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Jury: Cairo jail death was suicide (04/22/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A coroner's jury needed little more than 30 minutes Friday to decide Demetrius Flowers committed suicide in a city holding cell Dec. 14, a verdict that family members of the dead man immediately challenged. A grainy security camera videotape showed that Flowers, 38, stopped moving in his cell less than 15 minutes after being locked up, Illinois State Police crime scene investigator Pete Sopczak told the six-person jury. ...
Woman caught with meth in Scott County (04/22/06)
A 53-year-old woman was facing drug charges after a Scott County Sheriff's deputy caught her with methamphetamine, police said. Linda K. Gillean, of Morehouse, Mo., was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. ...
Southeast celebrating 25 years of teaching historic preservation (04/22/06)
Two Southeast Missouri State University history professors say people thought they were crazy when they talked of creating a historic preservation program at the Cape Girardeau school. "They looked at you as if you were nuts," recalled retired history professor Dr. Arthur Mattingly, who founded the program along with Dr. Frank Nickell, an associate professor of history at Southeast...
Toddler left alone after father arrested (04/22/06)
A 2-year-old Cape Girardeau girl was alone for nearly 24 hours following the arrest of her father, who failed to tell officers his daughter was home by herself. The 37-year-old father was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol around 11:30 p.m. April 13 on an out-of-state warrant for a driving violation, said Cape Girardeau police spokesman Jason Selzer...
Area Red Cross names new executive director (04/22/06)
The American Red Cross of Southeast Missouri announced Friday its new executive director. Cheryl Klueppel was named to the post following a three-and-a-half-month nationwide search, according to a news release from the American Red Cross. She will start May 8. Klueppel succeeds Mary Burton, who led the chapter for 15 years before becoming the director of the Southeast Missouri Hospital Foundation...
SEMO looks to raise fees, impose laundry fee (04/22/06)
Southeast Missouri State University's regents will vote Monday on a proposal to increase student fees ranging from tuition to campus housing, and impose a new laundry fee. Even with increases, say university president Dr. Ken Dobbins and student government president Adam Hanna, students will pay less at Southeast than at other four-year universities in Missouri and the region...
Lawmakers vote to repeal tax on businesses' assets, property (04/22/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- One of the state's oldest taxes -- a levy on corporations' assets, inventory and property -- is headed toward the chopping block, at least in the House. For almost 90 years, corporations with locations in Missouri have been required to pay both an income tax on yearly earnings and a franchise tax on any possessions within the state. ...
Seeking geeks: Dorkbot meetings are catching on (04/22/06)
NEW YORK -- About 200 people crammed into a sleek SoHo art gallery on a recent weekday night, sitting on chairs, on radiators and on the floor. Others jammed the entrance to catch a glimpse of the unusual presentation unfolding on a projection screen in front of them...
Group against stem-cell amendment airing ads (04/22/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group fighting a proposed amendment to protect embryonic stem-cell research in Missouri has begun airing radio ads discouraging people from helping get the measure on the ballot. Missourians Against Human Cloning said people are being misled into signing something with which they don't agree...
Major earthquake hits distant Russian region (04/22/06)
MOSCOW -- A major earthquake shook a sparsely populated region of Russia's Far East on Friday, injuring more than 30 people but causing no deaths and minimal damage, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey and Japan's Meteorological Agency estimated the temblor on Kamchatka Peninsula to be 7.7 magnitude. ...
Web discussion stopped school shooting plot (04/22/06)
RIVERTON, Kan. -- A student at the small-town high school where five teens are accused of planning an attack said Friday that rumors were rampant on the day before their arrest, prompting some schoolmates to tell the suspects: "Whatever you do, don't shoot me."...
Rumors of attack on Columbine anniversary were rampant (04/22/06)
RIVERTON, Kan. -- A student at the small-town high school where five teens are accused of planning an attack said Friday that rumors were rampant on the day before their arrest, prompting some schoolmates to tell the suspects: "Whatever you do, don't shoot me."...
