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Stories from Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Candidates for state representative races lobby for votes (10/03/06)
When Laverne Nothdurft goes to the polls Nov. 7, she has a better idea of which Missouri House of Representative candidate she'll vote for. The retired Sears assistant service manager attended an informational forum sponsored by the Cape Girardeau County AARP on Monday. Candidates in the Missouri House 158th district race, incumbent Nathan Cooper and Matt Hill, and 159th district race, incumbent Billy Pat Wright and Boyce Wooley, met with about 35 retirees at their monthly meeting...
Jackson grad aboard crashed jetliner (10/03/06)
A Jackson High School graduate was among the 155 people aboard a Brazilian jetliner that crashed in the Amazon jungle Friday. Authorities have said there were no survivors from the crash. Douglas Hancock, 35, was in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso for business, and was on the flight back to his home in Rio de Janeiro to spend time with his wife over the weekend, said his father, Paul Hancock, who lives in Jackson...
AmerenUE to pay $10 million fine (10/03/06)
AmerenUE will pay $15 million to settle federal claims stemming from the December reservoir collapse that sent more than 1 billion gallons of water surging through a state park, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Monday. The utility agreed to pay a fine of $10 million to avoid prosecution for alleged violations of its license and another $5 million for community improvements in the area around the reservoir. ...
Call center could create 350 jobs (10/03/06)
This is a lot to ask of a job fair: Prove to executives of a St. Louis-based company in eight hours that the local work force can sustain a new call center. Do it and Cape Girardeau can bank on 350 new jobs. Don't and the jobs go elsewhere. That's exactly what local economic development recruiters, city officials and executives at National Asset Recovery Service Inc., or NARS, are asking of the Southeast Missourian-sponsored Career Fair on Oct. ...
Mattress business set to become first to test sign ordinance (10/03/06)
Dennis McDonald, owner of Mattress Guys at 351 N. Kingshighway, says his yellow banner facing the street is the lifeblood of his business. "Without that I'm sunk," he said. "Three times it's happened that the sign gets blown down in a storm. During those weeks my business just goes to nothing."...
Motorists warned about patching of Route EE (10/03/06)
Route EE in Scott County will be reduced to one lane both directions today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the roadway. The work will take place a half mile east of Chaffee, Mo., and is scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution when traveling in the work zone...
Scott City restores liquor licenses of two businesses (10/03/06)
The Scott City Council voted unanimously to extend the liquor licenses of Rhodes Travel Center and Larry's Store 24 until July 2007. The decision had been in question ever since the two stores failed police checks by selling alcohol to minors late last year and early this year...
Public hearing planned on student aid proposal (10/03/06)
Proponents and opponents of a legislative plan to aid students in the failing St. Louis, Kansas City and Wellston school districts disagree over whether it involves scholarships or vouchers, and even whether it's constitutional. State Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, a strong proponent of the plan, says it isn't a voucher system. But Brent Ghan, spokesman for the Missouri School Boards' Association, disagrees...
When Cape County reached to Kansas (10/03/06)
The territory of Cape Girardeau County is just a fraction of what it was when the county was formed in 1812. Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones wants it all back. With a sly look in his eye and a top hat on his head, Jones on Monday presided over a commemoration of the county's founding by reading the list of 27 counties that were formed out of the original Cape Girardeau County...
The best treat for teenagers on Halloween? Some guidance (10/03/06)
They're too old to beg for treats. But they're too young for grown-up parties and tricks. What's a teenager to do on Halloween? With some help from parents, they could try on what is effectively a new costume: responsible adulthood. Therapists and educators say parents can make a big difference in whether the night is full of happiness or horror for teens, who may not quite know what to do themselves...
Education centers see enrollment increases (10/03/06)
Southeast Missouri State University's higher education centers in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston combined have seen enrollment rise by 4 percent this fall compared to a year ago. Southeast has 1,180 students enrolled at the three centers, up from 1,135 a year ago, school officials said. Sikeston has 668 students; Kennett, 306; and Malden, 206...
University to welcome prospective students (10/03/06)
Southeast Missouri State University will hold a "Show Me Day" Saturday for prospective students and their parents. The day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the Show Me Center. Prospective students will be able to browse through a "student life" fair and meet Southeast students and staff. ...
Colleges across the country compete for home-schoolers (10/03/06)
From staff and wire reports Bombarded by choices at a college job fair, Sara Kianmehr found her match: Columbia College, a small, private school that didn't mind that her transcripts came from her parents. The college in Columbia, Mo., "was the only institution that didn't have a puzzled look and say, 'Home school,' and ask me a million questions," the 19-year-old junior said...
