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Stories from Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Plaza Tire founder wins award for excellence in marketing (11/15/06)
A born trader, Cape Girardeau businessman Vernon "Pee Wee" Rhodes transformed a broken-down car wash business into a successful tire service business in the 1960s. The Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals honored the founder of the Cape Girardeau-based Plaza Tire Service with the Triumph Award at a luncheon Tuesday at Drury Lodge...
Officials: Parkview not closing (11/15/06)
Gov. Matt Blunt isn't looking to shut down Parkview State School in Cape Girardeau and other state schools for severely handicapped students, officials said Tuesday. Rumors that the governor planned to shut down at least some of the state schools have circulated for several weeks and were relayed to the Southeast Missourian's Speak Out...
Area volunteers put homelessness on display (11/15/06)
Southeast Missouri's homeless are the invisible poor, people who live in their cars or exist by moving among the dwellings of friends and family members, advocates said. Few people can be found living outdoors, and those that can aren't in view long, said Roy Jones, housing coordinator for the Community Caring Council...
Tickets for TSO concert available (11/15/06)
Discounted tickets are now on sale for tonight's Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. The Show Me Center announced Tuesday that two sections were being opened up for the concert in addition to seats that were already open. The tickets will be available for $19.50, instead of the regular $36 and $46. Limited seats are available...
Young-adult author discusses censorship battles (11/15/06)
The reason novelist Chris Crutcher's books get banned repeatedly from libraries is one of the reasons he thinks they are so valuable to young adults -- the sometimes harsh, real-life language that inevitably accompanies them. "If you back of the language used to a little girl who is abused, that means you have to back off of her heroism," Crutcher said Tuesday night. "I think it's disrespectful to lift the weight that she had to hear and deal with all by herself."...
A life interrupted (11/15/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Jerry Koenig's life came to a screeching halt when he was 9. That was when his family packed their belongings on a horse-drawn wagon to escape from their hometown, a suburb of Warsaw, Poland. Other families were trying to escape, too, so the roads in Poland were congested. The family learned quickly they couldn't outrun airplanes, tanks or artillery shells. So they turned around and traveled back to Warsaw...
Not for adults only: As more graphic novels appear in libraries, so do challenges (11/15/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Amy Crump took over as director of the Marshall Public Library in central Missouri two years ago, she decided to build up the library's offerings for young adults by buying the literary world's hot new thing -- graphic novels...
Incoming state auditor to look into Missouri student loan program (11/15/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Incoming State Auditor Susan Montee said Tuesday that one of her first acts next year will be an audit of the state's student loan authority. Montee says quasi-governmental groups such as the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority don't have enough oversight and legislators need to know what they're dealing with...
Shut-Ins recovery stalled by legal dispute; DNR chief questions if park will reopen in 2007 (11/15/06)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- Increasing tension between Ameren Corp. and Missouri officials is delaying cleanup efforts at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, which was devastated last year when Ameren's Taum Sauk reservoir collapsed. Missouri Department of Natural Resources director Doyle Childers said the Shut-Ins might not reopen next year as scheduled because Ameren has been "dragging its feet" on restoring a scenic waterway there...
Archdiocese reports on clergy abuse legal fees (11/15/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis said it spent $866,800 in legal fees in the 2006 fiscal year on clergy sexual abuse cases, the most for any year in the last decade. The next two highest amounts were for 2005 and 2004 -- $811,700 and $594,200 respectively...
Birth of basketball: Newly discovered documents shed light on 1891 start (11/15/06)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- It's settled. Basketball really did evolve from a childhood game called "Duck on a Rock." Such are the revelations contained in a newly unearthed trove of personal documents, photographs and mementos from basketball's founder, James Naismith...
Study: Opening arteries days after heart attack may not help (11/15/06)
CHICAGO -- New research has overturned one of the most fundamental beliefs among doctors treating heart attacks: that opening a blocked artery is always a good idea, even days or weeks later. Instead, the study revealed that doing this too late may not help, and there were disturbing hints that it might even be harmful. People who had balloon angioplasty to open an artery three to 28 days after their heart attacks fared no better than those given standard medicines to prevent a second attack...
Feds not supplying turkey for schools' Thanksgiving this year due to shortages (11/15/06)
WASHINGTON -- Schools that get turkey from the Agriculture Department are having to turn elsewhere this year for Thanksgiving lunches for students. There's not enough for the lunch program that feeds 29 million kids. The problem is not a shortage of birds. They're just too skinny. An unusually hot summer resulted in smaller turkeys. That means supplies are tight, which means prices are a bit higher...
Chief: DA cleared police officersin videotaped pepper spraying (11/15/06)
LOS ANGELES -- A district attorney's investigation has cleared police officers of wrongdoing in a videotaped incident in which a transient in handcuffs was apparently pepper-sprayed in a police car, police Chief William Bratton said Tuesday. The February 2005 incident came to light this week when the videotape, shot by a resident, was released by the man's attorney...
