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White entertains Show Me Center with blue comedy act (10/20/06)
Ron White's brand of comedy really doesn't translate well to the newspaper page. If your grandmother ran across this scotch-swilling, cigar-puffing Blue Collar renegade, no doubt a long and soapy mouthwashing session would follow. Thursday night at the Show Me Center White was his usual self -- explicit jokes about sex and bodily functions coupled with a healthy dose of the F-bomb (if they were timed, he'd probably hit one on average every 30 seconds)...
Pop star to play at benefit for Cape girl with cancer (10/20/06)
The latest addition to the Show Me Center's fall lineup will make no money for the venue or the artist. Instead the money will help a Cape Girardeau girl in her fight against brain-stem cancer. Show Me Center marketing director Shannon Buford said Thursday that pop star Rick Springfield will play the Show Me Center on Dec. 8. The concert will be a benefit for 12-year-old Sahara Aldridge...
Home shootings may be linked (10/20/06)
Gunfire that tore through two Cape Girardeau homes Thursday morning may be linked to two other recent shootings, prompting police to form a special investigative team. No one was injured in the 2 a.m. shooting at 313 N. Fountain St., but bullets struck one of the homes -- an apartment -- between 30 and 40 times, according to police spokesman Jason Selzer...
SEMO looks at 3 options for dorm (10/20/06)
Southeast Missouri State University's aging Dearmont residence hall could be razed and replaced with a new 300-student residence hall. That's one of three options school officials will consider over the next several months. The other two: renovate the 46-year-old building, or close it down as a residence hall and consider other uses for the building...
Southeast university homecoming offers a weekend full of events (10/20/06)
Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate homecoming this weekend with activities ranging from the annual homecoming parade to a country music concert featuring Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. An executive forum will kick off today's homecoming events. Gary Downing, chief executive officer of Lansinoh Laboratories Inc., and Nancy Garvey, vice president and general manager of the Kansas and Missouri regions of Cingular Wireless, will be featured at the forum...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
Routine business Discussion items and appointments Actions not on agenda...
City, county officials to study where to locate organization's proposed veterans monuments (10/20/06)
Cape Girardeau County and Cape Girardeau city officials plan to conduct a study in the next few weeks to decide the best location for four new monuments honoring veterans. A local veterans organization plans a fund-raiser Nov. 1 to raise money for the purpose of adding four war monuments to the lawn of the Common Pleas Courthouse. But that location has not been approved by county and city officials...
'Dr. Doo-A-Lot' sentenced to probation for felony fraud (10/20/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- An Anna, Ill., businessman was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay at least $2,000 in restitution to clients he deceived. Union County Judge Rodney Clutts sentenced Lowell Crawford to 30 months probation and fined $1,300 for felony home repair fraud, deceptive practices and theft...
Ky. geologists drilling quake observatory (10/20/06)
SASSAFRAS RIDGE, Ky. -- In the ancient sediment deposited by the Mississippi River, scientists are looking for answers to modern problems. Their findings could mean buildings that better resist earthquakes or roads and bridges that survive severe shaking so relief efforts don't falter at a critical time...
Missouri unemployment rate declines (10/20/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's unemployment rate dipped slightly last month to 5 percent, the state Department of Economic Development said Thursday, but it remained above the national average for another month. The national unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in September. Missouri's rate, seasonally adjusted, in August and a year earlier was 5.1 percent...
Educators, safety officials conduct online talk on school violence (10/20/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Educators and safety officials said Thursday that it's important for schools to strike a balance between safety and school access in planning against shootings or other violence. The state Department of Public Safety and the Missouri School Boards' Association led an online program to talk about school safety issues. ...
Chuck Berry celebrates 80th birthday (10/20/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Bill Clinton wasn't among the standing-room-only crowd of fans at a Chuck Berry concert here, but the former president sent birthday greetings to the rock 'n' roll pioneer as he celebrated his 80th birthday. "I've loved your music for nearly half a century," Clinton wrote in a letter read aloud before Berry came on stage at Blueberry Hill nightclub Wednesday night...
