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Stories from Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bird flu may be in U.S. as early as summer (05/11/06)
Tuesday night millions of Americans died from avian flu following an outbreak that spread rapidly around the world. In the ABC television network movie, "Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America," a strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus originates in a Hong Kong market and mutates into a human virus that rapidly spreads across the world...
Audit finds shortfalls with parole, probation (05/11/06)
A recent audit of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole revealed inadequate monitoring of both offenders and the performance of field officers. The audit, conducted by the office of the state auditor, found that probation and parole officers only made house visits to offenders 34 percent of the required times...
Man shot at Cape apartment complex (05/11/06)
A man was shot in the arm, but not seriously injured, this morning at a Cape Girardeau apartment complex. Police responded to 312 W. Lorimier Place around 3:15 a.m. for a man shot, said police spokesman Jason Selzer. The vicitm, a 24-year-old Cape Girardeau resident, was shot in the left upper arm and taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released...
Challenger Garland wins tie-breaker election for Meadow Heights board (05/11/06)
PATTON, Mo. -- Stephen Garland won a special election for a seat on the Meadow Heights Board of Education Tuesday, defeating incumbent Terry Wagner. Garland won with 337 votes to 72 votes for Wagner, school superintendent Victor Martin said. The two men deadlocked in the April regular election, each receiving 103 votes...
Mayor: Mowing mandate was not misunderstood (05/11/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- City clerk Debran Sudduth was fired because he ordered city workers to mow his lawn and sought to conceal his actions, Cairo Mayor Paul Farris said Wednesday. In a telephone interview, Farris said his investigation of Sudduth's actions revealed a sharply different version of events from the one told by the dismissed clerk Tuesday night. Sudduth has claimed a city work crew mowed his lawn when an office joke was misunderstood, not because he issued orders for the work...
Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning action taken 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
On Wednesday: Subdivision plats...
Weighing the risks (05/11/06)
They struggle to keep up in class. Some feel alienated. Others act up. Some move from school to school. Others have chronic discipline problems, health problems or poor English skills. Educators say they're all students at risk of failing in school and dropping out entirely...
Region digest 05/11/06 (05/11/06)
Two Alabama men get 15 years on gun charge A 15-year prison sentence was handed down in federal court Wednesday for two Alabama men arrested in Scott County for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry sentenced Marvin A. ...
Man arrested after police chase (05/11/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A police chase in and around Sikeston on Tuesday led to the arrest of a Wisconsin man. Sikeston police officers attempted to pull over and arrest Darrius D. Johnson, 33, of Milwaukee, on a probation warrant around 10:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Cape to hire consultants to help with update of plan (05/11/06)
For the first time in nearly 20 years, Cape Girardeau is ready to re-evaluate its comprehensive plan. The city will hire an outside consulting firm charged with taking input from both city staff and the community in order to determine what policies and priorities need updating. With help from the consultants, city staff will make changes to the document that the planning and zoning commission must ultimately approve...
Chaffee board hires new school superintendent (05/11/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee school board has hired Richland School District superintendent Ken Latham to replace Dr. Arnold Bell, effective July 1. Bell has accepted a job as superintendent of a school district north of St. Charles, Mo. Latham, who lives in Sikeston, Mo., was chosen from among 16 candidates, school officials said Wednesday...
Cape woman looks forward to what each day brings (05/11/06)
Paula Kempe, a 14-year contributor to the Southeast Missourian letters to the editor column, will reach the 100-year milestone Tuesday. Rising at 4:30 a.m. allows her to fully enjoy her time and is important for Kempe to get the news to organize her thoughts on what she may write on. The newspaper arrives around that time, but Kempe doesn't want to miss anything so she keeps the television on round the clock...
Senate sends another bill to limit gifts for candidates (05/11/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate tried again Wednesday to remove limits on individuals' contributions to candidates, sending the idea to the House for a second time this session. Supporters say a repeal of the contribution limits would make campaign spending clearer to the public, but critics say it would be a move in the wrong direction...
House votes for analysis of MOHELA plan (05/11/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Almost a week after the legislative death of a $478 million spending plan for the proceeds of a student loan sell-off, lawmakers have continued their discussion about whether the sale should even happen. The House attached an amendment Wednesday to a larger higher education bill that would require the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to hire an independent authority to analyze the financial and legal fallout of the proposed sell-off before going through with it...
