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Stories from Saturday, December 24, 2005

The graduate: One man's story of addiction, losing it all and the challenging road to redemption (12/24/05)
On Friday night, Scott Lusby finally had a reason to rejoice. As a member of the worship band, Lusby strapped on his acoustic guitar and took the stage at the small chapel situated on the 316-acre campus on County Road 621 near Cape Girardeau. For nearly 15 months, Teen Challenge had been his home. He came here a broken man full of resentments, bitterness and thoughts of suicide. A drug addict with no clue how to defeat his inner demon...
Southeast's River Campus project takes shape (12/24/05)
Walls of masonry give shape to the new performance hall being built on the River Campus. It's one of the most visible signs of progress in the continuing construction of Southeast Missouri State University's new visual and performing arts school. University offices were closed Friday for the Christmas holiday. But that didn't stop construction work to develop a modern campus on the grounds of a former Catholic seminary overlooking the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau...
Time to bough out: What to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays (12/24/05)
After the presents are opened, the wrapping paper has been discarded and the Christmas tree's needles are all over the floor, those interested in getting the shedding tree out of their house can do so as soon as they can load it onto their car. Because area landfills do not accept old Christmas trees, Scott City, Jackson and Cape Girardeau have all set up a way for people to recycle their trees...
Scott City may gain from cell phone tax (12/24/05)
Most communities in Missouri will be relatively unaffected by a new telecommunications tax that will include cellular phone service providers. For Scott City, however, there could be much to gain. A change in Missouri's rules for telecommunications business license taxes will take effect July 1, allowing municipalities to tax cell phone companies along with land-line companies. While more providers will be taxed, the taxing is required to be revenue neutral...
State briefs 12/24/05 (12/24/05)
Scott City optometrist gets Feb. 8 hearing; Three charged with felony burglary, stealing; Christmas displays vandalized in rural area; Inflatable King Kong swiped from theater
Christmas services and concerts in a mall-driven month (12/24/05)
n the beginning there were humble Nativity pageants for the kids and Christmas choir extravaganzas for the grown-ups. As the decades passed, some big Protestant churches began hiring orchestras and buying advertisements, creating a music-ministries arms race that pitted the Baptists against the Pentecostals and the Presbyterians against the Methodists. Some prosperous churches even began moving these performances on stage or outdoors, adding elaborate sets, costumes and lights...
Religion briefs 12/24/05 (12/24/05)
Gospel singing in Delta; Saturday; Sunday
Parents tell how family survived levee break (12/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Jerry Toops heard his wife scream his name in the dark. He awoke to hear a roar he could only describe as a calvacade of F-14 jets if combined with a fleet of trains. When a reservoir at AmerenUE's Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant broke in Southeast Missouri on Dec. 14, the five members of the Toops family were caught up in about a billion gallons of water that swept away their home. Somehow, they all survived...
Jewish children get a different type of magical holiday visitor (12/24/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The letters pour in from children around the world, telling a magical far-off figure their holiday wishes. Santa Claus? Uh-uh. These missives come from Jewish boys and girls who, for so long, had no one to write each December. They're for an ageless Kansas City couple known simply by Yiddish derivatives for grandmother and grandfather, Bubbie and Zadie...
Woman swallows cell phone after spat (12/24/05)
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- It was a conversation stopper. A lovers' dispute over a cell phone took a serious turn early Friday morning when the woman ended the spat by swallowing the phone whole. Police said they received a call at 4:52 a.m. from a Blue Springs man who said his girlfriend was having trouble breathing. When they arrived at the house they found the 24-year-old woman had a cell phone lodged in her throat...
FBI monitors radiation levels at Muslim sites (12/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- A classified radiation monitoring program, conducted without warrants, has targeted private U.S. property in an effort to prevent an al-Qaida attack, federal law enforcement officials confirmed Friday. ...
Azerbaijani passenger plane goes missing (12/24/05)
Azerbaijani passenger plane goes missing BAKU, Azerbaijan -- An Azerbaijan Airlines passenger plane with up to 60 people aboard has gone missing, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Saturday. The agency cited an official it did not name at the international airport in Baku, the capital, as the source of its report. ...
Alito defended government right to order U.S. wiretaps (12/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps for national security when he worked at the Reagan Justice Department, an echo of President Bush's rationale for spying on U.S. residents in the war on terror...
New home sales plunge in November (12/24/05)
WASHINGTON -- Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red hot housing market over the last five years is starting to cool down. The Commerce Department reported Friday that new single-family homes were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.245 million units last month, a drop of 11.3 percent from October, when sales had surged to an all-time high...
