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Stories from Monday, December 5, 2005

MAP test changes to affect those students with disabilites (12/05/05)
Students with disabilities are on their own for the communication arts portion of the Missouri Achievement Program (MAP) test this spring. New guidelines from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education testing procedure state that teachers are no longer allowed to read the test questions to students with disabilities, unless they are visually impaired and oral reading is their primary means of learning. Doing so will invalidate the test...
Revelers brave cold for Scott City parade (12/05/05)
The chilly temperatures didn't stop 10-year-old Lindsey Hosey from standing along Main Street during Scott City's annual Christmas parade to collect candy on Sunday. Her parents, Stephanie and Tim, and sister, Tori, 13, were bundled up in blankets sitting in chairs, at the Miller Drywall Inc. parking lot...
Jackson's ISO rating changes for the better (12/05/05)
A lower rating from the Insurance Service Office will translate into a drop in homeowners insurance premiums for Jackson residents. City officials were notified last week that its ISO rating will be lowered from a five to a four, effective March 1, 2006...
Not in my backyard (12/05/05)
Developer Chad Hartle wants to bulldoze a 14-acre woods in the heart of Cape Girardeau and erect 47 rental homes for low-income senior citizens. The plan angers neighbors who say it will open up surrounding streets to more traffic, lower property values and create storm water problems...
Bollinger County Salebarn used for goat sale (12/05/05)
On Tuesday, more than 1,400 goats will be in Bollinger County at the SEMO Meat Goat Producers Association's annual goat sale. The sale is at the old Bollinger County Salebarn on Highway 51 between Patton and Marble Hill. Goat producers from as far away as Salem, Mo., will deliver their goats to the sale beginning at 8 a.m., said Katie Godsey, treasurer for the association...
Council agenda 12/5/05 (12/05/05)
Today, 7 p.m. City Hall, 401 Independence St. Study session at 5 p.m. Public Hearings A public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the historic preservation ordinance to lower the percentage of property owners required to establish a local historic district from 75 percent to 51 percent...
World briefs 12/5/05 (12/05/05)
Defiant Gaza militants fire rockets at Israeli village; U.S. missile may have struck Pakistani house
Jackson business association presents Miss Jackson pageants (12/05/05)
The Jackson Chapter of the American Business Women's Association presented the afternoon and evening Miss Jackson Pageants recently at the Jackson High School auditorium. Entertainment included the West Lane Elementary School Honors Choir. Breanne Walton, Miss Jackson 2005, and Ashley Skinner, Teen Miss Jackson 2005, were both on hand to crown their successors. Special guests at the evening pageant were Miss Missouri Pageant chairman of the board Lou Leonatti and his wife, Alice...
Community briefs 12/5/05 (12/05/05)
Arts council offers grant information workshop The Missouri Arts Council is presenting a grant information workshop in Cape Girardeau from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts, 32 N. Main. Reservations are requested. Those interested should RSVP to Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts, artscape@clas.net or 334-9233. This is an opportunity to get direct advice on grant applications, ask specific questions and receive useful information unavailable elsewhere...
Red House award program honors its volunteers (12/05/05)
About 50 people attended the award and presentation program held at the Red House Interpretive Center recently. Honorees included The Rose Hill Garden Club for the creation and maintainence of the garden around the perimeter of the Red House; docents and guides for weekly tours at the Red House and special visiting groups...
Holiday events on tap at Riverside library (12/05/05)
Riverside Regional Library is offering the following story time programs in December: Jackson n At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, "Winter Wonderland" story time. Ages 1 to 8. No story times Dec. 13, 15. At 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20 and 22, "A Visit from St. Nick" story time. Ages 1 to 8...
Girls lacking toys, clothes; woman and son need heaters (12/05/05)
Santa please bring clothes and NASCAR to sisters Lindsay, 11, loves NASCAR and so does her 11-year-old sister, Christine, and 12-year-old sister, Missy. The girls enjoy sports and although they have each other to play with, if Santa could supply a basketball, football or softballs and gloves, they would put them to good use. ...
Remembering 'Blind' Boone: Collector sells ragtime relics (12/05/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- R. Michael Montgomery began his collection of "Blind" Boone memorabilia in 1965 after spotting an ad in a collectors newspaper for record catalogs. Montgomery's collection is now back in Columbia after the Convention and Visitors Bureau bought it last month...
California man linked to Lake Tahoe shootout (12/05/05)
STATELINE, Nev. -- A California man with a previous drug arrest was identified Sunday as the gunman killed in a shootout with sheriff's deputies inside Harrah's Tahoe casino, but what set off the shooting remained a mystery. ...
