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Stories from Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Police: Internet scammers cheat Morley woman out of $550 (11/07/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Morley, Mo., woman was bilked out of $550 in an Internet scam police said was run by a Nigerian and two Washington state women. Each scam racked up between $100 and $800, with a total of more than $6,500, from various people throughout the country, according to Longview, Wash., police detective Terry Reece...
Changes could confuse vote (11/07/06)
Whatever else you do in the voting booth today, don't circle the symbols. Despite the fact that the party symbols -- the Democratic donkey, the Republican elephant, the Independent Statue of Liberty and the Progressive leaf -- are still prominently displayed on the ballot, voters no longer have the option of voting a straight-party ticket...
Transit authority upbeat about service (11/07/06)
Cape Girardeau County's new transit system has encountered some growing pains in its first four months but ridership is at expected levels, its executive director told Cape Girardeau city council Monday night. Officials hope the ridership experience will improve with new dispatching software and bus-stop shelters...
Limbaugh promoted; local bank leader sets course for company's continued growth (11/07/06)
By SCOTT MOYERS Southeast Missourian Montgomery Bank has announced that James P. Limbaugh has been promoted to the newly created position of president of the bank's Commercial Banking Division. Limbaugh will be responsible for the management of the commercial lending activities for the entire bank. He has served in various capacities at Montgomery Bank since 2000...
Road, bridge advisory panel asks tough questions over paving policy (11/07/06)
Becoming familiar with every aspect of the county highway department will be the panel's first goal. By RUDI KELLER Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau County Road and Bridge Advisory Board will embark on a detailed review of how road dollars are spent and whether the county's "first-come, first-served" paving policy has been followed, the panel decided Monday...
Scott City officials seek state funds to help attract jobs (11/07/06)
By MATT SANDERS Southeast Missourian The Scott City government will likely seek up to $200,000 in state funding to help bring in a new company that will create at least 50 new jobs over the next two years. The city is seeking a Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to improve the city's sewer and storm water drainage systems to accommodate the needs of the new company...
No one injured when vehicle crashed into building (11/07/06)
By KYLE W. MORRISON Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau woman's SUV crashed into a clothing store Monday morning as she made a turn from an intersection. The 1997 Chevrolet Suburban crashed through Thorngate LTD. Outlet Store, 10 N. Sprigg St., at 9:54 a.m., police Sgt. Barry Hovis said. No one was injured...
Will rain wash out voters? (11/07/06)
Voters in the Cape Girardeau area likely will face showers when they go to the polls today. Whether rain will affect the Election Day parade of voters remains to be seen. Light rain blanketed the area Monday, and forecasters said similar weather could greet people today with temperatures climbing into the mid-50s to low-60s...
Cape Girardeau City Council actions 11/7/06 (11/07/06)
Communications Public hearings Consent Ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Appointments Other...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 11/7/06 (11/07/06)
Public hearings Action items Power and light committee Street committee Amendments...
City offices close Friday (11/07/06)
Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau city government offices will be closed Friday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Saturday. City offices will resume normal business hours Monday. Thursday's trash and recycling collection routes will be picked up on Wednesday. The Friday trash and recycling pick-ups will be made on Thursday. There will be no Wednesday special pick-ups , and all other pick-ups will remain on their normal schedule...
Local briefs 11/7/06 (11/07/06)
Cape teen accused in attack pleads innocent A teenager pleaded innocent Monday to charges accusing him of assaulting a disabled teenager with his own prosthetic leg. Alexander S. Harris, 17, of 1204 Bloomfield St., was charged with felony assault motivated by discrimination in the Sept. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 11/7/06 (11/07/06)
Monday Discussion items and appointments Items not on agenda...
Mo. voters picking senator in one of nation's closest races (11/07/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- After traveling thousands of miles and spending millions of dollars, Republican Sen. Jim Talent and Democratic challenger State Auditor Claire McCaskill joined other Missourians on Tuesday in casting ballots in their closely-watched U.S. Senate race...
Study: 70 percent of dieters don't seek advice of their doctor (11/07/06)
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE The Associated Press BOSTON -- Besides extra pounds, dieters also seem to carry a hefty independent streak. A survey finds that 70 percent of Americans who are trying to lose weight are following their own diet plans and have no interest in seeking a doctor's help...
Third Marine enters guilty plea for role in slaying of Iraqi civilian (11/07/06)
The Associated Press CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice before testifying that his squad executed a known insurgent who turned out to be a civilian. Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson, 23, entered the pleas through his attorney, Thomas Watt, at a military court hearing...