CIA fires employee who allegedly leaked classified information (04/22/06)
WASHINGTON -- The CIA has fired an employee for leaking classified information to the news media, including details about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe, officials said Friday. A federal criminal investigation has also been opened. CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said an officer had been fired for having unauthorized contacts with the media and disclosing classified information to reporters, including details about intelligence operations...
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to look closely at loophole (04/22/06)
WASHINGTON -- Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is pledging to scrutinize a loophole that allows states to exclude nearly 2 million student test scores under the No Child Left Behind Act. "When children are not part of the accountability system, then that's a problem," Spellings said in an interview Thursday at the conclusion of a four-day Associated Press series that highlighted the excluded scores...
FBI says two Atlanta-area men plotted terrorist attacks on U.S. (04/22/06)
ATLANTA -- A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student and another man traveled to Canada to meet with Islamic extremists to discuss "strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike," according to an affidavit made public Friday. Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, both U.S. citizens who grew up in the Atlanta area, met with at least three other targets of ongoing FBI terrorism investigations during a trip to Canada in March 2005, the FBI agent's affidavit said...
Senior Democrat on House ethics committee steps down (04/22/06)
WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House ethics committee agreed Friday to leave the panel to defend his financial conduct and ease the political burden on a party that has made Republican corruption a major campaign theme. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., decided on his own to step down at least temporarily, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. ...
Business Highlights (04/22/06)
Jury blames Vioxx for man's fatal heart attack RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas -- A state jury found Merck & Co. liable Friday for the death of a 71-year-old man who had a fatal heart attack within a month of taking its since-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx and ordered the company to pay $32 million. ...
March on Capitol shows growing furor over boot camp death (04/22/06)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush is facing a rapidly growing furor over the death of a 14-year-old boy at a juvenile boot camp, with about 1,500 demonstrators accusing authorities Friday of a cover-up, and Florida's chief law enforcement officer resigning under fire...
Shiite alliance agrees on new prime minister (04/22/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Shiite politician tapped to be Iraq's next prime minister has butted heads repeatedly with the Sunni opposition. Now, he must form a unity government with them to confront the nation's growing sectarian violence. It might just work, leaders from all sides said Friday after the leading Shiite coalition nominated Jawad al-Maliki to replace outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. ...
Nepal king's vow of democracy met with demonstrations (04/22/06)
KATMANDU, Nepal -- A visibly uncomfortable king of Nepal promised Friday to bring democracy back to this Himalayan nation, trying to end a bloody political crisis that has engulfed the country. His efforts, though, met only with an opposition pledge of more demonstrations...
Rams to play for Oran softball title (04/22/06)
Scott City cruised into the championship game of the Oran softball tournament, routing Charleston and New Madrid County Central in pool play Friday. The Rams (13-3) hammered Charleston 17-4 in five innings before disposing of New Madrid 10-1 to win Pool B...
Samford freshman hurls no-hitter at Redhawks (04/22/06)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Few pitchers have shut down the Ohio Valley Conference's top-hitting softball team this season. But Samford freshman Stephanie Royall accomplished the feat with an impressive twist Friday afternoon. Royall no-hit Southeast Missouri State as host Samford posted a 1-0 rain-shortened victory...
Preseason favorite to visit Cape for series (04/22/06)
Not a whole lot was expected out of Southeast Missouri State's baseball team from the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference this year, as the Redhawks were picked fifth in the league's preseason poll. Austin Peay, however, was highly regarded. The Governors were tabbed the OVC favorite in voting by conference coaches after they won last year's league tournament...
Redhawks' recruits will honor commitments (04/22/06)
There has been considerable speculation in recent weeks about Southeast Missouri State men's basketball recruit Roderick Pearson possibly seeking to be released from his scholarship commitment with the Redhawks after the program's coaching change...
