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Stories from Thursday, May 25, 2006

State rep drumming up support for veterans hall tax exemption (05/25/06)
A state representative from suburban St. Louis believes veterans groups around the state are "under attack" from county assessors who are forcing veterans halls to pay property taxes. "Our veterans have paid enough already. They shouldn't have to pay property tax on their halls," said Col. Jack Jackson at VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau...
Judge finds probable cause in Internet sex sting case (05/25/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A man arrested in an undercover police sting targeting sexual predators was told as many as five times that the online profile he was soliciting was a 13-year-old girl, a deputy testified Wednesday. Edward M. Murphy, 43, of Farmington, Mo., was bound over to circuit court when Associate Circuit Judge Scott E. Thomsen found probable cause to continue the case...
County commission may put tax increase to vote (05/25/06)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners will vote Tuesday to place a countywide sales tax increase on the August ballot. The half-cent increase would raise the county sales tax to 1 cent and would generate funds for county roads, Cape Girardeau's special road district and the Cape Gir-adeau County Sheriff's De-partment, said Commissioner Larry Bock...
Car crashes into Benton antique store (05/25/06)
BENTON, MO. -- A woman's vehicle crashed through a Scott County antique store Thursday afternoon, traveling 40 feet before stopping. The accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. and the driver was the only person injured, according to New Hamburg-Benton-Commerece Rural Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Ivan LaGrand. The woman was taken to a local hospital, he said...
Summer's prelude (05/25/06)
Beneath the deep shade just beyond a Capaha Park playground, a woman, perhaps a mother in her late 20s, sat at a picnic table, her sunglasses holding the hair off her face. She was watching two boys, about 5 or 6 years old, chase each other through the sun-splotched grass. ...
Leaders suggest different strategies for smaller towns (05/25/06)
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Revitalizing small towns across America will only require one step -- totally rethinking the way economic development is done. OK, it's a big step. But a necessary one, according to civic and business leaders from across Missouri who participated in a "town hall meeting" Wednesday at a leadership conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort...
Ulrich graduates Army basic training (05/25/06)
Army Pvt. Phillip R. Ulrich Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Ulrich is the son of Phillip Ulrich Sr. of Burfordville. -- From staff reports
Couldn't eat just one: 'Heavy-set' man steals Frito-Lay truck, opens 22 bags of chips (05/25/06)
Man steals chip truck, opens bags, leaves truck One criminal proved his appetite for theft was greater than most. A Frito-Lay delivery truck stolen from behind a Cape Girardeau grocery store Wednesday was found nearly three hours later with several bags of chips inside opened up. ...
Returning to her roots (05/25/06)
Judith Bader Jones remembers attending Teen Town dances on the corner of Spanish and Themis streets during the early 1950s. She also remembers being a marching majorette for Central High School and reading books while sitting by the Mississippi River in Caruthersville, Mo...
Region/state digest 05/25/06 (05/25/06)
Suspect arrested shortly after stabbing SIKESTON, Mo. -- A 49-year-old woman was stabbed in the shoulder Wednesday afternoon while walking into a Sikeston Wal-Mart. Police arrested the suspect shortly after the incident, but no motive had been established, according to a Sikeston Department of Public Safety news release. ...
Cape Girardeau Public Library offers youth events (05/25/06)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library will offer the following youth activities beginning in June: Summer reading program -- "Paws, claws, scales and tales," begins June 5 for readers and listeners age birth to 12. Participants set their own reading goals and can earn prizes for meeting those goals. Program includes a drawing for a bicycle...
Blunt says his Iraq trip is good for morale (05/25/06)
Gov. Matt Blunt visited Missouri National Guard troops in Iraq on Wednesday and came away impressed with their resolve in the war on terror. "It certainly is inspiring to me," Blunt said in a telephone conference call with reporters in Missouri during his tour of military facilities in Iraq...
