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Stories from Friday, April 14, 2006

Cape named finalist for 'All America City' (04/14/06)
Cape Girardeau is one of 34 finalists competing for the designation of "All America City." A group of 25 city representatives will travel to Anaheim, Calif. from June 9 to 12 to present the city's qualifications before a panel of judges. Ten cities will be given the designation...
Voters to receive new ID cards (04/14/06)
Registered voters in Cape Girardeau County will receive new identification cards within the next few days as officials work to verify voting lists. Approximately 46,000 yellow cards will be mailed to the addresses listed on registration rolls, County Clerk Rodney Miller said. Of that number, he said he expects about 8,000 to 10,000 will be returned because the voter has moved...
Income tax deadline pushed back; many still filing at last minute (04/14/06)
Tax-time procrastinators will get a break this year, relieving some stress of filing at the last minute. But tax preparers anticipate people to just put off filing for two more days instead of getting their income tax returns in two days before deadline...
Family pedals through 17 states for charity (04/14/06)
A family that is bicycling across the nation will soon be in the Cape Girardeau area. Kate Nunes, her husband, Ron, and 6-year-old daughter Elizabeth launched their tour from their home in Jacksonville, Fla., to Poulsbo, Wash., on April 6. They will leave Kate Nunes' niece's home in Goreville, Ill., and pedal on their triplet bike to Southeast Missouri today, which is Mother's Day, or Monday. ...
Cairo School District to lay off teachers (04/14/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The Cairo School District will lay off nine of its 64 teachers at the end of the spring semester in a move designed to save money amid declining enrollment and a decreasing tax base, school officials said. The move will save the district about $270,000, district superintendent Gary Whitledge said...
MoDOT gets deed for East Main project (04/14/06)
A final piece of the puzzle fell into place for the Missouri Department of Transportation on Thursday when it acquired the last right-of-way deed for the East Main Street Interchange project. At a special meeting of Jackson's Board of Aldermen, city attorney Tom Ludwig handed over the 6-acre deed of land to Andy Meyer, MoDOT project manager...
Officers receive training for emergency procedures (04/14/06)
With recent natural disasters in the United States, local law enforcement and emergency responders were being trained in how to act effectively in a multi-jurisdictional situation. All day Thursday, over 40 local Cape Girardeau County law enforcement officers received training in procedures for an emergency that could involve many different levels of government and responders...
Region briefs 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
Chartwell's reports theft of money over a month Southeast Missouri State University police were investigating the possible theft of at least $500 from a university food service provider. Chartwells Educational Dining Services, which provides food to Southeast, reported Tuesday evening that more than $500 was found missing over a one-month period, Department of Public Safety Director Doug Richards said. ...
Convicted 'Cat killer' sentenced to service hours at Humane Society (04/14/06)
An admitted cat killer was sentenced Thursday to two years probation and 100 hours of community service at a humane center. Eric L. Ford, 45, of Tamms, Ill., pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse and received the sentence from New Madrid County Circuit Judge Fred Copeland...
Scott County drainage system being improved (04/14/06)
The drainage system for the eastern part of Scott County is receiving some much-needed improvements and maintenance after several decades of nothing. Three large ditches and their tributaries drain eastern Scott County -- Blue Ditch, Northcut and St. John's, from Benton and Commerce in the north to the New Madrid County line in the south...
Two people injured in accident near Scott City (04/14/06)
Two people were injured Thursday afternoon in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 55 near Scott City. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-55 near mile marker 84, according to a Scott City Fire Department news release...
Three at SIU catch mumps after Iowa outbreak (04/14/06)
Southern Illinois University health officials hurried Thursday to publicly educate the Carbondale campus about mumps after three students this week showed symptoms of the illness. The cases added to an unusually high occurrence of the disease statewide this year...
Trying to expose a hidden disease (04/14/06)
Julia Spears was a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas 30 years ago when she met and fell in love with Dan "B." Spears, a sideman in Willie Nelson's band. But this isn't a country love song: Spears just wishes she knew she had hepatitis C back then. When Spears met her future husband in 1976, Spears had already been infected with the potentially fatal blood-borne virus for eight years. She didn't know it then, and she didn't know it when she got married to B a short while later...
House proposes fourth plan for spending MOHELA money (04/14/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House leaders have come up with a fourth plan for spending money from the proposed sale of some of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority's assets. New to the latest version is a proposal to spend some of the money for the construction of a women's prison in Chillicothe. ...
