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Cape school board rejects bid (11/01/06)
Cape school board rejects bid The Cape Girardeau school board won't sell Schultz School to a Kansas construction company because the price was too low, school officials said today. The board, meeting in closed session on Tuesday, rejected the $350,000 bid from Garrison Construction of Prairie Village, Kan. It was the only bid received for the school property at 101 S. Pacific St...
Artisans supporting food banks (11/01/06)
A fund-raiser in need of empty bowls got quite a few last Friday made by Southeast Missouri State students. "We knew they were making some, but we didn't think it would be quite that many," said co-organizer and local potter Pam Duncan of the more than 100 bowls made by students in Benji Heu's ceramics classes...
Newcomers attempt to lay claim to House district (11/01/06)
Voters in the 160th District of the Missouri House of Representatives will face a tough choice Nov. 7. The two political newcomers competing for the seat, Republican Ellen Brandom and Democrat Larry Tetley, place strong emphasis on conservative social values...
Democrats, Republicans battle for control of House seat (11/01/06)
For eight years, the 161st District of the Missouri House of Representatives has been under Republican control. But the situation used to be much different. Before Charleston resident Lanie Black won election to the seat in 1998, the 161st District was a faithful Democratic seat for decades. His first election was the exception, not the rule...
Work planned on Route K/Siemers Drive (11/01/06)
Southeast Missourian The Missouri Department of Transportation's signal crew will be making improvements to several traffic signals during the next few weeks in Cape Girardeau. The crew will work at the new Route K/Siemers Drive traffic signal today and Thursday, weather permitting. Lanes will be reduced from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m...
Challenger hopes to block presiding commissioner's bid (11/01/06)
By RUDI KELLER Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones is making one more lap around the political circuit as he seeks a fourth term as presiding commissioner. Opposing Jones is Teamsters Local 600 business agent Victor Farrow, who hasn't raised any money, put out many yard signs or appeared at many campaign functions...
Oran woman to compete for Miss USA title (11/01/06)
Southeast Missourian An Oran, Mo., woman will represent the state in the upcoming Miss USA pageant. Amber Seyer, 20, won the title of Miss Missouri USA in Springfield, Mo., on Sunday. The Miss USA Pageant will be in March or April. Organizers won't release the date until later this month...
Entertainment guide for November (11/01/06)
NOVEMBER 6 Emil C. Weis Lecture: The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Communication will present its annual Emil C. Weis lecture. This year's speaker is Cassandra McKeown, a political science professor at the University of South Dakota and former public defender. Lecture begins at 6 p.m. at Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall...
The people's entertainment (11/01/06)
It's a crying shame that demolition derby couldn't have caught on the way NASCAR has. Somewhere along the line stock car racing became the new national pastime. I don't see how.  The level or, at least, frequency of destruction in demolition derby is unparalleled. ...
God save the scene (11/01/06)
Who could've guessed that 30 years after the English band the Sex Pistols released its shocking first single, "Anarchy in the U.K." in November 1976, it would be celebrated in any way by anyone. And what rational person could've seen punk -- begun with snotty attitudes, on- and off-stage violence, aggressive instrumentation, overt sexuality and political confrontation -- go from extreme underground to, in some cases, poppy.  ...
Impending Doom (11/01/06)
Meet Doom in the A.M., the best band you've never heard of. Moreover, this punk quintet is easily one of the best groups, punk or otherwise, around -- and they don't really care to get caught up in any kind of hoopla. "We're only going to be a band because we want to be a band and do bandly things," says drummer Jon Thrower. "And we're not going to do anything just to make anybody happy, except us."...
The perils of being a veggie on Turkey Day (11/01/06)
For some, Thanksgiving is a time to gorge on massive quantities of food and fall asleep in front of the TV. This used to be the case for me. Now, I have much more to worry about. I have been vegetarian for some time now, but this is my first Thanksgiving as such...
