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Brooks enters guilty plea in unsanitary home case (12/28/05)
Melanie R. Brooks, 26, of 1827 Big Bend Blvd., pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge in a case stemming from an unsanitary home. Cape Girardeau police, working with the Missouri Children's Division, in June discovered piles of trash, no gas or water service, a major infestation of roaches and rotting food on the counter in the home...
Court briefs 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
Man caught drinking by judge ordered into rehab program (12/28/05)
Circuit Judge William Syler wants a man who couldn't wait to have a drink to learn to resist temptation. Jacob V. Vandeven must spend a month in an alcohol rehabilitation center for violating his probation less than 60 minutes after being sentenced for drunk driving, Syler ordered Tuesday...
The fight against time (12/28/05)
Susan Tucker, the president of the Thebes Historical Society, has heard rumors about the treasures once found in the old Thebes Courthouse. Pictures of Abraham Lincoln even. But time has weathered away the artifacts and countless stories. Even the building, believed to have housed the famous slave Dred Scott, has been abandoned at times, making way for vandals and animals...
Area offers plenty of party plans for New Year's Eve (12/28/05)
Tim Duffey thought his two-month-old cab company Designated Driver would be busy on New Year's Eve, just not this busy. "I've already got over 100 reservations called in, and we don't even take reservations," Duffey said. Duffey's company offers an alternative to the traditional cab service, offering a flat $10 fee for round trips within the Cape Girardeau city limits for up to three people...
Deadline approaches for 2005 personal property tax payments (12/28/05)
The deadline is quickly approaching for Cape Girardeau County residents to pay personal property taxes for the year. Saturday is the last day for residents to pay property taxes without incurring penalties and interest charges. Diane Diebold, Cape Girardeau County Collector, said this will be the busiest week of the year for the collector's office, but it's important for people to get their taxes paid on time...
Questions raised about Black River sediment, diversion (12/28/05)
Officials involved in the cleanup of the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse are now worried about the health of Black River. The failure on Dec. 13 caused the river to divert approximately 200 yards to the east. Furthermore, the sediment carried into the river may have affected the river's wildlife...
Club news 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
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Boyfriend charged with assault in swallowed cell phone case (12/28/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City man with forcing a cell phone down his ex-girlfriend's throat last week, requiring emergency surgery to remove it. Marlon Brando Gill, 23, was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, a felony, in the case that initially was considered a watercooler joke when it was reported that the woman, Melinda Abell, had swallowed the cell phone herself during an argument with her boyfriend...
Groups to study separating Great Lakes, Mississippi River basins (12/28/05)
CHICAGO -- More than 100 years ago, city officials reversed the Chicago River's flow to keep sewage and other filth from spilling into Lake Michigan. To do this, they dug the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, which connects the Great Lakes to the Illinois River and ultimately to the Mississippi River...
Central Illinois man builds his cabin the way the pioneers did (12/28/05)
MOWEAQUA, Ill. -- Doug Wallace was a teenager when he first dreamed of building a log cabin the old-fashioned way. He was captivated by the accounts of pioneers moving across the prairie in covered wagons in the 1850s who built log cabins for their families. But 12 years would pass before his dream became a reality...
Mo. appeals court upholds PSC's decision on gas rates (12/28/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An appeals court on Tuesday upheld regulators' 2004 decision allowing Missouri Gas Energy to raise its rates by $22.5 million, about half of what the company wanted. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District determined the Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, was correct when it approved the rate increase in October 2004...
CIA inspector general investigating operations snagging terror suspects (12/28/05)
WASHINGTON -- The CIA's independent watchdog is investigating fewer than 10 cases where terror suspects may have been mistakenly swept away to foreign countries by the spy agency, a figure lower than published reports but enough to raise some concerns...
Four Iraqi children leave New York hospital after heart surgery (12/28/05)
NEW YORK -- Four Iraqi children with life-threatening heart defects left a Bronx hospital Tuesday after successfully undergoing open heart surgery. Through its Operation Iraqi Hearts, Montefiore Medical Center has performed such operations on more than 500 children around the world in the past 15 years...