Nation briefs 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
At least 3 people killed by tornadoes in Texas WESTMINSTER, Texas -- Authorities went door to door in a search for victims Wednesday after twisters ripped through rural North Texas overnight, reducing homes to concrete slabs and killing at least three people. ...
Lost hikers survive in Calif.mountains with supplies from missing hiker's campsite (05/11/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Two lost hikers who survived three nights in rugged terrain were rescued after they scavenged supplies from the campsite of another hiker who vanished last year and is presumed dead. The pair found a backpack containing clothing and matches in the deserted campsite of John Donovan, almost a year to the day after he disappeared in the San Jacinto Mountains...
Worldwide condolences pour out for last U.S. survivor of Titanic (05/11/06)
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Lillian Gertrud Asplund lived a quiet life. She held down a job at a life insurance company, never married and had no children. Her only known survivors were two distant cousins. But condolences poured in from as far away as New Zealand and Argentina when she died at 99. The flower room at the funeral chapel was packed. And complete strangers prayed at her graveside Wednesday as the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic was laid to rest...
Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 5-year high; investors guess about next step (05/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve's interest rate decisions may be getting less predictable. After bumping up borrowing costs for the 16th time in a row on Wednesday, it left Wall Street and Main Street guessing what the next move, in June, might be...
Group seeks to save ground zero stairs and Katrina-hit areas (05/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- Anyplace else, the scarred concrete steps would be an eyesore. At ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, they were a last chance for escape. Now they stand as the last surviving above-ground piece of the World Trade Center. The "Survivors Staircase," as the steps are known, was named one of the nation's most endangered historic places Wednesday, along with whole swaths of New Orleans and Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina...
Supreme Court divides 5-4 in immigration case (05/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court split 5-4 Wednesday to let the Bush administration deport a British man for breaking the law in Mississippi. Kiren Kumar Bharti's request for a stay was supported by the court's four most liberal members: Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. They did not explain their votes...
Activists encourage legal immigrants to apply for citizenship (05/11/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Juana Elba Benitez is studying for the U.S. citizenship test she failed eight years ago -- an exam the 75-year-old native of El Salvador swore she would never take again. Then she learned that Congress was debating a crackdown on illegal immigrants, and Benitez worried that legal residents like her might be next. So she is memorizing the first 13 states and who said "Give me liberty or give me death," all to be able to vote...
Australians lost at sea live off squid and rainwater during 22-day ordeal (05/11/06)
SYDNEY, Australia -- A man, his son and his teenage nephew survived for three weeks on squid and rainwater as their boat drifted in choppy waters off the northeastern tip of Australia, police said Wednesday. John Tabo, 38, his son John, 20, and his nephew Tom, 16, set off from their home on Murray Island in a fiberglass boat on April 17 to pick up members of a rugby team from an island 43 miles away, police said...
Iraq's president decries violence, appeals for unity (05/11/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Jalal Talabani urged Iraq's feuding factions Wednesday to unite against surging crime and terrorism, saying Iraqis feel "shock, dismay and anger" at the ongoing slaughter. The government reported 952 people -- most of them civilians -- died nationwide last month in "terrorist" violence, including attacks by sectarian death squads that torture and kill their victims before dumping the mutilated bodies in the streets...
London bombers acted alone, reports conclude (05/11/06)
LONDON -- British government reports into the July bombings on London's transit network conclude the four attackers acted without the assistance of foreign terrorists, officials and lawmakers said Wednesday. The two reports being released today address concerns that intelligence agencies had placed two of the bombers under surveillance in 2004 but determined them not to be a threat and halted the supervision...
Women alleged sex abuse by Mexican police (05/11/06)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's human rights agency said Tuesday it has filed complaints with prosecutors after nearly two dozen women claimed they were raped or sexually abused by police following a violent protest. The allegations are the most serious to arise against police -- frequently accused of corruption and violence -- during the administration of President Vicente Fox, said Guillermo Ibarra, coordinator-general of projects and communication for the Mexican National Human Rights Commission...
France honors slave trade victims (05/11/06)
PARIS -- France honored victims of the slave trade Wednesday with a national day of concerts, school lessons, Louvre exhibits and ceremonies in a trading port that grew rich from New World slave plantations. President Jacques Chirac, marking the first annual commemoration day, urged France to confront the dark chapters of its history, 158 years after it abolished the practice of traders seizing Africans to toil in Caribbean colonies...
