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Stories from Friday, April 7, 2006

Cape repairing, modifying roundabout that drew drivers' complaints (04/07/06)
Cape Girardeau's controversial roundabout is receiving a facelift -- again. Over the next two weeks the city's public works department will make minor adjustments to the roundabout at Gordonville and Silver Springs roads, said Tim Gramling, public works director. Crews will replace broken outer curbs and gutters and redesign part of the roundabout to make it easier for drivers to maneuver...
No new leads in investigation of missing teen (04/07/06)
STE GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Police continued Thursday searching for a missing Ste. Genevieve teenager but had no new leads in the investigation. Wade M. Lurk, 17, was last seen sleeping in his car around 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Goose Creek, a campsite near the border of Ste. Genevieve and St. Francois counties, where he had been attending a party, according to Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff Gary Stolzer...
Cape chamber selects five as educators of year (04/07/06)
Five Cape Girardeau-area teachers will be honored as 2006 Educators of the Year. The five are Mark Hahn, Lynne Karnes, Steven Schaffner, Pam Schulte and Mark Langenfeld. The first four teach in area public and private elementary and secondary schools. Langenfeld is a professor at Southeast Missouri State University...
Cleanup continues in Caruthersville area (04/07/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Many issues plaguing Caruthersville since a tornado devastated half the town, including lack of electricity and clean water, were hoped to be resolved by the weekend, officials said Thursday. As of Thursday, the city's sewers were up and running, and initial testing of tap water indicated a city-wide boil order may be lifted as early as today or Saturday, according to city attorney Lawrence Dorroh...
Coroner announces inquest into Cairo death (04/07/06)
CAIRO, Ill. --The death of Demetrius Flowers Dec. 14 in the Cairo city jail will get a public airing during a coroner's inquest later this month, but a family member said Thursday she remains skeptical whether all the details will be revealed. Alexander County Coroner David Barkett announced on Thursday that he would conduct the inquest April 21. Under Illinois law, a coroner's jury of six people will rule on the cause of death after hearing the evidence...
Resurfacing work begins Monday on I-55 (04/07/06)
Interstate 55 from Scott City to Fruitland is scheduled to undergo resurfacing beginning Monday evening. Northbound lanes on I-55 will be reduced to one lane while new asphalt is laid over existing pavement, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. ...
At the theater 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
New at the theaters Starring Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley. In a case of mistaken identity, Slevin (Hartnett) finds himself in the middle of a crime war between the Rabbi (Kingsley) and the Boss (Freeman). He's trailed by detective Brikowski (Tucci) and an assassin, Goodkat (Willis). Slevin must clear his name, and quick, if he wants to keep living. Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language, running time 109 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Artifacts 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
University choir to give concert on April 20 The Southeast Missouri State University Choir will perform its final concert of the year on April 20 at Old St. Vincent's Church. Featured on the program will be "Ubi Caritas" by Maurice Durufle; "The Stars Behind the Sky" by Rene Clausen; "Laudate Dominum" and "Ave Verum Corpus" by Mozart; "How Sweet and Fair" (two songs for choir and clarinet) by Stephen Chatman and "After These Things" by Southeast student Adam Carver. ...
Regional briefs 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
First Friday Coffee meets today April's First Friday Coffee event will feature the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and a Shape Up Cape kickoff. The event, held at the Show Me Center, begins with a continental breakfast at 7 a.m. with the programs starting at 7:40 a.m., according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, contact the chamber at 335-3312...
Cape man tasered, arrested after allegedly evading police (04/07/06)
A Cape Girardeau man who fled from police in a stolen vehicle later crashed it and was tasered and arrested Thursday after punching an officer, police say. Police responded to a call of a stolen 2000 Ford Explorer at 412 S. Hanover St. around at 12:11 a.m., police spokesman Jason Selzer said...
River City Players put on thought-provoking piece (04/07/06)
The odds were against the River City Players in putting on their latest production. Valuable weeks were shaved off preparation time, and the community theater group was working with a cast almost completely new to its River City Yacht Club stage. Despite the odds, the Players have come through with a strong production, full of strong actors, that is at times thought-provoking, alarming and even fun...
