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Stories from Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Groups raise money for veterans home van (11/22/05)
An early Christmas gift arrived at the beginning of October for the Missouri Veterans Home, thanks to the generosity of area veterans groups. In a joint effort by several donating sources, more than $34,000 was raised to purchase a 2005 Ford E350 van, which accommodates two wheelchairs, six seated passengers and one driver...
Post office substation slated to open Monday (11/22/05)
The new postal substation in the Bi-State convenience store at 920 N. Kingshighway is scheduled to open on Monday. The location should help ease demand on the temporary retail office on Christine Street, said postmaster Mike Keefe. The substation, located on the west end of Cape Girardeau, will offer standard post office services, excluding post office boxes, registered mail and money orders...
Cape County receives funds to upgrade voting machines (11/22/05)
More than $200,000 of federal funds will help Cape Girardeau County complete the upgrade of voting equipment to meet requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The act was established to improve election administration, especially for individuals with disabilities, and to replace the punch card voting machines after the voting problems in Florida during the 2000 presidential election...
Passed bill will open up Missouri to Southwest (11/22/05)
A new federal spending bill could mean lower air fares for Missouri travelers. The state would become the latest to gain an exemption from the Wright Amendment, a 26-year-old federal law that restricts flights from Love Field airport in Dallas. The airport is home to Southwest Airlines...
Brush up on your verses (11/22/05)
The National Endowment for the Arts and the publisher of Poetry Magazine have organized a national poetry reading competition for high school students, with the winner receiving a $20,000 college scholarship. "There's a twofold importance in a program like this," Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said...
MoDOT offers Ramsey Creek bridge options to Scott City (11/22/05)
The Missouri Department of Transportation has given Scott City two options on the Ramsey Creek Bridge project -- take control of the project, or give up the reins to MoDOT. Scott City Mayor Tim Porch shared MoDOT's recommendations with the Scott City Council Monday night. ...
Iraqi leaders call for timetable for withdrawal of 'foreign troops' (11/22/05)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Leaders of Iraq's sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right" of resistance. The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
Consent Ordinances (Second and third readings) Approved the issuance of waterworks system refunding revenue bonds. Authorized the acquisition of property for the improvement of Mount Auburn Road between William Street and Bloomfield Road. Granted a special-use permit to Lonnie and Shirley Moss and Paul and Patricia Grebe for purposes of storage of plumbing business materials and vehicles at 155 S. Park Ave...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 11/21/05 (11/22/05)
Public Hearings Held a hearing discussing the past performance by the city of Jackson on behalf of the senior center in carrying out the city's 2002 project for the construction of the new senior center facility at 2690 Traveler's Way. Action Items...
Cape Girardeau city council tables rezoning issue (11/22/05)
The Cape Girardeau City Council tabled a local used-car dealer's request to operate his business from a manufactured home. Council members Monday night asked for the city staff to research the issue after dealer Pat LaFont said several other businesses currently operate out of manufactured or mobile homes...
Dying to cross: Deer accidents highest in November (11/22/05)
Since Sept. 1, more than 150 car accidents have involved deer in Southeast Missouri. The Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department reported roughly 50 deer-related accidents, while four were reported in Jackson and about 100 more by Missouri Highway Patrol Troop E...
Aldermen: No more street fund raising (11/22/05)
Solicitation of donations will no longer be allowed on Jackson's public streets. In a unanimous vote, the Board of Aldermen established a policy banning the common fund raising practice at its meeting Monday night. City administrator Jim Roach said the policy was established because of two reasons: safety for those soliciting and to help with traffic flow...
Judge, prosecutor will decide soon on grand jury in Miss. Co. case (11/22/05)
Circuit Judge David Dolan and Mississippi County Prosecutor Darren Cann will meet soon to decide whether to convene a grand jury to investigate money shortages at the Mississippi County Detention Center. Dolan and Cann said Monday that they discussed the grand jury request last week, but no decision was made. Dolan, the presiding judge for the 33rd Circuit, must approve any call for a grand jury...