Scott County Central situation to be topic at MSHSAA's meeting in June (05/11/06)
The penalties against Scott County Central's boys basketball program will be a topic on the agenda in the June meeting of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. But MSHSAA spokesman Rick Kindhart doesn't expect the board to consider information that has come to light in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's investigation into residency discrepancies for Bell City students...
McDonald honored again (05/11/06)
There was no sophomore jinx for Southeast Missouri State shortstop Megan McDonald. McDonald, a Central High School graduate, was last season's Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year. On Wednesday, McDonald repeated as an all-OVC first-team selection based on voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors...
Dean, Lane, Brownlee form Edgar's first coaching staff (05/11/06)
It was really never a secret, but recently hired Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar officially announced his new coaching staff early this week. Ronnie Dean and Toby Lane, holdovers from previous coach Gary Garner's staff, have been retained by Edgar, with Scepter Brownlee also joining the Redhawks...
Redhawks confident despite skid (05/11/06)
Southeast Missouri State softball coach Lana Richmond insists the Redhawks aren't fazed by their 10-game losing streak to end the regular season. In fact, Richmond believes the Redhawks will enter the six-team Ohio Valley Conference tournament that begins today with plenty of confidence as each squad chases the league's automatic NCAA berth...
Area sports digest 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
Annual rodeo event set for Friday night Cape's Wildest Roughstock Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Cape Girardeau Arena Grandstand in Arena Park. The event begins with mutton bustin' at 6 p.m. with the rodeo set to begin at 7 p.m. A dance will follow on both nights...
Heat evens series with Nets (05/11/06)
MIAMI -- Siohvaughn Wade doesn't necessarily enjoy when her husband leaves home for a late-night workout. "Actually, she hates it," Dwyane Wade said. If those sessions always equate into this kind of result, well, she'll probably learn to handle it...
Auction winner ready for chance to play (05/11/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Danny Massier may be the world's biggest fan of the National Indoor Football League. He often makes road trips to games from his home in Saskatchewan, Canada, even collects game-worn jerseys. The next one will be his own. Massier, a 43-year-old steel company clerk, bid $1,326 in an Ebay auction to win the right to suit up for St. Louis' entry in the 22-team league in a June 23 home game against the Tennessee Riversharks...
Hamlin fares well in his time in spotlight (05/11/06)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Denny Hamlin's first big weekend as a NASCAR star in the area where he grew up couldn't have started more poorly. It couldn't have ended much better. Three days after horseplay following a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway left him with a gash in his hand that required 19 stitches, he dueled with buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. late and finished a career-best second at Richmond...
Austin Peay coach steps down for high school job (05/11/06)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The women's basketball coach at Austin Peay is stepping down and taking a job at a high school in Alabama. Andy Blackston announced Tuesday he is leaving to be athletic director and boys basketball coach at Madison Academy in Madison, Ala...
Pujols sets tone in win vs. Rockies (05/11/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols' first at-bat Wednesday was much like his final trip to the plate the previous night -- another home run against the Colorado Rockies. Pujols hit his major league-leading 18th homer and Jeff Suppan won his fourth straight start, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-4 victory...
Sabres, Hurricanes take 3-0 series leads (05/11/06)
Maybe it's time to stop referring to them as the "No-name" Buffalo Sabres. J.P. Dumont's floater from the right circle 5:05 into overtime gave Buffalo a 3-2 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night and a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals...
Health briefs/calendar 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
Briefly Contours Express and other members of International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association will partner with other local businesses in promoting the national "Get Active America" campaign. Contours owner Emily Stapleton also invites women in the community to work out free at Contours throughout the week of May 15 to 19 at Contours Express in the Town Plaza. They will have access to the club's trainers and state-of-the-art exercise equipment...
Seeing through new eyes (05/11/06)
Doris Jean and Gary Arnold finish each other's sentences and enjoy the cozy little bickering that 46 years of marriage brings. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that the couple -- he builds homes and she sells them -- had eye surgery the same day...
Carmen Miranda's in the kitchen (05/11/06)
May 11, 2006 Dear Mom, A long time ago, even before my conscious memory began recording, you began teaching me how to make a life. You read me stories. Dad was helping fight the Korean War, so neither of us had much else to do. Each of us has our own stories about experiences remembered for reasons that are mysterious and personal but universal...
