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Parents of eight Jefferson, three Blanchard students request transfer (10/14/06)
Parents of 11 students from Blanchard and Jefferson elementary schools have requested their children be transferred to better performing elementary schools, superintendent Dr. David Scala said Friday. Eight of the students are from Jefferson and three are from Blanchard...
Area schools locking more doors (10/14/06)
Cape Girardeau public schools have tightened security in the wake of deadly school shootings around the country. Cape Girardeau school officials said most exterior doors on school buildings will be locked during the school day to ensure that people go in through the main entrance at each school. ...
Scott Co. road fund running low (10/14/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- In his eight years in office, Scott County Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel has never seen the county's Road and Bridge Fund get as low as it is now. The fund, which finances the operations of the county's highway department, was recently as low as $9,000 before the sale of two used tractors infused $25,000 into the fund. ...
Man accused of robbery set for arraignment (10/14/06)
A man accused of breaking into a Cape Girardeau couple's apartment and stealing more than $1,000 from them at gunpoint was bound for circuit court Friday. Following the hearing for Dameon W. Oakley, 23, of 119 N. ...
Foley scandal, Iraq war topics of Emerson speech at GOP picnic (10/14/06)
Local Republicans hoped to energize their base with a picnic Friday night at Cape County Park. U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, state Rep. Nathan Cooper and others spoke to more than 100 of the party faithful. Polls have shown a high level of dissatisfaction among Republicans over handling of the scandal surrounding Mark Foley and the Iraq war...
Faulkner and Twain conference set at SEMO (10/14/06)
Thirty-nine scholars from six countries will attend a conference at Southeast Missouri State University next week that will focus on the writings of Mark Twain and William Faulkner. The three-day conference, sponsored by the university's Center for Faulkner Studies and the Missouri Humanities Council, will begin Thursday...
Witness says accused rapist threatened to kill her (10/14/06)
The man accused of raping a Cape Girardeau woman had threatened to kill her as well, the victim testified Friday. Ontario R. Reed, 24, of Leasburg, Mo., was charged with felony forcible sodomy and forcible rape in the 2001 attack at 609 Sycamore St...
Educators oppose letting teachers carry firearms (10/14/06)
By MARK BLISS Southeast Missourian In the wake of deadly school shootings around the country, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has suggested it would be worth considering proposals from lawmakers to allow teachers to carry firearms in schools. Democratic legislative candidate Matt Hill, who is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Nathan Cooper in the 158th District Missouri House race, has suggested that allowing teachers to carry guns could be a way to prevent school violence...
BBC cyclist rolls through Cape (10/14/06)
British radio journalist and world traveler Quentin van Marle's weeks of cycling along the Mississippi River have offered a series of firsts: his first sip of still-made moonshine, an interesting evening on a tug boat and a restless night with a 10-pound cat snoozing inches from his head...
Former middle school teacher pleads guilty in sex case (10/14/06)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A former Southeast Missouri middle school teacher faces sentencing Dec. 19 after pleading guilty to four felony counts for having sex with underage teenage boys. Susan Sharp of New Madrid, Mo., originally pleaded not guilty before reaching an agreement with prosecutors Wednesday to plead guilty to two counts each of second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy. The case was moved to Butler County on a change of venue...
Crowds flock to auction as exotic animal park closes (10/14/06)
STRAFFORD, Mo. -- In a scene reminiscent of a storybook bazaar, Exotic Animal Paradise began selling off its wares Friday, including animals such as zebras and water buffalos and more commonplace items such as picnic tables. A local landmark founded by the father of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the drive-through wildlife park was sold after 35 years in business by owner Richard Armitage to a developer who plans to build luxury homes on the 500-acre site as the region's housing market continues to grow.. ...
Americans head to malls for spree as consumer confidence rebounds (10/14/06)
WASHINGTON -- Bolstered by falling gasoline prices, consumers headed back to the malls to shop in September. And with confidence rebounding sharply this month, strong sales are forecast for the all-important holiday period. Overall, retail sales fell by 0.4 percent in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday. But that decline was skewed by the good news that gasoline prices plummeted last month, sending sales at service stations down by a record 9.3 percent...
More wildlife calling New Orleans home since Hurricane Katrina (10/14/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- Alligators have been dragged from abandoned swimming pools. Foxes had to be removed from the airport. Coyotes are stalking rabbits and nutria (a sort of countrified rat) in city streets. And armadillos are undermining air-conditioning units...
Two adults, two children found shot to death along Florida's Turnpike (10/14/06)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Police on Friday found what appeared to be a family of four gunned down overnight along an isolated stretch of highway: a woman clutching two children in a forlorn effort to protect them, with a man's body nearby. Investigators believe the victims' vehicle had pulled to the side of Florida's Turnpike before someone else in the vehicle shot them and drove away sometime between 1:30 and 3 a.m., Sheriff Ken Mascara said...