Report urges school changes to keep military bases open (05/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A report from a state military commission calls for changes to the education system to help Missouri become a "military-friendly state." The report, released Wednesday by the Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, outlines possible changes at the state and local level, including allowing military members to vote in local elections and receive college scholarships otherwise reserved for Missouri residents...
$4 million paid to pro signature gatherers (05/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Professional petition circulators were paid around $4 million to solicit signatures from Missourians in an effort to get five initiatives on the November ballot. The total, calculated Wednesday by The Associated Press from campaign finance reports and interviews, went toward proposed constitutional amendments that would protect stem-cell research, raise the tobacco tax, restrict eminent domain and cap state spending. ...
St. Louis Zoo unveils sculpture (05/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- It is being called the world's largest public zoo sculpture, and the largest sculpture in all of St. Louis -- not counting Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch. Renowned sculptor Albert Paley created the "Animals Always" sculpture that opens Friday at the St. Louis Zoo's Hampton Avenue entrance...
Deer attack three people on Carbondale campus (05/25/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Deer are blamed in attacks on three more people on Southern Illinois University's campus, a year after at least seven students and staffers were threatened or injured by overly protective mother does during fawning season, police said Wednesday...
Funerals begin for 5 killed in Kentucky mine explosion (05/25/06)
HARLAN, Ky. -- The lone survivor of a coal mine explosion that killed five fellow workers attended funerals for three of them Wednesday and heard from one widow that she was glad he made it out. Paul Ledford wept quietly with his head bowed in the front row as mourners paid their respects to Jimmy D. ...
No injuries when plane strikes a deer (05/25/06)
CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A state lawmaker from suburban St. Louis and his three passengers were uninjured when their private plane struck a deer on a mid-Missouri runway. State Rep. Jack Jackson, R-Wildwood, was the pilot of the twin-engine Beechcraft Duke. Paul Brown, manager of Jackson's campaign for state auditor, said the plane was moving at about 130 mph, almost takeoff speed, when it struck the deer about 9 p.m. Tuesday at an airport near Camdenton...
Research group: School buses are exposing students to pollution (05/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- Most states aren't doing enough to protect children from the diesel exhaust many of them inhale while riding or waiting for school buses, an environmental advocacy group said in a report Wednesday. No state received an A grade in the Union of Concerned Scientists' National School Bus Report Card, although it noted that many are working to cut school bus emissions, which can contribute to asthma and other respiratory ailments...
Immigration legislation heads toward approval today in senate (05/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- Senate supporters of landmark immigration legislation looked ahead Wednesday to passage of a measure along lines set by President Bush, but they also signaled a willingness to seek common ground with conservatives whose House version would be far tougher on millions of men and women in the country illegally...
Workers demolish barn in hunt for Jimmy Hoffa (05/25/06)
MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- It took about three hours Wednesday for a 75,000-pound excavating machine to gobble up a barn as part of the FBI's search for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. The barn's destruction was the most dramatic moment in the week since dozens of FBI agents descended on the horse farm 30 miles from Detroit...
States signing onto NRA-backed law to expand use of deadly force (05/25/06)
A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker -- whether in a car-jacking or just on the street...
Calif. Supreme Court reinstates exit exam for high school seniors (05/25/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated the state's high school exit exam as a graduation requirement for this year's senior class, leaving 47,000 high school students who failed the test in danger of not graduating. The high court ordered a state appeals court to hold hearings in the case, but with schools ready to hold commencement ceremonies as soon as this weekend, a resolution appeared unlikely before then...
Prosecutor: Cheney a likely witness in aide's trial for perjury (05/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney could be called to testify in the perjury case against his former chief of staff, a special prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday. Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald suggested Cheney would be a logical government witness because he could authenticate notes he jotted on a July 6, 2003, New York Times opinion piece by a former U.S. ambassador critical of the Iraq war...
Senate passes bill to improve safety at coal mines (05/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted on Wednesday to require safety upgrades at underground coal mines following fatal accidents in Kentucky and West Virginia, and House lawmakers pledged to act soon. The measure would require coal mine operators to keep more emergency air supplies underground and to better seal off abandoned sections of mines...
