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Stories from Friday, March 31, 2006

Oran voters to decide whether to approve school bond issue (03/31/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- An assortment of aging, one-story brick buildings make up the Oran school campus, resulting in numerous exterior doors that school superintendent Mitchell Wood says pose a security risk. That will change if voters in the Oran School District approve a $2.5 million bond issue on Tuesday to construct a new elementary and junior high school that will adjoin the high school. It will put all the students under one roof and improve security by having fewer exterior doors, Wood said...
River Campus: State funding hinges on rest-stop cell call (03/31/06)
The on-again, off-again funding for the River Campus project is back on track after state Sen. Jason Crowell orchestrated an evening conference call from his cell phone while parked at an Interstate 70 rest stop. The latest crisis for the beleaguered project began when Sen. Chuck Gross, R-St. Charles, introduced an appropriations bill Thursday afternoon that called for spending an estimated $448 million from the expected sale of student loans...
Fully furnished: Zero apartment building permits were issued in 2005 (03/31/06)
As soon as Nick Hogan saw the classifieds and the listings on the Internet, he knew he would have no difficulty finding an apartment in Cape Girardeau. There were plenty. "I didn't have any trouble," Hogan said. "There were a lot to choose from. I didn't know what to expect, but when I saw how many ads there were, I knew I didn't have to worry."...
Emerson to FEMA: Cut the red tape (03/31/06)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency should become an independent agency and relax its overly bureaucratic rules for helping disaster victims, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson told FEMA's acting director this week. During a hearing Wednesday in the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Emerson told acting director David Paulson that FEMA must be streamlined so it can quickly respond to disasters...
Region/state digest 03/31/06 (03/31/06)
Magazine postpones tonight's spelling bee The OFF Magazine Spelling Bee scheduled for tonight at Buckner Brewing Co. has been postponed. More details will be in OFF's April issue. CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A man working on a new distribution center for Schreiber Foods died after falling 10 feet from a ladder Wednesday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating...
Trial academy renamed for Cape lawyer (03/31/06)
A trial academy in Missouri has been renamed in honor of Cape Girardeau lawyer John Oliver Jr., who died in May 2005 at age 62. His son, Jack Oliver, praised the name change in a speech Wednesday to the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers at the University of Missouri Law School in Columbia...
United Way hands out awards for best efforts (03/31/06)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri recognized Community Spirit Award recipients at its annual meeting Thursday at Drury Lodge. Awards were presented to an individual, a business and a United Way-funded partner that have made exemplary efforts to support the community through their work with the United Way...
Scott Co. officials want guidelines for posting addresses (03/31/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- About 10 years have passed since Scott County, like other Southeast Missouri counties, switched to an enhanced 911 address system. The switch stopped the old rural route system of identifying addresses outside of city limits, instead assigning addresses using numbers and street names like those found within city limits...
Nixon files objection to sale of forest land (03/31/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Attorney General Jay Nixon said Thursday he is considering legal action against a Bush administration plan to sell more than 21,000 acres of Mark Twain National Forest. In a letter to Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, Nixon wrote that he is "steadfastly opposed" to the Bush proposal, calling it a "myopic approach to forest management and funding education."...
2006 Jaguar S-Type defines style (03/31/06)
The Jaguar S-Type luxury sedan is like an aging Hollywood starlet. It's elegant and a strong performer, but it's struggling to snatch attention away from newer, glitzier competitors. Indeed, last year's U.S. sales of 8,897 S-Types were the lowest since the car debuted as a 1999 model. The lagging sales come as Jaguar, which is a unit of Ford Motor Co., is striving to become profitable...
Study: Prayer had no effect in health of heart surgery patients (03/31/06)
NEW YORK -- Does praying for a sick person's recovery do any good? In the largest scientific test of its kind, heart surgery patients showed no benefit when strangers prayed for their recovery. And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications. Doctors could only guess why...
Katrina recovery could take 25 years (03/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- Much of New Orleans' rebirth from Hurricane Katrina hinges on factors beyond the government's control and could take up to a quarter-century to complete, the Bush administration's Gulf Coast recovery chief said Thursday. More immediately, as much as $5.9 billion more for work on levees might need to be approved to clear the way for widespread rebuilding, Don Powell said...
