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Stories from Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sentencing of Cape auto dealer pushed back to July (04/12/06)
A federal judge has postponed for the second time the sentencing of automobile dealer Greg Sparkman on federal arson and mail fraud charges. Judge Henry Autrey moved the sentencing to July 11 at the Cape Girardeau federal courthouse. Sparkman had been scheduled for sentencing Tuesday...
Patrol: Driver not at fault in fatal accident (04/12/06)
A truck driver was determined not to be at fault for the death of a Missouri Department of Transportation employee that occurred Friday. The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. in a construction site on northbound Interstate 55 south of Route KK near Old Appleton. Robert Eftink, 62, of Marble Hill, Mo., was working at the site when a dump truck backed over him...
Suspect in Illinois burglary, battery flees police, is caught near SEMO (04/12/06)
A man suspected in an Illinois burglary and assault fled from police in Cape Girardeau questioning him Tuesday, but was arrested less than an hour later. Local and Illinois State Police officers went to 336 N. Sprigg St. at 10:48 a.m. to question the man about a March 27 burglary and aggravated battery in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., Cape Girardeau police spokesman Jason Selzer said...
Cairo officials do little business as resentment remains strong (04/12/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The regular meeting Tuesday of the Cairo City Council was most notable for what members didn't do. They didn't approve the city payroll. They didn't approve paying the city's bills. And they didn't receive any respect from or give give any respect to Mayor Paul Farris...
E. Cape residents protest strip club at town meeting (04/12/06)
A strip club. It's coming to East Cape Girardeau, Ill., and no one wants to take the blame for it. Ten residents expressed dissatisfaction to village council members at their decision to grant a business and liquor license to what will likely be a topless bar...
Jackson chamber honors educators (04/12/06)
The Jackson Chamber of Commerce will honor five teachers as Educators of the Year at a banquet April 27. The award winners are Geri Beussink, Kyle Mabuce, Donna Shaver, Charlotte Knaup and Tim Mirly. The banquet will be held at the Jackson Knights of Columbus Hall starting at 6 p.m...
Reeling in conservation (04/12/06)
Holding a small plastic cup of water, Cody Bowles eyed the squat aquatic insect swimming in it. "It's fun," the 13-year-old Jackson seventh-grader said of a school outing Tuesday morning. "You get to find bugs and they are weird looking." About 340 Jackson Middle School students converged along the shore of Rotary Lake in the Jackson City Park as part of "Fish for Life," a Missouri Conservation Department program...
Club news 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
American Legion Post 158; AARP chapter 4041; Tilsit 4-H Club; New Salem UMW; Xi Nu Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi; Alpha Mu Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi; Cape Evening Lions Club annual convention
House votes to cap tuition increases to inflation rate (04/12/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to cap single-year tuition increases to the price of inflation at publicly funded, four-year institutions in the state. The cap, which was approved 129-28, would bar any "state four-year higher education institution" from raising tuition and fees above inflation. It excludes community colleges and private schools...
Committee blocks junk food ban from taking effect (04/12/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A plan to restrict junk food in elementary and middle schools was blocked Tuesday by a legislative committee whose members say the plan should go further and address the quality of cafeteria meals. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted 10-1 against the ban on soda, chips and candy in vending machines...
Region/state digest 04/12/06 (04/12/06)
Poplar Bluff man gets prison for gun charge A federal judge sentenced a Poplar Bluff, Mo., man to 62 months in prison for illegal possession of a gun and ammunition by a felon. Cody D. Marks, 24, received the sentenced from U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. Poplar Bluff police officers executing a warrant on Sept. 23, 2004, caught Marks holding a pistol in the rear of a home, according to a news release from federal prosecutor Catherine L. Hanaway...
Bush touts Medicare during Missouri trip (04/12/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the enrollment deadline barely a month away, President Bush came to Missouri on Tuesday to encourage the millions of people still not signed up for a new Medicare prescription drug benefit to do so quickly. Bush used a talk-show format with testimony from several Medicare participants who said they had saved hundreds of dollars a month on their prescription drug benefits since enrolling in the new program...
Nation briefs 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
Accused killer of wife, baby pleads not guilty CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A British man accused of killing his wife and infant daughter in their Massachusetts home and then fleeing the country pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder. Neil Entwistle, 27, is charged with two counts of murder and firearms charges in the Jan. ...
Moussaoui jury shown photos of Pentagon victims (04/12/06)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Jurors weighing the fate of Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui were shown gruesome photographs Tuesday of bodies burned inside the Pentagon and heard from two determined military officers who crawled almost blindly through falling debris, choking smoke and searing heat to safety...
