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Four more Cape sites added to National Register (11/01/05)
Four historical sites were recently added to a growing number of Cape Girardeau landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places...
Strength in numbers (11/01/05)
When 17-year-old Autumn Crowden walked up to the National Guard booth at the SEMO District Fair last month, her life was in a free fall. She had already moved out of her parents' home in Chaffee. Then she dropped out of high school after getting into trouble doing things like drinking, missing classes and staying out late...
Old Lorimier vandalism worse than first thought (11/01/05)
Costs to repair the 69 damaged headstones at Old Lorimier Cemetery will be much more than originally thought. Originally estimated at $15,000, costs are now expected to reach $40,000 to $60,000, said Terri Foley, a historic preservation consultant who volunteered to document the damage...
Investigation underway into 7-year-old's railroad injury (11/01/05)
An investigation should be finished soon into why a 7-year-old girl was under an Union Pacific train when it started moving Sunday afternoon, Scott City police chief Don Cobb said. The girl suffered a severed arm in the accident. She was taken to St. Louis for treatment, and opened her eyes Monday, Cobb said...
United Way director sure chapter will meet '05 goal (11/01/05)
With two months left in the year, the United Way of Southeast Missouri has reached half of its goal in donations for 2005. The goal is set at more than $1 million, which is the highest goal ever, said Nancy Jernigan, executive director for the United Way of Southeast Missouri...
Comedy tour performance canceled due to low sales (11/01/05)
The Friends of Bob and Tom Comedy Tour show scheduled for Saturday at the Show Me Center has been canceled due to low ticket sales. Anyone with tickets can call the Show Me Center at 651-5000 for information on refunds.
Representatives of bioenergy firms discuss benefits of technology to lumber industry (11/01/05)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- With the lumber industry facing declining profits, the Eastern Ozarks Forestry Council is exploring ways to add value to wood product. As part of that exploration the governmental council brought two bioenergy companies, Ensyn Corporation of Delaware and Phoenix Bio-Conversion Systems of Colorado, to Fredericktown for an informative session with government leaders and forest industry officials...
Local briefs 11/01/05 (11/01/05)
Jackson man injured in single-vehicle accident A Jackson man was moderately injured in a single-vehicle accident on Monday in Ste. Francois County. Jamie R. Davidson, 27, was taken by ambulance to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Mo. ...
Central High School auction will raise funds to help sponsor state convention in March (11/01/05)
Central High School's Student Senate will hold a live and a silent auction to help pay some of the costs associated with sponsoring the state convention of the Missouri Association of Student Councils. More than 1,200 high school students from across Missouri will stay with local families for the weekend of the convention next March...
Learning briefs 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
Simmons awarded grant from PEO chapter LY; Ceremony held for adult education graduates; School district officials go to state conference
New law makes parents liable for children's alcohol abuse (11/01/05)
A new law passed on Aug. 28 hopes to make it easier to prosecute parents whose children are holding parties where those children are drinking alcohol. Specifically, the new law says parents have to stop any alcohol consumption that is going on in their home as soon as they discover it...
Student group collects $6,500 for Katrina relief (11/01/05)
As part of Homecoming 2005 activities at Southeast Missouri State University this past week, the Student Alumni Association raised $6,500 for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Student teams raised the money by participating in a "jail and bail" fund raising event at the University Center...
Public Service Commission OKs natural gas rate increase (11/01/05)
Cape Girardeau area AmerenUE customers will see a 42 percent increase in natural gas rates over last year, the Missouri Public Service Commission confirmed Monday. Exactly how much more customers will pay to heat their homes will depend on weather, an AmerenUE spokesman cautioned...