CR-V keeps four-cylinder power for 2007 (10/20/06)
Leave it to Honda to introduce a new sport utility vehicle that has only a four-cylinder engine and retains seating for five. This isn't a criticism. The revised, 2.4-liter, dual overhead cam four cylinder in the 2007 Honda CR-V works competently to power Honda's revamped, third-generation compact SUV...
Nation briefs 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
Panda cub bites off part of tourist's thumb BEIJING -- A panda cub bit off part of the thumb of an American visitor who was feeding the animal at a reserve in southwest China, state media reported Thursday. The 50-year-old woman, identified only as Lisa, had registered in the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan province as a volunteer, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. ...
Drought-stricken western U.S. finds ways to conserve water (10/20/06)
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Rogers probably never rode on it, but now he's buried under it -- a lush carpet of fake grass. At Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, Calif., converting the grass around the grave of the singing Hollywood cowboy to artificial turf is all about saving water in the drought-stricken West...
U.S. military acknowledges bid to secure Iraqi capital has not met expectations (10/20/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military acknowledged Thursday that its two-month drive to crush insurgent and militia violence in the Iraqi capital had fallen short, calling the raging bloodshed disheartening and saying it was rethinking its strategy to rein in gunmen, torturers and bombers...
Priest acknowledges he went naked with Foley but denies they had sex (10/20/06)
ROME -- A priest acknowledged Thursday that he was naked in saunas and went skinny-dipping with Mark Foley decades ago when the former congressman was a boy in Florida, but denied that the two had sex. The Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 69, speaking by telephone from his home on the Maltese island of Gozo, made his comments after the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published an interview in which he described several encounters that he said Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate. ...
Notre Dame volleyball team spoils senior night at Leopold (10/20/06)
Notre Dame continued its narrow mastery over Leopold, winning for the fourth straight time as the traditional powers matched up again in the final week of the regular season. The Bulldogs pulled out a 25-22, 25-22 victory in a meeting between programs with 25 combined district titles...
Central duo returns to state tournament (10/20/06)
Central juniors Sarah Ford and Lindsey Pingel will make their second appearance at the state tennis tournament when singles and doubles play begins today at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. Ford and Pingel won the Class 2 District 1 title for the second straight year and head into the tournament with just one loss this season. The duo finished 1-2 at the state tournament last year...
Tigers pounce on district win (10/20/06)
Central's defense forced seven Poplar Buff turnovers, and the Tigers started Class 4 District 1 play with a 23-20 victory Thursday at Houck Stadium. The Tigers improved to 3-5 and will host two-time defending district champion West Plains at home next week. West Plains will host Siketon today in the other District 1 first-week matchup...
Hawks pack big bats for final four (10/20/06)
Kelly softball coach Rhonda Ratledge has coached the Hawks to five state final fours, two state titles and more than 300 wins. Ratledge will take what she describes as her best-hitting team into the Class 2 semifinals against Westran today at the Rainbow Softball Complex in Columbia, Mo...
Perfect reunion: Chaffee salutes 1956 team (10/20/06)
A season that started with an improbable win turned into one of the greatest seasons in Chaffee school history. Now, 50 years later, Chaffee football players will reunite to celebrate the lone undefeated season in school history. A reunion of the 1956 team will take place 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Activities Center at Chaffee High School...
Redhawks soccer takes shot at OVC title, right to host tourney (10/20/06)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team needs a little help heading into the final weekend of Ohio Valley Conference play. But the bottom line is the Redhawks are still in the running to win the OVC regular-season championship and host the conference tournament...
Competitors pressure front-runner Burton -- with compliments (10/20/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Burton couldn't do anything right for five long seasons. Now he can't do anything wrong. Burton has overcome late-race problems the past two weeks to widen his lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings, leading his rivals to wonder openly if the championship is his to lose...
