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Body of Anna, Ill., man found in Pulaski county (01/07/06)
The death of an Anna, Ill., man is being investigated as a homicide after his body was found on Wednesday inside a burning vehicle in Pulaski County, Ill. An autopsy identified the body as Trea Hannah, 23, who was reported missing and was last seen on Dec. ...
Area schools' dress codes don't address cultural attire (01/07/06)
Area public schools don't have specific dress code policies for cultural attire that may have dealt with the incident that occurred when Nathan Warmack wore a Scottish kilt to the Jackson High School Silver Arrow Dance in November. Principal Rick McClard asked Warmack to change from his clan kilt into pants. In response, thousands of people have signed an Internet petition calling on the Jackson schools to change their dress codes...
Retired Army general meets National Guardsman who saved his life (01/07/06)
Tears of gratitude trickled as retired Army Gen. John G. Waggener Sr. met Army National Guard Spc. Joe Fields -- the man who brought him back from a heart attack almost two weeks ago. At the National Guard Armory on Friday, Waggener presented a heartfelt thank-you letter to Fields, whose voice choked as he read it...
World briefs 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
Millions in Africa 'on brink of starvation,' U.N. says; Microsoft shuts down blog for Chinese officials
Medicare change causing confusion (01/07/06)
In the first week of the nationwide switch-over to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, local pharmacies are reporting chaos and confusion from seniors unsure about their new plans. "It's a nightmare," said Gene Brockett, manager of Jones Drug Store. "Yesterday we spent 30 man-hours -- I counted it up -- between eight employees on the phone, waiting on hold from insurance companies and faxing doctors insurance information."...
Scott Lipke named 2005 Legislator of the Year (01/07/06)
State Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, was named the 2005 Missouri Sheriff's Association "Legislator of the Year" during a ceremony in Springfield. Lipke's work in the State House of Representatives this past year was highlighted by his co-sponsorship of house-bill 441. The bill is new, tougher legislation designed to make it more difficult for Pseudo ephedrine to reach the hands of those who would use it to make methamphetamines...
First Friday Coffee speaker addresses disaster preparedness (01/07/06)
The keynote speaker for the first Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee of 2006 addressed a subject not often discussed at business meetings -- disaster preparedness. Jim Watkins, a volunteer with the local Community Emergency Response Team, told those in attendance at the event that disaster preparedness is key for both individual, businesses and communities...
Boycotting council, mayor meet briefly (01/07/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Friday's special meeting called by the four boycotting members of the Cairo City Council didn't last long -- only about five minutes. Mayor Paul Farris didn't even stay that long, not wanting to preside over what he called an illegal meeting...
Setting up God's shop (01/07/06)
amilo Jose Vergara has spent the last three decades taking his camera to some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, documenting places few outsiders ever visit. Over the years, he noticed that urban areas emptied by blight were filling up with storefront churches. The pastors were cab drivers and retired steel and transit workers with little or no formal religious training, yet they took on an important role in their communities...
Religion briefs 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
Jackson ministerial alliance holds week of prayer; Study group at Centenary will examine the major religions
Catholic diocese considers charity (01/07/06)
A new Catholic charity agency being considered by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese could mean services such as foster care, low-income housing and immigrant services for Southeast Missouri. The diocese is currently conducting a study examining the possibility of such an agency, which Catholic diocese throughout the country operate via Catholic Charities USA, the membership association of one of the nation's largest social service networks...
Taum Sauk walls sagged for years, papers show (01/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Walls of the Taum Sauk reservoir had been slowly sinking for decades before the mountaintop dam burst last month, according to federal safety inspection documents. By 1997, some stretches of the Southeast Missouri reservoir had sunk as much as 1.6 feet and could have settled more since then, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission documents obtained by the Associated Press...
Blunt to recommend funding increase for higher education (01/07/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt is proposing to boost funding for state colleges and universities by 2 percent next year, STLtoday.com, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reported Friday. Blunt said the state can afford an increase for higher education after five lean years because more people are working and tax receipts have picked up...
Court upholds Martha Stewart's conviction (01/07/06)
NEW YORK -- A panel of federal appeals judges on Friday upheld Martha Stewart's 2004 conviction for lying to investigators about selling stock just before the price took a dive. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan judges ruled that none of the grounds upon which Stewart and a former stockbroker challenged their convictions provided a basis to overturn the jury's verdict. ...
My Lai hero Thompson dies; honored for rescuing civilians (01/07/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Hugh Thompson Jr., a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians from his fellow GIs during the My Lai massacre, died early Friday. He was 62. Thompson, whose role in the 1968 massacre did not become widely known until decades later, died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alexandria, hospital spokesman Jay DeWorth said...
IBM's pension move sharpens focus on 401(k) plans for retirement (01/07/06)
BOSTON -- IBM's freeze of its otherwise healthy U.S. pension plan will reverberate through industry not only because it illustrates the erosion of traditional benefit packages, but also because it sharpens the focus on 401(k) plans as a source of retirement security...