Workers fired, students suspended for attending immigration march (04/14/06)
CHICAGO -- Six employees at a seafood restaurant in Houston were fired this week after skipping work to take part in a pro-immigration march. In Detroit, 21 immigrants lost their jobs as meat cutters after attending a similar protest last month. And several students at a high school near Tampa, Fla., were suspended this week for walking out of class to go to a demonstration...
Thirteen state employees share $224.2 million Powerball jackpot (04/14/06)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A group of 13 Missouri state employees claimed the biggest Powerball jackpot in Missouri history on Thursday, after the winning ticket was sold at a QuikTrip convenience store in Florissant. The $224.2 million prize is the seventh-largest in Powerball history. The winners, who work for the Department of Social Services' office in Florissant, brought the ticket to the lottery's office in suburban St. Louis to claim the prize...
Lambert Airport opens new runway (04/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Lambert Airport opened its new runway Thursday, even as critics of the $1.1 billion project called it a waste of money that destroyed a community. The airport's first new runway in half a century was designed to reduce weather delays and allow the airport to manage increasing passenger demand, city and airport leaders said at a dedication ceremony for the project that was more than 15 years in the making...
Sextuplet 'mom' fooled husband for months (04/14/06)
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- Prosecutors on Thursday were reviewing police reports for possible criminal charges against a couple who admitted faking the birth of sextuplets and taking donations so they could pay their bills. Van Buckley, a spokeswoman for Jackson County prosecutor Mike Sanders, said he did not expect an announcement of any charges against Kris and Sarah Everson until today at the earliest...
Nation briefs 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
Disney reopens 'Mission: Space' after tourist death ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World reopened its "Mission: Space" attraction Thursday, a day after a woman who became ill after leaving the ride died at a hospital. The Epcot Center ride spins riders in a centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity. ...
Six bodies found in Pa. house; homeowner's grandson arrested (04/14/06)
LEOLA, Pa. -- A young man was charged Thursday with bludgeoning or strangling six relatives whose bodies were found wrapped in sheets and blankets in the basement of his grandmother's home. Authorities said Jesse Dee Wise, 21, confessed, but they would not comment on a motive. The victims spanned three generations of the same family; the youngest was just 5 years old...
Iran: Others can 'die' if upset about uranium enrichment (04/14/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- The words between the diplomats were polite -- but the gap was still wide. And off to the side, Iran's hard-line president wasn't being diplomatic at all. With the U.N.'s chief nuclear official newly arrived in town to avert an international standoff, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a blunt threat: His country is now nuclear -- and if other countries are upset about that, they can just "die of this anger."...
Judges check contested ballots in Italian election (04/14/06)
ROME -- Italian politics were in turmoil Thursday as judges began tallying tens of thousands of contested ballots and the country's leading newspaper compared the situation to the chaotic U.S. presidential vote count in 2000. The routine examination of ambiguously marked ballots is unlikely to tip the election in the lower Chamber of Deputies to right-wing media mogul Premier Silvio Berlusconi, whose party appears to have narrowly lost to center-left leader Romano Prodi...
Man convicted of killing his sister in 'honor killing' (04/14/06)
BERLIN -- A court convicted a young Turkish man Thursday of murdering his sister in what prosecutors described as an "honor killing" meant to punish the woman for her Western lifestyle. Ayhan Surucu, who was 18 at the time of the February 2005 fatal shooting of his sister, Hatun, was sentenced as a juvenile to nine years and three months in prison. Now 20, he had faced a maximum 10-year sentence...
Oran upends Rams for Oak Ridge softball title (04/14/06)
The Oran girls softball team followed a 17-hit performance in Thursday's Oak Ridge tournament semifinal with a 15-hit effort to win the championship. "Everyone hit, up and down the batting order," Oran coach Wade Sanders said. Particularly impressive was the 12-1 victory in the title game against defending tournament champion Scott City. The Rams (9-3) had beaten Oran (8-1) 3-1 earlier this spring...
Edgar given the reins (04/14/06)
As far as Southeast Missouri State athletic director Don Kaverman is concerned, Scott Edgar distanced himself from the field to become the university's new head men's basketball coach. "The breadth of his experience, where he's been, the success he's had along the way, the mentors he's worked under, his experience with the postseason, his experience with the OVC," Kaverman said. "All those things added up to him being the clear choice. He won me over."...
Players looking forward to Edgar's '40 minutes of hell' (04/14/06)
It hasn't taken long for Southeast Missouri State's basketball players to warm up to their new coach. Most of the Redhawks players attended Thursday afternoon's news conference at the Show Me Center when Scott Edgar was introduced. And they said they are anxious to participate in the style of play that Edgar prefers -- pressure defense and up-tempo offense...
