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Stories from Friday, February 24, 2006

GSA says federal courthouse will be completed by end of the year (02/24/06)
Work on the interior of the new $50 million federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau has begun in earnest, with the governmental agency that is overseeing its construction projecting that it should be finished and occupied by the end of the year. The exterior of the 150,000-square-foot, four-story building at Independence and Frederick streets was finished in December and the interior work started on Feb. ...
Local man reported missing since Tuesday (02/24/06)
A 37-year-old man was reported missing when friends were unable to find him following a night out. Scott Cornman was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Pilot House, 3532 Perryville Road near Cape Girardeau. The next morning his car was found across the street with a flat tire and the driver's side window rolled halfway down, according to his live-in partner, John Miller...
River Campus issue settled (02/24/06)
House Speaker Rod Jetton and Southeast Missouri State University officials have put an end to the funding controversy over the River Campus arts school project. At a news conference Friday at the construction site, Jetton announced he will support state funding to help retire bonds for the River Campus project now that the university has promised it won't finance any future campus project with such a bond scheme...
SEMO, Mizzou projects both relied on bonds (02/24/06)
A high-visibility project at the University of Missouri-Columbia is being financed with bonds dependent on year-to-year appropriations from the Missouri Legislature to pay off those bonds. Officials familiar with state lending operations say the financing plan for the $75 million Mizzou Arena is in many ways similar to the financing plan for Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus for the arts...
Local briefs 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
Man pleads innocent to sodomy charges A 57-year-old optometrist pleaded innocent Thursday to charges he sodomized a 16-year-old boy. Before Circuit Judge David Dolan, Dr. Sean de Jager, of Scott City, waived formal arraignment and entered his innocence plea. ...
Police: Chaffee woman's rape report suspicious (02/24/06)
A reported rape of a woman on Cape Girardeau's south side may be unfounded, police said Thursday. A 21-year-old Chaffee woman reported she was raped and robbed of cash at knifepoint around 5 a.m. Wednesday near State Highway 74 and Ellis Street. But police were suspicious of the woman's story, and she later admitted to investigators that there was no knife involved and she knew the man, police spokesman Jason Selzer said...
Crowell paying House speaker for consulting (02/24/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In the last 20 months, a limited liability corporation set up with the wife of House Speaker Rod Jetton listed as the registered agent has received $33,000 from state Sen. Jason Crowell's campaign treasury. During that time, Crowell was the only client of Common Sense Conservative Consulting LLC, the consulting firm established in June 2004 with Cassie Jetton as the registered agent...
Recuperating raptors (02/24/06)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- The 2-year-old bald eagle knows John and Carolyn Watkins; he's been recuperating in their barn for almost two months and ate out of Carolyn's hand when he first arrived. But you could never tell his familiarity by the way the bird cautiously follows Carolyn's every move as she slowly opens his cage door...
Memorial to honor Parks, King planned for Sunday (02/24/06)
Community members will pay tribute to the first lady and mother of the Civil Rights movement -- Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks -- at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the St. James AME Church in Cape Girardeau. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. citywide celebration committee will play host to the memorial, which will consist of inspirational, musical and oratorical tributes, said Debra Mitchell-Braxton, event organizer...
Pair has raised various kinds of animals (02/24/06)
Releasing the animals back into the wild is the payday for John and Carolyn Watkins. For nearly 37 years they've cared for these wild animals -- deer, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, an alligator and even a bear. The Watkinses raised some of the animals since they were babies...
Bond visits here to boost National Guard funding (02/24/06)
Senator Kit Bond stopped in Cape Girardeau Thursday during a four-city tour of Missouri National Guard installations. Bond spoke about funding for guardsmen and women and issues of national security at the armory on Independence Street. The armory is home to Cape Girardeau's 1140th Engineer Battalion...
Bill would end state vehicle inspections (02/24/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate gave initial approval Thursday to a measure that would do away with safety inspections for Missouri vehicles. The idea was added as an amendment to a bill that changes the emissions testing program in the St. Louis area...