The good and the bad about mint juleps (05/11/06)
This past Saturday found me standing in the shadow of Churchill Downs' famous twin spires, a frothy mint julep in my hand, a tear in my eye as we sang "My Old Kentucky Home." If it is the first Saturday in May, I, along with my siblings and our significant others, will be feeling swell at the Kentucky Derby...
Lucille McCulley (05/11/06)
Lucille Virginia McCulley, 81, of Scott City died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Reed (05/11/06)
Kenneth Harlan Reed, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born March 7, 1929, in Brookport, Ill., son of Arthur and Frances Martin Reed. He and Babe Ruth Gipson were married Oct. 19, 1966, in Metropolis, Ill. She died June 21, 2005...
George Felker (05/11/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- George L. Fellker, 79, of Chaffee died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Albert Moore (05/11/06)
Albert Eugene "Gene" Moore, 76, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Freed (05/11/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mary Lavada Freed, 82, of Sikeston died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at her home. She was born March 25, 1924, in Dublin, Ark., daughter of Joseph Lenus and Virgie Holt Ranzle. She and Samuel Everett Manning were married March 20, 1943. He died Sept. 20, 1945. She and Paul L. Freed were married Oct. 1, 1946, in Charleston, Mo. He died Jan. 14, 2006...
Polly Bell (05/11/06)
Polly Bell, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry McDowell (05/11/06)
Jerry Morton McDowell went to his heavenly father Tuesday, May 9, 2006. He was born March 22, 1935, to William "Paul" McDowell and Blanche Irene Morton McDowell of Fruitland. His wife of 50 years, Ina JoAnn Hanners McDowell, and two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Wayne McDowell and wife Kim, and Terry William McDowell and wife Kim Kurka McDowell, survive him...
Mildred Oberle (05/11/06)
Mildred E. Adams Oberle, at peace in the arms of our Lord, April 29, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Thomas M. Oberle. Mother to Rebecca and William Bunting, Jane and Joseph Rigdon and Timothy and Susan Oberle. Grandmother to Douglas, Anne, Jennifer, Jill, James, Tiffany and Matthew, and great-grandmother to 10...
Births 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
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Out of the past 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
25 years ago: May 11, 1981 The futures of the license bureaus at Cape Girardeau and Jackson continue to hang upon the pending decision of a St. Louis federal judge who heard the class-action lawsuit challenging the replacement of agents over the state by the Republican administration of Gov. Kit Bond; there is some speculation that the judge will make a case-by-case determination on the license bureau issue, as opposed to a blanket ruling...
This and that: Scalia's visit, mayor's prayer event, Mother's Day (05/11/06)
A crowd of about 2,500 turned out to hear U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who spoke May 3 at the Show Me Center. What a delightful evening. From the opening welcome by Adam Hanna, Southeast Missouri State University student body president, to the comments by university president Ken Dobbins, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the traditional Limbaugh-style factual and informative introduction of Scalia by Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr...
Congress working fewer and fewer hours (05/11/06)
By Lee Hamilton Our lawmakers in Washington have a lot on their plates this spring and summer. They have to deal with emergency spending bills for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and for rebuilding the Gulf Coast. They have to come up with a budget blueprint, which the House failed to do before taking off for a recess in early April, and try to get a handle on immigration reform, which the Senate likewise had to put off so its members could leave town...
Fame on a wall (05/11/06)
Thomas Melvin, the Chicago artist, who -- with a good many helpers -- made the Mississippi River Tales murals on Cape Girardeau's downtown floodwall such a smash hit, has signed on to redo the Wall of Fame murals farther south on the floodwall. The Wall of Fame includes portraits of the famous and notorious who have Missouri ties...
Read the ads for a change of pace (05/11/06)
To the editor: Should you tire reading of the many shootings that occur almost daily in the news, the increased use of drugs and the fraud, try turning to the ads. That is what I have done. What a pleasant change it made. You will find the ads artistic in design, beautiful in color and interesting to read. Notice, if you will, how color always catches the eye and how frequently it is used in ads. What a delight it would be if all ads were in color...
Speak Out 5/11/06 (05/11/06)
Cell-phone decision; Man of experience; Always distracted; Ask questions; Great jazz; Farmers need illegals
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