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Police: DNA solves '01 rape (09/08/06)
A 2001 Cape Girardeau rape was purportedly solved when DNA evidence matched that of a Missouri prison inmate, officials said. Ontario R. Reed, 23, formerly of the Malden, Mo., area, was charged Thursday with felony forcible sodomy and forcible rape. Bond was set at $500,000 cash only...
Charges for hate crimes unusual in Cape Co. (09/08/06)
Michael Williams doesn't considered himself physically disabled. Born with half his right arm and leg missing, he's learned to do everything anybody else can do, refusing to let it stop him. So when he was attacked this week by two teenagers who used his own prosthetic leg to hit him, he didn't consider it a hate crime...
Bill names courthouse for Limbaugh Sr. (09/08/06)
Legislation has been introduced into the U.S. Senate proposing to name Cape Girardeau's new federal courthouse after the late Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. "It is only fitting that the new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau be named after this great hero of American jurisprudence," U.S. Sen. Kit Bond said in a joint news release with U.S. Sen. Jim Talent. The two senators introduced the legislation Thursday...
Area candidates filling campaign chests (09/08/06)
Incumbent Republican state Rep. Nathan Cooper scored big in fund-raising last month, bringing in more than 30 times the amount collected by Democratic challenger Matt Hill. Cooper, who is seeking his second term representing Cape Girardeau in the Missouri House, collected $26,175, from July 28 to Sept. 2, according to a report filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission...
Everyone's a critic: 'The Wicker Man' (09/08/06)
Two stars (out of four) Nicolas Cage plays a motorcycle cop who pulls over a mother and daughter to return a doll that fell from atop their packed car. A semi-truck hits the car after the little girl throws the doll back into the street. Mysteriously, no evidence of the mother or girl is found at the scene...
SEMO's River Campus taking shape (09/08/06)
Tours Thursday evening focused on the inside of Southeast Missouri State University's new River Campus. But beyond the plywood walkways and the concrete dust, invited guests couldn't help but notice the spectacular view of the Mississippi River and the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Paisley, Underwood confirmed to play at Show Me Center (09/08/06)
After weeks of speculation, it's finally official -- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will appear at the Show Me Center on Oct. 21. The concert had been rumored for weeks after Southeast Missouri State University announced the show in its Homecoming brochure that was mailed to alumni last month. The concert also appeared on tour date lists posted on several Internet sites...
Artifacts 9/8/06 (09/08/06)
Baroque Ensemble starts season Thursday The Southeast Missouri State University Baroque Ensemble will kick off its season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a concert at Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau. The program is open to the public and will include music by composers such as Bach and Telemann, and lesser-known Baroque composers. ...
Commissioners to discuss Prop 1, Sunshine Law compliance (09/08/06)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission faces an agenda over the next two weeks with several major issues to decide. The work begins Monday, when commissioners will meet with Weldon Macke, the former county auditor, to discuss the impact of Proposition 1 on road and bridge property taxes...
Well-known Cape lawyer dead at 83 (09/08/06)
A prominent Cape Girardeau lawyer has died. Joe Russell, 83, was pronounced dead early Thursday morning at Southeast Missouri Hospital, from complications of surgery, according to family members. Russell was well known around the city as a partner with the firm of Limbaugh, Russell, Payne and Howard, where he worked since 1949 as one of the firm's original partners. He worked full time up until his death...
Sikeston man accused of breaking into automotive shop, stealing tires (09/08/06)
Charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of burglarizing a Cape Girardeau auto store. Frederick R. Rowe, 22, of Sikeston, Mo., was charged with felony burglary, stealing, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. He is accused of breaking into Newell's Automotive and Muffler, 144 S. Sprigg St., shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday and stealing four Ventus Sport tires and four Velocity 20-inch rims, police spokesman Jason Selzer said...
Almost forgotten (09/08/06)
Don Seabaugh can't believe what has happened to Camp Cape. He recently stood in what was once known as the downtown Camp Cape district and pointed out what's left of the old Cape Girardeau Stockyard building -- it was moved brick by brick from Commerce, Mo., to its location on South Kingshighway. The stockyards were a popular spot to attend horse and mule auctions...