Illinois Gov. Blagojevich says he didn't know 'Daily Show' was a comedy (02/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich wasn't in on the joke. Blagojevich says he didn't realize "The Daily Show" was a comedy spoof of the news when he sat down for an interview that ended up poking fun at the sometimes-confused Democratic governor...
Police: Someone shot couple in wreck (02/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man and his girlfriend were shot to death in a moving car, apparently by someone in the vehicle with them, police said Thursday. The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police originally investigated it as a murder-suicide, but no weapon was found, and the entry of the gunshot wounds made a murder-suicide unlikely, police told STLtoday.com, the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
NRA leader urges 'no-retreat' defense act (02/24/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A top official from the National Rifle Association rallied with Missouri gun enthusiasts Thursday in support of legislation that would strengthen the legal right of people to use deadly force in self-defense. Although dubbed the "no-retreat" law by some supporters, some critics claim the proposal amounts to an official "shoot-first" policy...
Powerful, smooth-riding: 2006 BMW 7-Series adds a new level of complexity (02/24/06)
Buyers of BMW's flagship sedan, the 7-Series, had better not be technophobes. This large, luxury sedan fairly bristles with technology, from an adaptive suspension to a drive-by-wire throttle. A driver even has to learn how to shift from "Drive" to "Park," because the car's little electronic gearshifter doesn't work in a straight up-and-down motion like most other shifters...
Nation briefs 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
Mob indictment charges 32 with racketeering NEW YORK -- A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges 32 people with racketeering crimes, including people described as the acting boss, members and associates of the Genovese organized crime family. The 42-count indictment says the defendants engaged in crimes for more than a decade. ...
Four individuals indicted in stolen human tissue case (02/24/06)
NEW YORK -- The owner of a biomedical supply house was charged along with three other men Thursday with secretly carving up corpses and selling the parts for use in transplants across the country. The case was "like something out of a cheap horror movie," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said...
New fossil overturns previous ideas of Jurassic mammals (02/24/06)
WASHINGTON -- This furry, beaver-like animal is turning the scientific world upside down. The discovery shows that mammals were a bigger deal, ecologically speaking, in the time of dinosaurs than previously thought, said Zhe-Xi Luo, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh...
Snow-laden roof over Moscow market collapses, killing at least 56 people (02/24/06)
MOSCOW -- Rescuers paused repeatedly in hopes of hearing survivors trapped under concrete and metal beams Thursday after a snow-laden roof collapsed on one of Moscow's biggest markets, killing at least 56 people. Investigators blamed the disaster on a buildup of snow after a harsh winter, design flaws or poor maintenance...
Iraq orders daytime curfews after more than 100 killed over shrine bombing (02/24/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gunmen killed dozens of civilians Thursday and dumped their bodies in a ditch, as the government ordered a daytime curfew of Baghdad and three provinces to stem the sectarian violence that has left at least 114 dead since the bombing of a Shiite shrine...
Memos indicate more than six dozen CIA-linked air landings in Canada (02/24/06)
TORONTO -- CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the 9/11 terror attacks, underscoring fears that the United States is ferrying suspected terrorists through its neighboring country en route to foreign prisons for torture, according to newly declassified government documents...
World briefs 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
Five Palestinians killed by Israeli army gunfire BALATA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank -- Israeli troops on Thursday killed five Palestinians, including a top militant who said just a day earlier that he would never be caught, in Israel's largest military sweep since pulling out from the Gaza Strip last summer. ...
Police suspect organized crime behind huge cash robbery (02/24/06)
TONBRIDGE, England -- One of Britain's biggest and most audacious robberies was executed with military-style precision: One gang abducted the cash depot manager's family while another tied up guards and made off with up to $87 million. Police said they arrested a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman Thursday in the robbery, which bore striking similarities to a 2004 heist in Northern Ireland and to the new movie "Firewall."...
Tigers' dreadful start is the end (02/24/06)
A Central technical foul within the first minute of Thursday's Class 5 District 1 final helped No. 1 Poplar Bluff go up 7-0, and the host Tigers never could dig out of a 17-2 first-quarter deficit en route to a 77-53 loss. The second-seeded Tigers ended their season 15-12. Poplar Bluff (22-5), the two-time defending Class 5 champion, will play Wednesday in a sectional game at Farmington...