Sago Mine survivor returns home (03/31/06)
SIMPSON, W.Va. -- It wasn't a fancy homecoming, just some red balloons, handmade signs, a lot of hugs and his wife's homemade lasagna. But it was everything the only survivor of the Sago Mine disaster wanted after a three-month recovery that continues to amaze doctors...
Friends, family elated about reporter's release (03/31/06)
BOSTON -- For the friends and family of kidnapped freelance reporter Jill Carroll, nearly three months of worry -- heightened every time grim stories about hostages in Iraq made the news -- evaporated with a phone call Thursday morning. "Hi, Dad. This is Jill. I'm released."...
World briefs 3/31/06 (03/31/06)
Court bars marriage for out-of-state gay couples BOSTON -- In a disappointment for the gay rights movement, the state's highest court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples from states where gay marriage is prohibited cannot tie the knot in Massachusetts. ...
Ferry capsizes in Persian Gulf (03/31/06)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- A ferry carrying up to 150 people capsized Thursday night in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Bahrain, and at least 48 bodies were recovered, the country's coast guard chief said. American divers and a U.S. helicopter aided the rescue effort...
Perryville soccer wins third straight (03/31/06)
The Perryville girls soccer team stretched its winning streak to three games with a 4-0 rout Thursday at Fredericktown. Amber Hacker recorded her third goal and fifth assist of the season to lead the Pirates (4-1). Katie Fulton, Alicia Kueker and Kendra Schilli also scored for Perryville, while Chelsea Marr and Jocelyn Moll added assists...
School works on Smith contract (03/31/06)
As Southeast Missouri State athletic director Don Kaverman prepares to speak with potential men's basketball coaching candidates at the Final Four, he is also hoping to get B.J. Smith's contract status ironed out in the next several days. The current contract of Smith, who recently completed his fourth season as the Southeast women's basketball coach, expires on April 30...
Redhawks will host their annual meet this weekend (03/31/06)
Southeast Missouri State's most important home meet of this outdoor track and field season won't be until early May, when the Ohio Valley Conference Championships take place in Cape Girardeau. But that doesn't decrease the emphasis Southeast puts on what is generally its only outdoor home competition -- the Gatorade Classic...
Lawyers: Tests will vindicate players (03/31/06)
DURHAM, N.C. -- The lawyers for Duke men's lacrosse players said Thursday that police and an outraged community will owe the team an apology after DNA tests are completed -- tests they said will prove no one on the team raped an exotic dancer. Four attorneys representing nearly all the 46 players forced to give samples protested what they said was a presumption that their clients attacked the dancer or kept quiet about what happened. No one has been charged...
South Carolina repeats as men's NIT champions (03/31/06)
The Associated Prss NEW YORK -- South Carolina certainly didn't begin the season hoping to repeat as NIT champions. The Gamecocks were, however, happy to end it that way and become only the second school to win consecutive NIT titles. Tarence Kinsey scored 21 points and Tre' Kelley added 20 points and seven assists to help South Carolina beat Michigan 76-64 on Thursday night...
Ultimate underdog: George Mason started tourney as 150-to-1 long shot (03/31/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- In a small college gym about five minutes from where he grew up, backup guard Jordan Carter sweated through practice, the next step on the road to a place he never imagined he would reach. He is two wins away from becoming a national champion. In front of his parents. In his hometown. For, of all schools, George Mason...
Roddick's woes continue at Nasdaq (03/31/06)
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andy Roddick shanked a service return, sending the shot straight up, then took off his cap and used it to catch the ball. Give Roddick credit for trying to make the best of a bad day. He hit another bump in his bid to shake an early season slump Thursday, losing to David Ferrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open...
Selig throws first pitch in steroids probe (03/31/06)
NEW YORK -- Baseball began its investigation Thursday into alleged steroid use by Barry Bonds and others, and the head of the inquiry immediately came under attack because of his close ties to the sport. In the wake of a searing book about Bonds, commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell -- and currently a director of the Boston Red Sox -- to lead the investigation...
