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Stories from Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Michigan couple offers $3,000 reward for dog lost in theft of their automobile (11/29/06)
The return of a mixed-breed lapdog lost when a Michigan couple's car was stolen in St. Louis would be worth every penny of a $3,000 reward, the owner said Tuesday. Alice and Tom Mathews have returned to Missouri every weekend since the dog went missing Nov. 6. Their search has included a visit to the Cape Girardeau County Jail to ask James Butler, who was found driving their car in Cape Gir-ardeau three days later, if he knows where to find the dog...
Weather change coming to region (11/29/06)
Snow is on its way to Cape Girardeau, according to the National Weather Service, although it may not stick around for long. David Blanchard, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., says a cold front will move into Southeast Missouri Thursday, ending the unseasonably warm temperatures enjoyed for the past few days...
Kinder touts Mo. Rx plan (11/29/06)
Officials want to get the word out about a drug coverage plan that wraps around Medicare Part D to provide coverage inside the "doughnut hole" and beyond. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Deborah Scott of the Missouri Division of Social Services, representatives from the Area Agency on Aging and others came to the Cape Girardeau Public Library Tuesday as part of a statewide tour to tout the Missouri Rx Plan...
'American Idol' finalist added to concert line-up (11/29/06)
Fans hoping to see rising country star Buddy Jewell at Monday's GAC Country Christmas Tour at the Show Me Center are in for a disappointment. Jewell has been scratched from the tour due to an injury. Jewell's Web site says the singer fell off a ladder and broke his hand Nov. ...
Christmas cheer (11/29/06)
Cape woman reports armed robbery Monday night (11/29/06)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating an alleged armed robbery that occurred at 6:27 p.m. Monday. A masked man allegedly robbed a 29-year-old Cape Girardeau woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of the strip mall where she works at Premier Cash Advance at 235 S. Broadview St., according to police spokesman Jason Selzer...
Mother charged after children found playing in highway (11/29/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- A 25-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the Scott County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Sunday morning that her two young children were playing in a busy highway that runs through Benton...
Recently arrived family lacks necessities (11/29/06)
Doug, Joseph and Kathy are siblings who just moved here without any belongings. Their dad, Robbie, is looking for a job but finding it difficult to find one without a high school diploma. Their mom stays at home to care for Doug, 11, who is disabled. Without a phone, Robbie came down to the Southeast Missourian office to fill out an application and be interviewed since he could not otherwise be reached. He cares a lot about his children and fears they will not have a Christmas without your help...
Club news (11/29/06)
Lamplighters FCE The Lamplighters FCE Club met Nov. 16 at the home of Bev Meyer. Linda Freeman gave a report on those who quilted a fund-raiser bed covering. JoAnn Hahs, president, spoke about taking dolls for Child Advocacy Day to the District Meeting Oct. 24...
One dead in fire at Missouri-St. Louis frat house (11/29/06)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Fire broke out early Wednesday at a fraternity house near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, killing a student. Police identified the victim as Brian Schlittler, a 25-year-old senior who was from the St. Louis area. He was one of three students living in the small brick and wood-frame off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha house...
House Dems back 12.6 percent increase for higher education (11/29/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Democrats are backing a 12.6 percent funding increase for state colleges and universities -- a hike they say would reverse several years of budget cuts and take higher education spending to a record high. The nearly $111 million increase embraced Tuesday by Democrats also was recommended last month by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. But the board's wishes don't always become reality...
Twelve Ill. students expelled after fight planned on MySpace (11/29/06)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A dozen high school students in this St. Louis suburb were expelled for taking part in an in-school brawl that school officials said was arranged on the popular Internet social-networking hub MySpace.com. On Monday, the school board voted unanimously to expel the Edwardsville High School students -- 11 girls and one boy -- through the end of the school year for their involvement in the Nov. ...
Sony offers new camcorder to replace jar of pasta sauce (11/29/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Sony Entertainment Inc. is giving a Southeast Missouri couple a new camcorder after they bought one at Best Buy and said they found a jar of pasta sauce inside the box where the camera should have been. Melisa Rittenberg, 36, of Perryville, said Tuesday she was contacted by Sony on Monday, after talking to The Associated Press about the incident...
