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Man pleads to guilty to lesser charge in medication robbery (02/16/06)
A man once charged with robbing a group of their prescription medication pleaded guilty to violating his probation and was sentenced to four years in prison. Terry J. Roberts, 29, of 733 August St. in Jackson, entered his plea before Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis on Tuesday...
Award-winning documentary by SEMO grad to be aired locally (02/16/06)
"The World's Greatest Fair" sold out several hours before its premiere viewing at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Additional viewings were sold out at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and the St. Louis Tivoli Theater. Now area residents will have a chance to see "The World's Greatest Fair" on the local cable access channel. Three showings of the documentary, co-directed by a former Southeast Missouri State University student, will be aired at various times next week...
New sex offender bill would remove some from list, add penalties for noncompliance (02/16/06)
A proposed bill recently passed out of the state Senate Judiciary Committee includes several different ideas to refine current sex offender law. If the bill becomes law, any person who has been convicted of kidnaping, felony restraint, or non-sexual child abuse automatically would be removed from the registry on Aug. 28, 2006...
City draws alternative plans for Fountain Street extension (02/16/06)
Cape Girardeau is moving forward on a plan to extend Fountain Street, but city officials are not certain whether the improvements will resemble the ones already made to the stretch of the street south of Morgan Oak Street. The city planner's office has released a preliminary drawing of the extension of Fountain Street that will connect it north with William Street. ...
Jury rules for East Cape Girardeau nightclub in lawsuit over 2003 shooting (02/16/06)
EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- A federal jury last week rejected the claims by a man shot at the Purple Crackle nightclub in East Cape Girardeau that the owners didn't do enough to prevent the 2003 shooting. Willis Freeman, wounded in the incident by Romell Watkins, sought $186,000 from the nightclub, which closed at the end of 2005, Purple Crackle attorney Mark Johnson said. He claimed his wounds resulted in a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder, Johnson said...
Keeping eyes on sex offenders (02/16/06)
Keeping track of nearly 100 people living in one county may not sound too difficult. But when those people are convicted sex offenders and the resources to track them are limited, problems can arise. According to the sheriff department's online sex offender registry, 97 convicted sex offenders are living in Cape Girardeau County, 69 of whom are in the city of Cape Girardeau. Of the 97 total offenders, the county has lost contact with about 20, according to sheriff's Sgt. Sharon Jones...
Police release suspect in shooting; another sought (02/16/06)
Police release suspect in shooting, seek another Police released one suspect and were searching for another in a shooting in Cape Girardeau that injured a 23-year-old man. A 22-year-old man was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday for the shooting hours earlier at Benton Street and Jefferson Avenue. ...
Nostalgic Boy and Girl Scout items on the auction block (02/16/06)
Assistant Scoutmaster Jerry Hampton has been collecting Scout memorabilia since 1977. He considers the collection in his basement a little museum. Hampton's treasures include a Boy Scout Monopoly game that comes with pewter pieces. "Only 10,000 were made," he said. It is not for sale...
Community briefs 2/16/06 (02/16/06)
Staff members Virginia Robert and Lynn Farrow from Riverside Regional Library recently attended the annual library advocacy day in Jefferson City. Robert and Farrow attended presentations given by the secretary of state's office and MORE net, the not-for-profit Missouri Research and Education Network which provides Internet access to 5.6 million Missourians through 130 public libraries. ...
Salvation Army to serve Meals with Friends next week (02/16/06)
The Salvation Army will be serving Meals with Friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Any individual is welcome to enjoy a hot, nutritious meal at no cost. All meals include cake or pie as dessert. Monday's menu is macaroni and cheese with ham, green beans, mixed fruit, bread and butter; Tuesday, turkey and rice, potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter; Wednesday, sloppy Joe on bun, chips, corn, pears; Thursday, ham and beans or vegetable soup, peaches, corn bread and butter; Friday, fish or chicken nuggets, tater tots, pears, Jell-O, bread and butter.. ...
St. Louis schools plan sweeping changes (02/16/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Superintendent Creg Williams paid a recent visit to a high school economics class expecting to hear discussion of the federal budget or the strength of the dollar. He was shaking with anger when he called school board president Darnetta Clinkscale later that day...
Woman's death linked to explosion at St. Louis plant (02/16/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis medical examiner has linked the July death of a 32-year-old woman to the explosion at the Praxair bottled gas plant, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday. Dr. Michael Graham ruled last month that Minnie Cooper died because her brain was starved of oxygen. ...
