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Stories from Thursday, March 16, 2006

Doctor-manager hearing depicts $45,000 difference (03/16/06)
A Cape Girardeau doctor argued in court Wednesday that his former office manager stole more than $47,800 in forged checks, while the defense claimed the amount stolen was much less than that amount. Melissa James, 32, of Scott City, pleaded guilty to three counts of felony forgery, admitting to writing out three checks worth $1,583.43 to herself without permission from her employer, Dr. ...
Train engineer saw misaligned tracks, couldn't prevent derailment (03/16/06)
The engineer of a freight train that derailed in northern Cape Girardeau County was able to see misaligned train tracks, but was unable to stop in time. The Chicago-bound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train was traveling the speed limit of 45 mph when it derailed just before 8 a.m. Monday near County Road 535 near Hines Landing, according to Rod Massman, administrator of railroads for Missouri Department of Transportation...
Jefferson Elementary kindergartners exposed to college life in SEMO visit (03/16/06)
They ate Girl Scout cookies in the president's office, visited a dorm room and met the school mascot. But at the end of the day, the approximately 80 students still weren't enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. After all, they're only in kindergarten...
Trying to stay positive (03/16/06)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- Robert Grogg stood near the site of his neighbor's home along U.S. 61 in rural Perry County on Wednesday, hardly able to believe the concrete foundation was the only thing left that gives the impression a house once stood here. Don Valleroy's home is one of eight that were destroyed by an F3 tornado near St. Mary on Saturday night, said Jake Lakenan, Perry County emergency management director. Four homes received major damage, and 10 received minor damage...
Cape ethanol plant may get summer start on construction (03/16/06)
Construction of a second new ethanol plant in Southeast Missouri could start as early as this summer on more than 100 acres along Nash Road and be fully operational 18 months later, officials said Wednesday. Developer Phil Danforth of Leawood, Kan., has tried unsuccessfully for more than two years to raise money to build an ethanol plant in Cape Girardeau County and other Missouri communities...
Groups ready to dispute 'Da Vinci Code' (03/16/06)
The release of the feature film based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" is still two months away, but church groups on local, national and international levels are preparing campaigns to dispute the film's controversial claims about Jesus Christ...
Infectious disease chief: Thimerosal debate might affect flu vaccinations (03/16/06)
How much mercury is too much mercury? Dr. Paul Offit, the chief of the section of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia spoke to reporters in a national conference call Wednesday to address the safety of vaccines containing thi-merosal, a mercury-containing preservative...
Accused arsonist pleads guilty (03/16/06)
A man accused of setting fire to a Cape Girardeau apartment bathroom pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony arson. Anthony R. Williams, 20, of 902 Jefferson Ave., entered his plea before Circuit Judge David A. Dolan in Mississippi County. The case was being held in Mississippi County following a change of venue motion...
Jackson students arrested for writing a letter threatening a teacher (03/16/06)
Two students at Jackson Junior High School were arrested earlier this week for writing a letter threatening to harm a teacher. The boys were taken into custody by juvenile justice authorities. They were questioned and their homes were searched. No signs of any weapons were found...
Military digest 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Jackson High graduate retires from Air Force Major David Brown, the son of Roy Brown of Jackson and the late Marjorie Frost, has retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than 20 years of service on active duty. Brown is a 1979 graduate of Jackson High School. Brown's primary function was as an instructor pilot for the KC-135. ...
Ethics commission seeks an outside lawyer in Jetton-Crowell arrangement (03/16/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Ethics Commission will ask an outside lawyer to look at a consulting arrangement between Speaker of the House Rod Jetton and state Sen. Jason Crowell. A company registered to the wife of Jetton, R-Marble Hill, has earned $33,000 from the campaign of Sen. Jason Crowell since 2004. The money was paid in return for campaign consulting provided by the House speaker...
Central High teacher to give presentation at art conference (03/16/06)
A Cape Girardeau Central High School art teacher is preparing for a trip to Chicago this month to talk to his peers about sculpting. Robert Friedrich has been selected to speak at the National Art Education Association conference taking place from March 22 to 26...
