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Stories from Monday, November 13, 2006

First-place finish boosts fund-raiser (11/13/06)
A Cape Girardeau man turned a 9.5-mile race into a personal Toys for Tots fund raiser last weekend. Anthony Riley's first-place finish in the Point-to-Point race generated more than $1,500 for the Marine Corps League's program that helps children and their families celebrate Christmas...
Wage debate outlasts vote (11/13/06)
Shannon Davis, who owns 11 McDonalds in Southeast Missouri and oversees about 500 workers, said when voters approved a minimum wage increase in Missouri, it will mean only one thing the next time they drive through to get a Big Mac, large fries and a Coke...
Career and technology center to augment expansion project (11/13/06)
The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center plans on an even bigger expansion than first thought. In January, center director Rich Payne talked of expanding the 5-year-old campus on South Silver Springs Road by constructing a 9,600-square-foot electrical shop and classroom building east of the current school...
City kept in the dark (11/13/06)
Cape Girardeau mayor finds Ameren's reaction to streetlight outages "unacceptable." By TJ GREANEY Southeast Missourian Drivers on some of Cape Girardeau's major thoroughfares would like AmerenUE to shed some light on the situation. "Once you start looking out for them, it's amazing how many streetlights are out around this town, especially on Kingshighway," said John Heuer, co-owner of Heuer Sons Implement Co. at 861 S. Kingshighway...
Community briefs 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
United Way campaign reaches halfway mark The United Way campaign that kicked off in late August has reached the halfway point. The goal of $1,120,000 will enable not-for-profit agencies in Southeast Missouri to focus on solving problems by preventing them. For more information about the United Way of Southeast Missouri, call 334-9634...
Woods graduates from Air Force basic training (11/13/06)
Keeping a lookout: Park ranger gives tour of wildfire tower near Van Buren (11/13/06)
By DONNA FARLEY (Poplar Bluff) Daily American Republic WARSAW, Mo. -- May and Ervin, 1940. Roger Sanders, 1947. With each metal beam etched with names, hometowns, ages and dates, faint shadows of the young men and women, husbands and wives, who once visited the isolated Big Spring fire tower are almost visible during the 84-foot climb to the cab...
Archaeologists discover antebellum Southern tannery in central Georgia (11/13/06)
The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Along the wooded slopes of a small creek in central Georgia, archaeologists have discovered a rare site that they hope will help them understand everyday life and industry from the state's frontier days through the Civil War...
Missouri: Red or blue? Perhaps the bellwether state is neither (11/13/06)
By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A mere two years have passed since some political pundits proclaimed Missouri a "red state." President Bush had recorded a solid re-election victory in Missouri. And voters had just re-elected a Republican U.S. senator, switched out a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor for Republican ones, and expanded the Republican majorities in the state House and Senate...
Officer remains critical after being shot in the face (11/13/06)
The Associated Press BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- The wife of a police officer who was critically injured during a standoff with a murder suspect thanked the public for its support Sunday and said her husband will prove his "courage and determination" as he recovers from his wounds...
Court to hear St. Louis case on sentencing guidelines (11/13/06)
Sentence handed in drug case by federal judge was at odds with sentencing guidelines. The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Missouri case in which a federal judge imposed a sentence at odds with the prison term recommended by federal guidelines...
Councilman's dying wish unfulfilled due to action by mayor (11/13/06)
Cancer victim had hoped his daughter would succeed him. The Associated Press BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- The widow of a city council member wants his appointed successor removed from office to fulfill her husband's dying wish that his daughter finish his term...
Waltzing to better health (11/13/06)
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE The Associated Press CHICAGO -- Italian researchers have come up with a novel way for cardiac rehabilitation patients to exercise their damaged hearts without having to squeeze into spandex or gyrate in a gym: waltzing. The dance proved to be just as effective as bicycle and treadmill training for improving exercise capacity in a study of 110 heart failure patients. ...
