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Prospective home buyers turn cautious (08/25/06)
The proof keeps piling on: The housing boom is over. Sales of new homes nationally dropped in July by the largest amount since February, while the inventory of unsold homes climbed to a record high. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that new home sales fell by 4.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 1.072 million units. The decline was the largest since an 11.5 percent plunge in February...
Music copyright suits reach Cape (08/25/06)
A Cape Girardeau man is one of the targets of lawsuits filed by the Recording Industry Association of America this week for copyright infringement. Shernet Showers is one of more than 18,000 people who have been sued by the RIAA since 2003 on charges of downloading music without paying for it or sharing music files in violation of copyright laws. The lawsuit was one of four filed against Missouri residents this week...
Scott County Central school board member resigns (08/25/06)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Scott County Central school board member decided Wednesday to step down from his position. Eric Kesler said his resignation, which was effective immediately, came because the issue of his residency was creating too much of a distraction for the district, its teachers and students...
Robbery suspect charged based on DNA evidence (08/25/06)
DNA evidence collected from an April robbery in Cape Girardeau matched a local suspect, authorities said. Ronald D. Heyl, unknown age, of Cape Girardeau, was charged Wednesday with felony first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond...
County property tax rates hearing set (08/25/06)
The Cape Girardeau County Commisson on Thursday voted to hold a public hearing Sept. 14 on the 2006 county property tax rates. County Auditor David Ludwig said he doesn't anticipate any change in the rates. The county has no general revenue property tax and the tax rate for roads and bridges would remain at 23.69 cents per $100 assessed value...
Utility board will hold Cape hearing (08/25/06)
The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday in Cape Girardeau on proposed rules for adjusting electric rates when utility companies face higher costs for fuel or power purchased on the open market. A law that took effect Jan. 1 allows the commission to include an adjustment clause during an electric rate case proceeding. The hearing, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, will focus on the commission's proposed rules for implementing the law...
Police charge Cape man with possession of marijuana (08/25/06)
A $100,000 cash-only bond was set this week for a convicted felon accused of possessing marijuana. Azizi U. Ray, 25, of 124 Lorimier St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon when officers issued a search warrant for his home, according to a probable cause statement. Ray, another man and two women were in the apartment at the time...
A year after Ethan's death (08/25/06)
A year has passed since Ethan Patrick Williams lost a monthlong struggle with a bacterial infection resistant to modern antibiotics. The 4-year-old Perry County boy died Aug. 25, 2005, at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis. His fight for life was ultimately undermined by the pneumonia caused by the staph infection that had lodged in his lungs...
AG's letter says health boards can regulate animal farms (08/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri attorney general's office says a county health center board has the same authority as a county commission to enact a health ordinance regulating concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. While the Aug. 10 letter doesn't have the weight of a formal opinion, it has rekindled debate in rural communities struggling to find a balance between quality of life and economic enterprise...
More children taken from Ozarks church amid sex abuse case (08/25/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Eight more children were taken into protective custody Thursday at a southwest Missouri church compound whose leader is being sought on felony warrants for allegedly sexually abusing a former female church member when she was a child...
FDA allows some nonprescription sales of the morning-after pill (08/25/06)
Women can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, the government declared Thursday, a major step that failed to quell the politically charged debate over access to emergency contraception. The manufacturer, lawmakers and other advocates said they will press the government to allow minors to purchase the pills over the counter...
Audi introduces biggest vehicle yet (08/25/06)
Consumers ought to suspect something is up when a European automaker advertises that "big can be beautiful." Usually a claim made by American car companies, "big can be beautiful" this year comes from Audi of Germany as it shows off its first sport utility vehicle, the 2007 Q7...
Candidate asks for hand recount in state GOP auditor primary (08/25/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Second-place finisher Jack Jackson requested a statewide hand recount Thursday in Missouri's Republican auditor primary, tempering his hope by acknowledging a slim chance of actually reversing Sandra Thomas' victory. The statewide recount is just the fourth requested since 1900...
Apple recalls 1.8 million Sony batteries in laptops (08/25/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ten days after Dell's record-setting notebook battery recall, Apple Computer Inc. told its customers Thursday to return 1.8 million batteries that could cause their Mac laptops to overheat and catch fire. Both recalls involve lithium-ion batteries made by a Sony Corp. ...
Border Patrol sets up zero-tolerance zone for illegal immigration in Texas (08/25/06)
DEL RIO, Texas -- Standing in a cramped federal courtroom last month, illegal immigrant Walter Oscar Portillo-Machado pleaded with a judge for mercy. But he came to the wrong place for that. The Salvadoran man was caught along a 210-mile stretch of the Texas-Mexico border that has been set up as zero-tolerance zone for illegal immigration. ...