First Friday Coffee meets today (04/07/06)
April's First Friday Coffee event will feature the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and a Shape Up Cape kick-off. The event, held at the Show Me Center, begins with a continental breakfast at 7 a.m. with the programs starting at 7:40 a.m., according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, contact the chamber at 335-3312...
Principal may stay on after retiring (04/07/06)
Jackson High School principal Rick McClard may continue to run the school even in retirement, a situation that would allow him to receive retirement pay while continuing to earn a salary. Superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson said the school board may consider rehiring McClard as principal after he retires at the end of June...
Staging a revolution (04/07/06)
Stage lights come up in the River City Yacht Club to illuminate Robin Phelps, standing alone, dressed in red and white, channeling the spirit of the deceased playwright Lorraine Hansberry. "I'm audacious enough to think of myself as an artist," Phelps tells the audience. "Tonight I hope we can share some illuminations together about each other."...
Take Off Pounds Sensibly to honor members at convention (04/07/06)
A two-day convention beginning today at the Plaza Conference Center and the Arena Building will recognize nearly 900 Missouri Take Off Pounds Sensibly members. Founded in 1948, TOPS is the oldest international, not-for-profit weight-loss support group. The club's philosophy is that desire to change comes from within an individual, and the most effective way to sustain change is to provide a supportive environment...
2006 Mini Cooper earns honors from Consumer Reports (04/07/06)
The Mini Cooper isn't even 12 feet long. The smallest new car sold in America, it's less than 4 feet, 7 inches tall. But don't sell this diminutive hatchback short. The Mini Cooper is long on charm -- from its iconic, 1960s-era styling and notable gas mileage to its affordable pricing and nimble handling...
Long-term shortage of child psychiatrists inflicts toll nationwide (04/07/06)
NEW YORK -- In state after state, bleak statistics and grim anecdotes lead to the same diagnosis: America suffers from a serious, long-term shortage of child psychiatrists that is taking a toll on young people, their parents and their doctors. Wyoming is down to two child psychiatrists; another left last year. In Augusta, Ga., Dr. Sarah Sexton tells would-be new patients she might be able to see them in July. Elsewhere, doctors take no new patients at all...
National Geographic unveils ancient manuscript of the 'Gospel of Judas' (04/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- For 2,000 years Judas has been reviled for betraying Jesus. Now a newly translated ancient document seeks to tell his side of the story. The "Gospel of Judas" tells a far different tale from the four gospels in the New Testament. It portrays Judas as a favored disciple who was given special knowledge by Jesus -- and who turned him in at Jesus' request...
Rep. Cynthia McKinney apologizes for scuffle with officer at Capitol building (04/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- With a grand jury investigating and little support from House colleagues, Rep. Cynthia McKinney reversed course and apologized Thursday for an altercation in which she entered a Capitol building unrecognized, refused to stop when asked by a police officer and then hit him...
Nation briefs 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
More remains found on roof next to Ground Zero NEW YORK -- Construction workers near the World Trade Center discovered 74 more bone fragments on a damaged skyscraper being prepared for demolition, the largest discovery of human remains since cleanup of the building began last fall, officials said. ...
Court papers: Bush, Cheney behind CIA leak (04/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney authorized Cheney's top aide to launch a counterattack of leaks against administration critics on Iraq by feeding intelligence information to reporters, according to court papers citing the aide's testimony in the CIA leak case...
Giuliani testifies in case for Moussaoui's execution (04/07/06)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani described the opening horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, to Zacarias Moussaoui's death penalty trial Thursday, saying he was unwilling to believe people were jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center until he saw it with his own eyes...
U.S. to wait until next year to seek seat on U.N. Human Rights Council (04/07/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States said Thursday it will not seek a seat on the new U.N. Human Rights Council this year, a decision that drew strong criticism from rights groups and members of Congress. The United States was virtually alone among the 191 U.N. member states in opposing the 47-nation council's creation last month. State Department officials said the U.S. would wait until next year before pursuing a seat...
