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Stories from Saturday, November 12, 2005

Seven musicians from area to play with orchestra (11/12/05)
When the Trans-Siberian Orchestra takes the stage Wednesday at the Show Me Center, the group will have local help. Five people from Cape Girardeau and two women from western Kentucky will help fill out the stage musicians, serving as part of the orchestra on violin, viola and cello...
Woman in case of unsanitary home pleads guilty to reduced charge (11/12/05)
A mother charged with keeping her daughter in unsanitary conditions in a Scott City mobile home pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. Carolann E. Edger, 37, of Scott City, received a nine-month jail sentence with two years' probation during an appearance Thursday before Associate Circuit Judge David Mann. If she completes supervised probation, she will not serve any time...
Lola Allen (11/12/05)
Lola Mae Allen, 85, of Millersville, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at her home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
World briefs 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
Rice makes surprise visit to Iraq on Friday; Deadly strain of bird flu confirmed in Kuwait; Al-Qaida: Four Iraqis bombed hotels
Kruse to speak at SEMO Wednesday (11/12/05)
Missouri Farm Bureau president Charles Kruse will speak at Southeast Missouri State University's agriculture seminar series on Wednesday. Kruse is scheduled to speak at noon in Rhodes Hall, room 121. The seminar is free and open to the public.
Cape chamber of commerce gets four-star accreditation (11/12/05)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has received a four star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Accreditation was one of the goals of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce as outlined by its board of directors in the 2005 Annual Report and Business Plan...
Jackson man tries to drive truck into grandmother's house (11/12/05)
A Jackson man was charged with multiple felonies on Thursday when he reportedly tried to run a truck into his 87-year-old grandmother's house. Erik M. Marshall, 27, was charged with felony counts of domestic assault, burglary and theft, and misdemeanor counts of property damage and driving while intoxicated. He is being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond...
Area schools take innovative steps to raise money (11/12/05)
Wrapping paper and magazine subscriptions are not enough anymore. Local schools employ glamour and ingenuity to raise money these days, holding candle-lit concerts and turning students into waiters at local restaurants. All of it translates into making major money for school organizations like parent teacher associations and booster clubs...
Parole denied for accomplice in Cape's first triple murder (11/12/05)
One of three men charged in Cape Girardeau's first triple murder 13 years ago was denied parole on Thursday. John Browne Jr. has served 12 years of a life term in prison for the murders of Sherry Scheper and her sons Randy and Curtis in August 1992. He had pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder for his role in the drug robbery-turned-homicide at 31 N. Henderson Ave...
Time for a nation to reflect (11/12/05)
Many area schools celebrated Veterans Day with an assembly honoring local veterans and their families. At Jackson High School, members of the choir passed out red and white carnations to veterans and their families, while senior Taylor Almond stood on stage donning his Army dress uniform...
Religion briefs 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
Today; Singer/songwriter Katrina Rae, 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson.; Sunday; Fall dinner and country store at St. Lawrence Church at New Hamburg, Mo., from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Monday; The Christian Women's Club of Cape Girardeau County will hold an "old-fashioned" lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Cape Girardeau. ; Tuesday; Red Star Baptist Church floor hockey registration from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday; Gospel Service, nondenominational at Cape Girardeau Senior Center, 7:30 p.m. ; Author Ruth Shinness Brinduse to speak ; Season of Giving
Celebrating a covenant (11/12/05)
In 138 years, Second Missionary Baptist Church had only one white minister preach to its mostly black congregation. On Sunday, the Rev. Jeff Long of Centenary United Methodist Church will become the second to preach and the only white minister ever to speak at an anniversary ceremony -- all part of a newly formed relationship forged by a natural disaster nearly 600 miles south of Cape Girardeau...
Telling people about their gifts (11/12/05)
Have you ever wondered what gifts God has given you? That sounds like an ordinary and fruitless question on the surface, but making someone aware of his gifts can change his life. God endowed everyone with particular skills and talents that he alone possesses. Scripture agrees when Psalm 139: 13, 14 reads "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."...
Critics worry cigarette tax plan has constitutional flaw (11/12/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some legislators are worried that a proposed constitutional amendment to increase cigarette taxes for health care has language that could tie their hands in setting Medicaid spending. The language also appears to conflict with part of the Missouri Constitution that prevents ballot measures from spelling out how lawmakers spend money. Critics say the confusion could open the measure to a legal challenge even before it gets on the ballot next November...
