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Stories from Saturday, March 25, 2006

State sets meetings on future of Shut-Ins (03/25/06)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources wants public help to plan the recovery of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park from the damage caused by December's reservoir collapse. A series of open-house meetings will give people a chance to study preliminary plans for rebuilding park facilities that were damaged or destroyed when 1 billion gallons of water crashed down Profitt Mountain. The water from the AmerenUE reservoir destroyed a home in the Reynolds County park and the park campground...
Old Ill. Route 3 to be closed for bridge work (03/25/06)
The Illinois Department of Transportation will close a section of Old Illinois Route 3 beginning on March 31. Crews will be working on a bridge structure that carries Old Illinois Route 3 over Miller Creek, a mile north of Thebes. Motorists should use the new Illinois Route 3 as an alternate route. Residents who live off Old Illinois Route 3 will be able to access the roadway...
Blunt announces 27 additional Missouri counties as federal disaster areas (03/25/06)
Individuals in 27 Missouri counties, including four in Southeast Missouri, are now eligible for federal help to deal with damage from the severe storms that raked the state two weeks ago. The disaster declaration, announced Friday by Gov. Matt Blunt, means that grants and low-interest loans are available to pay for repairs that are not covered by insurance...
World briefs 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
New protest promised in Belarus despite raid; Chirac walks out of EU meeting in protest
Nation briefs 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
Planners raise funds for disabled vets memorial; DOJ: NSA could listen in on confidential calls; FEMA won't reopen no-bid Katrina contracts
National Guard adjutant general speaks in Jackson (03/25/06)
Members of the Retired National Guard Association learned Friday night how the guard was changing, and what a colleague had to say about his time in Iraq. With more National Guard units being deployed across the country, the organizational structure has changed from what it was originally designed, according to Maj. Gen. King Sidwell, the Missouri National Guard adjutant general...
Missouri Music Writers Guild holds first meeting tonight (03/25/06)
From his roots growing up in Portageville, Mo., Malcolm Springer traveled a long way to create a successful career in the music industry. In his years as producer, musician and sound engineer he's worked with big names like Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul, Faith Hill and Fear Factory...
Man robbed at Jackson car wash (03/25/06)
A man was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night at a Jackson car wash. The robbery occurred at the Shawnee Square Carwash and Storage, 560 N. Shawnee Blvd., while the victim was using the car wash. A man approached the victim, took out a handgun and demanded his wallet, according to a Jackson Police Department news release...
Limbaughs test students at moot court competition (03/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Introduced as "Cape Girardeau's first family," Justices Stephen Limbaugh Sr. and Stephen Limbaugh Jr. were in St. Louis Friday to share some hard-earned legal knowledge. The father and son gave advice to students and presided over a moot court competition as this year's jurists-in-residence at Saint Louis University School of Law...
Construction to start on massive cement plant (03/25/06)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- Despite concerns from environmentalists, construction is slated to begin next week on one of the country's largest cement plants, a $600 million facility that will employ 200 workers and manufacture 4 million tons of concrete a year when completed in 2009...
Community Caring Council meeting focuses on youth development (03/25/06)
One in 10 Cape Girardeau and Jackson seventh- and eighth-grade students say they've gotten drunk once or more in the last two weeks, according to a survey presented at the Community Caring Council's 17th annual THRIVE Conference Friday afternoon. The survey by the not-for-profit Search Institute also showed that 5 percent of students admit to using illicit drugs three or more times in the past year and 7 percent claim to have engaged in sexual intercourse three or more times...
Paid signature gatherers hold the key in Missouri's stem cell ballot initiative (03/25/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Shaun Sachs has never held elective office. The 40-year-old former factory worker and doughnut shop employee isn't even registered to vote. Dressed in corduroy pants, a camouflage hunting jacket, a Brad Smith replica football jersey and a tattered University of Missouri baseball cap, he hardly strikes an imposing figure outside the University of Missouri-Columbia student union...
Man gets 4-year sentence for killing Navy shipmate in 1968 (03/25/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Navy seaman who killed his shipmate nearly 40 years ago was sentenced Friday to four years in prison. Michael LeBrun, 60, of Greenwood, told U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple that he had lived peacefully since killing 24-year-old Andrew Lee Muns in an office aboard a ship anchored in the Philippines. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Sept. 8...
UM curators approve tuition and fee increases (03/25/06)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Tuition at the four University of Missouri campuses will increase by 5 percent starting this summer. Curators on Friday unanimously approved the increase, requested by system President Elson Floyd, during a meeting at the University of Missouri-Rolla...
Movies catering to deaf audiences (03/25/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Linda and Mike Cheek and three of their children enjoyed a movie at Campbell 16 Cinema recently, watching "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" as a family. A normal occurrence for many Springfield families, trips to the movie theater have been rare for the Cheeks. Linda and Mike have three deaf sons. For their family, going to the movies isn't much fun because Alan, Michael and Sean can't hear the film...
Russia gave U.S. troop data to Iraq in 2003 (03/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- In his struggle to figure out and foil the American invasion plan as it was unfolding in late March and early April 2003, Saddam Hussein may have fielded a few tips from an old ally: the Russian government. But it seems possible the Russians' "help" created more confusion than clarity for the clueless Iraqi leader...