According to Al (11/01/06)
Spent Christmas in Cape lately? If you have, then you've no doubt heard of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Last year TSO played to a near sellout crowd of just over 5,000 at the Show Me Center. The year before that 4,300 people watched them rock out Christmas, baby...
The future of a nation (11/01/06)
Hello again. I hope you made it through Halloween unscathed. I didn't. For some reason I decided it was a good idea to dress up like Hunter S. Thompson for Halloween, you know, since I'm a journalist and all. What I didn't realize is that dressing like Thompson means you have to act like him...
Larger than life (11/01/06)
Craig Thomas' massive mural reads like an open book, its carefully drawn page edges featuring swirls of color to represent marbling common in old books. "It is a 'wow,'" said Cape Girardeau Central High School librarian Julia Jorgensen as Thomas worked atop a scaffold, adding broad strokes to another hardback book depicted on the wall mural taking shape above the main entrance to the school library...
Cape officer says city official's husband admitted to drug possession (11/01/06)
By KYLE W. MORRISON Southeast Missourian The husband of a Cape Girardeau city councilwoman admitted to police that cocaine found in his truck was his and that he had a decades-long drug problem, an officer testified Tuesday. Brian Tracy, 53, of 689 Highland Drive, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Scott Thomsen on charges felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended. His wife is councilwoman Debra Tracy...
Region briefs 11/1/06 (11/01/06)
Cape man pleads guilty, receives probation An accused peeping Tom was placed on probation Tuesday and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Brian T. Isaac, 33, of 2300 Jane Drive, entered a guilty plea to attempted invasion of privacy. He was accused of peeking through a hole in the wall between Tans-R-Us, 91 S. ...
Public Service Commission says most Atmos gas customers' bills to drop (11/01/06)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many natural gas customers of Atmos Energy Corp. will see their bills drop starting today, the Missouri Public Service Commission said. The drop reflects changes in wholesale costs of natural gas and adjustments in the company's tool for handling under- or overcharges for gas costs...
Illnesses cancel riverboat cruise (11/01/06)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- More illnesses aboard a riverboat have forced cancellation of a third trip before it began. About two dozen passengers on the Mississippi Queen became ill late last week on a seven-day cruise from St. Louis to St. Paul, Minn. The outbreak was similar to illnesses on the same boat that caused the company to disembark nearly 500 passengers in Cape Girardeau on Oct. 23...
Study: Brain-stem abnormalities cause SIDS (11/01/06)
By LINDSEY TANNER The Associated Press CHICAGO -- In a small study with big implications, researchers found some of the strongest evidence yet that sudden infant death syndrome -- a medical and sometimes legal mystery once known as crib death -- may be caused by brain-stem abnormalities...
Scientists uncover new strain of bird flu in China (11/01/06)
Researchers fear its evolution may have been steered by vaccination programs. By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The bird flu virus is changing, but it still doesn't appear to spread easily from person to person. As a result, there doesn't appear to be an increasing risk for people "other than the fact it seems to be pretty widespread," says Dr. Michael L. Perdue, of the World Health Organization's Global Influenza Program in Zurich, Switzerland...
Activist in Osama costume arrested (11/01/06)
The Associated Press SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- The lawyer who divulged President Bush's drunken-driving arrest days before the 2000 election was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted on a highway overpass wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween costume and holding a toy gun...
NASA to send space shuttle to repair Hubble telescope (11/01/06)
By MIKE SCHNEIDER The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will send a space shuttle to repair the 16-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, agency administrator Michael Griffin announced Tuesday, reversing his predecessor's decision to nix the mission...
N. Korea to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks (11/01/06)
By CHARLES HUTZLER The Associated Press BEIJING -- The U.S. and Chinese governments announced Tuesday that North Korea agreed to rejoin six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, a surprise diplomatic breakthrough that comes only three weeks after the communist regime conducted its first known atomic test...