Notre Dame, Perryville out in semis (02/24/06)
The Notre Dame and Perryville girls basketball teams were eliminated from postseason play Thursday night, each dropping semifinal decisions in the Class 4 District 1 tournament at Sikeston. No. 4 seed Notre Dame lost 55-48 to top-seeded Fredericktown...
Jackson girls reclaim crown (02/24/06)
The first 5 1/2 minutes of Thursday's Class 5 District 1 girls basketball championship game could not have gone much better for Jackson senior Bobbie Jones. But the last minute was the sweetest. Jones scored the Indians' final 10 points, including five in the final 30 seconds, to lift Jackson to a 54-51 victory against Farmington at Central High School...
Doniphan ends Bell City's streak (02/24/06)
The Bell City boys basketball team had its 14-game win streak snapped by host Doniphan in a 75-62 loss Thursday night. The Cubs (22-4) had not lost since they fell to Charleston in the third-place game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Dec. 30...
Southeast women fail in first crack at share of title (02/24/06)
Samford sure knows how to spoil a good party. An enthusiastic crowd of about 1,000 gathered at the Show Me Center on Thursday night hoping to celebrate Southeast Missouri State's first Ohio Valley Conference title in women's basketball. But the Bulldogs ruined those plans with a stunning 57-53 victory that ended the Redhawks' 12-game winning streak...
Poplar Bluff celebrates Bess' 1,000th win (02/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The next time Gene Bess' players step on the floor for Three Rivers Community College, they'll be walking onto a freshly painted court bearing their coach's name. That's his reward for becoming the first college coach to reach 1,000 wins. The milestone came Wednesday night when his Raiders beat Forest Park Community College 77-60 in St. Louis...
Parched Redhawks end win drought, beat Samford 63-52 (02/24/06)
Southeast Missouri State appeared to take much of the frustrations from a miserable season out on visiting Samford Thursday night. And boy, said the Redhawks, did their 63-52 victory ever feel nice. "It felt so good to finally win again," sophomore point guard Paul Paradoski said...
Redhawks will make Capaha Field debut on Saturday (02/24/06)
Southeast Missouri State has a fan-friendly baseball schedule this year, with 32 of its 56 games at home. The Redhawks, who have played their first four contests on the road, begin to reap the rewards of that schedule Saturday. Southeast (1-3) opens its home season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Jackson State (4-3) at Capaha Field. The squads will also play a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday...
Exhibition tickets for minor-league game will go on sale Saturday (02/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Tickets for the first game at the new Busch Stadium are on sale as of 10 a.m. Saturday. The Cardinals officially move into their new ballpark this season with the home opener on April 10 against Milwaukee. But before that, the team's top minor-league affiliates square off in an April 4 exhibition game...
Booster says he threatened to remove name (02/24/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The independent inquiry into former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder's disputed resignation was immediately preceded by a prominent booster's request that his family's name be removed from the team's practice gym unless the university launched a further investigation...
Gagne faces first hitters since surgery (02/24/06)
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne faced hitters Thursday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery last June and was pleased with the results. He hopes to be ready for opening day, though he doesn't have a timetable. "I expected to feel good but I didn't expect to have so much zip on my fastball and movement on my changeup," Gagne said. ...
Woods survives match-play scare (02/24/06)
Tiger Woods didn't take the lead until the 10th hole and had to make a 7-foot birdie on the 18th to get past Robert Allenby on Thursday in the second round of the Match Play Championship in Carlsbad, Calif. No. 2 seed Vijay Singh overcame a slow start to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez, the first time in seven tries that Singh advanced to the third round. Third-seeded Retief Goosen also won, but not before Ben Crane made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole to make him sweat...
Go figure: Japan wins gold (02/24/06)
TURIN, Italy -- She was elegance on ice, her spirals superb, her skating sublime. That she was standing in the end didn't hurt, either. Shizuka Arakawa made this one look easy. Her brilliant performance Thursday night gave Japan its first medal of these Olympics -- a gold in the showcase event...
