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Stories from Monday, October 23, 2006

Volunteers are restoring Old Bethel Church (10/23/06)
Thursday was cloudy and cold, with rain falling continually. But the elements didn't put a damper on work being done on a gravel road near Goose Creek just outside Jackson. This day wasn't going to stop volunteers from rebuilding Old Bethel Baptist Church...
Educators want No Child Left Behind Act revised (10/23/06)
Nearly five years after President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, many educators believe the law needs a serious makeover. The act has sparked criticism from school teachers, school administrators, education groups and even parents nationwide...
Pledge drive underway for teen rehab expansion (10/23/06)
When organizations ask for money toward expanding facilities it's easy to ask, 'what's wrong with the buildings they have?'" Visitors to the faith-based rehabilitation campus of Teen Challenge International of Mid-America are not likely to ask that question...
Police: Ex parte order may not have stopped shooting (10/23/06)
Nearly two months before she was shot and killed in a Ste. Genevieve, Mo., grocery store, Melinda Domminguez sought protection. On Aug. 23, Domminguez filed a petition seeking an order of protection against her killer, Patrick Williams, and his father, Kenneth Williams...
Cleaning up after derailment (10/23/06)
A bulldozer worked Sunday to remove some of the large piles of dirt that accrued when a train derailed midmorning Saturday, causing about eight cars to land in a farmer's field along Highway 61 in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. No injuries were reported. According to Ste. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 10/23/06 (10/23/06)
401 Independence Street Study session at 5:00 p.m. Communications Appearances Consent ordinances Second and third readings New ordinances Appointments Other...
Results from last week's online poll 10/23/06 (10/23/06)
The recent string of school shootings has prompted a Wisconsin lawmaker to propose arming teachers with guns. Republican state Rep. Frank Lasee says it's a concept that's worked in Israel and Thailand. Matt Hill, a Democratic legislative candidate in the 158th District Missouri House race, said during an election forum on Oct. ...
Immanuel Lutheran donates to the Red Cross for Crosstown storm victims (10/23/06)
After being on the Crosstown tornado scene clearing debris, providing extra hands and lending moral support, students at Immanuel Lutheran School followed up with a large donation of supplies including toys, necessities and school and personal hygiene items to the Red Cross Southeast Missouri Chapter. The items will be given to families affected by the storm...
Community briefs 10/23/06 (10/23/06)
Salvation Army serves Meals with Friends The Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope St., will serve Meals with Friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Individuals are welcome to enjoy a hot, nutritious meal in a friendly atmosphere at no cost. Cake or pie is the daily dessert. ...
When words fail: Artistic expressions allow Alzheimer's patients to open up (10/23/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every day Ed Krautmann's 83-year-old mind slip-slides down a slope of dementia. When his memory fails him, as it often does, there's his paintbrush. One recent morning, with his tweed riding cap atop his head, Krautmann sat painting at a table with seven other residents of Cypress Court at Overland Park. It's a senior living center whose residents, like Krautmann, live with Alzheimer's and other memory-snatching diseases...
Implant allows St. Joseph man to hear (10/23/06)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Audiologist Kristen Dawson covers her mouth so firefighter Dennis Dornhoffer isn't tempted to read her lips. As Dawson speaks, electronic pulses are created and sent into the St. Joseph Fire Department captain's brain, activating previously inactive nerves in his inner ear...
Papers sound off on Senate race, stem cells, tobacco tax (10/23/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday endorsed state auditor Claire McCaskill for Missouri's next U.S. senator, citing "her independence, her attitude and her grasp of the real problems" faced by Missouri and the nation today. The Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star both endorsed the stem-cell initiative, while the Springfield News-Leader urged its defeat. ...
State Senate candidates stake hopes on rural votes (10/23/06)
CLINTON, Mo. -- At a beauty salon along Main Street in this small, western Missouri town, Debbie Cross vents her frustration over the lingering Iraq war, gas prices and a litany of other national woes. "I feel like it's turning into another Vietnam," said the 48-year-old bank teller from nearby Appleton City. She voted for Republican Sen. Jim Talent four years ago, but says she's leaning toward his Democratic opponent, state Auditor Claire McCaskill, on Nov. 7 in the closely contested race...
Refrigerator vials hold medical records (10/23/06)
QUINCY, Ill. -- Mixed in with the milk, eggs and leftovers, should be a refrigerated item that could one day save your life, local officials say. A Vial of Life -- a medical form encased in a plastic container -- provides rescue personnel with the vital information they need when responding to an emergency...
Missouri youth starting to walk off the weight (10/23/06)
LEBANON, Mo. -- Before the sun rises and when most kids are just rolling out of bed, 11-year-old Alex Young is hitting the streets to exercise. The Lebanon sixth-grader began his routine during the summer school's Get Mo Kids Moving program. He said the program showed such good results that it motivated him to continue...