Red Sox's Tavarez receives 10-game suspension (03/31/06)
NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox reliever Julian Tavarez was suspended for 10 days and fined Thursday for his role in a brawl this week. Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, cited Tavarez for "violent and unsportsmanlike actions" during Monday's game against the Devil Rays. Tavarez punched Tampa Bay's Joey Gathright lightly on the jaw after a play at home plate...
Ochoa turns in major feat with 62 at Nabisco (03/31/06)
Lorena Ochoa had only 100 or so people following her first round Thursday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which was fine with her. She was able to hear that familiar voice, her father urging her to attack the flags and stick it close. And she obeyed, knocking down flags on a calm morning in the desert, piling up birdies until she was in the record books with a 10-under 62 that gave her a four-shot lead over 16-year-old Michelle Wie...
Bizarre Bensons file for divorce (03/31/06)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Anna Benson has requested a divorce from Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson, who still believes the New York Mets traded him in response to actions by his impulsive wife. Anna Benson, an actress and model who has posed topless, filed for divorce in Atlanta on Thursday. The petition for divorce claims the marriage is "irretrievably broken."...
Mets swat Ponson, Looper in 6-1 win (03/31/06)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Xavier Nady broke out of a slump with three hits and Paul Lo Duca drove in three runs to help the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Thursday. Nady and Lo Duca each finished 3-for-3. Anderson Hernandez, trying to land New York's starting second base job, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI...
All that glitters is not golden (03/31/06)
Today's column is not funny. It's about real life, which has its humorous moments. This isn't one of them. I am writing as fast as I can. In addition to the routine pressures of doing a job and getting by in the world, there are several new twists...
Everybody's a critic: 'Larry the Cable Guy' (03/31/06)
This movie was better than I had anticipated, but far from fantastic. It took 45 minutes for any plot to emerge, and for a comedy, the theater was pretty quiet during those first 45 minutes. There was nothing original about the competitive, back-stabbing or scandal, and the whodunnit mystery that finally surfaces is too easily solved for the regular moviegoer, which makes it rather anti-climactic...
Local art teacher takes her job outside the classroom (03/31/06)
A year ago, Cape Girardeau Central High School art teacher Judy Barks-Westrich had a vision of opening up the world of art to adults who usually shy away from the artistic pursuits. Westrich wanted to take the skills she developed teaching teenagers inside the classroom and use them to school hesitant adults. Her approach -- there are no boundaries, experimentation brings out the inner artist...
A working vacation: Independent film is shot in Cape (03/31/06)
The scene on Water Street Thursday morning was eerily reminiscent of the scene there just a few months earlier. Then it was Diane Lane, Thomas Jane and a massive crew filling the intersection of Water and Themis streets, crowding the floodwall gate to shoot a scene for "Killshot."...
Artifacts 3/31/06 (03/31/06)
Author to discuss life of George Drouillard Tuesday; Notre Dame to present 'Damn Yankees' ; Southeast Percussion Ensemble to play April 11; Grauel Lecture planned Sunday at Southeast; Author of 'Delmo' book to visit Sikeston Depot; Perry County Lutheran Chorale debuts April 12; Lewis and Clark workshop planned in Jefferson City; Columnist Clarence Page coming to SIU
At the theaters 3/31/06 (03/31/06)
'Ice Age: The Meltdown'; 'Basic Instinct 2'; 'Slither'; 'Take the Lead'; 'ATL'; 'Inside Man'; 'Larry the Cable Guy'; 'Stay Alive'; STILL PLAYING; 'Aquamarine'; 'Date Movie'; 'Eight Below'; 'Failure to Launch'; 'Firewall'; 'The Hills Have Eyes'; 'Hoodwinked'; 'Shaggy Dog'; 'She's the Man'; 'V for Vendetta'; 'When a Stranger Calls'
Arthur Docken (03/31/06)
Arthur W. Docken, 81, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at his home. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Carl Reinagel officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with military honors...
Bernice Buck (03/31/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bernice A. Buck, 86, of Sikeston died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 4, 1919, at Benton, Mo., daughter of Theodore and Rosa Logel Bollinger. She and Vernon B. Buck were married Feb. 17, 1944, in Memphis, Tenn. He died March 1, 1994...
