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Stories from Sunday, December 18, 2005

Salvation Army sees decline in Christmas donations (12/18/05)
The Salvation Army has seen a lull in giving this Christmas as Cape Girardeau residents experience a case of donor fatigue. Maj. Michael Thomas reports that the Southeast Missouri branch of the Salvation Army is $60,000 short of its $260,000 holiday giving goal...
Smiles and gowns: 708 students partake in graduation ceremony (12/18/05)
Five St. Louis-area residents visited Southeast Missouri State University's campus Saturday for the first time so they could attend graduation. They weren't here to watch family members finish school. They were here to get their degrees. The five were the first students to obtain master's degrees through a cooperative program in industrial management between Southeast, the St. Louis Community College campus in Florissant Valley and the University of Missouri St. Louis...
Area schools have no policies on Santa discussions (12/18/05)
Santa is everywhere during the holiday season -- in front of banks, in M&Ms commercials and in almost every store ad, but some local elementary schools say he isn't at their schools. "He's not hanging on our walls; I see snowmen, I see Christmas wreaths, I see snowflakes, but I don't think Santa is a focus at our school," Jackson's South Elementary principal Bonnie Knowlan said...
Joyce O'Guin (12/18/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo.--Joyce E. Beasley O'Guin, 66, of Charleston died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 22, 1939, at Bertrand, daughter of Harvey Lee and Lillie Mae McKinley Jobe. She and Jerry C. Beasley were married Aug. 25, 1956. He died May 15, 1992. On Feb. 5, 2000 she married Bill O'Guin...
Room to grow (12/18/05)
n a quiet, well-established neighborhood sits this two-story house, with earth toned brick and cream colored siding. Walk up the sidewalk, which is lined with small shrubs, onto the front porch. A cream-colored door opens to the foyer, with a tall cathedral-style ceiling and hardwood floors. Adjacent to the tan-colored wall foyer is the dining room to the right, the living room to the left and a neutral carpeted staircase leading to the second floor of the home...
Fewer homeland security dollars will land locally (12/18/05)
Local police and fire departments can expect to see a change in the Homeland Security Grant process for the current fiscal year. Agency funding for local departments through Homeland Security programs has been cut from $2.5 billion in the previous fiscal year to the current $1.7 billion, a roughly 50 percent decrease. ...
Cape's Glenn House shows its improvements inside and out (12/18/05)
Visitors to the Glenn House on Saturday got to see more than the holiday decorations. They got to see the the improvements that have been made with $31,000 from the city of Cape Girardeau. Bill Port, who oversaw the work at 325 S. Spanish St., said the biggest project was the front porch. Rotting wood has been replaced, and railings have been refinished...
Gov. Blunt's administration a frequent target of suits (12/18/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There are no official statistics on such things. But when it comes to attracting lawsuits, Gov. Matt Blunt may setting the standard for future Missouri governors. Nearing the end of his first year in office, Blunt's policies and laws already have been challenged by 12 lawsuits -- an average of one a month, or almost two a month when you consider that nearly all of those lawsuits were filed in the last half of the year...
WWI memorial reaches fund-raising goal (12/18/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The association governing the nation's largest World War I memorial says it has raised the full $26.6 million needed to pay for the expansion of the monument's museum. Now under construction, the Liberty Memorial's museum will rely heavily on audiovisual elements. It also will feature large and small historical objects...
Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle (12/18/05)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- A gold coin was discovered this week in the Salvation Army kettle at a Wal-Mart here. "This is my fourth Christmas here, and this is the first gold coin we've gotten since then," said Sedalia Salvation Army commander Capt. Dale Brandenburg...
Gradeschoolers learn reading, writing and 'rithmetic on handhelds (12/18/05)
OLATHE, Kan. -- Aesop's fables came beaming across the classroom and landed in Eva Hernandez's Palm handheld. On the bottom floor of Ridgeview Elementary School, she sat scrolling, using her stylus to navigate through through "The Flies and the Honeypot."...
Tests of faith: Illusionist examines biblical miracles (12/18/05)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville illusionist Brock Gill never figured Jesus for a master magician. As an evangelical Christian, Gill always accepted the biblical accounts of Jesus' miracles as just that -- miracles. But when the BBC asked him to travel to the Holy Land to investigate whether Jesus could have used magic, hypnotism or some other trick to create the illusion of miracles, Gill couldn't refuse...