Survey: Low support for U.S. among Iraq's youth (10/23/06)
WASHINGTON -- Majorities of Iraqi youth in Arab regions of the country believe security would improve and violence decrease if the U.S.-led forces left immediately, according to a State Department poll that provides a window into the grim warnings provided to policymakers...
Money flowing into Bush's teacher bonus program (10/23/06)
WASHINGTON -- In the closing weeks of the fall campaign, the Bush administration is handing out money for teachers who raise student test scores, the first federal effort to reward classroom performance with bonuses. The 16 grants total $42 million and cover many states. The government has announced only the first grants, $5.5 million for Ohio, where Education Secretary Margaret Spellings was making the presentation Monday...
GOP losses on Nov. 7 may cripple Bush agenda (10/23/06)
WASHINGTON -- The White House is bracing for guerrilla warfare on the homefront politically if Republicans lose control of the House, the Senate or both -- and with it, the president's ability to shape and dominate the national agenda. Republicans are battling to keep control of Congress. ...
Illinois governor race could come down to who is least unpopular (10/23/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich claims his opponent is tied to the corrupt ways of the past and would take health care away from children and veterans. Republican Judy Baar Topinka says the incumbent runs government for the benefit of his political cronies while driving the state toward bankruptcy...
Sen. Obama considering running for president in 2008 (10/23/06)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged Sunday he was considering a run for president in 2008, backing off previous statements that he would not do so. The Illinois Democrat said he could no longer stand by the statements he made after his 2004 election and earlier this year that he would serve a full six-year term in Congress. He said he would not make a decision until after the Nov. 7 elections...
Actress Jane Wyatt of 'Father Knows Best' dies at age 96 (10/23/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Jane Wyatt, the lovely, serene actress who for six years on "Father Knows Best" was one of TV's favorite moms, has died. She was 96. Wyatt died Friday in her sleep of natural causes at her Bel-Air home, according to publicist Meg McDonald. She experienced health problems since suffering a stroke at 85, but her mind was sharp until her death, her son Christopher Ward said...
Agreement on N. Korea could signal U.S., China cooperation (10/23/06)
BEIJING -- China's tough-love attitude toward ally North Korea after its nuclear test may bode well for the United States, which is after Beijing's cooperation on Iran, Sudan and economic issues. Yet the Bush administration's palpable surprise at China's willingness to rebuke North Korea may reveal how easily Washington can misunderstand China and its motivations...
Clash between warlord factions leaves 12 dead in Afghanistan (10/23/06)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Fighting between forces loyal to two pro-government warlords in western Afghanistan Sunday left at least 12 people dead, while NATO said its forces killed 15 suspected militants who launched an attack on an alliance convoy in the south...
Israel used phosphorous shells against Hezbollah (10/23/06)
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli army used phosphorous artillery shells against Hezbollah guerrilla targets during their war in Lebanon this summer, an Israeli Cabinet minister said Sunday, confirming Lebanese allegations for the first time. Until now, Israel had said it only used the weapons -- which cause severe chemical burns -- to mark targets or territory, according to Israeli media reports. ...
World briefs 10/23/06 (10/23/06)
Voters approve Panama Canal expansion PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Voters overwhelmingly approved the largest modernization plan in the 92-year history of the Panama Canal on Sunday, backing a multi-billion dollar expansion that will allow the world's largest ships to squeeze through the shortcut between the seas. ...
Sudan orders U.N. envoy to leave country (10/23/06)
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The Sudanese government Sunday ordered the chief U.N. envoy out of the country after he wrote that Sudan's army had suffered major losses in recent fighting in Darfur. Jan Pronk was given 72 hours to leave -- an order that is likely to complicate international efforts to halt the killings, rapes and other atrocities in the strife-torn region of western Sudan...
Thieves were first to discover dentists' tombs (10/23/06)
SAQQARA, Egypt -- The arrest of tomb robbers led archaeologists to the graves of three royal dentists, protected by a curse and hidden in the desert sands for thousands of years in the shadow of Egypt's most ancient pyramid, officials announced Sunday...
Iraqi militants target holiday shoppers (10/23/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Militants targeted police recruits and shoppers rounding up last-minute sweets and delicacies Sunday for a feast to mark the end of the Ramadan holy month, the highlight of the Muslim year. At least 44 Iraqis were reported killed across the country...
Area teams begin defense of titles (10/23/06)
Four area volleyball teams brought home district titles last season -- all in classes 1 or 2 -- and Bell City went on to place third in Class 1. The same four squads enter district play today as top seeds, and again the Cubs lead the way into the postseason...
St. Vincent builds district momentum (10/23/06)
St. Vincent's hopes of winning a ninth district championship since 1994 and 11th in school history look a lot better this week than they did two weeks ago. The Indians won their second straight game on Friday night, beating Chaffee 35-3 in the Class 1 District 2 opening week...