Nation briefs 8/25/06 (08/25/06)
Ramsey slaying suspect arrives in Colorado BOULDER, Colo. -- After a flight on a state police plane, John Mark Karr arrived Thursday in the city where 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was slain to face charges in a homicide case prosecutors acknowledged is still in its "very early stages." The three-hour flight from Los Angeles landed shortly after 5 p.m. ...
Two killed, three injured in Vt. shootings at school, homes (08/25/06)
ESSEX, Vt. -- A gunman shot five people Thursday, killing two of them, in a rampage through two houses and an elementary school that ended when he wounded himself, police said. One of the slayings occurred at the school, which was not in session. Police chief David Demag said he could not confirm earlier reports that the victim was a teacher preparing for the start of classes next week...
Cleanup after bombings in Iraq has taken on sense of 'normalcy' (08/25/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- They're scenes all too familiar in Iraq: shattered buildings, mangled cars, pools of blood. The carnage takes its toll on the landscape -- and those responsible for cleaning up the mess. There aren't any trained hazmat specialists here. It's the same minimum-wage guys who sweep trash off the streets for a daily wage of less than $5...
Denmark: Four charged with plotting terror attack in Europe (08/25/06)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A Danish prosecutor on Thursday charged four young Muslims with helping to supply weapons and explosives for a planned terror attack in Europe. Five other suspects in the case have been charged in Bosnia, including two men accused of preparing to blow up an unidentified European target. Three other suspects have been charged in Britain...
Austrian police find woman allegedly held prisoner for more than eight years (08/25/06)
STRASSHOF, Austria -- Natascha Kampusch vanished on her way to school on March 2, 1998, when she was 10. Police said Thursday they were "quite sure" she is the young woman who turned up this week claiming she had been a captive, confined much of the time in a small cellar...
Distant Pluto now a distant memory as the ninth planet (08/25/06)
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Pluto, beloved by some as a cosmic underdog but scorned by astronomers who considered it too dinky and distant, was unceremoniously stripped of its status as a planet Thursday. The International Astronomical Union, dramatically reversing course just a week after floating the idea of reaffirming Pluto's planethood and adding three new planets to Earth's neighborhood, downgraded the ninth rock from the sun in historic new galactic guidelines...
Jamborees provide first taste of real competition (08/25/06)
Depth charts will become clearer, inexperienced players will be tested and most importantly, someone other than teammates will be the opposition. All six area football teams will be involved in high school football jamborees tonight. "We're anxious to go," Scott City coach Terry Flannigan said. "We're tired of beating on each other, and practice has started to get monotonous."...
Schumer's complete game lifts Perryville past Lancers (08/25/06)
Lindsey Schumer pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits as the Perryville softball recorded its first win of the season with a 7-1 home victory against St. Pius on Thursday. Perryville (1-1), which had 10 hits overall, got two hits apiece from Rebecca Hanquist,...
Hogan invites Southeast students to try out for Redhawks squad (08/25/06)
Any Southeast Missouri State students who think they've got some baseball talent -- and want to play that sport on the collegiate level -- will get their chance to make an impression Wednesday. At 2 p.m. at Capaha Field, the Southeast baseball program will hold its annual open tryouts. While it doesn't happen often, coach Mark Hogan said there have been instances where players have made the team through the tryouts...
Perfect teammates: Seniors Koeper, Baumstark have good chemistry (08/25/06)
The way Jessica Koeper and Jamie Baumstark see things, neither would be nearly as successful without the other. But Southeast Missouri State's dynamic volleyball duo have formed such a special bond -- both on and off the court -- that they have helped propel each other to lofty heights...
Redhawks announce games with Cincinnati in 2007, 2009 (08/25/06)
In exchange for playing a football game at Arkansas on Oct. 14, the Southeast Missouri State athletic department will receive $300,000. That represents by far the largest payday the university has ever garnered for having its Division I-AA football team play on the road against a Division I-A opponent...
Redhawks goalkeeper Pickering collects OVC honors in two sports (08/25/06)
To say Lindsay Pickering has had little trouble handling a second sport at Southeast Missouri State would be a substantial understatement. The junior goalkeeper was voted the Ohio Valley Conference's defensive player of the year for women's soccer last season, her first with the team...
Cape C.C. weathers storm (08/25/06)
Many people in Cape Girardeau may not have much recollection of a thunderstorm that rolled through the area Saturday afternoon. But the storm has left a lasting impression on the tree-covered Cape Girardeau Country Club, which overlooks the Mississippi River on the north edge of town...
