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Stories from Friday, February 10, 2006

Historian to speak about Underground Railroad (02/10/06)
For blacks living in the South prior to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad provided them the opportunity and assistance to escape slavery. The series of hiding places for runaway slaves has been eluding researchers for years, said Dr. Frank Nickell, the director of the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University. "There is so much folklore about it but very little documentation of where it existed," he said...
State contest pushes seat-belt use; grand prize goes to Sikeston students (02/10/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- High school student Robert Lange buckles up more often now. "The statistics are shocking about not wearing seat belts," said Lange. He was among six Oran High School students honored Thursday at a school assembly by Missouri highway safety officials as part of the new "Restrain Yourself: Arrive Alive" contest...
Bankers group issues scam alert (02/10/06)
Bank officials were warning Missouri residents of a new telephone scam targeting elderly bank customers. A statewide warning was issued by the Missouri Bankers Association regarding the scam, which attempts to obtain personal banking information from the elderly, according to a news release from the association...
DNR workers carving new park from rubble (02/10/06)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- Cleaning up Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park seems out of the question. So, to lure tourists back this summer, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is carving a new park from the rubble. The agency had little choice. Huge swaths of the popular camping destination are buried under a carpet of mud, boulders and splintered tree trunks that swept over the park Dec. 14 after the Taum Sauk reservoir collapsed...
Politicians point fingers over River Campus issue (02/10/06)
The River Campus project didn't make Gov. Matt Blunt's list of proposed college construction projects because state Sen. Jason Crowell didn't back it, the governor's spokesman said Thursday. At a Jan. 19 meeting in the governor's office at the state capitol, Blunt asked Crowell if the River Campus should be included in a list of projects that would be funded with the sale of Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority student loans, said the governor's spokesman, Spence Jackson...
Patrol: Returned bond money was borrowed from councilman father (02/10/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Former Chaffee city court clerk Robin Dannenmueller borrowed $1,000 to replace the money she allegedly pocketed from a prisoner's bond from her father, city council member Bob Sullivan, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation...
Westminster bound: Grady to compete in one of world's top shows (02/10/06)
Next week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the most important event of the year in the dog world, and one local corgi hopes to be at the center of attention. Grady is a 4-year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi ranked No. 1 in the country for his breed. He lives with his owner Karen Freeman and her husband Mike in Gordonville. Grady's professional handler, Linda Williams, lives in Mt. Vernon, Mo. and will be presenting the dog in New York. All agree that Grady is something special...
Even without accents, 'Family' comedy is decidedly British (02/10/06)
Only one humorous device is preferred over any other by the British -- men dressed up as women, speaking in a shrill voice. The cross-dressing, the wry humor, the near-endless banter and the slapstick gags that make up the farce "It Runs in the Family" mark the production as decidedly British, even though some of the River City Players' accents stumble awkwardly or simply don't exist...
Region digest 02/10/06 (02/10/06)
25-year-old shot, killed in Sikeston on Thursday SIKESTON, Mo. -- Police are investigating a fatal shooting. Larrell C. Taylor, 25, of Sikeston died Thursday from a gunshot in the 400 block of Dorothy Street in Sikeston. Police received the call after 8 p.m. At press time, no suspects were in custody...
Man convicted for kidnapping his children (02/10/06)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Tina Porter won. But she was not celebrating. The mother whose children went missing after a weekend visit with their father nearly two years ago cried as the judge announced her ex-husband, Daniel Porter, was found guilty Thursday of four kidnapping charges...
FDA panel urges special warnings on Ritalin, other stimulant drugs (02/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Ritalin and other stimulant drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should carry the strongest warning that they may be linked to an increased risk of death and injury, federal health advisers said Thursday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted in favor of the "black box" warning after hearing about the deaths of 25 people, including 19 children, who had taken the drugs. ...
Bush: Multinational cooperation thwarted possible terrorist attack (02/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Under fire for eavesdropping on Americans, President Bush said Thursday that spy work stretching from the U.S. to Asia helped thwart terrorists plotting to use shoe bombs to hijack an airliner and crash it into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast...
Nation briefs 2/10/06 (02/10/06)
30-year mortgage rates rise for third week WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages edged up for a third straight week, rising to the highest level since late December, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. The giant mortgage company said its nationwide survey showed that rates on 30-year mortgages rose to 6.24 percent, up from 6.23 percent last week. ...
Man arrested in killings of his wife and daughter (02/10/06)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The crime scene was as peaceful as it was heartbreaking: the bodies of a mother and her infant daughter curled up together in bed like spoons in a drawer. For the killer, authorities say, the next several hours were frantic: A 50-mile trip to quietly put the weapon back in a gun cabinet, a series of attempts to get money and an early-morning purchase of a one-way flight to London...