New Fed chief: Economy on track to grow (02/16/06)
WASHINGTON -- New Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday the economy is on track for good growth this year, sticking closely to predecessor Alan Greenspan's script with one big difference: His comments were much easier to understand. In his debut congressional testimony as Fed chairman, Bernanke signaled that the central bank, which has raised interest rates 14 times since June 2004, stood ready to boost rates more if needed to combat inflation...
Homeland Security head cites 'many lapses' in Katrina response (02/16/06)
WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging delayed aid and fumbled coordination, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday the federal response to Hurricane Katrina fell far short of providing immediate help to the Gulf Coast that could have saved lives...
More than a dozen airlines probed for possible air cargo price fixing (02/16/06)
NEW YORK -- More than a dozen airlines around the world had their offices searched or were otherwise contacted by U.S. and EU investigators probing the possibility of illegal price fixing in the air cargo business. Officials with the European Commission and U.S. Department of Justice have provided few details about the probe and the searches that were carried out on Tuesday...
Four Iraqi children killed in Baghdad bombing (02/16/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A bomb exploded Wednesday on a central Baghdad street, killing three girls and a boy walking to school, police and relatives said. The dead included two sisters and their brother. At least 14 other people, including six policemen, died in car bombings and shootings across the Iraqi capital. ...
Moussaoui behaves in court during jury selection (02/16/06)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Unexpectedly allowed back in court, confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui kept quiet Wednesday as two Muslims from South Asia and a Marine Corps lawyer whose boss' Pentagon office blew up on Sept. 11 cleared preliminary hurdles to sit on his sentencing jury...
Nation digest 02/16/06 (02/16/06)
Poll: Jackson and Rice top list for black leaders WASHINGTON -- Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice get the top support among blacks asked to name the nation's "most important black leader," according to an AP-AOL Black Voices poll. Next come Colin Powell and Sen. ...
Cheney speaks about weekend hunting accident, takes full blame (02/16/06)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney took full blame Wednesday for shooting a hunting companion, calling it "one of the worst days of my life," but he was defiantly unapologetic about not publicly disclosing the accident until the next day. "You can't blame anybody else," Cheney told Fox News Channel in his first public comments since the accident on a private Texas ranch Saturday. "I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend."...
Sprint Nextel music downloads hit 1 million mark (02/16/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Nextel Corp. said Wednesday that customers of its Sprint Music Store have downloaded 1 million songs since it opened Oct. 24. The Music Store was the wireless industry's first service allowing customers to buy songs and download them to their phones over the air. Customers can choose from 320,000 songs, paying $2.50 for two copies of each tune, one for the phone and one for a home computer...
Four Internet corporations censor search engines in China (02/16/06)
WASHINGTON -- Four U.S. high-tech companies on Wednesday found themselves branded collaborators with the Chinese government in suppressing dissent in return for access to a booming Internet market. House members contended that Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Google Inc. sought to explain their business practices in China only after a recent crush of negative media and government attention...
Saxony's new programs get started on right foot (02/16/06)
At Saxony Lutheran High School, winning has already become the norm for the young athletic program. The Crusaders have won consecutive state titles in boys cross country, own a state relay title in track and are headed for their third straight winning season in boys basketball...
Rams post second win (02/16/06)
It took three times, but Scott City's girls basketball team finally was able to play East Prairie at home Wednesday night. The wait -- the game had been postponed twice since its originally scheduled date of Jan. 30 -- was worthwhile for the Rams, who picked up their second victory of the season 63-29...
Unbeaten Rampley leads Jackson's five seniors to state (02/16/06)
The Rampley name is synonymous with wrestling success at Jackson High School. Kevin Rampley won a state title at 138 pounds in 1977 with a 30-0-1 record. Kremer and Kamden Rampley, Kevin Rampley's sons, both own third-place finishes from the state meet the last two years...
Redhawks drop opener at Arkansas State (02/16/06)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Southeast Missouri State baseball team was on the verge of winning its season opener Wednesday afternoon. But host Arkansas State had other ideas. The Indians pushed across three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Redhawks 4-3...
Redhawks host indoor track meet Friday night (02/16/06)
Southeast Missouri State's track and field program will tune up for the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships by hosting its only meet of the indoor season. The annual Redhawks Invitational will take place at the Student Recreation Center on Friday with field events beginning at 5 p.m. and running events starting at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge...
