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Stories from Thursday, August 17, 2006

Scott Co. prosecutor says school official will resign (08/17/06)
Scott County Central school board member Eric Kesler will step down by Friday amid evidence that he didn't meet the state's residency requirement, Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd said Wednesday. In a faxed, one-sentence statement to the Southeast Missourian, Boyd said he expects Kesler's resignation by the end of business Friday. Boyd also wrote that he would have "no further comment" on the matter...
Perry County man accused of selling stolen goods on eBay (08/17/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The doctrine of "buyer beware" may need to add "seller beware" after Perry County sheriff's deputies arrested a man accused of selling them stolen goods on the Internet. JCS/Tel-Link reported to the sheriff's department that two business band receivers and a transmitter were stolen around July 26 from its site near Shakertown, just south of Perryville, a release from the sheriff's department stated...
Cape officials: Friday's flood wasn't typical (08/17/06)
Last Friday's downpour that flooded numerous local streets and Interstate 55 was an extraordinary event and not an indication that the city's drainage system is inadequate, Cape Girardeau officials say. "What you saw in Town Plaza and around town we haven't seen in five to 10 years," said Mayor Jay Knudtson. "Basically the sky opened and dropped rain squarely on our city."...
County Democrats, Republicans elect committee leaders (08/17/06)
Cape Girardeau County's two major political parties elected new leaders Tuesday evening. Educator Brenda Woemmel of Cape Girardeau was elected chairwoman of the Democratic Central Committee, replacing photographer Tom Neumeyer. John Voss, a Cape Girardeau city councilman and manager at Procter & Gamble, was elected chairman of the Republican Central Committee, replacing Leonard "Fritz" Sander of Jackson...
Emerson discusses family planning, funding at Public Health Center (08/17/06)
Family planning, disaster preparedness and funding were all topics of conversation when Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, visited the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center Wednesday. The center has an annual budget of just over $2 million and provides health services such as immunizations, WIC food aid and pregnancy testing. It is also one of the community first responders charged with disaster preparedness...
Pi Kappa Alpha member issued summons (08/17/06)
A summons was issued Wednesday for a fraternity member accused of shooting a shotgun in the city limits of Cape Girardeau. Andrew B. DeField, 21, of 1000 Towers Circle, received the summons for unlawful use of a weapon. ...
Scott County drug busts net five arrests (08/17/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two drug busts in the same area in rural Scott County netted five arrests this week. Thomas W. McRoy, 20, of Miner, was arrested around noon Monday when Scott County sheriff's officers were checking on suspected drug transaction areas, a sheriff's department news release stated...
Drinking, boating, dying (08/17/06)
It's a problem officers patrolling Missouri's public waterways don't believe will ever go away. During the first weekend of August, a St. Charles, Mo., woman was killed when two boats collided at Lake of the Ozarks. Investigators said drunken boating was the cause of the accident...
Multistate bike trip benefits foundation to help sick children (08/17/06)
College students Kevin Sajdak and Alex Evans are cycling from Jackson, Miss., to Chicago to raise money for the Jordan Lee Fish Foundation, named for Jordan Lee Fish, a 14-year-old who died of leukemia in 2003. Sajdak heard of the foundation through Fish's sister, Marnie, whom he attends Syracuse University with...
Cape library upgrades online catalog (08/17/06)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library is using a new circulation system and online catalog with enhanced features that allow patrons to make use of the library from their own computers. Patrons can check their own accounts, renew items checked out, place holds on library materials and use their e-mail accounts as their preferred mode of notification. Additionally, many of the library's holding records have links to first chapters, summaries or book reviews and other materials on the same subject...
Salvation army meals with friends (08/17/06)
The Salvation Army will be serving Meals With Friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday at 701 Good Hope St. The public is welcome to eat at no cost. All meals include cake or pie for dessert. Monday's menu is barbecue pork sandwiches, baked beans, mixed fruit; Tuesday is shepherd's pie, pears, bread and butter...
Missouri to appeal ruling in inmate abortion case (08/17/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday that he will appeal a federal court ruling requiring the state to take pregnant inmates to abortion clinics when they request the procedure. U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple of Kansas City concluded last month that a relatively new Missouri policy against transporting inmates for abortions violated constitutional safeguards for due process and against cruel and unusual punishment...