Fair board adds new activities (09/08/06)
For the most part, visitors to the 151st SEMO District Fair can expect the same kind of fair experience they've had for the last few years. However, some changes have been made to the fair's activities this year -- changes that fair board president Pete Poe hopes will help families make the fair an enjoyable experience while saving some cash...
Three Rivers college enrollment figures are up (09/08/06)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --Enrollment at Three Rivers Community College for the fall semester has topped the 3,000 mark, up more than 50 students from a year ago. The community college, based in Poplar Bluff, enrolled 3,043 students, according to preliminary enrollment figures. Fall classes started Aug. 17...
Mayor orders Jackson's flags to half-staff for soldier (09/08/06)
It's evident U.S. Army Pfc. Jeremy Shank's family was proud of their son and brother by a sign that hangs from the front window of their Jackson home. "I love my son Pfc. Shank," the yellow ribbon sign reads. Jeremy Shank was the son of Jim and Debbie Shank of Jackson. On Thursday, a family friend said that Jim Shank was not ready to speak to the media...
Missouri unveils bridge repair plan (09/08/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Flanked by a decaying bridge and a yellow school bus, state officials on Thursday announced plans to repair or replace 800 of Missouri's worst bridges by 2012. The project, labeled the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Plan, will allow a single contractor to both design and build the bridge upgrades as well as maintain the bridges for at least 25 years, at an estimated cost of $400 million to $600 million...
Entourage is pricey but has nice touches (09/08/06)
Minivans aren't the hot-selling family vehicles that they were in the 1980s. But Hyundai officials still chose to add a first minivan to showrooms this year. The seven-passenger, 2007 Hyundai Entourage is nicely done, with pleasant styling inside and out, six standard air bags and top government safety rating, plentiful amenities, an easy-to-live-with interior and a strong, 250-horspeower V-6 engine...
Armitage says he was source in CIA leak (09/08/06)
WASHINGTON -- The former No. 2 State Department official said Thursday he inadvertently disclosed the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame in conversations with two reporters in 2003. Confirming that he was the source of a leak that triggered a federal investigation, former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage said he never intended to reveal Plame's identity. He apologized for his conversations with syndicated columnist Robert Novak and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward...
Al-Jazeera plays footage of bin Laden meeting with 9-11 plotters (09/08/06)
CAIRO, Egypt -- An Arab television station broadcast previously unseen footage Thursday of a smiling Osama bin Laden meeting with the top planners of the Sept. 11 attacks in an Afghan mountain camp and calling on followers to pray for the hijackers as they carry out the suicide mission...
Britain's Blair bows to pressure with promise to quit within ayear, but won't set precise date (09/08/06)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair, his reputation in Britain badly damaged by his refusal to break ranks with President Bush, gave in Thursday to a fierce revolt in his Labour Party and reluctantly promised to quit within a year. Blair, whose popularity began sinking when he committed his nation to the U.S.-led war in Iraq three years ago, had long resisted calls to publicly set a timeframe for his departure from office. ...
High school football: Week 2 (09/08/06)
Jackson at Parkway North New Madrid County Central at Central Scott City at Portageville Liberty Mountain View at Chaffee St. Vincent at Park Hills Central De Soto at Perryville -- Jeremy Joffray...
ND softball improves to 10-0 (09/08/06)
The Notre Dame softball team found itself in a rare low-scoring game Thursday, but thanks to errorless defense and a three-hit shutout from Miranda Schlosser, the Bulldogs remained undefeated with a 2-0 victory against visiting Central. The Bulldogs (10-0) were limited to fewer than seven runs for the first time this season...
Jackson owes 1-0 start to inspired special teams (09/08/06)
When a special teams unit is playing well, the results of its effort on a football field are often easy to overlook. Making extra points, covering punts and kickoffs, and successfully executing a punt from the snap to the kick can easily be taken for granted...
Southeast digest 9/8/06 (09/08/06)
Waggener takes post at Indianapolis Stephen Waggener, who had served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Southeast Missouri State baseball team last spring, has accepted a full-time position as an assistant coach at the University of Indianapolis...
Hiding his hand (09/08/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A highly unsatisfactory preseason could not end fast enough for new St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan. Too many games that presented injury risks, too many older players that needed to be conserved for the games that count and too many players to evaluate led to too little in the way of tangible results for a team hoping to rebound from a 6-10 record in the chaotic conclusion to the Mike Martz era...