World briefs 2/10/06 (02/10/06)
Hostage U.S. journalist pleads for help; Violence in Pakistan, Afghanistan kills 32
Preval on track to be Haiti's next president, initial vote results show (02/10/06)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Rene Preval, a former president seen as a champion of the poor, appeared headed toward victory Thursday as the first partial returns put him in the lead in Haiti's presidential election. Preval won 61.5 percent of 282,327 valid votes counted so far, Haiti's electoral council said. It refused to say what percentage of the total votes cast these figures represented. According to the United Nations, a majority of Haiti's 3.5 million eligible voters cast ballots...
New tomb discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings (02/10/06)
CAIRO, Egypt -- The first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since King Tut's in 1922 contains five sarcophagi with mummies, breaking the nearly centurylong belief that there's nothing more to find in the valley where some of Egypt's greatest pharaohs were buried...
Delta girls collect win No. 20 (02/10/06)
The Delta girls basketball team hammered visiting Woodland 70-37 en route to its 20th victory on Thursday night. The Bobcats (20-1) put Woodland away early with a 26-8 first-quarter edge. Shea Smith scored a game-high 22 points for Delta. Kaci Menz added 15 points, Ashley Deprow had 13 and Kayla Seabaugh added 12...
Jackson seniors begin push to qualify for state meet (02/10/06)
For all of the success Jackson's seven senior wrestlers have had during their four-year wrestling careers, only two of the Indians' seven seniors have previously made the trek to Columbia for the state meet. Those other five seniors will have one last chance to clinch a state berth when the Class 4 District 1 meet begins today at Lindbergh High School in south St. Louis County...
ND's Kuper takes his final shot at a state title (02/10/06)
Jameson Kuper entered his senior season at Notre Dame with little to prove in the pool. Kuper is a three-time all-state swimmer and has competed at some of the nation's elite swimming competitions. About the only thing lacking from Kuper's list of accomplishments is a state title, something he will try to rectify this weekend at the state swimming meet...
Saxony's Younghouse will swim at Stephens College (02/10/06)
Saxony Lutheran senior Emily Younghouse, the only swimmer on the Crusaders' first-year team last season, has decided to continue her academic and athletic career at Stephens College. Stephens is an NAIA school in Columbia, Mo. The swimming team is coached by Laura Wacker, who previously coached with Cape Girardeau's Gators Swim Team...
Bell City's Bogan gives oral commitment to Memphis (02/10/06)
Will Bogan has made a splash in his first season of high school basketball in Southeast Missouri. His decision Wednesday to attend the University of Memphis made a ripple nationally. "Scouting services have been calling me all morning," Bell City coach Brian Brandtner said Thursday...
Redhawks tumble into cellar (02/10/06)
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- For much of the season, Morehead State was rated among the nation's worst Division I basketball teams. But right now Southeast Missouri State trails even the Eagles in the Ohio Valley Conference standings; that's how bad things have gotten for the depleted Redhawks...
Defense carries 'Hawks to ninth straight victory (02/10/06)
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State has had some impressive defensive performances during its current long winning streak. But what the Redhawks did during the second half against host Morehead State on Thursday just might top the list. Southeast held the Eagles to 12 second-half points -- on 8 percent shooting -- as the Redhawks pulled away for their ninth consecutive victory, 58-43...
'Hawks open season today at Louisville (02/10/06)
Jay Pacelli enters his third season as the Southeast Missouri State women's tennis coach intent on continuing the Redhawks' resurgence. After taking over a Southeast program that ranked among the Ohio Valley Conference's worst for much of the previous decade, Pacelli's first team went 1-21...
MU's Snyder intends to finish season (02/10/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Embattled Missouri coach Quin Snyder said Thursday he has not been asked to resign, and has no intention of doing so. "It hasn't been suggested to me," Snyder said. "There's been plenty of times that option could have come up. I'm coaching my team, so I'm going to keep doing that until someone tells me not to, keep working as hard as I can."...
Italy's time arrives (02/10/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Fifty years ago, at the last Winter Olympics held in Italy, the opening ceremony crowd watched in disbelief as skater Guido Caroli tripped and fell while heading to light the Olympic flame. Nothing so extraordinary should be expected at Friday night's precisely choreographed festivities in the Olympic Stadium, where the 2006 Winter Games were to begin before a full house of 35,000 spectators in Turin...
Wiretap gets Gretzky talking about his wife's gambling predicament (02/10/06)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Wayne Gretzky was recorded on a wiretap talking to the alleged financier of a gambling ring, discussing how the hockey great's wife could avoid being implicated, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday...
Blues find unlikely victory in Vancouver (02/10/06)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The St. Louis Blues haven't given up on this season. Neither has their embattled goalie, Patrick Lalime. Keith Tkachuk had a goal and two assists and Lalime made 19 saves in his NHL return Wednesday night, backstopping St. Louis to a surprising 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks...