Microsoft unveils 3-D maps (11/07/06)
The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Corp. has upgraded its online mapping service to include three-dimensional tours of 15 U.S. cities, marking another step in its dogged pursuit of Internet search leader Google Inc. With the improvements unveiled Monday, Microsoft is hoping to upstage Google's popular "Earth" software...
300-acre Calif. wildfire backs away from homes (11/07/06)
The Associated Press RIALTO, Calif. -- A wind-driven wildfire scorched more than 300 acres of brush Monday, torched an industrial yard and forced the evacuation of two schools, officials said. The blaze 60 miles east of Los Angeles had threatened 100 homes earlier in the day, but firefighters corralled the fire enough to call off firefighting aircraft within several hours, fire officials said...
Today in Iraq (11/07/06)
Jail terms of more than 38,000 years sought for Madrid bombing suspects (11/07/06)
The Associated Press MADRID, Spain -- Spanish prosecutors demanded Monday some of the stiffest sentences in the country's history for the seven lead suspects in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, seeking jail terms of more than 38,000 years for each. The sentence request was included in the 300-page pre-trial recommendations that prosecutor Olga Sanchez presented to the National Court on Monday, chief prosecutor Javier Zaragoza told reporters...
Draft law would reinstate the jobs of members of Saddam's Baath party (11/07/06)
By BASSEM MROUE The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A day after Saddam Hussein was sentenced to hang, the Shiite-dominated government offered a major concession Monday to his Sunni backers that could see thousands of members of the ousted dictator's Baath party reinstated in their jobs...
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega appears headed back to Nicaragua's presidency (11/07/06)
Electoral officials have yet to release final results from Sunday's vote. By TRACI CARL The Associated Press MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Daniel Ortega, the revolutionary Marxist who battled a U.S.-backed Contra insurgency in the 1980s, was closing in on Nicaragua's presidency, appearing Monday to have defeated four opponents with promises that he was a changed man...
Al-Qaida operative faces life sentence for New York and London bomb plots (11/07/06)
Tge Associated Press LONDON -- An al-Qaida operative captured in Britain planned to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and plotted a series of murderous attacks on London, including a scheme to blow up a London subway train as it passed below the River Thames, prosecutors said Monday...
Blair opposes death penalty for Saddam (11/07/06)
By BETH GARDINER The Associated Press LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday he opposed the death penalty for Saddam Hussein even though the deposed Iraqi leader's trial had reminded the world of his brutality. Asked about Saddam's sentence at his monthly news conference, Blair noted that Britain opposed the death penalty "whether it's Saddam or anyone else."...
Mizzou wins second exhibition game (11/07/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marshall Brown scored 22 points Monday night as Missouri finished its exhibition season with a 94-40 win over visiting Lithuania Academy. Brown scored 12 of those points in the first half as the Tigers took just nine minutes to build a 20-point lead...
Notre Dame packs impressive numbers for Class 2 playoffs (11/07/06)
The Notre Dame boys soccer team has racked up impressive records and statistics each of the past three seasons, only to have its season end in disappointing fashion with a district championship loss. The Bulldogs broke through their district barrier Wednesday at Sikeston, and now they will take their first step toward a second state title with a Class 2 quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. tonight against Lutheran South at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton, Mo...
Indians look to make next step (11/07/06)
In recent years, Jackson's boys soccer program has had to play second fiddle to the girls team, which has been on a streak of five straight district titles. The boys program has achieved some success of its own, including back-to-back district titles in 1997 and 1998, and is ready to take center stage this season 7 p.m. tonight, when the Indians square off against Hazelwood Central in the Class 3 sectionals at Farmington...
Redhawks defense was up for UTM challenge (11/07/06)
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Saturday's performance by Tennessee-Martin's nationally ranked defense was the fact Southeast Missouri State's defense was impressive in its own right. While the Skyhawks' defense lived up to its billing during a 28-14 victory at Houck Stadium, the Redhawks' defenders kept their team in the game until almost the very end...
Redhawks soccer team will stay close to home in NCAA tournament (11/07/06)
Southeast Missouri State's first experience in the NCAA women's soccer tournament is off to a rousing start. First, the Redhawks were greeted by an enthusiastic gathering of more than 100 supporters Monday afternoon to watch the NCAA selection show at Buffalo Wild Wings...