Jackson will get wish for bigger role (09/08/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson has been asking for the ball for a while now, and it appears the St. Louis Rams are going to grant his wish. Entering his third season, playing for a new coach and completely out of Marshall Faulk's shadow, Jackson views this season as an opportunity and not some sort of make-or-break proposition. He's not concerned about heightened expectations heading into the season opener...
Furyk, Rose lead parade of low scores in Canada (09/08/06)
Jim Furyk and Justin Rose took advantage of perfect scoring conditions Thursday in the first round of the Canadian Open in Ancaster, Ontario. Furyk and Rose shot the lowest rounds ever in professional play on the 90-year-old Hamilton Golf and Country Club course, 7-under 63s that left them a stroke ahead of Brandt Jobe, Nathan Green and Frank Lickliter II on the rain-softened layout...
Spiezio clubs two HRs in victory over Arizona (09/08/06)
PHOENIX -- Scott Spiezio homered twice to back Jeff Weaver and give the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-2 victory over Arizona on Thursday night, the Diamondbacks' eighth loss in nine games. Juan Encarnacion added an RBI single and Chris Duncan also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who opened a 6 1/2-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL Central...
Dumars, Barkley, Wilkins to enter Hall of Fame today (09/08/06)
DETROIT -- Joe Dumars is going into the Basketball Hall of Fame just as he played -- under the radar. Making all the noise, drawing all the attention tonight will be two other inductees -- Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins. Barkley, no doubt, will have the most entertaining speech. Wilkins will monopolize the highlight tapes...
Steelers open season with 28-17 victory over Miami (09/08/06)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers needed two big plays from unlikely sources to pull out a season-opening victory behind their backup quarterback. Maybe Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban should be flagged for a costly delay, too. Tight end Heath Miller chugged his way down the Steelers' sideline on an 87-yard touchdown pass play midway through the fourth quarter, fill-in QB Charlie Batch's third scoring pass of the game, and the Super Bowl champions beat the Dolphins 28-17 Thursday night in the NFL's first game of the season.. ...
Scottrade buys naming rights to St. Louis arena (09/08/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The sports arena that is home to the St. Louis Blues is getting a new name -- the Scottrade Center. The arena had been known as the Savvis Center since suburban St. Louis-based Savvis Inc. paid $72 million for a 20-year naming rights deal in 2000...
Federer wears down Blake in quarterfinals (09/08/06)
NEW YORK -- James Blake made Roger Federer work a whole lot harder than he's used to, and it still wasn't nearly enough. The top-seeded Federer dropped a set against No. 5 Blake and faced all kinds of trouble before pulling out a 7-6 (7), 6-0, 6-7 (9), 6-4 victory Thursday night at the U.S. Open to reach a record-tying 10th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal...
Reason 1,277 that we need grandkids (09/08/06)
Some youngsters go to the fair and stand on their tiptoes so they can get past the "You must be this tall" signs in front of some of the scariest rides. I was never one of those youngsters. The bright, colorful photograph on the front page of Thursday's newspaper reminded me of that...
Tips for privately selling a used car (09/08/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: I am planning to buy a 2006 Subaru Forester this year and don't want to deal with the trade-in hassle and rip-off, so I'm thinking about selling my five-speed Subaru 1997 Impreza Outback Sport privately. But I've never done it before. ...
Dad and Lad: The box office slows down (09/08/06)
Summer is coming to an end and we now see a slowdown in the number and quality of family films. There are still a couple of interesting films later this month. Not the fanfare of Hollywood's hot summer days, but still some decent choices for quality family entertainment. As always, the Dad-and-Lad-o-meter is included to tell you our level of excitement (rated out of 5)...
Voce Festiva shakes up Port Cape (09/08/06)
This weekend Port Cape Girardeau will trade the screaming guitars and howling vocals of its usual rock 'n' roll show for something a little more elegant. Instead of testosterone-laden guitar licks, Port Cape will be filled with the sound of female voices. One of the area's only all-female vocal ensembles, Voce Festiva, will provide a night of music, and Port Cape will provide the food...
