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Stories from Saturday, February 25, 2006

Political consulting common in state (02/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Consulting firms operated by individuals in or close to positions of power are becoming more and more common in Missouri politics. A Southeast Missourian sampling of committees operated by candidates and political parties shows that in the last two years more than $1 million in fees has been paid to these consultants. ...
Buses and buckles (02/25/06)
Each day, Carol Woods watches the 65 school buses she oversees line up on their way to covering 3,804 miles of roads in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties. During those 3,804 miles, the safety of some 3,000 children rests on her shoulders. The potential hazards -- bad weather, inattentive motorists -- are never far from the thoughts of Woods and her bus drivers...
Southeast, Jetton settle differences on funding (02/25/06)
Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and Southeast Missouri State University settled their differences Friday over state funding for the River Campus arts school project. At a news conference at the River Campus construction site in Cape Girardeau, Jetton, R-Marble Hill, Mo., said he would support state funding for the project to help retire bonds that provided the upfront money for the development...
Murder trial scheduled for Van Buren man (02/25/06)
Murder trial scheduled for Van Buren man The murder trial for a man charged with fatally shooting a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was scheduled for next year. On Friday, Circuit Judge William Syler scheduled the jury trial of Lance Shockley for Jan. ...
Saint Francis, Red Letter Communications, The Wright Group picked for ADDY Awards (02/25/06)
Saint Francis Medical Center, Red Letter Communications and The Wright Group won best of show Friday at the 2005 Tri-State Advertising and Marking Professionals ADDY Awards dinner. The ceremony was held at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, and recognized local advertisers' work in 2005...
World briefs 2/25/06 (02/25/06)
Dorm window fall kills one student, injures one; Coup rumors bring state of emergency in Philippines; Daytime curfew dents sectarian fury in Iraq; Virus found in some men with prostate cancer; Moscow director detained after roof collapse
Missing Cape County man found dead near his home Friday (02/25/06)
A Cape Girardeau County man missing since Tuesday night was found dead less than a mile from his home. Scott Cornman, 37, was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. Friday, according to Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton. Cornman had been missing since Tuesday night, when he was last seen leaving the Pilot House, 3532 Perryville Road near Cape Girardeau...
Longtime residents to share memories (02/25/06)
Longtime Cape Girardeau residents will share their memories and stories of the city's history at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Historical Association is presenting the second "Remembering Cape Girardeau" program in a series of four, in conjunction with the city's bicentennial celebrations. The panel of residents will discuss a variety of changes during the last four decades...
Old Town Cape presents awards at its annual dinner (02/25/06)
Old Town Cape held its annual award dinner celebrating revitalization of Cape Girardeau's historic district Friday night at the Show Me Center. Awards were handed out to residents and projects embodying the spirit of preservation and urban renewal...
Katrina won't boost St. Louis Mardi Gras (02/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis version of Mardi Gras might not rival New Orleans and bring party seekers here as some expected following Hurricane Katrina. The annual St. Louis Mardi Gras kicks off today in the city's Soulard neighborhood with a parade, hurricane cocktails, Cajun food, parties galore and plenty of beads...
University research could improve fertility treatments (02/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- University researchers have determined that disturbing a mouse embryo at a very early stage is likely to cause the pregnancy to fail -- a discovery that could lead to improvements in embryonic cell research and fertility treatments for animals and, perhaps, people...
Former doctor pleads guilty to fraud (02/25/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Kansas City doctor pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to participating in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme to bill Medicare for motorized wheelchairs. Ambrose Wotorson admitted that he signed paperwork certifying that Medicare beneficiaries were eligible to receive the wheelchairs when he knew they weren't qualified...
Administration won't reconsider ports deal, Bush adviser says (02/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration said Friday it won't reconsider its approval for a United Arab Emirates company to take over significant operations at six U.S. ports. The former head of the Sept. 11 commission said the deal "never should have happened."...
Suicide bombers attack world's largest oil facility in Saudi Arabia (02/25/06)
ABQAIQ, Saudi Arabia -- Suicide bombers carried out a bold attack on the world's largest oil processing facility Friday but were stopped from breaking in by guards who fired on their cars, exploding both vehicles and killing the attackers. It was the first attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia, and suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaida. ...
State-ranked Delta girls survive with OT victory at Scott County (02/25/06)
The Delta girls basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the state's Class 1 poll, was pushed to overtime in a 59-50 victory at Scott County Central on Friday night. The Bobcats (24-1) have lost only to a Class 4 team this season. They are the top seed in a two-team district with Oran, while Scott County Central is the only team in Class 1 District 1, meaning one game separates a rematch in the sectional round...
Southeast women's track team gets off to fast start (02/25/06)
Caywood's win in the 5,000 meters paced the women, while the men are in third after the first day. The two-time defending champion Southeast Missouri State women got off to a strong start Friday as the Ohio Valley Conference indoor track and field meet began in Nashville, Tenn...