Possible 10th planet only slightly larger than Pluto (04/12/06)
LOS ANGELES -- An icy ball discovered last year in the outer solar system is only slightly larger than Pluto, casting doubt on previous estimates that the so-called 10th planet was significantly larger, scientists reported Tuesday. Previous estimates by ground-based telescopes suggested the object known as 2003 UB313 was 30 percent bigger than Pluto...
Old, notorious asylums being converted into condominiums (04/12/06)
DANVERS, Mass. -- In real estate, not even spooky trumps location. Across the nation, former state hospitals for the mentally ill -- with dated names like "lunatic asylum" -- are being converted into homes. Even the ominous Danvers State Hospital, once described as "the scariest building in the world" and a favorite destination of ghost-hunting thrill-seekers, soon will be home to laptop-toting latte drinkers...
Business digest 04/12/06 (04/12/06)
China taking steps to close U.S. trade gap WASHINGTON -- China has agreed to crack down on copyright piracy of American computer programs and lift a ban on U.S. beef as part of an effort to reduce a record $202 billion trade gap, the Bush administration said Tuesday. ...
Vioxx plaintiff awarded $9 million in damages (04/12/06)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A jury awarded $9 million in punitive damages Tuesday to a man who blamed his heart attack on Vioxx, finding that manufacturer Merck & Co. knowingly withheld information about the risks of its arthritis drug from federal regulators...
Gas may approach $3 per gallon (04/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- Gasoline prices are surging again with summer on the horizon, pushing or even passing $3 a gallon in some places. Drivers aren't expected to ease off on their mileage, sending demand higher than last year. But they are grumbling. The Energy Department says it expects the price of regular to average $2.62 a gallon, 25 cents more than last summer, over the April-September driving period. But prices around the country already are above that...
Suicide bomber kills at least 41 at Pakistan park; mayhem follows (04/12/06)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- A suicide attacker detonated a bomb during an outdoor Sunni Muslim prayer service Tuesday, killing at least 41 people and wounding dozens. In the mayhem that followed, angry mobs torched cars and hurled rocks at police, who fired warning shots in the air...
Iran: We have enriched uranium (04/12/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- The nuclear breakthrough was announced with elaborate fanfare. Dancers in traditional costumes paraded on stage, waving vials said to contain raw uranium. Military commanders and top clerics waved their fists, chanting, "God is great."...
Italy's No. 1 Mafia boss arrested near Corleone, Sicily (04/12/06)
ROME -- Italy's reputed No. 1 Mafia boss was arrested Tuesday at a farmhouse in the Sicilian countryside after frustrating investigators' efforts to catch him during more than 40 years on the run, the Interior Ministry said. Bernardo Provenzano, Italy's most wanted man, is believed to have taken over the Sicilian Mafia after the 1993 arrest of former boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina in Palermo...
Judge indicts 29 people in Madrid train bombings (04/12/06)
MADRID, Spain -- A Spanish judge issued the first indictments in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, charging 29 people Tuesday with murder, terrorism or other crimes after a probe that uncovered a hornet's nest of Islamic militancy but no apparent link to al-Qaida...
World digest 04/12/06 (04/12/06)
European spacecraft enters Venus orbit DARMSTADT, Germany -- A European spacecraft moved into orbit around Venus on Tuesday, completing a critical stage of a mission to explore the hostile climate and atmosphere of Earth's nearest planetary neighbor. ...
Jackson posts 3-1 win over Perryville (04/12/06)
Perryville's battle with Jackson in girls soccer on Tuesday night left both coaches optimistic about upcoming games. Jackson posted a 3-1 victory at home to climb back over .500 at 6-5. Perryville fell to 5-2-1 with the loss. "It was a good gauge for us," Perryville coach Stacie Sargent said. "I'm not disappointed at the way we played because Jackson is a good squad."...
Jackson scores in bottom of seventh for 5-4 win over ND (04/12/06)
Every time Jackson's baseball team scored a run Tuesday, visiting Notre Dame seemed to answer. But Jackson had the last at-bat and took advantage of its home-field advantage to score a run in bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 SEMO Conference win. "To their credit, we'd take the lead, and they'd come and answer us," Jackson coach Rex Crosnoe said. "We'd take the lead again, and they'd come and answer. That's a credit to them. They have a solid team, as they do year in and year out."...
Advance, Bell City settle for split (04/12/06)
The Cubs won the opener 7-5, while Advance rolled to a 19-2 victory in the nightcap. Bell City and Advance split a doubleheader in high school baseball action Tuesday at Advance which resulted in Bell City's first loss of the season after the Cubs opened with six consecutive wins...
Redhawks' Booker selected in USBL draft (04/12/06)
Former Southeast Missouri State guard Roy Booker was selected in the second round of Tuesday's United States Basketball League draft. Booker, who led the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring this past season at 22 points per game, was taken by the Kansas Cagerz with the No. 4 pick of the second round...