Area sports digest 11-7-06 (11/07/06)
Riley, Sams win_Point to Point Run Anthony Riley covered the 9.5 miles from HealthPoint Plaza in Cape Girardeau to Main Street Fitness in Jackson in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 31 seconds on Saturday morning to capture the Point-to-Point Run. The race was sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital, which operates both fitness complexes...
Mizzou wins second exhibition game (11/07/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marshall Brown scored 22 points Monday night as Missouri finished its exhibition season with a 94-40 win over visiting Lithuania Academy. Brown scored 12 of those points in the first half as the Tigers took just nine minutes to build a 20-point lead...
Paterno has surgery on leg, still plans to coach Saturday (11/07/06)
The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno had surgery on his broken left leg and two torn knee ligaments, and plans to coach next weekend -- possibly from a box above the field. The 79-year-old coach underwent surgery Sunday and was resting comfortably the next day at Mount Nittany Medical Center...
The unpredictable plot (11/07/06)
Defending national champion Florida returns all five starters. By JIM O'CONNELL The Associated Press Bob Knight needs 11 victories at Texas Tech to put the ultimate stamp on his coaching career. Bob Huggins is back on the bench at Kansas State, looking to re-establish his...
Midseason arrives with Rams at .500 (11/07/06)
By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- There's a perfectly good reason for the St. Louis Rams' three-game losing streak on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Tougher competition has landed the team at .500 midway through Scott Linehan's first year as coach. ...
Kickoff returner likely out for season (11/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams kickoff returner Tony Fisher is likely out for the rest of the season with a right knee injury, leaving the team short at running back. Results of an MRI exam were not in, but coach Scott Linehan said Monday it was "probable" that Fisher tore a ligament in his ACL. Fisher, also the team's third-down back, was hurt making a cut on his second kickoff return on Sunday against the Chiefs...
Florida runaway preseason No. 1 (11/07/06)
The same starting five that left the court in Indianapolis with Florida's first national championship will start this season with the No. 1 ranking. The Gators were the runaway choice Monday in The Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll -- no surprise, since they have everyone back for a run at being the first repeat national champion since Duke in 1992...
Seahawks blank Raiders 16-0 (11/07/06)
SEATTLE -- Craig Terrill had three of the Seattle Seahawks' nine sacks and Seneca Wallace threw a touchdown pass to get his first win as an NFL starter, a 16-0 victory over the Raiders on Monday night. Wallace went 18-of-30 for 176 yards, and Maurice Morris ran for a career-high 138 yards on 30 carries for the Seahawks (5-3)...
Azinger gets next crack to end slump for U.S. Ryder Cup team (11/07/06)
Paul Azinger took over the U.S. Ryder Cup team in more ways than one, persuading the PGA of America to give him four captain's picks and revamping the criteria so that money and majors determine who makes the team. "I'm going to get the blame if it doesn't work," Azinger said Monday. "I would like some of the credit if it does."...
Preventing tragedy (11/07/06)
Central High School senior Megan Ruth was in elementary school when she saw images of students fleeing from a Colorado high school. In April 1999, the nation was shocked as two high school students opened fire on their Columbine High School classmates and teachers, and ultimately ended their own lives...
Reflections from a foreign exchange student (11/07/06)
Let me introduce myself, my name is Moritz Platscher and I'm from Germany. I'm 16 and will spend the next nine months living in Jackson. I already finished grade 10 in Germany, so I should be in grade 11 right now. But here, at Jackson High School, I'm still considered a sophomore as there are 13 years of school in Germany but only 12 here...
Teachers give their take on carrying guns at school, student safety (11/07/06)
By Emily Viers Special to the Southeast Missourian Cape Central High School students and teachers are familiar with Adam Glueck. The Cape Girardeau police officer walks through the halls of Cape Central in between classes. He serves as the school's resource officer...
Faces of 2morrow 11/7/06 (11/07/06)
Two students receive National Merit honors Jackson High School seniors Shannon Felker and Sarah Sutterer have been named "Commended Students" in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2005 Preliminary SAT-National Merit Scholarship test...
Campaigns frustrate voters (11/07/06)
Thank goodness it's Election Day. By now, most Americans are sick and tired of all the negative political advertising. Television is saturated with so many political commercials this time of year that it's painful to watch. In addition, we're flooded with postcards urging us to vote for this candidate or that candidate. We're hounded by phone calls from various candidates and issue campaigns...