Open season on black bear starts today in N.J. (12/05/05)
VERNON, N.J. -- New Jersey hunters take to the woods today for a controversial season aimed at thinning the state's growing population of black bears, whose hungry foraging has frightened suburban residents. ...
Family of missing children planning to visit Ohio site (12/05/05)
CONCORD, N.H. -- The mother of two children who were shot to death and buried by their father 2 1/2 years ago plans to visit the shallow Ohio grave where their bodies were finally found last week. ...
Arkansas man scales White House fence (12/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- A man from Arkansas scaled the fence surrounding the White House Sunday while President Bush was inside and was immediately captured by Secret Service officers Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry identified the jumper as Shawn A. ...
Bush adviser: U.S. troop reductions could come as early as next year (12/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- The United States may be ready to reduce troops in Iraq next year if Iraqis continue making progress at the current rate, President Bush's national security adviser said Sunday. Stephen Hadley appeared on a round of Sunday talk shows to follow up on President Bush's speech on Iraq from the U.S. ...
Hurricane victims to get mortgage relief (12/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Housing Administration is launching a program to pay the mortgages of up to 20,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma for as much as a year. The unprecedented mortgage relief will be offered to people who own homes with FHA-insured mortgages in designated hurricane-ravaged parts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas...
San Diego dethrones itself as 'finest city' (12/05/05)
SAN DIEGO -- America's Finest City? Not any more. One of its congressmen admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes, the FBI has investigated City Hall, the mayor resigned, a $1.37 billion pension shortfall damaged the city's credit rating and fueled talk of bankruptcy, and two councilmen were convicted of taking bribes from a strip club owner. ...
Former 9/11 commissioners- U.S. at risk for more attacks (12/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is at great risk for more terrorist attacks because Congress and the White House have failed to enact several strong security measures, members of the former Sept. 11 commission said Sunday. "It's not a priority for the government right now," said the former chairman, Thomas Kean, ahead of the group's release of a report Monday assessing how well its recommendations have been followed...
Rice to address reports of secret prisons on Europe visit (12/05/05)
WASHINGTON -- During her trip to Europe this week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will tell allies the U.S. does not transport suspected terrorists around the globe to be tortured, the president's national security adviser said Sunday. European governments have expressed outrage over reports of secret CIA prisons where terrorism detainees may have been mistreated. ...
Store to take 'Stop Snitching' T-shirts off shelves (12/05/05)
BOSTON -- A clothing store owner agreed Saturday to stop selling "Stop Snitching" T-shirts amid concerns the message was intimidating murder witnesses during a surge in violent crime. Store owner Antonio Ennis, after meeting with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and outraged community leaders, said he would stop selling the shirts in his store and over the Internet...
Iraqi officials uncover plan for attack on Saddam trial (12/05/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Sunni Arab insurgent group was plotting to attack the trial of Saddam Hussein when it resumed today, Iraq's national security adviser said Sunday. The statement by national security adviser Mouwaffak al-Rubaie's office said the 1920 Revolution Brigades planned to fire rockets at the court building during today's session. Iraqi intelligence uncovered the plot, but the statement did not say whether anyone had been arrested...
Chinese spill prompts promises of better public safety (12/05/05)
JIAMUSI, China -- A new disaster. An outcry that officials failed to warn China's public until it was almost too late. Another promise that next time, the government will do better. China's leaders say they will punish those responsible for a toxic spill in a major river. But there is no sign that they want to change a culture of secrecy that they consider not just a key political weapon but a legitimate way to deal with the Chinese public...
Indonesians ask why fellow Muslims are turning to suicide bombings (12/05/05)
PAMARICAN, Indonesia -- Aip Hidayat was a devout Muslim but showed no signs of fanaticism. He did not force his younger sister to wear a head scarf, chastise friends for skipping prayers or get into fiery debates about the U.S. war in Iraq. Yet the 21-year-old became the seventh person to carry out a suicide bombing in Indonesia, something many said was inconceivable just a few years ago...
Former Iraqi leader confronted by crowd outside Shiite mosque (12/05/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- First came the assassination of two defense lawyers in Saddam Hussein's trial. Then, eight Sunni Arabs were arrested for allegedly plotting to kill the judge who prepared the indictment against the former Iraqi leader. As tensions built ahead of the trial's third session today, an Iraqi government official said one of the country's best-known insurgent groups planned to attack the building during the court session...