MU officials startled by resignation (02/16/06)
Missouri's chancellor and a member of the Board of Curators have joined the school president in expressing surprise about the timing of basketball coach Quin Snyder's resignation. Snyder, in his first public comments since stepping down last week, said Tuesday night that he quit after a member of the athletic department dispatched by athletic director Mike Alden told him his contract would be terminated after the season and that all of the school's top administrators were in agreement...
Redhawks took flight after last game with EIU (02/16/06)
During an early season that was filled with lowlights for Southeast Missouri State, perhaps the most notable came on Jan. 5 in Charleston, Ill. Eastern Illinois, picked 10th in the Ohio Valley Conference's preseason poll, stunned the highly touted Redhawks 70-61...
Eastern Illinois extends Redhawks' losing streak (02/16/06)
Southeast Missouri State had one of its few strong shooting performances this season during a victory at Eastern Illinois on Jan. 5. The Redhawks made 53 percent of their field goal attempts in that contest to win going away by 12 points. In Wednesday night's rematch at the Show Me Center, the Redhawks shot more like what has been their norm this season -- and not surprisingly their long losing streak continued...
Gordon plans to get back into title chase (02/16/06)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon walked along pit road at Daytona International Speedway with crew chief Steve Letarte, oblivious to the fans around him. People clapped and yelled to the four-time NASCAR champion, but Gordon kept talking to Letarte...
For Haslett, assistant coach beats TV analyst (02/16/06)
ST. LOUIS -- One frustrating day as a television analyst convinced Jim Haslett he wanted another NFL coaching job, even as an assistant. Haslett was hired as defensive coordinator by new St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan about three weeks after he got fired by the New Orleans Saints. During the brief interlude, Haslett took a stab at TV work during Super Bowl week but was dismayed that it took 5 1/2 hours on the set to finish a one-hour show for FoxSports...
Bloom fails to medal, turns focus to pro football (02/16/06)
A bobble through the bumps and a small splash of snow hit Jeremy Bloom harder than any linebacker could. Might have made him wish he'd stuck to football, too. Bloom's skiing adventure came to a less-than-satisfying close Wednesday. The two-sport star finished sixth in Olympic moguls and felt compelled to smile through it all, even though the ending wasn't the one everyone expected...
Illinois halts two-game losing streak (02/16/06)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Northwestern had battled back from an early 12-point deficit to tie No. 14 Illinois with 16:53 to play. It was time for Dee Brown to go to work. After making just one of his four shots in the first half, Brown went on a seven-point scoring spree. He drained a long 3-pointer and, on the next trip down the court, was fouled while making another and converted the free throw for a four-point play...
Sutton to seek treatment for alcoholism (02/16/06)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton acknowledged Wednesday that he drank alcohol before an automobile accident that put him in the hospital and cast doubt about his coaching future. During a late-night news conference at Gallagher-Iba Arena -- where the Cowboys play on Eddie Sutton Court -- the 69-year-old Sutton addressed reporters by phone. He said that during his medical leave of absence, which was announced Monday, he would seek treatment for alcoholism...
Sharing the grief (02/16/06)
It should be a time of joy. A young woman finds out she's pregnant. She and her husband prepare a nursery, buy baby clothes and furniture. They settle on a name. They begin to anticipate who the baby will take after; how smart she'll be in school; how she'll grow up to be a doctor or a judge and she'll be responsible for their first grandchildren as time goes on...
Learning lessons of love, loss (02/16/06)
Trodding the long and winding road of life can make our heart pump harder and stronger. Or it can make it ache with the effort, even damage it. Just ask any one who has been in love. It is probably the quintessential human experience: the one that can ennoble us, torture us and, in the best of cases, make us whole by its ineffable power...
Believing in Sasquatch (02/16/06)
Feb. 16, 2006 Dear Patty, The hours of sunlight are lengthening, intimations of spring are all around. These are the longest days of the year for golfers. We itch to play. Some people talk about new car designs when they're introduced. You know the season is nearing when golfers start discussing the new drivers...
Geneva Wilkinson (02/16/06)
Geneva Wilkinson, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lorene Goodwin (02/16/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lorene Goodwin, 88, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 19, 1917, in Perry County, daughter of August and Emma Herron Buff. She and Zello Taylor were married in 1934. She and Samuel Goodwin were married in 1971. He died Nov. 1, 1995...
Floetta Myers (02/16/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Floetta M. Myers, 75, of Advance died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Advance Nursing Home. She was born May 3, 1930, in Hope, Ark., daughter of Henry and Jeffie Brockham Farmer. She married Sidney A. Myers May 6, 1946, in Jonesboro, Ill. He died Nov. 11, 1999...
