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In the open (08/24/06)
Coming out in Cape Girardeau would have been social suicide for Danielle Hamm. Andy Alberson, who was born and raised on a rural Cape Girardeau County farm, wasn't sure how his parents would react to a gay son. And when James Coley and Eldon Nattier moved here from St. Louis about five years ago, they were told Cape Girardeau wasn't ready for two men in a relationship to open a bed and breakfast...
Man breaks into ex-wife's e-mail, sends porn link (08/24/06)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of breaking into his ex-wife's e-mail and sending her family pornographic pictures of the woman was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail. On the day his bench trial was scheduled to begin, Alfred L. Seals, 47, of 2816 Themis St., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tampering with computer data Wednesday...
Reporter disciplined for ethical lapse (08/24/06)
A lapse in journalistic ethics by a Southeast Missourian reporter has raised serious issues about the newspaper's coverage of the eligibility of a Scott County Central School Board member. On June 19, the Southeast Missourian first reported, in a story by reporter Mark Bliss, that a question had been asked in an anonymous letter from a Morley, Mo., resident about whether board member Eric Kesler resided in the Scott County Central School District. ...
Mural work starts today (08/24/06)
For now the floodwall where the "Missouri Wall of Fame" mural used to be is bare. But not for much longer. Chicago artist Thomas Melvin is scheduled to roll into town this afternoon to start work on the update of the mural -- nearly a month after he was originally scheduled to begin work...
Swallowtail's stop (08/24/06)
A butterfly of the swallowtail family visited the flowers at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau recently. The edges of the butterfly's wings appeared torn in several places, making it harder to identify what type of swallowtail it was. In many species of butterfly, an adult lives two weeks or less...
Court briefs 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
Man sentenced for having meth-making products JONESBORO, Ill. -- An Illinois man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after admitting he had acquired methamphetamine ingredients. Bryant J. Nolan, of Mill Creek, Ill., pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material. ...
Oran police chief testifies at hearing of man who allegedly heard voices (08/24/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Oran, Mo., police chief testified Wednesday to the seemingly delusional comments he said were made by a shotgun-wielding man he wrestled to the ground in May. Chief Marc Tragesser said during John W. Melton's preliminary hearing that the defendant claimed to hear voices telling him to kill...
Correction 8/24 (08/24/06)
Due to an editing error, the group the Planet Definition Committee belongs to was incorrect in Wednesday's story about the debate on Pluto. The committee is part of International Astronomical Union. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Hospitals prepare to comply with smoking ban (08/24/06)
Beginning Sept. 1, the majority of hospitals across Missouri will officially become smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. The move first announced in May is backed by the Missouri Hospital Association and more than half of its 140 member hospitals are participating. Southeast Missouri Hospital announced in July it would be one of these hospitals...
First-day enrollment down at Southeast (08/24/06)
Southeast Missouri State University's fall enrollment was down only slightly on the first day of classes compared to a year ago, school officials said Wednesday. Southeast had 9,404 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled as of the start of fall classes on Monday. That was just 21 fewer than the start of classes a year ago...
Community briefs 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
Pregame party tickets deadline is today Tickets are going quickly for Southeast @ Busch Stadium 2006, the 25th anniversary of this event. The pregame party for Southeast alumni and friends begins at 5:10 p.m. Sept 29 in Busch Stadium; game begins at 7:10 p.m. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled to play. For more information, call the SEMO University Alumni Association at 651-2259...
Community cuisine 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
St. Joseph fall dinner to be held Sept. 10...
Jackson holds alumni reunion for classes of 1926 to 1949 (08/24/06)
Two hundred and twenty registered for the recent Jackson High School Alumni class reunion of 1926 to 1949 Jackson High School graduates. Classes from 1950 to 1956 were also welcome to attend. Meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jackson, the group gathered for what may be the last alumni reunion for the early graduates of Jackson High School...
Thomas officially wins auditor primary (08/24/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Platte County Auditor Sandra Thomas on Wednesday officially was declared the winner of a close Republican state auditor's primary and immediately went on the offensive against her Democratic opponent. Second-place Republican finisher Rep. Jack Jackson, meanwhile, said he plans to ask for a recount today. That would trigger a statewide ballot reverification that by law could take until Sept. 13 to complete...
Firm can safely pluck single stem cell from embryo (08/24/06)
NEW YORK -- In an innovative move, a biotech company has found a new way of making stem cells without destroying embryos, touting it as a way to defuse one of the country's fiercest political and ethical debates. Some opponents of the research said the method still doesn't satisfy their objections, and many stem-cell scientists and their supporters called it inefficient and politically wrong-headed...