Proceeds from 5K/10K run, honor walk to benefit child advocacy effort (03/16/06)
To kickoff Child Abuse and Awareness month in April, Southeast Missouri Hospital's HealthPoint Fitness, River Eagle Distributing Co. and Commerce Bank will hold a 5K/10K Run for a Child and One Mile Honor Walk. All proceeds will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer training to support abused and neglected children in Southeast Missouri...
Club news 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Lamplighters FCE; Oak Ridge FCE; Xi Nu Phi; New McKendree UMW; Sedgewickville UMW
Interactive resource boosts United Way's grant services (03/16/06)
Grant Station, a Web-based interactive resource, is the United Way's most recent addition to the Grant Resource Center. It gives their sponsored agencies access to a constantly renewed resource with interactive tools and tutorials for access to grants from federal, state, foundation and other grant agency sources. Hard copies of these and other resources are also provided through the United Way office...
Springfield district removes teacher from classroom in alleged abuse case (03/16/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield school district has moved a teacher out of the fifth-grade classroom, after parents alleged their disabled daughter was forced to crawl up steps and across the floor rather than receive assistance in walking. Teacher Patricia Wright was reassigned to a non-classroom job while the district investigates the allegations by parents Taci and Jim Mathers, whose daughter attends Bissett Elementary School...
Fastest growing counties suburban, rural or both (03/16/06)
WASHINGTON -- America's fastest growing counties are suburban, rural or a mixture of both as more people seek big yards and open spaces, even if that means a long commute. New Census Bureau estimates show the nation's population shifting south and west, to the distant suburbs of metropolitan areas stretching from Florida to Utah...
Location of FEMA trailers could spell disaster if hurricane hits (03/16/06)
KILN, Miss. -- On a satellite snapshot of this tiny town is a cluster of red dots that looks ominous to scientists like Joe Swaykos. The dots represent 132 trailers set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The trailers are crammed into a one-square-mile neighborhood, and most of them are along the banks of the Jourdan River...
Survey: All in U.S. get mediocre health care (03/16/06)
BOSTON -- Research from the biggest study ever of U.S. health-care quality suggests that Americans -- rich, poor, black, white -- get roughly equal treatment, but it's mediocre for all. "This study shows that health care has equal-opportunity defects," said Dr. Donald Berwick, who runs the not-for-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass...
27 people face charges in U.S. and abroad in child porn enterprise (03/16/06)
CHICAGO -- Participants in an international Internet chat room transmitted live visuals of child molestation and traded thousands of pictures of child pornography, federal authorities said Wednesday in announcing charges against 27 people. U.S. and international authorities have charged 27 people who took part in the Kiddypics & Kiddyvids chat room. ...
Nation briefs 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Former mechanic gets death sentence SARASOTA, Fla. -- A former mechanic convicted of raping and murdering 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction was caught on a car wash security camera, was sentenced to death Wednesday for her murder. The jury that convicted Joseph P. ...
Saddam calls on Iraqis to fight American troops, prompting judge to close court (03/16/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein, testifying Wednesday for the first time in his trial, called on Iraqis to stop killing each other and instead fight U.S. troops. The judge reprimanded him for making a rambling, political speech and ordered the TV cameras switched off...
Denmark's top prosecutor won't charge paper that published prophet drawings (03/16/06)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark's top prosecutor said Wednesday he will not press charges against the newspaper that first published the Prophet Muhammad drawings that triggered deadly protests by Muslims worldwide. The prosecutor's ruling prompted the Foreign Ministry to upgrade its travel warnings for Muslim countries from Algeria to Malaysia...
World briefs 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
United Nations approves Human Rights Council UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. member states ignored U.S. opposition and approved a new Human Rights Council on Wednesday, attempting to strengthen the world body's machinery to deal with major human rights offenders. ...
St. Vincent places third at Affton (03/16/06)
The first-year St. Vincent girls swimming squad placed third in a three-team meet on Tuesday at Affton. St. Vincent, which has eight swimmers on its roster, finished with 69 points. St. Dominic won the meet with 129 points, and Affton finished with 104...