Suppan earns MVP of series with second superb outing (10/20/06)
NEW YORK -- Pulsing ballpark, pouring rain, nothing shook Jeff Suppan. Because when it came to the postseason, once again Suppan was super. Suppan is the biggest reason why the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series, pitching two gems against the New York Mets that made him the MVP of the NL Championship Series...
Tigers have rest, history working in their favor (10/20/06)
NEW YORK -- As if the Detroit Tigers don't have enough going for them, consider this: The last six teams that started the World Series with five or more days of rest all went on to win. While the Tigers took an NFL-like week off after sweeping Oakland for the AL pennant, the St. Louis Cardinals will play Saturday night's Series opener with only one day of rest...
Montoya making transition to stock cars (10/20/06)
HOMESTEAD, Fla.-- Continuing his transition from open-wheel to stock car racing, former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya spent Tuesday and Wednesday testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the Nextel Cup's season-ending Ford 400. The sessions added to speculation that he'll make his Cup Series debut there on Nov. 19...
Consistent Holt earns league honor for big game vs. Seattle (10/20/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Sometimes, Torry Holt amazes even himself. The eighth-year St. Louis Rams receiver can get overlooked when talk turns to the great receivers in the league. Yet it is Holt who, with 154 yards receiving and three touchdowns in last Sunday's 30-28 loss to Seattle, reached 10,000 yards faster than anyone in NFL history...
Rams ready for some rest (10/20/06)
ST. LOUIS -- At their bye week, the St. Louis Rams are relatively healthy. Still, coach Scott Linehan says the break will help players who are nicked up to get ready for the remainder of the season. After a short walk-through at Rams Park on Wednesday, bye week officially began for the Rams (4-2). They return Oct. 29 at San Diego (4-1)...
Rose misses magical mark of 59 by one stroke (10/20/06)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Justin Rose dropped his putter, put his hands on his knees and dropped his head. He paused, looked up and managed a wry smile, knowing just how close he came to shooting a 59 on Thursday. Rose missed a 14-foot birdie putt on No. ...
OVC reprimands TSU coach (10/20/06)
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- The Ohio Valley Conference reprimanded Tennessee State coach James Webster for criticizing officiating Wednesday, a few hours after the coach's complaints appeared in print. "Coach Webster's comments were unprofessional and are not in keeping with the high standards he has set for himself and his program, nor are they consistent with the standards of sportsmanship and ethical conduct held by the Ohio Valley Conference," commissioner Jon A. ...
HOLY MOLINA! Cards are going to the World Series (10/20/06)
No way anybody was catching Yadier Molina's ninth-inning shot. And by the time it landed beyond the left-field fence, the St. Louis Cardinals were headed to the World Series. Molina's tiebreaking homer and another Game 7 gem by Jeff Suppan helped St. Louis overcome Endy Chavez's astounding grab, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night for the National League championship...
How things have changed in 50 years (10/20/06)
Whenever I see a group photograph of today's young schoolchildren, I find it interesting that they look much like the children who stood next to me on the steps of Shady Nook School in the Ozarks over yonder half a century ago. Well, except for the overalls most of the boys were wearing then...
At the theaters 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
'Flags of our Fathers'; 'Flicka'; 'Marie Antoinette'; 'The Prestige'; STILL PLAYING; 'The Departed'; 'Employee of the Month'; 'The Grudge 2'; 'The Guardian'; 'Jackass Number 2'; 'Man of the Year'; 'The Marine'; 'One Night with the King'; 'Open Season'; 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'; 'School for Scoundrels'; 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning'
Starting with Jake: Country newcomer opens for Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood (10/20/06)
For Jake Owen, the best professional development comes from watching. Over the summer, the country newcomer went on tour with Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley to promote his debut album "Startin' With Me." Now he's traveling the nation with two other country superstars -- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. That journey will bring Owen to Cape Girardeau Saturday when he opens for the two stars...