Local students create and sell hand-made Christmas cards for charity and church (11/22/05)
Created from careful strokes of color only a child could make, Joseph and Mary stand side by side next to a tiny brown manger. To their right, a star -- rivaling the size of the Bethlehem stable under which the couple stands -- shines in bright yellow...
Learning briefs 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
Jenkins graduates with honors from Collins; Student lobby association celebrates 30 years; Beta Club inducts local junior high students; ASUM names Lorenz as a legislative intern; Oran native named for Who's Who; Applications available for criminal justice scholarship
Cost of Thanksgiving dinner has gone up only slightly (11/22/05)
Buying groceries for the annual Thanksgiving Day feast can be costly enough to send any shopper into a mad dash for the door. But, according to experts, the costs of feeding your family this year won't be any more cause for alarm than last year. According to a recent survey by the Missouri Farm Bureau, the cost of feeding a family of 10 on Thanksgiving will be $34.45, up from last year's $32.18...
Perryville man faces abuse charge (11/22/05)
Lynn A. Koenig, 35, of Perryville, Mo., is accused of child abuse after using a metal coat hanger to discipline his 11-year-old daughter. The Perry County Prosecuting Attorney's office charged Koenig on Friday with one felony count of child abuse. He is being held on a $5,000 cash-only, personal recognizance bond and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted...
Random acts of violence: What makes someone go on a shooting spree? (11/22/05)
A 20-year-old man walks into a Tacoma mall and indiscriminately starts shooting; two teens killed 13 classmates at Columbine high school before taking their own lives; a 37-year-old man killed six people on a New York commuter train. All horrific crimes, committed with a chilling degree of randomness that shatters the perception of safety in public spaces...
Suspect in mall shooting spree: 'Just follow the screams' (11/22/05)
TACOMA, Wash. -- A man accused of a shooting spree at a crowded shopping mall told authorities to "just follow the screams" when he called them shortly before opening fire with a pair of assault rifles, according to court documents released Monday...
Cheney slams war critics -- but praises character of Rep. John Murtha (11/22/05)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday accused critics of "corrupt and shameless" revisionism in suggesting the White House misled the nation in a rush to war, the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious debate over prewar intelligence...
Former DeLay aide pleads guilty in conspiracy to bribe public officials (11/22/05)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Scanlon, a former partner of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe public officials, a charge growing out of the government investigation of attempts to defraud Indian tribes and corrupt a member of Congress...
Like a rock: GM plunges, cuts 30,000 assembly jobs (11/22/05)
DETROIT -- In the last few weeks, General Motors Corp. has been facing a near constant drumbeat of negative news and bankruptcy whispers, putting chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner under considerable pressure to speed up his turnaround plan. Wagoner sent employees a memo last week, assuring them that bankruptcy isn't on the radar at the world's largest automaker. ...
Are foreigners losing appetite for U.S. investments? (11/22/05)
WASHINGTON-- The economy is able to chug along despite record-high trade deficits because foreigners are still willing to invest in the United States. How much longer they will keep pouring money into America is unclear, even to the government's foremost economists -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his chosen successor, Ben Bernanke...
President Bush salutes partnership between United States, Mongolia (11/22/05)
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- In this frigid land where goats and horses far outnumber people, President Bush stretched to find common ground between the United States and Mongolia. "Both our nations were settled by pioneers on horseback who tamed the rugged plains," the president said Monday. "Both our nations shook the yoke of colonial rule and built successful free societies."...
Sharon pulls out of Likud to pursue peacemaking with Palestinians (11/22/05)
JERUSALEM -- Once Israel's premier hawk, Ariel Sharon has undergone a startling transformation over the past two years. He pulled Israel out of the Gaza Strip this summer and uprooted Jewish settlements he once backed, fighting off challenges from within his own Likud Party...
