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Stories from Saturday, December 31, 2005

Perryville man injured when car overturns after leaving the road (12/31/05)
Keith A. Amberger, 20, of Perryville, Mo., was moderately injured on Thursday when his pickup truck traveled off the roadway and overturned. He was taken by ambulance to the Perry County Hospital. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 6:45 p.m. when Amberger failed to negotiate a turn on wesbound Route P, 1.6 miles east of Perry County Road 318...
World briefs 12/31/05 (12/31/05)
Eight rescued, death toll at 43 in Yemeni landslide; Haitian elections to be postponed a fourth time; Taliban detonate mine at Afghan checkpoint
Looking back at 2005 (12/31/05)
In 2005, we answered Katrina's call by offering the shirts off our backs. We also paid $3 a gallon for gas. It was a year that saw our crops wither under the weight of a heavy Midwestern sun. The summer heat also stole three local lives and killed others across the state...
Special Olympics, SADI director endorse comedy 'The Ringer' (12/31/05)
The Special Olympics Missouri endorses "The Ringer" so much that it says on its official Web site and in its automated voice message to "grab your popcorn and head to your local movie theater" to see the movie. While critics' reviews range from "sweet" and "endearing" to "offensive" and "unfunny," some local residents expect the movie, which was released Dec. 23, will at least raise awareness for the Special Olympics...
Jackson gets $25,000 donation to help build ballfield (12/31/05)
A major contribution from a former St. Louis Cardinals manager has started the ball rolling toward developing a first-class baseball field in Jackson. Whitey Herzog, who led the team to its last world championship in 1982, donated $25,000 to the city to help with construction of a new baseball field in Brookside Park. Herzog has a foundation that helps fund baseball fields for young people...
SEMO Port adding corn milling plant (12/31/05)
Work has begun to prepare for the construction of a new business at the Southeast Missouri Port Authority, the first of its kind to be housed at the port. Construction is set to begin within the week on facilities for SEMO Milling LLC, a food-grade corn milling plant. ...
Religion briefs 12/31/05 (12/31/05)
Two groups sing at Shiloh Baptist Church; Vincentian youth group meets; Sunday
Mormons mark anniversary of church founder's birth (12/31/05)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Though The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is one of the world's fastest-growing religions -- though 120 million copies of the Book of Mormon are in print -- believers still endure suggestions by mainstream churches that they are not authentically Christian...
Missouri family comes forward with winning Powerball ticket (12/31/05)
RAYTOWN, Mo. -- A suburban Kansas City family came forward Friday with the winning ticket for a $36 million Powerball jackpot. Floyd Scheinost, a 78-year-old retired electrician from Raytown, bought the ticket hours before the Nov. 2 drawing. He has chosen a lump-sum payment of about $17.2 million, or about $4.2 million each for him and his three children: Phil Scheinost, 49, an electrician from Overland Park, Kan.; Andy Scheinost, 44, a retired dental technician from Lee's Summit; and Becky Pycior, 52, a nurse from Lee's Summit.. ...
Names of the dead voters on petition raise concerns (12/31/05)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis election officials said Friday they have launched a fraud investigation after receiving signatures from dead voters and addresses that matched vacant lots in a failed petition effort to recall a city alderman. The false information is the latest problem for a city that's been plagued by election misdeeds in recent years...
Missouri to pay $5.8 million to Medicaid contractor (12/31/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state agreed Friday to pay $5.8 million to a suburban St. Louis firm to settle claims lingering from an autumn decision that granted Missouri's Medicaid transportation contract to a new firm. Medical Transportation Management Inc., of Lake St. Louis, stopped providing Medicaid patients with nonemergency rides to doctor's visits in early November, after the state awarded the contract to rival LogistiCare Inc...
2005 had its political and natural explosions for Missouri (12/31/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Thousands of low-income Missourians lost their state-funded health care. Thousands of Missouri businesses got some long-sought relief from the state. For the first time in more than 80 years, Republicans ruled the Missouri Capitol, charting a new course for the state with results that have affected the lives of its residents...
