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Stories from Thursday, November 10, 2005

SE regent buys Harley motorcycle from Leno (11/10/05)
John Tlapek bought the bike for $500,100 to help hurricane victims. John Tlapek is not one who gets starstruck easily. So it wasn't the 78 celebrity signatures on the new motorcycle that made the Cape Girardeau resident and president of Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents want to buy it...
P&Z recommends change in historic district rules (11/10/05)
The Cape Girardeau City Council should amend city law to make it easier to set up local historic districts, the planning and zoning commission recommended Wednesday night. The planning board's unanimous recommendation -- which included lowering the percentage of property owners needed to petition for a district -- follows that of the city's historic preservation commission, which took a similar stand in September. About 20 residents attended the meeting in support of the recommendation...
Schnucks manager gets Leadership Cape award (11/10/05)
Leadership and community involvement have driven the agenda of a local businessman for the last 20 years. Dennis Marchi, manager of Schnucks, received this year's Leadership Cape Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumnus Award. He accepted the award at a luncheon Wednesday at the Southeast Missouri Hospital's Harrison Room...
Fruitland family tries to bounce back from destructive house fire (11/10/05)
A Fruitland family Wednesday focused on the things they saved rather than what they lost when their home was destroyed in a fire. Dee Ann Vargas, husband Reggie Vargas and their children were not at home Monday when the fire began about 11 a.m. The blaze spread into the rafter of the home, causing the roof of the double-wide modular home to collapse onto the interior...
Area residents enjoy unusually warm November (11/10/05)
According to the recent temperatures, it's November going on May. With midday highs in the 70s this week -- Tuesday set a new record of 81 -- Cape Girardeau-area residents have been making the most of the unseasonably warm weather. A man was fishing at Cape Girardeau County Park. Children without jackets played in the Tot Lot at Capaha Park. Couples wearing shorts walked on the trail...
Region digest 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Alexander Co. coroner announces run for sheriff Alexander County, Ill., Coroner David Barkett announced Wednesday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for sheriff in the March primary. Barkett, coroner for 17 years, said in a news release that he has the support of retiring Sheriff Warren Mitchell, also a Democrat, as well as the support of four other retired sheriffs, both Democrats and Republicans. ...
Bollinger County man faces charge of parental kidnapping (11/10/05)
The Bollinger County prosecutor won a round and lost a round in his attempt to make parental kidnapping charges stick against a man accused of denying his former girlfriend access to their son. Associate Circuit Judge Scott Thomsen dismissed one count against Joey B. Howard, 27, of northwest Bollinger County, but sent the other to circuit court for trial...
Second meeting on transit plan draws fewer people than first (11/10/05)
A handful of social workers, whose clients use public transportation, heard the second of three presentations on ways to improve Cape Girardeau County's public transportation. Despite a small turnout at Jackson's University of Missouri Extension office, organizers of the public meetings were still pleased with the number...
Program trying to improve teaching of U.S. history (11/10/05)
Jackson High School will receive almost $1 million over the next three years for a program aimed at training area American history teachers. A byproduct of this professional development program will be higher student achievement levels, said organizer and grant writer Linda Nash, and stronger American history lessons in the classroom...
November Cape Girardeau Public Library programs (11/10/05)
Library will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day and Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving. At 7 p.m. Monday, "Native American Genealogy," program designed for those who are researching ancestors or have an interest in American Indian heritage, will be held at the library. Presented by Paul White Eagle...
November Riverside Regional Library programs (11/10/05)
Jackson Nov. 14 to 20, children ages 1 to 8 at all branches may sign up to win a book during Children's Book Week. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15, 17 "Children's Book Week" storytime for ages 1 to 8. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 22 "Harvest Time" storytime for ages 1 to 8...
Scrawny angel plant produces huge blossoms (11/10/05)
When Cape Girardeau resident Bob Davis sent away for an angel plant that his wife saw in a seed catalog a few years ago, he never thought the scrawny 4-inch-long root would someday blossom into an 8-foot tree-like plant with 17-inch blooms. The Ecuador pink "Brugmansia" blooms all summer long but really started blooming like a house afire, according to Davis, with 40 to 50 flowers in late fall...
EPA grant aimed at reducing air pollution in parts of St. Louis (11/10/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A not-for-profit group that's been helping poor St. Louisans for more than a century will start advocating for their health by working to reduce air pollution. Grace Hill Settlement House, founded in 1903, will use a $332,439 federal grant to begin a five-part project aimed at cleaning the air in some of the city's most heavily polluted neighborhoods. They are north and south of the downtown, alongside the Mississippi River's industrial corridor...
