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Stories from Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Cairo Councilman Whitaker draws firearms charges (05/09/06)
Legal troubles are piling up for Cairo Councilman Bobby Whitaker, who was charged Monday with two counts of illegally possessing firearms. The guns, a Glock handgun and a shotgun, were found in Whitaker's truck when he was pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving April 28 outside Mounds, Ill...
Southeast Missouri State University hopes to boost enrollment of international students (05/09/06)
Southeast Missouri State University has restructured its international programs in hopes of doubling enrollment of foreign students within two years, school officials said Monday. Southeast currently has 202 international students taking undergraduate, graduate and intensive English classes. School officials want to boost that number to about 400, officials said...
Sikeston museum administrator tapped to head arts council (05/09/06)
Several months after the resignation of former executive director Rebecca Fulgham, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has named her replacement. The arts council announced on Friday that Delilah Tayloe, currently the administrator of the Sikeston Depot Historical and Cultural Center, will take over the position starting June 1...
Cape Girardeau street improvement projects should help traffic (05/09/06)
Several street improvement projects, including the installation of four traffic signals at heavily congested intersections, should improve traffic flow in Cape Girardeau by this fall. Traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Siemers Drive and Lambert Drive; Siemers Drive and Bloomfield Road; Bloomfield Road and Mount Auburn Road; and at an entrance to the Westfield West Park off Mount Auburn Road, near El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant...
Picking for keeps: Cobden farm provides jobs for immigrant colony (05/09/06)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Hunched over baskets in the warmth of a Southern Illinois spring day, migrant workers aren't thinking about protests or walls or amnesty programs. Here at Flamm's Orchard, the immigration debate roiling the country is just a fog of faraway images...
Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning agenda 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
7 p.m. Wednesday Discussion and Voting on Applications Subdivision Plats...
Home and Garden TV show looking for regional input (05/09/06)
Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri's historical homes might hold the key to landing their owners a spot on national TV. Producers of the Home and Garden Television's long-running show "If Walls Could Talk" are seeking people in the local area who have homes with a story to tell...
Learning briefs 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
Bira chosen for fine arts academy; Schlosser presented student award; Students earn vocal awards
House votes to ban using MOHELA money for some stem-cell researh (05/09/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House has voted overwhelmingly to make abortions, human cloning and certain types of stem-cell research out of bounds for any money gained by selling some of the assets of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. The vote Monday to approve the ban came after a plan failed Friday that would have spent $478 million of MOHELA proceeds for campus construction, health care, debt retirement and business enticements...
Missouri briefs 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
Graduation honors teen whose organs gave life PLEASANT HILL, Mo. -- Cody Prewitt never got to see his classmates graduate from Pleasant Hill High School. But more than 1 1/2 years after his death in a car crash, the Kansas City-area teen was there in more than spirit. ...
McCaskill wants U.S. troops moved from Iraq (05/09/06)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Senate candidate Claire McCaskill called Monday for moving U.S. troops from Iraq to neighboring Middle East countries within the next two years. The Democrat said U.S. soldiers' presence is a crutch to interim Iraqi leaders and may be slowing democratic growth. She said redeploying troops elsewhere would ensure longer-term American security and the stabilization of Iraq...
Bond applauds St. Louis efforts to clean up lead (05/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Sen. Kit Bond on Monday applauded St. Louis for its efforts to reduce lead poisoning in children, but said more must be done. He spoke outside the red-brick home of Rebecca Qualls and Kevin Croat, who recently used a city-funded program to remove lead-based paint from the home...
ISU gets $5.9 million for memorial garden (05/09/06)
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A nearly $6 million gift -- the largest individual donation ever given to Illinois State University -- will create a sprawling garden that will showcase nature and serve as an outdoor classroom for horticulture students, university officials said Monday...
Rains delay planting but improve crop outlook (05/09/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Recent rains have slowed planting progress across Missouri, but also improved the outlook in other areas, the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday. Soybean planting has been delayed, while spring tillage, which is 85 percent complete, improved only 1 percent from last week. But the rains improved crop germination, pasture growth, stock water supplies and soil moisture...
Water declared safe in part of New Orleans' Ninth Ward (05/09/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- The state Health Department cleared the way Monday for people to begin to return to the New Orleans neighborhood that faced Hurricane Katrina's worst fury, saying tap water in part of the Lower Ninth Ward is safe. "Our displaced residents in some of the hardest-hit areas are now able to return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives," Mayor Ray Nagin said Monday in a statement...
Nation briefs 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
Man shoots cop outside Wash. police station CHANTILLY, Va. -- An 18-year-old gunman opened fire outside a suburban Washington police station Monday, killing one officer and wounding two others before he was shot and killed, authorities said. No motive was disclosed. ...
CIA nominee Hayden faces confirmation fight over eavesdropping, military ties (05/09/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden as CIA chief ignited a confirmation fight Monday. Lawmakers were concerned over the Hayden's ties to the controversial eavesdropping program and his ability to be independent from the military establishment...