Banking on Bo (09/08/06)
Last year Bo Bice was just coming off a run on "American Idol" that ended in a second-place finish. Bice helped break the reputation of "Idol" as a pop-only show with his emphasis on rock 'n' roll, especially southern rock. Despite the fact that he didn't win, Bice has still been able to make a name for himself with his debut album "The Real Thing," which went to number four on the Billboard charts in its first week of release in 2005...
Imogene Miller (09/08/06)
V. Imogene "Imer" Miller, 86, of Fargo, N.D., died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at Elim Rehabilitation and Care Center in Fargo. She was born March 1, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of David Lee and Louva Alice Nanney. She and Daniel George William Miller were married March 1, 1943, in Miami Beach, Fla., where Daniel was stationed in the Army Air Corps...
Joseph Russell (09/08/06)
Joseph Jamison Russell, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lynwood Baptist Church...
Charlene Davis (09/08/06)
Charlene Elode Davis, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1923, at Ellsinore, Mo., daughter of Lee and Dena Schaefer Rains. She and Roy Calvin Joiner were married June 9, 1939. He preceded her in death. She and Brent Davis were married Jan. 1, 1948. He died April 8, 1988...
Herbert Seiler (09/08/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Herbert H. Seiler, 80, of Benton died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 25, 1926, at Oran, Mo., son of Herman and Mary Snider Seiler. He and Louise Vetter were married June 13, 1949, at Benton...
Dr. Troy Edwards (09/08/06)
Dr. Troy W. Edwards, 90, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Carbondale, Ill., died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. Friends may call at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale from noon until time of service Monday. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Frank Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale...
Ann Shelton (09/08/06)
Ann Chissom Shelton, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born May 16, 1931, in Daviess County, Ky., daughter of Hobart and Helen Yeiser Chissom. She and John Shelton were married June 16, 1954, in Owensboro, Ky...
LeeRoy Hess (09/08/06)
LeeRoy Albert Hess, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 3, 1946, at Chaffee, Mo., son of Frank Louis and Martha Mary Peters Hess. He and Barbara Lucille Hagan were married Sept. 23, 1967, in Cape Girardeau...
Conna Abernathy (09/08/06)
Conna K. Abernathy, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born April 4, 1935, in Gipsy, Mo., daughter of Milton and Mayme Rea Kerr. She and Delbert Abernathy were married June 23, 1957, in Gipsy...
Out of the past 9/8/06 (09/08/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 8, 1981 More than $100,000 in federal grant money is being made available to the city of Cape Girardeau for improvements at the municipal airport; the funds must be formally applied for by city officials, something city manager Gary A. Eide says will be done later this week...
Stem cells: Rally distorted scientific, ballot information (09/08/06)
By Robert A. Hrabik My family and I attended the Aug., 17 Christians Against Human Cloning rally at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. The reason we attended was to hear firsthand what was being said by the opposition to Missouri's Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, Amendment 2. ...
Send the check (09/08/06)
Once again, this area has shown its generosity by pledging $500,070 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Labor Day. The funds support the MDA, which promotes research seeking cures for 40 neuromuscular diseases and provides assistance to individuals who have those diseases...
Clippard shows community spirit (09/08/06)
To the editor: I have recently had the pleasure to experience again what makes Cape Girardeau a great community in which to live. The PTO members at Clippard Elementary School decided to hold a back-to-school picnic and box-top carnival. The box tops we collect earn money for our school, eliminating the need to send our children door to door selling fund-raising items. The picnic was held to give our school families an opportunity to spend time getting to know each other...
River Campus is a dream come true (09/08/06)
To the editor: Most news catches the eye whether on television or in the paper. Often, we have Iraq for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If Iraq was even heard of in early years, it sure slipped by me. A lighter and certainly more interesting side of news today is the progress that continues to grow concerning the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus that is to be ready by 2007. ...
Tax issue affects government distrust (09/08/06)
To the editor: Sunday's editorial about our half-cent sales-tax increase, just passed in August, and the road-bridge property tax cause me to have a flashback. The people were lied to about the River Campus sales tax. It was only supposed to go into effect if the tax and the bond issue both passed. ...
Speak Out 9/8/06 (09/08/06)
Spending priorities; You make me laugh; Values tossed aside; Tired of profiteers; Excellent schools; Thanks for paving; Flying high; Student sales; Successful sale; No double dipping; Paying for service
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