U.S. claims bronze in slalom snowboarding (02/24/06)
TURIN, Italy -- As they so often do in this Swiss-dominated era of parallel giant slalom, clanging cowbells announced the winner. This time, the clanging was pleasing to American ears as well, as the bronze went to Rosey Fletcher, the first U.S. woman to climb on the podium in the Olympics' final snowboarding event...
Dominican Redbirds begin late arrivals (02/24/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Better late than never, new St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Juan Encarnacion showed up for spring training on Thursday after battling visa problems and a missed flight. Three other Dominican players with visa problems -- infielders Hector Luna and Deivi Cruz and pitcher Juan Mateo -- were expected in camp today. Encarnacion did not work out Thursday but is expected to today...
Wappappello to have minimum on crappie (02/24/06)
Wappappello to have minimum on crappie The Missouri Department of Conservation will implement a 9-inch minimum length limit on crappie at Lake Wappapello, effective March 1. Currently, there is no minimum length limit for crappie. Anglers will still be limited to 30 fish a day...
Information can be so squishy (02/24/06)
Maybe you're interested in the political ins and outs of getting state funding for Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. Maybe not. I think it's an important issue. Anyone who pays taxes, cares about higher education, understands the importance of the university to Southeast Missouri, votes for political candidates and participates in matters that affect our lives ought to be interested in it...
The upsides and downsides of hybrids (02/24/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: I am currently living in Taiwan, and I don't have access to your radio show. But I can get your column! I'm hearing a lot of hype about how great hybrids are, and since I love road trips and hate expensive gas, I'm considering the purchase of one. However, no one seems to be talking about the downsides of hybrids. If they are so great, wouldn't we have had them 20 years ago? So, what are the negative aspects of these vehicles? Thank you for your always expert advice!...
Everybody's a critic: 'The Matador' (02/24/06)
Three stars (out of four) "The Matador" begins by introducing us to polar opposites. We see assassin Julian (Pierce Brosnan) regaining hung-over consciousness next to a woman and leaving money for her services. Businessman Danny (Greg Kinnear) rises before his 5:45 a.m. alarm and quickly silences it so as not to awaken his sleeping wife...
Missouri Arts Council hopes for more funding in new budget (02/24/06)
When Beverly Strohmeyer took the reins as the executive director of the Missouri Arts Council in January, she jumped headlong into a battle to keep and increase the council's state funding. Now with the Missouri legislative session in full swing, Strohmeyer has spent much of her time in the last several weeks at the state capitol, trying to convince lawmakers to take Gov. ...
Artifacts 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
Opening reception for Art for the Health of It Sunday; Pub crawl celebrates Mardi Gras Tuesday; Visual Arts Cooperative celebrates anniversary; Golden Eagles extending invitations to Scotland; Sundays at Three concert series continues March 5; Illinois Arts Council tour to stop in Carbondale
U.S. tour of Vatican art makes final stop in Milwaukee (02/24/06)
MILWAUKEE -- Among the hundreds of priceless Vatican artifacts now at the Milwaukee Public Museum are a diamond-encrusted golden chalice and the oldest known image of the face of Jesus. But one of the exhibit's most stirring works is also one of its simplest...
At the theaters 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
'Doogal'; 'Madea's Family Reunion'; 'Matchpoint'; 'Running Scared'; Still in theaters; 'Annapolis'; 'Brokeback Mountain'; 'The Chronicles of Narnia'; 'Curious George'; 'Date Movie'; 'Eight Below'; 'Final Destination 3'; 'Firewall'; 'Freedomland'; 'Fun with Dick and Jane'; 'Glory Road'; 'Hoodwinked'; 'Nanny McPhee'; 'The New World'; 'Pink Panther'; 'Underworld: Evolution'; 'When a Stranger Calls'
Actor pleads guilty to drug charge (02/24/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Brad Renfro pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted possession of heroin in a case stemming from his December arrest during a sting in Los Angeles' Skid Row area. Renfro was given three years probation and must enter a drug rehabilitation program under a law that allows people convicted of nonviolent drug possession to receive treatment instead of jail time...
