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Stories from Friday, March 17, 2006

Southeast, Kansas City students use hammers to turn '77 Cadillac into art (03/17/06)
Something about this car looks different. "One of the things somebody said is we want it to look like the car is vomiting its insides," said Kansas City Art Institute sophomore Mike Hall. Sculpture students from the Kansas City Art Institute and Southeast Missouri State University joined Thursday to transform a white 1977 Cadillac into a work of art...
Davis appointed student regent at Southeast (03/17/06)
Christopher Davis, a Southeast Missouri State University student from St. Louis, has been appointed as the school's new student regent. Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Davis on Feb. 7. The Missouri Senate confirmed the appointment on March 2. School officials said he will be sworn in as the newest member of the board at the next meeting of the regents. The meeting hasn't been scheduled yet, but it likely will be in April, Southeast officials said...
Professor will teach Faulkner graduate seminar in Japan (03/17/06)
Dr. Robert Hamblin loves introducing readers to the works of American novelist William Faulkner. During April and May, the Southeast Missouri State University English professor will carry his Faulkner message to Japan where he will teach a graduate seminar on the award-winning author at Senshu University in Tokyo. He also will lecture at several other Japanese universities...
Jackson thespians offer triple-threat theater at this year's DramaFest (03/17/06)
For its spring production this year, the Jackson High School Thespians will give patrons a three-part theater experience with an interesting mix of girl-power readers' theater, a social-awareness play and a Greek tragedy. The light-hearted, somewhat comedy and somewhat social statement "The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want" opens the theater triple threat -- a message about female empowerment sandwiched between the indie-girl spirit of the Spice Girls' first hit, "Wannabe."...
Finalists to be interviewed for position as director of Old Town Cape organization (03/17/06)
The Old Town Cape board of directors interviewed the first of several finalists for the newly open position of director Thursday. Jeff Jernigan, a real estate agent with Meyer Realty, said the position is one he would love to tackle. "I'm looking for something I can be very passionate about," he said. "I'm looking for something I can do to make a difference, and I hope this is it."...
Harassment allegations filed against local doctor after accuser charged with fraud (03/17/06)
Sexual harassment allegations against a local doctor were brought about after a criminal investigation against the accuser had begun, according to court records. In a Southeast Missourian story Thursday, Melissa James' attorney, Michael I. Lawrence Sr., claimed Dr. Paul Clarke is pursuing restitution of more than $47,800 in retaliation for his client filing sexual harassment complaints...
Club news 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
New McKendree UMW; Sedgewickville UMW
Tenn. man caught in Cape found guilty in carjacking (03/17/06)
A man arrested in Cape Girardeau for a Tennessee carjacking and beating was found guilty in the case this week. A jury took two hours to convict Raymond D. Ross, of Humboldt, Tenn., Wednesday of aggravated assault, carjacking, reckless endangerment and theft of property in the 2005 beating of Troy Bowman III. He was acquitted of attempted second-degree murder...
Ripley Co. man pleads guilty to meth possession (03/17/06)
A 45-year-old man admitted in federal court to possessing more than 150 grams of methamphetamine in his home. Earnest J. Yandell, of Ripley County, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute...
McClary steps down as city inspector; Conrad to take post (03/17/06)
Robb McClary stepped down Thursday as Cape Girardeau director of city inspections. Mike Conrad will take over as the interim director. Conrad was previously the senior code inspector with the department. "We appreciate his service and leadership within the Inspection Services Division," said city manager Doug Leslie. ...
Keeping track of traces (03/17/06)
The evidence is everywhere. A dot of blood on the floor, a hair follicle on the windowsill, skin cells under fingernails. It's DNA, and you leave it wherever you go. "Whenever people walk into rooms, you're dropping hairs, you're dropping skin cells," said Cape Girardeau police Cpl. Joseph Tado. "That puts the person at the crime scene."...
Storm-hit areas get disaster declaration (03/17/06)
Missouri counties affected by storms and tornadoes from last weekend have been declared federal disaster areas. Following the storms that occurred between March 11 and March 13, Gov. Matt Blunt and U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., wrote a letter to President Bush requesting the disaster declaration, a release from the governor's office stated...
Funding tops $1 billion for anti-meth measures (03/17/06)
More than $1 billion in funding to combat methamphetamine crimes was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. On Thursday, a $23 million amendment was approved to provide additional funding for meth enforcement and a meth clean-up program as part of the Senate Budget Resolution, according to a news release from U.S. ...