Rampley leads Jackson in Parkway South meet (12/05/05)
Jackson's Kamden Rampley finished 6-0 to win the 215-pound weight class at the Parkway South wrestling tournament in Manchester, Mo., on Saturday. The Indians finished second in the 12-team field with 291 points. Jackson finished behind only the 312.5 posted by Fort Zumwalt West, which was second in the state in Class 4 last year. Rounding out the top five were Seckman, Lafayette and Lindbergh...
BCS gets its wish- No controversy for title tilt (12/05/05)
LOS ANGELES -- A perfect championship game, a classic coaching matchup and Notre Dame. The Bowl Championship Series couldn't have asked for more -- a glitzy lineup with little for critics to gripe over. Only Oregon has a case to complain, as the Pac-10 has a 10-1 team left out of the marquee bowls for a second straight season...
For the second time in three campaigns, Tigers have earned their independence (12/05/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For the second time in three years, Missouri will play in the Mainstay Independence Bowl, school and bowl officials announced Sunday. The Tigers will face Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks on Dec. 30 in Shreveport, La. Missouri's last bowl appearance was in the 2003 Independence Bowl, where it lost to Arkansas 27-14...
Not his best numbers, but Lorenz places fourth on memorable day (12/05/05)
Preferring to be an athlete rather than a spectator, Kody Lorenz wasn't planning to stay for the duration of his first St. Louis Rams football game. He had a soccer game to play Sunday night. Lorenz, 11, a sixth-grade student at Jackson Middle School, competed in the NFL/Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick Rams Team Championship event Sunday morning at the Edward Jones Dome prior to the Rams game with the Washington Redskins...
Rams' chances move from slim to nil with 24-9 loss to Redskins (12/05/05)
ST. LOUIS -- In what amounted to a playoff elimination game, the Washington Redskins' defense refused to let their season go down the drain. Clinton Portis and Rock Cartwright both topped 100 yards rushing and the defense made Ryan Fitzpatrick, the St. Louis Rams' rookie from Harvard, run for his life in a 24-9 victory Sunday that snapped Washington's three-game losing streak...
Furcal ready to sign with Dodgers (12/05/05)
Shortstop Rafael Furcal and the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached preliminary agreement on a $39 million, three-year contract, his agent said Sunday. Paul Kinzer said a physical was scheduled for his client today. Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch would only say no announcement was planned before baseball's winter meetings, which begin today in Dallas...
Trade talks plentiful heading into this week's winter meetings (12/05/05)
When the winter meetings last were in Dallas five years ago, owners spent nearly $739 million on 24 free agents, giving Alex Rodriguez $252 million and Manny Ramirez's $160 million. With many top free agents this offseason already committed, the focus is likely to be on trades rather than signings when teams gather Monday...
Furyk wins Nedbank Challenge (12/05/05)
Jim Furyk won the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, after winning a four-way playoff Sunday with a 9-foot birdie chip on the second extra hole. Furyk, who earned $1.2 million, closed with an even-par 72 to match Adam Scott (73), 2004 winner Retief Goosen (72) and Darren Clarke (69) at 6-under 282...
Hopkins ponders retirement after loss to Taylor (12/05/05)
LAS VEGAS -- Bernard Hopkins didn't act his age, but he didn't win the fight either. Jermain Taylor established himself as the future of the middleweight division, and now Hopkins can only look back and hope his legacy as a champion is secure. His second narrow loss Saturday night to Taylor did nothing to damage Hopkins' reputation as an ageless fighter, though it may have finally ended a remarkable career just a month before he turns 41...
Baseball academy for youngsters now open (12/05/05)
There I am, patrolling center field, anxiously waiting for the crack of the bat. I pound my fist into my glove, just as some meathead slugger smokes the ball to the deepest part of the park. My part. I track the ball for a split second and then break into a dead sprint. The crowd moans. No chance. But with the grace of a gymnast, I scale the wall where I hover for a split second in mid-air, just long enough for the ball to plop elegantly into my outstretched glove...
A convenient Christmas (12/05/05)
Since her heart surgery, Shirley Hobbs of Benton just isn't up for the Christmas shopping rush this year. So how does she plan to buy gifts for her slew of children, grandchildren and the other hodgepodge of in-laws and friends? Gift cards. "It's easier than shopping and that way you can let them pick out things they like," said Hobbs, 70. ...
For digital photo printing, the retail route is usually cheaper (12/05/05)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Point. Shoot. Print. Getting a hard copy of your memories has never been easier. Picture this: More than two-thirds of the estimated 17 billion prints from digital cameras made this year were created from the comfort of snap-happy American homes...
