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Stories from Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Candidate: Let state's teachers carry guns (10/11/06)
Allowing teachers to carry guns could be a way to prevent school violence, Democratic legislative candidate Matt Hill said Tuesday during an election forum. The recent series of violent school incidents, including the firing of an assault weapon by a student at a Joplin, Mo., school, sparked a question about armed teachers during the League of Women Voters forum in Cape Girardeau...
Tech park waiting on loan deal (10/11/06)
Southeast Missouri State University will not negotiate in earnest with any businesses to locate to its 410-acre Technology Park until state funding is securely in place for a life science business incubator, university president Dr. Ken Dobbins said Tuesday...
Partnership, campaign target Internet exploitation (10/11/06)
Internet predators beware: A new law enforcement initiative and a publicity campaign introduced Tuesday will target online predators and increase awareness of online exploitation. Federal prosecutors Catherine Hanaway and Bradley J. Schlozman introduced local prosecutors and law enforcement officers to Missouri's Project Safe Childhood at the U.S. ...
Speaking from the past (10/11/06)
Sorry if you find my writing style a tad distracted while I communicate to you through time and space. The Cardinals are playing in game two of the National League Division Series, so my attention is divided. By the time you read this you'll know the fate of my beloved Cards. But nonetheless, I'm happy right now...
Simple rules for the party season (10/11/06)
The leaves are falling, the air is getting nippy and despite the objections of those who are still wearing (shudder) jean shorts and flip flops, this means that autumn has arrived. But what does this mean? It means that school is in session, and that there is a cluster of holidays coming up: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...
City of Roses didn't smell so sweet (10/11/06)
I made a mistake, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I took a look at the COR schedule, got a little too excited, and what I ended up with in reality was nowhere near what I saw on paper. The festival just wasn't much of one this year, and both band performances and organization can be blamed for it. And although there were at least some highlights on Friday, Saturday was ultimately forgettable....
David punts over Goliath (10/11/06)
The score is 19-14 with just under three minutes remaining and Southeast Missouri State has the lead. Two-time All-American punter David Simonhoff runs out to punt the ball -- 47.1 yards (his NCAA-leading average) away -- and do his part to ensure victory. Only something goes wrong -- the punt is blocked, leaving Samford just 22-yards from a game-winning score. So, just what was going through David's head after something like this?...
Corn in the U.S.A. (10/11/06)
I have to be honest -- I have never felt very comfortable on farms. I don't know if it's the overall smell that I find offensive or the unshakable fear that at any moment I might be put to work, never to leave again. At any rate, in exchange for money, I spent the last day of September at Begg's Family Farm just outside of Blodgett ... or Sikeston. Was it past Benton? ...
Life's a stage (10/11/06)
If you're any fan of local theater, you've probably seen Elisa Curtis -- the diminutive blonde Southeast Missouri State University theater major who's been in everything from tragedies to comedies. Curtis just wrapped up performances of "Noises Off," the farce Southeast used to kick off its 2006-2007 season. ...
Honors for 'Buck' (10/11/06)
Gov. Matt Blunt announced all flags at state facilities in Missouri will be flown at half-staff Friday and Saturday to honor the late John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil, player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs and the first black coach in the major leagues...
Benefit for young cancer patient taking place Sunday (10/11/06)
Shannon and Amy Aldridge hope this weekend will be a grand homecoming for their 12-year-old daughter Sahara. Since Aug. 1, Sahara has been at a hospital in Houston receiving treatment for a cancerous tumor on her brain stem. But if all goes well, she'll be home this weekend in time for a benefit concert in her name...
Cape Girardeau City Council action Monday (10/11/06)
Communications n Made proclamation for Fire Prevention Week. Public hearings Consent ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Appointment Liquor license Other...
Association to present merit awards Oct. 20 (10/11/06)
Southeast Missouri State University will present seven alumni and a faculty member with Merit Awards at the Copper Dome dinner Oct. 20 at the Show Me Center. The Alumni Association will present the annual awards at the 6:30 p.m. dinner. This year's winners are Dr. ...
Barbecue cook-off planned at Jackson (10/11/06)
Jackson's fourth annual barbecue cook-off will be held Friday and Saturday at the city's park with proceeds benefiting the Jackson American Legion baseball team and Jackson Park projects. The seafood competition will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, and the barbecue competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available both days...