Bush: Support, not symbolism, best way to remember Katrina victims (08/24/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush cautioned against placing too much importance on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's Gulf Coast strike, saying a long, sustained rebuilding effort is still needed. "It's a time to remember that people suffered and it's a time to recommit ourselves to helping them," Bush said Wednesday. "But I also want people to remember that a one-year anniversary is just that, because it's going to require a long time to help these people rebuild."...
Medicare officials look to remedy glitch involving mistaken refunds (08/24/06)
WASHINGTON -- Don't cash that check. The federal government has erroneously reimbursed about 230,000 Medicare recipients for monthly premiums they paid this year for prescription drug coverage. For many, the checks -- totaling nearly $50 million -- have already arrived...
School bus ridership levels in Cape, Jackson remain same despite increases nationwide (08/24/06)
From staff and wire reports Most weekday afternoons, Atlanta resident Patricia Israel waits in her front yard for the school bus to drop off her 6-year-old twin sons. The boys beg to ride the bus every day, which Israel said is fine with her. She sees it as environmentally sound transportation that reduces traffic on the streets and at the school...
California officials told Colorado authorities of Karr's intere (08/24/06)
LOS ANGELES -- California detectives learned of John Mark Karr's apparent fascination with the JonBenet Ramsey murder while investigating him in 2001, but said Wednesday he did not appear to have any special knowledge of the case. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that it notified Colorado officials five years ago about Karr. ...
IRS warns taxpayers about bogus collectors (08/24/06)
WASHINGTON -- The IRS warned taxpayers Wednesday not to be duped by scammers posing as private debt collectors the agency has hired to chase unpaid tax debts. The Internal Revenue Service designed the debt collection program to minimize that risk "because we know what it's like out there with regard to identity theft nowadays," said Brady Bennett, IRS director of collection...
Business digest 08/24/06 (08/24/06)
Inventory of unsold homes at record high WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes plunged in July to the lowest level in 2 1/2 years and the inventory of unsold homes climbed to a new record high. The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that sales of existing homes and condominiums dropped by 4.1 percent in July from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.33 million. ...
Marines who thought their duty was done face recall (08/24/06)
SAN DIEGO -- After spending six months in Iraq, Marine reservist David Morgan figured he was finished patrolling the dangerous streets and could focus on building his biotech business. He may be wrong. Morgan could be returned to active duty as part of the first involuntary call-up of reservists since the early days of the war...
Syria threatens to close borders over planned deployment of U.N. troops (08/24/06)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Syria on Wednesday opposed deployment of an international force along its border to prevent arms shipments to Hezbollah, and Israel called the situation in Lebanon "explosive." A cease-fire was further shaken by artillery shells and explosions that killed three Lebanese soldiers and an Israeli...
Survivors of poison gas attacks testify in Saddam trial (08/24/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Kurds on Wednesday told of entire families killed in chemical weapons attacks against their villages in the 1980s, saying survivors plunged their faces into milk to end the pain from the blinding gas or fled into the hills on mules as military helicopters fired on them...
U.N. Security Council split over Iran's nuclear proposal (08/24/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Wednesday it had offered "positive and clear signals" in its proposal to resolve the standoff over its nuclear program, as the key U.N. Security Council members diverged over their responses -- setting the stage for a possible fight if the West pushes for sanctions...
Change brings falling numbers (08/24/06)
Central's swimming team went from a program-high 34 swimmers a year ago to a program-low 12 in the first fall boys swimming season since the Missouri State High School Activities Association members voted to changed the swimming season from winter to fall...
Notre Dame a little shaky, but too much for Central (08/24/06)
Notre Dame reached double digits in hits, took advantage of six Central errors and overcame its own sloppy defensive play to win its softball opener 12-2 on Wednesday at rival Central. The Bulldogs, Class 3 state runner-up last season, committed four errors but mashed out 11 hits...
Beck steps into prep coaching ranks by joining former mentor (08/24/06)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Former Scott City basketball standout Jon Beck took another step in his coaching career recently when he decided to join Derek McCord's staff at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. Beck had been a graduate assistant for three years at Arkansas State, where he played shooting guard for four years...
Goin' fishin': Two Southeast students angle for national championship (08/24/06)
A love of bass fishing on the part of John Parsons set the wheels in motion for Southeast Missouri State to have a unique distinction. The university is the only one in Missouri with a bass fishing club, according to Parsons. "I think that's pretty cool," he said...