Month after pledge, FEMA has yet to reopen no-bid Katrina contracts (11/12/05)
WASHINGTON -- Despite a month-old pledge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to reopen four of its biggest no-bid contracts for Hurricane Katrina work and won't do so until the contracts are virtually complete. A promise to hire more minority-owned firms also is largely unfulfilled...
Prosecutors not amused by reputed mobster's TV show (11/12/05)
NEW YORK -- A reputed mobster being held under house arrest while awaiting trial was filmed for a TV comedy cavorting with topless dancers, visiting posh restaurants and trying to break into a church, prosecutors charged. Christopher Colombo, son of the late mobster Joe Colombo, has violated the spirit if not the letter of the rules governing his bail, assistant federal prosecutor Benjamin M. Lawsky wrote in a letter Thursday to U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald...
Anonymous group offers scholarships to Kalamazoo students (11/12/05)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- In one of the biggest and boldest such programs in the nation, an anonymous group of benefactors is offering college scholarships for at least the next 13 years to nearly all of Kalamazoo's high school graduates. The scholarships will be good at any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges, and the amounts will depend on how long the student has been in the Kalamazoo school system. Those who enrolled in kindergarten would get a free ride...
Bush says Iraq critics send wrong message to troops (11/12/05)
TOBYHANNA, Pa. -- President Bush strongly rebuked congressional critics of his Iraq war policy Friday, accusing them of being "deeply irresponsible" and sending the wrong signal both to America's enemy and to U.S. troops. "The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges," Bush said in his most combative defense yet of his rationale for invading Iraq in March 2003...
Nation digest 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
Feds threaten suit over SIU minority fellowships CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The federal government says it soon will sue Southern Illinois University over three graduate fellowships for minorities, but school officials are asking for an opportunity to prove the programs aren't discriminatory. ...
DaimlerChrysler sells stake in Mitsubishi (11/12/05)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Automaker DaimlerChrysler AG ended its ill-fated involvement with Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Co. on Friday, selling its 12.4 percent stake in the company to Goldman Sachs for an undisclosed price. The German-American car maker once held 37 percent of Mitsubishi Motors as part of its goal to become a global auto powerhouse, but the company decided last year against pumping more money into the troubled Japanese automaker...
Italian extradition request of 22 alleged CIA agents jolts relations (11/12/05)
ROME -- Italian prosecutors have requested the extradition of 22 purported CIA operatives in the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003, prosecutors said Friday. The request was sent to Italy's Justice Ministry in Rome, which will decide whether to pass it on to the United States...
French police remain on alert for weekend (11/12/05)
PARIS -- Authorities stepped up security Friday and placed restrictions on some public gatherings after tip-offs from Internet and text messages suggested "violent actions" over the weekend in the French capital. But as France marked Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I, calls for peace in the restive poor neighborhoods of France rang out...
Redhawks rebound with sweep (11/12/05)
What a difference a day made for the Southeast Missouri State volleyball team. After being swept at home by Jacksonville State on Thursday, the Redhawks turned the tables by sweeping visiting Samford in Friday night's regular-season finale. The Redhawks prevailed 30-12, 30-26, 32-30 at Houck Field House to even their record at 15-15 and improve their Ohio Valley Conference mark to 11-5...
Southeast basketball, baseball sign early recruits (11/12/05)
As expected, the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program has landed its second high school player from the Kansas City area. Roderick Pearson, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard at Raytown South, signed a national letter of intent Friday, the second day of the week-long early signing period...
NCAA rules against Illinois in its campaign to ban Indian mascots (11/12/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois' use of Chief Illiniwek remains a "hostile and abusive" image of American Indians and will keep the university on its list of schools that will be prohibited from hosting NCAA postseason events after February, the NCAA declared Friday...
Roush feels targeted by cap on team size (11/12/05)
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jack Roush is taking personally NASCAR's decision to limit the number of teams a car owner can field beginning next year. But NASCAR chairman Brian France insists that the move is necessary for the future health of the stock car sport...
Beattie interviews for job as Boston general manager (11/12/05)
BOSTON -- Trading away a Dominican star wouldn't faze Jim Beattie. As general manager of the Expos, he once sent Pedro Martinez packing from Montreal. Beattie, former executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, met Friday at Fenway Park with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. He's the fourth candidate interviewed since the departure of Theo Epstein last month...
Woods trails leaders by two shots in China (11/12/05)
Tiger Woods saved par after hitting into a water hazard on the final hole Friday for a 3-under 69, leaving him two strokes behind Englishmen David Howell and Nick Dougherty after the second round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai China. Howell shot a bogey-free 67 and Dougherty had a 68 for 12-under 132 totals on the Sheshan International Golf Club course. Australia's Nick O'Hern had a 67 to match Woods at 10 under. Vijay Singh was 8 under after a 69...