Moussaoui says he lied about his 9-11 involvement (05/09/06)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui says he lied on the witness stand about being involved in the terrorist plot and wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial. The judge turned him down. Moussaoui said he was "extremely surprised" that he was sentenced to life in prison instead of execution and now believes he can get a fair trial from an American jury...
Rice dismisses Iran's letter on nuclear negotiations (05/09/06)
NEW YORK -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed a letter that Iran's president sent to President Bush on Monday, saying the first direct communication from an Iranian leader in 27 years does not help resolve the standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear program...
Trapped gold miners rescued after two weeks underground (05/09/06)
BEACONSFIELD, Australia -- Two Australian miners who survived for two weeks in a kennel-size cage trapped 3,000 feet underground walked out of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine early Tuesday Australian time and punched the air, freed by rescue crews drilling round-the-clock by hand...
Refugee protesters kill translator in riot in Darfur (05/09/06)
NYALA, Sudan -- Darfur refugees rioted Monday and forced the U.N. humanitarian chief to rush from their camp, then later attacked African peacekeepers and killed a translator in a sign of deep tensions in the wartorn region despite a fragile peace deal...
Jackson hammers out 10-1 victory over Perryville (05/09/06)
Jackson's baseball team banged out 12 hits and used three pitchers to four-hit visiting Perryville on Monday in a 10-1 rout. Geoff Enders, Cameron Heath and Robby Cheney held the Pirates to four hits and one first-inning run. Enders started and pitched three innings for the win. Heath pitched the next three innings, and Cheney pitched the seventh...
Central, Bluff will vie for SEMO golf title (05/09/06)
Poplar Bluff's boys golf team has placed in the top three at the state tournament each of the past two years, while Central's four state-qualifying golfers this season are putting up some of the best scores in the long tenure of Tigers coach Dick Wadlington...
Report: Duke officials were misled by early contact with Durham police (05/09/06)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke underestimated the rape allegations against members of the lacrosse team in part because Durham police initially said the accuser "kept changing her story and was not credible," according to a university report issued Monday. The day after the March 13 team party where a 27-year-old black woman claimed she was raped, Durham police told campus officers that "this will blow over," the report said. ...
Bonds helps awkward situation by heading home with 713 HRs (05/09/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds is back home, something that should come as a big relief to the surly slugger and the people who run Major League Baseball. A road trip that ended with a bang -- a mammoth shot that brought Bonds to within one home run of Babe Ruth -- also highlights the conflicting emotions around the San Francisco Giants' left fielder...
Ponson will miss at least one start with strained muscle in arm (05/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Sidney Ponson will miss his next start after he strained a muscle in his right elbow. Ponson, off to a 3-0 start, had to leave Sunday's 9-1 victory over the Florida Marlins after throwing three innings. The Cardinals said Monday that Ponson will be evaluated a second time to determine a treatment and throwing program. Ponson declined comment...
Augusta's new leader carries on old stance (05/09/06)
The new chairman at Augusta National took a familiar stand Monday on the lack of female members, saying it would be a decision for club members and there was no need to have any dialogue with Martha Burk. "Our membership matters are all decided by club members, and we have no specific timetable to address that issue," Billy Payne said in a conference call, his first comments since he was elected last week to replace Hootie Johnson...
Drafting the leader: Defending champ Stewart is second in point standings (05/09/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Here's the good news for the 42 drivers trying to dethrone Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart: He finally had a bad race, failing to lead a single lap in Richmond and never showing enough muscle to challenge for the victory. Now the bad news: He still finished sixth...
Marquis hits Rocky times (05/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Francis may not have an overpowering fastball, but he threw plenty of what he called "quality strikes" to keep the St. Louis Cardinals off balance. The left-hander deftly mixed off-speed pitches and accurate fastballs to give up one run in 7 2-3 innings in a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night. The Rockies won their fourth straight and snapped St. Louis' winning streak at three...
Sabres, Hurricanes take 2-0 leads in second round (05/09/06)
OTTAWA -- The Buffalo Sabres are headed home with a big lead over the Ottawa Senators. J.P. Dumont and Jochen Hecht scored goals 2:27 apart in the second period and Ryan Miller made 43 saves to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Senators on Monday night...
Germany looks to solve its ticketing problem (05/09/06)
LONDON -- A month before Germany opens the World Cup against Costa Rica on June 9, FIFA president Sepp Blatter says organizers are struggling to find solutions to a ticketing problem that could lead to violence outside stadiums and thousands of empty seats inside...
Nets capture Game 1 on road against Heat (05/09/06)
MIAMI -- By any standard, the Miami Heat made a huge closing run. It still wasn't nearly enough to overcome three quarters of miscues and missteps against the New Jersey Nets. Vince Carter scored 27 points, Jason Kidd added 22 and Richard Jefferson had 20 before leaving the game with an ankle injury as the Nets saw most of a 28-point third-quarter lead vanish before hanging on to beat the Heat 100-88 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night...
