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Area churches plan to use Easter to address 'Da Vinci Code' ideas (04/13/06)
Some area churches are using the week of Easter to start sermons and study groups to address the ideas put forth in Dan Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code" ahead of the big-budget movie's May 19 release date. Church leaders who are organizing the efforts say there's no better time than the Easter season to counter the novel's controversial story line. ...
City attorney for Cairo alleges audit being delayed intentionally (04/13/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The long-anticipated audit of Cairo city funds for the year before Mayor Paul Farris took office is being deliberately delayed, city attorney Alan McIntyre charged Tuesday evening. During a discussion of the audit at the start of the regular city council meeting, McIntyre alleged that David Seabaugh was engaged in a pattern of conduct that clearly shows he is delaying the audit...
Cardinal call proves good medicine (04/13/06)
Twelve-year-old Vivian Badillo rested silently in a Cape Girardeau hospital bed, recovering from a fractured skull and blood clot. But the mention of St. Louis Cardinals baseball did what her surgeon couldn't do: Get her talking again. Neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Ray operated on the girl early Monday at Saint Francis Medical Center...
MoDOT awards bid for next phase of 34/72 widening (04/13/06)
Just a few months after rejecting a bid for the same amount, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a construction contract on Wednesday for the second phase of improvements to Route 34/72 in Jackson. Phase two of the project includes widening and resurfacing from one mile west of the Route 25 intersection to 2.2 miles west of Route 25. It also includes adding signals, curb, gutter and storm sewers...
Keyes says politicians do what's best for themselves, not what's best for the nation (04/13/06)
Selfish citizens and pandering politicians undermine the foundations of America by ignoring the need to base political decisions on the common good, prominent conservative Alan Keyes said Wednesday. During a lecture at Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Auditorium Keyes emphasized that current political debate ignores basic questions of right and wrong. As a result, Keyes said, the promise of America as a bastion of freedom could be lost...
Stolen lighter leads to car chase, crash, Taser shots, alleged assault and hospital (04/13/06)
A man who stole a cigarette lighter from a Cape Girardeau gas station early Wednesday gave chase to police, crashed a vehicle and injured two officers attempting to arrest him for the theft. Daric A. Stotts, 27, of 3007 Wisteria Drive, was charged with felony resisting a lawful detention by fleeing, misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving, resisting arrest by using violence, assault of a police officer and stealing...
Region digest 04/13/06 (04/13/06)
Woman reports break-in near Oran ORAN, Mo. -- A man and woman broke into a rural Scott County home Wednesday, and the sheriff's department asked for the public's help in capturing them. The break-in occurred late morning in a home near Oran, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. ...
Area UPN affiliate becoming part of new network in fall (04/13/06)
Cape Girardeau's local UPN network affiliate is slated later this year to become an affiliate for the newly formed CW network. At the beginning of the 2006-2007 television season, WQWQ-TV, currently known as "UPN The Beat," will become a CW television network affiliate, according to a news release from KFVS12, the sister station of WQWQ...
Way of the Cross in downtown Cape to be held Friday (04/13/06)
On Friday, local residents will celebrate Good Friday by symbolically retracing the steps of Christ before the crucifixion. Each year hundreds of people gather in downtown Cape Girardeau to watch the progress of a wooden cross as it's carried by various people along the streets of downtown Cape Girardeau...
Girl reports being raped in Cape park (04/13/06)
A 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped in Capaha Park, Cape Girardeau police said Wednesday. The girl was in the park with a group of friends around 10 p.m. Tuesday when she met an 18-year-old man she knew, according to police Sgt. Barry Hovis. When her friends left the park, the girl stayed with the man, who then reportedly raped her, Hovis said...
Jackson group to build community center (04/13/06)
A Jackson not-for-profit organization and former Jackson couple are providing funds to construct a new community center as big as the Osage Centre and accomplish something voters turned down: a merger of two libraries. On Wednesday, officials with the Southeast Missouri Medical Center Inc. ...
Cape church growing by 72,000 square feet (04/13/06)
Christ Church of the Heartland is preparing to break ground on a 72,000-square-foot addition Sunday. The addition will expand the church to more than five times its present size and allow it to seat more than 2,000 people for services. The congregation, which now numbers approximately 550 people, meets at a 720 Bertling St. facility that is "bursting at the seams," said pastor Zach Strong...
Man says he set up fake drug deal but didn't expect gunfire (04/13/06)
The brother of a teenager accused of shooting and robbing a 23-year-old man at a Cape Girardeau intersection testified Wednesday he set up a phony drug deal for the robbery, but never knew someone would get shot. George A. Henry, 18, of 805 Ranney Ave., appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bullerdieck for a preliminary hearing on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action...
