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Stories from Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Changing with the times (11/14/06)
Drug use among high school-aged students in the area is increasing, as are the types of dangerous drugs they are using, officials say. Nearly half the youths going to detention in the 32nd Judicial Circuit who were tested for drugs came up positive in the last three years...
Oran to fill police vacancies next week (11/14/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Monday that the Scott County Sheriff's Department has received few calls from Oran since the town's police force resigned a week ago. Walter said the call load from Oran is typical for a town its size -- a population of 1,264 at the 2000 census...
College to build student housing (11/14/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Shawnee Community College won't be home to only commuter students next fall. The college, through its fund-raising foundation, plans to open its first residence hall for students. The single-story building is expected to house about 100 students. Each dorm room could house two students, school officials said Monday. Future plans envision construction of two more residence halls if demand warrants it, school officials said...
Watching the river roll by (11/14/06)
Mike Wardin and his wife, Joanna, of Michigan were on their way to Texas Monday when they stopped by the riverfront in Cape Girardeau to watch a barge traveling up the Mississippi River.
After the first tour of duty (11/14/06)
In May 2005, I was deployed to Iraq and was there a year fighting the war on terror. With a little less than three years left on my contract with the military, I feel it is probable that I will see another tour of duty in Iraq. I feel what we are doing over there is serving its purpose. Whether or not we went about it the right way or if we took the right steps in the past, I would really rather not say. What has been done is done, and the actions have been taken...
County authorities surprised at ease of weekend drug bust (11/14/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Authorities are scratching their heads after a Morley, Mo., complainant gave written permission to search a house she knew to contain bags of marijuana. "It was plainly visible when the officers arrived. Baggies just laying out in the open spread throughout the residence, kind of haphazardly," said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter...
Cape fire 11/14/06 (11/14/06)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Cape-Jackson police 11/14/06 (11/14/06)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Monday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assault Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous Jackson The following items were released by the Jackson Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Region briefs 11/14/06 (11/14/06)
Two plead guilty to drug charges Two Colorado men pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing and distributing illegal mushrooms. Robert L. Davis, 24, of Golden, Colo., and Cody R. Easley, 23, of Fort Collins, Colo., appeared in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau Monday. ...
Preparing for the guard (11/14/06)
Southeast Missourian The thought of going to Iraq doesn't worry Aaron Mecey. The 17-year-old Central High School senior enlisted in the National Guard last February. While most of Mecey's fellow senior classmates spent their final summer of high school by the pool or at part-time jobs, he went through nine weeks of basic training in South Carolina...
Read a rambling or two (11/14/06)
WARNING: The following column has absolutely no structure whatsoever and would make excellent lining for a hamster cage. Sorry about my extended absence, folks! Please -- let me explain myself. You see, I was offered a somewhat copious sum of money to write a series of promotional stories about Cape Girardeau, so I chose to ignore my column and focus on this much more lucrative project...
Currently serving overseas (11/14/06)
Jake Raines talks about his first impressions of Iraq Story by JAKE RAINES A half-hour after we landed at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq, we could hear and see mortar rounds landing not to far from where we were. That set the stage for what kind of year this is going to be...
Young-adult author to relate experiences with censorship (11/14/06)
Young-adult author Chris Crutcher knows all about censorship. Some of his books have been banned in some schools. Crutcher will speak at 6:30 p.m. today in Jackson about censorship and book banning. The presentation in the Jackson High School library is open to the public...
Cape schools, city plan for the future (11/14/06)
Planning for the future isn't easy, but the city of Cape Girardeau wants to take a page out of the public school board's playbook. City council and school board members met Monday night for the annual joint meeting and the subject of planning was on the agenda...
SW Missouri soybean farmer sets production record (11/14/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri soybean farmer has set a national production record in the 2006 Missouri Soybean Association yield contest. Kip Cullers, of Purdy, is averaging 139 bushels per acre and won the competition in the conventionally tilled field category...
Bathroom message kept hundreds of students home (11/14/06)
Bathroom message kept hundreds of students home WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials on Tuesday were investigating a threatening message left in a school bathroom that referenced Columbine High School and kept about 900 high schoolers from attending class on Monday...
