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Stories from Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Deadline Monday for Medicare plan (05/10/06)
For the last six months, Marilyn Wiggs weighed the pros and cons. She studied the different plans that are being offered. She just wasn't sure. Then, on Tuesday, the 68-year-old Cape Girardeau resident -- who takes high-blood pressure and cholesterol medicine -- swallowed what she considered the most bitter of pills...
Bobcats booming, but area sightings remain unconfirmed (05/10/06)
They are the most common large predator in Missouri, more numerous than foxes or bears. And they are commonly mistaken for their even larger cousin, the cougar or mountain lion. Bobcats, or lynx as they are also known, aren't much bigger than a large house cat. There are about 15,000 bobcats in Missouri, according to state Department of Conservation officials, and trappers in Cape Girardeau County have been taking them in increasing numbers in recent years...
Medicaid cuts make SADI's annual sale more important (05/10/06)
The SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence always depends on fund-raising activities to fund its mission of helping people with disabilities live independent of institutions. In the wake of cuts to the state Medicaid program last year, those fund-raisers have taken on an added importance...
Caruthersville schools getting free computers (05/10/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The Caruthersville School District superintendent's goal of supplying every teacher with a computer by next school year was made possible thanks to a computer surplus from the Department of Social Service office in Caruthersville...
Downtown golf set for June 25 (05/10/06)
Cape Girardeau's first downtown golf fund-raiser is scheduled to take place June 25 at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee for the event is $25. Each person entering will receive an official tournament T-shirt (for the first 100 applicants) and an all-you-can-eat catfish buffet dinner afterwards at the Louis Lorimier Red House Museum. All proceeds will benefit the Red House Foundation...
Cairo clerk fired over lawn episode (05/10/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Embattled Mayor Paul Farris Tuesday fired city clerk Debran Sudduth, who up to now had been loyal to the man who hired him. Sudduth called the reason for his dismissal a misunderstanding, the bad result of office joking. A city work crew mowed his lawn, he said, and the mayor fired him for misusing public resources...
Sikeston police say kidnapping report false, robbery reported in wrong area (05/10/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- In a four-day period, Sikeston police received two reports of crimes that had less-than-credible information. Around 11 a.m. Monday, a 12-year-old girl reported she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
State: Bell City schools wrongly claimed funding (05/10/06)
The Bell City School District illegally obtained state aid for at least nine students who don't live in the district, a state education agency found. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will demand the district -- which has approximately 300 students -- repay thousands of dollars in state aid received over the past two years, agency officials said Tuesday...
Cape 'fortress' tumbles (05/10/06)
The brick apartment building at the northeast corner of Themis and North Ellis streets in Cape Girardeau had seen almost a century without serious mishap. Built in 1911 by former railroad conductor D.A. Chapin, the parapet on the front of the structure still bore his name Tuesday morning. Things changed in a hurry...
Region digest 05/10/06 (05/10/06)
Man pleads innocent to beating, knife charges A Cape Girardeau man pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges of beating his girlfriend and drawing a knife on police officers. Kenneth E. Brown, 38, of 205 S. Middle St., entered his plea to felony burglary, domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon before Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis. ...
Nature campus celebrating its first anniversary (05/10/06)
The Cape Girardeau Conservation Campus Nature Center will celebrate its first anniversary Saturday with a day of programs on migratory birds. Conservation employees and volunteers will provide bird banding demonstrations, bird conservation displays and photo displays by area art students. There will be events scheduled to teach about various birds that can be seen in the area...
Former clerk pleads guilty to reduced theft charge (05/10/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- The former city court clerk for Chaffee, Mo., admitted to stealing from the city's municipal court and was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation. In exchange for her guilty plea, the Scott County prosecuting attorney's office agreed to reduce Robin Dannenmueller's charge of felony stealing to misdemeanor stealing...
Club news 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
Cape Girardeau County AARP 4041; Lamplighters FCE; Xi Nu Phi
Legislator pay raises on agenda in final week of spring session (05/10/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There's not much time left, but one of the final actions under consideration this year by Missouri lawmakers is a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier for them to receive pay raises. Many lawmakers say their concern is not for their own wallets, but rather for those of Missouri's judges, who also stand to benefit...
Missouri lawmakers give approval for 'virtual school' (05/10/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers approved the creation of a new public school Tuesday that would link students to teachers and textbooks by the computer instead of a traditional classroom. The "virtual school" would begin offering courses during the 2007-2008 school year under legislation given final approval by a 136-20 House vote. The Senate passed the bill 31-0 last month, meaning it now goes to Gov. Matt Blunt...