Redhawks softball team heads into series of tests (04/14/06)
Second-place Southeast plays at fourth-place Eastern Kentucky today and tomorrow. The Southeast softball team is in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference, but coach Lana Richmond knows the true tests for the Redhawks are yet to come. So far, Southeast (24-10, 11-1) has played its four OVC series against squads currently in sixth through 10th place in the standings...
Edgar brings his own cheering section to Southeast (04/14/06)
An overflow crowd packed into a small meeting room at the Show Me Center for Thursday's introduction of Scott Edgar as Southeast Missouri State's new men's basketball coach. While the majority of those in attendance had Southeast ties -- including players, administrators, boosters and other fans -- a few Edgar supporters made the trip from Murray, Ky...
Redhawks take aim at OVC's lead dog (04/14/06)
Southeast Missouri State will try to slow down the Ohio Valley Conference's hottest baseball team over the next two days. Samford also is arguably the OVC's most surprising squad through the early portion of the league schedule. The Bulldogs, coming off an eighth-place finish and picked sixth in the preseason poll, have bolted to an 8-1 conference start to lead the pack...
Area sports digest 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
Ladies Day play opens with scramble The Cape Girardeau Country Club kicked off the season of Ladies Day play with a four-person scramble on Thursday. Robyn Young, Dana Underwood, Janet White and Barbara Kaesheimer teamed up for a first-place finish...
Barrels of fun, western style (04/14/06)
Dusty Gilder will be doing what he enjoys the most this weekend, and he will be doing it in his backyard for a change. The 16-year-old from Whitewater, Mo., will be competing in a barrel racing event tonight and Saturday at Flickerwood Arena in Jackson...
La Russa blames Isringhausen's woes on non-save situations (04/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa believes the cure for Jason Isringhausen's woes is keeping his closer in standard, ninth-inning save situations. Pitching in a tie game, Isringhausen gave up a go-ahead homer to Carlos Lee, his second crucial home run this week, in the 11th inning of Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. ...
Taylor finds relief, takes lead at Verizon Heritage (04/14/06)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- With a nerve-racking and disappointing Masters debut behind him, Vaughn Taylor relaxed and played his best round of the year. Taylor, who grew up in Augusta, Ga., shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead after the first round of the Verizon Heritage on Thursday...
Blues suffer 8th straight road defeat (04/14/06)
COLUMBUS, Ohio --Pascal Leclaire is learning how to win, just like the rest of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Leclaire stopped 26 shots and four players scored goals to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night, handing the Blues their eighth straight road loss...
Reports: Federal grand jury is investigating Bonds' BALCO testimony (04/14/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal grand jury is investigating whether Barry Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids, according to media reports. The panel has been hearing evidence for more than a month about whether the Giants' slugger lied to a different grand jury that was investigating the BALCO scandal, according to reports Thursday night on CNN and the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site...
Brewers outfielder proves dead-Lee (04/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Lee saved the game with his underrated glove, then won it with his bat. Lee hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning, minutes after making a pair of game-saving catches at the left-field wall, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep...
2007 GMC Yukon Denali is a smooth, luxury ride (04/14/06)
Just because a vehicle looks like a large truck doesn't mean it rides like one, especially these days when some automotive engineers have taken the art of fine tuning big-vehicle suspensions to a new level. The proof is the 2007 GMC Yukon, the redesigned and re-engineered full-size sport utility vehicle that's GMC's version of the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade SUVs. GMC's parent company, General Motors Corp., owns the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands...
The visitor of Holy Week (04/14/06)
Did you ever wonder if ordinary things and events are signs of Something Big? And when do you realize Something Big has occurred? Immediately? When later events point back to an ordinary happenstance? This being Holy Week, it's easy to wonder about the mysteries of our faith, whatever it is. So here is a short tale about something quite ordinary that is making me think about Something Big...
Extended reverse driving is funny, but not harmful (04/14/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: For years, a friend of mine has been on me about something I did as a young man, which he says is harmful to any car. Many years ago, on the second day of the state of Georgia bar exam, I drove my old beat-up Chevy Vega (I know I am dating myself with this vehicle) to the civic center, where the exam was administered. ...
Dad and lad: Family movie preview (04/14/06)
It is that time of year again -- the summer blockbusters are on the way. Lad and I have looked through the list of releases this month, and have put together the following breakdown of family-oriented films. Some are still unknown to us, but there will be a hefty amount of CGI choices this year. Each title also includes the important Dad and Lad-o-meter, giving you an insight into our level of excitement for each individual movie. Release dates are subject to change...
Active self-discovery (04/14/06)
Political activism has long run in the blood of James Bequette of Cape Girardeau -- since at least the time of the Vietnam War when he participated in protests as a member of the Air Force. But even then he had respect for the armed forces. "Of course, I didn't wear my uniform," says Bequette...