'Fort D Days' coming to Cape in May (04/13/06)
Guns will roar again at the May 6 to 7 "Fort D Days" event held at Cape Girardeau's historic Fort D, on Locust Street off Sprigg Street, four blocks south of Highway 74. Fort D was a triangular fortification ringed by earthen mounds on two sides in the Civil War. It protected Cape Girardeau and its Mississippi River port from posible Confederate Army attacks on land. Cannons could fire on enemy vessels in the river...
Community briefs 4/13/06 (04/13/06)
Fund-raiser for social welfare today at SEMO A fund-raiser for the student chapter of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare will be held at 1 p.m. today at Academic Terraces, near the corner of Normal Ave. and Pacific Street on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. ...
Pennies make we can weekend (04/13/06)
Rob McClary and his family were hesitant about attending last year's "We Can Weekend," sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital Regional Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. "I'd gone through a year of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and couldn't see the point of donating a whole weekend to cancer when I was trying to get away from it," said McClary, who had been recovering from colon cancer...
Cape River Heritage events for April (04/13/06)
Events in the months ahead will celebrate Cape River Heritage Museum's 25th anniversary. The museum's events are in conjunction with the city's bicentennial theme, "Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales." Cape River Heritage Museum is at 538 Independence St., in Cape Girardeau, across from the new federal building. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Special tours welcome. For more information, call Marge at 334-0405 or 334-3802...
Police say couple unapologetic over sextuplet scam to get donations (04/13/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A couple that reported delivering a set of sextuplets -- when really they gave birth only to an elaborate lie -- was unapologetic for a scheme aimed at tapping neighbors' generosity, authorities said Wednesday. Sarah and Kris Everson of Grain Valley could face criminal charges for collecting cash and other gifts after going public with their amazing story of six newborn babies clinging to life. ...
Illinoisan accused of breaking into pound to steal his dog (04/13/06)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- When Thomas Carroll couldn't come up with the $125 in fines and fees to bail his pet Weimaraner out of the dog pound, investigators say he broke into the pound to free his pooch and three others. The dogs' liberation didn't last long, and authorities soon caught up with Carroll, charging the Glen Carbon man Tuesday with two felony burglary counts. Carroll, 20, remained jailed Wednesday on $50,000 bond...
Ameren's bonus rules favored operation over safety (04/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- When Ameren Corp. officials faced the prospect of closing the Taum Sauk reservoir in the months before its December collapse, they had more than just safety to consider. That's because Ameren's annual bonus policy strongly favors keeping plants running over closing them for safety concerns...
Rice says U.N. Security Council will consider 'strong steps' against Iran (04/13/06)
WASHINGTON -- Denouncing Iran's successful enrichment of uranium as unacceptable to the international community, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the U.N. Security Council must consider "strong steps" to induce Tehran to change course...
Nation briefs 4/13/06 (04/13/06)
Mudslides hit homes in Calif.; one man missing SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- More heavy rain fell across parts of already soaked Northern California on Wednesday, triggering mudslides that forced some residents to evacuate and may have buried one man in his backyard. ...
Environmentalists aim to change how New Orleans clears out its debris (04/13/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- In the rush to rebuild, this hurricane-smashed city is dumping its debris into the swamps by the truckload -- and throwing away an opportunity to turn America's costliest natural disaster into the nation's greatest recycling effort, environmentalists say...
U.S. trade deficit with China drops right ahead of Chinese president's visit (04/13/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Chinese are engaged in a multibillion-dollar buying spree of all things American, from soybeans to Boeing jetliners, and the huge U.S. trade deficit with China dropped unexpectedly in February. But the Bush administration said Wednesday that more trade concessions will be needed when President Hu Jintao visits Washington next week to quiet growing unrest in this country over a U.S. trade deficit with China that hit $202 billion last year...
Moussaoui jury hears cockpit tape of hijacked Flight 93 (04/13/06)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Jurors in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial listened Wednesday to a recording of terrified shouts and cries in the cockpit as desperate passengers twice charged panicked hijackers during the final half hour of doomed United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001...
Enron's Skilling testifies that he, Ken Lay never broke law (04/13/06)
HOUSTON -- Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling spoke up Wednesday for company founder Kenneth Lay in his third day on the witness stand in the pair's fraud and conspiracy trial, saying they were a "good team" that committed no crimes...
Mexican migrants rush to Arizona border anticipating passage of guest worker plan (04/13/06)
NOGALES, Mexico -- At a shelter overflowing with migrants airing their blistered feet, Francisco Ramirez nursed muscles sore from trekking through the Arizona desert -- a trip that failed when his wife did not have the strength to go on. He said the couple would rest for a few days, then try again, a plan echoed by dozens reclining on rickety bunk beds and carpets tossed on the floor after risking violent bandits and the harsh desert in unsuccessful attempts to get into the United States...