Motorola to add Google button to cell phones (01/07/06)
NEW YORK -- Motorola Inc. will soon begin selling Web-enabled cell phones that feature easy access to Google's search engine by clicking on a button on the phone's keypad. The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company said in a statement late Thursday it will integrate a Google icon onto certain Internet-optimized handsets that will be distributed starting in the first quarter this year...
The kindness of strangers (01/07/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- The paddlewheeler on which they had planned to take a Mississippi River excursion was being used to house Hurricane Katrina relief workers. But Phoenix residents Barbara Levy and Skip Hanson still had French Quarter antique stores and restaurants to enjoy...
Beta/VHS-like battle shaping up for new high-def DVDs (01/07/06)
LAS VEGAS -- It was supposed to be the grand unveiling of a new generation in home entertainment when Kevin Collins of Microsoft Corp. popped an HD DVD disc into a Toshiba production model and hit "play." Nothing happened. Despite a few minutes of embarrassed fiddling, the disc never played and the press conference, held Wednesday night during this year's Consumer Electronics Show, continued...
Witnesses say couple argued before husband vanished on cruise (01/07/06)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- A man who disappeared from his honeymoon cruise last summer argued in the ship's bar with his wife, who kicked him in the groin hours before he vanished, two witnesses said Friday. The witnesses told The Associated Press the FBI has interviewed them about the July 5 disappearance of George Allen Smith IV of Greenwich...
Slow lane for rural residents without broadband (01/07/06)
OZARK, Mo. -- Andy and Susanne Daniel run a property surveying business from their house in the Ozarks just half an hour from Springfield, the state's third largest city. But when they turn to the Internet for crucial data, they might as well be hundreds of miles away from the high-speed connections that urban dwellers take for granted...
Family loses three children to bird flu in poor Turkish town (01/07/06)
DOGUBAYAZIT, Turkey -- The mother wailed as the white shroud bearing the body of her 11-year-old daughter was lowered into a simple grave Friday, her third child to die in less than a week from bird flu. An imam in a surgical mask and rubber gloves read prayers...
Al-Qaida No. 2 says American troop reductions in Iraq are 'victory' (01/07/06)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, said in a videotape aired Friday that the United States' decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq represented "the victory of Islam" and called on Muslims to attack oil sites. Al-Zawahri, wearing a white turban and gray robe and seated next to an automatic rifle, waved his finger for emphasis as he spoke in the two-minute excerpt aired by Al-Jazeera...
Death toll from building collapse in Mecca reaches at least 76 (01/07/06)
MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- Hundreds of men using cranes, hand tools and blow torches pulled bodies from the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed in Islam's holiest city, and authorities said Friday the death toll reached at least 76. The Saudi Interior Ministry also said Thursday's collapse injured 62. The nationalities of the victims were not released...
Violence in Iraq could provoke backlash from Shiite militias (01/07/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A spree of bloodshed that killed nearly 200 people in two days, including 11 U.S. troops, threatened to provoke a backlash from Shiite militias. Iraq's largest religious group rallied thousands Friday against what it claimed was American backing for some Sunni Arab politicians they say have supported insurgents...
Central swimmers drop road dual with SLUH (01/07/06)
The Central boys swimming team won five individual events and one relay in a 107-79 road dual loss to St. Louis University High School on Friday. Kris Metje and Peyton Waggener led the Tigers with two wins apiece. Metje was first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.03) and 500 free (5:11.75). Waggener won the 200 individual medley (2:12.25) and 100 breast (1:05.78)...
Scott City pushes win streak to six (01/07/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Scott City's 66-43 victory against Chaffee in a Scott-Mississippi Conference boys basketball Friday night could be seen as a battle of teams moving in two different directions. The Rams improved to 8-4 with their sixth straight win, while the Red Devils fell to 3-7...
'Hawks seek 3 straight on Racers' floor (01/07/06)
After what happened last year, Southeast Missouri State's Redhawks know host Murray State will be gunning for them tonight. But, rejuvenated by their first two-game winning streak of the season, the Redhawks say bring it on. "They'll be looking to get us back, but we're ready," senior guard Roy Booker said following the Redhawks' first Ohio Valley Conference road victory this season, Thursday's 72-60 triumph at Eastern Illinois. "I feel like this game might have got us over the hump."...
Desperate Redhawks hope to find fast answers (01/07/06)
Southeast Missouri State senior guard Tiffanne Ryan still believes the Redhawks will have a strong season and challenge for the Ohio Valley Conference championship. But Ryan also knows the Redhawks can't wait much longer before they start getting their act together...
Patriots begin quest to three-peat today when playoffs open (01/07/06)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have a big edge in postseason experience over Jacksonville, winning three Super Bowls since the Jaguars last reached the playoffs. The Patriots will also be playing at home with some cold temperatures forecast for tonight's wild-card playoff game. And, of course, there's Tom Brady at quarterback, Bill Belichick as coach and oddsmakers making them huge favorites...