Segregation-era signs discovered in Little Rock (12/18/05)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Workers remodeling an old dime store uncovered a relic found most often in museums and history books: the words "WHITE" and "COLORED" painted over spots where water fountains once hung. ...
Fourth man charged in death of transgender teen makes plea deal (12/18/05)
HAYWARD, Calif. -- One of four men charged in the beating and strangulation of transgender teenager Gwen Araujo pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter Friday. Juries had deadlocked in two previous murder trials. Under the plea agreement, Jason Cazares, 25, will spend no more than six years in prison, according to prosecutors. His sentencing is Jan. 27...
Man captured in Tennessee to be charged with sex attack in New York (12/18/05)
NEW YORK -- A former fashion writer wanted in connection with a vicious Halloween sex attack will be charged with kidnapping and other offenses once he can be brought back from Tennessee, where he was spotted on a college campus, prosecutors said Saturday...
Bush defends eavesdropping on dozens of U.S. calls (12/18/05)
WASHINGTON -- Facing angry criticism and challenges to his authority in Congress, President Bush on Saturday unapologetically defended his administration's right to conduct secret post-Sept. 11 spying in the United States as "critical to saving American lives."...
Global census of marine life shows diversity but also declines (12/18/05)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A massive census of all the fish and other marine life in the world's oceans has reached the halfway point with new evidence of the rich diversity under the sea along with warnings about the alarming decline of many species. The 10-year international project that began in 2000 already has tracked the migration of tuna from Japan to California and back, along with the movement of endangered British Columbia salmon with implanted computer chips...
Woman accused of being double agent makes plea deal (12/18/05)
LOS ANGELES -- The government ended its crippled spy case against a woman once accused of being a Chinese double agent, accepting her guilty pleas to lesser charges of making a false statement to the FBI and filing a false tax return. Katrina Leung, 51, admitted Friday she lied to the FBI about her intimate relationship with her FBI handler, James J. Smith, and that she failed to include all her income on her tax returns for the year 2000...
Odd digest 12/18/05 (12/18/05)
Police: Man alters ticket to get lower fine PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- A man faces a felony forgery charge after allegedly trying to alter a $100 ticket he received for parking illegally in a handicapped space. Police say William S. Shufro, 46, of Portsmouth, tried to alter the ticket to give the appearance it had been issued for parking in a no-parking zone, which carries a $20 fine. ...
Murderous Santa display draws stares (12/18/05)
NEW YORK -- Santa Claus is coming to town. Run! One New York household decided to comment on the commercialization of Christmas by decorating the front of their brownstone with a deranged Santa slaughtering Barbie dolls. The scene depicts Saint Nick hiding behind a tree, holding a disembodied head with blood streaming from its eyes...
Leading Sunni politician says he would be open to an alliance (12/18/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A leading Sunni politician on Saturday reaffirmed his party's commitment to being part of a coalition government and thanked insurgent groups for refraining from attacks during this week's parliamentary elections. Adnan al-Dulaimi, a former Islamic studies professor who heads a Sunni Arab bloc expected to have a voice in the new National Assembly, said a power-sharing government was important to "safeguard the rights of Iraqis."...
French town a magnet for Christmas letters (12/18/05)
PARIS -- They send drawings, carrots for the reindeer and pieces of cake. One youngster who wanted his parents to get rid of their old car sent Santa Claus the keys. Welcome to the Father Christmas postal office in the French town of Libourne, where more than 60 "elves" -- well, secretaries -- spend the holiday season sorting through letters from children around the world and mailing back colorful greeting cards...
Protesters besiege World Trade Organization venue (12/18/05)
HONG KONG -- Police fired tear gas Saturday at hundreds of protesters who charged the convention center where delegates were wrapping up global trade talks. Security forces locked the doors and took up positions throughout the building. Hong Kong's security chief vowed robust police action to control the protests, the most violent during the weeklong meeting of the World Trade Organization. The demonstrators oppose the WTO's efforts to open up global markets...
CIA detentions draw attention to Polish intelligence base (12/18/05)
STARE KIEJKUTY, Poland -- A cluster of antennas rising over a dense pine forest is all outsiders can see of Poland's Kiejkuty intelligence base, recently the center of speculation over alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. The center where Poland has for years trained intelligence officers is shrouded by trees, as well as a double row of barbed-wire fences, guard towers, and surveillance cameras. ...