My one brush with cartooning (02/10/06)
I drew a picture of my math teacher when I was in the eighth grade. In addition to exaggerated spectacles, crossed eyes and frizzy hair, my picture showed my math teacher had horns. The picture was fairly accurate, except for the horns. You know. Like the devil...
Dual power: 2006 Prius hybrid is no longer a compact (02/10/06)
Toyota makes the best-selling hybrid on the planet, but they didn't make the first one. In the mid-50s I was driving around in my own hybrid of sorts. My plywood miniature car was powered by an old Briggs and Stratton 1-hp lawnmower engine, but to get it moving I had to push it, jump in, give it full throttle and engage the hand clutch. Away I'd go, to the envy of every boy in the neighborhood...
Shop should be held accountable for cut brake lines (02/10/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: My local repair shop is trying to get me to pay almost $900 for a new brake line on my Volvo S80. The brake line failed because the transmission cut it. I lost my brakes and ended up hitting a bush in my driveway -- thank goodness that was it! A month prior, the shop had forgotten to put back four large bolts that hold the engine, transmission and front suspension to the unit body. ...
Monster attack (02/10/06)
The Show Me Center is preparing today to get its redneck groove on. Tonight one of the venue's biggest events returns when the monsters roll into town for the Monster Truck Winternationals. Last year each night packed in a crowd of mor than 4,000 people cheering on their favorite make of monster and competing in truck and ATV racing competitions. This year's numbers are expected to be similar...
Bringing out the Ansel Adams in everyone (02/10/06)
The marriage between Cape Girardeau neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Ray and the local Conservation Campus Nature Center is a rare union -- one that has great benefits for both parties. Medical services have nothing to do with the arrangement, but photos do. Ray gets wall space to hang his nature photography for a month and deliver an intermediate-level seminar on digital nature photography. The Nature Center gets a well-known local photographer to help promote its education and outreach programs...
Everybody's a critic: 'Brokeback Mountain' (02/10/06)
Two and a half stars (out of four) I looked forward to a realistic, unflinching, poignant portrayal of love between cowboys who happened to be born attracted to the same sex. I was half-rewarded. While the performances are Oscar-worthy, the actors can't make the characters likable. We don't understand the bond between the men, especially because their first passionate encounter occurs after they've been drinking. However, I admired the story of a dream deferred...
Artifacts 2/10/06 (02/10/06)
Notre Dame plans annual Trivia Night for Feb. 17; 'The Tender Land' starts Feb. 22 at Southeast; Fine Arts Education Day at Capitol set for Mar. 8; Felix Valle birthday celebration is Sunday; Classical pianist performs on Three Rivers stage; Campground reservation system changes; The good, the bad and the pasta: Spaghetti Westerns
Opus Dei seeks to improve its public image ahead of 'Da Vinci Code' movie (02/10/06)
NEW YORK -- The entrance to the national headquarters of the Roman Catholic group Opus Dei is the last place you would expect to find mention of "The Da Vinci Code." The conservative organization has spent the last few years trying to escape the best-seller's shadow, after the novel portrayed Opus Dei as a murderous sect fixated on power and self-mutilation...
At the theaters 2/10/06 (02/10/06)
'Curious George'; 'Final Destination 3'; 'Firewall'; 'New World'; 'Pink Panther'; Still in theaters; 'Annapolis'; 'Big Momma's House 2'; 'Brokeback Mountain'; 'Capote'; 'The Chronicles of Narnia'; 'End of the Spear'; 'Fun with Dick and Jane'; 'Glory Road'; 'Hoodwinked'; 'King Kong'; 'Last Holiday'; 'Nanny McPhee'; 'Something New'; 'Underworld: Evolution'; 'Walk the Line'; 'When a Stranger Calls'
Laptop computers become musical instruments (02/10/06)
DALLAS -- Phillip Washington stepped on stage and began fiddling with the wires dangling from his laptop computer, his slight frame bent over the machine and adjacent keyboard as chatter among audience members filled the darkened Dallas nightclub. But the crowd grew silent as Washington began his performance, pounding the keyboard to unleash electronic beats that shook the club's floorboards. ...
Joyce Rumfelt (02/10/06)
Virginia Joyce Rumfelt, 81, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., daughter of Fred and Ida Nicholson Barbee. She and Ralph Rumfelt were married April 8, 1966, in Wayne County, Mich...
Rev. Floyd Grindstaff (02/10/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Rev. Floyd Grindstaff, 84, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 21, 1922, at Scopus, Mo., son of Warren and Vallie Mayfield Grindstaff. He and Bonnie Jean Reutzel were married Dec. 16, 1941...
James Campbell (02/10/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- James R. Campbell, 68, of Cairo died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Fulton, Ky., son of Presley and Dorothy Vowels Campbell. Campbell was a longtime resident of Fulton and a graduate of Fulton High School. He was a member of First Christian Church in Fulton...