People on the move 12/05/05 (12/05/05)
Two earn leadership award at veterans home The Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau has selected Dennis Todd, head of the purchasing department, and Michelle Schabbing, who works in medical records, to receive the quarterly leadership award. Todd and Schabbing were chosen by their co-workers. Administrator Jan Rau said Todd and Schabbing best demonstrate the principles of the veterans home's "Achieve Global Training Program."...
Google insiders cashing in (12/05/05)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google Inc. calls its headquarters the "Googleplex," but it's starting to resemble Fort Knox as new wealth has poured in from the stock sold by the company's insiders. As of late November, a total of 14 Google executives and directors had pocketed a combined $4.3 billion by selling 18.6 million of their shares so far this year, according to Thomson Financial...
Stakes for search engine Google rising with stock price (12/05/05)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is Google Inc.'s incandescent stock a golden opportunity or fool's gold? Investors have been arguing that question since Google's initial public offering in August 2004. But the stakes have grown progressively higher over the past 11 months as the online search engine maker's shares zoomed past $200, then $300 and, most recently, $400, as the company firmly established itself as the gold standard in Internet advertising...
Michael Smith (12/05/05)
Michael 'Mike' David Smith, 40, of Scott City died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 17, 1965, in St. Louis, son of Robert Teddy 'R.T.' and Mabel Ruth Wiseman Smith. He and Shari Marie Tharp were married on March 17, 1990, in Cape Girardeau...
Alida Villhard (12/05/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alida Cora Villhard, 87, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. She was born April 12, 1918, in Kaskaskia Island, Ill., daughter of Paul and Bertha Roth Lohmann. She and Gilbert Villhard were married on June 1, 1941...
Wanda Stevenson (12/05/05)
Wanda Marie Stevenson, 84, of Jackson died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at the Monticello House in Jackson. She was born on May 3, 1921, in St. Louis, daughter of Addison Lafayette and Jeffie Frissell Garrett. She and Lars Stevenson were married on March 14, 1943. He died on Jan. 22, 2004...
Jacqueline Wohlwend (12/05/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jacqueline M. Wohlwend, 46, of Anna died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at her home. She was born June 19, 1959, in Elgin, Ill., daughter of Jackie Dean and Emilie M. Ulrich Atwood. She and Carl Anthony Wohlwend were married on June 18, 1996, in Anna. He died on Nov. 15, 2003...
James Sturgeon (12/05/05)
James 'Ed' Sturgeon, 62, of Advance died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at Bellview Valley Nursing Home in Banner, Mo. He was born March 17, 1943, in Bollinger County, son of Raymond and Lula Angle Sturgeon. Sturgeon had worked for the Missouri Highway Department and was a 1962 graduate of Zalma High School. He was a deacon and a member of the Oak Grove General Baptist Church...
Police reports 12/5/05 (12/05/05)
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Out of the past 12/5/05 (12/05/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 5, 1980 The latest candidate to file for the city council seat now held by Mayor Paul W. Stehr is Jerry L. Young; Young operates Jerry Young Enterprises, Inc., which encompasses Speed Equipment World, Southeast General Tire and Wonder Muffler...
Stem-cell petition (12/05/05)
The Kansas City Star A petition drive to protect a form of lifesaving stem-cell research in Missouri is proceeding with the approval of the state's top leaders. ... Yet a group in Scottsdale, Ariz., has gone to court to keep the initiative off the November 2006 ballot. The Alliance Defense Fund, a religious-based group, contends the ballot language attempts to deceive voters...
Unwanted faxes (12/05/05)
Hannibal Courier-Post In most offices, the fax machine is a necessary piece of equipment, but it often becomes a burden, thanks to ever-increasing junk faxes. Recently Attorney General Jay Nixon said the No. 1 complaint from small businesses to his office is regarding these junk faxes. Nixon's office has filed 13 lawsuits against those responsible for sending out unsolicited fax advertisements...
Rx for confusion (12/05/05)
On Jan. 1, the federal government will begin subsidizing prescription drug coverage for people on Medicare, paying an estimated $720 billion over the next 10 years to 20 private insurance companies offering 47 coverage options nationwide. Within those options, deductibles can range from nothing to $250 and monthly premiums from $10.29 to $68.26. Some plans cover more drugs than others...
Speak Out 12/5/05 (12/05/05)
Work or welfare; More dignity, civility; Drivers beware; Big increase; Worthwhile books; Parade candy
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