Parents are encouraging tots to watch TV, not resisting pleas (05/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- Eight in 10 of the nation's youngest children -- from babies up to age 6 -- watch TV, play video games or use the computer for about two hours on a typical day. A third live in homes where the TV is on most of the time. Even for the littlest tots, TV in the bedroom isn't rare: 19 percent of babies under 2 have one despite urging from the American Academy of Pediatrics that youngsters not watch any television at that age...
Science scores up in grade four, stalled in grades 8 and 12 (05/25/06)
WASHINGTON -- Elementary school children are getting better in science, but middle and high school students are not, a blow for a nation wary about losing its competitive edge. Federal test scores released Wednesday indicate that fourth-grade students posted small gains over the past five years, mostly through improvement by the lowest-performing children...
Health official says family could be first three-person chain of bird flu (05/25/06)
GENEVA -- A family of eight infected with bird flu in Indonesia likely passed the disease among themselves, but world health officials said Wednesday there is no reason to raise its pandemic alert level. It is the fourth -- and largest -- family cluster of bird flu cases likely transmitted from person to person since the start of the outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003, World Health Organization spokesman Gregory Hartl said...
Crusaders cruise to their first sectional victory over Thayer (05/25/06)
THAYER, Mo. -- Circle the sixth inning in the scorebook. Highlight it and put an asterisk next it. The sixth inning belonged to Peter Winningham, and Wednesday's Class 1 sectional battle at Thayer belonged to Saxony Lutheran. Winningham drove in three runs in the top of the sixth with a bases-loaded double that gave Saxony a five-run lead, and the junior pitcher then brought the Crusaders three outs closer to victory by retiring the side by himself in the bottom half of the inning...
Eagles blast Cooter 14-4 in 5 innings (05/25/06)
Oran's baseball team took a brief hiatus from the state playoffs last year, but if Wednesday's Class 1 sectional game at Oran was any indication the Eagles are back with a vengeance. The Eagles pounded three home runs en route to a 14-4 five-inning rout of Cooter...
'Hawks upend EIU in first round (05/25/06)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State barely slipped into the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, needing a win in its final regular-season game to secure the last spot. As the six-team event began Wednesday night, the Redhawks showed they certainly belonged...
Area sports digest 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
Cape C.C. hosted women's tournament The team of Luanne Kiefner, Pat Strom, Betty Michel and Ernie Kidd won the Women's Golf Association Memorial Scramble/Rally for the Cure on Saturday at Cape Girardeau Country Club. The team of Beth Mapes, Catharine Weed, Claudia Van Oostrom and Betty Price finished second...
Sabres notch 4-3 win over Hurricanes (05/25/06)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Daniel Briere scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres hung on for a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Ales Kotalik had a goal and assist, and Chris Drury also scored to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals series. ...
Suns draw first blood in West final (05/25/06)
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks still can't stop Phoenix's inside-and-outside playoff combination, even with Amare Stoudemire on the bench with an injury this year. Boris Diaw took over Stoudemire's starring role from last postseason, scoring 34 points -- including a turnaround 7-footer with 0.5 seconds left -- to cap a tremendous closing finish, sending the Suns past the Mavs 121-118 Wednesday night in a thrilling, fast-paced start to the Western Conference finals...
St. Louis pitchers pitch in with bats (05/25/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three Cardinals pitchers fell a single short of the cycle. Adam Wainwright homered in his first major league at-bat and pitched three innings of relief to earn the win for St. Louis in a 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, when Barry Bonds took the day off...
Sports briefs 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
Colleges; Horse racing; Lacrosse; Soccer
Nothing to sneeze at: Allergies invade Southeast Missouri (05/25/06)
Lorilea Johnson chuckles at how many people she sees each week with "colds." A few of them tell her they just have "sinuses." While her patients' self-diagnosis is humorous, the real cause of their sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose is no laughing matter: Allergies...
