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SEMO approves tuition guarantee plan (09/01/06)
Southeast Missouri State University will limit tuition increases under a plan approved Friday by the board of regents. Southeast will guarantee that tuition for in-state undergraduates won't rise for the next four years by more than $400 annually for a typical academic year load of 30 credit hours...
2 Cape schools miss MAP goal (09/01/06)
Some students who scored low on the Missouri Assessment Program tests at Jefferson and Blanchard elementary schools will have an opportunity to transfer to other elementary schools in the Cape Girardeau School District. That's because for the second consecutive year, the schools they attend didn't make adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act...
Bock excluded from road board (09/01/06)
The Road and Bridge Advisory Board won't include a county commissioner as a formal member, the Cape Girardeau County Commission decided Thursday. In a unanimous vote, the three commissioners approved a questionnaire for potential members of the advisory board and a document stating the mission, qualifications and membership...
East Main project opens with 'lovefest' (09/01/06)
Missouri Department of Transportation officials called the groundbreaking that took place Thursday a "unique partnership." Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones called it a "lovefest." After congratulating each other on their partnership, local, state and federal officials broke ground at the future site of the East Main Street interchange on Interstate 55...
Stalled Ramsey Creek Bridge project back on Scott City's front burner (09/01/06)
Despite the fact that the same federal highway bill made the two projects possible, Scott City's Ramsey Creek Bridge is an idea still in the planning stage, while Jackson's East Main Street interchange is becoming a reality. Ground was broken on the Jackson project on Thursday, but a similar ceremony in Scott City could be over a year away...
In response to criticism, Cape Girardeau County Commission to adopt more formal procedures (09/01/06)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission seems ready to start operating under a more formal and informative agenda following criticisms from one commissioner that the other two hold private meetings. The action, proposed Thursday by Commissioner Jay Purcell, is a good step toward complying with the state Sunshine Law, said Jean Maneke, an attorney for the Missouri Press Association...
Local briefs 9/1/06 (09/01/06)
CrimeStoppers item leads to dealer's arrest A man wanted for two Cape Girardeau cocaine sales was arrested Thursday morning. More than a month after a warrant was issued for Lorenza W. Goza, 33, of 803 Themis St., he was arrested at 122 S. West End Blvd. ...
Christian band to play at Show Me Center (09/01/06)
The Show Me Center announced Thursday that Christian rock band Third Day will appear with the David Crowder Band at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Third Day won Grammys in 2003 and 2005 for Best Rock Gospel Album. Ticket sales start at 11 a.m. Sept. 11. To order, call 651-5000 or visit www.showmecenter.biz...
United Way kicks off effort to raise $1.12 million (09/01/06)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri asked the community to be part of its winning team Thursday. At a sports-themed campaign kickoff event at the Cape West 14 Cine, United Way executive director Nancy Jernigan announced the 2006 goal of $1.12 million...
Billboard repair is community project in East Perry County (09/01/06)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- After a year of looking at the faded, damaged sign, Pierre "Nic" Antoine could take no more. The billboard, at U.S. 61 and Route A in Uniontown, showcases historical points of interest in east Perry County. More than a year ago it was damaged by vandals who spray painted it with profanity...
Consultant encourages elementary students to work hard (09/01/06)
Acura adds SUV with first turbo engine (09/01/06)
Acura's new sport utility vehicle, the 2007 RDX, is a people and cargo hauler with some brains. The first Acura powered by a turbocharged gasoline engine, the 240-horsepower RDX uses innovative variable air flow to deliver more torque than any other Acura -- 260 foot-pounds at 4,500 rpm. This is despite the fact the engine is only a 2.3-liter four cylinder...
Scientists turn immune cells into tumor fighters to treat melanoma (09/01/06)
WASHINGTON -- Mark Origer entered the last-ditch experiment hoping to beat back his melanoma for a few months, long enough to walk his daughter down the aisle. He got far luckier: Almost two years later, his body shows no signs of the aggressive skin cancer...
Lockheed Martin wins NASA contract to send astronauts back to the moon (09/01/06)
WASHINGTON -- NASA on Thursday gave a multibillion dollar contract to build a manned lunar spaceship to Lockheed Martin Corp., the aerospace leader that usually builds unmanned rockets. The last time NASA awarded a manned spaceship contract to Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., was in 1996 for a spaceplane that was supposed to replace the space shuttle. NASA spent $912 million and the ship, called X-33, never got built because of technical problems...