Republican report blames abortion for illegal immigration (11/14/06)
The Missouri House Committee document claims policies have enticed foreigners to cross the U.S. border. By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A divisive new report from a Republican-led Missouri House committee claims abortion is partly to blame for illegal immigration by causing a shortage of American workers...
State Capitol chandelier likely down for a year (11/14/06)
Complicating the repairs to the chandelier is its distinction as one of the heaviest capitol lighting fixtures in the nation. By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Repairs to a massive antique brass chandelier in Missouri's Capitol could take more than year to complete, though its damage from a fall does not appear as severe as some initially feared...
City paints over its experiment with pink cells (11/14/06)
The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The experiment to see if the color pink calms jail inmates has been declared a failure in Kansas City. Scientific research has suggested that the pink jails make inmates less aggressive, and jails across the country have experimented with the idea. Just last week, the Dallas County Detention Center in Buffalo went pink...
Springfield wants tighter Sunshine law (11/14/06)
The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield City Council wants state lawmakers to restrict Missouri's open records law as it applies to internal police investigations. The city council was expected to approve a resolution Monday night that opposes a Missouri Court of Appeals' decision last year that required the city to release internal affairs records in a case against a man charged with assaulting three officers...
St. Louis-area mall fights lead to arrests (11/14/06)
The Associated Press RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- Mall officials and police will meet to determine the next steps after a brawl broke out at a popular mall in suburban St. Louis this weekend. The fight at the St. Louis Galleria led to 15 arrests Saturday night. While dozens of teens and young people were involved, no one required hospital treatment and there was no use of weapons...
Three FCC delays raise guessing game over AT&T-BellSouth deal (11/14/06)
By HARRY R. WEBER The Associated Press ATLANTA -- When AT&T Inc. announced its blockbuster deal to acquire BellSouth Corp. in March, the companies said it would take a year to close. Since then, they moved up the date twice, amid expectations it would get pushed through without much trouble...
Attorney says third Marine pleads guilty in probe of Iraqi civilian's death (11/14/06)
By THOMAS WATKINS The Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- Another Marine charged with kidnapping and murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian in the town of Hamdania has agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges, his attorney said Monday. That means four of the eight U.S. troops charged have now struck plea bargains...
Dignitaries gather to break ground on Martin Luther King Jr. memorial (11/14/06)
Congress passed legislation approving the memorial in 1996. It is expected to be completed by 2008. By BEN EVANS The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Friends and family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined national leaders Monday on a cold, wet field between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials to break ground for a national monument honoring the preacher from Georgia whose legacy still reverberates throughout the world...
Ohio jury convicts GOP fund-raiser of embezzling from investment (11/14/06)
By JOHN SEEWER The Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio -- A former GOP fund-raiser was convicted Monday of embezzling from a rare-coin investment fund in a scandal that contributed to the rout of Ohio's Republican Party on Election Day. Tom Noe, a coin dealer and former Republican fund-raiser, was convicted of 29 of the 40 counts against him, including theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records...
Federal monitor finds almost $43 million misspent at New Jersey medical school (11/14/06)
By WAYNE PARRY The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. -- A state-run medical school illegally billed nearly $36 million in Medicare and Medicaid services and has paid $5.7 million to doctors since 2002 for illegal referrals, according to a federal monitor's report released Monday...
Republicans glumly open lame-duck session of Congress (11/14/06)
The Senate majority leader urged his party to listen to the voters who ousted them. By LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers present and future mingled in the Capitol's marble hallways Monday as Republicans exiled from power in last week's elections glumly opened a lame-duck session and wide-eyed Democrats prepared to take over Congress...
Race disparities persist in incomes, education, homeownership (11/14/06)
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Decades after the civil rights movement, racial disparities in income, education and homeownership persist and, by some measurements, are growing. White households had incomes that were two-thirds higher than blacks and 40 percent higher than Hispanics last year, according to data released today by the Census Bureau...
Results of Merck's new painkiller draws mixed reviews (11/14/06)
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE The Associated Press CHICAGO -- The first published studies of Arcoxia, the drug that Merck & Co. hopes will take the place of its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, are getting mixed reviews from doctors, some of whom say the results do not make a case for the medication's approval...