Everybody's a critic: 'Lucky Number Slevin' (04/14/06)
Three stars (out of four) A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin right in the middle of a war between two crime bosses, the Rabbi and the Boss. Poor Slevin is always in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets in some tight situations. The film is a quirky, offbeat mix of humor and suspense. Director Paul McGuigan gives us a film that is reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's style; however, I liked this film much better than "Pulp Fiction."...
Artifacts 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
Baker takes Best of Show in Southeast exhibition...
Rhymes from the front lines: American troops in Iraq let off steam on rap CD (04/14/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Some American soldiers relieve wartime stress in the weight room. Some unwind over meals. Others immerse themselves in letters from loved ones. But for a dozen young fighters featured on a new CD, rap is the route to stress relief. "It's all a way of venting," says Marine Sgt. ...
At the theaters 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
'The Wild'; STILL PLAYING; 'ATL'; 'Basic Instinct 2'; 'Failure to Launch'; 'Firewall'; 'Ice Age: The Meltdown'; 'Inside Man'; 'Larry the Cable Guy'; 'Lucky Number Slevin'; 'Phat Girlz'; 'Shaggy Dog'; 'She's the Man'; 'Slither'; 'Stay Alive'; 'Take the Lead'; 'The Benchwarmers'; 'V for Vendetta'
William Elledge (04/14/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- William J. Elledge, 53, of Marble Hill died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Granite City, Ill., son of William L. and Rose Alice Wright Elledge. He and Sherrie K. Stinson were married Sept. 30, 2000, in Marble Hill...
Osie Foote (04/14/06)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Osie G. Foote, 84, of Poplar Bluff died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Broseley, Mo. She and Lynald Foote were married Nov. 20, 1943, in Poplar Bluff. He died Nov. 16, 2000...
Nora Smithey (04/14/06)
MILLCREEK, Ill. -- Nora Mae Smithey, 61, of Millcreek died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1944, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Oliver and Agnes Arnold Smiddy. She and Albert Lloyd Smithey were married Dec. 23, 1962, in Corinth, Miss. He died July 26, 2002...
James Thurman (04/14/06)
James L. Thurman, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at his home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Prost officiating. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum...
Births 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
Hopkins; Miller; Taylor; Upchurch; Christisen; Nichols; Blum
Cape/Jackson fire reports 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
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Cape police reports 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
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Out of the past 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
25 years ago: April 14, 1981 The 13th annual Southeast Missourian Award for Outstanding Journalistic Achievement has gone to John Ritter, a Cape Girardeau Central High School senior, whose main work was in photography; he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ritter Jr...
Good Friday: The trial, torture and crucifixion of Christ (04/14/06)
By John W. Whitehead While the New Testament Gospels are the primary source for accounts of Jesus Christ's suffering, crucifixion and death, his ordeal at the hands of Roman soldiers has been the topic of scholarly research for years. Certainly, the torture Jesus endured was agonizing. ...
Looking for Wade (04/14/06)
Losing a family member or friend unexpectedly is cause for grief and concern. But when a family member disappears without explanation, the grief and concern are heightened by fear of the unknown. Members of Wade Lurk's family in Ste. Genevieve have been living with all the emotions and fears that occur when a teenage son is missing. Wade, 17, was last seen April 1 at a campsite near the border of Ste. Genevieve and St. Francois counties...
Spellbinding, compassionate story (04/14/06)
To the editor: What an amazing piece of journalism on the front page Sunday morning ("Loving Levi: A child left to die. A child found. A child loved"). Scott Moyers' gift for creating visual images and such a spellbinding, sensitive, loving and compassionate story certainly deserve recognition. ...
Most destructive, ineffective president (04/14/06)
To the editor: In a letter to the editor, William Twain claims that overwhelming evidence supports President Bush's invasion of Iraq and condemns all news sources that disagree with the fundamentalist right. Most credible sources, including the 9-11 Commission, now reject any connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, and most Americans believe the war in Iraq is a fiasco...
Low wages encourage illegal aliens (04/14/06)
To the editor: Anything short of "Pack your bags, you're going home" is unacceptable. We have been told that Middle Easterners have learned Spanish, taken Mexican names and crossed our borders and are waiting for the bugle call of jihad. Any form of amnesty would give citizenship to Muslim insurgents...
Speak Out 4/14/06 (04/14/06)
It's the economy; Just go slower; Let them run things; It's obvious; Helping storm victims; Rocket science?
Theory of the Easter Bunny (04/14/06)
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