Foley seeks treatment as Fla. GOP picks his replacement (10/03/06)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley sought treatment for alcoholism and "other behavioral problems" as Republicans on Monday picked a new candidate to salvage the seat that Foley abandoned after exchanging lurid online messages with teenage boys...
Gunman kills students, self at Pa. Amish schoolhouse (10/03/06)
NICKEL MINES, Pa. -- A milk-truck driver carrying three guns and a childhood grudge stormed a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday, sent the boys and adults outside, barricaded the doors with two-by-fours, and then opened fire on a dozen girls, killing three people before committing suicide...
Central netters cap perfect dual season with 9-0 sweep (10/03/06)
Central's girls tennis team finished its dual season with a perfect 15-0 record following Monday's 9-0 sweep of visiting Sikeston. Sarah Ford won the closest match of the day 8-6 in No. 1 singles over Jenni DeWitt. The Tigers will start district play Friday...
Pirates' turnovers were treat for Potosi (10/03/06)
One statistic made a big difference Friday night in Perryville's 37-14 loss at Potosi: Six turnovers. "That will kill you," Pirates coach Rick Chastain said after his team fell to 3-2. Ryan Lorenz was intercepted four times and Perryville lost two fumbles to the Trojans, who were celebrating homecoming...
Tigers quarterback had game fit for a king against Warriors (10/03/06)
It's good to be king. Central senior Blake Slattery picked up that title Friday night at the school's homecoming dance. But he said Saturday it's even better to be the quarterback who completed 13 consecutive passes and helped direct the Tigers to a 34-10 victory against St. Charles West earlier Friday night...
Samuel looks at miscues, not 3-1 record (10/03/06)
At 3-1, Southeast Missouri State is off to its best four-game start since moving up to NCAA Division I-AA in 1991. While that's all well and good, first-year coach Tony Samuel believes keeping the Redhawks grounded and properly focused will be one of his primary objectives during practice this week...
Cardinals win NLDS opener (10/03/06)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With one swing of Albert Pujols' bat, a St. Louis Cardinals lineup that looked so sickly in September suddenly got a lot better under the California sun. San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy tempted Pujols with one pitch too many and the slugger, who has a shot at a second straight NL MVP award, responded with a two-run homer that launched the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory in the opening game of the division series on Tuesday...
Rams, Lions player share hospital room (10/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams fullback Paul Smith took himself and the Lions' Frank Davis out of Sunday's game busting the wedge on a kickoff, then the two shared a hospital room while being evaluated overnight. Davis was carted off the field after the play to open the second half, and Smith eventually walked off while spitting blood. Coach Scott Linehan said Smith had a concussion and was being evaluated by specialists for possible small fractures around his eyes...
Titans tackle Haynesworth given 5-game suspension (10/03/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was given a five-game suspension -- the longest for on-field behavior in NFL history -- for stomping on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode's head and kicking him in the face Sunday...
Eagles rout Favre, Packers 31-9 (10/03/06)
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb looked like his old, scrambling self. Brett Favre looked, well, old. McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Meanwhile, Favre misfired badly on several passes, including two interceptions that led to Philadelphia scores...
Professional golf money leaders (10/03/06)
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Final MLB leaders (10/03/06)
NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING--FSanchez, Pittsburgh, .344; MiCabrera, Florida, .339; Pujols, St. Louis, .331; Atkins, Colorado, .329; Holliday, Colorado, .326; Lo Duca, New York, .318; Berkman, Houston, .315. RUNS--Utley, Philadelphia, 131; Rollins, Philadelphia, 127; Beltran, New York, 127; JBReyes, New York, 122; HaRamirez, Florida, 119; Holliday, Colorado, 119; Pujols, St. Louis, 119; ASoriano, Washington, 119...
Baker, Alou fired on first day of offseason (10/03/06)
CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker is out as the Chicago Cubs' manager following a last-place finish and a failure to take the team to the World Series in his four years. The Cubs made the announcement Monday, a day after team president Andy MacPhail resigned and the club finished with a 66-96 record...
Padres seek payback (10/03/06)
SAN DIEGO -- Home-field advantage has never looked so good to the San Diego Padres and their healthy ace, Jake Peavy. A year after being swept out of the playoffs by the St. Louis Cardinals, the NL West champion Padres get another shot at Chris Carpenter and the NL Central champions. This time, the first two games will be at Petco Park, starting this afternoon. If needed, Game 5 also will be played here...
Fuel gambles affect Chase standings (10/03/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The problem with NASCAR's playoffs is that one bad finish can ruin a driver's title hopes. So when Sunday's event at Kansas Speedway turned into a fuel-mileage race, it may have ended more than one championship pursuit. Although Tony Stewart crawled past the finish line on an empty gas tank for the victory, others refused to take that risk and suffered because of it...
