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Stories from Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mayor: Council ignoring state law on spending plan deadline, open meetings (07/13/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Apparently moving for a showdown on city spending, Mayor Paul Farris set a public hearing for Tuesday on a proposed city budget for the current year. In a reply to a critical statement issued by Councilwoman Linda Jackson, Farris accused the council of ignoring state law setting a deadline for a spending plan and of violating the state open meetings law by drafting previous budgets without public input...
Caruthersville gets 'blueprint for recovery' (07/13/06)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Rebuilding tornado-devastated Caruthersville is expected to take up to five years, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency has presented the city with a guidebook for recovery. FEMA has 44 pages of suggestions -- some more critical than others -- that will be the foundation for rebuilding the 60 percent of Caruthersville destroyed by an F3 tornado April 2...
Police: Vehicles reported stolen later recovered (07/13/06)
Four cars stolen from two Cape Girardeau businesses were found abandoned throughout the area Wednesday. Three vehicles were stolen from Gary's Car and Truck Sales, 506 S. Kingshighway, police Sgt. Barry Hovis said. The vehicles were later found Wednesday on Highway 177, near the dealership on Walnut Street, and "teetering" on the edge of a rock quarry near Buzzi Unicem USA, 2524 S. Sprigg St...
Zoning change approved for hospital outpatient facility (07/13/06)
Southeast Missouri Hospital gained the necessary zoning change at Wednesday's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to construct an outpatient facility on donated property in the 700 and 800 block of Mount Auburn Road. The facility will sit between Mount Auburn and Interstate 55 at a location hospital president and CEO Jim Wente says will be the hospital's "west campus."...
Indecent exposure summons issued to Cape resident (07/13/06)
A man who police say fondled himself at a Cape Girardeau department store was issued a summons this week for indecent exposure. Alejandro Flores, 20, of 320 N. Pacific St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon when a loss-prevention officer in Kohl's, 315 Shirley Drive, found him performing the sexual indiscretion, according to police Sgt. Barry Hovis...
Missourian wins awards for reporting, Web site (07/13/06)
The nation's largest newspaper trade association has recognized the Southeast Missourian with five reporting awards, as well as first place for best newspaper Web site in its 2006 contest. The National Newspaper Association has more than 2,500 newspapers, primarily outside of metropolitan regions...
Forged checks used to pay fines on bad-check convictions (07/13/06)
A jury took less than 40 minutes Wednesday to convict a Cape Girardeau woman of cashing two fraudulent checks for $8,500, some of which was used to pay restitution and fines for previous convictions of passing bad checks. Twylla L. Roderick, 37, of 603 N. ...
Essay in miniature: The injustice of Ken Lay's early exit (07/13/06)
When Ken Lay died early this month, it seemed the Enron king who got away with so much -- until he finally didn't -- had saved his most dramatic coup for last. The man whom millions blamed for cheating them had cheated blindfolded Justice, not to mention the countless saps who depend upon her to even the score. You could almost picture Lay sitting atop an Uncle Scrooge pile of money in the sky, taunting us with a wet raspberry from beyond...
Tattoo who? (07/13/06)
Stats: about one in four Americans between 18 and 50 have at least one tattoo, according to a survey released in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in June. About half of 18-to-29-year-olds have either a tattoo or piercing that is not in the soft lobe of the ear, according to the study...
Trippin' on a hole in the courthouse lawn (07/13/06)
A unique group of people gathered at the riverfront on Sunday, June 26 while most of downtown Cape Girardeau's nighttime crowd recovered from hangover's. More than 80 people hit golf balls from the lawn of the Common Pleas Courthouse, in the alley behind the Rude Dog Pub and on the east side of the floodwall along the Mississippi River. The golfers were taking part in the first annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World-Famous Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet...
Bart Elfrink: Man of many faces (07/13/06)
Any fan of local theater will at least know Bart Elfrink's face, if not his name. Over the past few years there's hardly been a River City Players show, good or bad, that he hasn't had some hand in. Simply put, he's a theater junkie -- and he likes to make movies, too...
'Cartoons on crack' to hit New York (07/13/06)
James Thurman likes to describe his style of art as "cartoons on crack." Exaggerated cartoon figures mixed with strange, sometimes disturbing imagery -- his description isn't far from what the average person might think. "My style is morbidly cute - a twist on children's cartoon characters," Thurman said...
Annals of marketing: Confessions of a Home Shopping hostess (07/13/06)
Six-digit item numbers roll off their tongues. They insist you call now because the Rival Seal-A-Meal with Soft Seal and Meal Trays is almost out of stock. And see this two-carat lemon quartz and green diamond ring? It's gorrrgeous. You simply must have it on your finger right! this! second!...
