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Stories from Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mark Twain waxes poetic on his life with Scott City students (11/15/05)
A rowdy group of 260 middle schoolers crowded the bleachers in Scott City's middle school gym Monday morning to listen to advice and witness the antics from a Mark Twain impersonator. While most of George Scott's jokes went over the student's heads, his eclectic dancing and cartwheel grabbed their attention...
Dabbling in diplomacy (11/15/05)
At 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10, Germany, Algeria and North Korea declared war on Poland and Qatar. Around that same time, North Korea dropped nuclear bombs on both opposing countries. In a small room on the fourth floor of the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University, Chris Beardslee explained the situation to a group of high school students...
Women rock, but talented female musicians usually struggle in Cape (11/15/05)
Music is everywhere when you're Stephanie Fridley. She works as a music teacher, she plays for others as an acoustic folk/Americana musician and, whenever possible, jams out on folksy tunes with her family at home. On afternoons when the family is together and feeling it, Fridley and her husband Daryl pick up guitars or a mandolin, while 10-year-old Nathan and 8-year-old Meg join in on fiddle. ...
Cape's MPO status rests with Blunt (11/15/05)
The greater Cape Girardeau area could have its own federally funded metropolitan planning organization by next year if Gov. Matt Blunt approves it, officials said Monday. Congressional subcommittee staff this fall concluded that the Cape Girardeau-Jackson-Scott City area would meet the population and density requirements for such a designation...
Decking downtown: Old Town Cape hopes to improve Christmas spirit with new donated decorations (11/15/05)
Last year, downtown Cape Girardeau looked like the Grinch had snatched up all the holiday decorations. Other than what individual business owners did themselves, only a few wreaths were strung. "The ones we had were just too old and worn out to put up," said Jayne Ervin of Jayson's Jewelers, who also serves on the decorations committee of Old Town Cape. "They were in such bad shape."...
Police: Tape clears officer of assault (11/15/05)
A student's video recording reportedly cleared a Cape Girardeau police officer of accusations that he punched a woman in the face. And the three women who accused the officer were charged Monday for making a false report. Diane Ray, 44, of 715 S. Pacific St., La Sha R. Townsend, 30, of 617 Boxwood, Apt. 4, and Louquisha E. Heartfield, 33, of 141 N. Silver Springs Road, were issued summonses and face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charges...
Learning briefs 11/15/05 (11/15/05)
Alma Schrader names teacher of the month; faces of 2morrow; Benton student studies genetics at Maine lab
Tornadoes spotted near Charleston, not confirmed (11/15/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) -- Several people reported seeing two tornadoes Tuesday in southeast Missouri, but authorities had not confirmed whether the twisters touched down, the Mississippi County sheriff's department said. No injuries or damages were reported after one tornado was seen in East Prairie and another in New Madrid, Mississippi County sheriff's dispatcher Diane Kelly said...
State education board members unsure about Blunt's plan to boost spending (11/15/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Members of the state Board of Education said Monday they want to review details of Gov. Matt Blunt's push to require school districts spend at least 65 percent of their operating budgets on student instruction before taking a position on the idea...
Canadian company plans pipeline that would cut across six states (11/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A $2.1 billion project to move crude oil from Canada to Illinois would involve burying pipeline in parts of Missouri and Kansas. The 1,840-mile Keystone pipeline, which would run from Alberta to the ConocoPhillips Co. refinery in Wood River, Ill., would cut across three Canadian provinces and six states, including Missouri and Kansas. TransCanada Corp. of Calgary said it plans to have the proposed pipeline running in 2009...
U.S. drug czar launches meth ad campaign in Missouri (11/15/05)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Hoping to encourage neighbors and communities to help in the fight against methamphetamine, the nation's drug czar launched an ad campaign Monday warning that the secondhand effects of meth labs can ruin the health of non-users...
Investigators review models (11/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- The government has opened an investigation of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans after receiving complaints about failure of front air bag crash sensors. Models made by Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai Motor Co., meanwhile, are also under separate investigations for potential defects, officials said Monday...
Another kind of intelligent design (11/15/05)
MANASSAS PARK, Va. -- As a high school principal, Bruce McDade is in charge of student learning, morale and safety. So he's become adept at interior design. Bathroom mirrors? In his school, they are in the hallways, where image-conscious teens can be supervised when they cluster to check their appearance...