U.S. military flies out last plane from Uzbek air base (11/22/05)
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- The U.S. military flew its last plane Monday out of an air base in Uzbekistan that had been an important hub for American military operations in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said. In July, hard-line President Islam Karimov ordered the U.S. ...
Kenyan constitution losing ground in vote (11/22/05)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya's proposed new constitution appeared to be losing ground in early returns today in a referendum officials said went relatively smoothly, despite minor clashes in Nairobi's largest slum and allegations of vote buying. The draft constitution was rejected in 39 of the 68 districts whose provisional results were announced by the Electoral Commission of Kenya. ...
Iran declares support for Iraqi democracy (11/22/05)
TEHRAN, Iran -- The Iranian president emerged from meetings with his Iraqi counterpart Monday, saying the two countries have "one soul in two bodies." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the United States, which has nearly 160,000 troops in Iraq in support of the government, wanted to block better ties between the Shiite Muslim-dominated nations...
Japanese probe to try landing on asteroid again (11/22/05)
TOKYO -- A Japanese space probe is heading back toward an asteroid for a second landing attempt after failing to touch down over the weekend, officials said Monday. Communications between the Hayabusa probe and Japan's space agency, JAXA, have returned to normal after the vessel inexplicably stopped short of the asteroid and lost contact with ground control Sunday, the officials said. ...
Last survivor of WWI's 'Christmas Truce' dies (11/22/05)
LONDON -- Alfred Anderson, the last surviving soldier to have heard the guns fall silent along the Western Front during the spontaneous "Christmas Truce" of World War I, died Monday at age 109. More than 80 years after the war, Anderson recalled the "eerie sound of silence" as shooting stopped and soldiers clambered from trenches to greet one another Dec. 25, 1914...
Reconstruction team inaugurated in ancient Babylon (11/22/05)
BABYLON, Iraq -- Standing next to the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon, the U.S. ambassador inaugurated a provincial reconstruction team in central Iraq on Monday -- launching a civilian-led approach to rebuilding the country that could take the burden off the U.S. military...
Woodland girls drop opener to Blackcats (11/22/05)
Fredericktown routed Woodland 79-29 in a season-opening girls basketball matchup Monday at Woodland. The Cardinals, playing under first-year coach Stephanie DePew, were outscored 38-8 in the second half. Courtney Glastetter led Woodland (0-1) with eight points...
New Salem girls preview: Green, Poole lead Eagles' state title chase (11/22/05)
Coming off a year in which it lost only four games en route to the Missouri Christian School Activities Association Class 1A title, size and inexperience will present obstacles in the way of a repeat for New Salem Baptist Academy of Marble Hill. New Salem, which has finished either first or second in the state tournament the last three years, lost four players off last year's team -- including the bulk of the rebounding and defense...
New Salem boys preview: Defending state champions have holes to fill (11/22/05)
New Salem Baptist Academy has a long road ahead in defense of its Missouri Christian School Activities Association Class 1A state title. The Marble Hill school lost five players off its roster, including sophomore Boone Gaines, New Salem's all-time leading scorer who led the team with 19.5 points per game last season and has moved out of state...
Eagle Ridge girls preview: Eagle Ridge expects to bounce back from injury-riddled season (11/22/05)
Injuries took their toll on the Eagle Ridge Christian School girls last season, helping cause a disappointing 4-13 record. "We lost two starters early in the season, and we had an injury right before the state tournament," coach Donna Powell said. "It was a rough year. I believe I may have had one player on the bench at the end of the year."...
Eagle Ridge boys preview: Eagles eye top-four state finish (11/22/05)
Eagle Ridge Christian School coach Tony Hammack believes his team can only improve from last season. The Eagles return every player from last year's squad that compiled a 8-19 record, and Hammack thinks the team has a legitimate shot at finishing in the top four of the Missouri Christian School Activities Association Class 2A state tournament...