Widows sue to get symbol on military headstones (11/14/06)
By SCOTT BAUER The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. -- The widows of two Wiccan combat veterans sued the government Monday, saying the military has dragged its feet on allowing the religion's symbols on headstones. The Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images. ...
U.N. climate report 'bound to have major impact' (11/14/06)
By CHARLES J. HANLEY The Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya -- A long-awaited report by an international scientific network will offer "much stronger" evidence of how man is changing Earth's climate, and should prompt reluctant governments into action against global warming, the group's chief scientist said Monday...
Congo police arrest scores of homeless (11/14/06)
The Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo -- Scores of homeless children and others living on the streets of Congo's capital have been rounded up and accused of starting a protest that led to violence as an increasingly tense nation awaits presidential election results...
Palestinians choose leader of emerging government (11/14/06)
By SARAH EL DEEB and JOSEF FEDERMAN The Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The rival Fatah and Hamas movements on Monday agreed on a candidate for prime minister of their emerging coalition government, turning to a U.S.-educated professor to end months of infighting and help lift a painful international aid boycott...
St. Vincent falls short in upset bid at Marionville (11/14/06)
MARIONVILLE -- St. Vincent nearly pulled off the upset. A decided underdog, the Indians had the Marionville juggernaut on the ropes after a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter. But Marionville, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 1, rallied for a 14-7 victory in the state quarterfinal game Monday night at Bill Redus Field. The Comets improved to 12-0, while St. Vincent finished its season at 7-5...
Edgar remains optimistic after loss (11/14/06)
Friday night's 40-point season-opening loss at Arkansas did nothing to put a damper on Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar's enthusiasm. Despite being hammered by the Razorbacks 92-52, Edgar said he saw plenty that he liked -- and is anxious for the Redhawks' upcoming trip to Alaska to take part in the Top of the World Classic...
Bell City spikers receive state honors (11/14/06)
Coaches select Spears and Lancaster for all-state teams. By Jeremy Joffray Southeast Missourian Bell City's state final four run in volleyball netted the Cubs a pair of all-state selections on the all-state team. A committee of Missouri coaches selected the team, which contains eight first-team, second-team and honorable mention selections in all four classes...
Redhawks sign three gymnasts (11/14/06)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics team added three recruits for next season during the early signing period. Signing with coach Tom Farden's Redhawks last week were Christina Sundgren and Kara Gibbons, while Farden also received a commitment from Erica Moore to walk on to the squad...
Southeast women make home debut tonight with different look (11/14/06)
After a solid opening performance without its head coach, the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will look for its first win of the season in its home debut. The Redhawks, who lost at Tulsa 67-54 Saturday night, welcome Central Arkansas to the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff tonight...
Tigers' Verlander, Marlins' Ramirez claim rookie honors (11/14/06)
NEW YORK -- Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won a tight race for NL Rookie of the Year, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took home the AL award Monday. Ramirez beat out Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman by four points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America -- the closest NL vote since the current format was adopted 26 years ago. ...
St. Louis will open 2007 with Mets (11/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Even as the St. Louis Cardinals are savoring their World Series win, they're looking ahead to next season. They released their 2007 schedule on Monday. The Cardinals will host the New York Mets on Sunday, April 1, in baseball's season-opening game...
GMs will discuss policies, personnel (11/14/06)
NAPLES, Fla. -- General managers were to get down to business today at their annual meeting, with a three-day agenda that includes discussions on instant replay, the elimination of tie games and uniform ball storage rules. Perhaps most significantly, the Seibu Lions will announce tonight whether they will accept the high bid for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. If the Lions take the offer, Major League Baseball will disclose the identity of the club that made the winning bid...
Waiting to be unleashed (11/14/06)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As he squirms in his seat, uncrosses and crosses those long legs and plays with the cast shackling his right wrist, Greg Oden looks like a kid who's been cooped up for far too long. Which, say those who know him best, sounds about right...
Pace done for year; Fisher out at least one month (11/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams left Sunday's loss at Seattle knowing they'd have to replace at least one injured starter, All-Pro offensive tackle Orlando Pace. On Monday, they found out they have two holes to fill. Cornerback Travis Fisher will be sidelined at least a month with a broken right forearm, an injury that will move first-round pick Tye Hill into the lineup. Fisher was hurt tackling Seahawks fullback Mack Strong after a short catch in the third quarter...