Kruse stumps for Talent at Cape campaign stop (10/11/06)
Missouri Farm Bureau president Charlie Kruse, hoping to help U.S. Sen. Jim Talent win a full term, sought Tuesday to paint Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill as a liberal opposed to issues important to farmers. During a rally at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, Kruse touted Republican Talent as an important ally for renewing farm support programs, helping agribusinesses and pushing the use of farm products to make fuel. ...
The greenery gap (10/11/06)
Tree cover in Cape Girardeau depends on the neighborhood. Some neighborhoods, like the ones along Lorimier Street, have lush, leafy corridors. Other, newer subdivisions, like Arbor Heights, have barely a tree in sight. Neighborhoods like the latter are what concern American Forests, a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization that tracks tree cover in urban areas...
Club news 10/11/06 (10/11/06)
Zonta Club; Alpha Mu Master
Registry project could aid parents of autistic children (10/11/06)
Dena Petzoldt of Jackson was handing out fliers at the recent SEMO District Fair parade when a tearful mother anxiously took one with concern for her child. The subject of the flier: autism, a topic Petzoldt knows much about through experienced gained from raising a 9-year-old son diagnosed with the complex disorder as a toddler...
Nursing home CEO pleads guilty to fraud, sentenced to 18 months (10/11/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis nursing home executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by collecting payments for services not provided, federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway said. Robert Wachter, 59, chief executive officer of American Healthcare Management Inc., will serve 18 months in prison under a plea agreement...
St. Louis case could test new rules on death penalty (10/11/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County murder case could test new rules that empower judges to step in for a jury when it is deadlocked on the death sentence. For now, it's unclear whether a judge in Missouri can impose the death sentence if a jury cannot decide on the punishment...
Heating with natural gas expected to be cheaper this winter, but not electricity (10/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- Families using natural gas can expect their heating bills to drop about $119 this winter. Those who heat with oil or electricity are likely to see their bills rise. The government issued predictions Tuesday based on its forecast of a mild winter for most of the nation and its assessment of energy supplies and costs as the nation's oil and natural gas production and refinery output recover from hurricane damage in 2005...
Arizona Rep. Kolbe told House GOP staff aide five years ago of 'creepy' Foley e-mails (10/11/06)
WASHINGTON -- Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe said Tuesday he told the House official in charge of the page program as early as 2001 about Rep. Mark Foley's e-mail to a former page. Kolbe, the only openly gay Republican in Congress, said a former page he had sponsored contacted his office to complain of e-mails from Foley and that he "passed along" the complaint to Foley, R-Fla., and then-House clerk Jeff Trandahl. Kolbe said he did not take the matter to other lawmakers...
Nation briefs 10/11/06 (10/11/06)
Weather forces brief closure of Alaska pipeline ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Both the nation's largest oil field and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline that transports its crude oil were shut down Tuesday after poor weather caused havoc at both ends of the pipeline. ...
China: N. Korea must face 'punitive actions' for reported nuclear test (10/11/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- First, China agreed that North Korea must be punished over its nuclear test, though not as swiftly and severely as President Bush wants. Then there were suggestions that the test wasn't all it was meant to be, anyway. A day after setting the world on edge, the North Korean nuclear crisis settled into diplomatic debate Tuesday. ...
ND routs Central, clinches SEMO Conference (10/11/06)
The Notre Dame boys soccer team celebrated senior night at home Tuesday by clinching the SEMO Conference crown with a 5-0 rout of city rival Central. The Bulldogs improved to 18-1 and 6-0 in conference play. Notre Dame still has conference games with Central and Poplar Bluff remaining...
Tigers top Lindbergh for berth in sectional (10/11/06)
Lindbergh made the long trip to Cape Girardeau for Tuesday's Class 2 regional tennis match. The match was over pretty quick. The Central Tigers made quick work of the Flyers in a 5-0 victory to earn a spot in Saturday's sectional at Kirkwood High School...
Bell City, Woodland volleyball post SCAA tourney wins (10/11/06)
Bell City and Woodland posted first-round victories Tuesday night in the Stoddard County Athletic Association Tournament at Bloomfield, Mo. Top-seeded Bell City hammered the host 25-11, 24-6. Woodland, the No. 5 seed, edged fourth-seeded Advance 25-14, 24-26, 25-19...