Bush faces tests as he meets with world leaders (11/15/06)
WASHINGTON -- Humbled by elections at home, President Bush is heading into talks with dozens of foreign leaders in Asia and Europe who will be watching for signs of weakness, uncertainty or retrenchment. Bush's challenge is to demonstrate that U.S. leadership as the world's last superpower is undiminished on the world stage...
Federal judge: Cocaine sentencing disparity 'unconscionable' (11/15/06)
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge who served as a top drug policy adviser to the first President Bush and advocated harsher penalties for crack cocaine crimes said Tuesday the policy had gone too far and undermined faith in the judicial system. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. ...
Boy asks Mexico to lobby U.S. to stop mother's deportation (11/15/06)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Congress was swayed Tuesday by a 7-year-old boy on a mission to save his mom. Second-grader Saul Arellano, a U.S. citizen, appeared in Mexico's 500-member Chamber of Deputies to plead for help in lobbying Washington to stop the deportation of his mother, an illegal immigrant who has taken refuge in a Chicago church...
Group sues to have Rumsfeld, other U.S. officials investigated by Germany on war crimes charges (11/15/06)
BERLIN -- Lawyers for inmates of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo Bay asked German prosecutors Tuesday to open a war crimes investigation of outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials for their alleged roles in abuse at the detention centers...
Gunmen kidnap nearly 150 people from Baghdad higher education office (11/15/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gunmen dressed as police commandos kidnapped scores of staff and visitors in a lightning raid on an education ministry office Tuesday in one of the biggest mass abductions since the start of the U.S.-led occupation. Five senior police officers -- including the neighborhood police chief -- were arrested, the government said...
Rams will give Ponder a chance (11/15/06)
The St. Louis Rams finally realized that Southeast Missouri State product Willie Ponder may be a good fit after all. The Rams on Tuesday signed Ponder, who had been cut by the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 25, through this season. The signing was reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on its Web site. The newspaper also reported that the Rams cut J.R. Reed, who averaged 21 yards per return on three tries Sunday and has a season average of 20.4 per return on 17 returns...
Texas Tech program finds no fault with Knight (11/15/06)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech coach Bob Knight says there were times he was wrong when his hot temper got the best of him on a basketball court. Not this time, however. This time, everyone from the player he confronted to the player's mother and school officials say what Knight did was no big deal...
Redhawks fight through frustrations over Smith's leave at start of season (11/15/06)
Southeast Missouri State senior center Lachelle Lyles said frustration within the team has been mounting in the wake of coach B.J. Smith being placed on administrative leave by the university. But Lyles knows she and her teammates have no choice but to fight through it...
Trio enters the final week of conference play in dead heat (11/15/06)
With one week left in the season, the race for the Ohio Valley Conference championship is still up for grabs. It's likely that either Eastern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin or Tennessee State -- or a combination of that trio -- will have emerged from the pack by late Saturday afternoon...
Redhawks edge Central Arkansas 64-60 in home debut (11/15/06)
Tuesday night's home opener for the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team was anything but smooth. But in the end, all the Redhawks were concerned with was the final result -- a victory. The Redhawks sputtered much of the night -- and trailed most of the game -- before slipping past Central Arkansas 64-60 at the Show Me Center...
Diamondbacks' Webb dethrones Cards' Carpenter (11/15/06)
NEW YORK -- Back in the minor leagues, Brandon Webb had so much trouble controlling his sinker that he was hitting batters with it all the time and growing increasingly frustrated on the mound. A few years later, that sensational pitch made him a Cy Young Award winner...
Red Sox win Matsuzaka sweepstakes (11/15/06)
NAPLES, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox emerged Tuesday night as winners of the bidding for Daisuke Matsuzaka and have 30 days to sign the Japanese pitcher to a contract. The Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League announced they had accepted the high bid for their prized pitcher, and the major league commissioner's office simultaneously confirmed at the general managers' meetings that the Red Sox had made the offer...
Cookbook benefits youth group (11/15/06)
I always enjoy a new cookbook, and this week I have another exciting book to share with you. Evangelical United Church of Christ in Cape Girardeau has a new cookbook for sale to benefit the youth group ministries of the church. The 109-page book is spiral-bound with an attractive cover and features many recipes from church members as well as a brief history of the church. The book is a great buy and would be a nice Christmas gift for family members and friends...
Ready for bed: Columnist gives tips for closing out the garden for winter (11/15/06)
Have you ever heard the phrase "Put it to bed for the winter"? Being from a farm family, this was a phrase often used to describe checking the antifreeze level, changing oil and lubricating the grain truck after harvest. It was also used to describe pruning and mulching roses before cold weather set in...
Seeing clearly (11/15/06)
Some fears make sense. One of my worst fears is something I actually think is quite normal and healthy: losing my eyesight. I'm terrified that someday, something will happen to those two squishy little orbs inside my head and I won't be able to tell what's happening out in the world...