Infant with spina bifida flying to U.S. for treatment (12/31/05)
Infant with spina bifida flying to U.S. for treatment ATLANTA -- Even in war, people have hope and try to save lives. An Iraqi infant with a severe birth defect began her journey Friday to the United States, where she will receive medical care at the urging of U.S. ...
Rules for tourist trips to outer space being put into place (12/31/05)
WASHINGTON -- Thinking of spending that next vacation on the moon or Mars or circling the Earth? Before liftoff, there's a list of things the would-be "space flight participant" should know. More than 120 pages of proposed rules, released by the government Thursday, regulate the future of space tourism, touching on everything from passenger medical standards to preflight training...
Storms and quake leave patchwork of hope, grief and questions (12/31/05)
The Katrina-soaked carpets inside the New Orleans convention center squished when you walked on them. And I was running, trying to keep up with a frightened man who said several people had died in the heat and he was going to show me their bodies. He pushed ahead, but I kept getting waylaid, stopped by one after another of the homeless and helpless spread across the cavernous hall: families clutching garbage bags stuffed with belongings, tourists with brightly colored rollaway luggage, babies and elderly lying asleep on sheets spread across the wet floor.. ...
Katrina AP's choice for 2005's top story (12/31/05)
NEW YORK -- The onslaught of Gulf Coast hurricanes, notably Katrina and the deadly flooding which devastated New Orleans, was overwhelmingly picked by U.S. editors and news directors as the top story of 2005 in The Associated Press' annual vote. The hurricanes received 242 first-place votes out of 288 ballots cast. No other story received more than 18 first-place votes...
Feds probe leak on president's domestic spying (12/31/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program. The inquiry focuses on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said...
Anti-Christian jeans are hot trend among youth in secular Sweden (12/31/05)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A punk-rock style, trendy tight fit and affordable price have made Cheap Monday jeans a hot commodity among young Swedes, but what has people talking is the brand's ungodly logo: a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead...
U.S. military death toll for 2005 nears last year's level (12/31/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two more U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq as the year wound down Friday, putting the American military death toll at 841 so far -- just five short of 2004's lost lives despite political progress and dogged efforts to quash the insurgency...
Bulldogs zip past Indians for title (12/31/05)
The Notre Dame boys basketball team completed its upset-driven run through the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament by knocking off No. 2 Jackson 74-65 in the championship game Friday night at the Show Me Center. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs brought home their first tournament title since 1986 by defeating fourth-seeded Central, No. 1 Charleston and then ending No. 2 Jackson's string at two straight tournament titles...
St. Vincent captures first place at Saxony (12/31/05)
St. Vincent needed overtime Friday night, but the Indians were able to capture the championship of the six-team Saxony Lutheran Christmas Tournament. The Indians (5-4) completed a 3-0 tournament by slipping past Ste. Genevieve 69-64. Eric Clements led the Indians with 16 points, followed by Greg Finger with 14 and Waylon Richardet with 11...
Scott City wears down Braves (12/31/05)
Scott City sophomore forward Alex King finished with a game-high 25 points as the Rams bounced back from an opening round upset to bring home the consolation championship of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament 82-61 over No. 8 Scott County Central on Friday at the Show Me Center...
Bluejays top Bell City for third-place honors (12/31/05)
After Charleston was denied a chance to win the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, the Bluejays did the next best thing. They finished third. Top-seeded Charleston rebounded from Thursday's stunning 15-point semifinal rout at the hands of Notre Dame to pull away from third-seeded Bell City 85-67 Friday night at the Show Me Center...
Kelly happy with fifth-place trophy (12/31/05)
Since Kelly graduated four starters from last season's team that reached the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament championship game, not much was expected from the Hawks in this year's event. But they had other ideas. Kelly, despite being seeded just ninth in the 16-team field, finished fifth by virtue of Friday's 63-60 overtime victory against Advance at the Show Me Center...
Smith directs Tigers to comeback victory (12/31/05)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- As Brad Smith goes, so goes Missouri. South Carolina knew that and the game plan of keeping Smith in check worked great -- for a half, anyway. Then, the Missouri quarterback broke loose, as he has done so often in his career, rushing for three touchdowns -- including a 1-yarder in the final minutes -- and passing for another to rally the Tigers for a 38-31 victory over the Gamecocks in the Independence Bowl on Friday...
