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Stories from Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Historic register status clears path for uptown renovation (02/14/06)
Merchants in Jackson's uptown business district can start receiving state and federal tax credits if they renovate their historic buildings. The uptown historic district committee received notice last Friday that the area has officially been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service...
Southeast, Missouri State have different bond plans (02/14/06)
Two state universities. Two expensive building projects. Two bond issues. The similarities stop there. Southeast Missouri State University wants $17.2 million in state funding to help retire more than $36 million in bonds the school issued in 2003 to finance construction of its River Campus arts school in Cape Girardeau...
Interchange No. 1 topic at joint Cape, Jackson meeting (02/14/06)
There could be no doubt which city officials showed the most spirit at Monday night's joint meeting between the Cape Girardeau city council and the Jackson board of aldermen. Mayor Paul Sander and the Jackson officials came dressed in red, their high school's trademark color, as they welcomed Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson and the neighboring delegation for the 10th annual meeting in what has become a friendly relationship between the two cities...
Alexander Co. candidates gather for forum ahead of election (02/14/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Election problems, economic development and police protection topped the agenda for discussion Monday evening among candidates for Alexander County offices. The Concerned Citizens for the Recovery of Cairo held a forum for candidates on the March 21 primary ballot, attracting about half of the candidates filed for local offices. About 50 people, many friends or relatives of the candidates, attended the forum at the old Cairo Junior High School...
Fourth round-trip flight at Cape airport provides welcome alternative to layover (02/14/06)
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport inaugurated its fourth round-trip flight to St. Louis on Monday. The flight, which will run daily Monday through Friday, departs St. Louis at 12:45 p.m. and departs Cape Girardeau at 2:15 p.m. Five passengers took advantage of the mid-day flight which arrived at 1:38 p.m. Among them were Scott and Karen Matthews from Sikeston, Mo., returning from an outdoor trade show in Las Vegas...
A 60-year love story (02/14/06)
Leroy Reinagel hasn't seen his wife in 10 years. But Bernice makes sure she sees him every day. Leroy went blind during a church service in 1996, a year after suffering a stroke. Leroy was at church and couldn't find his pew. He had to ask someone to help him find it because his vision started blacking out. After church was over, he had to ask for help finding his truck...
Oran council backs police chief, may launch a PR campaign (02/14/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- The eight members of the Oran City Council gave unequivocal support for Police Chief Marc Tragesser Monday night. Now the city government plans to launch a public relations campaign to dispel rumors surrounding Tragesser's law enforcement approach...
Cape Girardeau man killed in weekend crash (02/14/06)
A Cape Girardeau man was killed and two other men injured this weekend in a single-vehicle accident south of Oran, Mo. Victor Isaacs, 61, was found dead at the scene of the Sunday afternoon accident on Scott County Road 411, about 1 1/2 miles south of Oran...
Cape police place four people under arrest Monday (02/14/06)
At least four people were arrested Monday night when police executed a search warrant on Cape Girardeau's South Side. The search was conducted at a home on Hanover Street around 7:30 p.m., and marijuana was recovered, according to Cape Girardeau police Cpl. Ike Hammonds...
Four things teens should know about life and all that other stuff (02/14/06)
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Learning briefs 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
HONORS LISTS; Students recognized for academic achievement; GRADUATIONS, HONORS; Five area students graduate from MU
Blunt: State should oversee federally controlled dams (02/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt proposed new rules Monday that would give Missouri authority over federally regulated dams like the Taum Sauk reservoir, which collapsed in December. Blunt made his proposal on the recommendation of dam regulators at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The department gave Blunt a report last week outlining sweeping changes that would increase the number of state-regulated dams from 600 to roughly 5,000...
Proposal would restore Medicaid to some disabled (02/14/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Health-care coverage would be restored or improved for more than 3,100 disabled people affected by last year's Medicaid cuts under legislation introduced Monday with fairly widespread support. The proposal would restart a slimmed-down version of the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program, which was eliminated by Republican lawmakers and Gov. Matt Blunt because of spiraling costs...