Paintings missing since Napoleonic wars discovered in librarian's study (11/15/06)
LONDON -- Two Fra Angelico paintings missing since the Napoleonic wars of the 18th century were discovered hanging in the study of a retired manuscript librarian, and will be auctioned by the woman's heirs. The librarian, Jean Preston, found the two Renaissance works while she lived in California in the 1960s and her father bought them for her for about $380. ...
Conrad Cummings (11/15/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Conrad Ralph Cummings, 98, of Anna died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born Nov. 16, 1907, in Carmi, Ill. Cummings retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1967. He was a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church in Perks, Ill...
Merida Temke (11/15/06)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Merida L. Temke, 77, of Olmsted died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at her home. Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Nellie Plumb (11/15/06)
ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Nellie Ada Plumb, 82, of St. Peters died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at St. Peters Manor Care Center. She was born April 1, 1924, at Marquand, Mo., daughter of Arthur H. and Ollie Masters. She and Hughes Plumb were married in 1941. Plumb was a teachers aide 18 years at Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga. She was a member of First Baptist Church in O'Fallon, Mo...
Terry Medley (11/15/06)
Terry W. Medley, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 24, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, son of Gilbert and Barbara Lacy Medley. Medley was a mechanic. Survivors include a son, Brian Medley of California; six sisters, Shirley Davis and Sandy Dodd of Cape Girardeau, Vicki Medley of New Franklin, Mo., Teresa Medley of Moberly, Mo., Lisa Green and Sharon Davis-Kriger of Marble Hill, Mo.; and a brother, Gary Medley of Chaffee, Mo...
Thelma McKee (11/15/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Thelma Lucille McKee of Barlow, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Western Baptist Hospital. She was the daughter of Delbert L. and Bertha McAllister Curd. She married Edward R. McKee, who preceded her in death. McKee was retired from Egyptian Country Club. She attended Mighty Rivers Worship Center, was a member of Thea Phi sorority, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 2649, all in Cairo, and Wickliffe Eagles Aerie 3397 in Wickliffe, Ky...
Births 11/15/06 (11/15/06)
Follis Daughter to Matthew Fawn and Ashley Noel Follis of Jonesboro, Ill., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:14 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Name, Mallory Noel. Weight, 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Mrs. Follis is the former Ashley Lesch, daughter of Guy and Lisa Lesch of Thebes, Ill. Follis is the son of Cara Follis of Jonesboro. He is a farmer...
Cape/Jackson fire 11/15/06 (11/15/06)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 10:05 a.m., alarm at 115 N. Fountain St. n At 12:19 p.m., motor vehicle accident in the 300 block of North Kingshighway. n At 5:23 p.m., an alarm at 1040 N. Fountain St. n At 5:29 p.m., emergency medical service at South West End Boulevard and Highay 74...
Cape police 11/15/06 (11/15/06)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Minnie L. Patterson, address not known, was arrested on warrants for contempt of court relating to theft of services and contempt of court for failure to pay fines for driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past (11/15/06)
Nov. 15, 1981 Dr. M. Katambwa Nikony, a world missions interpreter, is guest speaker at the morning worship service at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson; Nikony is a resident of Dibanga in Zaire. Members of St. Matthew's Missionary Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau welcome their new minister; the Rev. Andrew Boyce of St. Louis will preach every first and third Sunday at the local church...
Empty Bowls (11/15/06)
15 million of the world's children die of starvation each year. Professional and amateur potters participating in the Empty Bowls project spent recent months making some 400 ceramic bowls. They included children and elderly individuals who took a pottery class at the Cape Area Family Resource Center and contributed 25 of the bowls...
GOP still pushing 'stay the course' (11/15/06)
When the shoe is on the other foot it feels uncomfortable. After losing the popularity contest by some half a million votes in 2000, George W. Bush was appointed to the presidency by the Supreme Court and governed as though he had won a huge landslide. ...
We must overturn immoral action (11/15/06)
Many stories in the Bible tell of how a king and his kingdom would flourish when they would do their best to follow the Lord. But when they gave in to immoral ways, the kingdom was destroyed. I am convinced that the world is not going to end any time soon, but the United States as we know it very well could cease to exist if good does nothing. The cloning amendment is a classic example of the latest win by the devil...
Thank our educators this week (11/15/06)
On behalf of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, I send special thanks to our wonderful Cape Girardeau teachers, staff and administrators as we celebrate American Education Week throughout our nation. We are fortunate to have a variety of education choices and opportunities -- from preschool to higher learning -- and highly qualified teachers, dedicated administrators and loyal staff members who are willing daily to go the extra mile...
Speak Out 11/15/06 (11/15/06)
Not a mandate THIS COMMENT goes to the gleeful Democrats who worked tirelessly to demonize Republicans in the election. You had the help of universities, Hollywood, all the networks except Fox and urban political machines. Democrats were able to win in many races only by the slimmest of margins. This was not a mandate, and conservatives are not going away...
Bank of Public Opinion (11/15/06)
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