Turning the clock way back (08/25/06)
NEW YORK -- Talk about turning back the clock. Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton announced Thursday the launch of an organization that will play by 19th century rules: The Vintage Base Ball Federation. Yup, back then baseball was two words. It will be six balls for a walk, and a foul ball won't count as a strike -- unless it's caught, in which case the batter will be out. A foul ball caught on a bounce counts for an out, and a hit batter is only a ball, with no base awarded...
Punters try to make their cases for starting job in final scrimmage (08/25/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With Missouri's season opener only nine days away, coach Gary Pinkel still hadn't settled the Tigers' kicking and punting situation. Adam Crossett went into summer drills as Missouri's top punter and place-kicker after holding down both spots last season. Since then, senior Matt Hoenes has moved into the No. 1 punter's spot...
United States finishes off pool play, braces for bigger challenges ahead (08/25/06)
SAPPORO, Japan -- Now comes the hard part. The United States closed a perfect week of group play Thursday by routing Senegal 103-58. The United States will open the tournament's medal phase against Australia, the fourth-place finisher in Group C, on Sunday in Saitama. The United States is bidding for its first championship since 1994...
Bears, Cardinals try to hit positive note before regular season begins (08/25/06)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have high expectations after a surprising run to the playoffs last season, but their first-team offense is scoreless heading into tonight's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears hope to get what they think will be an improved offense going...
Mets sweep away Cards (08/25/06)
NEW YORK -- Willie Randolph swears there was no special message in the New York Mets' three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. After all, in this runaway season, the Mets have swept eight other series. "It doesn't mean anything," the manager said. "We don't focus on any particular team."...
Scott leads Bridgestone field after opening round (08/25/06)
Adam Scott made nine birdies over his last 12 holes Thursday for a 7-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over Jason Gore and four shots clear of Tiger Woods in the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Scott closed with a 67 for his best finish in a major at Medinah last week, but it was too late to have any shot in the PGA Championship, where he tied for third...
Rice signs one-day contract to end career with San Francisco (08/25/06)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jerry Rice spent some of his favorite days on the green practice fields next to the railroad tracks that run behind the San Francisco 49ers' training complex. That's where Rice honed his game over countless hours as he became the NFL's most prolific receiver -- and that's why he felt those fields were an appropriate place to say his latest goodbye to the sport he revolutionized...
Wilkins paces himself during preseason (08/25/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Wilkins watched most of the preseason on the sidelines, waiting for the right moment to warm up for the real thing. That time has come and Wilkins put in his most extensive workout Wednesday since the Rams reported for camp in early August. He will work with the first team during St. Louis' preseason game Saturday at Kansas City as he builds toward the regular season opener Sept. 10...
Even with new QB, Salukis rate in top 20 (08/25/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- No one could blame Southern Illinois coach Jerry Kill if he feels a bit anxious about the coming season for the reigning three-time Gateway Conference champs. The Salukis won't have all-everything quarterback Joel Sambursky, a three-time team captain who, in starting 49 games in a row, notched virtually every major Salukis career passing mark. ...
Rain interferes with U.S. Amateur matches (08/25/06)
CHASKA, Minn. -- Canadian Ryan Yip beat Kevin Tway 6 and 5 on Thursday to advance to the third round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at a wet and windy Hazeltine National Golf Club. Play was suspended for nearly 4 1/2 hours because of rain in the morning, and sprinkles were present throughout the afternoon -- delaying third-round matches until this morning with quarterfinals to follow. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, with a 36-hole championship match set for Sunday...
First a zap, then dependency (08/25/06)
A news story recently focused my attention on how dependent American society has become on electricity. There are ways to save on electricity consumption, the story said, by making sure that anything plugged in is really turned off. Most modern gizmos use power whether or not they are on...
A five-star car is what mom needs (08/25/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: My mother was in a single-car accident in a Buick Century that happened because she passed out. She had never been in an accident before and is not given to passing out. She hit the beginning of a guardrail. The rail hit the engine, proceeded through the glove compartment, passenger seat, back seat and out the trunk. ...
Everyone's a critic: 'Snakes on a Plane' (08/25/06)
Two stars (out of four) Nathan Phillips plays a young man (Sean Jones) who witnesses the vicious murder of an L.A. district attorney. Mob members soon begin looking for this sole witness to their crime. Samuel L. Jackson plays Neville Flynn, the FBI agent who takes Jones into protective custody and is charged with bringing him back safely via commercial airliner to L.A. ...