Tourists flee as Hurricane John approaches Mexican resort (09/01/06)
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Tourists fled hotels, desperately seeking flights home, and 15,000 residents of Baja California were ordered to higher ground Thursday as a slightly weakened Hurricane John bore down on the resort of Cabo San Lucas. The storm soaked beaches on the mainland's Pacific coast before turning toward Baja California, where it was scheduled to nick the peninsula's southern tip today. It was downgraded to Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph...
Iran defies Security Council's deadline on enrichment (09/01/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran defied a U.N. deadline Thursday to stop enriching uranium, opening the door for sanctions, but U.S. and other officials said no action would be sought before a key European diplomat meets with Tehran's atomic chief next week to seek a compromise...
Can Pirates go from playoffs to 0-10 to playoffs? (09/01/06)
Perryville coach Rick Chastain has the kind of positive outlook that can view an 0-10 football season as a precursor to great things. And that's just what he's doing. Perryville was winless last season, but had three close losses in the last four weeks, including two district games...
St. Vincent Indians: How easy will it be to replace Richardet? (09/01/06)
St. Vincent has 10 postseason appearances since 1984, including eight in the last 13 seasons. So, after not making the playoffs last fall in a 7-3 campaign, the Indians are due to return. They won the Class 1 state championship in 2004 in their fourth final four appearance since 1998...
Are two QBs better than one? (09/01/06)
Blake Slattery and Garrett Stevens give the Tigers a pair of quarterbacks with two seasons of varsity experience each. Slattery, a senior, and Stevens, a junior, have split the playing time over the past two seasons. Last season, Stevens opened as the starter, but both spent half the season under center. The pair bring alternate styles, with Stevens more of a pocket passer and Slattery possessing the ability to pass and run...
Will Red Devils turn positive vibe into a victory? (09/01/06)
A member of the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame, Charlie Vickery has brought a new level of excitement to the program since joining his alma mater last season. Vickery's steady hand has helped lead the Red Devils to strong turnouts for the team and its summer weight program. While the results did not come last year, Vickery seems to be the right coach to help make Chaffee competitive...
Will Rams' growing pains equal wins? (09/01/06)
Scott City faced plenty of growing pains last year, starting as many as eight sophomores at times. That experience should pay off this season. "They want to be known as the next group who continues the Scott City legacy," Rams coach Terry Flannigan said. "The next playoff group or conference championship group. They want their group to be known for many years to come."...
New season brings change, optimism (09/01/06)
Not many good things can be said about the 2005 high school football season for local teams. One of them is this: It's over. And it ended quickly. For the first time since 1992, none of the six teams in the Southeast Missourian coverage area made the playoffs...
Can Jackson fill holes on defense? (09/01/06)
The Indians have had mixed results in nonconference and district play over the past two seasons, but when it comes to SEMO North play, Jackson has ruled supreme. Jackson demolished its conference opponents last season, and again the Indians should be heavy favorites to win the conference crown. With its conference games bunched together in the middle of the season, a trio of wins could give the Indians a boost heading into district play...
High School Football: Week 1 (09/01/06)
Francis Howell Central Parkway North at Central, 7 p.m. Malden at Scott City, 7 p.m. McAuley Catholic at St. Vincent, 7 p.m. Perryville at Pacific, 7 p.m. Chaffee at Grandview, 7 p.m. -- Jeremy Joffray...
Kelly's Hughes is perfect vs. Central (09/01/06)
Kelly senior Kalie Hughes pitched a perfect game in a 7-0 softball victory on Thursday over visiting Central. Hughes, who also pitched a no-hitter against Chaffee earlier this season, struck out 12 over seven innings to improve to 4-0. Kelly is 4-0 overall...
The 0-0 Red Devils look to end 34-game skid (09/01/06)
Since nearly every high school football program approaches the start of a season with some sense of optimism, it should not be surprising the struggling Chaffee program is talking victory heading into tonight's opener at Grandview. What may be different about this current Red Devils bunch is they believe they can, and they are looking to back up those words when kickoff rolls around at 7 p.m...
Eight questions with Southeast punter David Simonhoff (09/01/06)
Q. As a senior wanting to finish your college career on a winning team, what kind of feelings do you get from first-year coach Tony Samuel and the assistants that it will happen this year? A. The coaches are real positive and confident. They're confident in what they teach. I think all of that is rubbing off on the players. And we have so many players back from last year, which should help us...