Thousands rally across the country for immigrants' rights (03/25/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of people across the country protested Friday against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants, with demonstrators in cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Atlanta staging school walkouts, marches and work stoppages...
Tenn. minister's wife charged with his murder (03/25/06)
SELMER, Tenn. -- A minister's wife was charged Friday with shooting her husband to death in the parsonage in a crime that shocked the congregation and shattered the couple's happy and loving image. Mary Winkler, 32, was arrested on murder charges and confessed to the slaying after fleeing to Alabama in the family's minivan with the couple's three young daughters, authorities said...
Wal-Mart's move to organics may shake up retail world (03/25/06)
From staff and wire reports BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is throwing its weight behind organic products, a move that experts say could have the same lasting effect on environmental practices that Wal-Mart has had on prices by forcing suppliers and competitors to keep up...
Judge defends autonomy of Afghan court as pressure grows (03/25/06)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan judge held firm Friday in the face of international demands to reconsider the charges against an Afghan man who faces a possible death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity -- and reports emerged that the man might be freed soon...
Jordan confirms first bird cases of avian flu (03/25/06)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan confirmed its first cases of bird flu on Friday in domesticated turkeys north of the capital, finding that up to four of the birds had died of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are the only countries in the region where people have died of the H5N1 strain, which has killed a total of 105 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. ...
Sadness, joy mark installation of new Catholic cardinals (03/25/06)
VATICAN CITY -- From traditional crimson robes to the rare sight of the red flag of China, St. Peter's Square was a study in scarlet on Friday. Pope Benedict XVI warmly embraced 15 new cardinals in a ritual-filled ceremony that displayed the worldwide reach of the Roman Catholic Church...
ND, Central reach soccer final (03/25/06)
Central and Notre Dame claimed semifinal victories Friday to advance to today's championship game of the Noon Optimist girls soccer tournament at Notre Dame. Central snuck past St. Vincent 1-0, and the Bulldogs defeated Perryville 4-2. Central and Notre Dame will meet in the title contest at 4 p.m. today. St. Vincent will take on Perryville in the third-place game at 2 p.m...
Free beer, food nights will return under close watch (03/25/06)
A tradition at various Southeast Missouri State baseball games for about the past 15 years -- free beer provided by local distributorships -- was interrupted last season. But Southeast athletic director Don Kaverman said concerns have been addressed and the special promotions will resume this year, beginning with Wednesday's game against Missouri...
Redhawks open OVC play against UT-Martin (03/25/06)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team is not exactly entering Ohio Valley Conference play with an overdose of confidence. But coach Mark Hogan hopes the Redhawks (6-11) can turn things around this weekend when they visit Tennessee-Martin (5-13) for a three-game series...
Redhawks suffer brisk home loss to Tech (03/25/06)
The Redhawks tennis team did not find the cold confines of home to their liking in a 6-1 dual loss to Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech on Friday. Southeast had come off a pair of wins earlier in the week during a trip to Florida. The Redhawks fell to 7-7 in dual play, and 1-2 in OVC matches...
Carpenter allow his first runs this spring (03/25/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Chris Carpenter's scoreless spring ended. The NL Cy Young winner, who threw 16 shutout innings in his first four exhibition outings, did well to minimize the damage in the New York Mets' 12-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. He allowed the first four batters to reach, threw a wild pitch, made a throwing error and blew a squeeze bunt...
Co-leader Love shoots 83, misses cut (03/25/06)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- His share of the lead at The Players Championship was long gone when Davis Love III reached his final hole of a second round he won't soon forget. Love and Jim Furyk had started Friday atop the leaderboard after opening with 65s, but only Furyk kept his nose ahead of the pack. Love was so far behind that he needed par on the 581-yard ninth hole simply to make the cut...
Cincinnati introduces Cronin as coach (03/25/06)
CINCINNATI -- Mick Cronin returned to the University of Cincinnati on Friday to take charge of a basketball program that just finished a tumultuous season. "I'm here to win," Cronin pledged. "I'm here because I believe we can win the national championship. It is important that I convey that to our fans."...
Judge denies Bonds' bid to get restraining order (03/25/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge denied Barry Bonds' bid to block the authors and publishers from making money on a book claiming the San Francisco Giants slugger used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and said Bonds' suit against them has little chance of success...
Suspension ends for Johnson's crew chief (03/25/06)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Crew chief Chad Knaus returned to the track Friday after a four-week suspension, greeted by a cold rain that washed out all activity at Bristol Motor Speedway. "I'm ready to get the car out there," he said, sipping coffee. "It's been a long time."...
Bigbie to miss time with stress fracture (03/25/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Considering the alternative, outfielder Larry Bigbie isn't too disappointed about his latest setback. The competition for the St. Louis Cardinals' vacant left field job got a little less crowded on Friday with Bigbie expected to be sidelined two to three weeks with a stress fracture of his left foot. But if he had tried to keep playing, Bigbie said he could have been out four months...