'Hawks see SIU scrounge runs, win (04/12/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan took a quick glance at the box score Tuesday and found it hard to believe the Redhawks had lost. "None of the numbers add up with the game," Hogan said. "It was pretty odd." Odd indeed. Despite having 13 hits to just six for Southern Illinois, the visiting Redhawks suffered an 8-5 nonconference loss...
DA: Lack of DNA will not halt rape case (04/12/06)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Standing before a mostly black audience, the district attorney in charge of the Duke University rape investigation said Tuesday he does not need DNA to bring charges and vowed, "This case is not going away." District Attorney Mike Nifong spoke one day after defense attorneys said DNA testing failed to connect any of Duke's lacrosse players to the alleged attack on a black stripper who said she was raped at a party by members of the nearly all-white 47-man team...
Convicted Tide booster found murdered at home (04/12/06)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was killed in his home after a fierce, bloody struggle, police said Tuesday. Police and his defense attorney confirmed the death of Logan Young, 65, but did not say how he was killed...
Hall of Fame plans to be unveiled (04/12/06)
Dave Winfield dominated from the mound, Pete Incaviglia became the home run king, and Robin Ventura went on a 58-game hitting streak. That was back when they were still wearing their school colors, before they became major league stars. Now, there will be a College Baseball Hall of Fame to honor them, with the announcement set for today...
SIU athletic director accepts job at Colorado St. (04/12/06)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Southern Illinois athletic director Paul Kowalczyk was named to the same job at Colorado State on Tuesday. Kowalczyk replaces Mark Driscoll, who resigned last month after 2 1/2 years to return to the banking business. He will be paid $225,000 a year under a five-year contract, school officials said...
Missouri puts Buck into elite company (04/12/06)
JEFFERSON CITY -- A broadcaster from Massachusetts joined the ranks of a former president, two war heroes, the creator of Mickey Mouse and one of the most famous American writers. Former St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck on Tuesday became the 25th person inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians at a state Capitol ceremony. He joins fellow Cardinals great Stan Musial, who was inducted in 2000...
Predators go perfect 8-for-8 against Blues (04/12/06)
ST. LOUIS -- With Tomas Vokoun out, Chris Mason wanted to play well to put his teammates at ease. The backup goalie made 27 saves for his third career shutout and the Nashville Predators beat St. Louis 2-0 on Tuesday night. The Predators announced on Monday that Vokoun would miss the remainder of the season and postseason because of a blood condition. Vokoun has 36 wins and a 2.67 goals-against average...
Sports briefs 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
Bowling; Colleges; Hockey
Decorating panes: With a little ingenuity, trashed windows can be transformed into trendy decor (04/12/06)
A short time ago, I spent a lazy weekend stumbling through junk stores and antique shops. As I was leaving my last stop I noticed a stack of frames near the trash pile. Looking more closely, I noticed they were banged up and weather worn, but interesting windows nonetheless. Though they were public property, I asked the store owner why they were in the dump pile and whether I could take one or two...
Almonds with honey-fennel glaze make easy snack (04/12/06)
If you plan to entertain or you're just in the mood for some almond nibbles, here's an easy but distinctive recipe to try. These golden, fragrant almonds have a distinctive licorice-like fennel flavor, and they make a seductive snack with nutritional benefits. Research now tells us almonds can be part of a healthy eating plan -- they have fiber, plant sterols and vegetable protein, plus monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, which may benefit the heart. This is a gluten-free recipe...
Savoring memories of summer jobs (04/12/06)
For high-schoolers, summer jobs are right around the corner. If you're that age and anything like I was, you're probably already picking out the perfect job. It's fun to imagine. There you are bronzed and lifeguarding at the local pool. Adoring girls track your every move. Or maybe you're waiting tables at that restaurant where the jet set dines and leaves nothing but fat tips...
Goodbye, Flash; hello, 'Feeding the Flock' (04/12/06)
We had a death in our family this week. One of our 9-year-old daughter's fish passed away. The fish, named Flash, was found lying on the bottom of the tank. We got him out and had a nice, quiet burial. With his passing, there was still one fish left behind, so we had to get him a new friend. ...
Alice Harris (04/12/06)
Alice A. Harris, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Whitewater, daughter of Cirgus and Josie Proffer Hosea. She and Melvin G. Harris were married July 18, 1936. He died in 1988. Mrs. Harris retired as a seamstress from Thorngate Ltd. in 1980...