Saxony Lutheran uses second-half spree to beat Marquand (12/18/05)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team outscored Marquand by 17 points in the second half and won 73-54 on the road Saturday. Saxony (5-1) put together a 28-point fourth quarter. Casey Petzoldt led the Crusaders with 20 points. Alex Jauch added 16...
Key stretch for Central Friday involved forcing fouls from Farmington (12/18/05)
The Central boys basketball team pulled away from Farmington in the fourth quarter of Friday night's home opener for the Tigers. But the most important stretch of the game may have been a 4-minute, 25-second span to close out the third quarter when the Tigers just kept Farmington from pulling away...
Redhawks try to put tough loss behind them (12/18/05)
Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith hopes his team has no lingering affects from tough loss to Tennessee Tech on Dec. 10. He knows the Redhawks will need to focus all of their energy on Samford and Jacksonville State if they hope to succeed during their two-game road trip to Alabama...
Area digest 12/18 (12/18/05)
Friedheim holds lead in dartball league Friedheim held its top position in the Cape-Perry LLL Dartball league despite losing two of three games to Immanuel in Week 9 on Tuesday night. The league plays matches like a baseball tripleheader with teams throwing large darts at a board resembling a baseball field...
Fan Speak Dec18 (12/18/05)
Faithful fans KUDOS TO the handful of Southeast Missouri State students that made the short trip to Martin, Tenn., on Dec. 3 to cheer on the Redhawks. The group sat directly behind the Southeast, which was right next to the UT-Martin students, and both groups created quite an atmosphere. ...
Tkachuk and two other players wind up on injured reserve list (12/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues placed goalie Curtis Sanford and forwards Dallas Drake and Keith Tkachuk on injured reserve Saturday. The team called up goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu from the Alaska Aces of the ECHL, and activated defenseman Eric Brewer from injured reserve...
Rams Martz Dec18 (12/18/05)
Martz OK to return, but settlement likely Rams coach Mike Martz, who stepped down in October with a heart ailment, has been cleared to return Jan. 1 but is unlikely to come back to the team. The Rams are expected to reach a settlement with the coach, who has one year remaining on a three-year contract and is due $3.25 million. Martz has clashed with the front office all season and likely would seek a head coaching job elsewhere in the NFL...
Knicks continue to struggle (12/18/05)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Larry Brown hears the boos, too. Bad shots. Awful defense. Poor decisions. And a whole lot of frustrated fans at Madison Square Garden. "This is much more difficult right now than I ever imagined," the New York Knicks coach said Thursday after practice...
Kentucky bounces back to beat rival Louisville at Rupp Arena (12/18/05)
Rajon Rondo scored 25 points, setting a career high for the fourth time this season, and No. 23 Kentucky rebounded from its worst loss in 16 years to beat No. 4 Louisville 73-61 on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky beat its archrival in consecutive years for the first time since winning three straight over the Cardinals from 2000 to 2002...
Barber runs through Chiefs defense in Giants win (12/18/05)
Tiki Barber had enough in his veteran legs to pull the New York Giants to the brink of a division title. Barber ran for a team-record 220 yards and scored two touchdowns, helping the Giants beat up-and-coming runner Larry Johnson and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 27-17 Saturday...
This December, Arkansas goes hog wild for Indians instead (12/18/05)
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas still has a team it can cheer for in a bowl game. But that Pig Sooie call? It might have to take a holiday. This year, Arkansas State is the school playing in December. And while the Indians are a long way from overtaking Arkansas in the state's athletic pecking order, their berth in the New Orleans Bowl is being met with excitement and anticipation...
Rams, Eagles in same boat this season (12/18/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A few months ago, the St. Louis Rams would have been overjoyed to know they'd have the same record as the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles at this stage of the season. "It definitely would have sounded good," Rams middle linebacker Trev Faulk said...
Southeast has hard decision among coach candidates (12/18/05)
The three finalists who interviewed over the past several days for the Southeast Missouri State football coaching vacancy all came across mighty impressive during their public forums that I attended. But I expected nothing less from Washburn head coach Craig Schurig, Missouri Western head coach Jerry Partridge and Purdue assistant Tony Samuel, who is a former head coach at New Mexico State...