Education board discusses changing high school test (03/17/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Board of Education is considering whether to replace the state standardized exam for high school students with a national college entrance test. The board heard early recommendations Thursday from a committee that has been studying high school assessment but did not vote on the idea...
Mo. House panel pushes bill calling for analysis of science concepts (03/17/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A House education panel endorsed legislation Thursday that calls for a critical analysis of scientific theories, with the bill sponsor saying he doesn't want students to just accept evolution as scientific fact. The legislation does not specifically mention evolution or the concept of intelligent design -- the idea that creation of the world is so complex that a higher power must be responsible...
Bush declares disaster areas in wake of deadly storms (03/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday declared a major disaster in several Missouri counties, just days after the state was ravaged by a series of deadly tornadoes. The president's action, confirmed by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., makes federal funding available to help rebuild and repair property damaged in Christian, Hickory, Johnson, Monroe, Perry, Pettis, Randolph, St. Genevieve and Saline counties...
Illinois bars junk food in some schools (03/17/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday voted to ban junk food in elementary and middle schools starting this fall. The board answered a request from Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who urged the board last fall to adopt the prohibition. Board members approved the measure 7-2...
Mitsubishi's 2007 convertible (03/17/06)
Mitsubishi's new-generation Eclipse Spyder isn't just a sexy style statement. It's a convertible with a no-fuss soft top that impresses with its sound-deadening fabric layers and oh-so-easy-to-operate latches. Arriving in showrooms this month, the 2007 Spyder has a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $25,969 for a GS with five-speed manual transmission and 162-horspower, four-cylinder engine. ...
Air assault largest since '03 invasion (03/17/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Standing outside a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on a wide-open strip, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers listened as the crew chief gave them their preflight briefing. The Black Hawk then joined 49 other choppers that kicked up dust as they took off, one after another, for the countryside north of the capital in search of insurgents...
Liggins leads Bell City past Tuscumbia with sizzling hand (03/17/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After earning all-state honors last year as a post player, Bell City senior Jeff Liggins was forced to change roles this season with the addition of 6-foot-10 Will Bogan and the subtraction of guard D.D. Gillespie. Liggins has averaged 9.2 points this season playing on the perimeter and has made his mark mostly on the defensive end...
Cold-shooting Bobcats fall to Leeton in Class 1 semifinals (03/17/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A combination of atrocious shooting and a bigger opponent equaled a crushing defeat for the Delta girls basketball team in a Class 1 semifinal Thursday, as Leeton routed the Bobcats 48-21 at Mizzou Arena. Delta opened the game shooting 2-for-17 -- 11.8 percent -- in the opening half and shot 17.9 percent for the game. The Bobcats did not score more than eight points in a quarter...
Experienced Marionville gets big jump on Advance (03/17/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It had been more than 30 years since the Advance boys basketball team had made an appearance in the state final four. The Hornets' Class 2 semifinal opponent on Thursday, Marionville, was making its third straight final four appearance...
Redhawks travel like queens of OVC (03/17/06)
DENVER, Colo. -- Talk about arriving for your first NCAA Division I tournament appearance in the smoothest way possible. The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team, along with other university personnel and support groups, couldn't have asked for much more...
'Hawks have first workout in Denver (03/17/06)
DENVER, Colo. -- As the first women's basketball team to secure an NCAA tournament berth this season, Southeast Missouri State has had plenty of time to develop rust. That is a natural concern of coach B.J. Smith, but as the Redhawks hit the practice court early Thursday evening, he was hoping that won't be a factor...
NCAA tournament: Friday's first-round games (03/17/06)
Washington Regional Chris Lofton's remarkable shot allowed Tennessee to avoid a major upset and sent the Volunteers into the NCAA tournament's second round for the first time in six years. The sophomore guard took an inbound pass with 2.9 seconds left and rattled home a fallaway jumper from just inside the 3-point line to help the second-seeded Volunteers beat Winthrop. ...
Redhawks baseball to visit Memphis (03/17/06)
Coming off one of its best-played series of the season, the Southeast Missouri State baseball team hopes to continue that trend. The Redhawks (7-7) hit the road for a two-game series with the University of Memphis (9-6), with contests 4 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday...