Rams dogged by stomach virus (12/31/05)
ST. LOUIS -- So many St. Louis Rams players have landed in sick bay in recent weeks, felled mostly by a persistent stomach virus, that interim coach Joe Vitt suggested fumigating the locker room. This week, the virus has hit quarterback Jamie Martin, running back Marshall Faulk, linebacker Brandon Chillar and defensive lineman Brian Howard. Over the last month, a dozen or more players have been affected...
UCLA outscores Northwestern to capture Sun Bowl (12/31/05)
Brandon Breazell returned two onside kicks for touchdowns and Drew Olson recovered from an awful first quarter by throwing three TD passes to lead No. 17 UCLA to a 50-38 win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Friday. With star tailback Maurice Drew limited to punt returns after a first-half shoulder injury, Chris Markey finished with 150 yards rushing and Kahlil Bell added 136 yards. The Bruins (10-2) gave coach Karl Dorrell his first bowl victory in three tries...
After LSU dominates Miami, teams get into fight in tunnel (12/31/05)
ATLANTA -- Matt Flynn did so well in his first start, the Peach Bowl turned into 60 minutes of fun for No. 10 LSU. What happened after the game wasn't nearly so nice. Flynn threw two touchdown passes, Joseph Addai rushed for 130 yards and the Tigers humbled Miami's proud defense, even running a couple of fake kicks after the game was a rout and romping 40-3 Friday night in the Hurricanes' most-lopsided bowl loss ever...
Rams broadcaster Snow in critical condition with infection (12/31/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Former Rams receiver and current broadcaster Jack Snow was in critical condition Friday with a staph infection. Snow, 62, was at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Hospital spokesman Jason Merrill said he could not discuss details. Rams spokesman Duane Lewis said Snow became ill in November. He was getting better, but was hospitalized last week...
Lakers' Bryant suspended for 2 games following flagrant foul (12/31/05)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was suspended for two games without pay Friday for elbowing Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies in the throat. Bryant was called for a flagrant foul for elbowing Miller with 8:24 remaining in the fourth quarter in Wednesday night's 100-99 overtime loss to the Grizzlies. He is scheduled to serve his suspension Sunday, when the Lakers host Utah, and Tuesday, when Los Angeles plays at the Jazz...
AP correction Dec31 (12/31/05)
Corrections n In the Dec. 24 edition of the Southeast Missourian, a story about the Poinsettia Bowl by The Associated Press erroneously reported that Reggie Campbell of Navy became the fourth player to score five touchdowns in a bowl game. He was the fifth. The list in the story failed to include Steven Jackson of Oregon State, who did it in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl...
Illinois hammers Tennessee-Martin (12/31/05)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- James Augustine scored 19 points and his 11 rebounds made him Illinois' career leader as the sixth-ranked Illini beat Tennessee-Martin 84-46 on Friday night. Rich McBride scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers, as Illinois (14-0) won its 14th straight game and finished its nonconference schedule undefeated for the second straight season...
Billikens fall to .500 with loss to Iowa (12/31/05)
Jeff Horner returned from a knee injury with 17 points and six assists and Adam Haluska hit four 3-pointers and also scored 17 points in a long-range game that helped visiting Iowa beat St. Louis 60-50 on Friday night. Iowa (11-3) was 10-for-19 from 3-point range, much better than its overall 42.9 percent accuracy, in its final tuneup before Big Ten conference play. The Hawkeyes entered the game at only 29.5 percent for the season but also were 7-for-16 in their last game against Robert Morris...
Missouri takes care of ball in end to beat Oakland (12/31/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- When Missouri needed to take care of the basketball, it did. The Tigers overcame early turnover problems, didn't commit a turnover the final 11minutes, 30 seconds of the game and finished the final 6 minutes on a 16-4 run Friday to beat Oakland 74-58...
Racing into the new year (12/31/05)
"When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of earthborn man that You care for him?" Psalms 8:3,4 amp. Dec. 31 -- last day of our trip around the sun and time to start another lap. The Earth's clock, like a Timex, kept ticking as we Earthlings ran another stretch in the races of our lives...