Palestinian prime minister rejects attempts to diminish Hamas' power (04/07/06)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- "That is a big question," the new Palestinian prime minister said, momentarily switching to English when asked whether he would recognize Israel. Much hinges on the response. The United States, Europe and Western donors are all threatening to cut off vital foreign aid if the militant Islamic group Hamas, which heads the new Palestinian government, does not recognize the Jewish state and renounce violence...
World briefs 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
Pope Benedict XVI may visit Israel in early 2007 ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI is considering visiting Israel in the first part of 2007, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Thursday after meeting the pontiff at the Vatican. "He indicated that he may do it in the first part of next year," Peres told a news conference after renewing an invitation first made by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last year. ...
Cuban coast guard shoots at suspected migrant smugglers (04/07/06)
HAVANA -- The Cuban coast guard shot at three suspected migrant smugglers from the United States who refused orders to halt their boat as it neared the island, killing one, official media reported Thursday. The Communist Party daily Granma said the confrontation occurred Wednesday near Cuba's southern coast in the western province of Pinar del Rio...
Kelly nips Charleston in dramatic 4-3 decision (04/07/06)
Kelly made two potential game-saving defensive plays, then went on to defeat district rival Charleston in a 4-3 come-from-behind win on Thursday. The host Hawks (3-3) fell behind 3-0 before mounting a comeback to tie the game in the sixth inning. A two-out RBI double by Jordan Felter followed by successive RBI singles from Caleb Daughhetee and Jon Simpher pulled the Hawks into a 3-3 tie...
Lueders finalist for Miss Show-Me Basketball (04/07/06)
Saxony Lutheran senior Lauren Lueders is one of 10 candidates for Miss Show-Me Basketball, an award presented by the Missouri Coaches Association. Jackson's Andrea Siemer is the lone girls recipient from Southeast Missouri in the past 21 years of the award. Siemer won the award in 1992...
Edgar makes his case for Redhawks post (04/07/06)
Scott Edgar won big in the Ohio Valley Conference as the head coach at Murray State for four years. He believes he can do the same at Southeast Missouri State. Edgar was the first of three finalists for the vacant Southeast's men's basketball coaching position brought to campus for a series of interviews on Thursday...
Bulls sign Jackson grad McDowell (04/07/06)
The Sikeston Bulls on Wednesday announced the signing of two players from Hannibal LaGrange College, including Austin McDowell from Jackson. The Bulls, who have been signing players throughout the spring, also added Tyler Martin from Kirksville, Mo...
More than 100 participated in state bowhunting tourney (04/07/06)
The International Bowhunting Organization Missouri State Championship 3-D bowshoot took place Saturday and Sunday at Four Corners Archery near Marquand. Shooters took aim at 30 three-dimensional targets -- animals such as deer, turkey, wild boar -- placed on a course through the woods...
Aikman-Staubach racing team makes Texas debut this week (04/07/06)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are back on "home" turf -- in an entirely different venue. "I do believe that the Texas NASCAR fan is probably a Cowboys fan," Aikman said Thursday. "That doesn't necessarily mean that 96 is the car they're rooting for."...
Masters scores April7 (04/07/06)
Masters Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.; Purse: TBD; Yardage: 7,445; Par: 72 (36-36) First Round...
Stoudemire has surgery, won't play for Suns this year (04/07/06)
PHOENIX -- The guessing game regarding Amare Stoudemire's return ended this week. The Phoenix Suns' All-Star forward will not play again this season. Stoudemire underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee, a procedure to remove debris that had built up as he rehabilitated his left knee following surgery before the season began...
Lions' visit to St. Louis on Oct. 1 will mark Martz's return to dome (04/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Martz will be back pacing the Edward Jones Dome sidelines this season -- but on the other side of the artificial turf. The NFL released the 2006 schedule on Thursday. The Rams will open Sept. 10 with a home game against Denver, then travel for road games the following two weeks against NFC West rivals San Francisco and Arizona...