Health briefs/calendar 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
Briefly Dr. Shanon Kirchhoff, an orthodontist with the Brace Place in Cape Girardeau, graduated May 19 from the Missouri Dental Association's inaugural Leadership Development Continuum after completing a year- long professional study course. Kirchhoff completed the 45-hour continuum in cooperation with the MDA and the state of Missouri...
New boarders for the spring (05/25/06)
May 25, 2006 Dear Patty, Baby birds are always falling out of trees this time of year around here. Most get lunched on by dogs and cats. A few are lucky enough to be picked up by someone who usually takes them to a veterinarian. We know at least two veterinarians who take in homeless or injured birds...
The myths of cancer (05/25/06)
Part one of a three-part series I am afraid of cancer. More than heart disease -- that other biggie that has some good odds of getting me in the end -- cancer is one big ole scary mystery to me. It seems so insidious. I would rather wake up in a bed writhing with snarky snakes than confront the Big C...
Hicks crowned 'Idol' champion (05/25/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Taylor Hicks, the mop-topped manic dancer who wooed TV audiences with his raw singing style and boisterous personality, was named the new "American Idol" Wednesday in a pop star-filled finale that included Prince and Mary J. Blige. Hicks, 29, of Birmingham, Ala., became the latest in a string of Southern and Midwestern contestants to win the Fox talent contest after collecting more viewer votes than runner-up Katharine McPhee, 22, of Los Angeles...
Barbara Ogborn (05/25/06)
Barbara Treece Ogborn, 57, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday May 24 at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford & Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Blattel (05/25/06)
Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Blattel, 31, of Scott City died Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1975, in St. Louis, daughter of Gurchie "Lee" and Barbara Frances Carroll Donnell. Mrs. Blattel received her licensed practical nursing degree from St. Louis College of Health Careers in 2005. She moved to Scott City in 2005. She was a certified medical technician and was of the Baptist belief...
Walter Maclin (05/25/06)
Walter Eugene Maclin, 62, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Dec. 18, 1943, in St. Louis. He and Barbara Bissell were married Aug. 21, 1993, in St. Louis. Maclin served in the Navy from Dec. 28, 1960, to Oct. 29, 1964...
Births 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
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Out of the past 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
25 years ago: May 25, 1981 Memorial Day is observed in Cape Girardeau. A number of residents are on hand for annual Memorial Day services at Memorial Park, an event sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council; Michael A. Price, a Cape Girardeau attorney, delivers the address...
Correction 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
The article "Educators, Parents Seek to Boost Interest in Science" in Tuesday's edition should have stated "there are no high school-sponsored science fairs in the area." The Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair has been sponsored by the University and the Southeast Missourian for 50 years...
Key legislation (05/25/06)
Although there were some disappointments in the recently ended session of the Missouri Legislature, two major bills were passed that make good sense and will benefit the state: improving the transparency of campaign contributions and requiring photo identification when voting...
Debt threatens future generations (05/25/06)
To the editor: For many years I taught college-level economics. This does not make me right, but it certainly is true that I have spent a great many years thinking about economic matters. I am expressing concern about the enormous size of our national debt and the fact that it continues to grow. ...
Thanks for wonderful 100th party (05/25/06)
To the editor: Remember how Gomer Pyle often said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you" in response to kindness? I wonder what he would have said today if he were as overwhelmed as I am from the kindness, love and generosity showered upon me for reaching 100 years of age. ...
Support those who love animals (05/25/06)
I read the Speak Out comment "Humane donations" from someone obviously angry about the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri donations. It not only missed the point in the Southeast Missourian feature story titled "Pathetic dog has his day" that the Humane Society goes to great lengths to help abandoned and injured animals, but that Stacie Foshee encouraged other people to adopt from the Humane Society...
Speak Out 5/25/06 (05/25/06)
Based on love; Memorial for students; Street repairs; Group's agenda; Need skilled workers; Collecting the tax; What's lost?; A good deal; Don't be fooled; It's not the economy; Free baby-sitting; Ask the dropouts
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