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Stories from Saturday, March 11, 2006

Plaques going on several historic buildings Monday (03/11/06)
Old Town Cape in partnership with the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau will install 12 bronze plaques on historic buildings around Cape Girardeau on Monday. The plaques, valued at $400 each, will detail the history of the structures. Many of the buildings' owners will attend a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at the CVB to celebrate the occasion. All of these structures are either on the National Register of Historic Places or in the process of getting the designation...
Supreme Court justice to speak at Southeast (03/11/06)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is scheduled to speak at Southeast Missouri State University's Show Me Center on May 3. He's tentatively scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. following a private reception, said Art Wallhausen, associate to the president at Southeast...
Former city attorney for Cairo returns to position (03/11/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Alan McIntyre returned as city attorney for Cairo on Friday despite trepidation about the ongoing dispute between Mayor Paul Farris and the city council. McIntyre replaces Michael O'Shea, who died unexpectedly Wednesday at age 54. He was city attorney under Farris until June 2005, when he resigned in order to represent Farris for criminal charges stemming from the mayor's decision to open a new city bank account outside Alexander County...
Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to sell billions in student loans remains on track (03/11/06)
A plan to sell billions of dollars worth of student loans to finance Gov. Matt Blunt's higher education initiatives remains on track, but the process might not be as smooth as Blunt and some Missouri lawmakers first anticipated...
BKC scores march11 (03/11/06)
Scores/schedule TOp 25 No. 15 Pittsburgh 68, No. 2 Villanova 54 No. 3 Duke 80, Miami 76 No. 5 Memphis 68, Houston 54 No. 7 Ohio State 63, Penn State 56 No. 8 Texas 77, Texas Tech 70 Michigan State 61, No. 9 Illinois 56 No. 10 North Carolina 79, Virginia 67...
Nation briefs 3/11/06 (03/11/06)
Former White House adviser arrested for theft; Interior Secretary Norton resigns from Cabinet; Body of American hostage found in Iraq
World briefs 3/11/06 (03/11/06)
Court convicts nine Muslims in Netherlands; Shiite cleric includes U.S. in 'Triad of Evil'; Asian bird flu death toll reaches 91
Sources say county to buy taxi company (03/11/06)
Cape Girardeau County officials will announce Monday that the county transit authority will take over public transportation within Cape Girardeau's city limits by purchasing Kelley Transportation Co. Inc., sources said Friday. The transit authority will use a bank loan to purchase the 45-year-old cab company, sources reported...
Cape Girardeau house fire causes $2,000 in damage (03/11/06)
A small Cape Girardeau house fire Friday morning caused about $2,000 in damages. Firefighters responded to 1103 N. Frederick St. at 2:02 a.m. for a residential house fire, according to a news release from the fire department. The blaze, which began on top of a chest of drawers, spread up a bedroom wall about five feet before it was extinguished, the release stated. It was contained to the bedroom, which suffered minimal damage...
More stormy weather in the forecast for this weekend (03/11/06)
In the aftermath of severe thunderstorms that struck in Southeast Missouri Thursday, even more rain and wind are forecast for the weekend. Thursday's morning and evening storms flooded businesses, damaged homes and stranded motorists who attempted to drive through pooled water on roadways...
Man Tasered, arrested after drunken birthday celebration (03/11/06)
An intoxicated man who attempted to fight with Cape Girardeau police officers on his birthday was Tasered, arrested and charged in the incident. Police officers Tasered Jason Pruitt, 32, when he did not comply with their orders and instead lunged toward the arresting officers, according to police spokesman Jason Selzer...
Democrats file challenges for House seat and judgeship (03/11/06)
Two Democrats filed challenges Friday to two incumbent Republican officeholders. Matt Hill, a Cape Girardeau lawyer, filed for office in the 158th District Missouri House seat held by Rep. Nathan Cooper, a first-term Republican from Cape Girardeau. And John Heisserer, a former circuit judge, filed as a candidate against Benjamin Lewis, a Republican who won the job from Heisserer in 2004...
Southeast to hold annual History Day event Friday (03/11/06)
They're students of history, and they'll scream about it at an awards ceremony next Friday at Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Hall. Dr. Joel Rhodes, assistant professor of history, never tires of the screaming. "They are screaming like a sporting event. The enthusiasm level is amazing," he said of the annual event...
Mercury-related incidents on the rise since last year (03/11/06)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is warning residents of the risks of mercury following an increase in incidents of the substance. So far in 2006, there have been nine mercury-related incidents compared with 16 throughout all of last year, the department stated Friday in a news release...
Downtown turns a corner (03/11/06)
When Cape Girardeau lawyer Mark Johnson was looking at spots to put a new million-dollar law-office building, he elected for the downtown area, the first true commercial construction on the riverfront in decades. When the owners of LoDo's recently decided to move their downtown martini bar from Marquette Towers, they looked at several locations -- but none of them were west of Sprigg Street because they wanted to stay downtown...