Dallena Ruth (12/31/05)
JONESBORO, Ill.-- Dallena Ruth, 81, of Jonesboro died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at City Care Center in Anna, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Phillip Otrich (12/31/05)
ANNA, Ill. -- Phillip R. Otrich, 66, of Anna died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Anna, son of H. Don and Elsie Marie Vaughn Otrich. He and Carol L. Treece were married June 1, 1977, in Anna. A lifelong resident of Union County, Otrich was a 1957 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School and received a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Illinois University...
Susie Fadler (12/31/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Susie M. Fadler, 87, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 3, 1918, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of George W. and Jeanetta McCallister. She and Kent Fadler were married May 3, 1941. He died Dec. 26, 1985...
Christine Ashley (12/31/05)
Christine L. Ashley, 51, of Grants, N.M., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at her home. Following a service in Grants, the body will be brought to Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Charles Crumbaugh (12/31/05)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Charles "Charlie" Crumbaugh, 78, of Rockview died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 9, 1927, at Rockview, son of Elisha and Effie Mills Crumbaugh. Crumbaugh was a retired self-employed steeplejack. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church at Rockview, Masonic Lodge 417 at Whitewater, Scottish Rite in St. Louis, and lifetime member of VFW in Gonzales, La...
Albin Sauer (12/31/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Albin J. Sauer, 79, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Perry County, son of Otto Frank and Caroline Welker Sauer. Sauer was a farmer. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church at Apple Creek, Mo., Knights of Columbus Council 1263, and VFW Post 4282...
Rudolph Domazlicky (12/31/05)
Rudolph R. Domazlicky, 82, of Berwyn, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at his home, following a brief illness. He attended Morton High School in Berwyn. He was a machinist 40 years, and was a member of American Legion Post 442. Domazlicky was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II...
Eula Jones (12/31/05)
Eula Jones, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Antoinette Cantoni (12/31/05)
Antoinette C. Cantoni, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Charles Prost will officiate, with entombment at Memorial Park Mausoleum...
Lindell Parker (12/31/05)
CAIRO, Ill., -- Lindell H. Parker, 92, of Cairo, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 1913, in Mounds, Ill., daughter of William H. and Birdie Murray Parker. Parker worked as a secretary for Illinois Mineral Company in Cairo, Ill., prior to her retirement. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cairo, Ill...
Births 12/31/05 (12/31/05)
Steck; Avery; Mei; McAlister; James; Shenberg; Holliday; Thurston; Holliman; Wondel; Goin; Ramsey; Johnson
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Out of the past 12/31/05 (12/31/05)
25 years ago: Dec. 31, 1980 The high cost of building and financing a new home had its effects on the home-building industry in Cape Girardeau this year, but 1980 was a good year for commercial and apartment construction; the city issued 289 building permits showing declared construction costs of $22,328,464, up almost $3 million over last year...
Using traffic cameras legally, effectively and fairly (12/31/05)
By Jason Crowell I would like to take this opportunity to fully explain my reasoning behind filing legislation that would ban red-light traffic cameras. My primary concern is the legality of cities using cameras to catch motorists that run red lights. ...
Tobacco tax plans (12/31/05)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch If the hospitals bankrolling a tobacco tax initiative thought they would have the playing field all to themselves, they were wrong. On (Dec. 19), a coalition of community activists submitted their own ballot initiative to hike Missouri's tobacco tax...
Credit cards (12/31/05)
Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader Now the bills come due. And with them, surprises from your friendly credit card company. They're doubling minimum payments and raising late and over-limit fees. Many are applying a provision that lets them increase interest rates and raise minimum payments if a borrower defaults on a bill from another company...
Celebrate responsibly (12/31/05)
The host of parties planned tonight await both those who plan to toast the New Year with champagne and those who want to welcome 2006 more soberly. The Enchanted Forest at 811 Broadway in Cape Girardeau offers music without alcohol. Centenary United Methodist Church is sponsoring a teens-only party...
Speak Out 12/31/05 (12/31/05)
Mall etiquette; Intersection lighting; Christmas services; Alcoholic minors; Scientific reasoning; More spending
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