Jayhawks, Longhorns meet with Big 12 title hanging in the balance (02/25/06)
AUSTIN -- Early in the season, Texas was cruising through the Big 12 schedule while Kansas struggled. The Longhorns were experienced and the favorite for the conference title. The Jayhawks were young, and consecutive losses to Kansas State and Missouri suggested this wouldn't be their year...
Watkins tries to guide dispirited Tigers (02/25/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As Missouri tries to salvage what's left of its season, interim coach Melvin Watkins has seen the spark fade in his players' eyes. Nowhere was this more evident than in Tuesday's 54-51 loss to Texas A&M. The Tigers (11-13, 4-9 Big 12) led for most of the game, but scored four points in the final 11:30 to open the door for the Aggies to steal a win...
Tiger proves no match for Campbell (02/25/06)
Chad Campbell beat Tiger Woods 1-up on Friday in the third round of the Match Play Championship, winning when the No. 1 player in the world missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Campbell will face U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman in the quarterfinals. The 46-year-old Lehman beat 2005 winner David Toms 4 and 3...
USOC chief Scherr says American team deserves B-plus (02/25/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Jim Scherr's report card for the U.S. Olympic team looks like this: B-plus in performance, something less in behavior. Bode's bust on the Alpine courses, flops in freestyle and hiccups in hockey were among the disappointments that forced the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee to give the Americans a less-than-perfect grade...
NASCAR hands out lifetime ban to Hmiel (02/25/06)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Driver Shane Hmiel has been suspended from competition for life by NASCAR after failing a third substance abuse test. "Shane failed to fulfill the prescribed rehabilitation program scheduled by NASCAR," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Friday. "As a result, Shane has forfeited his opportunity to compete in any NASCAR-sanctioned events."...
Bloom switches gears from skiing to football (02/25/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeremy Bloom walked to the podium Friday wearing the appropriate attire and buoyed by excitement at finally getting a chance to play football. Or at least work out at it. His gray sweat shirt had the usual NFL scouting combine lettering "WO 8," while his blue sweat pants were words that don't fit the NFL: "USA Team 2006."...
Encarnacion among three late arrivals to finally practice (02/25/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Juan Encarnacion, Juan Mateo and Deivi Cruz practiced Friday for the first time this spring, while two Cardinals relievers looked impressive in outings against live hitters. Encarnacion, Mateo and Cruz, along with Hector Luna and reliever Ricardo Rincon, were late arriving at Cardinals camp because of visa problems. Luna was expected to practice Saturday, and Rincon had his visa appointment in Mexico on Friday. The other four players are from the Dominican Republic...
Mears turns corner (02/25/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Casey Mears has defied the odds by lasting this long at Chip Ganassi Racing, where the car owner has an intolerance for mediocrity. Despite limited results, Mears was kept on for a fourth season and opened it with the best run of his career -- a second-place finish in the Daytona 500...
Hendrick's team shows resolve again (02/25/06)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson's victory in last Sunday's Daytona 500 is one more example of how Hendrick Motorsports bounces back from adversity. Johnson raced in NASCAR's biggest event without his crew chief, Chad Knaus, who was suspended after being penalized for making an illegal modification to Johnson's car a week earlier in qualifying...
U.S. skating faces uncertain future (02/25/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Get ready for a bumpy ride to Vancouver, U.S. figure skating fans. Michelle Kwan is all but gone for good, Sasha Cohen could be next and there's no telling how long before there's another star with their wattage. The men are solid, but they've got a ways to go before they can be serious contenders for gold. Pairs are a disaster...
Mancuso snares gold medal to go with tiara (02/25/06)
Julia Mancuso, the American from aptly named Olympic Valley, Calif., captured gold with a stunning victory in the giant slalom Friday that salvaged a disappointing Olympics for the U.S. women. The 21-year-old Mancuso, known for wearing a tiara in slalom races, gave the American women their first Olympic medal since Picabo Street earned gold in the super-G at the 1998 Nagano Games...
Leinart, Young do battle again (02/25/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The link between Matt Leinart and Vince Young grows stronger. In December, they sat together at the Heisman Trophy ceremony. In January, they faced each other for a national title. Now they're in Indianapolis vying to become the first quarterback chosen in April's NFL draft...
Finland, Sweden to play for hockey gold (02/25/06)
TURIN, Italy -- It's an all-Nordic final for gold in men's hockey: Sweden versus Finland. Peter Forsberg set up a goal 34 seconds into the game Friday and Sweden was on its way to a 7-3 rout of the Czech Republic in the semifinals of te Olympic hockey tournament. Not too shabby for Forsberg, the Philadelphia Flyers star who was doubtful for the Olympics...
Cards already have more than 3 million tickets spoken for (02/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- With a month and a half to go before the baseball season, more than 3 million tickets have been sold or committed for 2006 games at the new Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals president Mark Lamping said Friday. In fact, demand is so great that the team on Friday cut off further sales of season tickets after selling 27,500 -- which translates to nearly 2.3 million tickets at the season's 81 games...
South campus: Entertainment with a purpose (02/25/06)
When the leaders of New McKendree United Methodist Church first conceived the idea of a second facility, they realized it needed to be more than just a place of worship -- they wanted it to be a place of community as well. Now that the new south campus has opened on Hope Street in Jackson, the congregation is following through on its vision with a series of concerts designed to bring the community together and help raise funds for a good cause as well...