Red meat, vitamins challenged by studies (11/14/06)
From staff and wire reports Eating red meat may raise a woman's risk of a common type of breast cancer, and vitamin supplements will do little if anything to protect her heart, two new studies suggest. Women who ate more than 1 1/2 servings of red meat per day were almost twice as likely to develop hormone-related breast cancer as those who ate fewer than three portions per week, one study found...
Dad gets kick out of coaching (11/14/06)
Soccer moms got a lot of press in the 1990s when political pundits speculated on how they would vote in the presidential election. Soccer dads didn't get mentioned in the equation. Personally, I think all those pundits missed the boat. There's nothing political about soccer parents, not when you're standing out in the cold watching your child play on a muddy field on a Saturday morning when many Americans are still in bed. Hot coffee only goes so far...
There's humiliation for some people who were duped into appearing in 'Borat' movie (11/14/06)
By ERIN CARLSON The Associated Press NEW YORK -- While teaching American humor to a gregarious and absurdly out-of-touch foreign journalist, Pat Haggerty realized something was off -- who WAS this guy? Haggerty, a public speaking coach from Washington, is one of the unwitting co-stars of the surprise hit movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Haggerty has no hard feelings toward Borat, aka comedian Sacha Baron Cohen -- but the same can't be said for others who were humiliated, thanks to the awkward fellow with the bushy mustache.. ...
Angelia Abernathy-Deck (11/14/06)
MARBLE HILL Mo. -- Angelia Jo Abernathy-Deck, 63, of Arnold, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, died at her home following an illness. She was born Sept. 12, 1943, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Benjamin and Mildred Hilderbrand Abernathy. Abernathy-Deck was a hair stylist with Great Lengths Salon in Oakville, Mo...
William Walker (11/14/06)
William H. "Bill" Walker, 85, of Jackson died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at the Monticello House in Jackson. He was born on July 30, 1921, at Cape Girar¿deau, son of Charles and Stella Unger Walker. He married Eutha Craft on Jan. 1, 1984, at Oran, Mo...
Henry West (11/14/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Henry R. West Jr., 63, of Perryville died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. He was born Feb. 13, 1943, in McComb, Miss., son of Mary Cobb Thompson. He and Ann Marie Gearing were married April 27, 1991...
Terry Medley (11/14/06)
Terry W. Medley, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at his home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 24, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Gilbert and Barbara Lacy Medley. Medley was a mechanic. Survivors include a son, Brian Medley of California; six sisters, Shirley Davis of Cape Gir¿ardeau, Vicki Medley of New Franklin, Mo., Teresa Medley of Moberly, Mo., Sandy Dodd of Cape Girardeau, Lisa Green and Sharon Davis-Kriger, both of Marble Hill, Mo.; and a brother, Gary Medley of Chaffee, Mo.. ...
James Rathert (11/14/06)
James R. Rathert, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 13, 1945, in St. Louis, son of Lloyd F. and Dorothy L. Kercheval Rathert. Rathert served in the Navy and was employed by the U.S. ...
William Little (11/14/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- William "Bill" Dene Little, 67, of Perryville died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at his home. He was born June 28, 1939, in Commerce, Mo., son of John E. and Agnes T. Trentham Little. Little was a retired fork lift driver for Rubbermaid and attended the Plainview Congregational Methodist Church...
Ann Coffman (11/14/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ann Pelley Coffman, 96, of Anna died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at her home. She was born July 26, 1910, at Anna, daughter of the late John M. and Kathryn Pelley Coffman. Coffman was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna and the Ladies Guild at the church. She was a graduate of Southern Illinois University and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Anna...
Evert Johnson (11/14/06)
Evert A. Johnson, 77, of Carbondale, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill. He was born March 2, 1929, in Sioux City, Iowa, son of Evert A. Johnson and Inez L. Morris Hockett. He and Aldona H. Naujalis were married on Feb. 21, 1969, in Jonesboro, Ill...