Correction 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
Correction * A story in Friday's edition about Jack Connell had an incorrect name on a quote that should have been attributed to Ken Swinford. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Anderson works at restoring faith (04/22/06)
MENDON, Mo. -- Past the sprawling Hampton Feedlot, downwind from the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and down the hall from the alcohol-free prom posters at Northwestern R-1 School, the future of Missouri basketball wrestles with a gargantuan pork chop slab -- and lingering memories of a disastrous season that won't soon be forgotten by the Tiger faithful...
Offseason release fiasco affects Bruce's attitude toward Rams (04/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Getting released in the offseason by the St. Louis Rams gave Isaac Bruce a taste of the business side of football. That four-day episode in March left the senior player on the team, who'll be entering his 13th season this fall, feeling just a bit detached. He doesn't seem to care anymore whether he concludes his career with the Rams...
Sports briefs 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
Baseball n Reliever Rafael Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday by the Cleveland Indians, who now have four pitchers out with injuries. Betancourt strained his upper back in Wednesday's loss to Baltimore. The right-hander had a 6.43 ERA in a team-high eight relief appearances...
Danton not allowed transfer to prison in Canada (04/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton claims he has been a "perfect" prisoner and should be allowed to transfer to his native Canada to serve out a prison sentence for a failed attempt to have his agent killed. In a two-page letter released to the news media Wednesday, Danton questioned a decision issued by the Justice Department last month to keep him in the United States. ...
Riley's mother dies on eve of playoffs (04/22/06)
MIAMI -- Sometime before every game, Pat Riley stands in the Miami Heat locker room and tries to say whatever he deems necessary at the time to motivate his team. He may not have to say a word tonight. As if the Heat didn't have enough reasons already to be ready for the start of the Eastern Conference first-round series with the Chicago Bulls, another presented itself Friday when the team learned that Riley's mother Mary, 96, had died in upstate New York...
NCAA finds Kansas guilty of violations (04/22/06)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Kansas athletic department "demonstrated a failure to exert appropriate institutional control" over a six-year period that led to dozens of rule violations, the NCAA said in a document released Friday by the school. Besides that allegation, however, the findings largely mirrored what the university had reported to the NCAA last June. ...
Royals stumble out gate once again (04/22/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fans may be ready to fire general manager Allard Baird in the wake of Kansas City's 2-13 start, but owner David Glass says he's not. Glass did add, however, that he will not tolerate a third straight season of triple-digit losses...
Bears sign DB Manning to offer sheet (04/22/06)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed restricted free-agent defensive back Ricky Manning Jr. to an offer sheet Friday, with his agent saying the deal is worth up to $21 million over five years. The deal includes about $7.5 million in guaranteed money in the first year of the contract, agent Jim Ivler said...
Giguere misses Mighty Ducks' playoff opener (04/22/06)
CALGARY, Alberta -- Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was scratched from the Mighty Ducks' playoff opener against the Calgary Flames on Friday night amid media reports he was injured during the day. Giguere, the 2003 playoff MVP when the Ducks made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals, practiced earlier Friday but didn't take part in the pregame warmup and wasn't in the lineup. ...
Yim leads LPGA event; Webb remains in hunt (04/22/06)
Karrie Webb followed her win in the first major of the year with a second straight 5-under 67 Friday, leaving the resurgent Australian star two strokes off the lead in the Florida's Natural Charity Championship. Sung Ah Yim charged to the top with a 64 at Eagle's Landing Country Club south of Atlanta, pushing her 36-hole total to a 12-under 132. Two fellow South Koreans were right on her heels -- 20-year-old Jee Young Lee (65) was 11 under, and Hee-Won Han (64) was tied with Webb at 134...
Pujols hits Cubs, milestone (04/22/06)
ST. LOUIS -- In their first game without Derrek Lee, the Chicago Cubs were hurting for pitching and offense. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning for his 1,000th career hit and finished with four RBIs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-3 victory on Friday night. The game was the first for the Cubs since losing Lee, the NL batting champion, for at least two months with two broken bones above his right wrist...