Wal-Mart to pay at least $78 million for violating Pa. labor laws (10/14/06)
PHILADELPHIA -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's biggest retailer, must pay at least $78.5 million for violating Pennsylvania labor laws by forcing employees to work through rest breaks and off the clock, a jury found Friday. Plaintiffs' lawyer Michael Donovan will also seek another $62 million in damages because the jury found that Wal-Mart acted in bad faith. Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein is expected to rule on that issue in the next few weeks...
Texas students being taught to fight back if gunman approaches (10/14/06)
BURLESON, Texas -- Youngsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got -- books, pencils, legs and arms...
Ohio representative pleads guilty in Abramoff investigation (10/14/06)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in an election-year scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration...
Business digest 101406 (10/14/06)
FCC fails to act on AT&T-BellSouth deal WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday delayed a vote on the proposed buyout of BellSouth Corp. by AT&T Inc. until as late as Nov. 3 after two Democrats asked for more time to study last-minute concessions proposed by AT&T. The proposed deal already was under fire by consumer advocates and some lawmakers who said it would go a long way toward re-establishing a communications monopoly...
Police officer in Texas suspended over graphic MySpace page (10/14/06)
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- A police officer whose Web page on MySpace.com included images of dismembered women has been indefinitely suspended, authorities said. Jeremiah Love's page on the social-networking site contained images and statements that could undermine public confidence in the police department, an internal affairs report said. Love, 26, was suspended Tuesday...
Air sampling off Korea prolongs mystery over Monday's nuclear test (10/14/06)
Surveillance aircraft sweeping Asian skies for a hint of krypton or a sign of strontium have deepened the mystery over North Korea's claimed nuclear explosion. Was the blast that rocked global politics an atomic fizzle, a mini-test, or simply the thunder from hundreds of tons of TNT?...
General Assembly appoints South Korean diplomat as next U.N. secretary-general (10/14/06)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. General Assembly appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general Friday, and the veteran diplomat who grew up during a war that divided his country pledged to make peace with North Korea a top priority...
Bangladeshi economist, bank for poor win Nobel Peace Prize (10/14/06)
OSLO, Norway -- Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their pioneering use of tiny, seemingly insignificant loans -- microcredit -- to lift millions out of poverty. Through Yunus' efforts and those of the bank he founded, poor people around the world, especially women, have been able to buy cows, a few chickens or the cell phone they desperately needed to get ahead...
Bell City wins Stoddard Co. volleyball tourney with sweep (10/14/06)
Bell City wrapped up the Stoddard County Activities Association volleyball title Friday with a 25-21, 25-14 sweep of Dexter at Bloomfield, Mo. The Cubs moved their record to 27-1 after avenging a loss in last year's tourney final to Dexter. Rachel Spears led the Cubs with seven kills. Jessica Abner, Jenny Lathum and Emilee Stephens had four kills apiece...
Kelly pursues 10th appearance in state semis (10/14/06)
Few teams throughout the state can match the postseason success of the Kelly softball program. In fact, the Hawks own more district titles than any Missouri softball squad with 22. A win today against Fatima in the Class 2 quarterfinals would give Kelly its 10th trip to the state final four. Only four teams in the state have more final four appearances than Kelly...
Scott City upsets Hayti on Carlyle's four TDs (10/14/06)
Cody Carlyle scored four touchdowns to lead Scott City to a 28-19 upset of SEMO South rival Hayti on Friday night. The loss dropped to Indians to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Scott City improved to 4-3 overall with its third straight win and wrapped up division play at 3-2...
Central faces Kirkwood in sectional (10/14/06)
Central needed the minimum five matches to cruise by Lindbergh in the regional round of the Class 2 girls tennis playoffs on Tuesday. Juniors Sarah Ford and Lindsey Pingel provided three of those wins by winning at No. 1 doubles and each posting singles wins. In order to get by sectional host Kirkwood today, Central expects its depth to be put to the test...
Bluff prevents Jackson from clinching title (10/14/06)
Jackson was denied a third straight perfect run through the SEMO North on Friday night, losing 17-10 at Poplar Bluff. The loss ended the Indians' four-game winning streak this season and their streak of eight straight conference wins dating back to a loss to the Mules in 2003 that helped create a three-way tie for first place that season...
Redhawks drop five-set OVC match to Racers (10/14/06)
MURRAY, Ky. -- The Southeast Missouri State dropped a five-set Ohio Valley Conference match to Murray State on Friday night. Murray State, which received 20 kills from former Leopold standout Holly Jansen, defeated the Redhawks 30-20, 28-30, 30-18, 27-30, 15-9...