Virginia Tech gives Marcus Vick the boot (01/07/06)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was dismissed from the team Friday, the result of numerous legal transgressions and his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Gator Bowl. University president Charles Steger announced the dismissal on the same day that coach Frank Beamer met with Vick and his mother in their Hampton Roads home, the school said in a statement. Beamer informed them of the decision during the meeting...
Chiefs close to hiring Jets' Edwards (01/07/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Herman Edwards stopped by the Jets' facility for a short time Friday to collect a few items before going on his way. Now the Jets join a crowded group searching for a head coach. The Chiefs and Jets finally agreed to compensation Friday, leaving Edwards free to negotiate with Kansas City to replace longtime mentor Dick Vermeil. The Jets, in turn, will receive a surprisingly low fourth-round pick from Kansas City...
Urlacher voted AP's top defensive player (01/07/06)
NEW YORK -- Brian Urlacher, the latest leader of the Monsters of the Midway, won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award Friday. The Chicago Bears' star middle linebacker and the face of a ferocious defense that allowed the fewest points in the league this season, Urlacher adds the honor to his 2000 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award...
Redskins hope to avenge difficult losses to Bucs (01/07/06)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Jansen has tried his best to forget the last time the Washington Redskins visited Tampa Bay for a playoff game. But just as he and his teammates haven't been able to erase the memory of a disappointing 1-point loss to the Buccaneers earlier this season, six years hasn't changed the offensive tackle's recollection of how the team's most recent postseason trip ended...
Sports briefs 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
Baseball...
Stereotyping others distorts reality (01/07/06)
Have you treated someone a particular way because of where he worked, his age, race, gender, social status or financial state? I'm sure I've committed this injustice many times. But I've since learned stereotyping is judgmental, unfair and deceptive. A recent talkwith a representative from a prestigious book company opened my eyes and changed my perspective...
Singer Lou Rawls dies of cancer at 72 (01/07/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist who started as a choir boy and went on to record such classic tunes as "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," died Friday of cancer. He was 72. Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was hospitalized last month for treatment of lung and brain cancer, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin. His wife, Nina, was at his bedside when he died...
Betty Jones (01/07/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Betty Jones, 77, of Anna died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at her home. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and on Monday until the time of funeral at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Al Campbell officiating. Burial will be in McGinnis Cemetery near Anna...
James Pettigrew (01/07/06)
James L. Pettigrew, 77, of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Eva Leazenby (01/07/06)
Eva Lucille Leazenby, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at her home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Pauline Reinbott (01/07/06)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Pauline Reinbott, 93, of Morley died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born June 11, 1912, in Maynard, Ark., daughter of H.A. and Lofa Evans Casey. She and Harold Reinbott were married March 10, 1998. He died May 24, 2003...
Earl Duvall (01/07/06)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Earl J. Duvall, 85, of Frohna died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 23, 1920, in St. Louis, son of Joseph and Mabel Kapeller Duvall. He and Melva D. Kreyling were married June 7, 1947...
Thomas Chapman (01/07/06)
FESTUS, Mo. -- Thomas "Ben" Chapman, 84, of Festus died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at St. Louis University Medical Center. He was born May 17, 1921, at Advance, Mo., son of George and Mella Chapman. Chapman was retired from American Can Co. in St. Louis, where he was a forklift operator...
Police reports 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
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Fire reports 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
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Out of the past 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
25 years ago: Jan. 7, 1981 A decision at last night's city council study session not to accept additional liquor-by-the-drink or package-liquor applications may put a crimp in plans for the Famous Barr department store here; the firm submits an application today for a liquor-by-the-drink license...
Prisoners' doctor bills (01/07/06)
The recent compromise worked out by the Scott and Mississippi county commissions over who would pay for medical costs incurred by Scott County residents housed in the Mississippi County Jail underscores the fact that the state has a lousy system for determining who is responsible for prisoners costs...
Don't scrap Patriot Act; fix the flaws (01/07/06)
To the editor: In response to recent letters on the Patriot Act, I have a question: If you did not like an article in the Constitution, would you throw out the entire Constitution? Of course not. Let's be reasonable. This has nothing to do with a political party, so let's keep that out. This has everything to do with our freedom and security...
Legislators ignore health-cost causes (01/07/06)
To the editor: State Sen. Charlie Shields talks a good story regarding Medicaid reform, insisting that the Medicaid Reform Commission he chaired will propel Missouri's poor and disabled into the 21st century. The commission did explore several important issues, including wellness programs, smoking cessation and the growing problem of obesity. However, the greatest threats to Medicaid solvency were not addressed...
Speak Out 1/7/06 (01/07/06)
Recycle the trash; Downtown suggestions; Cover the unexpected; Thanks for purse; Best carrier; Identity issues
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