Joan Porch (11/14/06)
Joan Sue (Barnett) Porch of Scott City passed away Nov. 12, 2006, at her home. She was born Nov. 24, 1938, in Broseley, Mo., daughter of Clyde and Gertrude (Brown) Barnett. On Dec. 11, 1957, she married Jess Porch. Survivors include her son Tim (Sally) Porch, daughters Kay Porch, Renee (Tim) Rushing, Kimberly (Mike) Daniels, Michelle (Jeff) Schwettman, all of Scott City; grandchildren, Jessica (Josh) Edwards, Matt (Joyce) Porch, Ashley (Carmon) Jackson, Jeff Daniels, Jana Porch, Tyler Schwettman and Mia Schwettman; step-grandchildren, Trinity Daniels, Ryan Rushing and Aaron Rushing; brothers and sisters, Valta Gibbs of Ocala, Fla., Vernon (Verene) Barnett of Broseley, Mo., Betty Burke of South Elgin, Ill., Jay Barnett of Onalaska, Texas, Christene (Gary) Angelly of Brookeport, Ill., Janet (Doy) Foust of Poplar Bluff, Mo. ...
Mildred Miller (11/14/06)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Mildred G. Miller, 82, of Glenallen passed away on Nov. 12, 2006, of complications from a recent stroke. She was born June 13, 1924, in the Hog Creek community, east of Marble Hill, to Ray P. and Bernice Ollie Berry Grindstaff. Her education began at Hog Creek School and she later graduated in 1942 from Lutesville High School. On Oct. 28, 1943, she wed T.J. Miller at Jackson, Mo. The couple celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past month...
Out of the past 11/14/06 (11/14/06)
The 1981 Heritage Ball is held in the evening at the Arena Building; the ball has an international theme reflecting the Spanish, French and German history of Cape Girardeau; proceeds from the 13th annual ball will again go toward the restoration of the Glenn House, the home donated to the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau by the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Erlbacher...
Faces of 2morrow 11-14-06 (11/14/06)
Scholarship Heather Birk of Jackson received the 2006 B.W. Harrison Memorial Scholarship at the 20th annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Recognition Banquet held Sept. 29 in Columbia, Mo. She is a student in the doctorate of physical therapy program at Maryville University in St. Louis...
Out of the past 11/14/06 (11/14/06)
25 years ago: Nov. 14, 1981 The 1981 Heritage Ball is held in the evening at the Arena Building; the ball has an international theme reflecting the Spanish, French and German history of Cape Girardeau; proceeds from the 13th annual ball will again go toward the restoration of the Glenn House, the home donated to the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau by the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Erlbacher...
The good citizen (11/14/06)
Show me an American high school student who thinks it is cool to be a good citizen, and I will show you a nerd. In our pop culture, the idea of striving to be a good citizen seems quaint and doesn't rate as a worthy goal. No wonder only about 40 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in this year's mid-term elections. Our civic education efforts, political parties and social institutions have missed the mark. The development of good citizens should take top priority in our democracy...
Staying afloat (11/14/06)
The Missouri Gaming Commission is the regulatory agency that oversees the state's casinos. It was never intended that the agency would run a casino. But the commission's temporary takeover of Casino Aztar in Caruthersville, Mo., will preserve jobs and maintain the revenue stream the casino produces, benefitting government from city hall to the statehouse...
Beware: 'Tis the season of debt (11/14/06)
To the editor: The holidays are just around the corner, and there are a lot of people desperate to seek ways of getting extra money. This is to alert people to use their brains when looking for extra cash. I learned the hard way while seeking to make a car payment with money I didn't have...
Given a chance, voters back raises (11/14/06)
To the editor: We are seldom blessed with an opportunity to vote ourselves a pay raise. Nov. 7 provided such an irresistible offer by Democrats that many dyed-in-the-wool Republicans couldn't refuse. I'm a retired life-long Republican who should have voted Democratic in this election if I had been employed to work by the hour. ...
Speak Out 11/14/06 (11/14/06)
Unequal justice I WANT to know where the justice is when a person with a DWI has to do more prison time than someone selling drugs to our children. This is not justice. Churches in politics I THINK the IRS should look into the churches' involvement in the stem-cell amendment. If they are going to meddle in politics, they should lose their tax exemptions...
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