Crude, rude ... and academic darlings: 'South Park' the book (11/15/05)
Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and the rest of the gang on "South Park" are crude, rude -- and the subject of a book of academic essays? That's right. Central Michigan University assistant professor of English Jeffrey Weinstock is putting together a lofty tome about one of the most culturally in-tune shows on television...
Bush fires a parting shot at Iraq war critics before heading to Asia (11/15/05)
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- President Bush escalated the bitter debate over the Iraq war on Monday, hurling back at Democratic critics the worries they once expressed that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat to the world. "They spoke the truth then and they're speaking politics now," Bush charged...
Questions and answers about prescription program (11/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- On your mark, get set ... stop. Enrollment begins today for a new Medicare prescription drug benefit, and officials say it's time for beneficiaries to think about signing up -- but not necessarily to decide right away. "There's no need to rush into this," said Mark McClellan, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "There's plenty of time to make a decision -- and make a decision you can be confident about."...
Iraqi detainees claim soldiers threw them into a cage of lions (11/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- Two Iraqi businessmen, who were imprisoned by U.S. forces in Iraq, claimed Monday that American soldiers threw them into a cage of lions in a Baghdad palace, as part of a terrifying interrogation in 2003. "They took me behind the cage, they were screaming at me, scaring me and beating me a lot," Thahe Mohammed Sabbar said in an interview. ...
GM gets back in the discount game with 'Red Tag' pricing (11/15/05)
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. is back in the discount game, and U.S. rivals Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Group could join in soon. The world's largest automaker announced Monday it's offering "Red Tag" prices through Jan. 3 on most Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Pontiac vehicles from the 2005 and 2006 model years. ...
Novel drug shows promise for heart failure (11/15/05)
DALLAS -- An experimental drug gave encouraging signs of being able to stabilize people with severe heart failure who come into emergency rooms gasping for breath, doctors reported Monday. However, the novel drug from Abbott Laboratories, levosimendan, didn't produce the long-term benefits doctors had hoped to see for a problem that every year sends more than one million Americans to the hospital. Results of the study were reported at an American Heart Association meeting...
Alito boasts of his work against abortion during Reagan years (11/15/05)
WASHINGTON -- Twenty years ago, Samuel Alito was just trying to catch the eye of Reagan administration officials looking to fill a political slot in the Justice Department. But the young conservative's boast about being "particularly proud" of his work helping to argue that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion" may now make it more difficult for him in his quest to join the Supreme Court...
World briefs 11/15/05 (11/15/05)
U.S. military may have had bomber in custody AMMAN, Jordan -- The U.S. military announced Monday it arrested and later released an Iraqi whose name matches that of one of the Amman hotel suicide bombers, saying there was no "compelling evidence" that he posed a security threat. ...
Mexico, Venezuela strain diplomatic relations after name-calling dispute (11/15/05)
MEXICO CITY -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused Mexican leader Vicente Fox of being a "puppy" of President Bush and said: "Don't mess with me, sir." Fox shot back on Monday that "we have dignity in this country" and demanded an apology...
U.S.-led operation kills 50 insurgents (11/15/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a fresh attack Monday against an insurgent stronghold near the Syrian border despite calls by Sunni Arab leaders to halt such operations to encourage a big turnout in next month's election. The U.S. command said about 50 insurgents were killed...
Jackson finds paydirt in all-conference selections (11/15/05)
Jackson's football team dominated the SEMO North Division this season, outscoring Central, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff 114-14 en route to a 3-0 conference mark...
Simonhoff recognized nationally for punts vs. TSU (11/15/05)
Southeast Missouri State junior punter David Simonhoff is not having quite the season he had last year, when he earned All-American honors after setting school and conference records. But Simonhoff has still been more than solid, and he has especially been impressive over the past two weeks...
Sam Houston shoots down MU in opener (11/15/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Ryan Bright picked the perfect time to have a career night. The Sam Houston State sophomore made a pair of crucial 3-pointers late in the second half and finished with 28 points Monday night as Bearkats beat Missouri 80-77 in the opening round of the Preseason NIT...
Cards sign 14 players to contracts in minors (11/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals signed 14 players to minor league contracts on Monday and added one of them, catcher Michel Hernandez, to the 40-man roster. Hernandez, 27, spent all last season at Triple-A Portland in the San Diego Padres system and batted .288 with three home runs and 31 RBIs in 82 games. He played six years in the Yankees organization from 1998-2003 and played five games in the major leagues in 2003 with New York...