Bust out the bottle of rum (07/13/06)
Now that Johnny Depp nation is drooling all over itself for the second installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean," you may be curious about the real lives of those sword-wielding drunks in funny hats. If so, consider turning your insatiable curiosity to "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pirates," by Gail Selinger and W. Thomas Smith Jr...
When brains go bad: "Real Genius" (1985) (07/13/06)
Let's once again take a step back into the '80s. Why not?! It seems to be where many forgotten flicks were first introduced. Val Kilmer hit it big as the cocky and fearless fly boy, Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazanski in the 1986 film, "Top Gun". Was he the hero or the villain? Hmm. Good thought...
OFF mid-summer fashion report: A tawdry tale of skulls, tights and little sailboats (07/13/06)
Ok, so by now you're probably seeing a lot of mixed messages in the windows of your favorite stores in the mall. It's July, so we are stuck, fashion-wise, in a time where summer is dying down and fall is creeping up on us. Stores are planning their back-to-school, but they still want to reach for the shorts and tank top market that is still booming...
Emo kids, guys in kilts, awesome music: A night at the Enchanted Forest (07/13/06)
Nestled in an upstairs room accessible from an easily overlooked doorway off Broadway, the St. Louis post-hardcore band Sophomore turn up the gain on their amps and kick off their set at The Enchanted Forest, Cape Girardeau's best local music venue for minors...
Time for a turnaround (07/13/06)
With the federal courthouse preparing to open its doors on Independence Street and the River Campus continuing to rise from the mud, Old Town Cape officials believe the time is finally right for revitalization in the Good Hope/Haarig historic district and surrounding neighborhoods on the city's south side...
Clarification 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
In a July 5 story on the closing of Otter's Bar and Grill in Oran, Oran Mayor Tom Urhahn was misquoted as saying the bar was a rallying point for those opposed to police chief Marc Tragesser. Tragesser made the comments, Urhahn did not directly mention the bar as a rallying point for opposition...
Promise to Burn is ready to set things afire (07/13/06)
Before playing a single lick live, Promise to Burn have already worked with a well-known producer, recorded a five-song EP and have a fan base in the thousands. The next step for the band is pretty obvious, a live show at Port Cape on July 15. The path to the stage has been a different one for Promise to Burn compared to most local bands. ...
As the Southeast Missouri smog dissipates ... (07/13/06)
Dear readers, I hope this column finds you alive and well after what can only be described as a harrowing Fourth of July. Following days of what alternately sounded like blasts from shotguns and handguns from the perspective of my second-floor apartment over the entire week before America's b-day, the skies opened up and poured all over our patriot parade...
Cape Girardeau County Archive Center presents evolution of the marriage license (07/13/06)
Almost two centuries of marriage licenses are displayed at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center in Jackson. The exhibit starts with the Aug. 13, 1807, marriage of Benjamin Shell and Elizabeth Bollinger and continues to 2005. Examination of the marriage licenses reveals careful attempts at saving time and energy at a time when technology was limited...
Cape West Rotary honors member for service, attendance (07/13/06)
Cape West Rotary Club member Jerry McClanahan recently received the Four Avenues of Service Citation Award for fulfilling service in areas including club, community, vocational and international. For McClanahan, the mission of helping humanity is important. ...
Sikeston Jaycees rodeo campaign raises awareness (07/13/06)
SIKESTON, Mo -- The Sikeston Jaycees are aiming to make their community the "City of Pink" on Aug. 10. Area businesses are being asked to purchase "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" T-shirts for that day. The campaign is a nationwide effort to help raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer...
Community cuisine 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
Annual Leopold picnic to be held July 29...
Blunt signs bill raising boat fees (07/13/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The cost of operating a boat on Missouri's rivers and lakes is about to go up -- but so is the law enforcement capability on those waterways. Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Matt Blunt will raise boat registration fees to generate more money for the Missouri State Water Patrol...
Entire Boston highway system under review after more trouble spots found (07/13/06)
BOSTON -- Inspectors began reviewing the city's entire highway system Wednesday -- every bridge, tunnel and roadway -- after at least 60 signs of loose bolts and other potential failures were found in the same Big Dig tunnel where a motorist was crushed by falling concrete...
Nation briefs 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
George H.W. Bush attends service for Lay HOUSTON -- Former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, were among the mourners Wednesday at a memorial service of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay. Lay's memorial service drew some high-profile guests who were close to him before he was convicted in May of fraud and conspiracy for lying to investors and the public about the energy company's financial health before it collapsed in 2001. ...
Utility regulator accused of conflict of interest (07/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A member of the Missouri Public Service Commission has been accused of a conflict of interest by having a relationship with a lobbyist for a telephone company the agency regulates. Lin Appling, 65, is one of five members on the utility regulatory commission. ...