Ten questions with Southeast coach Tony Samuel (09/01/06)
Q. What are your impressions of your first Southeast team heading into the season opener? A. They're still learning how to adjust to our style of everything, and we're adjusting to what they're doing. It's still a work in progress. A lot more questions will get answered once we start playing games...
Southeast Redhawks: Heading in a new direction? (09/01/06)
FIVE REASONS SOUTHEAST CAN CONTEND FOR OVC HONORS Toughness First-year head coach Tony Samuel is able to instill the necessary toughness in the Redhawks that has been a major emphasis of his during preseason practice and that he insists all successful teams must have. "That's the only way I know," Samuel said. "Football is a very tough game. We have to be physically and mentally tougher than the people we face...
Scouting the Ohio Valley Conference (09/01/06)
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Edgar era will begin Nov. 10 at Arkansas (09/01/06)
One month after the Southeast Missouri State football team plays at Arkansas, the men's basketball team will open the season -- and the Scott Edgar era -- there. The Razorbacks join Purdue and Iowa State as major nonconference road games on Southeast's 2006-07 schedule, which was released Thursday by the university...
Tigers take new look into Murray St. opener (09/01/06)
For the first time since 2001, someone other than Brad Smith is starting at quarterback for Missouri when the Tigers open Saturday at home against Murray State. Not that Smith's replacement, Chase Daniel, is worried about it, even if Smith was something of a one-man passing and running show, establishing 69 school, Big 12 or NCAA records. Daniel, a highly regarded sophomore, is OK with the comparisons...
Neighbors Illinois, Eastern Illinois to meet for first time Saturday (09/01/06)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Even though their campuses are less than 50 miles apart, Illinois and Eastern Illinois have never met on the football field. That will change Saturday when the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Panthers take on the Illini -- last season's Big Ten doormat -- at Memorial Stadium...
The old college try: Krzyzewski shows he can connect with NBA players (09/01/06)
SAITAMA, Japan -- As practice wound down, Mike Krzyzewski approached LeBron James, who was shooting baskets alone on a side court. James listened intently as the coach spoke and motioned to a spot in the lane. The two talked for about 10 minutes before Krzyzewski rejoined his staff on another court and James went back to shooting...
Missouri high school football preseason poll (09/01/06)
CLASS 6 1. Columbia Rock Bridge (6) 2. Hazelwood Central (2) 3. Rockhurst (1) 4. Liberty (1) 5. DeSmet Others receiving votes: Fort Zumwalt West, Blue Springs, Oakville, Jefferson City. CLASS 5 1. Raymore-Peculiar (10)...
Mulder returns to disabled list; Redbirds call up backup catcher (09/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed Mark Mulder on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, a day after the left-hander said he doubted whether he'd pitch again this season. Mulder lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his second start since coming off the DL from a shoulder injury, allowing five runs against the Marlins on Tuesday night. He's 6-7 with a 7.14 ERA after entering the season as the winningest pitcher in the majors the previous five seasons...
Redbirds land Marlins (09/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Once the St. Louis Cardinals got Dontrelle Willis out of the game their offense took off. Chris Duncan hit a tying pinch homer and Scott Rolen singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning of a 5-2 victory over the Florida Marlins Thursday night...
Rams end exhibition play with 29-9 loss to Dolphins (09/01/06)
MIAMI -- Marcus Vick caught punts, grabbed a touchdown pass and even played a little quarterback for the Miami Dolphins in their preseason finale. Soon, he'll find out if he showed enough versatility to merit a roster spot. On a night when backups got a final shot to show their worth before 53-man rosters are set Saturday, third-stringer Cleo Lemon completed 21 of 28 passes for 271 yards -- including a 5-yard scoring pass to Vick that helped the Dolphins beat the St. ...
Agassi stays alive in five-set thriller (09/01/06)
NEW YORK -- How about that? Andre Agassi, 36 years old and burdened by a bad back, held up better than the kid across the net in a thriller that will be talked about for years. Buoyed by a cortisone injection, along with a raucous, sellout crowd that boosted his spirits when things suddenly looked bleak as could be, Agassi extended his career for at least one more match by beating eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 at the U.S. Open...