Notre Dame braces for anticipated showdown with Dragons (10/11/06)
Following back-to-back state final four appearances, the Notre Dame softball team finds itself in the state playoffs again. The situation is a near mirror-image of last year -- all the way down to identical 26-2 records. Two major differences for the Bulldogs this time around are home-field advantage for the Class 3 sectional and the opponent, which delivers the matchup everyone expected to take place last year...
Skyhawks continue to gain respect, win first 2 OVC games (10/11/06)
Searching for the Ohio Valley Conference's most impressive team through the early part of the league schedule? Perhaps look no further than Tennessee-Martin, the former longtime OVC doormat that is building on last year's breakthrough campaign. In 2005, the Skyhawks snapped a string of 11 consecutive losing seasons by going 6-5 and compiling their best OVC record since 1995, a 4-4 mark...
Hayti's Moore produces for MU (10/11/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Brandon Massey isn't quite sure who has the record for "production points" that Missouri coaches dish out after games for tackles, turnovers and touchdowns. In his four years at No. 19 Missouri (6-0, 2-0 Big 12), Massey doesn't remember many players scoring above 40, but fellow safety William Moore racked up that many in his performance against Texas Tech on Saturday...
Boston College kicker to make his football debut (10/11/06)
BOSTON -- Steve Aponavicius remembers with pride his role in last year's Boston College football highlights video: He was in the stands, with his face painted, cheering on the team. On Thursday night, the left-footed walk-on will sub for suspended placekicker Ryan Ohliger against No. 22 Virginia Tech. It's not just Aponavicius' Boston College debut; it will be the first time he's played in a football game...
Tigers capture Game 1 on road (10/11/06)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Inge, Nate Robertson and the Detroit Tigers are showing no signs of slowing down in the AL playoffs. Inge hit a solo home run and RBI double from the bottom of the order, Ivan Rodriguez also homered and Robertson pitched the Tigers past the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Tuesday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series...
Deuce still on the lose despite his knee, Bush (10/11/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Tacklers buckled under the force of his stiff-arm, bounced off his lowered shoulders and thick, churning legs, or lost their grip on his kicking feet. Others couldn't even get a hand on Deuce McAllister as he danced around them and accelerated upfield...
Cards, Mets begin tussle for World Series trip (10/11/06)
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets sailed through the season, while the St. Louis Cardinals squeaked into the playoffs. All that matters now, however, are the next nine days. After finishing 13 1/2 games apart this year, the Mets and Cardinals will play for a pennant when the best-of-seven NL Championship Series begins tonight with Tom Glavine on the mound for New York against a rejuvenated Jeff Weaver...
Torre will stay with Yankees in 2007 (10/11/06)
NEW YORK -- Joe Torre will remain as manager of the New York Yankees, finally getting the word from owner George Steinbrenner after the team's surprise elimination from the playoffs last weekend. Torre spoke with Steinbrenner on the telephone Tuesday, shortly before he walked into the interview room at Yankee Stadium and made the announcement...
Blues off to 0-3 start after loss to Ducks (10/11/06)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 34 shots in his 22nd career shutout and Chris Kunitz scored two power-play goals in the Anaheim Ducks' 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. The Blues, who had the NHL's worst record last season, have dropped a club-record 12 straight road games. They will take an 0-3 record into their home opener Thursday...
Blunt orders state flags lowered for O'Neil (10/11/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Tuesday ordered all state offices to fly their flags at half-staff on Friday and Saturday to honor former Negro Leagues star John "Buck" O'Neil. O'Neil died Friday of congestive heart failure and complications of bone marrow cancer at the age of 94. He was a player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs, the first black coach in the major leagues and a well-known promoter of the Negro Leagues in his later years...
Cards' Weaver takes strange route to NLCS Game 1 starter (10/11/06)
NEW YORK -- Jeff Weaver endured the embarrassment of getting cut by the Angels in late June to make room for his little brother. Now, it's all worked out. Weaver is about to start the opener of the NL championship series. "Without Weaver, I hate to think where we'd be," St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty said...
Rolen plans return to lineup tonight (10/11/06)
NEW YORK -- Scott Rolen was on the bench for the St. Louis Cardinals' first-round clincher. He expects to be in the lineup throughout the National League Championship Series. Rolen said Tuesday he did not ask out of the lineup before Game 4 against the San Diego Padres due to fatigue and soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder. He said he simply informed Tony La Russa about his condition after consulting with the team doctor and left the decision in the manager's hands...