St. Louis bridge temporarily closed after bomb scare (08/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- One of the bridges crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis was briefly closed Wednesday due to a bomb scare, but nothing suspicious was found. Bomb and arson investigators were called in around noon after a book bag was found on the Eads Bridge. The bag did not contain anything suspicious, and the bridge was reopened after a little more than an hour...
China helping quake scientists (08/17/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The New Madrid Fault in Southeast Missouri is a long way from Hebei province in China. But a group of University of Missouri-Columbia scientists are hoping the lessons from north China's frequent, deadly earthquakes -- including one 30 years ago near Beijing that killed at least 244,000 people -- can provide clues to better understand the seismic risks in the Midwest...
Fixing sinkhole could cost Nixa six figures (08/17/06)
NIXA, Mo. -- The area around a sinkhole that has swallowed part of one home and is threatening another will be fenced off as workers remove a Chevrolet Cavalier and a garage from the bottom of the hole, city officials decided. The plan to clean up the 75-foot-deep sinkhole could cost the southwest Missouri city hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Nixa Board of Aldermen was told at a special meeting Tuesday...
Consumer prices rise by 0.4 percent in July; factory production down (08/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- Gasoline prices soared last month. Airline ticket prices were also up sharply and so was the price of a hotel room. But clothing prices plunged by the largest amount in 18 years, and that decline helped lift spirits on Wall Street. Stock prices surged for a second straight day Wednesday on better-than-expected news concerning core inflation, which excludes energy and food...
U.S. to get international flight passenger lists before takeoff (08/17/06)
WASHINGTON -- Airline passengers soon will have their names checked against the U.S. "no-fly" list before flights take off for the United States, the homeland security chief said Wednesday. The requirement, resisted by the airline industry for fear of costly delays, could be in place by early next year. It would make permanent a security measure temporarily put in place for flights from Britain after last week's foiled plot to bomb trans-Atlantic flights...
Passenger outburst causes diversion of London-to-Washington flight (08/17/06)
BOSTON -- Two fighter jets were scrambled Wednesday to escort a London-to-Washington flight to an emergency landing in Boston after a disturbance in which passengers said a woman in a jogging suit paced up and down the aisle, peppering her incoherent mutterings with the word "Pakistan."...
NYC releases new tapes of World Trade Center emergency calls (08/17/06)
NEW YORK -- Trapped and running out of air on the smoky 83rd floor of the World Trade Center, Melissa Doi begged the 911 operator not to hang up. "Can you stay on the line with me, please? I feel like I'm dying," Doi said. The operator stayed on for 24 minutes, imploring Doi to keep breathing and praying, saying, "It's going to be fine" over and over, long after Doi had stopped talking...
British judge approves keeping suspects in custody another week (08/17/06)
LONDON -- A district judge ruled Wednesday that British investigators have until next week to investigate the suspects arrested in an alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic jetliners, saying they could be kept in custody without charge...
Police: Suspect in JonBenet case denies involvement in 1996 slaying (08/17/06)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- An American suspect arrested in connection with the death of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey denied any connection to her murder when he was detained at his downtown Bangkok apartment Wednesday, police said. The suspect was identified as John Mark Karr, according to Lt. Gen. Suwat Tumrongsiskul, who heads the country's immigration police. Karr denied involvement in the slayings, another police official said...
World digest 08/17/06 (08/17/06)
Russian patrol boat fires on Japanese vessel TOKYO -- Japan protested to Russia Wednesday after a Russian patrol boat opened fire on a Japanese vessel. A crab fisherman was shot and killed near Kaigara island, one of several islands off the northeast tip of Hokkaido that are administered by Russia but claimed by Japan. Japan insisted the boat was in Japanese waters; Russia said the Japanese ship had violated Russian waters...
Lebanon gives OK for army deployment (08/17/06)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The Israeli army began handing over positions to the United Nations late Wednesday Central time, stepping up its withdrawal from southern Lebanon after the Lebanese government agreed to deploy troops near Israel's border for the first time in 40 years...
From Las Cruces, N.M., to Cape Girardeau (08/17/06)
When Stevelan Harper and Clinton Jones decided to leave Division I-A New Mexico State, they could have probably transferred to any number of Division I-AA programs. But a familiar face had surfaced at Southeast Missouri State, so the decision of where they would continue their college football careers became a relatively easy one...