Tiger makes quick trip to Ireland for bonding (09/01/06)
Tiger Woods settled over his ball in the ninth fairway and was ready to pull the trigger on a 7-iron when he broke the silence with an important question. "What was the yardage again?" he said to caddie Steve Williams. "I don't remember," the caddie replied as Woods was at the top of his swing...
Chief Illiniwek's 80th season may be his last (09/01/06)
CHICAGO -- Chief Illiniwek is likely dancing his last performances at University of Illinois sporting events, according to a published report. Citing unidentified university sources, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that the university tentatively plans to drop the controversial American Indian mascot at the end of the upcoming basketball season, leaving open the possibility that the school's teams could host NCAA events in the spring...
I concede: Squirrels win ... again (09/01/06)
My wife thinks the war I'm waging on the squirrels in our backyard is pretty funny. She should laugh. She's the one who gave me a BB gun with a laser scope (I am not kidding) for my birthday a few years ago. I've managed to put the fear of ... something ... in a few of the little buggers. I don't suppose my rodents from Hades believe in God. Mostly they just laugh at me, too...
Parenting advice from Tom and Ray (09/01/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: Am I a jerk or a genius? My son is now 18, and when he was 15, I wrote him a check for $1,500, postdated three years. I told him that if he managed to reach the date of the check without (1) receiving any tickets, (2) being involved in any accidents or (3) breaking any of our house driving rules, I'd cash the check for him. ...
Founding father (09/01/06)
Something happened to Dr. Jean Chapman between his last solo art exhibition and this one -- something that would have ended the artistic endeavors of most people who term their art a "hobby." A stroke took away the use of his right hand, but not his mind...
New York art visits Fountain Street again (09/01/06)
The New York art world will visit Cape Girardeau once again today for First Friday. Vernita Nemec, director of the Viridian Artists cooperative in New York's Chelsea district, is in Cape Girardeau to display her piece "The Endless Junkmail Scroll" at Fountain Street Gallery...
Everyone's a critic: 'Idlewild' (09/01/06)
Three stars (out of four) This film places the members of the popular band Outkast into the fictitious Georgia town of Idlewild during the perilous 1930s. Friends since childhood, Percival (AndrZ Benjamin, aka "Dre" or "Andre 3000") and Rooster (Antwan A. Patton, aka "Big Boi") now lead very different lives. Percival works for his mortician father and dreams of one day becoming a famous pianist. Rooster is married with five daughters and a beautiful but jealous wife (Malinda Williams)...
Artifacts 9/1/06 (09/01/06)
Andino to perform at Three Rivers; Line dance classes offered in Cape Girardeau; Cedarhurst festival coming Sept. 8 and 9; Big Oak Tree to hold Living History Day; Poplar Bluff plays host to St. Louis artist; Kennett fair taking submissions from artists, photographers; Trails workshops to be held at Rend Lake; Tickets on sale now for 'Spamalot'
Jeff Foxworthy has last laugh with new CMT comedy show (09/01/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Comedian Jeff Foxworthy calls his new TV show "Foxworthy's Big Night Out," but some of his guests probably wish he'd stayed home. In one episode of the new series premiering 7:30 p.m. today on Country Music Television, he gets singer Sara Evans to take a whiff from a stinky container of squid guts. The dark-haired beauty recoils in disgust while Foxworthy busts up laughing...
MTV Video Music Awards offer disturbingly normal show (09/01/06)
NEW YORK -- Where are Eminem and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog when you need them? Despite Shakira's ever-gyrating hips, Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" and the obscured image of a naked midget, the first hour of the annual MTV Video Music Awards had about as much spontaneity as an episode of "Cribs."...
Lavona Bridges (09/01/06)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Lavona Bridges, 81, of Tamms died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at Day Star Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Olive Branch, Ill., daughter of Hugh and Grace Corbin Smiley. She and Thomas H. Baine were married Nov. 11, 1942. He died in October 1974. She later married William L. "Cody" Bridges, who died Aug. 12, 1988...
Edna Sheffer (09/01/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Edna Lorene Sheffer, 83, of Anna died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at the City Care Center in Anna. She was born Jan. 5, 1923, at Dongola, Ill., daughter of Alphaeus C. and Clara Wilson. Sheffer graduated as a registered nurse from the Shawnee College School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo, Ill., City Care Center and In the Pink Home Health Care...
Glenn Leigh (09/01/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Glenn Leigh, 96, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at Perry Oaks Nursing Home. He was born May 26, 1910, in Perry County, son of Walter Joseph and Henrietta Elizabeth Barber Leigh. He and Margaret J. Sherrill were married May 26, 1934. She died Oct. 4, 1995...