McDonald's pulls spicy chicken sandwich amid weak sales (07/13/06)
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Some like it hot -- but apparently not at McDonald's. The fast-food chain confirmed Wednesday it is taking its spicy chicken sandwich off the menu less than six months after its heavily marketed debut, reflecting disappointing sales...
Prospect of gay march in Jerusalem unites often hostile faiths (07/13/06)
JERUSALEM -- Christian leaders condemned it. Jewish radicals put a bounty on participants. Muslim clerics threatened to flood the streets with protesters. Jerusalem's conflicting religions have found rare common ground: opposition to an international gay pride parade next month...
Vladimir Putin calls Cheney's criticism of Russia 'an unsuccessful hunting shot/ (07/13/06)
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin lashed out at Vice President Dick Cheney ahead of this weekend's G-8 summit, calling his recent criticisms of Russia "an unsuccessful hunting shot," according to a television interview broadcast Wednesday. The remark, from an interview with NBC, referred to the shotgun blast by Cheney on a hunting trip that accidentally wounded a companion...
Frustrated world powers send Iran dispute back to U.N. Security Council (07/13/06)
PARIS -- Frustrated world powers agreed Wednesday to send Iran before the United Nations Security Council for possible punishment, saying the Iranians had given no sign they would bargain in earnest over their disputed nuclear program. The move amounted to calling Iran's bluff. Diplomats said recent meetings with Iran's nuclear negotiator have gone nowhere and it was clear Tehran hoped to play for time or exploit potential divisions among the six powers that have offered new talks...
Israeli troops raid Lebanon (07/13/06)
JERUSALEM -- With the Israeli military's attention focused on its offensive in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon saw their chance. First, they unleashed a barrage of rockets on northern Israeli towns, then they dashed across the border and attacked two Israeli Humvees on patrol, snatching two soldiers and killing three...
McCord leaves Central (07/13/06)
Citing a desire to be closer to family, Derek McCord has left his position as the Central boys basketball coach to take the same position at Dyer County, Tenn. The move brings McCord closer to his family in Kennett, Mo., and Jonesboro, Ark., as well as his wife's family in Memphis, Tenn...
Cape Girardeau drops two in Mayfield, Ky. (07/13/06)
The struggles for Cape Girardeau's American Legion team continued Tuesday, when Ford & Sons was swept in a doubleheader at Mayfield, Ky. Cape had lost eight in a row before splitting a doubleheader with Jackson on July 5. Since then, Ford & Sons has lost four straight, including losses of 13-4 and 8-7 on Tuesday...
Cape parks softball standings 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
Coed Standings (Through July 6) Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5 Men's League (Through July 6) Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Church League (Through July 7) FASt-PITCH Leagues (Through July 5) 14-and-under girls 16-and-under girls A 16-and-under girls B...
Area bowling scores 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
Area bowling scores West Park Lanes Submitted July 10 MEN High games: Dennis W. Turner 277, Darryl James 268, Chuck Bertrand 257, Jeremy Henson 245, Michael McGuire 242, Roy Aldrich 236, Codey Williams 235, Trae Bertrand 234, Bill Hanlon 232, Zel Evans 228...
Area sports digest 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
Hindman, Garner lead Heartland at AAU meet Cassie Hindman and Alyssa Garner of Heartland Gymnastics each finished first all-around at the AAU national championships in Rochester, Minn. Hindman was first in Level 5 for 11-year-olds with a score of 37.2. She won the uneven bars, balance beam and floor...
Intriguing races in the making for second half (07/13/06)
PITTSBURGH -- Nobody expected the Detroit Tigers to have the best record in baseball at the All-Star break, and everyone wants to see if they can keep it up. Especially their old-school manager, Jim Leyland. "We've got a little something going, we really do, we just have to take advantage," he said. "It's like I told our players: We're no longer the hunter -- we're the hunted."...
Speculation swirls about forthcoming indictment for Bonds (07/13/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- With the grand jury investigating Barry Bonds apparently nearing the end of its term, speculation has swirled around the possibility that one of the game's greatest sluggers could be indicted for perjury or other crimes. Last week, a federal judge who ordered Bonds' personal trainer jailed for refusing to testify against the San Francisco Giants star said the grand jury's probe into whether Bonds lied under oath about steroid use would end within weeks...
James, Wade reach deals with options after 3 years (07/13/06)
Fear not, Cleveland and Miami fans. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade say they expect to be with your teams for a long time. For now, though, four more years is all the superstars will commit to. New deals for the class of 2003 players were announced Wednesday, the first day allowed after the NBA's moratorium on deals ended. But they aren't the big-money packages that were originally expected...
Apologetic Zidane said very harsh words led to incident (07/13/06)
PARIS -- An apology, but no regrets and no detailed explanation on what set him off. That's where French soccer star Zinedine Zidane left things Wednesday during widely broadcast television interviews that attempted to decipher his ugly head-butting of an Italian opponent during the World Cup final...