Redhawks eye OVC title, NCAA's automatic berth (08/24/06)
Heather Nelson built the Southeast Missouri State women's soccer program from scratch into one of the most consistently successful in the Ohio Valley Conference. But there is one thing missing from Nelson's resume with the Redhawks that she would love to add -- an NCAA tournament appearance...
Nowacki expects better things in her second year (08/24/06)
Renata Nowacki's first season as the Southeast Missouri State volleyball coach went relatively well. But Nowacki and the Redhawks are shooting for bigger things in 2006. "Definitely," she said. "I'm very excited." Southeast, which last year had the program's most successful season since 2002, opens the new campaign Friday with two matches at the Mississippi tournament, against the host squad and Pittsburgh. ...
(Paul) Nelson hired to be (Heather) Nelson's assistant (08/24/06)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer coaching staff is now totally a family affair. It was announced Wednesday that, following a national search, Paul Nelson has been hired as the Redhawks' new associate head coach. Nelson, the husband of Redhawks head coach Heather Nelson, has been a volunteer assistant for his wife since she started the Southeast program in 1999...
Area sports digest 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
Kelly's first alumni run is Saturday The Kelly cross country team's inaugural alumni cross country run is set for 8 a.m. Saturday with a 1-mile walk/run followed by a 3.1-mile run. The race will cover the school's cross country course, which begins beside the elementary playground, 4035 Highway 77...
Agassi given no favors in final appearance in Grand Slam event (08/24/06)
NEW YORK -- If Andre Agassi is going to make an extended run at his final U.S. Open -- as plenty of fans, tournament organizers and TV executives, not to mention Agassi himself, surely hope -- he's got his work cut out for him. Agassi's path at the last tournament of his career shapes up as a tough one thanks to a draw Wednesday that includes a potential second-round match against rising star Marcos Baghdatis and possible fourth-round showdown against Andy Roddick...
Ekwerekwu returns to action for Tigers (08/24/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri wide receiver Brad Ekwerekwu is back on the practice field, six weeks after an emergency appendectomy. "I'm too anxious to stand around anymore," Ekwerekwu said. "I'm trying to get out there and get more involved. It got boring."...
Mets maul Mulder (08/24/06)
NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel wasn't happy. And he was the winning pitcher. After the New York Mets battered Mark Mulder for nine runs in his first major league game since June, Trachsel and his bullpen nearly gave back an eight-run lead Wednesday night. Still, the Mets hung on for a nervous 10-8 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals that stretched their winning streak to six...
Edwards fights through slump in sophomore season on top racing circuit (08/24/06)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Carl Edwards has gone from one of NASCAR's golden boys to one of the sport's "bad boys," struggling on the track and tangling with fellow drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. off it. Don't expect him to apologize or to make excuses. If he loses his temper -- and he has at times this year -- Edwards says it's about passion not petulance...
Former Arizona State quarterback headed to Nebraska (08/24/06)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Sam Keller says he is coming to Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Wednesday. Seen outside Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon with Cornhusker officials, Keller was asked by a reporter if he was transferring the Nebraska...
Running back Davis works out, takes physical (08/24/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Former Carolina Panthers running back Stephen Davis worked out with the Rams and was given a physical in St. Louis on Wednesday. Coach Scott Linehan did not talk about Davis following the Rams' practice and was unavailable for comment. The results of Davis' workout and physical are unknown...
EIU's Spoo will miss first few weeks (08/24/06)
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo will miss at least the first four to six weeks of the football season to have surgery for an undisclosed medical problem, the school's athletic director announced Wednesday. Spoo, 68, is scheduled to have the surgery in St. Louis on Tuesday...
Anthony sets record in U.S. win over Italy (08/24/06)
SAPPORO, Japan -- As his team left the locker room at halftime trailing Italy by nine points, captain Dwyane Wade broke into song. "I was walking out and everybody was quiet and I just started singing something that came to mind," Wade said Wednesday night. "I just came off the NBA Finals, where my team had been down a lot. I don't ever worry about being down. And I don't want my teammates to worry about it, either."...
Cards add Vizcaino; Perez sent to minors (08/24/06)
NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent Jose Vizcaino for infield help on Wednesday while their regular shortstop David Eckstein is expected to be out for several weeks. Eckstein was put on the disabled list Wednesday. The Cardinals' regular leadoff hitter, Eckstein strained a muscle in his side Friday in Chicago when he slid into catcher Michael Barrett...