Rams come up short despite return of team's top players (11/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams got three of their offensive stars and their best defensive player back, but it was far from the bonanza the team had been expecting. The return of Marc Bulger, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce from injuries added up to one touchdown in a 31-16 loss to Seattle that put the Seahawks in commanding position in the NFC West on Sunday. In five trips inside the 20, the Rams (4-5) scored one touchdown...
Cowboys defeat Eagles with two late TDs (11/15/05)
PHILADELPHIA -- Now the Eagles' problems are much bigger than just Terrell Owens. Roy Williams intercepted Donovan McNabb's pass and ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown with 2:43 left, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 21-20 comeback victory over Philadelphia on Monday night in the Eagles' first game since T.O. was told not to return to the team...
USC, Texas appear destined for showdown in Rose Bowl (11/15/05)
NEW YORK -- Only once before has a team been where Southern California and Texas are in the Bowl Championship Series standings and not played for a national title. The Trojans and Longhorns held the top two spots Monday, and are both unbeaten with three weeks left in the regular season. With two more victories each, they'll lock up spots in the Rose Bowl for a matchup that has appeared inevitable for months...
A-Rod wins AL MVP by a glove (11/15/05)
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez showed slick fielding counts, winning his second American League Most Valuable Player award in three seasons by defeating David Ortiz in a vote that rewarded an all-around player over a designated hitter. Rodriguez, in his second season as the New York Yankees' third baseman, received 16 first-place votes, 11 seconds and one third for 331 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday...
Checketts ends talks to buy Blues (11/15/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Checketts' group withdrew from negotiations to buy the St. Louis Blues, putting the team back on the open market Monday. Blues owners Bill and Nancy Laurie had signed a letter of intent with Sports Capital Partners granting them exclusive rights to negotiate for 30 days to buy the team and the operating lease on the Savvis Center, where the Blues play...
Sports briefs 11/15/05 (11/15/05)
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Girls find fun, not politics in dolls (11/15/05)
With their immaculate clothes and well-styled hair, American Girl dolls draw plenty of fans. My daughters grew up with the dolls and their story-book characters. A few years ago, we even stopped by the American Girl Place in Chicago, which is The Store for little girls and their parents who want to shop for the ultimate doll and accessories...
Bobby Hahn (11/15/05)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Bobby J. Hahn, 72, of Sedgewickville died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Randy Lemonds (11/15/05)
Randy Lemonds, 49, of Delta died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Roby Hitt (11/15/05)
Roby William Hitt, 81, of Scott City died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Advance, Mo., son of Grover B. and Esther Snider Hitt. He and Vernetta Maxine "Babe" Vaughan were married Jan. 26, 1947...
Erna Hopfer (11/15/05)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Erna A. Hopfer, 92, of Uniontown died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born May 13, 1913, at Farrar, Mo., daughter of Emmanuel and Anna Newberry Bachmann. She and Elmer A. Hopfer were married Oct. 12, 1935. He died Jan. 12, 1986...
Births 11/15/05 (11/15/05)
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Out of the past 11/15/05 (11/15/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 15, 1980 The 31st Missourian Art Exhibit opens at city hall in Cape Girardeau; more than 220 paintings are represented by 114 artists from Southeast Missouri, western Kentucky and Southern Illinois; an estimated 3,000 people are expected to view the exhibit before it closes...
Medicaid morass (11/15/05)
By John P. Lichtenegger At 10 a.m. on Nov. 4, a hearing was held at the Division of Family Services office in the Marquette Tower in Cape Girardeau to determine if Vicki Litzenfelner Abernathy would regain her Medicaid medical benefits, which were recently terminated...
Tax reform (11/15/05)
After a year of studying the federal tax system, the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform has issued a report that has stirred little comment from taxpayers. Maybe the lack of reaction is because of everything else dominating headlines these days...
Speak Out 11/15/05 (11/15/05)
Use those mirrors; Doesn't seem right; Downtown post office; Never forget; Get clearance first; A travesty; Full Scottish attire; Keep it decent; Cold War vets; Where's the crowd?; Driving inefficiency; A choice in Iraq; Best for the country
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