NYC authorities investigate possible theft of body parts (12/24/05)
NEW YORK -- Michael Bruno's life had been uncomplicated: He was an immigrant who worked hard, spoke his mind and succumbed to kidney cancer two years ago at 75. "Typical Italian cab driver," recalled his son, Vito. "He had an opinion about everything."...
Indonesia on high alert amid terror warnings (12/24/05)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia deployed thousands of troops to guard churches Friday amid warnings that al-Qaida-linked militants were planning Christmas terror attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Islamic groups also offered to help protect churchgoers...
Shiites ready to talk; Sunnis protest vote (12/24/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's leading Shiite religious bloc said Friday it is ready to discuss Sunni Arab participation in a coalition government, while thousands of Sunnis and some secular Shiites demonstrated in the streets claiming election fraud. Reacting to growing protests over the Dec. ...
Kelly makes quick exit at Twin Rivers (12/24/05)
This time, the Kelly girls basketball team didn't last long at the Lady Royals Classic Tournament, hosted by Twin Rivers in Broseley, Mo. The Hawks, after falling 70-34 to Sikeston on Tuesday, lost 68-54 to East Carter County in a consolation bracket game Thursday night...
Redhawks safety Miller makes AD's Academic All-Star Team (12/24/05)
Southeast Missouri State senior safety Mike Miller has been named to the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. Miller, a four-year contributor at Southeast, led the Redhawks in tackles this year with 88, including 5.5 tackles for losses. He also had one interception and blocked a kick...
Redhawks have more offense on Christmas wish list (12/24/05)
Southeast Missouri State coach Gary Garner hopes that, when his team resumes practice Christmas night, it can build on a strong second half from its most recent game. Garner knows that the reeling Redhawks need to emphasize any positive they can these days...
The man has an opinion (12/24/05)
Looking for a guy who can't wait to go to work each day? Track down Mike Mitchell next week at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. Mitchell is a man of many talents and projects, and his latest venture is serving as the sportsblogger for semissourian.com, the Web site of the Southeast Missourian newspaper...
Ex-Card Sanders signs with Royals (12/24/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals signed veteran outfielder Reggie Sanders to a two-year, $10 million contract Friday night, bringing him to the American League for the first time in his 16-year major league career. The Royals, continuing their flurry of free-agent signings after a club-record 106 losses last season, also signed right-hander Joe Mays to a one-year contract and expect the sinkerball specialist to have a place in their rotation...
Colts turn attention back to field a day after death of coach's son (12/24/05)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts got back to concentrating on football Friday. Players laughed, joked and seemed more vibrant as they finished their last practice before heading to Seattle -- a major change from Thursday's near silence after they received word of the apparent suicide of coach Tony Dungy's son...
KU routs Houston in Fort Worth Bowl (12/24/05)
Jason Swanson threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, one more than he had in the regular season, and the Kansas Jayhawks beat Houston 42-13 Friday night in the Fort Worth Bowl for their first winning season and first bowl victory in 10 years. Tailback Jon Cornish turned two shovel passes from Swanson into scores, and also rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries. ...
Carter ties career high with 51 points (12/24/05)
MIAMI -- Vince Carter tied a career high with 51 points, 37 in the second half, and the New Jersey Nets extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 95-88 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night. Carter had 19 points in the third, then 18 more in the fourth -- including 12 straight free throws to seal the win. Jason Kidd added 12 points for the Nets, who beat Miami for the first time in 11 meetings, including a four-game sweep in last season's playoffs...
Cards add Encarnacion, Spivey (12/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Outfielder Juan Encarnacion and second baseman Junior Spivey agreed to contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, two more parts of the team's offseason rebuilding. Encarnacion, who turns 30 in March, gets a $15 million, three-year deal. Spivey, 30, gets a $1.2 million, one-year contract. Both agreements are contingent on the players passing physicals...
Rams limp into final home game against San Francisco of season (12/24/05)
ST. LOUIS -- This is the kind of season the St. Louis Rams have endured: rookie cornerback Ron Bartell didn't even dress the first six games of the season and now he's preparing for his sixth straight start. Attrition has exacted a toll on a team that will miss the playoffs for only the second time in seven seasons. With two games to go, nine players are on injured reserve, including quarterback Marc Bulger, both cornerbacks, two starting linebackers and the starting tight end...