Religion briefs 2/25/06 (02/25/06)
World prayer day events planned at two churches; Kentucky pastor to speak about salvation; Basement sale set at Grace UMC March 4; Cumberland Quartet to play in Scott City; Revival set at Jackson Church of the Nazarene; Fish fry planned at Scott City First Assembly
Perfecting God's musical instrument (02/25/06)
In Judith Farris' mind, the human voice is the perfect musical instrument for praising God. "It's the only instrument that isn't manmade, that we have to accept on faith," said Farris, a music and theater instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. "It's the only instrument you ever learn to play that you can't see."...
We're God's designer genes (02/25/06)
Although we're too old for chewing bubblegum and collecting TOPPS baseball cards, now and then my brother and I still mourn the loss of the cards we collected when we were little. We fantasize that surely they'd be worth a bundle these days, but we figure mom probably pitched them during one of her cleaning sprees. Anyway, like a lot of chances and choices in life that might've made me rich, they're long gone...
Festine Taylor (02/25/06)
R. Festine Taylor, 79, recently of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006. Festine was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of Robert Emmett and Sadie Lee Hudgens Durbin. She married Leon Emory June 7, 1943. They later divorced. She was married to Beryl Taylor Feb. 23, 1947. They were divorced in 1986...
Oliver Dunn (02/25/06)
Oliver "Joe" Dunn, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Curtis J. and Ida Ramsey Dunn. He and Mildred A. Pendell were married in Lansing, Mich. She preceded him in death...
Christa Robbins (02/25/06)
DIXON, Mo. -- Christa Robbins, 78, of Dixon died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Bernsbach, Germany, daughter of the late Oscar and Else Hecker. She and Jimmie Ray Robbins Sr. were married July 16, 1958, in Germany. He preceded her in death July 5, 2004...
David Murphy (02/25/06)
David Lee Murphy, 51, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born June 3, 1954, in St. Louis, son of Laymon "Edward" and "Mary" Elizabeth Schneider Murphy. David was a 1972 graduate of Lindbergh High School in St. Louis. In 1973 he moved to Cape Girardeau, where he worked several years in residential construction for Roy Owen Construction. He had worked at General Sign the past 25 years...
Sara Guetterman (02/25/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Sara Guetterman, 84, of Cairo died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital after an extended illness. She was born May 31, 1921, at Cairo, daughter of Alex and Mary Farah Johnson. She married Jack Guetterman in 1945. As a young woman, Guetterman was employed at McKesson and Robbins. ...
Addie Pinkston (02/25/06)
KELSO, Mo. -- Addie B. Pinkston, 81, of Kelso died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Vicki Tucker (02/25/06)
Vicki Jo Tucker, 54, of Castalian Springs, Tenn., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in Castalian Springs. She was born June 18, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Billy Marion and Wilma Ruth Dunn Williamson. She was raised in Essex, Mo., and was a member of Essex Assembly of God Church...
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Out of the past 2/25/06 (02/25/06)
25 years ago: Feb. 25, 1981 By acclamation, the Cape Girardeau City Council last night approved a suggestion that Mayor Paul Stehr serve as acting city manager between the time that present city manager W.G. Lawley leaves office later this week and new city manager Gary A. Eide assumes the position in April...
Sprucing up the wall (02/25/06)
Now 11 years old, the "Missouri Wall of Fame" was one of the earliest of the numerous murals that now adorn downtown Cape Girardeau. Designed by Cape Girardeau native Margaret Randol Dement, the mural on the floodwall between Independence and Merriwether streets was painted by a sign company and used few colors because of budget limitations...
Kinder initiated letter signed by Crowell (02/25/06)
To the editor: Thursday's news story left your readers with a distinctly misleading impression regarding a letter I wrote Feb. 21 to all members of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressing support for $17.2 million in funding for the River Campus. ...
One group's rights limits another's (02/25/06)
To the editor: In his Feb. 22 letter concerning the pending legislation to ban protests at funerals, John Mitchell misses the point. He is concerned that this is an infringement on the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, but whatever happened to that old adage, "My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins"? No one is saying this particularly repulsive group can't hold all the marches and demonstrations their hearts desire. ...
Safety of old building is questioned (02/25/06)
To the editor: I am a Southeast Missouri State University student, so I won't pick a side on the River Campus political issue. But why is the university sinking so much money into that crumbling old building? It is a cool looking landmark in a creepy sort of way, but how would you like to be in there if an earthquake hit? Isn't it too big for what the university needs? At a time when building codes are getting stricter, how can the university realistically say that the add-on stuff being put on those rickety walls is as safe as a new structure?. ...
Speak Out 2/25/06 (02/25/06)
Reality check; Where's the compassion?; It doesn't matter; Thanks, MoDOT; Take home the terrier; Dead or alive; Adorable Grady; Honoring presidents; Most want to work; Step up to the plate; Keeping informed
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