Oran girls preview: Oran familiar with teams it wants to overcome this year (11/22/05)
The Oran girls program made some strides in its first year for coach Larry Boshell, winning eight games. "I think they only won two or three games the year before," Boshell said. "Now, it's just a matter of us getting over the hump." The hump would be conference foes Kelly, Delta and Scott County Central. ...
Oran boys preview: Young Eagles hope to make up ground in tough district (11/22/05)
After winning only four games in his first season as the Oran boys coach last year and with no experienced seniors on this year's squad, Jason Andrews still has hopes of his team winning a district title. The Eagles lost five players to graduation and will sport one senior, Jordan Mason, who sat out his junior year. Therefore, the key to Oran's success this season is a junior class that split time between junior varsity and varsity last season...
Kelly girls preview: Team philosophy adds up to wins for Kelly's girls (11/22/05)
The Kelly girls program has quite a tradition going, and it's based on a simple philosophy. As long as the Hawks continue to adhere to that philosophy -- which coach Rod McQuerter anticipates -- the victories should keep coming. "Our philosophy is the same every year," McQuerter said. "Have a positive attitude, play hard and play as a team...
Kelly boys preview: Johnson's second year will present different challenge (11/22/05)
Cory Johnson had quite a debut season as the Kelly boys coach last year, but his second campaign holds plenty of question marks. That, however, doesn't seem to faze the former Southeast Missouri State sharpshooting guard. "We lost a lot of scoring, but I'm pretty excited. They'll give me their best effort every night," Johnson said. "There's a lot of parity in the area, and I think we'll be able to compete with most teams."...
Perryville girls preview: Pirates have several players returning from 16-10 squad (11/22/05)
It's doubtful that many teams will enter the season with more experience than Perryville's girls. The Pirates return all five starters and their first player off the bench -- along with several other reserves -- from last year's 16-10 squad that led top-seeded Dexter late before the Bearcats pulled away to win the Class 4 District 1 final...
Perryville boys preview: Lacking experience, Pirates impress coach with intensity (11/22/05)
There won't be much experience or size for Perryville's boys this year, but coach Joel Roth still likes what he has to work with. "We don't have size or experience, but as far as intensity level, this is the best since I've been here," said Roth, entering his third season. "We're young, but there's as much potential in this group as any of my groups."...
St. Vincent girls preview: Squaws want to build off volleyball program's success in district play (11/22/05)
St. Vincent's volleyball team experienced unusual success this year -- and basketball coach Terry Wengert hopes some of that rubs off on her squad. The Squaws, coming off a 6-19 season, feature six players who were on the volleyball team that won the program's first district title since 1987...
St. Vincent boys preview: St. Vincent has rebuilding job after state runner-up showing (11/22/05)
To say that St. Vincent's boys are facing a rebuilding challenge would be an understatement. The Indians, coming off their first state final four appearance -- they finished second in Class 2 -- return only one player who averaged more than two points per game...
Scott Central girls preview: District champs already, Bravettes hope to advance (11/22/05)
The Scott County Central girls basketball team is guaranteed a district title this season as the only girls team in Class 1 District 1. How far the Bravettes can advance in the state playoffs will be determined by how the young squad can gel and improve over the season...
Scott Central boys preview: Braves begin new era with Heeb at helm (11/22/05)
Scott County Central has slowly started to regain some of the school's proud boys basketball tradition over the past two seasons, capturing consecutive district titles after an eight-year absence from the state playoffs. Now the Braves are trying to begin a new era of small school dominance, as Scott County graduate David Heeb takes over the program. ...
Woodland girls preview: First-year coach likes team's competitiveness (11/22/05)
As a first year coach who is fresh out of Southeast Missouri State, Stephanie DePew finds it hard to predict how Woodland's girls will do when it comes to wins and losses. But she is sure of one thing. "These girls are going to go out and compete in every game, and they want to win," said DePew, who is a Centralia, Ill., native...
Woodland boys preview: Cardinals have number of holes to fill (11/22/05)
The Woodland boys basketball team enters the season with many question marks. The Cardinals were 9-16 last year and return only junior Seth Gaines from its starting lineup. Gaines moves from point guard to the shooting guard this year with senior Chantz Barham taking over at point guard...