Area sports digest 8/17/06 (08/17/06)
Gibsons earn medals in Junior Olympics Three area brothers -- Greg, Ryan and Matt Gibson of Jackson -- competed in swimming at the 40th annual National Junior Olympics in Virginia Beach, Va., earlier this month. The field consisted of 443 swimmers of American descent, including some who came to the event from foreign countries...
Mulder heads to mound tonight hoping next start is in St. Louis (08/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- At the trade deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals reconciled their inability to make a big move by reasoning that Mark Mulder's return would serve the same purpose. The left-hander could be back next week from a shoulder injury. But Mulder, who had a 6.09 ERA when he went on the disabled list in the middle of June, doesn't want to hear that kind of talk...
Reds thump Reyes with 3 home runs (08/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- When Bronson Arroyo arrived at the Cincinnati Reds' clubhouse several hours before the start of Wednesday's game, he was puzzled to find a bouquet of 10 red roses was waiting for him. The anonymous gesture might become his good-luck charm after Arroyo ended a 10-start winless slump and finally won his 10th game in a 7-2 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night that cut the Cardinals' lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games...
After 55 wins in North America in last two years, Federer loses (08/17/06)
MASON, Ohio -- Roger Federer was the only one who saw it coming. Too much tennis, too little time off. The world's top player knew it was the perfect combination for a long-awaited upset, one that a disbelieving British teenager pulled off Wednesday...
Golfers return to Medinah with plot lines like it's 1999 (08/17/06)
MEDINAH, Ill. -- The longest course for a major. A flap over the Ryder Cup. Tiger Woods hitting his stride. The PGA Championship returns to Medinah Country Club, and it doesn't seem as though much has changed in the seven years since it last was held at this tree-lined course outside Chicago...
Dizziness, blurred vision put Edmonds on bench (08/17/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome Wednesday, one day after leaving a game because of dizziness and blurred vision. Edmonds underwent an MRI on Tuesday night that showed normal brain function, then had a battery of tests Wednesday to rule out other possibilities such as diabetes, nutrition deficiencies or an infection...
Experts question Sudafed replacement (08/17/06)
Bad news for allergy and cold sufferers -- researchers in Florida say the over-the-counter nasal decongestant that's replacing Sudafed on many drugstore shelves is ineffective. The compound phenylephrine, marketed by Pfizer Inc. as Sudafed PE, isn't sufficiently absorbed into the bloodstream to make it an effective oral medication, according to Leslie Hendeles and Randy C. Hatton, pharmacists at the University of Florida...
Making an impact: New technology helping diagnose concussions (08/17/06)
Earlier this summer, Jackson High School football players were herded into the school's computer lab 30 at a time to try their hands at tricky mind games. When the athletes were done, they returned to the practice field, while a database saved their scores, and maybe their lives, too...
Health briefs/calendar 8/17/06 (08/17/06)
Briefly Healing Touch Level 1 classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 in Marble Hill. Level 1 students will learn 15 to 18 techniques that can be used in the home or in medical settings. Healing Touch techniques are used in hospices, cancer centers, hospitals and pain clinics. ...
A beagle in paradise (08/17/06)
Aug. 17, 2006 Dear Pat, Strays seem to find our house. All three of our dogs did. The newest stray was a beagle puppy whose feet and ears were still too big for his body. He had the feisty personality our beagle Alvie probably had as a puppy but, unless a female dog is around, now expresses his personality mostly while sleeping...
Hormones: No longer raging, but still important (08/17/06)
When we were teenagers, our parents shook their heads and explained our follies with something along the lines of, "Their hormones are raging." No one is likely to say that about any of us who have turned the corner on life. Hormones may no longer be raging, but they are certainly all the rage...
Amy Rushing (08/17/06)
Amy Lewis Campbell Rushing passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at her home at The Wellington Assisted Living Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time of her death she was surrounded by three generations of her family. She was born in Carbondale, Ill., Nov. 15, 1913, daughter of George A. and Georgia A. Byrd Campbell. Since she was the first child born in the first hospital in Carbondale, Dr. Lewis, the founder of the hospital, requested she be named after his wife, Amy Lewis...