South Carolina among several states observing Confederate holiday today (05/10/06)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The leader of the South Carolina Senate says it's sad that all but one of the state's 85 school districts will hold classes on Confederate Memorial Day. "When it's mandatory, they should observe it. When they start picking and choosing holidays, it creates a controversy," said Republican Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston, a Civil War re-enactor and member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "We don't need to get back in that debate."...
Food companies going after Hispanic families (05/10/06)
CHICAGO -- From "Tony el Tigre" on Frosted Flakes boxes to a Latin-dance exercise video, Kellogg is in hot pursuit of Hispanic grocery shoppers. It's not alone. With young families and growing numbers, Hispanics are among the food industry's most coveted customers. Kellogg Co., the nation's dominant cereal maker, says it's boosting marketing to Hispanics by 60 percent...
669 file suit against State Farm Insurance Co. for denying claims from Hurricane Katrina (05/10/06)
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday by more than 650 Gulf Coast homeowners accuses State Farm Insurance Co. of using a "one-size-fits-all" engineering report as the basis for refusing to cover damage to homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina...
More schools face education law's most serious penalties (05/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Falling short of requirements under President Bush's education law, about 1,750 U.S. schools have been ordered into radical "restructuring," subject to mass firings, closure, state takeover or other moves aimed at wiping their slates clean...
'Fat Man' completes cross-country walking trek in New York City -- 100 pounds lighter (05/10/06)
NEW YORK -- Steve Vaught didn't count each mile he walked or weigh himself every day along the way. And as he completed the final leg of his trek across America, he said making it to New York City from California on foot was only part of his story...
Comics' Dagwood to headline sandwich chain (05/10/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- After building his first skyscraper sandwich in a 1936 Blondie comic strip, Dagwood Bumstead -- well, at least the man behind him -- is finally making his daydream of venturing into the food business come alive. The first in a planned chain of Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes is due to open in Clearwater, Fla., in August...
Murder makes a comeback in New Orleans (05/10/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Jane Anderson misses the old days -- the days right after Hurricane Katrina when National Guardsmen with rifles roamed the street outside the New Orleans shop where she works. The days when there weren't many people around and crime was down sharply...
Hitting the pavement (05/10/06)
I hate golf. I hate the silly clothes, the expense and the elitist attitudes that, for me, are part of the game. But most of all, I hate the destruction golf wreaks on the environment. In my native Tucson, Ariz., golf courses have swallowed up huge swaths of desert. Thousands of acres of cactus have been bulldozed under, replaced by rolling green hills that look like they'd be more at home in Scotland than in the drought-stricken Sonoran Desert...
World briefs 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
Confessed cannibal convicted, jailed for life FRANKFURT, Germany -- A man who admitted killing and eating an acquaintance he met on the Internet was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison Tuesday following his retrial in a case that engrossed and appalled Germany. ...
First China-U.S. drug inquiry nets record seizure of cocaine (05/10/06)
BEIJING -- Chinese and U.S. agents seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine smuggled from Colombia, authorities said Tuesday -- a record drug bust for China that underscores how South American narcotics gangs are moving into Asia. Nine people were arrested. Chinese television footage showed a locker stacked high with dozens of bricks of smuggled cocaine, some with a yin yang symbol embossed on the solid white blocks...
SCC will hold off on legal action vs. MSHSAA (05/10/06)
Scott County Central officials decided this week to hold off on pursuing legal action regarding the Missouri State High School Activities Association until it is determined whether new developments will affect the penalties the organization recently handed the school...
High school girls soccer statistics 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS GOALS Lauren Drewett, Jackson 13 Hannah Schremp, SV 1 ASSISTS SHUTOUTS...
Tiger netters head to district (05/10/06)
The Central boys tennis team was shut out at last year's district tournament, failing to qualify in singles, doubles and the team category. The Tigers could be headed for a similar fate this season with a tough road ahead of them at the Class 4 District 1 tournament Thursday at Lindbergh High School, but the future looks bright for coach Bud Craven and his squad...
Mules' turn to win (05/10/06)
The third boys golf meeting between Central and Poplar Bluff in the past eight days went to the Mules on Tuesday, as Poplar Bluff beat Central by nine strokes in the SEMO Conference Tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club. Poplar Bluff edged the Tigers by three strokes in the Class 4 District 1 tournament, and Central followed with a 10-stroke victory at the Cape Girardeau Country Club on Thursday...