Delta girls preview: Bobcats look poised for another long playoff run (11/22/05)
Delta girls coach Randy White has taken his team into the Class 1 state tournament every season he's been at the school. Then again, Delta doesn't always end up with the sternest district test, winning a two-team field last year. But the Bobcats, who finished third in the state in 2002-03, have the kind of team that can make some noise beyond district again this time around...
Delta boys preview: Kinder, Below lone seniors back for district runner-up (11/22/05)
Delta coach Shawn Kinder has a pretty good idea what he can expect from his experienced guard tandem. How well the Bobcats do this season may depend more on what Kinder gets from an inexperienced front court combination. Seniors Aaron Kinder and Terrence Below return at the guard positions for Delta, though both missed significant time last year with injuries...
Meadow Heights boys preview: Panthers return plenty of firepower (11/22/05)
As has been the case in Meadow Heights coach Tom Brown's four-year tenure as Panthers coach, scoring should not be a problem for the Panthers this season. Meadow Heights brings back four returning starters who all averaged double figures in scoring from a team that averaged 79 points a game. Terry Wagner reached the 1,000-point plateau as a junior last year and averaged 17.5 points a game...
Meadow Heights girls preview: First-year girls varsity team plans to use all 14 players on roster (11/22/05)
Meadow Heights does not have a senior on its girls basketball roster. Of course, considering the team will play its first season at the varsity level this year, experience is not really something the Panthers could count on. Panthers coach Mitch Nanney said he plans to use all 14 of his players throughout the season in order for them to gain experience...
Scott City girls preview: Nanney emphasizes teaching in first season at Rams' helm (11/22/05)
Scott City's girls have two returning starters but little experience beyond that for first-year coach John Nanney. Nora Glasser and Kelley Hicks, both juniors, are Scott City's lone returning starters. Glasser is a 5-foot-10 post player and Hicks is a 5-8 forward...
Scott City boys preview: Unproven Rams prepare to take on rough schedule (11/22/05)
Scott City lost nearly 75 percent of its scoring with the graduation of six players, including Mark Dannenmueller and Mark Johnston, who combined to average more than 45 points a game. While the Rams may not have a proven scorer to take the place of Dannenmueller and Johnston, the team should benefit from a more balanced lineup...
Chaffee girls preview: Experience may help Red Devils reverse record (11/22/05)
Chaffee girls coach Chance White said his young team was competitive in a lot of games last year, but the Red Devils finished under .500 at 8-16. Chaffee has something this year that can pay off in close games -- experience. All five starters return for the Red Devils with Whitney Schlosser, Mindy Hendrix and Rachel Hendrix on the front line and Kegan Orr and Torie Keys in the backcourt...
Chaffee boys preview: Moyers' second season finds Red Devils trending younger (11/22/05)
Tyson Moyers begins the second year of his rebuilding plan at Chaffee with a mandated youth movement. The Red Devils lost four starters to graduation from last year's 3-18 team, including leading scorers Tyler Graham and Brad Urhahn. Chaffee has just one returning starter in Korey Chapman, a senior guard...
Zalma boys preview: New Bulldogs coach inherits four starters from last year's 3-18 team (11/22/05)
The good news for first-year Zalma coach Ryan Harmon is that he returns four starters from last year's varsity team. But the Bulldogs won only three games last season. "Hopefully, we have left everything in the past," said Harmon, a Puxico native who was an assistant at Zalma last year. "We have six seniors who have played together for a long time."...
Oak Ridge boys preview: Oak Ridge seniors adjust to third coach in four years (11/22/05)
For the six seniors on Oak Ridge's roster, coach John Martin is the third coach in their high school careers. Despite the likely transition period the Blue Jays will experience early this season, an experienced Oak Ridge squad will try to build on one of its most successful seasons in recent history...