Snow made to order Missouri ski resorts can't rely on Mother Nature (12/18/05)
WILDWOOD, Mo. -- Today, there's about 55 inches of snow on the ground in Wildwood and people from around the state are strapping on skis in anticipation. No, you didn't miss an overnight blizzard. You missed the past 24 years of Hidden Valley, one of Missouri's two ski resorts...
Seeing the possibilities (12/18/05)
WINTERGREEN, Va. -- Ski season is here, and with it comes the prickly touch of wind-blown snow, the swoosh of skis and the pounding surge of adrenaline. It happens every year at about this time, not only for millions of able-bodied skiers, but also for thousands of skiers with disabilities...
'Green' isn't just a color in fashion anymore (12/18/05)
NEW YORK -- There's a segment of the organic goods market that buys things out of environmental consciousness, while others buy for the social values the organic industry promotes. Increasingly, though, organic goods are being bought by the average Joe, happy to get something green as long as it looks, feels and costs the same as the things he's used to...
Tropical plants aren't just for the tropics anymore (12/18/05)
Magnolia trees blooming in Wisconsin? Banana palms shading porches in central Ohio? Cactus surviving Ontario winters? All true, actually. All that and more as people bend hardiness zones by growing plants in areas where they've seldom if ever been seen...
Mr. and Mrs. Cheesehead's TV debut and finale (12/18/05)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller share the same small house, tiny bathroom and even the same office. But not always the same opinion. The Southeast Missourian sweethearts offer their views on every-day issues, told from two different perspectives...
Ada Ochs (12/18/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ada L. Ochs, 96, of Perryville, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 11, 1909, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., daughter of the Rev. William and Emma (Maack) Gieselman. She and Henry G. Ochs were married Nov. 17, 1929, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1988...
Toni Jo Stanton (12/18/05)
Toni Jo Stanton, 59, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Donald Crowe (12/18/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Donald R. Crowe, 51, of Advance, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete with Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel in Cape Girardeau.
Rowena King (12/18/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rowena A. King, 83, of Perryville, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Joseph B. and Irene Hoff Yeager. She and Clement M. King were married April 7, 1945, and he preceded her in death on June 2, 1988...
Maybel Reynolds (12/18/05)
Maybel L. Reynolds, 86, of Eugene, Ore., and formerly of Jackson, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, in Eugene, Ore. She was born Oct. 31, 1919, in Ste. Genevieve County, daughter of Claude and Bessie Mitchell. She was twice widowed, having married Raymond Shrum and Clyde Reynolds...
Carrie Sutter (12/18/05)
Carrie Ward Sutter, 83, of Puxico died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 27, 1922, near Wappapello, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Lillie Jines Ward. She and Alton Sutter were married May 5, 1947. He died May 16, 2002...
Mamie Cook (12/18/05)
Mamie Cook, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Fountainbleau Lodge. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.
Betty Meyers (12/18/05)
Betty Jean Meyers of Jackson, formerly of Bonne Terre, was called to her heavenly home Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at the age of 70. Betty was born Aug. 12, 1935 in Farmington, Mo., daughter of Frank J. Sr. and Mildred E. (McCallister) McDowell. She was married to Donald L. Meyers Aug. 18, 1952...
Jack Cracraft (12/18/05)
Jack Melvin Cracraft, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Dec. 15, 2005 at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 27, 1931 in Cape Girardeau, son of John W. and Ruby Carmack Cracraft Hosea. He and Shirley Ann Biehle were married Sept. 3, 1956, in Biehle, Mo., at the St. Maurus Catholic Church...
Dr. William Ueleke (12/18/05)
Dr. William Miller Ueleke, 54, of Oxford, Miss., died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Oct. 13, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Milton and Mary E. Miller Ueleke. He and Laura Cannon were married on Dec. 4, 1982, in Canton, Miss...
Yarbro-Keller (12/18/05)
Erica Michelle Yarbro and Travis Keller were married July 23, 2005, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. Anne Mowery performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Kevin and Karen Yarbro of Cape Girardeau, and Roger and Carolyn Keller of Fruitland...
Martin-Wheeler (12/18/05)
Gina Marie Martin and Timothy Scott Wheeler were married April 9, 2005, at Church of the Little Flower in St. Louis. The Rev. Kenneth Brown performed the ceremony. Cantor was Robert Breig. Liturgist and organist was Phil Barreca. The bride is the daughter of Gilbert and Pat Martin of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Thomas and Marsha Wheeler of Columbus, Ohio, and Carol Wheeler-Antle and Dan Antle of Fort Myers, Fla...