Landis has hip surgery, hopes for return to Tour de France (10/03/06)
After two trying months marked by doping allegations, an assault on his reputation and his father-in-law's suicide, Floyd Landis doesn't wish for a stirring comeback so much as the simpler things in life. To reach that goal, Landis had hip-replacement surgery last week. With his rehab under way, the 30-year-old won't rule out a return to competitive cycling and the Tour de France...
Twins' Mauer edges Jeter for AL batting crown on final day (10/03/06)
NEW YORK -- Joe Mauer became the first catcher to win the American League batting title, going 2-for-4 for the Minnesota Twins on the final day of the regular season to hold off the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter. Mauer's doubled and singled against the Chicago White Sox, leaving his average at .347 down from a high of .392 on July 1 but good enough to best Jeter, who went 1-for-5 against Toronto and wound up at .343...
Rams' offense finally cranks it up (10/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Linehan pleaded patience after the St. Louis Rams' offense stumbled the first few weeks of the season. Then he outscored Mike Martz' attack. The Rams' new coach isn't sure a 41-point day on Sunday against the Lions means the growing pains are over, and he doesn't really care as long as the bottom line is in his favor...
Bonds may not be part of Giants' new direction (10/03/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- If Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants next season, and that still seems to be a big if, owner Peter Magowan said the slugger will not be the centerpiece of the roster any longer. "I think we need to go in a new direction," Magowan said Monday after the club announced manager Felipe Alou's contract would not be renewed. ...
Teacher's pet (10/03/06)
There's more than students in John Stephen's classroom at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau. Stephens, a special education teacher, has guppies, frogs, danios, tropical fish and a tiger barb to keep him company. For some students, school can be a challenge. That's where the animals come in...
Cardinal fans break out 'Tomahawk Chop' (10/03/06)
Red-clad Cardinal fans were in a party mood prior to the start of Sunday's season finale in St. Louis. Joni and I were among them. We were ready to celebrate a win on the field that would give the baseball team another Central Division championship...
Joy Bruce (10/03/06)
Joy Bruce, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 21, 1931, in Roosevelt, Okla., daughter of Ed and Myrtle Walker Hill. She married Richard Bruce, who died June 13, 2001. Bruce worked 30 years in the accounting department at General Motors. She was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church...
Arthur Davis (10/03/06)
Arthur Lee Davis, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born June 11, 1923, at Essex, Mo., son of Presley and Janie Hooker Davis. He and Melba Fern Glenn were married Feb. 12, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. She died Nov. 15, 1980...
Rella Hahn (10/03/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Rella M. Hahn, 79, of Chaffee died Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born July 1, 1927, at Rockview, Mo., daughter of Leonard August and Lena Caroline Hoefler Tucker. She and Adolph Hahn were married Feb. 4, 1950. He died July 20, 2004...
Melvin Lorenz (10/03/06)
Melvin A. Lorenz, 84, of Shawneetown passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Shawneetown, son of Martin and Bertha Kasten Lorenz. He and Florence Schade were married June 5, 1949, in Altenburg, Mo...
Douglas Hancock (10/03/06)
Douglas Scott Hancock, 35, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, in a plane crash in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. He was born Sept. 8, 1971, in Okinawa, Japan, son of Paul D. and Susan L. Benbow Hancock. He and Bianca Pi were married June 10, 2000, in St. Louis...
Georgianna Papanek (10/03/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Georgianna Papanek of Joliet, Ill., formerly of Olive Branch, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Rosewood Care Center in Joliet. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Out of the past 10/3/06 (10/03/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 3, 1981: Bishop Bernard Law of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese has appointed Sister Helen Brewer, D.C., of Springfield, Mo., as a member of the Education Department of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Second Baptist Church congregation celebrates the second anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Claude Russell Jr.; the guest church is the New Zion Baptist Church of Carbondale, Ill., and guest speaker is the Rev. P. Frazier of New Zion Baptist...
Make the most of MOST (10/03/06)
By Sarah Steelman All parents have high hopes for their children. As your state treasurer, I hold each and every one of those hopes to be sacred, because your kids mean everything to you, to me and to our state. In today's world, a college education is essential to making sure those hopes are turned into reality. That's why I believe every child in our state should have the opportunity to go to college...
Unneeded limitation (10/03/06)
Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to sell some of the assets of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority has taken some interesting turns in recent days. After putting together what seemed to be a working agreement with key legislators to move the plan forward without legislative approval, the governor reversed himself and said he would wait for the legislature to act when it reconvenes in January...
Speak Out 10/3/06 (10/03/06)
No on Amendment 2; Protection and values; Protect the children; Unrefined production; Don't spoil the park; Signs don't work; Warning signs; Too much explaining; Paying for electricity; Teaching at home; Protection in a shot; Teaching nutrition; Teaching choices
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