Report: Medical debt threatens housing security (11/10/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Medical debt is threatening homeownership or housing stability for many American working families, including many with medical insurance, according to a study released Wednesday by a not-for-profit group. The Access Project surveyed about 1,700 people with low-to-moderate household incomes in seven cities this year. The Boston-based organization said 46 percent of those responding had medical debt...
Pot law compromise would exempt repeat offenders (11/10/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A compromise proposal to change a voter-approved marijuana possession law would prevent certain repeat drug offenders and those convicted of other crimes from taking advantage of the new law's lenient sentencing guidelines. An ordinance passed by Columbia voters in November 2004 requires police to treat those possessing up to 35 grams, or 1 1/4 ounces, of marijuana as low-level misdemeanor offenders. ...
State digest 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
St. Louis' gonorrhea rate is worst in United States ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis, which has ranked high in cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the past, has the worst gonorrhea rate in the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. ...
Oil executives defend profits before Congress (11/10/05)
WASHINGTON -- The chiefs of five major oil companies defended the industry's huge profits Wednesday at a Senate hearing where they were exhorted to explain prices and assure customers they're not being gouged. There is a "growing suspicion that oil companies are taking unfair advantage," Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said, opening the hearing in a packed committee room...
Food marketers look to chronic diseases to shape message (11/10/05)
Overweight? Diabetic? Cholesterol out of control? Have we got a deal on a meal for you! If that sales pitch sounds a little sick, that's the point. Aging baby boomers and rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health conditions have marketers looking to chronic illness as the new must-reach demographic...
Prosecutor wants to try boy charged in Tenn. school shootings adult (11/10/05)
JACKSBORO, Tenn. -- A 15-year-old accused of shooting an assistant principal to death and wounding two other administrators should be tried as an adult, the district attorney said Wednesday, adding that the victims performed heroically to keep the shootings from becoming even worse...
Schwarzenegger learning from ballot defeat (11/10/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The strong man of California politics is looking awfully weak. California voters Tuesday rejected all four government overhaul measures that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had put on the ballot, a resounding defeat for the Republican in his bold attempt to go over lawmakers' heads and take his agenda straight to the people...
Nation digest 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Texas mom who drowned children to get new trial HOUSTON -- The state's highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that threw out Andrea Yates' murder convictions for drowning her children in a bathtub in 2001. Harris County assistant district attorney Alan Curry said the case will be retried or a plea bargain considered. ...
Tornado survivors look for memories, healing (11/10/05)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Densil Sprinkle sat in a folding chair near the pond where his mother died, watching family members and friends search for memories amid the mud and rubble left by Indiana's deadliest tornado in 30 years. He cried as workers found his mother's jewelry box, a wedding album with newspaper clippings still tucked in the pages, and a photo album with the word "Friends" on the cover...
World briefs 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Lawmakers reject Blair's plan for terror suspects LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair lost a crucial parliamentary vote Wednesday on sweeping new legislation allowing police to detain terrorism suspects for 90 days without charge -- the first major defeat of his premiership. ...
Asian bombing mastermind believed to have killed himself to avoid arrest (11/10/05)
MALANG, Indonesia -- One of Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorists apparently blew himself up Wednesday to escape capture when an elite security unit attacked his hideout, Indonesia's president said. Two other suspected militants were thought killed in the blast...
Syria imposes travel ban on six officials that U.N. commission wants to inverview (11/10/05)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- A Syrian judicial committee probing the assassination of a former Lebanese leader has imposed a travel ban on six officials a U.N. commission wants to interview, a spokesman said Wednesday. The newly formed committee also has started quizzing the officials, panel spokesman Ibrahim Daraji said...
High turnout, little violence, change face of Egyptian vote (11/10/05)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Turnout was better than expected Wednesday, violence was sparse and the opposition Muslim Brotherhood -- still officially banned -- ran an active and open campaign in what many viewed as Egypt's freest parliamentary vote. Regardless, President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party faced no immediate threat to its iron grip on power...
Bombers hit three hotels in Jordan's capital (11/10/05)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in the Jordanian capital Wednesday night, killing at least 57 people and wounding 115 in what appeared to be an al-Qaida assault on an Arab kingdom with close ties to the United States...