Checketts buys Blues, promises upgrade (03/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Checketts is buying the NHL's second-worst team, but he's already thinking Stanley Cup. The Blues announced Friday that owners Bill and Nancy Laurie will sell the team and the Savvis Center to Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners. The NHL Board of Governors must still approve the deal...
Panthers add Johnson to offensive arsenal (03/25/06)
Keyshawn Johnson says he doesn't want the ball. He wants to win a Super Bowl. The free-agent receiver signed a four-year, $19 million contract Friday with the Carolina Panthers, becoming the complement to Pro Bowl selection Steve Smith. The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus...
Sports briefs 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
Colleges; Tennis
Finding God in the desert (03/25/06)
First impression of the Southern Sudan? Hot, 100 degrees. The bishop, clergy, a driver, an armed escort, a returning exile and five missioners all hovered under the bush plane's wing while two young men piled our luggage into a small truck. Ten of us bundled into the van and we began the first of many bumpy rides...
50 years in God's service (03/25/06)
When John Leibrecht was announced as the new bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese in 1984, his old friends were not surprised. Leibrecht, known as Jack to his classmates, was voted most likely to succeed when he was in seminary, said the Rev. Ralph "Jake" Duffner, who was in school with Leibrecht back in the 1950s...
Religion briefs 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
Smith to present recital; Today; Sunday
Breaking through a web of bitterness (03/25/06)
1 Samuel chapter 24 tells the story of King Saul with his troop of soldiers as they combed the En Gedi to destroy David and his small band. As David and some of his men hid in a cave, Saul approached and went into the cavern to go to the bathroom. According to some rabbinical tales, a spider wove a web across the mouth of the grotto; therefore, the royal guards made no search since they were sure no man or beast could be inside. ...
Lucille Lee (03/25/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Lucille Lee, 88, of Chaffee died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born June 28, 1917, at Rockview, Mo., daughter of Leonard August and Lena Caroline Hoefler Tucker. She and W.P. Lee Jr. were married Oct. 17, 1937. He died Dec. 10, 2005...
Emma Moore (03/25/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Emma May Moore, 80, of Advance died Friday, March 24, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of W.J. and Nettie Belle Turner Moore. Moore was an accountant 45 years at Emerson Electric. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Advance and Order of Eastern Star...
Eleonora Wunderlich (03/25/06)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Eleonora M.P. Wunderlich, 88, of Altenburg died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Wittenberg, Mo. She was born Jan. 24, 1918, at Altenburg, daughter of Carl and Frieda Stueve Palisch. She and Leroy Wunderlich were married Jan. 23, 1945. He died Oct. 3, 2003...
Charles Hawn (03/25/06)
Charles M. Hawn, loving family man and faithful Christian servant, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 24, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was 74. He was born Dec. 30, 1931, at Glenallen, Mo., son of Arvel and Vallie Sitze Hawn. He and Agatha Ford were married April 4, 1954...
Births 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
Tanner; Hollis; Welk; Sanford; Henson; Farrar; Wilkinson; Grindstaff; Landewee; Halter; Pfeifer; Holweg; Greer; Taylor; Hitchcock
Fire reports 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
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Police reports 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
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Out of the past 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
25 years ago: March 25, 1981 The discovery of a rabid skunk in the Hawthorn School area, and other recent cases of rabies in Cape Girardeau County, prompts health officials to warn area residents to be alert for rabid animals; the baby skunk was found dead March 20 in a yard along Hilldale Circle near the school...
Thimerosal debate (03/25/06)
The latest salvo has been fired in the battle over whether the vaccine preservative thimerosal poses a danger to children, in particular whether it has caused the autism epidemic in the U.S. In the past 20 years, autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in every 166 children in America...
Exercise those blues away (03/25/06)
To the editor: In response to the article "Reducing spring fever": I think more emphasis should be placed on exercise when combating seasonal mood changes and/or depression. Exercise has many health benefits, including maintenance of healthy weight, reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, improved cardiovascular fitness and reduced risk of premature death. ...
Democracy, Islam not compatible (03/25/06)
To the editor: While our brave soldiers fight and die to spread freedom and democracy, an Afghan citizen is being tried for the crime of abandoning Islam and converting to Christianity. The only possible sentence? Death. The only possible defense? Insanity. ...
Midwifery bill lacks key safeguards (03/25/06)
To the editor: The proposed Lay Midwifery Bill lacks accountability by delegating authority to unlicensed apprentices to practice medicine. Further, there is no requirement for liability insurance. The grandmother clause in this bill allows someone to bypass the licensure requirements. ...
Kipling's verse has familiar ring (03/25/06)
To the editor: "Now all my lives are proved untrue/And I must face the men I slew./What tale shall save me here among/Mine angry and defrauded young?" Kipling died before President Bush was even born. How strangely prescient is this quatrain of his...
Speak Out 3/25/06 (03/25/06)
Course of action; Insight from fiction; Bigger concerns; Biblical caution; Good place for pets; In need of support; Hearts and minds; Living with dumplings; Representative decisions; Doing great things; Repave the streets; State responsibility; Protesters do harm; Wrong diagnosis; Tissue isn't a life
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