Towing service not involved in accident near Commerce (11/01/05)
The Southeast Missourian's story about an accident near Commerce incorrectly reported in Monday's newspaper that Todd's Towing was involved in the accident. Todd's Towing only responded to the scene on Route E in Scott County to tow away the two wrecked vehicles, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Hide and seek goes global: High-tech treasure hunters search for thrills (11/01/05)
LAWRENCE, Kan.-- Alek Joyce, geocaching enthusiast, has searched the Colorado wilderness to find caches, tech-speak for what are basically hidden treasures. Recently, the Central Junior High School student's latest geocaching adventure took him to an urban setting: downtown Lawrence. Outside Central National Bank, people are milling about, perspiring in the aftermath of a surprise thunderstorm; drivers are trolling the street for parking spots...
State agency admits to licensing felons to serve as bond agents (11/01/05)
State officials say it's possible that many of the more than 800 licensed bond agents in Missouri are convicted felons, despite a Missouri Supreme Court rule that says felons cannot do that kind of job. Exactly how many of the bond agents in the state have felony convictions is hard to tell, though, because those statistics aren't being checked very closely, officials said...
Ex-municipal court clerk pleads guilty to embezzling (11/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The former municipal court clerk for the eastern Missouri town Troy pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling money from the court, then trying to set fire to the records, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said. Carol Gibson, 41, of Troy, was indicted in August on one count of embezzlement and one count of attempted arson...
Carnahan receives pacemaker (11/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan is recovering after receiving a pacemaker, a spokesman for the Carnahan family said Monday. Carnahan, 71, had the pacemaker implanted over the weekend at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, spokesman Tony Wyche said. She is expected to be released today...
Bush picks Alito for High Court (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush nominated veteran judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court Monday, seeking to shift the judiciary to the right and mollify conservatives who derailed his previous pick. Ready-to-rumble Democrats said Alito may curb abortion rights and be "too radical for the American people."...
Article in spy journal raises questions about Vietnam War's escalation (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been blocking the release of an article by one of its historians that says intelligence officers falsified documents about a disputed attack that was used to escalate the Vietnam War, according to a researcher who has requested the article...
Vaccine focus expected as Bush unveils plan for fighting super-flu (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- Vaccine improvement is expected to take center stage in the Bush administration's preparations for a worldwide flu outbreak, with a potential travel ban and restrictions on global commerce part of the contingency planning. President Bush on Tuesday will announce his strategy on how to prepare for the next flu pandemic -- preparations expected to cost at least $6.5 billion -- whether it is caused by the worrisome Asian bird flu or some other super-strain of influenza...
Government to borrow $171 billion in first quarter of 2006 (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- The government expects to borrow a record $171 billion in the January-to-March quarter, reflecting in part higher spending to cover rebuilding costs from the hurricanes that ravaged the Gulf Coast. The estimate, released Monday by the Treasury Department, comes as the department considers the government's financing needs, something it does on a quarterly basis...
Mo. senators support justice nomination (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kit Bond gave Supreme Court pick Samuel A. Alito a vote of confidence Monday, saying the nominee shows "a clear and firm understanding" of constitutional law. "It's clear to all but the most partisan individuals that Judge Alito's impressive legal education and professional experience make him eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court," said Bond, R-Mo...
Wal-Mart gets significant concessions in settlement (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- There were serious breakdowns in a government settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over child labor law violations -- including allowing attorneys for the world's largest retailer to write key parts of the deal, according to a Labor Department inspector general report Monday...
Roth account gives retirees an option for savings (11/01/05)
WASHINGTON -- Employees next year could be offered the opportunity to stash away some of their retirement savings in a new type of account that may reduce their taxes in the long-run. The new Roth 401(k) requires that workers pay tax on earnings before setting aside the money for retirement. In exchange, the money grows and can be withdrawn tax-free. It's modeled on the Roth individual retirement account, which works the same way...
'View tax' triggers revolt in rural New Hampshire (11/01/05)
ORFORD, N.H. -- The one-room cabin David Bischoff built in a cow pasture three years ago has no electricity, no running water, no phone service and no driveway. What it does have is a wide-open view of nearby hills and distant mountains -- which makes it seven times more valuable than if it had no view, according to the latest townwide property assessment. He expects his property taxes to shoot up accordingly...