Remona Bess (04/12/06)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Remona Sue Bess, 71, of Bell City died Monday, April 10, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 18, 1934, at Dongola, Mo., daughter of Rosewell and Mona Sitz Bess. Bess was a graduate of Bell City High School. She worked 21 years at Inland Shoe Co. in Advance, Mo., and then 12 years at Wohl Shoe Co. in Sikeston, Mo...
Gale Follis (04/12/06)
THEBES, Ill. -- Gale Leeward Follis, 67, of Thebes died Monday, April 10, 2006, at his home. He was born May 18, 1938, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Seaward William and Dolleva Kimmel Follis. He married Charlotte Larson. Follis was a chief engineer with a school district...
Leola Buff (04/12/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leola Catherine Buff, 83, of Gilman, Ill., died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at the Gilman Nursing Pavilion. Buff was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Millheim, Mo., daughter of Louis and Frances Hennemann Behrle. Her childhood was spent in Perry County. She married Denzel Buff, who preceded her in death. She and Loy E. Buff were married Nov. 29, 1945, in Gilman. He died Dec. 24, 2003...
Barbara Kester (04/12/06)
Barbara Carolyn Kester, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 8, 1927, in Bells, Tenn., daughter of William H. and Donna Mae Faulkner Arnold. She and George H. Kester were married Nov. 5, 1948, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 28, 1995...
Gary Call (04/12/06)
Coach Gary Call passed away Friday, April 7, 2006, while coaching at Licking High School. He was 56 years old. Born Jan. 19, 1950, in Cape Girardeau to Ernest L. Call and Margie L. Call, he attended Trinity Lutheran Church and School. Gary attended Westminster University and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. He received basketball scholarships from both schools and won three intramural championships alongside his brother, Don Call. He truly was a great athlete...
Arthur Sexton (04/12/06)
Arthur J. "Buck" Sexton, 84, of Scott City died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at his home. He was born April 2, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo., son of Arthur J. and Anna Jane Harman Sexton. He and Naomi M. Wallace were married in 1944 in Independence, Mo. She died March 15, 1990...
Michael Dover (04/12/06)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Michael E. "Micky" Dover, 61, of Olmsted died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born Oct. 2, 1944, in Mound City, Ill., son of Mark and Mildred Hayes Dover. Dover was a riverboat pilot with American Commercial Barge Lines. He was a member of Sandusky Pentecostal Church...
Births 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
Cromwell; Popp; Golden; Tucker
Honor rolls 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
Woodland Elementary School Second grade -- Nathan Bolin, Brittany Garland, Dakota Hughey, Sydney Keith, Tyler Smith, Reed Walker, Jarrett Lincoln, Whitney Lincoln, Cole Schlief, Heidi Willis-Smith, Austin Elledge, Rainha Hammers, Ashley Jordan, Kerri Jean Lincoln...
Cape/Jackson police reports 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
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Out of the past 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
25 years ago: April 12, 1981 A dramatic musical presentation by Larry Mayfield -- "Can It Be?" -- is presented by the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church in Jackson in the evening; soloists for the production are Bruce Dockins, Darlene James, Judy Johnson and Beverly Goskie; narrator is David Britt, and Jesus is portrayed by David Wells...
Future pensions will pinch states; Mo. state pay, fringes are generous (04/12/06)
Kiplinger's Newsletter predicts that state revenues (generally up this year) will have a shortfall next year and for a decade or more because of "huge pension obligations that will come due as thousands of government workers, take early retirement from long held jobs." By decade's end, state and local governments will be paying retirees $170 billion a year, a 44 percent increase over what they paid in 2004...
An immigrant writes (04/12/06)
By Arnold Schwarzenegger President Reagan memorably described his "shining city on a hill" as a place that "hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here." Perhaps because he'd been a border state governor, Reagan understood the challenges and the opportunities presented by immigration. ...
Booster seats (04/12/06)
Legislation backed by safety advocates and Gov. Matt Blunt is being considered in Missouri that would require booster seats for child vehicle passengers until age 8. Current law requires children to ride in safety seats until age 4. The proposed law would keep children in booster seats until age 8 unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches or weigh 80 pounds...
'Pirates' offers many great benefits (04/12/06)
To the editor: Congratulations to the 100-plus students and community members who made up the cast, crew and orchestra of Central High School's production of "Pirates of Penzance." Projects such as these provide many benefits for our students and the community. ...
Price of peace, happiness, freedom (04/12/06)
To the editor: Cindy Sheehan asked President Bush, "Why did my son have to die in Iraq?" Another mother asked President Kennedy, "Why did my son have to die in Vietnam?" Another mother asked President Truman, "Why did my son have to die in Korea?" Another mother asked President Franklin D. ...
Speak Out 4/12/06 (04/12/06)
Appreciation; More enforcement; Useless intersection; Ship is sinking; Get citizenship
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