What Christmas gift will you remember? (12/24/05)
What ought we to derive from Christmas? We say we're celebrating the birth of Jesus each year -- but are we? Although we complain about the busyness and expense we experience each Christmas, we do little to change the situation. But we could! Recently I thought about what I cherished most about Christmas. What stood out?...
Widows of 1972 Munich massacre victims approve of Spielberg movie (12/24/05)
JERUSALEM -- Steven Spielberg's controversial new movie, "Munich," about the 1972 Olympic massacre and its aftermath, got an unlikely endorsement -- the widows of two of the 11 slain Israeli athletes said the film neither dishonored their husbands' memories nor tarnished their country's image...
Gene Bartels (12/24/05)
Gene F. Bartels, age 73, of Millersville passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at his home. He was born June 24, 1932, in Whitewater, son of A. D. and Ola Crump Bartels. He and Olida Lange were married March 14, 1954, in Tilsit. Gene went to Stroderville Grade School, and attended Delta High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a corporal...
Caroline Brown (12/24/05)
Caroline Sue Brown, 57, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Hobert and Leona Mary Brugger Brown. Miss Brown attended Immaculate Conception Grade School and was a graduate of Jackson High School. She attended Southeast Missouri State University, and received a master's degree in art therapy from the University of Louisville...
Emma Pickett (12/24/05)
Emma Mae Pickett, 85, of Scott City, Mo., died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at Jefferson City Manor Care Center in Jefferson City, Mo. She was born May 8, 1920, at Fornfelt, daughter of George and Rosena Wilhemina Meinz Wylder. She and Herbert Lowell Pickett were married Feb. 5, 1941, at Benton, Mo. He died Aug. 10, 1997...
Mable Manne (12/24/05)
Mable Lee "Mick" Manne, 64, of Scott City died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 7, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Michael Wardell and Marjorie Rosalee Kinder Poole. She and Ervin Daniel Manne were married Nov. 22, 1968, in St. Louis. He died Aug. 30, 2000...
Births 12/24/05 (12/24/05)
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Fire reports 12/24/05 (12/24/05)
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Out of the past 12/24/05 (12/24/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 24, 1980 Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority has announced the master plan for a multi-million dollar port development at Scott City will be published in January; port director Charles Clodfelter says negotiations with the first production company to locate in the so-called Grays Point On-River Industrial Park are being finalized...
Mandatory organ donations would save thousands of lives (12/24/05)
By Leah Warren Organ donation is a vital issue to me, because I have seen first-hand how important organ donors are. My cousin, who is now 21, healthy and full of life, needed an urgent kidney donation when she was a small child. Had she not had anyone out there who agreed to donate his organs after he was deceased, she might not have survived her desperate need for a kidney transplant. Because some giving person knew his organs could help other people, he donated them. He saved her life...
Progress on 34/72 (12/24/05)
Jackson residents no doubt are happy to see the first milestone reached in the widening of Highway 34/72. Earlier this week, stoplights became operational on the project's first phase, the one-mile stretch between the intersection with Route 25 west and the intersection with West Main Street. After a year of work, four lanes of traffic now speed vehicles along the formerly two-lane route...
Cape Girardeau has many minorities (12/24/05)
To the editor: Today I read in the newspaper about minority folks serving on the city boards. But the only minority people mentioned were blacks and women. "By comparison, 2 percent of the city's boards and commissions consist of black residents and 18 percent of the seats are held by women." With delight I read Nancy Jernigan saying that she "would also like to recruit a Hispanic resident to serve on the board in recognition of the small but growing Hispanic population in the community." I would add that there are three Hispanic churches in town.. ...
Schools need balanced coverage (12/24/05)
To the editor: I was disappointed that a reporter from the newspaper could not be present to report the Holiday Store event held at Jefferson Elementary School even though you received a number of invitations to do so. This is a fine event that brings together parents, teachers, staff, volunteers and students in a process of developing good character and in recognizing the practice of good character...
Whole world could use Christmas cheer (12/24/05)
To the editor: Certain people of America are signing a petition to replace the word "Christmas" with the word "holiday." These people want to celebrate Christmas without the most important part, Christ's birthday. They want to call a Christmas tree a holiday tree, but not only that, they also want to sing carols that don't include the words "Christmas," "Christ" or anything biblical, so they will call these songs holiday carols. ...
Speak Out 12/24/05 (12/24/05)
City is colorblind; Not my father; Make an application; Investigate first; Taking risks; Positive, not negative; Portable problem
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