Motivational speaker has student leaders on their feet (03/11/06)
Hundreds of student council members from middle, junior high and high schools across the state clapped, danced and shouted with glee at the Missouri Association of Student Councils' state convention in Cape Girardeau on Friday. About 1,200 students and advisers attended the three-day convention at Cape Girardeau Central High School. The convention wraps up today with a presentation honoring the Special Olympics...
Democrats, GOP agree -- Iraq likely headed for civil war (03/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats have found something about Iraq to agree on -- the country is probably headed into civil war. An AP-Ipsos Poll found an overwhelming majority of Americans -- including 70 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats -- saying it's likely that a civil war will break out in Iraq...
Amid ruins, New Orleans gets into election spirit (03/11/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Jimmy Carter was asked to monitor it. Race is defining it. A passel of candidates is making it fun, or foolish. What once was a colorful local campaign for mayor is now an election like no other in U.S. history. With Hurricane Katrina still dominating life here, New Orleans is beginning one of the most important mayoral races ever in this city already known for flamboyant politics...
Spacecraft enters orbit around Mars (03/11/06)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Martian sky just got a little more crowded. After a seven-month cruise, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Friday joined a small fleet of spacecraft flying around Mars, a planet known for missing-in-action space probes. The specters of previous failed Mars missions hung in mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena as engineers held their breath during a risky maneuver to place the probe in orbit...
Bush- Ports deal collapse could hurt War on Terror (03/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Friday the collapse of the Dubai ports deal could hurt U.S. efforts to recruit Mideast governments as partners in the worldwide war on terror. Separately, in what may have been an aftershock to the failed transaction, a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates was postponed...
Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq proposes extraordinary gathering (03/11/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who helped warring parties agree on terms for an Afghan government four years ago, is now proposing Iraq's feuding political factions and sects gather in a quiet place to decide who will govern this fractious nation...
Group suicides surge: Six Japanese found dead in car in latest case (03/11/06)
TOKYO -- Six young Japanese were found dead from asphyxiation in a car Friday, charcoal stoves still smoking beside them -- apparently the latest victims of a surge in suicide pacts arranged over the Internet. Authorities said they suspected the five men and a woman, all in their 20s, met online before dying together Thursday night in a forested area 50 miles northwest of Tokyo. The car's windows had been sealed with tape...
Sikeston boys reach Class 4 title game (03/11/06)
Sikeston earned a spot in today's Class 4 state championship game with an 84-79 victory Friday against Ozark at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. The Bulldogs placed four players in double figures Friday, led by Julian Beard's 22 points. Kash Bratcher added 21, while Michael Porter added 18 and Isaac Porter had 12...
Redhawks fall to Arkansas St. (03/11/06)
Luz Garcia picked up the lone victory Friday for the Southeast Missouri State tennis team in its home opener, which resulted in a 6-1 loss to visiting Arkansas State. The Redhawks fell to 5-4. Garcia won the No. 4 singles over Paula Chelminska 6-2, 3-6 (10-6)...
Blues knock off Wild in OT (03/11/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Lee Stempniak scored on a deflection 25 seconds into overtime, giving the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Timofei Shishkanov added his first career goal and Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots for the Blues, who are next-to-last overall in the NHL and have traded off all of their top talent except for Keith Tkachuk. Still, they're 7-1-2 in their last 10 games...
Team USA rides rout into second round (03/11/06)
There was no classic embarrassment for the United States on Friday. Just the blowout everyone expected. A pair of the squad's senior citizens -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Roger Clemens -- led the way in a 17-0 rout of South Africa that advanced the Americans to the second round of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in Scottdale, Ariz...
Spartans stop Illini in Big Ten tourney (03/11/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan State seniors Paul Davis and Maurice Ager took matters into their own hands against No. 9 Illinois. Davis and Ager each scored 16 points and Davis added eight rebounds to help the Spartans beat the Illini 61-56 Friday night in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals...
Toms moves to front of Honda field with 67 (03/11/06)
David Toms shot his second straight 67 Friday and had a one stroke lead on Billy Mayfair after two rounds of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. Mayfair shot a bogey-free round of 67, with four birdies in his final five holes, taking advantage of the less-perilous front side of the course to climb the leaderboard...
Cards win; Mulder has second strong outing (03/11/06)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mark Mulder allowed one earned run over 3 2-3 innings, winning for the second time in the exhibition season as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the New York Mets 11-3 Friday. Mulder gave up four hits and four runs overall. He left with a 3-1 lead...