A healthy start: local women advocate breast-feeding (08/24/06)
The most common question pregnant women ask Amy Woodall is, "Does it hurt?" "I tell them, 'if it's done right, it shouldn't hurt,'" explained Woodall, a peer counselor with the Women Infant Children's (WIC) program at the Cape Girardeau County Health Department...
Health briefs 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
Calendar "Ask your doctor," a live, call-in medical show discusses school immunizations from 8 to 9 p.m. on Channel 5. Newborn massage class, 10 to 11 a.m. at Generations Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Run Around Town, a 3-mile run or walk, begins at 8 a.m. at shelter No. 2 at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau...
Having a human experience (08/24/06)
Aug. 24, 2006 Dear Leslie, When I lived in New Orleans, Bunny Matthews' "Vic and Nat'ly" cartoons in the Times-Picayune affectionately captured the spirit of the city and its "Y'ats," the homeboys and homegirls who say hello with "Where y'at?" One of his cartoons pictured Nat'ly taking a customer's order in their po-boy shop. The custome r orders fish. "Wot, you Cat-lick?" Nat'ly asks...
Dog days of summer could help your heart (08/24/06)
I am really hoping I don't offend or disappoint any of my readers with what I am about to admit, but here goes: I am one of those people who actually resonate with the statement, "God spelled backward is 'dog'." (Or is it "Dog spelled backward is God"?)...
Joseph & Nelda Eggers (08/24/06)
Joseph Frederick Gilbert Eggers, 86, and his wife Nelda Ruth Eggers, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006. He died at home on the family farm near Jackson, and she died at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Eggers was born Dec. 8, 1919, at Delta, son of Myron Clelland and Flora Kathleen Koehler Eggers. Mrs. Eggers was born Aug. 31, 1923, at Oriole, daughter of Albert and Nellie Armstrong McLain. They were married May 9, 1947...
Mary Gunter (08/24/06)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Mary Rozila Gunter, 86, of Morley died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Clarence Duncan (08/24/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Clarence H. Duncan, 68, of Danville, Ky., formerly of Anna, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Russellville, Ky., son of Clarence and Naomi Cox Duncan. He and Joyce Shelton Tuss were married Aug. 11, 1986, in Paducah, Ky...
Jim Foster (08/24/06)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Jim S. Foster, 63, of Glenallen died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 25,1942, at Glenallen, son of Silvy J. and Clara Mae Crader Foster. He and Bertha M. Roe were married Nov. 25, 1962...
Frankie Nelson (08/24/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Frankie James Nelson, 52, of Advance died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1953, at Advance, the son of the late Adam and Juanita Acord Nelson. Nelson was a 1971 graduate of Advance High School and worked as a cement mason with the Local 527 in St. Louis...
Births 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
Calhoun; Vaughn; Noppe; Reinbott; Bond
Cape fire reports 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
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Cape/Jackson police reports 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
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Out of the past 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 24, 1981 It's back to the books in the morning for pupils and faculty in the Cape Girardeau Public School System; according to superintendent Dr. Arthur Turner, everything goes smoothly on the first day of classes of the fall term...
Smooth riding (08/24/06)
For several years as Missouri faced a crunch of not enough revenue to pay for all its growing programs, highways across the state suffered. But when voters approved Amendment 3 in 2004, a significant source of funding for roads and bridges opened up. ...
Festival raises $21,000 for UCAN (08/24/06)
To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who made the third annual Bluegrass Festival for the United Cancer Assistance Network at the Lake Wappapello Outdoor Theatre a huge success. We appreciate those of you who donated items for the auctions and concessions. ...
Thanks for great first day at CJHS (08/24/06)
To the editor: ROY MERIDETH, Principal, and ALAN BRUNS, Assistant Principal, Central Junior High School, Cape Girardeau...
Living example of Christian service (08/24/06)
To the editor: The old saying "it is an ill wind that blows no good" was forcefully brought to life last Saturday after the storm with straight-line winds blew through Cape Girardeau. Even before the rain had stopped, neighbors on Marlin Drive, a hard hit area in northeast Cape Girardeau, were out checking on each other, assessing damage and beginning to clear away some of the many trees that were downed. ...
Speak Out 8/24/06 (08/24/06)
River lore; Consumer subsidies; Federal aid; Amendment is pro-life; Tell us why; Dressed to code; Farmland income; Farm subsidies; Building for quakes; Overstepped bounds; Thanks to storm crews; Free commentary; Religious terror; Gasoline prices; Transit system works
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