Why can't we be friends? (10/20/06)
Wow. Things have really gotten crazy here in newspaper land. It seems that within the course of two little columns, I've managed to enflame just about the entire local arts community. I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't think anyone would take offense to what I've written here over the last two weeks. I just didn't think the uproar would be so deafening...
Everyone's a critic: 'Man of the Year' (10/20/06)
Two and a half stars (out of four) "Man of the Year" is a movie about a comedian,played by Robin Williams, with a popular talk show, who throws his name into the presidential election and wins. I think. If you are a Robin Williams fans, I believe you will like this movie. He's funny and has a good supporting cast. He doesn't play the weirdo as he has in some of his recent movies...
'Monsterfest' returns on AMC with nonstop horror leading up to Halloween (10/20/06)
NEW YORK -- The toughest part about making a truly frightening film, according to director John Carpenter, is keeping a straight face. "The movies that are the most fun are horror movies -- you laugh a lot, they're fun," says Carpenter, who should know -- his resume of terror includes classics "Halloween" with Jamie Lee Curtis, "The Fog" with ex-wife Adrienne Barbeau and "Vampires" with James Woods...
Eastwood revisits World War II with Iwo Jima films (10/20/06)
LOS ANGELES -- By 76, most directors have put their heavy lifting behind them, their pace slowing, the quality of their films waning. Not Clint Eastwood. For the follow-up to his 2004 Academy Awards champ "Million Dollar Baby," Eastwood chose the World War II epic "Flags of Our Fathers," chronicling the Iwo Jima invasion and the convoluted drama behind the legendary photo of troops raising the U.S. flag there...
Artifacts 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
Grisham companion book author to appear; 'Legends of Lorimier' takes place Oct. 29; Red House to feature artisans on the porch; Booth space available for Arts Council craft fair; Ozark Heritage Festival slated for this weekend; Symphony orchestra will present concerts
NBC won't air Madonna on a cross during concert special (10/20/06)
NEW YORK -- Backing away from a confrontation with religious groups, NBC said Thursday it has decided not to show pictures of Madonna mounting a crucifix when it airs a concert special with the pop star next month. The concert, which lists Madonna as an executive producer, is scheduled to air Nov. 22...
Weldon Hamlin (10/20/06)
Weldon B. Hamlin, 84, of Jackson, formerly of Broseley, Mo., died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1921, in Bernie, Mo., son of Frank and Ollie Taylor Hamlin. He and Flora London were married Sept. 4, 1946, in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Ruby Chitty (10/20/06)
Ruby Imogene Chitty, 88, of Scott City died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 17, 1918, at Blodgett, Mo., daughter of Wesley and Mable Hager Lynn. She and Carlos Ward Chitty were married April 4, 1936, at Dexter, Mo...
Kathleen Sievers (10/20/06)
Kathleen C. "Kit" Sievers, 80, of Hillsboro, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at Hillsboro Area Hospital. She was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of William and Clara Grossheider Kiehne. She and Manford "Pete" Sievers were married Jan. 20, 1948, in Cape Girardeau. He died Oct. 7, 2000...
Joseph Limbaugh (10/20/06)
Joseph Turner Limbaugh, 90, of Jackson died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 23, 1916, near Sedgewickville, Mo., son of Morton Burette and Cora Jane Lively Limbaugh. He and Eula Lucille Cook were married Jan. 21, 1938, in Cape Girardeau...
David Wiethop (10/20/06)
David John Wiethop, 44, of Orlando, Fla., died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Florida South Hospital in Orlando. He was born April 1, 1962, in Cape Girardeau, son of Carroll and Anne Tuthill Wiethop. He was a graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau and Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., with a major in English...