Success in '06 may be harder for lawmakers (12/28/05)
WASHINGTON -- Despite the messy and chaotic end to this year's session of Congress, Acting House Majority Leader Roy Blunt said he is proud of the House's many successes. But the Missouri Republican warned that it will be hard to duplicate that record next year...
Hog farmers see waste treatments as too costly (12/28/05)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Five years after the two top pork producers in North Carolina agreed to help find environmentally friendly technologies to dispose of hog waste, researchers have come up with five alternatives, but none that farmers say they can afford...
Kraft sells Canadian assets, factories (12/28/05)
TORONTO -- Kraft Canada Inc. said Tuesday it agreed to sell some product lines and five factories to a group led by two private-equity firms for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close early next year, the Toronto-based unit of Kraft Foods Inc. said...
Shiites hold government negotiations with Kurds (12/28/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Shiite religious bloc leading Iraq's parliamentary elections held talks Tuesday with Kurdish leaders about who should get the top 12 government jobs, as thousands of Sunni Arabs and secular Shiites protested what they say was a tainted vote...
Italy monitoring 'numerous' people ahead of Olympics (12/28/05)
ROME -- Italian authorities, fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in Turin, are conducting surveillance on "numerous" people through telephone wiretaps and other intelligence operations, an Italian security official said Tuesday...
Kelly learned from previous encounter with Scott County Central's pressure (12/28/05)
Kelly went to school on its earlier loss to Scott County Central to beat the reeling Braves 77-66 late Monday night in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. "We knew from playing them previously this year that they really pressured up front and, if we could get the ball to the middle of the floor and get it down low, we could punch it inside," Kelly coach Cory Johnson said...
Oran eliminates Leopold to advance to semifinals in consolation bracket (12/28/05)
In a game that involved 49 fouls and 70 free throws, No. 14 Oran upended No. 11 Leopold 64-51 in a consolation quarterfinal game Tuesday in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. The numbers of foul and the free-throw percentages were similar for the two squads. Leopold committed 26 fouls compared to Oran's 23. The Wildcats hit 23 of 32 free throws, while the Eagles (3-4) made 24 of 38...
Bulldogs dominate Central (12/28/05)
The respective student cheering sections of Notre Dame and Central battled to a virtual draw Tuesday night. But on the court, it was all Bulldogs. Fifth-seeded Notre Dame unleashed its trademark press on fourth-seeded Central and posted a surprisingly lopsided 75-55 victory in the quarterfinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament...
Bell City advances to showdown with Jackson (12/28/05)
It would have been easy to mistake Tuesday's quarterfinal game between Bell City and Advance at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament as a tribute to the whistle, but between the fouls the Cubs were able to score enough to get past Stoddard County rival Advance 81-58 at the Show Me Center...
St. Vincent edges Saxony Lutheran in tourney play (12/28/05)
Jon Buehler made a steal and layup in the final minute and Waylon Richardet hit the game-winning free throw with 7 seconds remaining to lead St. Vincent in a 50-49 come-from-behind victory against Saxony Lutheran on Tuesday night. The Indians took control of Pool A in the second annual Saxony Lutheran Christmas Tournament, a six-team event...
Nixon gives Redhawks surprising spark with 3-point shooting (12/28/05)
Tarina Nixon displayed an almost embarrassed look when she was recently asked about her impressive 3-point shooting. "The funny thing is, I never really even shot 3-pointers in high school," Southeast Missouri State's personable freshman guard said. "I probably only took a few my whole career."...
Redhawks face major challenge (12/28/05)
It's not that Bruce Weber didn't expect the University of Illinois to eventually make its mark on this season's college basketball landscape. But the Illini have gotten there a lot quicker than even Weber could have imagined. "I don't think there's any doubt," said Weber, the Illini's third-year coach. ...