Police: Three men arrested for aiding Mafia boss (04/13/06)
ROME -- Police on Wednesday arrested three people suspected of aiding Italy's No. 1 fugitive and reputed Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, who was captured Tuesday after more than four decades on the run. Giuseppe Gualtieri, head of operations for police in Palermo, Sicily, told Sky TG24 television the three newly arrested people were Provenzano's "associates, who took care of keeping the boss in touch with the outside, with his exchange of communications, packages, help, even from a logistical point of view" while he was in hiding.. ...
Central avenges earlier loss with 1-0 win vs. Bulldogs (04/13/06)
Lee Thomas scored off a corner kick less than 10 minutes into the second half and visiting Central held on for a 1-0 victory Wednesday night against Notre Dame. The game was a rematch of the Noon Optimist final, in which Notre Dame (7-3-1) scored a 3-1 win after rallying for three late goals...
Smith's contract extended (04/13/06)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach B.J. Smith expressed relief and excitement Wednesday after signing a three-year contract extension. "I'm happy to have this behind us now, and I'm excited that I'm going to continue as the coach here," Smith said. "I hope I'm going to be here for a long time...
Ball in Edgar's court now (04/13/06)
Barring any last-minute glitch, it appears Scott Edgar will be Southeast Missouri State's new head men's basketball coach. A source close to Edgar told the Southeast Missourian that university officials worked out the final details of a contract with Edgar via teleconference late Wednesday afternoon...
Shah goes the distance to beat MU (04/13/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan was afraid he'd have a mutiny on his hands. So in spite of Asif Shah having already thrown more than 100 pitches, Hogan left his junior starter in the game. "He begged me to stay in, and the boys were just all over it," Hogan said. ...
Redhawks win, stay in race for OVC tourney berth (04/13/06)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State women's tennis team won its third consecutive match and remained alive for a berth in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Wednesday with a 6-1 win at Austin Peay. Southeast, continuing its best season since 1997, improved to 11-11 overall and 3-6 in OVC play. The Redhawks end the regular season Friday with a 2 p.m. home match against Eastern Illinois...
Area sports digest 4/13/06 (04/13/06)
Scorpions Rugby Club improves to 4-0 The Scorpions Rugby Club improved to 4-0 with the spring by dominating the St. Louis Royals 36-12 on Saturday. The Scorpions built a 36-0 lead in the sanctioned Missouri Cup match against a division rival. The Scorpions first scores came when Cole Burton blocked a Royals kick and returned the ball for a score, then Alan Kloss intercepted a pass and returned it. ...
Jackson duo gets a lift from their sport (04/13/06)
For most of the year, Jeff Renner is relatively laid-back about his bodybuilding habits. When it comes to competitions, however, it's a completely different story. The routine has proved successful for Renner, a 40-year-old Jackson resident who has claimed more than 20 bodybuilding titles since he began competing in 1988...
Isringhausen, Duncan not shaken by bullpen's shaky start to season (04/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A shaky outing never will ruin Jason Isringhausen's day. The St. Louis Cardinals closer gave up a grand slam in Chicago on Sunday night. In the home opener on Monday, he surrendered an RBI single and a walk and the go-ahead run was at the plate before he got the final out...
Edmonds' 'home run' highlights 8-3 victory (04/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- In Little League, Jim Edmonds would have excitedly told his parents about the grand slam he hit. Edmonds circled the bases after a pair of errors on a three-run double in a pivotal at-bat in the fifth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Wednesday night. Teammates joked in the dugout that he needed to go out for a curtain call...
'Caremunication' aims to improve communication between doctors, patients (04/13/06)
On a daily basis, doctors face giving unpleasant or complicated information to patients. Before they do that, they have to plan their patients' care with nurses, technicians and perhaps hospice workers. They and other medical professionals must be able to reassure families that loved ones will be made as comfortable as possible. They listen. They speak. They need the right words...
Health briefs/calendar 4/12/06 (04/13/06)
Today "Ask Your Doctor," 8 to 9 p.m., cable Channel 5. A live phone-in show on health-care issues. This week's guest speaker is ophthalmologist Dr. Brent Davidson, who will discuss multi-focal lens for cataract surgery. To call in a question, phone 334-3095...
Retirement on his-and-hers Harleys (04/13/06)
April 13, 2006 Dear Leslie, On the drive out to our friend Danny's lakeside retirement party, DC and I talked about why we're still earlobe-deep in work and Danny's waking up whenever he wants and wondering what to do that day. Danny was a year behind us in high school. He got married, had a daughter, got divorced. Along the way he landed a job with the local utility company and stuck with them...
Treating depression: a necessity (04/13/06)
That blue-eyed demon we call depression isn't pretty at any age. But trust me, it gets uglier as the years pile up. OK, don't trust me. Reread last week's Healthspan where a case was made for depression's deadly impact on aging heart health. Still not buying? I'll get your attention with this one: Alzheimer's -- that ultimate "boogeyman in the closet" -- has a cozy relationship with depression...