Seahawks defector faces old teammates this weekend (10/11/06)
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Isaiah Kacyvenski, a premed graduate from Harvard, is nobody's fool. So he wasn't counting on Seattle's promise to bring him back to the team days after he was released. The Seahawks entered their last game at Chicago on Oct. 1 in need of a backup running back after learning Shaun Alexander would be out indefinitely with a broken foot. ...
Good chocolate and knowing the numbers (10/11/06)
Chocolate used to be straightforward -- dark or milk, sweet, semisweet and bittersweet. But today, sorting out which bar belongs in your brownies can seem more like selecting a grade of gasoline than baking up a batch of Grandma's best. Will it be 47 percent cacao, 61 percent or 73 percent? How about ultrapure 99 percent?...
Barney speaks out (10/11/06)
I know this space is usually occupied by some guy with a goofy grin, but I asked him if I could have my say on something and he agreed. So I'm your guest columnist for the day. I'm writing to tell my side of a story. There's a lot of misinformation floating around about who I am and what I believe; it's time for me to clear the air...
Apple recipes to celebrate autumn (10/11/06)
It is a good thing when your favorite baseball team is still playing baseball in October. We love watching the Cardinals and love it even more when they are in the playoffs. So for now, we still have a few more days of baseball left. When baseball is over, we don't know what to do with ourselves. We just enjoy it while it lasts...
Wayne Martin (10/11/06)
Wayne Leon Martin, 72, of Kirksville, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at LaPlata Nursing Home in LaPlata, Mo., after a long illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Kirksville, son of Herschel Aubrey and Beulah Opal Cason Martin. He and Joan Correll were married April 22, 1957, in Kirksville...
Maureen Schlattman (10/11/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Maureen A. Schlattman, 90, of Perryville died Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 26, 1915, in Perryville, daughter of Francis and Frances Valleroy Mattingly. She and William Dale Schlattman were married June 19, 1938. He died Oct. 2, 1990...
Jerry Thomure (10/11/06)
Jerry Allen Thomure, 40, of Leawood, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, in Leawood. He was born May 5, 1966, in Cape Girardeau, son of Jerry D. and Alice Clark Thomure. He was a 1984 graduate of Central High School, and Stage One The Hair School. He was a hairdresser at Hair Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. His home church was Gospel Assembly in Sikeston, Mo...
Cape/Jackson police reports 10/11/06 (10/11/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 10/11/06 (10/11/06)
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Out of the past 10/11/06 (10/11/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 11, 1981 Dr. Paul R. Martens of Memphis, Tenn., is the guest speaker at the annual Mission Festival of Trinity Lutheran Church; Martens is the founder of Lutheran Social Services of Tennessee and a former member of the national church body's Board of Missions...
Music to march by (10/11/06)
On a sparkling blue day last week 15 area marching bands converged on Jackson to parade through uptown and later perform at the high school stadium. About 500 people turned out at the stadium to watch and listen, a pretty good crowd for a stadium in the absence of a football game...
Group used tasteless tactics (10/11/06)
To the editor: Dru Reeves nearly said it all in his letter regarding the leftist Ray McGovern goat-rope sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Southeast Missouri. But I offer more about this and other Southeast Missouri groups. For now, I dismiss McGovern as simply another narcissistic ex-administrative employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, similar to Valerie Plame. ...
Amendment 2 offers best hope (10/11/06)
To the editor: Two local doctors, Michael Wulfers and Richard Martin, have made comments recently in opposition to Amendment 2 for lifesaving cures, offering elaborate explanations of stem-cell research aimed at confusing voters on this lifesaving science...
Democrats' bombshell misfired (10/11/06)
To the editor: Most traditional Americans believe in personal responsibility, not collective guilt. Guilt by association has been the No. 1 weapon in the Democrats' arsenal in their jihad of politics of personal destruction. They hoped the Foley scandal would be their crowning cherry on top of an excrement pie a la mode which they've slowly and methodically been baking up for Republicans since George Bush beat them in two elections even though Democrats used every shady political election tactic known to man in both elections.. ...
Speak Out 10/11/06 (10/11/06)
Get story straight; Bikers on the road; Stop for the police; Low-wage jobs; Unheeded warnings; Dangerous sales; Other options; Highway safety; Minimum wage; Support for public radio; Vote for values; Lights went off; More time to mature; Paying for education; Using us as pawns
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