Hospitals join effort to give faster heart attack care; half-hour delay can mean death (11/13/06)
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE The Associated Press CHICAGO -- Hundreds of hospitals around the country are joining the most ambitious project ever undertaken to give faster emergency room care to people suffering major heart attacks. Fewer than one-third of such patients now get their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arrival, as guidelines recommend. The risk of dying goes up 42 percent if care is delayed even half an hour longer...
Nation briefs 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
GOP angry at Bush over Rumsfeld timing...
American students becoming more adventurous in study abroad (11/13/06)
By JUSTIN POPE The Associated Press American college students are becoming more adventuresome as they study abroad, showing less interest in English-speaking destinations such as Great Britain and Australia and more in such alternatives as China, India, Argentina and Brazil...
White House leaders pledge new openness on war in Iraq (11/13/06)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Responding to a humbling election, White House aides said Sunday that President Bush would welcome new ideas about the unpopular war in Iraq, even from Democrats he had branded as soft on terrorism. As Bush planned to meet today with a key advisory group on the war, his advisers adopted a new tone, days after a dissatisfied public handed the White House a divided government...
U.S. authorities say Castro may have terminal cancer (11/13/06)
Defense officials consider it unlikely the Cuban leader will survive another year. By KATHERINE SHRADER The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The government believes Fidel Castro's health is deteriorating and that the Cuban dictator is unlikely to live through 2007...
Ex-presidents keep them laughing at New Orleans convention (11/13/06)
By MARY FOSTER The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- They're separated by more than 20 years, they come from opposing political parties, and one evicted the other from the White House. But Bill Clinton and George Bush act like a team, a pair of touring comedians with a well-honed act...
Remembering Flight 587 (11/13/06)
By JENNIFER PELTZ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Hundreds of relatives and friends of the victims in the nation's second deadliest air accident dedicated a much-awaited memorial Sunday with mementoes and mixed emotions. Wearing their loss on T-shirts, scarves and buttons, families clutching red roses and photographs gathered on a foggy beachfront to look up the names of 265 loved ones killed when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed five years ago...
Man accused of mailing threats to politicians, celebrities (11/13/06)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- A man was arrested and accused of mailing threatening letters laced with white powder to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, David Letterman and other high-profile figures, the FBI announced Sunday. FBI agents took Chad Conrad Castagana, 39, into custody Saturday on charges of conveying false information and sending threats via the U.S. mail, the bureau said in a statement...
World briefs 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
German pastor's suicide seen as 'cry against Islam'...
Hamas official accepts Arab proposal for peace conference with Israel (11/13/06)
The acceptance was the first time the Hamas-led government has considered making amends with Israel. By SALAH NASRAWI The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt -- The Hamas-led Palestinian government agreed Sunday to an international peace conference with Israel after the Arab League -- angered by Israel's military offensive in Gaza -- voted to end a financial blockade on the Palestinians...
Shiite leader vows Cabinet shake up as violence kills more than 150 (11/13/06)
By STEVEN R. HURST The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Shiite prime minister promised Sunday to reshuffle his Cabinet after calling lawmakers disloyal and blaming Sunni Muslims for raging sectarian violence that claimed at least 159 more lives, including 35 men blown apart while waiting to join Iraq's police force...
Baghdad's morgues working overtime amid slaughter (11/13/06)
The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Baghdad's morgues are full. With no space to store bodies, some victims of the sectarian slaughter are not being kept for relatives to claim, but photographed, numbered and quickly interred in government cemeteries. Men fearful of an anonymous burial are tattooing their thighs with names and phone numbers...
Insurgent activity rising in Afghanistan (11/13/06)
By JASON STRAZIUSO The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgent activity in Afghanistan has risen fourfold this year, and militants now launch more than 600 attacks a month, a rising wave of violence that has resulted in 3,700 deaths in 2006, a bleak new report released Sunday found...
About 2,000 angry people mob hospital in China after boy dies (11/13/06)
The Associated Press BEIJING -- At least 10 people were injured when an angry mob stormed a hospital in southwest China where a young boy died after his grandfather was sent away to raise money for the child's treatment, a human rights organization said Sunday...