Investigation finds more to story than Alden tells (03/17/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An outside investigation of the Missouri basketball program concluded athletics director Mike Alden did not send a radio announcer to fire former coach Quin Snyder -- but the message delivered on Alden's behalf was far more specific than previously acknowledged by the embattled administrator...
Bryant tops leaderboard at Bay Hill Invitational (03/17/06)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bart Bryant already won Jack Nicklaus' tournament. Opening with a 6-under 66 on Thursday in the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Fla., allowed him to think about adding Arnold Palmer's trophy to his collection. Bryant surged to the top of a crowded leaderboard with a 3-iron into 12 feet for eagle on the 16th hole and a string of good iron shots for a share of the lead with Dean Wilson...
Mexico eliminates Team USA (03/17/06)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Roger Clemens was a loser in what might have been the final start of his outstanding career, and Mexico eliminated Team USA from the World Baseball Classic. Oliver Perez and seven relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter Thursday night as Mexico beat the Rocket and the United States 2-1, giving Japan another shot at Korea in the WBC semifinals...
Golf Scores 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
PGA/Bay Hill Invitational Thursday; At Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla.; Purse: $5.5 million; Yardage: 7,267 ; Par: 72 First Round Notable LPGA/Safeway International Thursday; At Superstition Mountain Golf Club, Prospector Course, Superstition Mountain, Ariz.; Purse: $1.4 million; Yardage: 6,629; Par: 72 (36-36)...
O's pitching staff silences Cards' bats (03/17/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Brian Bock hit a two-run single in the ninth inning Thursday, lifting the Baltimore Orioles over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. Bock's one-out hit scored pinch-runner Esix Snead and Val Majewski. Orioles pitchers did not allow a hit after the second inning. Four relievers combined for six scoreless innings and struck out six...
Ohmygosh! Wait till you read this! (03/17/06)
This is a column about sports. It is not about St. Patrick's Day. I do not obey the rule that says anyone named Sullivan has to write about a holy day in March. I believe in banshees but not elves. I have it on the highest authority that you have to believe in the wee people to be truly Irish...
Driver afraid of ending up in the ditch (03/17/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: We traded in a '97 Chevy Tahoe for a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. I told the salesman that we live on a ridge, and in the winter I sometimes had to put the Tahoe in 4-Low, First gear and let it "walk" me down the steep, gravel driveway to the main road. ...
Artifacts 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
SEMO faculty, student presented with awards; 'The Pirates of Penzance' tickets now on sale; Apple Creek 'Hee-Haw' show returns March 24; New Madrid Lions Club planning car show; Indoor bluegrass festival in Eureka this weekend; Missouri State Troopers Association concert set; Best of the Big Muddy comes to Carbondale this weekend; Missouri to celebrate Thomas Hart Benton
Teaching in three dimensions (03/17/06)
Most afternoons Pam Duncan can be found at the Jars of Clay pottery studio on Broadway, doing what she loves -- throwing. Throwing, as in pottery. With a bucket of water, a lump of clay and a wheel Duncan can make a variety of pots, from functional to purely decorative, elaborate and ornate to simple...
Coming to a gallery near you: Japanese homeless architecture (03/17/06)
TOKYO -- Like many Zen-inspired buildings, Okawara's home is a monument to simplicity. The size of a large tool shed, the wooden building blends seamlessly with the surrounding park. His door opens to a full view of Tokyo's Tama River. Okawara is not your typical architect: He's homeless. ...
At the theaters 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
'She's the Man'; 'V for Vendetta'; 'World's Fastest Indian'; Still in theaters; '16 Blocks'; 'Aquamarine'; 'Brokeback Mountain'; 'The Chronicles of Narnia'; 'Date Movie'; 'Eight Below'; 'Failure to Launch'; 'Final Destination 3'; 'Firewall'; 'The Hills Have Eyes'; 'Hoodwinked'; 'Madea's Family Reunion'; 'The Shaggy Dog'; 'Ultraviolet'; 'When a Stranger Calls'
Cletus Schwartze (03/17/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cletus M. Schwartze, 62, of Parkville, Mo., died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City. He was born Oct. 20, 1943, son of Louis and Nadine Schanuth Schwartze, and raised in Jefferson City, Mo. Schwartze was a truck driver 36 years with Fleming-Babcock Inc. He lived in the Kansas City area more than 30 years, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Jefferson City...