Devil Rays' top prospect receives 50-game suspension (05/10/06)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young was suspended for 50 games without pay by the International League on Tuesday for throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest. IL president Randy Mobley said he believed the suspension was the longest in the league's 123-year history...
Players can scrap new drug policy if contract talks fail (05/10/06)
NEW YORK -- Major league players can scrap the sport's toughened drug rules if they don't have a new labor contract by August, a provision drawing attention from congressmen who pushed for the strengthened policy. If players and owners don't agree to a new labor contract by Aug. 1, the union has until Aug. 15 to unilaterally end the new drug policy as of Dec. 19, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires...
She's back -- to win (05/10/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Indianapolis 500 were seven laps shorter, Danica Patrick would be returning to the Brickyard this week as defending champion. After last year's monthlong frenzy of fan and media attention, Patrick had racing immortality in sight. But rookie mistakes cost her precious seconds early in the race, and Dan Wheldon overtook her with six laps to go as the gas in her tank dwindled...
Lupul scores four goals in OT win; Mighty Ducks take 3-0 series lead (05/10/06)
DENVER -- Even though Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't impeccable, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks remained perfect thanks to Joffrey Lupul's four goals Tuesday night. Lupul's three goals in regulation and one in overtime gave the Ducks a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series...
Writers could get more time than BALCO players (05/10/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Five people linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative were convicted of doling out steroids to elite athletes. But in an ironic twist, two San Francisco Chronicle writers who reported on the probe could end up serving more jail time than any of them...
Kings make change, fire Adelman after eight seasons (05/10/06)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Rick Adelman made eight straight playoff appearances in eight consecutive winning seasons coaching the Sacramento Kings. His teams won two division titles while crafting an exciting new image for one of the NBA's least lovable franchises...
Cavs close gap but not enough to beat Detroit (05/10/06)
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James prevented the Detroit Pistons from cruising to a second straight rout. Cleveland's star just couldn't do enough to even the series. James scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half, but Rasheed Wallace scored 29 points and Tayshaun Prince had 20 to lead Detroit to a 97-91 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night -- and a 2-0 lead in their second-round series...
Prodigy Adu slowly matures both his game, mind in MLS (05/10/06)
DENVER -- Imagine for a second that you work for a large corporation. Being a high-level executive, you've built a reputation, earned attention from the media and peers across the country, maybe even internationally. Then, one day, the company brings in a 14-year-old wunderkind who everyone fawns over. Doesn't matter that you've been on the job nearly as long as he's been alive. He's got the potential and is going to get the attention, whether it's deserved or not...
Pujols rescues Cards with No. 17 (05/10/06)
ST. LOUIS -- With Albert Pujols at the plate, the St. Louis Cardinals have almost come to figure they have the upper hand even when they're trailing. Pujols' major league-leading 17th home run, a three-run shot off Jose Mesa in the eighth inning, gave the Cardinals a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. He also leads the majors with 41 RBIs, and has the go-ahead RBI in seven of his team's last 12 victories...
Arm injury lands Ponson on 15-day DL (05/10/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Sidney Ponson got the news he expected on Tuesday when the St. Louis Cardinals placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right elbow. Ponson, 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA, had to leave Sunday's 9-1 victory over the Florida Marlins after throwing three innings. The Cardinals are calling the injury an acute flexor muscle strain, and for Ponson one day without a move held no suspense...
Sports briefs 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
Colleges; Motorsports
Re-creating the perfect skirt (05/10/06)
Most of my projects begin with a little deconstruction. I picked up this trait from my mother. She can look at a whole and break it down into parts with lightning speed and accuracy. And most of the time her creation beats the original by a long shot...
Crafting an 'I love you' card for Mother's Day (05/10/06)
What you need: white cardstock, ruler, plain copy paper, glue, stipple brush, water-based ink, Exacto knife, colored cardstock, ribbon. To make this card: 1. Cut a 5-by-25-inch piece of white cardstock. 2. Mark dots at 2 1/2-inch intervals so that you can then fold it into 10 equal sections...
Life in the shadows and a familiar dream (05/10/06)
Last Friday was Cinco de Mayo and I found myself in a migrant worker camp in Cobden, Ill. After knocking on the door of a concrete bungalow, a squat, sharp-featured woman answered with two children peering from behind. "Hi, we're from the newspaper. Can we speak with you?" I asked...