Homeless earthquake victims in Pakistan brace for cold winter (11/01/05)
BALAKOT, Pakistan -- After the call to evening prayer rings out in this ruined town, three families huddle around a small fire, eating rice from a single large plate. Then they quickly retreat to their shared tent to brace for the long night. The approach of the harsh Himalayan winter, already marked by near-freezing temperatures, is bringing new misery to thousands of quake survivors living in tent cities. ...
7 Americans killed in Iraq; U.S. strikes near Syrian border (11/01/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Six American soldiers were killed in separate attacks Monday and a Marine died in action the day before, making October the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since January. A car bomb exploded in Basra during evening Ramadan festivities, killing at least 20 people...
U.N. demands cooperation from Syria in probe (11/01/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding Syria's full cooperation with a U.N. investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister and warning of possible "further action" if it doesn't...
Snow reigns in distance running (11/01/05)
By Bill Hester Special to the Southeast Missourian Merideth Snow began her "running career" on the fields in Jackson while tagging along with her brother, Nathan, at his soccer practices. And what a career it has turned out to be. Snow has become one of the state's elite runners, and this week will pursue her fourth state championship, which would be her third in Missouri...
Central, Jackson will meet for district title (11/01/05)
Central and Jackson earned trips to the Class 3 District 1 boys soccer championship, posting semifinal victories on Monday in the four-team tournament at Farmington. The two teams will square off at 6:30 p.m. in Wednesday's title game. The top-seeded Tigers (20-5-1) hammered No. 4 Poplar Bluff 7-1, while No. 3 Jackson (11-9-2) upset No. 2 Farmington 2-1 in overtime...
Revived 'Hawks hope to end with streak (11/01/05)
Southeast Missouri State has its sights set on ending the season with a four-game winning streak -- but the Redhawks also want to make sure they don't get ahead of themselves. Sure, it's a clichZ, but Southeast coach Tim Billings warned that the Redhawks -- revived by Saturday's 52-21 rout of visiting Murray State -- need to make sure they take things one game at a time...
Elusive crown: Redhawks seek first OVC tourney title (11/01/05)
Southeast Missouri State's soccer team has not advanced to the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament since 2002. The 2005 Redhawks are intent on correcting that flaw, beginning tonight when Jacksonville State visits Houck Stadium for a 7 p.m. first-round game in the six-team tournament...
Specialists uncover no new evidence in death (11/01/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Federal infectious disease specialists have found no evidence to contradict an earlier diagnosis of viral meningitis as the cause of death for Missouri football player Aaron O'Neal. Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao determined in August that O'Neal, a 19-year-old reserve linebacker, died of the viral illness after collapsing on Faurot Field during a preseason workout one month earlier. ...
Buffs try to work out kinks before showdown with MU (11/01/05)
OKLAHOMA CITY --With a showdown looming against Missouri for the Big 12 North lead, Colorado's seniors called a team meeting Monday to get started fixing what went wrong in a narrow victory at Kansas State in time to face the Tigers this week. The 25th-ranked Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1) can take a commanding two-game lead in the North with a win against Missouri (5-3, 3-2) in Boulder on Saturday. ...
Rams 'bye' time for injured stars with open date (11/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- At least three of the St. Louis Rams' four sidelined stars are expected to return to the lineup after the bye week. The exception could be wide receiver Isaac Bruce, who already has missed five games with turf toe. "Isaac, when he can play he will play," interim coach Joe Vitt said Monday. "Believe me, this is doing nothing but making him stronger."...
A major hole in the fall: PGA Tour may go to blockbuster season-ending event (11/01/05)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- For almost 50 years, the golf season has been defined by four major championships that start in April with the Masters and end in August with the PGA Championship. What the PGA Tour wants is a World Series, its own version of a Fall Classic...