Liggins leads Cubs with defensive effort (03/16/06)
Bell City senior Jeff Liggins has experienced his share of successes and heartaches during his four-year basketball career. Liggins has been a go-to player during each of Bell City's past two final four appearances, including the 2004 state title team. He has earned all-state honors as well as conference and regional honors...
Bobcats befuddle opposition (03/16/06)
The Delta girls basketball team fits together like a puzzle, with each piece adding its strengths to create the whole. Junior guards Shea Smith and Kaci Menz are the top two scorers and provide Delta with two outside threats. Fellow junior Tiffany Amelunke leads the team in assists, freshman Jodi Menz is the team's top rebounder, and sophomore Ashley Deprow adds inside scoring along with an element of toughness to the team...
Region will be represented well at state tourney (03/16/06)
Southeast Missouri high school basketball will have three more chances on the boys side to continue its current streak of six straight years with at least one state champion. Charleston (Class 3), Advance (Class 2) and Bell City (Class 1) will compete this week. Sikeston fell just short last week, finishing second in Class 4...
Redhawks fall to 1-1 in OVC with loss at home to Racers (03/16/06)
The Southeast Missouri State women's tennis team suffered its first Ohio Valley Conference loss of the season Wednesday, as visiting Murray State posted a 5-2 win. Southeast (5-6, 1-1 OVC) received victories from Drew Kristal at No. 2 singles and Julia Masotti at No. 3 singles...
Area sports digest 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Bank of Missouri wins playoff opener The undefeated Bank of Missouri basketball team opened play in the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department's men's basketball playoffs for Division I with a 73-66 victory on Sunday night against Charleston...
Following change of venue, lawyers seek different result (03/16/06)
The verdict in this case will be decided on the basketball court. The lawyers will attempt to put an end to the doctors' dominance when the two groups clash Saturday in the 13th annual Doctors vs. Lawyers Basketball Showdown at Central High School...
Mulder sharp but Cards fit to be tied by Marlins (03/16/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark Mulder had another strong start for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 2-2 tie with the Florida Marlins on Wednesday. He allowed one run on four hits in four innings. He is 3-0 this spring with a 1.69 ERA. "I think I'm where I want to be, especially physically," Mulder said. "I wasn't tired at all in the fourth inning. I didn't feel as good today as I did my first two starts, but I had a great curve ball today, throwing it for strikes."...
St. Louis' new stadium gets new grass (03/16/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals hope the grass is greener on the other side. Growing grass isn't as easy as it seems in St. Louis, with its brutal summer heat and humidity. The Cardinals discovered that fact after ripping out the faded artificial turf of the old Busch Stadium in 1996. For years, the grass suffered from bald spots and raggedy brown patches...
Racers try to end tourney troubles (03/16/06)
MURRAY, Ky. -- During his recruiting trip to Murray State, Issian Redding listened intently to coach Mick Cronin's sales pitch. Cronin pointed to the Ohio Valley Conference championship banners hanging from the rafters. He talked to the junior college transfer about education -- the school calls itself "Kentucky's Public Ivy University." He spoke of the chance to play at one of the nation's best midmajor programs...
Health briefs/calendar 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Briefly Two lipid profile screenings will be held in Jackson this month -- from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Jackson Senior Center and at 8 to 10:30 a.m. March 27 at the Jackson First Baptist Church. Screenings will also be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. March 28 at the Cape Area Family Resource Center...
Reducing spring fever (03/16/06)
What is wrong with you? You're moody. You can't concentrate. You want to just pick up and leave -- go fishing, take a long walk, take a nap under a tree. Actually, you don't know what you want to do. You just know you don't want to be where you are now...
A room without a view (03/16/06)
March 16, 2006 Dear Julie, Having your own room is a rite of passage for every kid. Mine didn't happen until I was a sophomore in high school, which might explain why in this 12th year of marriage I began yearning to have my own room again. I don't mean a room for sleeping. ...
Sleep aids: Natural is better (03/16/06)
When you consider natural sleep aids, the traditional one that comes to mind is the good ol' nightcap. Not such a good idea, according to Healthspan adviser Dr. Dennis Baker. "Alcohol may put you to sleep, but it has a definite stimulant effect some hours after drinking. ...