Tigers see bowl berth as sign of progress (12/28/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A 6-5 season and another low-level bowl has left Missouri athletics director Mike Alden happy, but not impressed. The Tigers are preparing to play Steve Spurrier's South Carolina team in the Independence Bowl on Friday in Shreveport, La...
UNC hires former Nebraska assistant (12/28/05)
GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado hired Nebraska assistant Scott Downing as its head coach Tuesday. Downing, 49, had coached tight ends and kickers at Nebraska since 2002 after arriving from Purdue, following his second six-year stint with coach Joe Tiller. He also worked with Tiller at Wyoming...
Reardon arrested after robbing jewelry store (12/28/05)
PRO BASEBALL Reardon arrested after robbing jewelry store Jeff Reardon, one of the top relief pitchers in history, was charged with robbing a jewelry store, then blamed his arrest on medication he was taking for depression. The 50-year-old Reardon, retired since 1994 and sixth in career saves, walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Monday and handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and the store was being robbed, police said Tuesday...
Colorado suffers fourth straight loss (12/28/05)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- James Davis ran for 150 yards and a touchdown, Charlie Whitehurst scrambled for a score, and No. 23 Clemson beat Colorado 19-10 in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday. Davis' 6-yard TD run with 1 minute, 38 seconds remaining sealed a fourth straight victory for Clemson (8-4) and capped a disappointing season for Colorado (7-6), which closed with four straight losses...
Back from injury, Randle finds role for unbeaten Illini (12/28/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Redshirt sophomore Brian Randle has played a big, surgically repaired hand in No. 6 Illinois' season-opening 12-0 run. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging nearly nine points and more than five rebounds a game, fueling a quick start he says has eased the disappointment of missing last year's march to the NCAA title game after he broke a bone punching a wall in frustration during a scrimmage...
Hundreds pay respects to Dungys (12/28/05)
LUTZ, Fla. -- Tony Dungy recalled his son as a "good, young man with a compassionate heart," someone who loved to smile and have fun. "All you had to do was be nice to him," the Indianapolis Colts coach said Tuesday, straining to compose himself and blinking back tears while remembering 18-year-old James, who died last week in an apparent suicide...
Chiefs coach Vermeil irritated by speculation about his future (12/28/05)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- That silver Porsche that Carol Vermeil gave her husband on his 67th birthday doesn't always bring him straight to work. Some mornings Dick Vermeil drives on past his reserved parking place and makes a slow, leisurely lap around the Truman Sports Complex, home of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals...
Memphis closes strong to beat Gonzaga (12/28/05)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Darius Washington scored 22 points and had 10 assists to help fourth-ranked Memphis hold off No. 8 Gonzaga 83-72 on Tuesday night. Memphis (10-1) continued its best start since 1985-86 by winning its seventh straight game. The Tigers are the only ranked team in the revamped Conference USA, a distinction Gonzaga holds in the West Coast Conference...
Getting lucky with food (12/28/05)
They say it's bad luck to be superstitious, but this time of year, at least from a culinary perspective, I think it's worth the risk. We are told that if we consume certain foods at the start of the year, we'll have good luck for the 364 days which follow, so why take a chance? Besides, I'm not about to turn down an excuse to eat. Every culture feeds on the belief that eating certain dishes on New Year's Day brings good fortune...
Hors d'oeuvres make for easy entertaining (12/28/05)
HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Contrary to popular belief, entertaining can be hassle-free and fun. Whether you're planning a cocktail party or a formal dinner, serve items that can be made in advance so that you can enjoy the event as well. Savory hors d'oeuvres like palmiers with prosciutto, paillettes and gougeres are ideal for easy entertaining. They can be prepared several days before the party, leaving you time to concentrate on the rest of the meal...
Ringing in the year with good food (12/28/05)
Ringing in the new year can be so much fun, especially spending it with good friends, family and great food. What New Year's Eve buffet would be complete without a variety of finger foods to munch on throughout the evening? In planning a buffet for this New Year's Eve I decided to share a few of the recipes I have been looking at to serve. I hope you enjoy them, and happy new year!...