Vikings lose Culpepper for remainder of season (11/01/05)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The demoralized Minnesota Vikings surely believed their already dire situation couldn't become any worse. Then came confirmation Monday that quarterback Daunte Culpepper will miss the rest of the season with a devastating injury to his right knee...
Spurs begin quest to repeat as champs (11/01/05)
SAN ANTONIO -- Just when it looked like the defending NBA champions couldn't get much better, they added a pair of big-name veterans hungry for their first ring. Sounds like the making of a dynasty for the San Antonio Spurs. But remember how that formula worked for the 2003-04 Lakers?...
Trojans return to top of standings (11/01/05)
NEW YORK -- Texas had a short stay at No. 1 in Bowl Championship Series standings. Southern California jumped over the Longhorns on Monday, returning to first place after a one-week absence. The margin between USC and Texas is still small -- only .0038 -- though up from last week when the margin separating first and second was the slimmest in the eight-year history of the BCS...
Steelers post slim win over Ravens (11/01/05)
PITTSBURGH -- Nothing comes easy in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry, no matter the records or which team is healthy and which is hurting. Jeff Reed kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining after Ben Roethlisberger opened each half with touchdown passes to rookie tight end Heath Miller, and the Steelers held off the depleted Baltimore Ravens 20-19 Monday night to tighten up the AFC North race...
Flores has surgery on left elbow (11/01/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals left-handed reliever Randy Flores is expected to be ready for spring training after surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. Flores, 30, had the surgery Friday at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, the Cardinals said Monday. He is expected to begin throwing in six to eight weeks and be fully recovered by the time the Cardinals report to Jupiter, Fla., in mid-February, team spokesman Brian Bartow said...
Epstein steps down as Red Sox's GM (11/01/05)
BOSTON -- At 31, boy wonder Theo Epstein was ready to step out on his own. The Red Sox general manager walked away from his hometown team on Monday, stunning Boston and the baseball world just one year after helping the franchise win its first World Series championship since 1918...
Sports briefs 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
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Safe & Sober (11/01/05)
Prom is a time of extravagance for most juniors and seniors, but students at one American high school recently went too far. Problems at New Jersey's Kellenberg Memorial High School cause principal Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland to cancel prom because of what he called the "bacchanalian aspects."...
Daughter sinks teeth into holiday (11/01/05)
You have to love Halloween. No other holiday offers your children a chance to dress up like pirates, vampires and witches. Bailey dressed up as a vampire, complete with fake teeth. My wife, Joni, was in charge of games for the Halloween party in Bailey's fourth-grade class on Monday. The kids had a great time playing Halloween bingo, telling ridiculous Halloween jokes and wrapping each other up in toilet paper to resemble modern-day mummies...
Gaining knowledge as a journalist (11/01/05)
In the short time I've been writing for the paper, there are some things I've learned about the journalism world. One is that you should always carry enough rolls of change to feed the vending machine in the newsroom. I realize it's good to have an actual meal every now and then, but it is proven that humans can live off of Bugles and Pepsi --for two weeks, until the overdose of sugar causes the eyes to explode and the nose cartilage to melt...
'Saw II' cuts through competition with $31.7 million weekend (11/01/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The horror tale "Saw II" hacked its way to the top of the box office, debuting with $31.7 million, almost twice the $16.3 million opening for the swashbuckling sequel "The Legend of Zorro." The top 10 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. are:...
Omer Creech Jr. (11/01/05)
Omer Creech Jr., 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 18, 1927, at Canton, Mo., son of Omer Everett and Virginia Laura Sloan Creech. He and Marlene Anne Bouchard were married April 19, 1964, in Marshall, Ill...
Elizabeth Ross (11/01/05)
MAKANDA, Ill. -- Elizabeth Ross, 77, of Makanda, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at her home. She was born June 2, 1928, in Womac, Ill., daughter of Arlie and Gladys Brown Smith. She and Bill "B.C." Ross were married July 31, 1948. He died Sept. 18, 2004...
