspapers. The 5,000-circulation Lewisburg Tribune/Marshall Gazette and the 15,000-circulation Marshall County Shopper were purchased from the Lewisburg Printing Co. ...
Clarence Fletcher (10/14/05)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Clarence L. "Junior" Fletcher, 75, of Murphysboro, Ill., formerly of Cobden, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Murphysboro. He was born March 28, 1930, in St. Louis, son of Clarence L. and Margaret "Maggie" Jobe Fletcher. He and Kazuyo "Mickey" Okamoto were married Aug. 17, 1951, in Kobe, Japan...
Hazel Dunker (10/14/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hazel F. Dunker, 91, of Perryville died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at Perry Oaks Care Center. She was born June 17, 1914, at Lithium, Mo., daughter of James T. and Bessie Preston Brown. She and Barnwell Dunker were married Dec. 29, 1933, at Perryville. He preceded her in death...
Margaret Barks (10/14/05)
Margaret Barks, 77, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Cape/Jackson fire reports 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
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Out of the past 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
25 years ago: Oct. 14, 1980 MARION, Ill. -- President Jimmy Carter yesterday was met by a cheering crowd at the Williamson County Airport here, as he began a campaign swing through Southern Illinois; at West Frankfort, Ill., he donned a hard hat and met with miners and toured Old Ben No. 24 coal mine...
Chamber honors (10/14/05)
Two highly deserving recipients received special awards at last week's Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce annual appreciation dinner. The annual Commitment to Excellence Award, first given by the chamber in 1988 to honor local businesses that play a significant role in the Cape Girardeau area, went to Rose Concrete Products, which manufactures a variety of concrete products. The company has grown from one plant in 1984 to a group of companies in five states...
Thanks for great exhibit opening (10/14/05)
To the editor: The Lueders exhibit opening at Southeast Missouri State University was a great success thanks to the efforts of many people who contributed their time, energy and expertise to the planning and execution of the event. The support of the library administration and the funding from the Missouri Historical Records Grant Program were key to the success of the exhibit opening. ...
Thanks for storm relief efforts (10/14/05)
To the editor: I would like to thank all the individals who have donated and are still donating their time and effort to the hurricane relief efforts. I am originally from Cape Girardeau and have returned there several times this year to escape hurricanes. ...
Focus research on adult stem cells (10/14/05)
To the editor: There is something peculiar about the proposal regarding the use of human embryos for stem-cell research. Proponents want us to throw our moral support behind the killing of embryos for medical research by voting a constitutional amendment allowing scientists to follow federal laws allowing only privately financed research. No state money would be committed to this research...
What died to make all that oil? (10/14/05)
To the editor: I have a question about fossil fuels, which have been talked about in recent letters to the editor. If fossil fuels are a non-renewable energy sources that formed more than 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous Period -- long before dinosaurs roamed the earth -- what plants and animals died in the terrain of the Middle East to produce the oil?...
Speak Out 10/14/05 (10/14/05)
On God's side; Let's be flexible; Comparing rates; What they deserve; Too much notice; Thanks for wallet; Abandoned car; Who's insured?; Waiting for words; Godspeed; No poisoned corn; No gambling; Public danger; Improper parking; Religious fad
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