Fred Schrader (02/16/06)
Fred L. Schrader, 68, of Carson City, Nev., died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Cape Girardeau, son of Louis H. and Addie N. Larimore Schrader. Schrader was a 1955 graduate of Jackson High School, attended Southeast Missouri State University and St. Louis School of Banking...
Essie Poe (02/16/06)
STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Essie Jane Poe, 92, of Sturdivant died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Three Rivers Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born Nov. 25, 1913, in Tiptonville, Tenn., daughter of Thomas Filmore and Mary Bridget Gill Davidson. She and Gordon Poe were married Jan. 27, 1933, in Clarkton, Mo. He died in 1960...
Vyron Harmon (02/16/06)
Vyron G Harmon, 87, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call at Eisleben Lutheran Church from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements...
Larry Umfleet (02/16/06)
Loving husband and father, Larry Joe Umfleet of Scott City left this earth and went to be with his heavenly Father Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. He was born April 25, 1944, in Bloomfield, Mo., to Thelma LeGrand Umfleet and Lawrence Umfleet. Larry was a 1962 graduate of Advance High School. Upon graduation he went to work for Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669. In 2003 he retired from Western Kentucky Sprinkler Co. after 41 years of dedicated service...
Lance Simmons (02/16/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lance Simmons, 30, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Born June 9, 1975, in Jonesboro, Ark., son of James and Barbara DeKoster Simmons Sr. of Oran, Mo., he was a member of New Life Christian Center of Morley, Mo., and was a foreman for MidState Builders and Garage Door in Oran...
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Out of the past 2/16/06 (02/16/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 16, 1981 NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Puxico, Mo., farmer begins taking 30,000 bushels of soybeans he claims are his from the Ristine elevator near here; Wayne Cryts and about half a dozen other farmers pry open a seam in a sheet metal grain bin and use a vacuum device to suck the grain into a truck; about 600 farmers, many from the area but also from a number of other states, are on hand at the elevator, as are about six U.S. marshals, who don't attempt to prevent the removal...
New worlds (02/16/06)
Occasionally, we see news stories that are not only compellingly interesting, but also reminders that even in the 21st century there are hidden parts of this planet that, when revealed, manage to amaze and delight us. That was the case last week when a group of scientists reported on a trip last December to a remote jungle in the Foja Mountains of Papua, a remote province of Indonesia. ...
SEMO plan sets wrong precedent (02/16/06)
To the editor: I don't know House Speaker Rod Jetton, but one thing I can say is that I agree with his position against Southeast Missouri State University's attempt to force our state legislature into providing funding for the River Campus project. ...
Fiscally irresponsible action sets a dangerous precedent (02/16/06)
By Carl Bearden After reading recent comments by Southeast Missouri State University president Ken Dobbins, it is clear the university's regents were asked to make a decision regarding the proposed River Campus without having all of the available information. I am deeply concerned that Dobbins failed to remember what I would consider a significant conversation. I am even more concerned that he did not pass the information from that conversation on to the regents...
Comments shows lack of tolerance (02/16/06)
To the editor: I read with great dismay Gene Lyons Feb. 12 column ("'Brokeback Mountain' is art, not propaganda"). I have not seen the film, nor will I due to the homosexual theme. What was distressing about Lyons' column was the comment, "Do creative people generally tend to be more socially tolerant than, say, CPAs? Basically, yes." In calling Christians intolerant, Lyons is in the same statement being intolerant himself. ...
A Valentine's Day thank you (02/16/06)
To the editor: Thank you, Rob Rueseler and family, for showing my family love and support while I am away serving our country in Iraq. Our two families met during dinner at a local restaurant on Valentine's Day. God bless you and all the supporters of our men and women overseas...
Let's find a way to fix the problem (02/16/06)
To the editor: I thank House Speaker Rod Jetton for the e-mail and timeline fact sheet regarding the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus project. I felt it necessary to respond promptly, as this is a most important project for the university, Cape Girardeau and the Southeast Missouri region...
Military keeps its word, defends us (02/16/06)
To the editor: Military choice: I met a woman last Saturday who was just as confused as the person who said many of those going to Iraq did not volunteer as they have full-time families and jobs here in the United States. When you join the military you swear to defend our nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic. ...
Speak Out 2/16/06 (02/16/06)
Self-esteem problems; Critical distinction; Support and defend; Triumph over defeat; Bring home the bacon
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