Venus probe launched successfully (11/10/05)
DARMSTADT, Germany -- A European spacecraft left Earth Wednesday on a five-month, 220 million-mile journey to Venus. The European Space Agency said the unmanned Venus Express lifted off from Kazakhstan, and mission control in Darmstadt immediately picked up a signal to hearty applause in the observation room...
Soldiers blow up two Venezuelan cocaine labs (11/10/05)
SIERRA DE PERIJA, Venezuela -- Two cocaine processing labs went up in smoke after soldiers blew them up and yanked coca plants from the ground, tossing them into burning piles in the mountains near Venezuela's border with Colombia. The operation came as Venezuela's military steps up a campaign to seek and destroy drug crops along a remote stretch of the border with Colombia...
Scott City has two on all-conference first team (11/10/05)
League champion Scott City placed two players on the SEMO Conference first team for volleyball, as did league runner-up Central. Kacie Ritter and Lindsey Amick from Scott City made the first team, along with Carissa Wheeler and Melissa Espinoza from Central. Oran's Carmen Duncan and Sikeston's Martika Davis rounded out the first team...
Lueders signs with national power Vanderbilt (11/10/05)
Playing against high school boys the past four years has helped Saxony Lutheran senior Lauren Lueders develop her game at the sacrifice of statistics and personal accolades. Lueders does have at least one very important thing to show for her first three years on the court -- an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship...
Seniors will have their day Saturday (11/10/05)
The season as a whole has not gone the way safety Mike Miller, defensive end Justin Komondoreas and wide receiver T.J. Milcic envisioned, with Southeast Missouri State football stuck on just one win. But it would be hard to blame them for the Redhawks' struggles...
Area sports digest 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Hunter scores ace at Kimbeland Clay Hunter made a hole-in-one Tuesday on the 18th hole at Kimbeland Country Club in Jackson. Hunter, 86, used a 4-iron to ace the 126-yard, par-3 closing hole. It was the Cape Girardeau resident's fourth career hole in one...
Wallace races for pride as farewell tour winds down (11/10/05)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- His championship hopes are over, leaving Rusty Wallace little to race for in the final two events of his storied career. But Wallace has too much pride to simply ride around the next two weeks before he drives off into retirement...
Rams place Incognito on injured reserve (11/10/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have placed rookie offensive lineman Richie Incognito on injured reserve after his surgically repaired knee failed to respond as quickly as had been anticipated. Incognito, a third-round pick, participated in only one practice after rehabbing from kneecap surgery. He said Wednesday the Rams placed him on IR last week during their bye week...
Selig OK with proposed legislation (11/10/05)
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig supports revised congressional legislation that would suspend players for a half-season following a first failed steroids test. Selig said negotiators for owners and players have made progress in talks but still haven't reached an agreement on a new drug deal. The length of the initial penalty appears to be the biggest obstacle...
Blue Jackets defeat St. Louis in battle of NHL's worst teams (11/10/05)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- David Vyborny scored two goals and Marc Denis stopped 24 shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat St. Louis 3-1 on Wednesday night, extending the Blues' franchise-record losing streak to nine games. Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev each had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who came in having scored the fewest goals (28) in the NHL. Columbus, which was just one point ahead of the last-place Blues, ended a four-game losing streak...
After fast start, Biffle's hopes for championship fade (11/10/05)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Greg Biffle opened the season as the driver to beat. Winner of five of the first 15 races, Biffle was nearly untouchable and a solid bet to win the Nextel Cup championship. But with two races remaining this season, Biffle is a long shot -- at best -- to win his first title...
Guillen, Cox win managers honors (11/10/05)
NEW YORK -- Ozzie Guillen of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox was voted American League Manager of the Year, and Atlanta's Bobby Cox became the first back-to-back winner in either league, taking National League honors Wednesday after leading the rookie-laden Braves to a division title...
Nearing end of his best year, Martin suddenly optimistic (11/10/05)
Mark Martin, long known for his gloomy, pessimistic ways, now is predicting victories and talking about the possibility of miracles when it comes to having a legitimate shot at NASCAR's Nextel Cup championship. Why the change? "Well, I'll tell you, I've never had a better season than I have this year, and I just feel good about it," Martin said. "This was supposed to be the last, and I came into it feeling like I had to make the most out of it -- and I have."...