Fired evangelical leader Haggard condemns homosexuality in film (11/07/06)
By CHRISTY LEMIRE The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Rev. Ted Haggard has been fired amid allegations of gay sex and drug use, but the evangelical leader can still be seen at the height of his powers -- preaching to thousands and condemning homosexuality -- in the documentary "Jesus Camp."...
Brooks & Dunn dominate CMA awards, but absent Urban's win a showstopper (11/07/06)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brooks & Dunn's inspirational song "Believe" won three trophies, including single and song of the year, at the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards Monday night. But one of the night's more poignant moments came from a winner who wasn't even there -- Keith Urban. The Aussie country star, who last month entered a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse, won male vocalist of the year for the second year in a row...
Mary Mahan (11/07/06)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mary L. Mahan, 100, of Charleston, formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at Charleston Manor Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born Aug. 30, 1906, in Braggadocio, Mo., daughter of Emerson Lee and Lillie London Hamelback. She married George W. Mahan, who died in 1965...
George Sanders (11/07/06)
George L. Sanders, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. He was born April 4, 1925, in Vienna, Ill., son of John M. and Winnie Albritten Sanders. He and Helen Priest were married Dec. 15, 1959, in St. Louis. She died Feb. 18, 2000...
Shirley Heinrich (11/07/06)
Shirley Violet Heinrich, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Chicago, daughter of Albert Otto and Violet (Heller) Brach. She and Clifford A. Heinrich were married July 27, 1951, in Chicago. She was an avid antique collector, buying and selling for many years. She was a resident of Cape Girardeau seven years, moving from Elmhurst, Ill...
Erma Martino (11/07/06)
Erma E. Martino, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. She was born March 1, 1914, in Mounds, Ill., daughter of Joe P. and Nellie (King) Roberts. Mrs. Martino was a registered nurse at hospitals in Michigan and Delaware...
Frances Beck (11/07/06)
Frances A. Beck, 85, of Chaffee, Mo., died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at the Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Katherine Sadler (11/07/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Katherine M. Sadler, 70, of Bloomsdale, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Mo. She was born June 27, 1936, in Perryville, daughter of Bertrand G. and Frances McCauley Besand. She and James S. Sadler were married Nov. 19, 1955...
Lillian Hoffman (11/07/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lillian V. Hoffman, 93, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at Charlevoix Healthcare Center in St. Charles. She was born July 20, 1913, at Wittenberg, Mo., daughter of Alfred E. and Christina Rabold Mueller. She and Gilbert F. Hoffman were married Aug. 27, 1944. He died April 28, 1989...
J.D. Schaffer (11/07/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jess David "J.D." Schaffer, 75, of Sikeston died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, in the Emergency Room at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1931, at Kewanee, Mo., son of James Clifford and Mary Magaline Roberts Schaffer. He and Corrine L. Moulder were married May 29, 1950, in Clay County, Ark...
Eathel Clay (11/07/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Eathel Maurine Clay, 84, of Marble Hill died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at her home. She was born June 27, 1922, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of Roger and Lessie Marie Brashear Peck Vaughn. She and Franklin Leonard Clay were married June 27, 1963...
John York (11/07/06)
John York, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at his home. He was born June 2, 1956, in Cape Girardeau son of Jack and Ellen York. York was a custodian with Cape Girardeau School District. He served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 1982. Survivors include a sister, Patty Lunsford of Cape Girardeau; wife, Nancy York of Scott City; three brothers, Forest Zook of Cape Girardeau, Jack York of Macclenny, Fla., Jim Robison of Crestview, Fla.; and a sister, Mary Russell of Cape Girardeau...
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Out of the past 11/7/06 (11/07/06)
25 years ago: Nov. 7, 1981 A newly constructed suspension footbridge is dedicated at the I.R. Kelso Wildlife sanctuary just north of Cape Girardeau at Juden Creek; the bridge, which replaces one that was swept away when the creek flooded eight years ago, was constructed by Navy Seabees from the Naval Reserve Training Center here...
Remember to vote (11/07/06)
Today is Election Day -- perhaps one of the most important midterm elections to come along in a long, long time. This election is being viewed by many as a test of the Bush administration's policies, particularly the course of the war in Iraq. This election may well decide which political party controls one or both houses of Congress -- a change that could be expected to have a sizable impact on most Americans...
Speak Out 11/07/06 (11/07/06)
Freedom to change REGARDING THE comment that we have enough problems in America, like people living in cardboard boxes: What happens if we bring all of our soldiers back and another terrorist attack occurs and kills these people? They may be living in a cardboard box, but they have the freedom to change...
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