Redhawks hit the pig time (10/14/06)
University of Arkansas coach Houston Nutt realizes it might be human nature for his players to hardly give Division I-AA Southeast Missouri State a passing glance. But Nutt said one of his goals during practice and meetings this week was to not let that happen as the nationally ranked Razorbacks (4-1) prepared for today's 1 p.m. homecoming game against the visiting Redhawks (3-2)...
Tigers take 6-0 record south to Texas A&M (10/14/06)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Amid all the talk that Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione's job is in jeopardy, the Aggies are only two wins from a winning season. And if A&M (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) beats No. 19 Missouri (6-0, 2-0) today, Fran's detractors will have a lot less to criticize...
Tigers take commanding 3-0 lead (10/14/06)
DETROIT -- From the very first day of spring training, Jim Leyland told his Detroit Tigers -- demanded, in fact -- to walk with the swagger of World Series champions. One more win, and this once-lost franchise will get a chance to play for that golden trophy...
Palmer, 77, plays his final round of competitive golf (10/14/06)
Arnold Palmer tearfully said it was time to stop playing competitive golf after withdrawing from a Champions Tour event early in the first round. The 77-year-old Palmer hit two balls into the water on the fourth hole Friday, then said he was withdrawing because of a sore lower back. He continued playing with his threesome of Lee Trevino and John Mahaffey but didn't keep score the rest of the round...
Cards bench the Mets in Game 2 (10/14/06)
NEW YORK -- So Taguchi laughed, and it felt so good. "I can't explain. It's unbelievable," he said. "Who expected that I would hit a home run? Maybe nobody. Even me." No power threat in the during the regular season, Taguchi is a playoff slugger -- and St. Louis is heading to Busch Stadium tied with the New York Mets in the NL championship series...
160 years of Hanover (10/14/06)
Hanover Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church in the Cape Girardeau area, is celebrating its 160th anniversary this month. Hanover Lutheran Church has grown from a log structure to the present church on Perryville Road. While the first church building was built in 1846, Hanover's history goes back to 1827 when the first recorded Hanover family, that of shopkeeper Julius Toeller, arrived from Germany, according to a printed church history...
Religion calendar 10/14/06 (10/14/06)
Briefly ALTENBURG, Mo. --The Perry County Lutheran Chorale, under the direction of Tyson Wunderlich, will provide the main entertainment for the celebration of the first anniversary of the new addition to the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Trinity Lutheran Church Park in Altenburg...
Living your uniqueness (10/14/06)
Do you commit to things you don't enjoy because others do? And feel something's wrong with you if you refrain from following the crowd? How can one be himself and enjoy pursuing one's own uniqueness? Everyone can discover his own specialness, gifts and joys if he looks within and finds what truly brings him happiness rather than what pleases someone else. ...
Inez Yeager (10/14/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Inez Barbara Yeager, 86, of Perryville died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. She was born Aug. 11, 1920, daughter of Edwin and Theresa Layton Sutterer. She and Elmer Harry Yeager were married June 25, 1941...
Ruth Conrad (10/14/06)
Ruth E. Conrad, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born July 18, 1912, in Allenville, Mo., the daughter of Harry H. and Carrie Kinder Hinton. She and Howard R. Conrad were married Dec. 24, 1938, in Cape Girardeau by the Rev. H.H. McGinty. Mr. Conrad passed away Nov. 23, 1982...
Benjamin Hawkins (10/14/06)
Benjamin Carter Hawkins, 64, of Jackson, formerly of Fulton, Mo., passed away on Oct. 11, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born May 29, 1942, in Camdenton, Mo., to the late Phillip and Lefta Hawkins. He married Joyce Voges on Feb. 24, 1967, and she survives...
Cloyd Garland (10/14/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Cloyd E. Garland, 76, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 14, 1930, at Scopus, Mo., son of William Daniel and Lillie Mae Cook Garland. He and Aleen Huffman were married Sept. 27, 1952. Garland had been a cement truck driver. He attended Plainview Congregational Methodist Church...
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Out of the past 10-14-06 (10/14/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 14, 1981 A man who initially was destined to die for the murder of a Cape Girardeau police officer and was later granted a new trial that resulted in a life sentence, is granted a third trial more than 20 years after the officer was killed; Douglas Wayne Thompson, 47, is granted a new trial by the 8th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals in St. Louis...
Honoring the vets (10/14/06)
From the end of the 1960s until the organization disbanded in the mid-1970s, members of the SEMO Veteran Corps didn't quite look like the other students on campus. A bit scruffy and sometimes dressed in fatigues, the returnees from the Vietnam War were older than most of the other Southeast Missouri State University students. They also had had experiences the other students could scarcely comprehend...
Speak Out 10/14/06 (10/14/06)
On-site day care; Ticket the officers?; Added benefit; Too many names; Pointing the blame; Not the answer; Matter of maturity; Teachers with guns; Where's the drop?; Victims' rights; Lights always on
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