Judges to hear death row appeal (02/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court panel has set an April hearing in the case of Missouri death row inmate Michael Taylor, whose planned execution Feb. 1 was halted by the federal courts. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notified lawyers late Friday that it would hear arguments in the case on April 18, and denied Attorney General Jay Nixon's request to expedite the appeal...
Biodiesel plant proposed for northeast Missouri (02/14/06)
ROCK PORT, Mo. -- Spurred by the success of the ethanol industry and tax incentives approved by Congress, a group led by Missouri farmers is planning to build a biodiesel plant in northwest Missouri. The Heartland Biodiesel plant will cost $40 million to $45 million to build and will employ about 28 people, producing roughly 30 million gallons of biodiesel per year...
Classes, flights cancelled by record snowstorm (02/14/06)
Drivers shoveled out their cars, marooned travelers waited impatiently for trains and planes to get back to full service, and utility crews struggled to restore power Monday after a record-breaking weekend snowstorm across the Northeast. Most highways were in good shape in time for the morning commute, though many city streets and sidewalks were still snow-packed and slippery...
Fake IDs, tattoos, poor accounting: Millions in Katrina aid squandered (02/14/06)
WASHINGTON -- Ann Archer says she was puzzled when she suddenly received a $2,358 check for Katrina housing relief last fall. While many of her neighbors were still awaiting aid, the government was repeatedly offering her money and a trailer she didn't ask for...
Cheney criticized for violating safety rules after wounding fellow hunter (02/14/06)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney apparently broke the No. 1 rule of hunting: Be sure of what you're shooting at. He also violated Texas game law by failing to buy a hunting stamp. Cheney wounded fellow hunter Harry Whittington in the face, neck and chest Saturday, apparently because he didn't see Whittington approaching as he fired on a covey of quail in Texas...
Texas woman accused of cutting off baby's arms pleads not guilty (02/14/06)
McKINNEY, Texas -- A woman accused of killing her 10-month-old daughter by cutting off the baby's arms with a kitchen knife went on trial Monday after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. Police found Dena Schlosser, 37, covered in blood in her kitchen, still holding a knife and listening to a church hymn...
That's cool: It's what the kids are saying ... still (02/14/06)
NEW YORK -- Groovy is over, hip is square, far out is long gone. Don't worry, though -- it's cool. "Cool" remains the gold standard of slang in the 21st century, as reliable as a blue-chip stock, surviving like few expressions ever in our constantly evolving language. It has kept its cool through the centuries -- even as its meaning changed drastically...
Toy companies push high-tech robotic toys to woo young consumers (02/14/06)
NEW YORK-- If children didn't get their fill of high-tech toys during the 2005 holiday season, they should brace themselves for more wizardry later this year. With young consumers growing out of toys faster and preferring iPod digital music players and video games, the nation's toy makers are working harder to come up with more high-tech products...
Plane skids off JFK runway; no one hurt (02/14/06)
NEW YORK -- A Turkish Airlines flight skidded off a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday night, but none of the 198 passengers was injured, a regional transportation spokesman said. The airport was closed for much of the day as a record-breaking snowstorm hit the region. Turkish Airlines flight 1 was among a few running late Sunday, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey...
Candy woman Dylan Lauren decodes Valentine's confections (02/14/06)
NEW YORK -- Nothing says "BE MINE" or "URA QT" like Valentine's Day candy. With the most romantic holiday being observed today, 30-year-old Dylan Lauren, owner and namesake of the sugarcoated dispensary Dylan's Candy Bar, offered some sweet advice on choosing sugary comestibles to give to your honey...
Suicide bomber kills 10 Iraqis in eastern Baghdad (02/14/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber blew himself up Monday after joining a line of Iraqis waiting for government checks in a mostly Shiite district of Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding about 40 -- including women and children. The attack occurred as more than 70 people lined up at a bank to receive government checks to compensate for incomplete food rations. ...