Sony to delay release of PlayStation 3 until November (03/16/06)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sony Corp. will delay the launch of its much-anticipated PlayStation 3 console until November, prolonging the agony not only for itself but also for many others in the video game industry. Ken Kutaragi, the head of Sony's video games division, said Sony is still trying to finalize the copyright-protection technology and other standards for the Blu-ray DVD disc, the high-definition video format for PlayStation 3 and other next-generation DVD players...
Allen Friedrich (03/16/06)
Allen K. Friedrich, 47, of Jackson died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ralph H. and Jennie Steinhoff Friedrich. Friedrich was a 1977 graduate of Jackson High School. He worked 20 years at Procter and Gamble. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Elks in Jackson...
Christine Fulton (03/16/06)
Christine J. Fulton, 58, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at her home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Swoboda (03/16/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Harold P. "Cotton" Swoboda, 81, of Cairo died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Glenview Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Chicago. He was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Cairo, son of Carl and Anna Bucher Swoboda. Swoboda was owner of Swoboda Feed and Seed in Cairo many years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and its choir, VFW Post 2649, and Knights of Columbus Council 1027...
Clarence Cobb (03/16/06)
Clarence Albert Cobb, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Marble Hill, Mo., son of Henry Allen and Dora Welker Cobb. He and Margaret Cox were married Feb. 22, 1947, in Jackson. Mr. Cobb grew up in Marble Hill and was a graduate of Marble Hill High School and Steimle Business College in Cape Girardeau. He moved to Cape Girardeau in 1947...
Births 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Hawkins; Williams; Bollinger; Pair; Mason; Shirrell; Kaempfe; Holder; Frazier; Voshage
Scott City Elementary and High School third-quarter honor rolls (03/16/06)
Scott City Elementary A Honor Roll 3rd grade -- Brooklyn Besinger, Lauren Bollinger, Levi Buckner, Devin Cummins, Trevor Guthrie, Jacob Hamm, Elizabeth Hensley, Carly Howell, Ashley Moore, Shelby Murrell, Shelby Rhodes, Johnny Stewart, Bennett Uelsmann and Mackenzie Vaught...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
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Out of the past 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
25 years ago: March 16, 1981 A brief of almost 100 pages is filed on behalf of the city of Cape Girardeau in the Missouri Court of Appeals at St. Louis in the city's appeal of a December 1979 decision in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court that blocked the city's attempt to annex 4,350 acres in this county and 1,160 acres in Scott County surrounding the municipal airport...
Funding higher ed (03/16/06)
Columbia Daily Tribune If the members of the Missouri General Assembly agree with a new approach to higher education funding offered by state Rep. Carl Bearden, more money will be given to students through scholarships and less to designated institutions...
Voter ID proposal would disenfranchise thousands (03/16/06)
By Will Richardson Throughout American history, misguided lawmakers have passed laws to prevent certain citizens from voting. This includes poll taxes, literacy tests, so-called vouchers of "good character" and other discriminatory measures. Missouri lawmakers may revive the ugly practice of exclusion by entertaining proposals that seriously limit the ability of many of our state's poor, elderly and disabled citizens to vote. ...
Taxing automobiles (03/16/06)
It's hard to oppose a tax cut, but a bill in the Missouri Legislature that would waive the state sales tax on trucks, vans, sports utility vehicles and motorcycles made in the state is unfair and would benefit only a small percentage of Missouri taxpayers...
Millions for sports instead of health (03/16/06)
To the editor: In a letter of Gov. Matt Blunt, I asked him to restore Medicaid to its original funding. In his answer, Blunt said that the previous administration, which I presumed to be Democrat, had expanded the number of Medicaid recipients without identifying a stable source of revenue to pay for them...
More exercise, less junk food (03/16/06)
To the editor: OK, I am quite confused now. First a couple of people complain about God being in schools, so he is taken out to please the few people, no matter what the majority of people think. We don't want to upset the few. Now there are reports that show the U.S. ...
Speak Out 3/16/06 (03/16/06)
Belts on buses; Reeking secrecy; Early fund-raising; Custody to mothers; Birth control for men; Lack of response; Science as god; Bird-flu concerns
Cape County Transit (03/16/06)
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