Indians prepare for No. 1 challenge (11/13/06)
The St. Vincent football team has faced some challenges this season, but few compare to the one that awaits the Indians tonight. St. Vincent (7-4) will travel to Marionville to take on the state's top-ranked team in a Class 1 quarterfinal at 7 p.m...
Indians prepare for No. 1 challenge (11/13/06)
By Jeremy Joffray Southeast Missourian The St. Vincent football team has faced some challenges this season, but few compare to the one that awaits the Indians tonight. St. Vincent (7-4) will travel to Marionville to take on the state's top-ranked team in a Class 1 quarterfinal at 7 p.m...
Mizzou caps 3-0 tourney with win over Stetson (11/13/06)
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kalen Grimes posted his second-straight double-double off a strong first half and Matt Lawrence scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half, helping Missouri rally for a 66-45 victory over Stetson in the John Thompson Foundation Classic on Sunday...
USC jumps to third in BCS standings (11/13/06)
NEW YORK -- Southern California bounced back in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Trojans were in third place, right behind Ohio State and Michigan, in the standings released Sunday, returning to the spot they held before losing three weeks ago. Southern California had a slight lead over fourth-place Florida, and Notre Dame, unbeaten Rutgers and Arkansas also were close behind...
Mizzou caps 3-0 tourney with win over Stetson (11/13/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kalen Grimes posted his second-straight double-double off a strong first half and Matt Lawrence scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half, helping Missouri rally for a 66-45 victory over Stetson in the John Thompson Foundation Classic on Sunday...
Johnson places second, tightens grip on Chase (11/13/06)
The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. -- The Nextel Cup title is Jimmie Johnson's to lose. For anyone else, it would be a perfect position. But Johnson has been here before. Johnson lost two of these titles before, and nothing is guaranteed -- even after his second-place finish Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway gave him a firm hold atop the Chase for the championship leaderboard...
Brown haunts Rams just for kicks (11/13/06)
SEATTLE -- The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now. But his Seahawks~ They love it -- and Brown. Once again, they jubilantly mobbed each other after their absurdly cool kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with 9 seconds left as Seattle beat St. Louis 24-22 on Sunday and seize control of the NFC West...
Johnson places second, tightens grip on Chase (11/13/06)
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- The Nextel Cup title is Jimmie Johnson's to lose. For anyone else, it would be a perfect position. But Johnson has been here before. Johnson lost two of these titles before, and nothing is guaranteed -- even after his second-place finish Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway gave him a firm hold atop the Chase for the championship leaderboard...
Brown haunts Rams just for kicks (11/13/06)
By GREGG BELL The Associated Press SEATTLE -- The thrilling has seemingly gotten so routine for Josh Brown, he barely reacts to it now. But his Seahawks? They love it -- and Brown. Once again, they jubilantly mobbed each other after their absurdly cool kicker calmly made a 38-yard field goal with 9 seconds left as Seattle beat St. Louis 24-22 on Sunday and seize control of the NFC West...
NFL - Week 10 (11/13/06)
SUNDAY'S GAMES Chargers 49, Bengals 41 LaDainian Tomlinson tied his career high with four touchdowns, and Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass under pressure that completed the Chargers' furious rally Sunday for a victory over the Bengals (4-5). San Diego (7-2) scored 42 points in a second-half comeback that was characteristic of the old Air Coryell days. Instead of Dan Fouts, it was first-year starter running the show in his best performance yet...
Blues end slide with 5-3 victory (11/13/06)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Martin Rucinsky scored twice as the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Sunday afternoon. Bryce Salvador, Rucinsky and Jay McClement also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time in its last eight games. Back-up goalie Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for the Blues...