Saddam lashes out at Bush, judge in courtroom outburst (02/14/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Prosecutors produced documents and put former aides to Saddam Hussein on the stand Monday as they made their strongest attempt yet to link him directly to torture and executions. The ousted president, who looked disheveled and appeared in his slippers, shouted "Down with Bush!"...
Panthers' downpour looks like national record (02/14/06)
Meadow Heights boys basketball coach Tom Brown had not shied away in the past from stating his desire to set the state mark for 3-pointers in a game. Whether the fifth-year Panthers coach ever thought his team could go for a national mark is another matter. But in front of a homecoming crowd Friday night, the Panthers did just that...
Jackson girls hold off Farmington 49-46 (02/14/06)
The Jackson girls basketball team took a one-point lead into halftime and held on for a 49-46 win over visiting district rival Farmington on Monday. The Indians, who improved to 19-4, drained 21 of 24 free throws. Bobbie Jones led Jackson with 18 points, and Kylie Werner added 14...
Watkins provides Tigers with veteran leadership during a tumultuous time (02/14/06)
Missouri's fill-in basketball coach has more head-coaching experience than Quin Snyder, the man he's replacing. Melvin Watkins, who joined the school as associate head coach in 2004, led Charlotte to two straight NCAA tournament appearances in the mid-1990s. That success led to Texas A&M, where he concluded an unsuccessful six-season run with his resignation...
Southeast must pay for probe expenses (02/14/06)
The Ohio Valley Conference was contacted by Southeast Missouri State officials in late January to initiate an investigation into possible NCAA violations by Southeast's women's basketball program, conference commissioner Dr. John Steinbrecher said Monday...
Heat builds on Mizzou's AD (02/14/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The sign in the window of Harpo's downtown sports bar Monday morning still hailed that night's usual gig: a live, syndicated radio call-in show hosted by now-ex Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder. Snyder's show, of course, is history. And as far as Harpo's owner Dennis Harper is concerned, so is the radio broadcast that immediately precedes it -- The Mike Alden Show...
OSU's Sutton cited for DUI, takes medical leave of absence (02/14/06)
TULSA, Okla. -- Eddie Sutton may have coached his last game, a 35-year career possibly ending six victories short of 800 because of a traffic accident in which he was injured and cited for driving under the influence. Oklahoma State announced Monday that the 69-year-old Sutton would take a medical leave and that Sean Sutton, his son and designated heir apparent, will finish this season as coach. The school said no decision had been made on who will coach next season...
Johnson's crew chief barred from Daytona 500 (02/14/06)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson's crew chief was thrown out of the Daytona 500 on Monday for illegal modifications made to Johnson's car during pole qualifying. Chad Knaus was accused of raising the rear window on the No. 48 Chevrolet to alter aerodynamics during Johnson's run Sunday. The infraction was discovered in a post-qualifying inspection when the car failed to fit NASCAR templates...
Russian skaters win pure gold (02/14/06)
TURIN, Italy -- No soap opera, folks. This Russian pair deserved its Olympic gold medal. Four years after the pairs finale was torn apart by a judging scandal that tainted the entire Salt Lake City Games, the free skate Monday night was downright tame...
Sports briefs 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
Colleges; Football; Motorsports
Homework woes (02/14/06)
Too much homework? Sorry, students, the adults aren't buying it. Most parents say their children get the right amount of homework, and most teachers agree, according to an AP-AOL Learning Services Poll. Even among the parents and teachers who say the load assigned these days is out of whack, more say it's too light -- not too heavy, according to the poll...
Crab stretches legs in new home (02/14/06)
Speedy has a new home. Gone is the small, plastic tank that he once called home. Now he has a new, larger tank, complete with a new water bowl and special, calcium-rich soil designed to meet the needs of our growing hermit crab. Our 10-year-old daughter, Bailey, loves the crab. It's her pet and she takes care of it. She makes sure it has food and water...