Beulah Hill (03/17/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Beulah Hill, 93, of Anna died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Union County Nursing Home in Anna. She was born Nov. 2, 1912, at Wolf Lake, Ill., daughter of Manuel and Norma Lindsey Kimmel. She and Doial D. Hill were married Aug. 20, 1933, at Anna. He died Dec. 29, 1995...
Christine Fulton (03/17/06)
Christine J. Fulton, 58, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at her home. She was born July 25, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ralph and Ruth Franz Brennecke. She and Rick Fulton were married April 3, 1971, in Cape Girardeau. Fulton did volunteer work at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson where she was a member. She also volunteered at Saint Francis Medical Center where she took part in the perpetual adoration in the hospital chapel...
Mary Bucher (03/17/06)
Mary Frances Bucher passed away Tuesday evening, March 14, 2006, at her home after an extended illness. She is survived by three daughters, Melinda Shelton of Houston, Texas, Mary Beth Woodward of Atlanta, Ga., Martha Pearce of Mobile, Ala.; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Cathy Bucher of Sikeston, Mo. She leaves behind 10 beloved grandchildren and six great-grandchildren...
Lola Villarreal (03/17/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Lola M. Villarreal, 76, of Barlow, Ky., formerly of Cairo died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Metropolis Health and rehabilitation Center in Metropolis, Ill. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2006 at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge, Ill. with the Rev. Norma Glenn officiating. There will be no visitation...
Juanita Slinkard (03/17/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Juanita Lorene Slinkard, 90, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, March 13, 2006, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb. She was born April 16, 1915, at Diehlstadt, Mo., daughter of William Harvey and Stella Jennings Griffith. She and Ora A. Slinkard were married Aug. 12, 1932. He died Jan. 8, 1965...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
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Out of the past 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
25 years ago: March 17, 1981 Southeast Missouri State University's eighth national fraternity, and the first one on the campus which is traditionally black, is officially chartered at a banquet at the University Center; the date is exactly two years after a group of eight male students at Southeast was officially recognized as a colony of Alpha Phi Alpha; the new Xi Gamma Chapter has 10 members...
Counting votes: Legislation aims at eliminating fraud and abuse (03/17/06)
By MICHAEL R. GIBBONS Voting is our most basic right and awesome privilege as citizens. In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers guaranteed us the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And to have those rights, governments would be formed "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."...
A tradition of science (03/17/06)
A milestone was reached during this week's Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair at the Show Me Center. The fair marked 50 years of providing opportunities for students to share their scientific interests and prowess. The fair was started in 1956 by Southeast Missouri State University and the Southeast Missourian, which has continued to be a fair sponsor over the past half-century. ...
Judith Farris 'gives back' to others (03/17/06)
To the editor: Recently, directors and members of choirs from several churches gathered at Grace United Methodist Church for a vocal seminar given by Judith Farris. It was an evening of learning and sharing. Everyone in attendance sat quietly engrossed, soaking up as much information as possible. ...
Capitol visit is a great experience (03/17/06)
To the editor: I recently had the opportunity to visit our state's capital with my daughter's fourth-grade class from Eagle Ridge Christian School. I want to thank state Rep. Nathan Cooper and his staff for making that day such a success and a truly memorable experience. ...
God's power overcomes all sins (03/17/06)
To the editor: An unborn child is at the mercy of its mother, some unmerciful judges and other law officials while the murderer can go scot-free with the manipulation of lawyers. Do you call that right? "Thou shalt not kill." This commandment goes for the born and the unborn...
Thanks for adding Sudoku puzzles (03/17/06)
To the editor: Thank you for putting Sudoku puzzles in the Southeast Missourian. I enjoy solving Sudoku puzzles very much. That, along with the crossword puzzle on the comics page, makes the newspaper a lot more interesting for a kid like me. I used to just read the comics and look at the weather. ...
Unwed mother makes case for life (03/17/06)
To the editor: No exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation once seemed heartless to me, but that question was solved in a Colorado high school government class I was teaching years ago. During discussion "Sarah," a 17-year-old unwed mother, said such children were still human and precious. ...
Speak Out 3/17/06 (03/17/06)
Looks better on TV; Bird-flu hype; Obvious waste; Broadway potholes; Waiting in long lines; Transit doubts; Missing mail
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