Merrell Taylor (11/01/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Merrell L. "Appy" Taylor, 66, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Cape Girardeau, son of Merrell Jacob and Medford L. Propst Taylor...
Jeffrey Angel (11/01/05)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Jeffrey Kenneth Angel, 49, of McClure died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 6, 1956, in Chicago, son of Kenneth and Joan Wilkerson Angel. He married Betty Newman. Angel was employed at Buy and Save in East Cape Girardeau, Ill...
Jeanette Laster (11/01/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Jeanette Laster, 80, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at her home. She was born May 22, 1925, in Orient, S.D., daughter of Ed Thomas and Connie Zelma Phelps Johnson. She and George M. "Bob" Laster were married Nov. 6, 1943, at Commerce, Mo. He died May 12, 2001...
Rev. Emerson Walker (11/01/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Rev. Emerson Walker, 79, of Marble Hill died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 13, 1926, in Iuka, Ky., son of John Monroe and Laura Ellen Doom Walker. He and Ella Clarine Jones were married March 31, 1951, in Bowling Green, Ohio. She died June 9, 2004...
Jenny Angle (11/01/05)
Blanche Genevieve "Jenny" Dillingham Angle, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born June 27, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Sherman William and Floy Abernathy Dillingham. She first married Kenneth Drum, who preceded her in death. She later married "Joe" Jessie Angle April 6, 1954, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death Nov. 23, 1998...
William Abernathy (11/01/05)
CHESTER, Ill. -- William Ray "Bill" Abernathy, 66, of Chester passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at his home. Bill was born Oct. 23, 1939, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Rose Mae Wright of Commerce, Mo., and Leo Edward Abernathie of Wolf Lake. He and Carole Bruning were married Aug. 16, 1958, in Inglewood, Calif...
Births 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
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Out of the past 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 1, 1980 Vice President Walter F. Mondale's visit to Cape Girardeau on behalf of 10th District Congressional Rep. Bill Burlison also doubles as a campaign appearance for Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton; Mondale speaks briefly at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport, shakes hands with supporters, signs autographs and even poses for a couple of pictures, before reboarding Air Force II...
Getting involved (11/01/05)
Recently, the Southeast Missourian published a checklist for parents preparing for parent-teacher conferences. For parents who regularly participate in these conferences, there were plenty of good tips: Write out questions and concerns in advance, listen to answers from teachers, be forthright, focus on setting goals, take notes. For parents who have scheduling conflicts, arrange another time to meet with teachers...
Counter-questions to comments (11/01/05)
To the editor: Andy Tully, Michelle Malkin, David Limbaugh and some Speak Out comments stumble all over themselves with poor logic, fallacious arguments and idiot stubbornness in defense of Bush administration policies in Iraq. I have some counter-questions: War death numbers have been counted since Roman times at least. ...
Intersection lighting is unsafe (11/01/05)
To the editor: In response to the story "Southeast's homecoming festivities this weekend": I find it surprising to see such lavish spending by Southeast Missouri State University with little to no regard for the safety of the students in the surrounding areas of the new entrance to the school. ...
America edges toward war of hate (11/01/05)
To the editor: The war of hate and venom between radicals on the right and left in our country is becoming as big a threat to our future as foreign terrorists or natural disasters. Currently, the radical right has both the upper hand in the propaganda war and the most influence in government. ...
Laws affect senior health care (11/01/05)
To the editor: I am not a lawyer but a self-advocate who has tried to raise questions about the constitutional legality of Missouri's Medicaid law (Senate Bill 539) and the new Medicare law Part D. What is at stake here is the civil rights of the elderly and disabled...
Speak Out 11/1/05 (11/01/05)
Special needs; Marching orders; Inappropriate dancing; Better elsewhere; Hand out C-rations; Saving fuel; Check it out; Assistance needed; Just a smoke screen; Balky light; Focused on polls; Ready for school; Suffering from smoke; Bands quit too soon; Venezuela propaganda; Education helps
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