Saxony Lutheran preview: Crusaders' first seniors hope to complete careers with another winning campaign (11/22/05)
Saxony Lutheran's first basketball practice was more like a reunion than a get-to-know-you session. The Crusaders return all five starters from last season -- including four seniors making up the first group to complete four years of participation in any sports program at the school...
Leopold boys preview: New coach can build on four senior starters (11/22/05)
Shawn Dugger will spend his first season as coach of Leopold trying to turn around a team that won only four games last season. Dugger said he's been impressed with the first few weeks of practice and the time his team spent in the gym over the summer...
Advance boys preview: Hornets try to get over hump in Class 2 district tournament (11/22/05)
The Advance boys have found the district championship game to be quite a stumbling block in recent years. The Hornets have lost in three straight district title games, including last year's 66-63 loss on Van Buren's rally in the Class 2 District 2 tournament...
Bell City boys preview: Bogans, Liggins make Bell City state title contender in Class 1 (11/22/05)
Bell City may have lost coach David Heeb and star guard D.D. Gillespie to Scott County Central, but the Cubs and new coach Brian Brandtner should still be one of the state favorites in Class 1 heading into this season. The Cubs lost just one senior from last year's team, and will have the services of 6-foot-9 center Will Bogans this season...
Notre Dame girls preview: Notre Dame tries to bounce back from rare losing season (11/22/05)
Notre Dame suffered a rare losing season last year, something long-time coach Jerry Grim does not expect to do again. "It's been since 1988 that I had one," Grim said. "I don't want another one." The Bulldogs return their top two scorers from last year and have a roster full of experienced players...
Notre Dame boys preview: Bulldogs hope speed burns opponents (11/22/05)
Notre Dame limped through the regular season last year, only to make an improbable run through the postseason, which earned the Bulldogs their first trip to the state final four since winning consecutive state titles in 1986 and 1987. "We were in a lot of games last year we didn't win," Notre Dame coach Paul Hale said. "We came on really well at the end, but we played well all year."...
Jackson girls preview: Indians take aim at elusive crown in Class 5 district (11/22/05)
The Jackson girls basketball program has put up back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years, just to come up short in the district tournament. With only one senior lost from last year's squad, which finished 22-4, Jackson should be in line for a successful season...
Jackson boys preview: Jackson tries to clear obstacle presented by two-time state champion Poplar Bluff (11/22/05)
Jackson has enjoyed two of its most successful seasons in school history over the past two years, only to have its season ended in the district final each time by two-time Class 5 state champion Poplar Bluff. Despite losing its top two scorers in all-state guard Jack Puisis and post player Ryan Mirly, the Indians should be primed to make a run at the post-Tyler Hansbrough Mules...
Central girls preview: First-year coach wants Central to pick up pace (11/22/05)
Central first-year coach Sherri Shirrell will try to use a more up-tempo style of play to re-energize a struggling Tigers girls program. The Tigers return two starters from a team which managed just five wins last year. Over the past two seasons, Central has just 11 wins...
Central boys preview: Early growing pains could pay off for Tigers (11/22/05)
With six sophomores on its varsity roster, Central could experience some early growing pains this season. How the Tigers' younger players adjust to varsity competition and blend with Central's five juniors and seniors will go a long way in determining their success this season...
Redhawks optimistic first win is at hand (11/22/05)
Failing to upset one of the nation's premier teams in its season opener, Southeast Missouri State's women figure to get back to the .500 mark tonight. The Redhawks, who lost at then-13th ranked Texas Tech 85-56 on Friday, welcome Division II Arkansas-Monticello to the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff...
Preview: Unfinished business (11/22/05)
Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith firmly believes Tatiana Conceicao has a solid chance to become the program's first player to compete in the WNBA. Conceicao would like nothing better -- but right now, reaching the highest professional league for women's basketball is the furthest thing from her mind...