Redhawks soccer plays Samford to 0-0 tie, finishes fourth in OVC (10/23/06)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team finished fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference after Sunday's 0-0 tie at Samford. Southeast, 7-7-2 overall, ended OVC play 4-3-2. Samford (11-3-3, 6-0-3) had already clinched the OVC regular-season championship, its fourth straight conference title since joining the league in 2003...
NFL: Week 7 (10/23/06)
Michael Vick threw for four touchdowns and Morten Anderson kicked a 32-yard field goal seven minutes into overtime to give the Falcons (4-2) a victory over the Steelers (2-4) on Sunday . The Steelers tied it at 38 with 3:19 remaining when fill-in quarterback Charlie Batch threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, who eight catches for 171 yards and a career-best three TDs...
Funk wins first Champions Tour title in his third start (10/23/06)
Fred Funk won for the first time in three Champions Tour starts, birdieing three of the last four holes for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the AT&T Championship. The 50-year-old Funk had a 12-under 201 total on the Oak Hills Country Club course in San Antonio. Chip Beck, also a newcomer on the Champions Tour, closed with a 65 to finish second. Funk tied for 11th in his two previous starts on the 50-and-over tour...
Labor peace is reportedly at hand (10/23/06)
DETROIT -- Baseball players and owners have reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The deal, struck during bargaining in New York on Friday night and Saturday, is subject to the sides putting the agreement in writing, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized...
Monroe powers Tigers to another fast start with his second first-inning home run of series (10/23/06)
DETROIT -- Craig Monroe looked down, flipped his bat and got ready for another trot around the bases. He's getting this routine down pat. Monroe hit his fifth home run of this postseason, connecting for the second straight day against the St. Louis Cardinals and helping the Detroit Tigers win 3-1 to even the World Series at one game each...
Rogers ties up Cardinals with shutout string (10/23/06)
DETROIT -- Now you see it. Now you don't. Whatever was on Kenny Rogers' hand, even after he washed it off, the St. Louis Cardinals barely hit him. Virtually untouchable this October, Rogers smothered the Cardinals on two hits over eight shutout innings, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory on a chilly Sunday night that tied the World Series at one game apiece...
Michigan slips into second spot in BCS (10/23/06)
Michigan slipped in front of Southern California into second-place in the Bowl Championship Standings on Sunday, but there's no reason for the Trojans to worry. USC is still a solid No. 3 behind first-place Ohio State and Michigan. And with the Buckeyes and Wolverines slated to meet on Nov. 18 in Columbus, Ohio, the Trojans remained in good shape to secure a spot in the BCS championship game with an undefeated regular season...
Kenseth moves to top of standings (10/23/06)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Trouble finally found Jeff Burton at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson and a handful of other championship chasers found themselves back in title contention. NASCAR's Chase for the championship broke wide open Sunday, setting up what is likely to be a wild four-race finish...
Struggling Weaver shows up in Game 2 (10/23/06)
DETROIT -- Shades of the old Jeff Weaver returned at precisely the wrong time for the St. Louis Cardinals. Squinting for signs all game but finding few answers, the stringbean righty who revived his career this postseason took a big step backward on a nippy Sunday night...
To avoid tax hit, read fine print before buying mutual funds late in year (10/23/06)
NEW YORK -- Investors itching to take part in the stock market's recent run-up should watch out when investing in a mutual fund that they aren't also buying into a tax liability now that 2006 has entered its final months. A seemingly good investment could leave investors with lower-than-expected returns initially and a hefty tax bill if they fail to pay attention to the date on which a mutual fund makes payouts to shareholders...
Driving from shore to shore (10/23/06)
RIDGELAND, S.C. -- It's not terribly easy to parallel park an automobile on a lake. Now, John Giljam knows this to be as true as the highway is long, and for good reason: He's tried to park his car on a lake -- and on rivers, ponds, even the Intracoastal Waterway...
CEO path requires focus and flexibility (10/23/06)
A humble cubicle may be home for now, but some of you have your eye on something bigger: The executive suite, complete with Oriental rugs, a $20,000 desk and a big paycheck to match. You want to be a CEO, but getting there might be harder than the actual job -- and, if you don't start planning early in your career, nearly impossible to accomplish...
Essie Williamson (10/23/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Essie Williamson, 86, of Cairo, formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo.
James Willis (10/23/06)
James O. Willis, 70, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at his home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo.
Carla Knaup (10/23/06)
Carla Jo Knaup, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at her home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Melvin Jones (10/23/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Melvin Dwight Jones, 23, of Anna died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Union County Hospital. He was born May 4, 1983, in Centralia, Ill., son of Robert J. Jr. and Wanda Kay Garrison Jones. Jones was a 2001 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and attended Shawnee Community College. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Illinois Army National Guard in Mount Vernon, Ill...