Royals owner still mum on possible changes (05/09/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Royals owner David Glass reiterated Monday that he is not ready to announce what front-office changes he has in mind. Glass said last week that he was planning "significant changes" in his woebegone club, which entered Monday night's game against Cleveland with a major league-worst 7-22 record...
USC encounters trying times (05/09/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Just two weeks ago, the Southern California football program was in wonderful shape -- a dynasty in the works. Now, with allegations of NCAA violations surfacing against a pair of All-Americans and another player arrested for investigation of sexual assault, the program is under intense scrutiny...
Construction to begin this fall on SLU arena (05/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Construction will begin in September on a new on-campus sports arena at Saint Louis University, a project that has been delayed by rising construction costs, lagging fundraising, even Hurricane Katrina. Details of the new 10,600-seat arena were announced Monday. The arena is expected to be complete by March 2008 just off of Interstate 64, on the east side of campus. The project will cost about $80 million...
Trustees to consider one-year contract extension for Weber (05/09/06)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois Board of Trustees will be asked this week to extend basketball coach Bruce Weber's contract for the third straight year, a 1-year extension that would boost his total compensation to $1 million per year...
Don't forget Mom (05/09/06)
Please don't say you forgot. That's no excuse for the woman who washes your underwear and picks your dirty socks up off the floor. Strapped for cash? Well, there's a solution for that too. There's no price on creativity, so here's a list of fairly inexpensive, home-made gift ideas just in time for Mother's Day (and shame on you for waiting until the last minute)...
Students take to the spotlight in musical (05/09/06)
The creative process is anything but tidy. Actually it starts out chaotic. That's evident in watching rehearsals for the Central Junior High School production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." At the same time, the creative process is a joy to watch...
Last time at grandma's house (05/09/06)
Walking into my grandma's new home, I was weary of the medical smell usually encountered in places like this. Instead, when the door slid open, I was pleasantly surprised with fresh linen and the nurse's perfume when she walked by me. That still didn't distract me from the fact that these places always depressed me -- they seemed so final and so inescapable, as if those living there were throwing in the towel and simply waiting for the inevitable...
Inez McClendon (05/09/06)
Inez McClendon, 86, of Cape Girardeau died peacefully at her home Sunday, May 7, 2006. She was born April 16, 1920, in Jackson, daughter of Garnet and Rispa Johnson Masterson. She and Leon McClendon were married March 26, 1940, in Cape Girardeau. He died Jan. 28, 1984...
Wilma Gettinger (05/09/06)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- Wilma D. Gettinger, 68, of St. Mary died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 10, 1938, at Zell, Mo., daughter of Anthony and Rachel Harter Heberlie. She and Gilbert Gettinger were married Nov. 29, 1958, in Perryville, Mo...
Siebert Freeman (05/09/06)
Siebert Freeman, 76, of Jackson, died Monday at his home. Arrangements were incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Grace Hopkins (05/09/06)
Grace "Cherry" Hopkins, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 8, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Bobette Yount (05/09/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bobette Yount, 68, of Marble Hill died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 19, 1938, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Robert Lee and Leatrice Belle Smith Mungle. She and Paul H. Yount were married June 18, 1959...
Dorris Holshouser (05/09/06)
Dorris L. Holshouser, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 23, 1926, in Ancell, Mo., the daughter of Fred J. and Mae Elizabeth Collie Blattel. She and Herbert Holshouser were married on Feb. 9, 1946, in Jackson. He preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 1993...
Births 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
Gipson; Nenninger; Trapp; Jones; Schneider; Spies
Cape/Jackson fire reports 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
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Out of the past 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
25 years ago: May 9, 1981 A gas "skirmish" has dropped prices at filling stations to $1.07, and Cape Girardeans are doing something they haven't done in a long time -- smile at the gas pumps; the drop in prices is the result of an excess supply of gasoline; Cape Girardeau has some of the lowest prices in the state...
Our anthem (05/09/06)
First it was the flying of the Mexican flag at immigrant rallies seeking access to U.S. rights and privileges that concerned many Americans. Now the singing of our national anthem in Spanish has many Americans up in arms. If you're going to sing our national anthem, they say, sing it in English...
Animosity to immigrants is dangerous (05/09/06)
To the editor: I support the immigrants who protested last week. I feel they work harder than most citizens. Illegal immigrants take those jobs that Americans do not, those they feel are beneath them. The United States ought to support them. We need immigrants. ...
Something good from wrestling (05/09/06)
To the editor: Has anyone watched that show on VH1 about Hulk Hogan and his family? It's called "Hogan Knows Best." Man, is that guy a class act or what? He treats his family with such respect. If he is half the guy he seems to be, maybe some good has come from Vince McMahon's wrestling empire. If you haven't seen the show, I highly recommend watching it...
Speak Out 5/9/06 (05/09/06)
Taxing immigrants; Captive customers; Motorcycle safety; Great opportunity; Water park opinions; Board's job; Dependent on jobs; Make an effort; Dealing with drugs; A father's thanks; University backup; Sudden increases; Private venture
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