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Stories from Saturday, January 21, 2006

Christian author mixes spirituality, reason in speech (01/21/06)
Charismatic preachers use an appeal to spirituality to strengthen the faith of believers and win converts. Theologians use appeals to logic and reason. In his first speech in Cape Girardeau Saturday night, internationally known Christian author and radio host Ravi Zacharias used both to argue for absolute truth and its divine source...
The wild bunch (01/21/06)
Dressed in silver cowboy suit and white clown face makeup, Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard directed his three small cowboys into herding the four sheep bounding about on the Show Me Center arena floor. But these were no ordinary cowboys: They were monkeys riding atop border collies...
Cape auto dealer's sentence in arson, fraud case postponed (01/21/06)
A federal judge Friday postponed sentencing for Gregory Sparkman, a Cape Girardeau auto dealer convicted of arson and mail fraud, but a rally supporting his release on bond will go ahead as planned. Judge Henry Autrey issued a decision at about 2 p.m. to delay the sentencing, which had been set for Tuesday morning. He will reschedule the sentencing for April, assistant U.S. attorney Michael Price said...
Survey added to assessor's tax form (01/21/06)
It's time once again for area residents to tell the county tax assessor how many cars, boats and diamond rings they own. Cape Girardeau County emergency planners, however, want some additional information. A survey being mailed this weekend along with 31,787 assessment forms asks residents to register any special needs responders should know about in case of a natural disaster or emergency...
Cape breaks ground on Sprigg Street fire station (01/21/06)
On Friday, city officials broke ground on Cape Girardeau's new fire station No. 3 at 1975 N. Sprigg St. The station will be larger than its predecessor on Emerald Street built in 1951. Increased size will allow for more truck room, larger, more modernized living quarters for firefighters, and below-ground space for a 911 communications center and an emergency operations center...
Religion briefs 1/21/06 (01/21/06)
First Baptist in new building on Lexington; Ravi Zacharias will speak at La Croix UMC today; Saturday; Sunday; -- From staff reports
Evolution of divorce, the local view (01/21/06)
Lynwood Baptist Church's the Rev. Derek Staples realizes that if he asked which members of his congregation had been affected by divorce, nearly every hand would be raised. Whether it's through a parent, a child, a sibling or even personal experience, most people -- inside the church and out -- have some ties to divorce...
New collaboration will fight childhood diseases (01/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A hospital and medical school ranked among the nation's best are launching the Children's Discovery Institute to try to speed up cures for childhood illnesses using findings from the Humane Genome Project, the program to identify all the genes in human DNA...
Study: Collecting higher fines can make up for less stringent seat belt enforcement (01/21/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Increasing fines for people who don't buckle up is almost as effective as allowing police to stop drivers who don't wear their seat belts, according to a recent study. The study, which was published in the latest edition of Accident Analysis & Prevention, concluded that higher fines and primary seat belt enforcement laws prompt more people to wear seat belts...
Sporting News agrees to $7.2 million settlement over gambling ads (01/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The Sporting News has agreed to a $7.2 million settlement with the U.S. government to resolve claims that it promoted illegal Internet and telephone gambling in print, on its Web site and on its radio stations, officials said Friday. The advertising ran from the spring of 2000 through December 2003, said Catherine Hanaway, U.S. ...
McCaskill says she would oppose Alito for Supreme Court (01/21/06)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill came out against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on Friday, saying he is not a moderate like Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whose seat he would fill. "His comments during his confirmation hearing and his record indicate that he is not someone who would defend civil rights and that he would side in favor of big business over the consumer and presidential power over individual rights," McCaskill said in a written statement...
Fire erupts in W. Va. mine; two miners missing (01/21/06)
MELVILLE, W.Va. -- Rescue teams searched a coal mine Friday for two miners missing after an underground conveyor belt caught fire. Nineteen others had reached the surface safely and waited in a church with relatives in a scene reminiscent of another West Virginia mine disaster less than three weeks earlier. ...