Essner-Spinks (12/18/05)
Dana Nicole Essner and Philip Ryan Spinks exchanged vows Sept. 17, 2005, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo. The Rev. Oliver Clavin performed the ceremony. Reader was Brenda Fisher of Scott City, cousin of the bride. Eucharistic ministers were Ed and Georgia Schaefer, uncle and aunt of the bride, and servers were Stephanie and Eric Essner, cousins of the bride, all of Scott City...
Schamburg-Lottes (12/18/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Renee Kristine Schamburg and Brad Joseph Lottes were married Oct. 29, 2005, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. The Rev. Kevin Fausz performed the ceremony. Musician was Tyson Zahner, and vocalists were Jill Crucial and Zahner...
Ford-Bailey (12/18/05)
Felicia Janette Ford and John Sherrill Bailey were married May 28, 2005, at Washington Metropolitan AME Church in St. Louis. Melvin Benford performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are Freddie and Angela Ford of Cape Girardeau, and Paul and Deborah Bailey of Mason, Mich...
Dressler-Finck (12/18/05)
Debbie Dressler of St. Libory, Ill., announces the engagement of her daughter, Jaime Lynn Dressler, to Michael E. Finck. He is the son of Bobbi Fee of Cape Girardeau and Mr. and Mrs. Jess Finck of Pontoon Beach, Ill. Dressler is also the daughter of the late James Dressler...
Wissehr-McLain (12/18/05)
Laura R. Wissehr and Shawn M. McLain announce their engagement. She is the daughter of David Wissehr of Zalma, Mo., and Cathy Wissehr of Columbia, Mo. McLain is the son of Randy and Kathy McLain of Cape Girardeau. Wissehr is a 2001 graduate of Jackson High School, and received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia in December. She will begin work in January at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis...
Bruckers are married 60 years (12/18/05)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brucker of Advance celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception Nov. 26, 2005, at Bell City Community Center in Bell City, Mo. Hosts were their children and grandchildren. Approximately 80 guests attended the event...
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Out of the past 12/18/05 (12/18/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 18, 1980 Following an hour of discussion during a four-hour city council meeting last night, Cape Girardeau Cable Television was granted its request that the city authorize an inspection of the cable system here to determine whether it meets specifications set forth in the franchise ordinance...
Fiscal follow-up (12/18/05)
For a good while now, any bills in the Missouri Legislature that propose new expenses for the state are required to include a fiscal note that estimates what the annual cost will be. Certain pieces of legislation also make estimates of how much revenue will be generated by projects that get state funding...
'Peace' has deeper meanings (12/18/05)
To the editor: Regarding peace on Earth: "He will be our Peace." -- Micah 5:5a. Peace is more than the ending of hostility. It also includes security, health, prosperity, living harmoniously together in community and long life. Need more be said? ROSE YAMNITZ, Patton, Mo...
GOP- Corruption for personal gain (12/18/05)
To the editor: The corruption for personal gain within the Republican Party is finally being revealed. The protestations of right-wing extremists to try to cover up and divert attention are becoming shrill and irrational.. The list grows: 1. The chief adviser to Vice President Cheney is under indictment. ...
Out of tragedy, a little good news (12/18/05)
To the editor: Regarding the break in the Taum Sauk reservoir: It would almost be humorous, if not for the people injured and damage to property. It seems AmerenUE was not paying attention and overflowed its 1.5 billion-gallon bathtub. I try and keep an eye on mine...
Greetings and the Ten Commandments (12/18/05)
To the editor: There are many annual complaints from people and their clergy that Christmas has become too commercial. It has become not the season to remember a world-changing event but simply the peak of financial profiting in Christ's name. After a clergyman's recent comment, I got the thought that the hierarchy of my professed belief has finessed the secularists into proclaiming "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." If I am right, it is both brilliant and evangelical, something my church is not noted for.. ...
Speak Out 12/18/05 (12/18/05)
Bad-check mistake; Lighting overload; Too big for area; Magic words; Fewer freedoms; Kids need recess; Beautiful tree; Stop the bullying; Mutual understanding; Wait for the truth; Better options; Childish things; Charter proposals; Road waste; Courageous cartoons
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