LSU's Augustus unanimous preseason All-America pick (11/10/05)
Already hard enough to guard, Seimone Augustus is about to make life even more taxing for defenders. The LSU star has been working on her 3-point shot and she's getting more confident in taking it, adding yet another dimension to an impressive array of offensive skills that has dazzled onlookers from the day she first put on a Tigers uniform...
Union comes to Owens' defense (11/10/05)
NEW YORK -- The NFL Players Association wants the Philadelphia Eagles to cut Terrell Owens if they're not going to reinstate him after his four-game suspension is over. "We're not asking them to play him, we can't force them to do that," Gene Upshaw, the NFLPA's executive director, said Wednesday. "But if they're not going to let him come back to practice and do all the other things associated with that, then we want them to cut him, let him become a free agent now."...
Claiborne still waiting to make impact (11/10/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Claiborne played so little the first half of the season, the St. Louis Rams' middle linebacker might not have needed the bye week. Whenever teams go to multiple wide receiver sets, Claiborne comes off the field. That's happened all too frequently, diminishing the impact of who was supposed to be one of the team's key offseason pickups. He's fifth on the team in tackles...
Dying to be cool (11/10/05)
So you think smoking is cool? What's cool about breath that smells like the bottom of a bird cage? What's cool about holes in your clothing because the ash from your cigarette fell on them? What's cool about standing outside in summer heat or winter freeze during a break at work so you can feed your habit?...
What would you do if you had one year left to live? (11/10/05)
"What do you want to do with your one wild and precious life?" asks Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. It is a question you may have been pondering if you read last week's column which asked "what if you had one year left to live?" I got many interesting responses on this one, including one from Margo, who crisply observed that she would "Take care of business then ... ...
Health briefs/calendar 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Briefs Families should discuss their medical history The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services suggests that Thanksgiving, and other holidays where family members gather together, would be good time to share information about family health issues, past and present. Missourians should learn more about the diseases and causes of death affecting at least three generations of family members...
Gulf paradise takes beating but not lost yet (11/10/05)
Nov. 10, 2005 Dear Julie, I am on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama. Fog is dimming the sun. Across Bienville Boulevard from my room in the Gulf Breeze Motel, large earth-moving equipment redistributes the thousands of tons of sand Hurricane Katrina displaced from the public beach. The west end of the island is closed to everyone but property owners and construction workers, who must show a pass from the police department at the checkpoint...
Eva Dennis (11/10/05)
Eva Vaughneda Dennis, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Cletus Oliver (11/10/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Cletus Milford Oliver, 86, of Anna died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, at Union County Nursing Home. He was born March 12, 1919, in Karnak, Ill., son of Alvin and Bertha Davidson Oliver. He and Nina L. Hannah were married Feb. 1, 1945, in Vienna, Ill...
Sharon Mitchell (11/10/05)
Sharon E. Mitchell, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born July 23, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Arnold and Anna B. Woods Irby. She and Raymond Mitchell were married Jan. 11, 1969. Mitchell was a graduate of Central High School. She worked more than 20 years at East Missouri Action Agency Headstart in Cape Girardeau...
Viola Sides (11/10/05)
Viola Sides, 88 formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at Breeze Park Care Center in St. Charles, Mo. McCombs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Arnzen (11/10/05)
James J. Arnzen, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Births 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Stevens; Heise; McMullin; Rushing; Langford; Morris; Revelle; Clifton
Cape/Jackson fire reports 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
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Out of the past 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 10, 1980 The Cape Girardeau City Council has tentatively agreed to pay a $30,000 subsidy as part of a new one-year contract with the Cape County Private Ambulance Service Inc., according to County Court Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep; he notes that the court is still negotiating with George F. Rouse, owner and operator of the ambulance service, on the new contract...
School bus safety (11/10/05)
Good sense compels most motorists to slow down in highway construction zones, or take special precautions when they see the flashing lights of emergency vehicles, or exercise caution when school buses are loading and unloading students. Unfortunately, there are too many motorists who don't exhibit good sense in these situations. As a result, state laws have been enacted to cover all these situations -- and more...
Speak Out 11/10/05 (11/10/05)
Report the shooting; Student profiling; Transportation needs; Too many activities; Degree plus experience; Floating eyesore; Tuition is too high; Wrong priorities; Officer's discretion; Are they illegals?; Excellent movie; Laying it on the line; Using common sense; Seasonal help; Higher taxes; Loss of business; Here's real waste
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