Of God & politics (08/25/06)
In his campaign against the modern Democratic party platform, Hardy Billington doesn't rest. His convictions just won't let that happen. Billington is a man guided by his faith and that faith tells him that the modern Democratic party isn't on Christianity's side. He felt it when Bill Clinton ran for ...
Jerry Ford to close out DuQuoin fair (08/25/06)
DUQUOIN, Ill. -- For the second straight year, Jerry Ford is taking his big band act to the DuQuoin State Fair. This year he'll close out the festival's grandstand entertainment on Labor Day with his USO Show. Ford and his 14-piece Jerry Ford Orchestra will be accompanied by several singers and local Bob Hope impersonator Dan Wiethop in a show Ford promises will go beyond just a musical concert...
Artifacts 8/25/06 (08/25/06)
Ace Cannon appears at Eagles this weekend; Bess book lecture to be held in Sikeston; River City Players hold more musical auditions; Regional museum holds ice cream social ; Sedgewickville holds Fun Fest Sept. 2; Shawnee wine festival set for Sept. 2 and 3; Reception in Sikeston for St. Louis artist; Southeast Choral Union starts Sept. 5; Southeast holds dance auditions Monday; Regional Idolsearch competition Saturday
Tabea Fritsche (08/25/06)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Tabea Secunda Fritsche, 91, of Tracy, Minn., died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. She was born May 3, 1915, at Altenburg, daughter of Ernest Julius and Lydia Concordia Boehme Kuehnert. She and Walter E. Fritsche were married May 3, 1941, at Altenburg. He died Sept. 29, 1962...
Janie Rayford (08/25/06)
Janie Rayford, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Aug. 21, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 13, 1926, at Greenwood, Miss., daughter of Wesley and Minnie McFarland. She married Johnny Mack, who preceded her in death. Rayford was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau...
David East (08/25/06)
David East, 50, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jewell Killian (08/25/06)
Jewell Eveline Killian, 79, of Scott City died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 27, 1927, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Mounse Edward and Lena Caroline Abernathy Carter. She and John R. Killian were married Feb. 24, 1946, at Zalma...
Mary Gunter (08/25/06)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Mary Rozila Gunter, 86, of Morley died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 12, 1920, at Winona, Mo., daughter of James Longstreet and Mary Ellen Melvina Price Lindsey. She and Oral Elmo "Bill" Gunter were married Nov. 10, 1942, at Charleston, Mo. He died April 11, 1967...
Elvin Moonier (08/25/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Elvin E. "Happy" Moonier, 79, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 20, 1926, at Perryville, son of Claude E. and Anna Genevieve Huber Moonier. He and Marjorie A. Hahn were married May 5, 1948...
Marshall Walker (08/25/06)
Marshall Addision Walker, 91, of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 18, 1914, at Oak Ridge, son of Ira O. and Bernice Octavia Riehn Walker. He and Marie E. Overbeck were married June 30, 1951, in Piggott, Ark...
Births 8/25/06 (08/25/06)
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Out of the past 8/25/06 (08/25/06)
25 years ago: Aug. 25, 1981 Liquefied gas will be trucked here from Memphis, Tenn., to supply gas to Cape Girardeau and Scott City while Texas Eastern Pipeline Co. crews replace a valve in a transmission line Sept. 1, the Missouri Utilities Co. announces...
Thinking green, saving green (08/25/06)
By Doyle Childers Take a moment to think about how much you spent on gasoline last month. Now ask yourself: If you could have cut your pump costs by 25, 50 or even 75 percent, what would you have done with that extra money? Was it enough to take the family out to dinner? Perhaps pay for 18 holes at your favorite golf course? Or maybe you have a more practical mindset, like using the extra money to pay off credit cards, make a few home improvements or begin saving for your kids' college tuition...
A united effort (08/25/06)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has been going through a transformation process in the last few years. Many of the agencies supported by United Way have strong fund-raising arms of their own, but United Way provides a convenient way for workers to support those agencies through payroll-deduction contributions, many of which are matched by employers...
Need to recognize terrorism threat (08/25/06)
To the editor: Previously I described what to me is a profound lack of unity in the country to win the war against terrorism. Maybe some people do not consider it a war, and this might be the etiology of a lack of focus or determination. This is, however, a very real war that is becoming worldwide and with consequences as important as World War II...
Speak Out 8/25/06 (08/25/06)
Medical reasons; No naked teachers; Money grubbing; Medical payments; Religious cornerstone; Warning to litterers; Doctors' hours; Offensive shirts; In the Dark Ages; Where's the beef?; Gray matter; Serious problems
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