Woods falls two shots short as streak ends (11/13/06)
Tiger Woods' streak is over. Woods failed to win a 72-hole tournament for the first time since July 9, finishing two shots behind South Korea's Yang Yong-eun in the HSBC Champions on Sunday. Yang, a regular on the Japanese tour who has played infrequently outside Asia, closed with a 3-under 69 for a 14-under 274 and a two stroke victory over Woods at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. Woods finished with a 67...
Blue Cross still on the chopping block? (11/13/06)
By SCOTT MOYERS Still no straight answers from Blue Cross Blue Shield about the future of the Cape Girardeau facility. I first wrote about this in April and the rumor refuses to die. Company spokesperson Deb Wiethop wouldn't exactly kill them entirely...
Weekend take of $29 million puts makes 'Borat' top box-office draw (11/13/06)
By DAVID GERMAIN The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- A make-believe son of the glorious nation of Kazakhstan continues to rule the American box office. Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" took in $29 million to remain the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend, distributor 20th Century Fox said Sunday. "Borat" raised its 10-day total to $67.8 million...
People on the move (11/13/06)
Woman awarded staging professional designation Debbie Jennings, with Re/Max Realty Experts, recently was awarded the designation of accredited staging professional after passing an examination on preparing homes for sale. BrainLAB execs attend 'White Coat' event...
Brazen thieves steal nuts by truckload as prices skyrocket (11/13/06)
FRESNO, Calif. -- At first, Larry Ladd just let it go. But after the farmer caught six thieves plundering his walnut orchard in less than a day, he knew he had a problem. He's not the only one. As prices for almonds and walnuts rise with demand, a growing black market has emboldened nutnappers to cut holes in fences, sneak into distribution centers and drive off with truckloads of nuts...
Cape Schnucks turns 30, having fended off many competitors (11/13/06)
By Dennis Marchi's count, 13 grocery stores have come and gone in the three decades that Schnucks has been in Cape Girardeau, including some high-profile names like Kroeger's, Shop 'n Save and Albertsons. But 30 years after it opened, Schnucks is still standing...
Terry Medley (11/13/06)
Terry W. Medley, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at his home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Marie Schaefer (11/13/06)
Marie Bertha Schaefer -- mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother has now joined God and her husband, Theon "Mousie" Schaefer in Heaven. Marie, 83, of Scott City, died in her home Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, surrounded by her family...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
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Cape police reports 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
25 years ago: Nov. 13, 1981 Proceeds from tonight's Harlem Globetrotters' appearance in Cape Girardeau will go toward a $150,000 capital improvements fund drive for the Cape Girardeau Civic Center, 201 N. Spanish St.; the current gymnasium, a converted truck repair garage, will be replaced by a new facility designed for basketball, weightlifting, exercise classes and other activities...
Zonta awards (11/13/06)
Two women whose work promotes the teaching of literacy and music were honored last week by the Zonta Club, an organization whose goal is to advance the status of women. Both women exemplify that goal. The club gave its Women of Achievement Award to Jeanine Larson Dobbins and its Celebration Award to Judith Farris...
Stoddard County is in the Bootheel (11/13/06)
To the editor: In the Nov. 9 editorial "Pride of place." the following question is presented: Is Bloomfield, Mo., in Missouri's Bootheel? Bloomfield is the county seat of Stoddard County, and Stoddard County is reflected in all maps of the Bootheel as a Bootheel county. So Bloomfield must be in the Bootheel...
In defense of Bootheel pride (11/13/06)
To the editor: Since I recently read from my fiction at Central High School in Cape Girardeau and was introduced in print and in person as being a "Bootheel author," I'm probably the person referred to in the Nov. 9 editorial "Pride of place." The editorial more than suggested that the description wasn't warranted. After the lead-in, the editorial states: "As it turns out, she is from Bloomfield, Mo. Bootheel?"...
Speak Out 11/13/06 (11/13/06)
Agreeable cooperation IN RESPONSE to the story "Democrats look ahead to minimum wage increase, bipartisanship": "Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid both said they would work ... in a bipartisan manner" with the Republicans. We have found that what this means, regardless of which party members say it, is: We will work with members of the other party as long as they agree with us...
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