FBI alerts law enforcement of terrorism threat on Internet (03/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI said Friday there is no specific, credible threat of a terror attack aimed at college basketball arenas or other sports stadiums, but acknowledged alerting law enforcement to a recent Internet posting discussing such attacks. The FBI and Homeland Security Department distributed an intelligence bulletin Friday to state and local law enforcement nationwide describing the online threat against sporting venues, said Special Agent Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington...
Religion briefs 3/11/06 (03/11/06)
Sunday; Thursday; Friday; -- From staff reports
Packing for Sudan (03/11/06)
I am a pastor preparing for a mission trip to Southern Sudan, to build a covenant relationship between the two branches of the Episcopal Church. I meet my four companions. One is an archivist from Jefferson City, one a St. Louis carpenter, one a church administrator, and the fourth is our committee chair and a veteran missioner. Job one is to build friendship bridges from our world to their world. But from where I sit, they are still strangers...
Reaching across Katrina's barriers (03/11/06)
DECATUR, Ga. urricane Katrina brought grief and loss to Zelda Richard and her family -- it even drove them from their New Orleans home. But after they evacuated to Georgia, their local church followed. "We lost some of our friends, family and everything we cherished," Richard says. "Church was the one thing that made us feel connected and gave us a sense of home."...
Climbing life's mountains with Jesus (03/11/06)
I spent two of my college summers as a lifeguard and camp counselor in Vermont. Camp Kokosing was a melting pot of wealthy white Jewish children and poor black New York City children because the camp's director was a Jewish principal of one of Harlem's public schools for children with discipline problems. So wealthy Jewish parents sent their children, and Harlem parents took advantage of "camperships" to get their children out of the slum for eight weeks...
Box office slumps worldwide in 2005 (03/11/06)
LOS ANGELES -- The movie business was down both in the U.S. and worldwide last year, final box-office figures show. Revenues in the United States dropped 6 percent to $8.99 billion last year compared to 2004. The worldwide market fell 7.9 percent to $23.24 billion from a 2004 all-time high, the Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday...
Charlie Garner (03/11/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Charlie Garner, 92, of Advance died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 23, 1914, at Hiram, Mo., son of Bob and Roselyn McCollough. He and Ruth Donley were married April 14, 1942, at Greenbrier, Mo...
Christine McKenzie (03/11/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Christine McKenzie, 84, of Chaffee died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 31, 1922, in Bollinger County, daughter of William Arthur and Ida Mae Mansfield McKenzie. McKenzie was a bookkeeper 33 years at Thorngate Limited, retiring in 1984...
Oswin Hacker (03/11/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Oswin E. Hacker, 79, of Plano, Texas, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Plano Hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Perryville, son of Edward John and Emma Boxdorfer-Stuebner Hacker. He and Betty Jean White were married Oct. 5, 1952...
Dessie Robinson (03/11/06)
PATTON, Mo. -- Dessie Edna Robinson, 92, of Patton died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 18, 1913, at Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of Phillip and Annie Seabaugh Bollinger. She and Robert W. Robinson were married Dec. 27, 1935. He died Jan. 23, 1982...
Police reports 3/11/06 (03/11/06)
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Out of the past 3/11/06 (03/11/06)
25 years ago: March 11, 1981 After months of investigation, the Public Administration Service, the firm authorized by the city to look into the Cape Girardeau Police Department, has forwarded to Mayor Paul W. Stehr a preliminary report of its findings; a final report, which should be received by the end of the week, will be made public...
'Postcards From Venus' (03/11/06)
Teenage Cape Girardeau artist Tatianna Cwick will be in Germany April 11 to watch when the European Space Agency's Venus Express enters orbit around the second planet from the sun. She won the trip when her painting was chosen the grand prize winner from among hundreds of entries in a "Postcards From Venus" contest sponsored by the ESA and the Planetary Society...
Beliefs used to justify abortion bill (03/11/06)
To the editor: Although state Sen. Jason Crowell claims his bill banning abortions was postulated from a review of new evidence proving the existence of a human being at the moment of conception, make no mistake that this was a previously held belief he seeks to justify using modern science...
Politicians aren't fooling anyone (03/11/06)
To the editor: I wonder how stupid state Rep. Jason Crowell and House Speaker Rod Jetton think we are. Only one-third of the public votes, and that is because we are sick of people like those two trying to make this consulting deal look OK. I don't know Crowell, but I do know Jetton and his wife, and the consulting arrangement is the biggest joke there is here in Bollinger County. As usual, politicians can do anything and get away with it...
Thank you, Redhawk fans (03/11/06)
To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans who traveled to Nashville to support the women's basketball team of Southeast Missouri State University. This team and staff have worked so hard, and it was wonderful seeing the fans on their feet cheering the team on to their first ever Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and invitation to the NCAA Tournament...
Speak Out 3/11/06 (03/11/06)
Abortion and welfare; Defending children; Thugs in schools; Get rid of drugs; Hear the heartbeat; Keep it simple
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