Suspect charged in Springfield hotel shooting (01/21/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man wanted in a weekend shooting that injured nine people at a hotel here has been charged, but police still had not found him Friday. Greene County prosecutors on Thursday charged Curtis B. ...
New York City transit workers reject new contract (01/21/06)
NEW YORK -- The city's 33,000 transit workers rejected a new contract by a mere seven votes Friday, raising fears of another crippling strike like the one that brought subways and buses to a standstill a month ago. The Transport Workers Union voted down the contract, despite the urging of union President Roger Toussaint to ratify the agreement. He said the final tally was 11,234 against and 11,227 in favor...
Japan bans U.S. beef for second time (01/21/06)
Japan halted all imports of U.S. beef because of mad cow fears Friday, threatening millions of dollars in American trade and sending officials scrambling to repair delicate business relations. Japan's sudden order came just six weeks after the country had lifted a two-year ban on American beef. The problem this time: discovery of bone -- a mad cow disease risk, Asian countries say -- in a shipment of veal from a plant in New York...
Earnings reports sends stocks down (01/21/06)
NEW YORK -- Lackluster earnings reports from Dow Jones industrials General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc. sent stocks plunging Friday, giving the Dow its biggest single-day percentage drop in nine months. The major indexes each lost more than 2 percent this week...
Iraq election results: Sunnis gain, Shiites will need to form coalition (01/21/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Shiite religious parties captured the biggest number of parliament seats in last month's election but not enough to govern without partners, according to results released Friday. Sunni Arabs scored major gains, opening the door to a greater role in government for the community at the heart of the insurgency...
Iran moving foreign currency reserves out of Europe (01/21/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A defiant Iran announced Friday it has begun pulling its foreign currency accounts out of European banks to protect its assets from possible U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program. As analysts estimated the amount of those funds at up to $50 billion, Iran also called for a reduction in OPEC oil production -- raising the possibility that the country would use oil in its standoff with the West. ...
Negotiators, clerics work to free American hostage (01/21/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. negotiators were working around the clock to secure the release of hostage American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by militants threatening to kill her passed Friday with no word on her fate. Muslims from Baghdad to Paris urged the militants to free the 28-year-old woman and end Iraq's wave of kidnappings. More than 240 foreigners have been taken captive and at least 39 killed since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein...
Whale swims through London in River Thames (01/21/06)
LONDON -- It's a whale of a tale -- a bottle-nosed whale swimming up the River Thames past Big Ben and Parliament on Friday as rows of worried Londoners looked on. The whale was spotted in the afternoon as it flailed around in the murky waters of the Thames, stirring up patches of what looked like blood as seagulls hovered above and rescue boats stood at the ready. It was the first sighting of a Northern bottle-nosed whale in the river since British whale-watching records began in 1913...
Jackson wrestlers lead tourney (01/21/06)
Jackson began defense of its SEMO Conference wrestling crown by taking the lead after the first two rounds of the two-day event, which is being hosted by Poplar Bluff. The Indians, who have won the tournament 15 times in the previous 32 years, have a 12-point lead on Farmington, which won the 2004 title. Ste. Genevieve is third with 75...
Kelly nips SCC's six-man entry 60-57 in Scott-Mississippi final (01/21/06)
Kelly junior Spencer Ayers has saved some of his best games for Scott County Central. Ayers burned the third-seeded Braves for 27 points on Friday night in the championship of the Scott-Mississippi Conference boys basketball tournament at Chaffee, and the top-seeded Hawks used a clutch 3-pointer down the stretch to pull out a 60-57 win...
Short-handed 'Hawks face OVC-leader Tenn. Tech (01/21/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech fields one of the Ohio Valley Conference's deepest -- not to mention most talented -- men's basketball teams, with 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes of action per game. Conversely, Southeast Missouri State's bench has been short all season -- and it got even shorter Thursday night when junior guard Eric Burtin suffered a broken leg late during a 68-63 loss at Tennessee State...