Stop, drop and convene (02/14/06)
I don't take pride in the fact I already dropped a class. But when I realized I was doomed before the professor even finished reading the syllabus, I knew what had to be done. "By next week," she said, "You need to have finished your novel and a rough draft of your essay turned in."...
Frances Elias (02/14/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Frances Barkett Elias, 84, of Cairo passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006. She was born May 6, 1921, to parents James S. and Phoebe Lewis Barkett. She and Fred S. Elias were married June 20, 1948. He passed away April 15, 1970...
Ethel Moore (02/14/06)
Ethel R. Moore, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at her home. She was born June 6, 1922, in Dillon, S.C., daughter of RoShell and Illa Hayes Allen. She and Carmen L. Isella were married in 1941, and resided in Baltimore, Md. In 1955, she and William N. Moore were married. They resided in Georgetown, S.C., where they were members of First Assembly of God Church. He died in 1986...
Loyd Twente (02/14/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Loyd Arthur Twente, 100, of Ullin, formerly of Tamms, Ill., and Columbia, Tenn., died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 25, 1905, in Olive Branch, Ill., son of the late Louis Arvene and Eva Westerman Twente...
Juanita Cerny (02/14/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Juanita Cerny, 88, of Cairo died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born in Pulaski County, Ill., daughter of Herbert Alexander and Velma Valiere Dacus Melton. She married Raymond Cerny, who died in 1981...
Christopher Bond (02/14/06)
Christopher C. Bond, 79, of Cape Girardeau died at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 20, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, son of Grover and Bertha Goza Bond. He and Dorothy Bea Wilson were married June 30, 1951, at Bloomfield, Mo...
Births 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
Belmar; Windeknecht; Passley; Jansen; Borders; Buckingham; Jansen
Cape police reports 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
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Out of the past 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 14, 1981 CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Former Iranian hostage Marine Sgt. Michael E. Moeller has never lived in Caruthersville, but when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was seized in November 1979, Moeller became regarded by this town's residents as one of their own; today, townspeople honor Moeller and welcome him home following 444 days of captivity...
Bright prospects (02/14/06)
When the U.S. economy weakened six years ago, Missouri was among the states that felt the impact during the first wave. But the Cape Girardeau area's jobless rate stayed low and retail sales continued to grow. By the time the rest of the nation began to recover, Missouri lagged behind. And this area saw some weakening in sales...
Talent takes bold stand on stem cells (02/14/06)
To the editor: I applaud U.S. Sen. Jim Talent's new position on stem-cell research. It takes a brave man to take a stand against members of his own party and religious opponents. Polls have shown that the majority of Missourians favor this research. ...
Soldiers left unprotected in Iraq (02/14/06)
To the editor: I have heard it all now. A wounded American soldier in Iraq was forced to pay for his missing armor vest before he could be discharged. He borrowed money from his buddies to pay $632 for the vest. The soldier, Lt. Eddie Rebrook, said the vest was destroyed because it was soaked with his blood and became a biohazard. ...
Jetton takes it out on SEMO students (02/14/06)
To the editor: For several months I've been spammed by state Rep. Rod Jetton's pontificating e-mails talking about family values. But when someone challenges his bureaucratic power, he takes it out on the hard-working students of Southeast Missouri State University by cutting funding. So much for family values...
Speak Out 2/14/06 (02/14/06)
Unseasonable attire; Horse manure; Liberty and safety; Spying on our enemies; Pleased with protection; Wrong to sell bonds; Loss of freedom; Burden on students; Road caution; Dig deeper; President needs to go; Love the publicity; Fiscal sense; Regents should resign; Hiding spot?; They should resign; On the bandwagon; Cartoon facts; Poor business decision; Protecting our money
Bird Hunt (02/14/06)
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