Local multiple sclerosis patients invited to bowl (07/13/06)
For people living with multiple sclerosis, even the simplest activities can be fulfilling. Keeping MS patients involved is one of the roles the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society plays in making life easier for them. As part of that role, the chapter will hold "Right Up Your Alley" family bowling night Saturday at Main Street Lanes in Jackson...
Photosensitive meds? (07/13/06)
The Concern -- The forecast says sun, but what does your drug label say? Sunshine lovers should know that certain medications can make them more susceptible to sunburn, a condition known as drug-induced photosensitivity. The Cause -- The Food and Drug Administration explains that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and, yes, even tanning booths, causes photoreactive agents in some drugs to undergo chemical changes that increase a person's vulnerability to light. ...
Health briefs/calendar 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
Briefly George C. Scott, Conway Twitty and John Ritter all have one thing in common, and it's something to be avoided. All three died from abdominal aortic aneurysm, a ballooning of the aorta that causes a weakening of the vessel wall and increases the likelihood of rupture, and possibly death...
A predicament of riches (07/13/06)
July 13, 2006 Dear Julie, Four months ago I decided I wanted a room of my own. My dream was a haven to practice my golf swing, play my guitar, do yoga, read and hang out with myself. The idea miffed DC, primarily because she had to find new homes for all the furniture that was in the room, which previously was our den. ...
Radical love, act three (07/13/06)
In response to my recent column -- Radical Love in the Age of Retirement -- my friend Allison informed me that she was disappointed. She thought the column was going to be about retired seniors having wild sex. This might have more to say about Allison's fantasies for her future than my intentions...
Nelda Slinkard (07/13/06)
Nelda I. Slinkard, 83, formerly of Millersville, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at National Health Care Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Jesse Wolters (07/13/06)
Jesse Don Wolters, 48, of Jackson died Friday, July 7, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 3, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, son of Elmer Smith and Norma Amynell Savers Wolters. Wolters was a self-employed carpenter. Survivors include two daughters, Jessica Wolters of Mason, Ohio, Jana Wolters of Jackson; his mother of Jackson; a brother, Bill Wolters of Jackson; a sister, Mary Dippold of Perryville, Mo.; and three grandchildren...
Phillip Kuntz (07/13/06)
DUQUOIN, Ill. -- Phillip Stewart Kuntz, 62, of DuQuoin died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, from injuries sustained in a train/truck accident in April. Phil was born Aug. 15, 1943, in Jeffersonville, Ind., son of Walter and Margaret Kuntz. He and Frances Engelhart were married Oct. 29, 2005, in Pinckneyville, Ill...
Mary Roberts (07/13/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Mary Roberts, 89, of Anna died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Births 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
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Out of the past 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
25 years ago: July 13, 1981 Seventeen acres of land west of Hardware Wholesalers Inc., in the Greater Cape Girardeau Industrial Park, has been sold to Q.C. Corporation of Baltimore, which announces intentions to build a plant there. The summer graduating class of Southeast Missouri State University will hear an address by Rep. ...
Data at risk (07/13/06)
The good news is the laptop computer and hard drive containing personal information on 26.5 million veterans and military personnel, that was stolen from a Veterans Affairs Department employee's home, has been returned, and it appears the critical information had not been accessed...
Bill is boost for farmers, consumers (07/13/06)
To the editor: I applaud Gov. Matt Blunt for signing into law House Bill 1270, the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard Act. This legislation is a win-win for both Missouri farmers and consumers. While providing an economic boost for our state's corn producers, the bill protects consumers by ensuring that distributors are exempt from purchasing gasoline blended with ethanol if the price is higher than unblended gasoline. ...
Reasons for change in Congress (07/13/06)
To the editor: When considering candidates in the fall federal election, voters should avoid returning a Bush rubber stamp unless they want to endorse the: Support: Reject: The U.S. Constitution, the rule of law and our freedom and liberty -- the essence of this great nation...
Wall of Fame update to be cherished (07/13/06)
To the editor: Excitement continues to mount in Cape Girardeau as each day brings us closer to perhaps added fame when Chicago's popular artist, Thomas Melvin, returns to continue with his paintings on the Wall of Fame mural downtown. Encouraging indeed are the increasing sales of sponsorships due to a new sales approach whereby the purchase of less than a 50-foot section of wall is possible...
Speak Out 7/13/06 (07/13/06)
Borrowing for a book; Dying constitution; Jabbing non-voters; Crop subsidies; Rushed to tax; Why the amendment?; Doing a job; Real problems; Stem-cell victories; The other tavern; Synchronize the lights; Air-show shuttle; Keep the free market; Reasonable tax; Wasteful spending; Consumers pay
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