First four 'Idol' contestants eliminated (02/24/06)
NEW YORK -- Now there are 20. "American Idol" booted four contestants Thursday night -- two men and two women -- in the show's first elimination round of the new season. Television's top-rated show tallied viewers' votes and scratched off the bottom two of each sex -- Becky O'Donohue, Stevie Scott, Bobby Bennett and Patrick Hall...
ABC cameraman leaves hospital; anchor recovering from injuries (02/24/06)
NEW YORK -- ABC cameraman Doug Vogt, injured with anchorman Bob Woodruff in an Iraqi roadside bombing on Jan. 29, has checked out of Bethesda Medical Center, ABC News said Thursday. Vogt and his wife, Vivian, are on their way home to France, where he will undergo further treatment...
Shirley Call (02/24/06)
Shirley Ann Call, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at her home. She was born July 8, 1938, at Gordonville, daughter of Arl and Beulah Givens Kinder. She and Homer Call were married Feb. 26, 1966, at Lutesville, Mo. Call retired as a cashier from Security Bank and Trust in Marble Hill, Mo. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Marble Hill, and Eastern Star Victory Chapter 431. She had lived in Cape Girardeau five years...
Denver Shelton (02/24/06)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Denver R. Shelton, 77, of Olmsted died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at City Care Nursing Center in Anna, Ill. He was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Olmsted, son of Maurice and Pearl Shelton. He first married Betty Jean Riley, who died in 1996. He later married Norma Crecelius...
Janet Alfultis (02/24/06)
Janet Alfultis, 74, of North Bethesda, Md., died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. She was born Sept. 8, 1931, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of Charles Joseph and Amanda Heisserer Baronowsky. She and Richard "Dick" Alfultis were married May 30, 1953...
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
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Out of the past 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 24, 1981 A technician taking a walk on his noon break from Larron Laboratory yesterday stumbled upon the skeletal remains of Dr. Margaret H. Smith, who disappeared from her Cape Girardeau home more than seven months ago; the remains were found on the side of an embankment only a few yards from Highway 177, three miles north of Cape Girardeau...
Don't put Missouri seniors' right to vote at risk (02/24/06)
By Robin Carnahan The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Over the course of our nation's history, brave men and women have fought and died for the right to cast their ballot in free and fair elections. And, as Missouri's chief elections official, I work hard to protect the integrity of our state's elections and to make sure every citizen has the right to vote...
CBHE's clout (02/24/06)
The Coordinating Board for High Education sets policy for state-funded colleges and universities in Missouri, but it has never had any enforcement power other than persuasion. A bill making its way through the legislature would allow the CBHE to withhold 1 percent of appropriated funds from schools that don't follow board policies...
Thanks for the Kelso memories (02/24/06)
To the editor: I too read the delightful story of the Leroy Reinagel family, and it brought back fond memories of my hometown of Kelso, Mo. In fact, the Andrew J. Westrich who wrote a letter is undoubtedly the A.J. I played with as a kid. Kelso was surely the Mayberry of middle America. It was one of the best, if not the best, places to grow up. A lot of problems of our country could be solved if everyone could be fortunate enough to have had that kind of upbringing...
Jetton is losing students' trust (02/24/06)
To the editor: As a student at Southeast Missouri State University, I and many of my peers find the actions of House Speaker Rod Jetton troubling. On Feb. 13 several of Southeast's student government members were so concerned that they traveled to Jefferson City to participate in discussions concerning this matter. ...
Stem-cell initiative is misleading (02/24/06)
To the editor: I am sure many of you have received letters or seen or heard advertisements from the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures regarding the Missouri stem-cell research and cures initiative. On the surface, it appears to be a positive effort to find cures and increase biomedical research opportunities in Missouri. What is not said and what is in the fine print reveal something quite different...
Speak Out 2/24/06 (02/24/06)
Thanks for safety; Talented cartoonist; Be like Rod; Pavers are good option; Pushing prescriptions; Sensible plan; Thanks for purse; Wasted money
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