Fred Kruse (02/10/06)
Fred W. Kruse, 76, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 13, 1929, in St. Louis, son of Fred George and Alice Northrup Kruse. He and Margaret M. Fuerth were married Nov. 25, 1960, in Clayton, Mo...
Roger Mackey (02/10/06)
J. Roger Mackey, 79, of Jackson died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1926, at Salem, Mo., son of John Byrd and Nora Ann Cooksey Mackey. He and Mary Belle Gholson were married March 13, 1955. Mr. Mackey was a 1945 graduate of Jackson High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946...
Deanna Worthington (02/10/06)
Deanna Worthington, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Milford Thomas and Ruth Nadine Smith Miller. Worthington was of the Lutheran belief, and a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She had worked at Mac's BBQ and Mark Twain restaurants in Cairo...
Herbert Blattel (02/10/06)
ARBOR, Mo. -- Herbert Leon Blattel, 78, of Arbor passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1927, at Kelso, Mo., son of Herman and Blanche Hamm Blattel. He and Loretta A. Jansen were married Oct. 27, 1951, at Leopold, Mo...
Dora Smith (02/10/06)
Dora L. Smith, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born May 14, 1919, in Evansville, Ind., daughter of Freeman and Theresa Shoulet Kline. She and Vincent Smith were married June 29, 1941, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2005...
Euleta Shaffar (02/10/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Euleta M. Shaffar, 81, of Ballwin, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Atkins, Ark., daughter of C. Dewey and Bertha A. Cossey Savage. She and Paul Leonard Shaffar were married June 13, 1946, in Osceola, Ark. He died Jan. 5, 1989...
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Out of the past 2/10/06 (02/10/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 10, 1981 A Cape Girardeau lawyer has become the sixth candidate to file for the school board; Timothy F. Ruddy files for one of two seats to be decided in April's election; both seats are for three-year terms. Two rural Jackson residents have filed as candidates for the Jackson R-2 Board of Education, bringing to three the total number of filings; hopefuls are Connie Schaper of Jackson Route 3 and Darrel A. ...
State support for Tailor Institute -- crucial for success -- has been good (02/10/06)
A bit more than four years ago I took an idea I had refined over the previous decade and presented it to every legislator in the Southeast Missouri delegation. I described a new approach to serving specific individuals with autism, a concept that held the promise of significantly improving many people's lives. Our legislators were receptive, interested and intrigued by a fresh way of looking at a difficult problem. My project seemed to be well on its way...
Education funding: Washington Stealers make a great 'reverse' play (02/10/06)
By Scott Lilly Sunday's Super Bowl showed that the reverse is still a pretty good play in football, and Monday's budget shows it is also a play that can be used in politics. The central theme of the president's 2000 campaign was "compassionate conservatism," and the principal evidence that this was more than a meaningless phrase calculated to turn swing was candidate Bush's commitment to "leave no child behind." That theme resonated in a nation growing increasingly worried about how the next generation will fare in a world where global competition seems increasingly to award those who are well prepared for the workplace and punish those who are not. ...
Century Farms (02/10/06)
In 1976, when the nation was celebrating its bicentennial, several Missouri agencies -- Missouri Department of Agriculture, University of Missouri Extension Services and the Missouri Committee for Agriculture -- began designating farms that had been in the same family for at least 100 years as Centennial Farms. ...
More info on high-definition TV (02/10/06)
To the editor: Your article about high-definition TV confusion was great. But there is something I would like to clarify. Currently, the only type of pre-recorded content a person can view in true HD is either from an HD DVR or a DVHS player/recorder. ...
Handicapped need access to restrooms (02/10/06)
To the editor: I think something should be done about businesses that open their doors for business but have their restrooms closed with signs that say "Out of order" when they are working. Businesses should lock their doors if restrooms are out of order and not expect people to shop with them...
Obscure view promoted as disagreement (02/10/06)
To the editor: A White House spokesman recently berated a reporter for "living in a reality-based world." "We live in an empire now," the spokesman continued. "We make our own reality." When scientific consensus denies politics, Republicans advance the Luntz strategy in congressional hearings and communications. They find an obscure minority view and promote it as though disagreement exists. This publication usually follows suit...
Bush won by getting the most votes (02/10/06)
To the editor: In the insert in the paper on presidents, it states that President George W. Bush was the only president selected by the Supreme Court. Excuse me, but the last account I had was President Bush had the most votes -- counted, recounted and recounted. The Florida Supreme Court was twisting every which way to give the presidency to Al Gore. The fact is, any which way they counted it, President Bush won the most votes. If I am mistaken, show me the explanation...
Speak Out 2/10/06 (02/10/06)
Turning other cheek; Legal limits; Upholding what's right; Rely on scientists; Where now?; Collective power; Get the real story
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