Cubs unveil new-look Wrigley today (04/07/06)
CHICAGO -- Derrek Lee leaned against the dugout railing Thursday, peered toward the outfield and gave Wrigley Field's makeover a positive review. "Looks pretty nice," he said. Todd Walker noticed the new brick wall outside the stadium along Waveland Avenue and observed, "It's kind of cool. They cleaned it up."...
Cards sweep Phils, end Rollins' streak (04/07/06)
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins watched the final out with his bat in his hands, turned and walked down the steps of the dugout. He was more disappointed over Philadelphia's third straight loss than the end of his 38-game hitting streak. Rollins went 0-for-4, snapping a hitting streak that stretched over two seasons, and the Phillies lost 4-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday...
Tradition rules so far (04/07/06)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For all the dread that Augusta National went over the top with its latest round of changes, the Masters sure looked familiar on Thursday. The star power came from Vijay Singh, who made three birdies on the six holes that were lengthened as he carved out a 5-under 67 for a one-shot lead...
Blues drop 12th straight (04/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Paul Kariya likes when the St. Louis Blues show up on the schedule for Nashville. "For whatever reason, you have success against them one year, and we'll take the victories we've had against them this year," Kariya said. Kariya scored his 28th goal and rookie Shea Weber got his first in the Predators seventh victory over the Blues this season, a 3-0 win Thursday night...
Area sports digest 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
Lynch aces No. 3 at Cape Jaycee Gary Lynch recorded a hole in one March 25 at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Club. He aced the 157-yard par-3 third hole using an 8-iron. Witnesses were Roger Harms, Durwood Thurman and Mike Blechle. The SEMO Horseshoe Association is seeking players for the 2006 season, which begins with an event at 1 p.m. April 30 at the American Legion in Benton, Mo...
Nutrition news still causes whiplash (04/07/06)
The clock on my computer screen tells me I am on the downward slope of midmorning and sliding toward lunchtime. This means my stomach is growling. In addition to taking care of my appetite, I am looking forward to a rare treat: lunch with my wife. Busy schedules don't permit us to eat workday lunches together very often...
Students showcased in receptions (04/07/06)
This First Friday area art lovers will have the opportunity to view artwork that typically can't be found at local gallery shows -- student art. Artists from Southeast Missouri State University and Cape Girardeau Central High School will show their work in two different exhibitions...
Everybody's a critic: 'Ice Age 2: The Meltdown' (04/07/06)
Four stars (out of four) This flick is definitely worth seeing. Anyone who has good memories of the old-fashioned Disney cartoons they watched as a child will enjoy this movie. It is about a group of animals who suddenly find out their world is coming to an end and they are forced to evacuate their present homes quickly. ...
Judge to give ruling in copyright case against 'Da Vinci Code' publisher (04/07/06)
LONDON -- Like a good thriller, "The Da Vinci Code" trial has had drama, controversy and conflict. And it's ending with a cliffhanger -- which way will a judge rule in the copyright infringement case against the publisher of Dan Brown's world-conquering novel?...
Comic, game expo hopes to bank on 'Star Wars' fascination (04/07/06)
Ken Murphy knows people love "Star Wars." As an avid "Star Wars" fan himself and owner of the comic shop Marvels and Legends, he sees the appeal the space-fantasy franchise has for people of all ages. "I think 'Star Wars' is Americana," said Murphy. "In the last 35 years I think it has become part of our science fiction lore. It appeals to men, women and children."...
Fountain Street uses ties to bring in big-city art (04/07/06)
New York City -- long known as the artist Mecca of the United States, a place where the American art world turns to check the barometer of trends. It's a long way removed from Cape Girardeau, a town full of artistic talent, but with a much smaller population and lower profile than the Big Apple...
Meredith Vieira selected as Couric's 'Today' successor (04/07/06)
NEW YORK -- Already flashing signs of an easy rapport with Matt Lauer four months after their first "blind date," Meredith Vieira was introduced Thursday as his future "Today" show partner. NBC moved swiftly to get Vieira, 52, in place one day after Katie Couric announced she was taking a job as "CBS Evening News" anchor. It's the first on-air personnel change in a decade on television's dominant morning program...