Preview: Redhawks hope athleticism translates to wins (11/22/05)
Southeast Missouri State's men will feature a new-look team this season after graduation fairly depleted the Redhawks. But what ninth-year coach Gary Garner's Redhawks might have lost in experience, they hope to make up for with improved athleticism...
Redhawks suffer initial loss (11/22/05)
This time Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks dug themselves a hole from which they could not escape. The Redhawks, who rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to clip Division II Truman State in Friday's season opener, found themselves behind by 17 points early in the second half Monday night...
Area sports digest 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
Anderson wins two events at tennis tournament Shane Anderson won two turkeys at the Turkey Day Tennis Tournament on Sunday in Jackson. Anderson repeated as the men's open singles champion, defeating Rob Hale 6-3, 7-6. Anderson also teamed up with Ken Campbell to win the men's open doubles championship match 6-0, 7-6 against Jerry Kinnaman and Fredericktown's Jeff Hufford...
Penn State climbs a spot to No. 3 in BCS standings (11/22/05)
NEW YORK -- Joe Paterno and Penn State are in the clubhouse, hoping for Southern California or Texas to fumble away their chances to play for the national championship. The Nittany Lions moved up one spot into third place in the Bowl Championship Series standings on Monday behind the unbeaten Trojans and Longhorns...
Federer's streaks end in Masters Cup final (11/22/05)
SHANGHAI, China -- Even David Nalbandian was impressed with the way he beat Roger Federer in the finals of the Masters Cup. Nalbandian lost the first two sets and then trailed 30-0 with Federer serving for the match in the fifth set, before ending the top-ranked player's streak of 24 straight finals wins and handing him just his fourth loss of the year, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) Sunday...
Vikings keep hopes alive, down Packers (11/22/05)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Minnesota's offense isn't dead. With the steady hand of Brad Johnson, neither is the Vikings' season. For the second time this season, Paul Edinger kicked a winning field goal against Green Bay, a 27-yarder as time expired that gave the Vikings a 20-17 win Monday night and keep their playoff hopes alive...
Bulger to miss more time due to injury (11/22/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams won two straight games without Marc Bulger last month, and another shoulder injury to their quarterback will test them again. Results of an MRI exam Monday revealed no tear or separation. The injury was described as a bruise after a 38-28 loss to the Cardinals, and interim coach Joe Vitt said Bulger was "sore, very, very sore."...
Champ Stewart sheds his bad-boy image (11/22/05)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With a little luck and a whole lot less controversy, Tony Stewart drove to his second NASCAR championship. In doing so, he traded in his reputation as a temperamental brat for the distinction of being one of the greatest drivers of his time...
Season likely over for Eagles' McNabb (11/22/05)
Donovan McNabb's season is likely over. So is the Philadelphia Eagles' hope of returning to the Super Bowl. The Eagles' star quarterback will have surgery for a sports hernia and is expected to miss the final six games, another crushing blow for a team that had still hoped to make the playoffs without suspended receiver Terrell Owens...
Sports briefs 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
Basketball; Hockey
Fourth-grader talks turkey (11/22/05)
Our fourth-grader defines "thankful" as turkey. Bailey even spells it out for those who fail to grasp the sheer "Thanksgiving" of eating a plate of turkey. "T stands for turkey," she proudly proclaims. "H -- Happiness is turkey. A -- A good turkey dinner. N -- Nice turkey dinner. K -- Know how to cook turkey. F -- For turkey. U -- Use an Oven. L -- Love turkey."...
William McEnelly (11/22/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- William C. "Bill" McEnelly, 85, of Anna died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, Ill. He was born May 29, 1920, at Hanlontown, Iowa, son of Charles G. and Myrtle Myers McEnelly. He and Marjorie J. Holt were married April 7, 1945, in Minneapolis, Minn. She died Oct. 18, 1992...
Charles Martin (11/22/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Charles L. Martin, 63, of Barnhart, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis County. He was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Marble Hill, Mo., son of Paul Linus and Gladys Mae Welker Martin. He first married Ruth Wiseman and later married Joyce Evelyn Martin, both of whom preceded him in death...