Celebrating love with food (05/10/06)
Weddings are one of my favorite events to attend. Each one is so different yet so special in its own way. This weekend we will attend the wedding of our special friends, Hayley Bridges and Derek Hood. It seems like only a short time ago Hayley was a baby, then toddling around everyone's feet as sweet as a little doll. ...
LeRoy Hahn (05/10/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- LeRoy W. Hahn, 59, of Perryville died Monday, May 8, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1946, in Perry County, son of William "Jeffie" and Edith Mandy Hendrix Hahn. He and Elizabeth Ann Wright were married Feb. 25, 1998. Hahn was a lead man at Gilster-Mary Lee. He lived and worked many years as a boiler room operator at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He was a member of Amvets Post 94...
Freeman Siebert (05/10/06)
Freeman E. Siebert, 76, of Jackson passed away Monday, May 8, 2006, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 4, 1930, at his home in Tilsit, son of the late Leo and Frieda Fluegge Siebert. He and Ellouise Gerecke were married June 20, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville...
Jerry McDowell (05/10/06)
Jerry M. McDowell, 71, of Jackson died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at his home. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Grace Hopkins (05/10/06)
Grace Allene Cherry Hopkins, 76, of Cape Girardeau died at 4:33 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 1, 1930, in Obion, Tenn., daughter of Rufus and Mary Collins Cherry. She and Laverne Hopkins were married July 24, 1947, in Mayfield, Ky...
Leamon Green (05/10/06)
Leamon Floyd Green, 86, of Jackson, formerly of Scott City, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at his home. He was born March 1, 1920, at Mine LaMotte, Mo., son of Avery Clarence and Callie Jane Dorris Green. He and Estella Mahala Brock were married Dec. 13, 1941, at Jackson...
Births 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
Kluesner; Skinner; Spies
Honor roll: Jackson South Elementary School (05/10/06)
Jackson South Elementary School 4th grade -- Zach Abernathy, Ibraheem Aziz, Taylor Bauknecht, Anna Beussink, Layna Bond, Dylan Brazel, Zach Buchheit, Justin Burton, Meredith Cook, Shannon Davis, Ashton Dorris, Amelia Fisher, Hannah Gard, Alicia Hankins, Robbie Hartle, Brittany Hazelwood, Brady Heisserer, Collin Herzog, Heather Hogan, Jordan Johns, Nick Keser, Joseph Killough, Kody Kingree, Jenna Kirk, Auxtin Lacy, Alex Mackey, Taylor McClard, Shawn Pinkerton, James Curtis Poole, Christian Price, Nate Prince, Blake Reimann, Chance Roberts, Dylan Rush, Daulton Scheffer, Jeffrey Sirrine, Sheri Sizemore, Rachel Smith, Melissa Stephens, Megan Stinson, Kunal Sutaria, Julianne Thomas, Hayley Todt, Braxton Tucker, Mikel Ulrich, Gabe Underwood, Kelcie Ussery, Cheyenne Vaughn, Shad Wren. ...
Honor roll: St. Paul Lutheran School (05/10/06)
St. Paul Lutheran School 5th Grade -- Lauren Barr, Gabriel Bohnert, Kodi Byrd, Lauren Hecht, Carly Lorenz, Jordan Myer, Ethan Mirly, Collin Sprandel 6th Grade -- Jeremy Engelhart, Nicole Hemmann, Luke Mueller 7th Grade -- BaileyAnn Crites, Ryan Sprandel, Jaime Young...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
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Out of the past 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
25 years ago: May 10, 1981 Dr. Marvin H. Wilkening, speaking yesterday at the spring commencement for Southeast Missouri State University, described the "tremendous flash of light" that accompanied the first test of the atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert on June 16, 1945...
Spirit of America (05/10/06)
The Southeast Missourian has presented its Spirit of America Award at the Fourth of July Libertyfest celebration in Cape Girardeau each year since 2003. The award honors an individual who exemplifies the character and ideals of this country we love...
Speak Out 5/10/06 (05/10/06)
Lack of respect; To the rescue; More of the same; Getting the facts; When life begins; Mother's honesty; Ask the teachers; Not his fault; Taking a stand; Inflicting piety; One-party voting; Abusing ex parte; Revealing the truth; Useless walkway; School scheduling; Don't back down; Clueless at the top; Responsible teaching; Expecting miracles; Grass in the street; Wonderful man; Children's rights; Wasted effort
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