Norma Bohnert (04/07/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Norma I. Bohnert, 77, of Festus, Mo., formerly of Perry County, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Perry County, daughter of John Benjamin and Ina Farrar Winkler. She and Donald J. Bohnert were married Aug. 2, 1952. He died April 18, 1985...
Dimple Campbell (04/07/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Dimple Honey Campbell, 83, of Ullin died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Thebes, Ill., daughter of James B. and Opal Grant Wilson. She married Desmond "John" Honey Dec. 23, 1939. He died Aug. 29, 1989. She later married Victor "Bud" Campbell, and he died Oct. 26, 2005...
Lillian Detheridge (04/07/06)
Lillian Detheridge, of Jackson, died at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau were handling arrangements.
Beverly Rauh (04/07/06)
Beverly Jo Rauh, 51, of Jackson died Wednesday, April 5, 2006. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Opal Livingston (04/07/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Opal May Livingston, 83, of Advance died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 16, 1923, at Kinder, Mo., daughter of James and Liz Fisher Walker. She married James Livingston, who died Oct. 9, 1995...
Izada Cowell (04/07/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Izada Mae Cowell, 92, of Benton died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1913, in Johnson County, Ark., daughter of Luke and Elizabeth Daniels Holman. She and Noal Cowell were married March 7, 1930, in Johnson County. He died Oct. 4, 1981...
Anna Curry (04/07/06)
Anna Leora Curry, 82, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 3, 1923, at Vienna, Ill., daughter of John W. and Anna Rachel Vaughn Mace. She and Delbert T. Curry were married Dec. 26, 1940, at Fairdealing, Mo. He died Aug. 10, 1970...
Births 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
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Out of the past 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
25 years ago: April 7, 1981 Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke confirms he has requested to retire effective June 30; city manager Gary Eide has accepted the request. Voters approve two "firsts" in Cape Girardeau's municipal elections; Loretta Schneider becomes the first woman to be elected to the city council, and voters take their first step toward adopting a city charter by electing a 13-member charter commission to write it...
Power of prayer (04/07/06)
The Web site of the John Templeton Foundation, with headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa., quotes its namesake founder: "None of us has ever understood even 1 percent of the reality of God, the infinity, the eternity of God. All that we have learned is still tiny compared to what is still yet to be discovered if we search for it."...
Businesses help with Career Day (04/07/06)
To the editor: On Feb. 17 a Career Day for approximately 500 eighth-graders was held at Central Junior High School. Students visited booths of 36 local businesses and learned more about what each company does and the types of jobs employed there. Another phase included career shadowing. Shadowing opportunities were provided for over 100 students earlier in the month...
Perhaps the devil is to blame (04/07/06)
To the editor: Recently there appeared in the news an account of two teenagers, 15 and 17, who had broken into the KFC eating establishment and held an employee at gunpoint. Almost daily similar incidents occur that appear to be getting out of control. I commend Judge William Syler in his decision to place a 10-year prison sentence on the youths...
Other sources provide latest facts (04/07/06)
To the editor: If Alan Journet would broaden his horizons and get his information from sources other than wacko left-wing blogs or ABC, CBS, NBC or CNN, he would learn that there was a connection between the 9-11 attacks and Saddam Hussein. There have been Iraqi documents found that tell of the meetings between Saddam and al-Qaida. The evidence is overwhelming. But unless you look at alternative media like Drudge, O'Reilly or Hannity and Colmes, you'll never learn the latest facts...
Prayers with Caruthersville victims (04/07/06)
To the editor: In response to the story "Caruthersville crushed: More than half the town sees destruction": First and foremost, thank you for publishing your articles on the Internet. Local, accurate reporting such as Jennifer Freeze's article covering the devastation of the recent storms beats national news hands down. ...
Speak Out 4/7/06 (04/07/06)
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