Reports: Spears' son falls from high chair (04/13/06)
MALIBU, Calif. -- Child welfare officials and a sheriff's deputy visited Britney Spears' home because her infant son was accidentally dropped from a high chair. Six-month-old Sean Preston fell April 1 as his nanny was lifting him from the high chair and something in the chair snapped, Star magazine reported Tuesday. The infant slipped from her arms and fell, bruising his head on the floor, the magazine said...
Velma Kingree (04/13/06)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Velma Lee Kingree, 78, of Bloomfield died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. She was born Sept. 15, 1927, at Bloomfield, Mo., daughter of Harvey and Martha Jennings McRoy. She married Dow Kingree April 5, 1947. He died Feb. 27, 2004...
Charles Lilly (04/13/06)
Charles C. Lilly, 57, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Anna, Ill., son of Charles C. and Gladys Dogget Lilly Sr. Survivors include a daughter, Karla Lilly of Kelso, Mo.; a son, Charles L. Lilly of Scott City; two brothers, Donald and James Lilly; and a sister, Janet Milde...
Dennis Rollins (04/13/06)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Dennis Mac Rollins, 60, of Zalma died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at his home. He was born June 6, 1945, at Caruthersville, Mo., son of Luther and Velma Garrett Rollins. He and Helen Gould were married Nov. 7, 1987, at Zalma. Rollins was a self-employed heavy equipment operator...
Victor Dunn (04/13/06)
Victor Raymond Dunn, 77, of Oak Ridge died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1928, in Monmouth, Ill., son of Arthur Nelson and Nellie Viola Quinn Dunn. He married Louise Welch. Dunn retired as a captain with the Burlington, Iowa, Fire Department...
Ann Wortham (04/13/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Ann M. Wortham, 81, of Columbia, Mo., died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Columbia Manor. She was born Jan. 20, 1925, at Chaffee, daughter of Clinton Clifton and Marcella Catherine Scherer Littlepage. She married James R. Wortham, who preceded her in death...
Billy Woodworth Sr. (04/13/06)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Billy Lee Woodworth Sr., 56, of Mound City died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at his home. He was born April 9, 1950, at Wyatt, Mo., son of Claude and Opal Sue Franklin Woodworth. He married Shirley Temple Foster. Woodworth was a retired truck driver...
Marian Barnicle (04/13/06)
Marian M. Barnicle, 86, formerly of Steelville, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 23, 1920, in Keysville, Mo., daughter of Cecil and Grace Stinnett Hulsey. She and Kenneth Barnicle were married March 23, 1940, in Keysville...
Charles Douglas (04/13/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Charles Michael Douglas, 51, of St. Louis passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at the family home following an illness. He was born Oct. 26, 1954, in St. Louis, son of Charles Leroy and Kathleen Huffman Douglas. He was a machinist for Carr Lane Manufacturing Co. in St. Louis...
Alice Ellis (04/13/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Alice N. Ellis, 88, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Union County Hospital. She was born May 25, 1917, in East St. Louis, Ill., daughter of Issac E. and Rebecca Perry Newton. She and Sam Ellis were married July 14, 1935, in Jonesboro. He died June 7, 1982...
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Out of the past 4/13/06 (04/13/06)
25 years ago: April 13, 1981 Howard C. Tooke, who served as Cape Girardeau mayor from 1970 to 1978, is unanimously chosen to resume those duties by the other four members of the city council during its reorganization meeting; since 1843, when the position was created here, only three men have served as mayor of Cape Girardeau longer than Tooke: G.H. Cramer, James A. Barks and Walter H. Ford...
No status quo for cable companies (04/13/06)
By Greg Harrison The president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce misleads your readers in his opinion piece ("Cable status quo," April 8) by implying that a video-franchising bill in the Missouri Senate would "eliminate the obstacles to true competition" in the offering of cable-TV services...
Pot of gold (04/13/06)
When Gov. Matt Blunt first announced his Lewis & Clark Discovery plan, it was a straightforward funding boost for capital improvements at Missouri's public universities. By selling some of the student loans guaranteed by the Missouri Education Loan Authority, or MOHELA, it is estimated $450 million could be generated for the state...
Humane societies are independent (04/13/06)
To the editor: Tuesday's paper had an inspiring story about the rescue of animals from Dunklin County. The story gave credit for the rescue to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. The rescue was actually conducted by the Humane Society of Missouri, which is the name of the St. ...
Speak Out 4/13/06 (04/13/06)
Time to leave; Can they take it?; Hard time, except ...; Doesn't make sense; Dancing with stars; Better ending; Pushy parents; Classy recognition; Engineering design; Roundabout works fine; Blame it on Bill; Made you slow down
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