Viola Lair (08/17/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Viola Lair, 80, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Pauline Rich (08/17/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Pauline Rich, 98, of Anna died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at Union County Hospital. She was born Dec. 5, 1907, in Pierce City, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Mamie Quinn Conley. She and Robert L. Rich were married May 29, 1941, in Cobden, Ill. He died Feb. 28, 1980...
Merrill Pair (08/17/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Merrill Pair, 86, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at his home. He was born June 1, 1920, at Marquand, Mo., son of Grover and Delia Cobb Pair. He and Pearl Looney Bucholtz were married July 24, 1952. Pair had worked for Tennessee Valley Sand and Gravel...
Dr. Grace Duff (08/17/06)
Dr. Grace H. Duff, 84, of Tamms, died at 4:12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 26, 1921, to Roy J. and Effie Holshouser Miller. She married Lawrence E. Duff Jan. 16, 1945. He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1991...
Harold Dennis (08/17/06)
PULASKI, Ill. -- Harold Gene Dennis, 44, of Riverdale, Calif., formerly of Pulaski, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale. He was born Sept. 11, 1961, in Cairo, Ill., son of Henry and Willie Lee Dennis. Dennis served four years as a military policeman in the U.S. Army...
Addie Shoemaker (08/17/06)
PATTON, Mo. -- Addie "Butch" Shoemaker Jr., 65, of Patton died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at his home. He was born July 8, 1941, at Fredericktown, Mo., son of Addie and Eula Lorene Shoemaker. Shoemaker worked for the Brown Shoe Co. in Fredericktown as a mechanic...
Roy Dillow (08/17/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Roy G. "Rastus" Dillow, 89, of Anna died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born March 8, 1917, in Anna, son of Ira and Eva Dillow. He and Dorothy Elam were married May 28, 1939, in Cape Girardeau; she died May 26, 2005...
Billy Robertson (08/17/06)
Jonesboro, Ill. -- Billy C. Robertson, 72, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 27, 1934, in Grand Tower, Ill., the son of Bill and Louise Robertson. He and Elizabeth L. Norton were married Sept. 10, 1955, in Murphysboro, Ill...
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Out of the past 8/17/06 (08/17/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 17, 1981 A part of Cape Girardeau County history came to life yesterday at the dedication of the historic Bollinger Mill in Burfordville; as the crowd looked on, State Rep. Marvin Proffer slowly turned the wheel which brought the water-powered grist mill to life...
Differing views (08/17/06)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's picnic and political rally featured U.S. Sen. John Thume (who defeated Tom Daschle in South Dakota) and Missouri's U.S. Sen. Jim Talent. Good friends, the three also worked together in Congress when all three were representatives...
Routing the river (08/17/06)
Near Cape Rock prior to 1992, barge tows on the Mississippi River followed a channel that meandered for years at a time from one side of the river to the other. Constricted and shallow when the river was low, the channel had to be dredged repeatedly...
It's time to stop the failed leaders (08/17/06)
To the editor: World politics has arrived at the absurd. Iran has decided to sponsor a cartoon contest in which submitters may dis the Holocaust. I'm not surprised, really, as leaders of various countries around the world have shown their immaturity of late...
Tired of speeders on Highway 177 (08/17/06)
To the editor: This is what I'm getting tired of every morning: I travel Highway 177 every morning. I'm getting tired of Procter & Gamble employees driving way too fast on that highway. They pass me going way over the speed limit. I think there should be a police car to travel that highway every morning between 5 and 7 a.m. The speeders think they are on a racetrack. One of these days somebody will get killed. It must be stopped...
Address verification not board's job (08/17/06)
To the editor: In response to the story "Bell City school funding case goes to attorney general's office": As I read the articles about Curtis Finney pushing the prosecutor and attorney general's office to remove the Bell City school board members from office, I can't help but think, "Thou protest too much."...
Thanks for getting ballfields ready (08/17/06)
To the editor: Please let me publicly say thanks to a young man for the great job he has done in preparing the baseball and softball fields for play the last eight years at Arena Park. His name is C.J. Ordonia, and he is preparing to move into another occupation. ...
Speak Out 8/17/06 (08/17/06)
Lots of confidence; Changing minds; Say nice things; We aim to please; Nuisance ordinance; Military tattoo; Courthouse protection; Tough teaching; Line in the sand; Impact of raises; In agreement; Pipeline puzzler; School's rules; Nail on the head; Also tired; Try it, Governor
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