Carl Wright (10/20/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Carl Wright, 68, of Perryville, formerly of Murphysboro, Ill., died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at his home. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home near Murphysboro is in charge of arrangements.
Gloria Frobase (10/20/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Gloria D. Frobase, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at her home, after a long battle with cancer. She was born April 12, 1939. Her parents were the late Marshall and Elizabeth Phipps Haney. She married Tom Frobase Oct. 6, 1978. Mrs. Frobase was employed by ASCS in Benton 39 years, and retired in 1995 to begin a life of travel and adventure...
Annis Short (10/20/06)
Annis Lou Short, 96, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Jackson Manor. She was born Jan. 29, 1910, at Burfordville, daughter of William Frank and Virginia Wynona Smith Helderman. She and Linus Short were married April 15, 1951. He died Dec. 30, 1976...
Sam Branson (10/20/06)
BLODGETT, Mo. -- Samuel Lee "Sam" Branson, 79, of Jackson, Miss., died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born Oct. 9, 1927, at Blodgett, son of John Samuel and Crealia Lee Chapell Branson. He married Olean Newell, who died Aug. 14, 2006...
Cape/Jackson police reports 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
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Out of the past 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 20, 1981 A pathologist and an educator will be honored as the 45th and 46th recipients of the Alumni Merit Award at Southeast Missouri State University later this month; this year's citations will go to Dr. Claude K. Leeper and Dr. Kenneth L. Moll...
Question of wealth: McCaskill hasn't said how she'd deal with conflicts (10/20/06)
WASHINGTON -- If elected to the U.S. Senate, Claire McCaskill likely would confront several potential conflicts of interest because of the nature of her husband's businesses, experts say. But McCaskill won't say how she would deal with such situations, such as establishing a blind trust or recusing herself from serving on some committees or from voting on bills that affect husband Joseph Shepard's business interests...
Fighting meth (10/20/06)
Efforts to reduce the manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamine, an addictive and deadly easy-to-make drug, have been mixed in Missouri, which at times has held the dubious title of being the nation's No. 1 meth state. Thanks to tougher laws regarding the sales of some over-the-counter remedies that contain ingredients used in making meth, the number of meth-lab busts in the state has gone down. ...
Arts council needs young volunteers (10/20/06)
To the editor: I am a member of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri board, the Visual Arts Cooperative and an artist. Matt Sanders' comments brought up some good points that the young artists and 20-somethings of the community fail to become involved in arts council membership. However, his demeaning comments based on his personal comfort level interacting with anyone over 30 has nothing to do with arts council members, policies, functions or programs...
There are stem-cell alternatives (10/20/06)
To the editor: In a recent letter Mary Meyer said there is "nothing moral or ethical" about refusing to use stem cells to help your own child, and, as everyone seems to be doing lately, plays the disability card in an effort to make voters vote yes on Amendment 2 out of pity...
Vote could affect abortion laws (10/20/06)
To the editor: So much good is being accomplished from responsible use of adult and umbilical stem cells. Two unadvertised consequences of Amendment 2 would make changes antagonistic to the values of most citizens: Section 7 of Amendment 2 forbids any governmental action that would prevent, restrict, obstruct or discourage any stem-cell research or stem-cell therapies. ...
Good news from Cairo is overlooked (10/20/06)
To the editor: On Oct. 7 I had the opportunity to attend Cairo's Riverboat Festival parade followed by a debutante pageant that evening at the armory building in downtown Cairo. Both were beautiful and well-attended. We always hear the bad things about Cairo, so I wanted to point out a nice occasion happening there. I was disappointed, to say the least, to notice not one TV camera was there. Why do we hear and see only the bad news regarding Cairo? There are many good things overlooked...
Speak Out 10/20/06 (10/20/06)
Road collecting; More green; Too much mud; Religion and science; Weeds at crossing; Need better plan; Apology demanded; Bipolar criminals; Respect for disabled; Speaking for teachers; Positive about the arts
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