Chester Carver (03/31/06)
MCGEE, Mo. -- Chester Ray Carver, 47, of McGee passed away Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Beverly Health Center in Bloomfield, Mo. He was born Oct. 26, 1958, in Advance, Mo., son of Jessie and Irene Jaco Carver. Mr. Carver was a member of First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Shirley Gatewood (03/31/06)
Shirley Jean Gatewood, 68, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at her home. She was born Nov. 14, 1937, in Caruthersville, Mo., daughter of the late Aubrey and Hester Kindred Hicks. She was a 1954 graduate of Caruthersville High School, and then graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing...
Mark Underwood (03/31/06)
Mark Edwin Underwood, 44, of McKinney, Texas, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at his home. He was born June 7, 1961, in Cape Girardeau, to Dennis and Barbara Cossairt Underwood. He spent his childhood in Cape Girardeau, where he was baptized at First Christian Church. He was a 1983 honor graduate of Southeast Missouri State University...
Robert Frenzel (03/31/06)
Robert E. Frenzel, 75, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at his home, surrounded by his loving children. He was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Chicago, son of Arnold and Sally Kanton Frenzel. He married Jean T. Flynn Nov. 3, 1951, in Chicago. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson. Frenzel served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War...
Births 3/31/06 (03/31/06)
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Out of the past 3/31/06 (03/31/06)
25 years ago: March 31, 1981 Two Cape Girardeau firemen were hospitalized last night after being overcome by smoke while battling a blaze which ripped through an apartment house at 821 William St.; firefighters were called to the building at about 9:45 p.m., after a woman reported a pan of grease on her stove had ignited a kitchen wall; within minutes, the fire spread to the entire rear half of the structure...
Carved in stone: The ideals of justice are timeless and permanent (03/31/06)
By Michael A. Wolff When we say something is chipped or carved in stone, we mean it is permanent. Words expressing our highest ideals are carved in stone on many of our nation's court buildings. The ideals expressed are timeless and permanent. The occupants of the buildings are temporary...
It's time to address our energy needs (03/31/06)
By Reid Forrester With American oil companies reporting record profits, proposals such as the windfall profit tax are once again gaining momentum. Even for staunch opponents of the idea, the temptation to score cheap political points by attacking the companies may be too great to ignore...
Quake response (03/31/06)
It's been almost two centuries since the massive earthquake in the New Madrid Fault. The epicenter of that fault is in Missouri's Bootheel. There is no reason to believe another New Madrid earthquake is imminent, other than the fact that fault zones don't shift on a timetable and earthquakes can't be predicted. But there are plenty of reasons to believe the earthquake zone isn't adequately prepared for a major disaster...
Veterans Day tribute up to city (03/31/06)
To the editor: Last October, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838 Ladies Auxiliary in Cape Girardeau was handed the duty of organizing the Veterans Day parade. Unfortunately, we did not have good participation from the community or schools in the area. The parade consisted mostly of veterans and their families. Many of the few spectators were also veterans or their family members...
Bush lies about his previous lies (03/31/06)
To the editor: "Plausible deniability" occurs when politicians maintain the appearance of distance from and ignorance of statements or actions that others have made. Implausible stupidity occurs when politicians make clear and well-publicized statements that they then deny having made...
Congratulations to Kelso district (03/31/06)
To the editor: Thank you for the article recognizing the academic accomplishments of the Kelso School District. The article failed to mention that the small K-8 public school district is in New Hamburg. Students from both New Hamburg and the Kelso area attend the school...
Town shows respect for funeral (03/31/06)
To the editor: I came back to Cape Girardeau, my hometown, to attend my grandfather's funeral. I was impressed with the respect this town shows. Honor and respect for others is what he liked to teach his family. For the entire length of the funeral procession other motorists pulled to the side of the road and stopped till we passed. ...
Beware of Scott City phone-tax issue (03/31/06)
To the editor: The special election on Tuesday is an attempt by Scott City officials to impose a tax increase on everyone who uses any telecommunications service. That includes your wire-line phone, cell phone or pager. The poorly worded language of the ballot issue would lead the casual reader to believe that the tax will only be applied to the businesses providing the telecommunications services. ...
Speak Out 3/31/06 (03/31/06)
Long hours; Suspicious signal; How to avoid jail food; Immigration policy; Business as usual; North on Main; Just like fishing; Trains in Chaffee
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