Come see (04/22/06)
"Come and see." With those words, photojournalist Linda Schaefer was invited to enter the world of Mother Teresa. Schaefer captured that world through her photographs and journal entries, published in a 138-page book. Next week, Schaefer will be in Cape Girardeau to discuss her experiences with Mother Teresa at the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's annual spring assembly...
Religion briefs 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
Women's Missionary League to hold rally; Unitarian potluck planned for Sunday; Sunday
You want me to wait? (04/22/06)
"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!" Psalms 27:14 Maybe you've never had to wait on God. Maybe you're not writing a column for the religion page of a newspaper, and God's not sending your fingers flying across the keyboard with words to inspire, convict, uplift, enlighten or encourage. But here I sit at the keyboard waiting and waiting and waiting...
Howard Lee (04/22/06)
PATTON, Mo. -- Howard Ben Williamson Lee, 62, of Patton died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born Sept. 27, 1943, at Eureka, Mo., son of Howard Manuel and Goldie Moore Lee. Lee was a railroad electrician, and member of Bee Fork Baptist Church...
Donna Dickerson (04/22/06)
Donna Dickerson, 56, of Jackson died Friday, April 21, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Jessie Clifton (04/22/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- Jessie M. Clifton, 73, of Oran died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 14, 1932, in the former Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Charles and Ina Proffer Eaker. She and Wilford Clifton were married March 10, 1951...
Births 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
Stenson; Sterling; Penny; Biri; Fowler; Hager; Abercrombie; Roberts; Walker
Police reports 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
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Out of the past 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
25 years ago: April 22, 1981 PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perryville city employees will decide in an election May 13 whether to unionize; at issue is whether employees are to be represented by Local 30 Industrial and Miscellaneous Workers, an AFL-CIO affiliate based in St. Louis, by Local 50 of the Service Employees International of St. Louis, or by no union...
Reject effort to raise bar on initiative ballots (04/22/06)
By Michael Markarian The Missouri Legislature is considering whether voters should decide to make it more difficult for citizens to protect wildlife within the borders of the Show Me State. The resolution under debate is strikingly similar to a number of bills that have popped up in legislatures around the country, each bill designed to do the same thing: make it all but impossible for ordinary people to exercise their right to give animals a more humane life...
Community spirit (04/22/06)
Leaders in the city of Jackson have been talking about the need to build a community center for a number of years. Something -- primarily a way to fund the project -- has always stood in the way. Now plans are in the works to build a new facility to be funded by the not-for-profit Southeast Missouri Medical Center Inc. and a bequest from the estate of longtime Jackson residents Shelby and Mildred Brown...
Good reason to hide one's identity (04/22/06)
To the editor: "Puppies being called Democrats is a perfect example. We pay to bring them into this world, pay the vet bill, pay for free immunizations, pay for free food. Most dogs don't work, so they live free. Looks like a real Democrat to me: everything from cradle to grave provided by someone else taken out of working people's hard-earned paychecks." -- Speak Out...
Day of Prayer can help turn the tide (04/22/06)
To the editor: It seems as if more and more people are becoming alarmed at the moral direction our country is taking. And we all like to point the finger of blame at politicians, greedy businessmen, the ACLU, vulgarity and nudity on TV, liberals and the ungodly...
Tooke's wit brought down the house (04/22/06)
To the editor: Howard Tooke was least likely to be mayor. He was quiet and reserved. While we were enjoying Frances' take-your-breath-away shrimp sauce, he and Dad would be in the corner conversing for hours. Separated by partisan labels, they were alike in thought and philosophy...
Judith Farris is greatly appreciated (04/22/06)
To the editor: I would like to take this time to thank an amazing woman for her dedication to the Southeast Missouri State University Theatre Department. I was thrilled when I heard that Judith Farris would be joining the wonderful Southeast staff. I have to say I was even more thrilled when I had the pleasure of having three courses with her this semester. ...
Speak Out 4/22/06 (04/22/06)
Nuclear scars; Temporary assistance; Oil subsidies; School hiring
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