Redhawks face pivotal game against Tech (01/21/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Armed with its longest winning streak of the season, Southeast Missouri State is primed for an anticipated rematch with Tennessee Tech. And, while today's 5:30 p.m. tipoff at the Eblen Center will mark just the halfway point of the Redhawks' Ohio Valley Conference schedule, they need a win in order to realistically keep alive their hopes of an OVC regular-season title...
Govs top choice to win baseball title; Gamecocks tabbed for softball (01/21/06)
The Ohio Valley Conference baseball coaches tabbed the tournament champion to win the league's title this year, while the softball coaches selected the regular-season champ to repeat. The polls were released Thursday. Austin Peay topped the poll of the OVC's 10 baseball coaches, claiming five first-place votes and a total of 77 points. Regular-season champion Jacksonville State was second in the poll with 76 points, including four first-place votes...
Hingis keeps comeback alive at Australian Open (01/21/06)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Martina Hingis beat Iveta Benesova 6-4, 6-1 earlier today, advancing to the fourth round of the Australian Open and flashing the form that carried her to six consecutive finals at Melbourne Park. Hingis, the former top-ranked player making a comeback after a three-year retirement because of foot and heel problems, was in control most of the way against the 42nd-ranked Benesova...
Campbell leads Hope by 4 shots (01/21/06)
Chad Campbell shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Campbell, coming off a second-place tie last week in the Sony Open in Hawaii, had a 19-under 197 total in the 90-hole event. He had his first bogey of the tournament on his 17th hole of the day, No. 8 on the Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West in Palm Desert, Calif., to end a string of 60 consecutive holes without a bogey...
U.S. allows Cuba to join field (01/21/06)
NEW YORK -- The Bush administration is letting Cuba play ball. The Cubans will be allowed to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic after the U.S. government reversed course Friday and issued the special license necessary for the communist nation to play in the 16-team tournament...
Linehan regime begins (01/21/06)
ST. LOUIS -- In many ways, the St. Louis Rams' new coach seems a lot like the one they just fired. Scott Linehan, introduced Friday after agreeing to a four-year contract, will call his own plays. Just like the deposed Mike Martz. "It's like giving up a dog or something," he said at his introductory news conference on Friday. "I can't give that away."...
Blues lose another shootout; skid stretches to nine games (01/21/06)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rick Nash's shootout goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over St. Louis on Friday night and stretched the Blues' losing streak to nine. The victory improved Columbus to 4-2 in shootouts. The Blues fell to 1-4 and lost for the second consecutive night in the NHL's new tiebreaker...
Stepping in the same river twice (01/21/06)
"I wish things were still the same," I heard Jim say. Circumstances in his life were less than satisfactory. "If I had stayed in my older neighborhood, I'd be happy," he moaned. "I never should have left." I sat shaking my head with disbelief at Jim's disillusionment -- for I knew better. ...
California, DC reps win in final Miss America preliminary competition (01/21/06)
LAS VEGAS -- Miss California Dustin-Leigh Konzelman and Miss District of Columbia Shannon Schambeau were the winners as preliminary competition wrapped up in the Miss America Pageant. The televised finals and crowning of Miss America 2007 will be held Saturday at the Aladdin Resort & Casino...
Actor Anthony Franciosa dies at 77 (01/21/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Franciosa, whose strong portrayals of moody, troubled characters made him a Hollywood star in the 1950s and '60s but whose combative behavior on movie sets hampered his career, has died, his publicist said Friday. He was 77. Franciosa died Thursday at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a massive stroke, publicist Dick Guttman said. The actor's wife of more than 35 years, Rita, and other family members were present...
Gregory Barlow (01/21/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Gregory Allen Barlow, 41, of Anna died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, in a vehicle accident south of Anna. He was born March 6, 1964, in Anna, son of Charles "Corky" and Martha Craft Barlow. He and Carla C. Theis were married Sept. 19, 1992, in Anna...