Witness at Saddam Hussein's trial says he survived 1988 massacre by feigning death (11/01/06)
By SAMEER N. YACOUB and JAMAL HALABY The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A witness testified at Saddam Hussein's genocide trial Tuesday that he survived a massacre by feigning death when Iraqi soldiers shot at Kurdish detainees. The witness, who testified from behind a curtain to conceal his identity, said he was one of dozens of prisoners who were taken in buses to an execution site in western Iraq in April 1988 during the crackdown by Saddam's regime on the Kurdish population...
Saxony falls to St. Pius in semifinal round (11/01/06)
The Saxony Lutheran boys soccer team finished up its inaugural season Tuesday night with a loss in the semifinals of the district tournament. Host St. Pius, seeded second, beat the third-seeded Crusaders 5-3 in the semifinals of the Class 1 District event at Festus, Mo...
Southeast scores three first-half goals in 3-0 victory (11/01/06)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team could not have scripted a better start to its opening Ohio Valley Conference tournament game. As a result, the Redhawks did not need to sweat out a first-round victory. Southeast scored three goals in the first 25 minutes of play and cruised past Austin Peay 3-0 Tuesday night at Houck Stadium...
Redhawks men's team has two contests on tap (11/01/06)
The games won't count on the record, but Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar is still anxious about seeing his team go up against outside competition for the first time. Edgar will get that chance Thursday and Friday as the Redhawks have both their exhibition games on consecutive nights...
Smith eager to see how women answer questions (11/01/06)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach B.J. Smith admits he has questions about his retooled Redhawks -- just like most people seem to have. Smith hopes to begin getting some answers Friday when the Redhawks have their only exhibition game, a 5 p.m. tipoff against NAIA Lambuth (Tenn.) at the Show Me Center...
Skyhawks take giant step toward title (11/01/06)
Chalk up another perennial Ohio Valley Conference heavyweight that has fallen at the hands of resurgent Tennessee-Martin. Earlier this season, it was Jacksonville State, which captured OVC championships in 2003 and 2004 before finishing third last year, that went down to the Skyhawks...
Fumbles cost Temple starting job (11/01/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As far as Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is concerned, the reason Tony Temple is no longer the starting running back is simple. "You're not allowed to fumble," Pinkel said. "What can I say~ I don't want to be cold. You're not allowed to fumble."...
Series ratings don't crack weekly top 10 (11/01/06)
NEW YORK -- The final three games of the World Series failed to crack the top 10 in prime-time ratings. The St. Louis Cardinals' Series-winning Game 5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on FOX was the most-watched of the three games last week, finishing 12th with 16.28 million viewers in prime time, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. Game 4 was 13th at 16.11 million, and Game 3 was 16th at 15.58 million...
Merriman drops appeal, begins 4-game suspension (11/01/06)
SAN DIEGO -- Chargers star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped his appeal on Tuesday and will begin serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for steroids this week. Merriman, who's tied for the NFL lead with 8 1/2 sacks, will miss games at home against Cleveland, at Cincinnati, at Denver and against the Oakland Raiders...
An American invention: Red velvet cake (11/01/06)
The non-violent overthrow of Czechoslovakia's communist government in 1999 was called the Velvet Revolution; growing up in St. Louis, the preferred ice cream of my youth was called Velvet Freeze; and the late crooner Mel Torme was called the Velvet Fog (or to those who weren't fans, the Velvet Frog.)...
The other side of the effort (11/01/06)
The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars to pay for snappy, well-produced commercials and to dispatch goodwill envoys like Karen Hughes to far-flung parts of the globe. All with the same messages: "Our government is not on a crusade against Islam."...
Pumpkin recipes offer taste of fall (11/01/06)
World Series Champions! Who would have ever thought a month or so ago the St. Louis Cardinals would pull off such a magnificent thing? We were out of town and we were able to watch the big game with cousins and family in Indiana. Everyone was rooting for the Cards and it was so much fun to be with a big group of family cheering them on to victory...