Doyle Varnum (11/22/05)
Doyle Varnum, 78, of Jackson died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 16, 1927, in Jackson, son of Ezekiel and Ella Godwin Varnum. He and Mildred Niblack Varnum were married Feb. 14, 1976. Varnum worked 46 years in the finishing department at the former Florsheim Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Red Star Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau...
Edra Scott (11/22/05)
Edra Mae Scott, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 8, 1917, at Matthews, Mo., daughter of Edd and Essie Mae Stewart Clinton. She and T.R. Scott were married in 1948 at Flat River, Mo. He died June 5, 1993...
Sheldon Gardner (11/22/05)
Sheldon Frank Gardner, 71, of Mystic, Conn., died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005. He was born April 20, 1934, in Massachusetts, and since 1982 he was a resident of Southeastern Connecticut. He graduated from Everett High School in Boston in 1952, received an A.B. from Harvard in 1956, and completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California in 1963...
John Busby (11/22/05)
CAIRO, Ill. -- John Stephen Busby, 59, of Cairo died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 19, 1946, in Cairo, son of John and Mamie Smith Busby. Busby worked 30 years at Burkart. Survivors include three brothers, William Busby of LaCenter, Ky., Mike Busby of Anna, Ill., Don Busby of Arlington, KY.; and two sisters, Birdie Adams of Barlow, Ky., and Jean Frazier of Port Huron, Mich...
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Cape fire reports 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
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Out of the past 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
25 years ago: Nov. 22, 1980 An appliance company foreman and an independent contractor became the fourth and fifth candidates to file for the Cape Girardeau City Council yesterday; David Davidson, a foreman at Superior Electric Co., and Daniel S. Strother are seeking the seat being vacated by Mayor Paul Stehr...
Let's take care of Katrina relief expenses first (11/22/05)
The Dallas Morning News Many tax cuts the House and Senate are considering make sense. Some would make it easier for investors to buy and sell stocks. Some would relieve middle-class taxpayers facing the pinch of the alternative minimum tax for the first time. And some would benefit businesses and individuals whom Hurricane Katrina tore asunder...
Jackson's survey (11/22/05)
Jackson continues to attract new residents and businesses. To make sure the growth is orderly and to make sure the city provides adequate services, it constantly monitors needs and evaluates ways to meet those needs. The city has formed a special advisory group called the Community Outreach Board, which tries to gauge interest in various areas of city services and report those findings to the board of aldermen. ...
A timely poem: 'The Cold Within' (11/22/05)
To the editor: Six humans trapped by happenstance in black and bitter cold. Each possessed a stick of wood, or so the story's told. Their dying fire in need of logs, the first woman held hers back, for on the faces around the fire she noticed one was black. ...
Mental discipline is best (11/22/05)
To the editor: So the Scott City School Board thinks its teachers still have to hit students with boards, even though teachers in surrounding districts no longer do so? Next week a ban takes effect in Pennsylvania, meaning that educators in 29 states and nearly every other country in the world do not hit kids...
Protect our cemetery history (11/22/05)
To the editor: I am writing regarding the vandalism that occurred at Old Lorimier Cemetery. A cemetery is not just a piece of land with markers. It's our history that we are allowing to be destroyed. I moved away from Campus, Ill., 35 years ago, and each visit home I always went to the cemetery to visit family or friends that had passed. ...
Emerson votes to cut needed funds (11/22/05)
To the editor: Since U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson voted yes on Friday to cut our desperately needed programs -- namely food stamps, health care, child support enforcement and assistance for elderly and disabled people -- and kicked her own constituents when they're down and blocked their opportunities to pick themselves up, children, working families, the elderly and disabled will do without food and health care so that those with money and pull can get still more tax breaks...
Speak Out 11/22/05 (11/22/05)
Polls weren't skewed; Good concert, bad seats; Protect our homeland; Criticizing the war; Terrorist beasts; Bus transportation; Watch out for scam
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