Sharrin Cass (01/21/06)
Sharrin Cass, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 21, 1944, in St. Louis, daughter of George and Marie Cass. Burial will be at 10 a.m. today in Fairmount Cemetery, with the Rev. Raymond McAfee officiating...
Eulah Sitton (01/21/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Eulah Sitton, 86, of Jonesboro died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale, Ill. She was born July 25, 1919, in West Frankfort, Ill., daughter of Thomas L. and Ina Laura Smith Farris. She and Clifford Sitton were married Jan. 16, 1939. He died May 2, 1986...
Mae Ackman (01/21/06)
Mae E. Ackman, 93, of Jackson died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at the home of a niece. She was born June 26, 1912, at Neelys Landing, daughter of John and Maud Sides Ackman. Ackman worked at the former International Shoe Co. in Jackson from 1942 to 1972. She then home sat with the elderly and disabled in the Jackson community. She was a lifelong member of New Bethel Baptist Church near Pocahontas...
Grace Gerhardt (01/21/06)
Grace Katherine Gerhardt, infant daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Biri Gerhardt, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 17, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Loving survivors include her parents of Jackson; paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Kermit and Cheryl Gerhardt of Jackson; paternal grandmother, Darlene Daniel of Jackson; maternal grandparents, Walter and Donna Biri of Jackson; paternal aunts and uncles, Keisha Simmons, husband Keith and son Kevin of Cape Girardeau, Krissie Daniel of Jackson, Jessica Shackles and husband Rob of Arnold, Mo., Jason Stovall and wife Jennifer of Cape Girardeau, JoAnna Sams and husband Jason of Cape Girardeau, Krystal Finkbinder of Milwaukee, Wis.; and maternal aunt, Christina Milam of Jackson.. ...
Virginia Allcorn (01/21/06)
Virginia Allcorn, 66, of Oak Ridge died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 1/21/06 (01/21/06)
Zimmer; Wright; Douthit; Holly; Friga; Thomas; Coomer; Bollinger; Seabaugh
Fire reports 1/21/06 (01/21/06)
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Police reports 1/21/06 (01/21/06)
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Out of the past 1/21/06 (01/21/06)
25 years ago: Jan. 21, 1981 Gary A. Eide, the 36-year-old city manager of Mexico, Mo., may succeed W.G. Lawley as Cape Girardeau city manager, if the city council and Eide can reach agreement on terms of his employment; Lawley, who has been city manager here since 1970, is scheduled to leave office at the end of February; Eide was unanimously selected to replace him during an executive session of the council last night...
Celebrating King (01/21/06)
Cape Girardeau has been graced with a wealth of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They have included two breakfasts, a humanitarian luncheon, a community celebration at St. James AME Church and a youth gala at the mall. Choirs, soloists and speakers have extolled King and the rights he fought and died for...
Bill includes misguided Medicaid cuts (01/21/06)
To the editor: The U.S. House is once again about to vote on a budget bill that could deny health and long-term services to people who cannot afford it by making misguided cuts in Medicaid. Medicaid is not just the major source of health care for millions of vulnerable lower-income Americans. It is also a primary source of nursing-home coverage for millions of older Americans who cannot afford the cost of long-term care. As the devastating hurricanes showed us, Medicaid is a critical safety net...
First responders deserve special credit (01/21/06)
To the editor: On the evening of Jan. 6, my father lost consciousness and collapsed at his Fruitland home. After calling 911, several first responders from the Fruitland Fire Department arrived at the residence. When I met them at the door, they explained an ambulance was on the way and that they were there to help until the ambulance arrived. They were professional, knowledgeable and kind...
Speak Out 1/21/06 (01/21/06)
Learning experience; Good turnover; Traffic rules; Growing economy; Teaching Hinduism
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