Jerome Abernathy (11/01/06)
Jerome Abernathy, 81, of Oriole died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Berkbigler Sr. (11/01/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert L. Berkbigler Sr., 74, of Perryville died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 23, 1932, in Perryville, son of Daniel and Mable Miget Berkbigler. He married Wanda Niemeyer. Berkbigler was a mechanic, and member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He was a past member of American Legion and AmVets...
Shannon Learue (11/01/06)
James Shannon Learue, 33, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 24, 1973, in Sikeston, Mo., son of James M. and Cora Learue. He and Rachal Poole were married Feb. 4, 2006...
Marie Butler (11/01/06)
Marie Butler, 85, of Jackson passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 1, 1921, in Morley, Mo., daughter of Luther and Ida Bryant Gipson. She and Tony L. Butler were married Oct. 23, 1937, in Benton, Mo. He passed away Aug. 18, 1992...
Pearl Thompson (11/01/06)
Pearl C. Thompson, 81, of Jackson died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Neely's Landing, son of Denver and Early Craft Thompson. He and Dora Dowling were married Oct. 25, 1947...
Shelby Farrow (11/01/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Shelby William Farrow, 29, of Perryville died Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. He was born June 2, 1977, in Cape Girardeau, son of Gene and Frances Driskell Farrow. He and Kari Brewer were married Aug. 28, 2002. Farrow was baptized in the Gospel Assembly Church. He worked at Farrow Hardwoods and Veneer Inc. with his father and brother...
Evelyn Brandy (11/01/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Evelyn Marie Brandy, 72, of Sikeston died Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at the home of a daughter in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Charleston, Mo., daughter of William and Bertha Decker Nicholson. She and Tommie Lee Brandy Jr. were married in 1952. He died Nov. 27, 1995...
Donna Bienlien (11/01/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Donna Mae Bienlien, 72, of Perryville died Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Georgian Gardens in Potosi, Mo. She was born May 4, 1934, in Prairie du Rocher, Ill., daughter of Ralph and Laura Queffene Donjon. She and Howard John Bienlien were married Sept. 30, 1950. He died Feb. 12, 1991...
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Out of the past 11/1/06 (11/01/06)
25 years ago: Nov. 1, 1981 Rose Theatre was officially rededicated Friday as the Forrest H. Rose Theatre as part of the Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming celebration; the theater is named for the first head of the university speech department and former dean of the college, who died in 1969...
Winning team - Cardinals deliver more than games (11/01/06)
By ANDREW ZIMBALIST When team owners fail, the media lets everyone know about it. When they succeed, they often go unnoticed or, at least, underappreciated. The owners of the St. Louis Cardinals seem to fall into the latter group. Let's start with the obvious:...
By the numbers (11/01/06)
The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority board has wisely asked for more facts before authorizing service and fare changes for its bus and taxi services that started in July. Transit authority executive director Jeff Brune wants to discontinue the practice of charging half-price to anyone who calls to reserve a taxi ride 24 hours in advance...
Diplomacy better than quick policy (11/01/06)
To the editor: Part of my life experience includes having lived around terrorists in Sri Lanka for two years with the CIA ultimately using me as an informant. As terrorism is no mystery to me, I'd like to share some of what I've learned. Confronting terrorism with violent force is like throwing gasoline on fire. ...
Embarrassed to be from Cape (11/01/06)
To the editor: It has come to my attention another reason why we shouldn't name our landmarks after local people. My family was so embarrassed while watching the evening national news when our Rush Limbaugh III acted up and made fun of Michael J. Fox, who has been fighting Parkinson's disease, by throwing his arms around and moving his body back and forth. Shame on Rush...
Vietnam vets thankful for support (11/01/06)
To the editor: After all was said, the SEMO Veterans Corps Vietnam-era members humbly say to Cape Girardeau-area citizens: Thank you for remembering us. We deeply appreciate it. THOMAS M. MEYER, Cape Girardeau
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