Robert Bedwell (12/28/05)
BRIGHTON, Ill. -- Robert Bedwell, 76, of Brighton, formerly of Olive Branch, Ill., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Olive Branch, son of Robert Henry and Thelma Ann Tupper Bedwell. He and Helen Childers were married Oct. 26, 1954, in Edwardsville, Ill...
Betty McCall (12/28/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Betty June McCall, 78, of Sikeston died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born March 20, 1927, at Matthews, Mo., daughter of English Albert and Nora Nance Stobaugh. She and Richard L. McCall were married Jan. 6, 1945, in Russellville, Ark. He died Aug. 22, 1987...
Mary Marquardt (12/28/05)
Mary Marquardt, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Ridgway (12/28/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Donald Ridgway, 90, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born Aug. 31, 1915, son of Richard B. and Lella Carr Ridgway. He and Velda Green were married Dec. 19, 1937, in Paducah, Ky...
Terry Calvert (12/28/05)
THEBES, Ill. -- Terry D. "Hippie" Calvert, 56, of West Frankfort, Ill., formerly of Thebes, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born Nov. 25, 1949, in Cairo, Ill., son of Kenneth Dee "Buttons" and Mary Clutts Calvert...
Births 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
Spies; Hastings; Cossou; Minner; Myer; Fox; Shrum; Griffin; Lummus; Bailey; Grace
Cape/Jackson police reports 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
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Out of the past 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 28, 1980 MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Lynn Crader is a modern-day circuit rider; the 21-year-old resident of rural Marble Hill divides his time among three United Methodist churches at Scopus, Wesley and Lounds, Mo. Cape Girardeau's hospitals are winding up construction projects as the old year ends; now complete and open is Southeast Missouri Hospital's new Oncology Center; two additions are well underway at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Christmas memory: The gift of a helpmate is a good reason to celebrate (12/28/05)
Editor's note: As the Christmas season continues, here is one husband's tribute to the gift of a special helpmate. By Robert E. Perry In December 1986, my newlywed wife, newborn baby girl and I were forced to celebrate our first Christmas together a thousand miles from home and family in Cairo, Ill. ...
Glenn House polishing (12/28/05)
Fresh from $31,000 in renovations funded by the city of Cape Girardeau, the Glenn House is gleaming like a jewel for the holidays. Seven Christmas trees decorated with traditional Victorian-era ornaments await visitors. Rotting wood on the porch has been replaced, the house has some new tuck-pointing and paint, and roofing repairs have been made. ...
Bush's wiretaps must not go unchecked (12/28/05)
To the editor; Jeff Jernigan correctly points out that, whether legal or illegal, previous citizen presidents of the U.S. have ordered wiretaps without warrants in emergency situations. These wiretaps are different from President Bush's use of wiretaps in two ways...
Animal hoarders need special help (12/28/05)
To the editor: Thank you for reporting on the allegedly neglected and starving animals rescued from an Illinois couple ("Illinois pair charged with animal torture"). Those responsible in cases like this are often animal hoarders, people who amass large numbers of animals, fail to meet their basic needs and don't recognize when the situation becomes abusive and a health threat. Experts agree that mental-health disorders may play a part in hoarding cases...
Jury still out on red-light cameras (12/28/05)
To the editor: Kudos to state Sen. Jason Crowell for his efforts to put the brakes on red-light cameras. His willingness to take tough stances on important issues is greatly appreciated. Although common sense would seem to prevail that issuing more red-light violation tickets should produce far safer intersections, the jury is still out. ...
Speak Out 12/28/05 (12/28/05)
What has changed?; Library bargain; Out of my way; Toddlers deserve fun; Secular triumph; Grrrreat cartoons; Keeping informed; Sidewalk comment; Goat crimes; Change the system; Small inconvenience; Leadership skills; Politics over security; Collection woes
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