Robert Yancy (09/01/06)
Robert Yancy, 87, of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Carla Seckel (09/01/06)
Carla Seckel, 62, of Scott City died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 19, 1944, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of Dorothy Gaines. She and Paul Seckel were married July 25, 1970, in Cuba, Mo. Seckel had been employed by Cotton Belt Railroad as a cook...
Elizabeth Hankinson (09/01/06)
Elizabeth Ker Hankinson, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1914, in Staten Island, N.Y., daughter of Joseph and Helen Calvert Handy. She and George L. Hankinson were married June 12, 1937, in Staten Island. He died Aug. 7, 2005...
Larry Bannister (09/01/06)
Larry L. Bannister, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Cantwell, Mo., son of the late Roy Thomas and Hazel Hartle Bannister. He and Helen Rhodes were married July 4, 1953, at Doe Run, Mo...
Paul Stewart (09/01/06)
Paul Erwin Stewart, 20, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, in a motorcycle accident on State Highway W in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 19, 1985, in Cape Girardeau, son of Mark Stewart and Lizabeth Boone. He and Michelle King were married July 24, 2004, in Jackson...
Marcella Schlitt (09/01/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- Marcella Helen Schlitt died at 12:16 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 5, 1920, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of George and Katie Glueck Scherer. She married Leon T. Schlitt May 4, 1949, in New Hamburg, Mo. He died Jan. 23, 1979...
Sarah Cunningham (09/01/06)
Sarah Louise "Betty" Cunningham, 91, of Bartlett, Tenn., died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at home. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and active in the Women's Society of both Asbury and Bartlett United Methodist churches. She was also a member of the Methodist Hospital Auxiliary. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and also belonged to the Red Hat Society and enjoyed their fellowship...
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/1/06 (09/01/06)
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Out of the past 9/1/06 (09/01/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 1, 1981 Talks between the Shawnee and Cairo, Ill., school districts and their employees are at a standstill pending meetings with representatives of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in each of the districts; employees in both districts are continuing to work although their old contracts have expired...
Setting the record straight (09/01/06)
By Claire McCaskill You can tell when it's an election year. Candidates start popping up. Yard signs are everywhere. You're bound to receive a few irritating phone calls just as you sit down to supper. And the politicians you thought you knew start sounding like products for sale...
Generous gifts (09/01/06)
The reach and effectiveness of organized giving to good causes has long been a hallmark of American society. Collectively, generous donors are able to have a much greater impact than they might if they tried to help others on their own. Two sizable donations from Cape Girardeau donors last week will go a long way in helping impoverished communities in Nicaragua. ...
Use session to restore MAWD (09/01/06)
To the editor: When the Missouri General Assembly convenes for its veto session Sept. 13, lawmakers will spend a few hours saying goodbye to departing colleagues whose terms are ending, and then we will go home. The Missouri Constitution requires the legislature to meet each September to reconsider bills vetoed by the governor. ...
Medicare cuts reduce access (09/01/06)
To the editor: As an osteopathic physician, I am concerned about access to health care for my patients. In 2007, physicians will experience a 5.1 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements, with additional cuts projected through 2015. Without congressional intervention these cuts potentially could reach 37 percent over the next nine years, while my practice costs are expected to grow at a rate of 2 percent to 3 percent per year...
Article, editorial were insensitive (09/01/06)
To the editor: The Aug. 17 article "Drinking, boating, dying" dealt with the death of our son in an insensitive way. I am writing now in response to the Aug. 26 editorial, "Drinking on the water." Misinformation included in the story was an insult to our suffering family, and the editorial only reopened the wound. Why was it necessary to again bring up Caleb's accident in reference to an article focusing on driving a boat intoxicated? No boat was involved in his death...
Being snake food isn't paradise (09/01/06)
To the editor: I am an avid reader of Scott Moyers' business column in Monday's paper. However, this past Monday it was very disturbing. I am referring to the information bout a "pet paradise on Broadway." If someone is knowingly selling small rabbits for snake food, I hardly think this qualifies as a paradise. I was appalled at the idea. Please stick with selling birds and fish and bunnies as pets, not as snake food...
Speak Out 9/1/06 (09/01/06)
County money; No workers; Snake warning; Thanks for help; Impact on Jackson
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