George Lamer (10/23/06)
EAST ALTON, Ill. -- George Edwin Lamer, 82, of East Alton, formerly of Cobden, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1923, in Cobden, son of Lawrence L. and Lena Angell Lamer. He and Gail Housman were married May 21, 1953, in Anna...
Eva Seabaugh (10/23/06)
Eva E. "Tommie" Seabaugh, 88, of Patton, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 12, 1918, in Sullivan, Mo., daughter of Irvin B. and Etta Thurmond Anderson. She and James Vassalli were married April 18, 1942, and he was killed in military action May 13, 1943, during World War II. She and Raymond L. Seabaugh were married Nov. 1, 1946, and he died June 19, 1995...
Birtie Cook (10/23/06)
Birtie E. Cook, 89, of Jackson died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 15, 1917, in Hurricane, Mo., daughter of Ransom J. and Effie Limbaugh Garland. She and the Rev. Odell Cook were married Sept. 15, 1935, and he died April 13, 2003...
Dean Mayfield (10/23/06)
Dean Leslie Mayfield, 71, of Sedgewickville, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at the Monticello House in Jackson. He was born June 4, 1935, in Sedgewickville, Mo., the son of Earl and Viola Statler Mayfield. Mayfield worked for 30 years as a welder for General Motors and attended the Little Whitewater Baptist Church...
Gary Lee (10/23/06)
Mr. Gary Lee, 62, of Short North Wall Street, Calhoun, Ga., departed this life Friday evening, Oct. 20, 2006, at his home. Mr. Lee was born Jan. 12, 1944, in Bollinger County, Mo., a son of the late George Robert and Beulah Burton Davis Lee. He was a member of the Calhoun First United Methodist Church. Prior to becoming ill, he was a local floral designer. In 1984, he received the Designer of the Year award in Georgia...
Alma Bock (10/23/06)
Alma L. Bock, 68, of Gordonville passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 18, 1938, near Jackson, the daughter of the late Ben and Frieda Soelig Schweer. She and Donald Bock were married on July 8, 1956, in Jackson. He passed away Dec. 28, 2005...
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Out of the past 10/23/06 (10/23/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 23, 1981 The finishing touches are going on the new Trinity Lutheran Church, including giving back to the Cape Girardeau skyline something that has been missing since the old church was demolished; a new steeple was lifted onto the church tower Thursday; the 43-foot steeple was built of lead-coated copper by a firm in Campbellsville, Ky...
Wal-Mart posse: Why the unions are on the attack (10/23/06)
The Wall Street Journal Wal-Mart may be expanding in the People's Republic of China, but here in capitalist America the low-price retailer has become the Democratic Party's favorite pinata. The media like to portray this as a populist uprising against heartless big business. But what they don't bother to disclose is that this entire get-Wal-Mart campaign is a political operation led and funded by organized labor...
The evidence (10/23/06)
Some evidence at the Scott County Sheriff's Department is preserved in a room Sheriff Rick Walter acknowledges is in disarray. Some have inventory tags, some do not. Some of the seized property relates to cases dating to the 1990s. The gun vault is better organized but contains 300 weapons that have been stored for 30 years or more...
Stem-cell plan violates medical ethics (10/23/06)
To the editor: Amendment 2, the so-called Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is a deceptive proposal that would establish a constitutional right to clone and destroy human embryos for research purposes, threaten the health of women who donate eggs, allow clones to pay women for donating their eggs by using fertilization clinics as middlemen, create a constitutional entitlement to taxpayer funding of this research and ensure that one industry, human research cloning, is free from any effective legislative or judicial regulation.. ...
Names should reflect people's wishes (10/23/06)
To the editor: Citizens of Cape Girardeau are upset over the naming of our federal building, streets, bridges and schools after individuals. There are many God-fearing, hard-working people in this community who have given their time and energy, without pay, to the developing of our fair city and to make it a safe have to live in. There are not enough buildings, streets, bridges and schools to go around...
President should repudiate new law (10/23/06)
To the editor: The Military Commissions Act of 2006 is now the law of the land. Although a token number of Democrats supported the Republican House and Senate, no Democrat votes were needed. The president then signed the act into law. This law not only permits suspension of habeas corpus and allows for torture of suspects, but also give the president the power to declare any American an enemy combatant. Any person declared to be such a combatant would be denied due process...
Speak Out 10/23/06 (10/23/06)
Is God to blame?; Stop automated calls; Great mural; Blow up the ads; Beautiful murals; Future parkland; Nowhere to nowhere; Veterans highway; Now dog can vote too; Center line; Cruel and unusual; Government: Keep out; Noisy school; School gun laws; Preventing attacks; Cut one, plant one
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