Sports briefs 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
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Bible textbook skirts trouble (11/12/05)
Think it's impossible to create a textbook about the Bible for public high schools that's acceptable to varied faiths and legal in the eyes of church-state separationists? That's the goal of the Bible Literacy Project of Fairfax, Va. And judging from initial reactions, it succeeded handsomely with its new "The Bible and Its Influence," just issued for use in the 2006-2007 school year...
Anita Ray (11/12/05)
COOTER, Mo. -- Anita Joyce Parks Ray, 60, of Cooter, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Mo. She was born Nov. 2, 1945, in Dorena, Mo., daughter of the late Harry A. and Margaret M. Campbell Parks...
Raymond Sides (11/12/05)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Raymond August Sides, 93, of Frohna died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Pocahontas, son of Benjamin F. and Amelia Froemsdorf Sides. He and Ella O. Wahlers were married April 8, 1934. She died Dec. 15, 1999...
Suzanne Blattner (11/12/05)
Suzanne Martinko Blattner, 88, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born July 12, 1917, in Granite City, Ill., daughter of Paul and Annie Dudoe Durgalla. She and Martin Martinko were married Feb. 14, 1942. He passed away in May, 1971. She and Matthew Blattner were married Oct. 25, 1973. He passed away August 19, 1988...
Sarah Ireland (11/12/05)
Sarah L. Ireland, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Thurs., Nov. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 26, 1910, in Greenbrier, Mo., to the late Sanford and Rhoda Barrett Cato. She married Ward N. Ireland Sr. on July 3, 1941, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 19, 1966...
Laura Andrews (11/12/05)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Laura A. Andrews, 78, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. She was born in Chaffee, Mo., daughter of the late Robert and Florence Gloria Walker. She is survived by her sons, Mark (Vicki) Slingluff-Andrews, Hubert J. (Phyllis) McDonald; a brother, Ralph (Virginia) Walker; a sister, Katherine Dodge; two grandchildren, Natasha Elizabeth Lewis and Kelley McDonald...
Births 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
Slinkard; Glueck; Nesslein; Parsons
Fire reports 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
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Police reports 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
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Out of the past 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 12, 1980 Cape Girardeau residents who expect the city's new transit system to resemble the Bi-State bus system in St. Louis are in for a surprise, warn city officials; city manager W.G. Lawley reminded councilmen last night, "This will be a limited service system. It is not a 'take people to work' system at all."...
Area preschools strive to meet higher standards for quality care (11/12/05)
A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute found that about 30 percent of preschool teachers nationally don't have a high school diploma. Also, the number of preschool teachers that have bachelor's degrees has decreased from 43 percent in 1985 to 30 percent in 2004...
Population factor... is missing from U.N. millennium goals (11/12/05)
By Werner Fornos Five years ago the United Nations adopted eight millennium development goals to improve the quality of life on this planet but failed to clearly identify a major underlying cause of these enormous obstacles in the path of human progress: rapid population growth...
Eminent domain (11/12/05)
Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune After the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing officials in New London, Conn., to take land from one private owner and make it available for development by another, quite a cry erupted around the nation. ... In Missouri, Gov. Matt Blunt formed a task force to study the issue, and the House Rural Democratic Caucus urged the group to ban the taking of land for private development. .....
More ethanol (11/12/05)
A recent poll indicates that one of the most read news topics in America these days is gasoline prices. Given the dramatic shifts in fuel prices, including an all-time high during the setbacks caused by hurricanes in the South, it's no wonder. Many motorists have newly discovered that there is a cost-saving option when purchasing fuel: ethanol...
Ordeal affects families on both sides (11/12/05)
To the editor: This ordeal has hurt both Scott Smith's and Greg Sparkman's families. Scott made a mistake, and a big one at that. But the ones who have been hurt the most are the children. Greg has a son and daughter who need the love and support of their father instead of having to hear all the horrible things being said. ...
JFK's definition of being 'liberal' (11/12/05)
To the editor: So much name calling occurs using the labels of "liberal" and "conservative." There are perhaps as many different meanings as there are people. John F. Kennedy is reported to have said this on Sept. 14, 1960: "What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label 'liberal?' If by 'liberal' they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of 'liberal.' But if by 'liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'liberal,' then I'm proud to say I'm a 'liberal.'". ...
Speak Out 11/12/05 (11/12/05)
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