Recent sea lion attacks in California challenge animal's cuddly image (11/29/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tourists flock to Fisherman's Wharf for the seafood and the stunning views of San Francisco Bay, but for many visitors, the real stars are the dozens of playful, whiskered sea lions that lounge by the water's edge, gulping down fish...
Much of nation's oil, gas restricted or closed to leasing, report shows (11/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- About half the oil and more than a quarter of the natural gas beneath 99 million acres of federal land is off-limits to drilling, the Bush administration says in a report that industry sought to highlight environmental and other hurdles to development...
U.S. troop levels stymie Iraq Study Group (11/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- Members of an independent commission on Iraq policy could not reach a consensus Tuesday on how many or how long U.S. troops should remain in Iraq, forcing the group to return for a third day of debate, according to an official close to the panel's negotiations...
Judge strikes Bush's authority to designate terror groups (11/29/06)
LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutionally vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday. The Humanitarian Law Project had challenged Bush's order, which blocked all the assets of groups or individuals he named as "specially designated global terrorists" after the 2001 terrorist attacks...
Ohio mother accused of microwaving her baby (11/29/06)
DAYTON, Ohio -- A mother was arrested here Tuesday on suspicion of murdering her newborn daughter by microwaving the baby in an oven. China Arnold, 26, was jailed Monday on a charge of aggravated murder, more than a year after she brought her dead aby to a hospital. Bail was set Tuesday at $1 million...
Blaze not likely arson (11/29/06)
ANDERSON, Mo. -- Investigators expect to rule out arson as the cause of a fire that killed 10 people at a group home for the elderly and mentally ill, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said investigators did not have any suspects or persons of interest in the blaze, which authorities had previously described as suspicious...
Irish politicians accuse outlawed UDA of role in thwarted attack (11/29/06)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Catholic politicians accused Northern Ireland's largest paramilitary group Tuesday of involvement in a thwarted bomb attack mounted by a Protestant extremist on the province's legislature. The Ulster Defense Association, an outlawed anti-Catholic group with an estimated 3,000 members, denied any role in Friday's attack by Michael Stone, who was arrested and disarmed at the main entrance to the Northern Ireland Assembly. ...
Pope condemns religious violence; cleric complains of 'Islamophobia' (11/29/06)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Pope Benedict XVI urged leaders of all religions Tuesday to "utterly refuse" to support any form of violence in the name of faith, while Turkey's top Muslim cleric complained to the pontiff of growing "Islamophobia" in the world...
All-OVC football (11/29/06)
First Team OFFENSE QB -- Antonio Heffner, Tennessee State, Jr. RB -- Don Chapman, UT-Martin, Jr. RB -- Vincent Webb, Eastern Illinois, Sr. WR -- Micah Rucker, Eastern Illinois, Jr. WR -- Larry Shipp, Tennessee Tech, Jr. TE -- Patrick Bugg, Eastern Kentucky, Sr...
Advance turns back Kelly in opening round at Oran tourney (11/29/06)
Advance used a 22-5 fourth-quarter scoring edge to secure a 67-44 win over No. 5 Kelly on Tuesday in the opening round of the Oran Invitational. Alex Steil led the Hornets with 26 points, and Trenton Moses added 11. Spencer Ayers led Kelly with 11 points...
Whitney earns OVC's weekly newcomer honor (11/29/06)
Southeast Missouri State's Missy Whitney has been named the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week for women's basketball. Whitney, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, scored 24 points during the Redhawks' only game last week, a 101-78 win over Harris-Stowe. She also had eight rebounds and three assists...
Redhawks account for three positions on all-OVC first team (11/29/06)
Southeast Missouri State's Edgar Jones, David Simonhoff and Adam Casper were named first-team all-Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday as voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Jones, a senior defensive end from Rayville, La., led the nation in quarterback sacks per game and was fourth in tackles for loss per game. His 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss led the OVC...
Redhawks make final tuneup for OVC play (11/29/06)
Southeast Missouri State played its best offensive game of the season Friday night and had its top defensive performance Monday night. The Redhawks (2-4) will shoot for a combination of the two tonight when they host Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (2-4) in their final tuneup before starting Ohio Valley Conference play...
Free-agent Kennedy returns to St. Louis; Wells joins fold (11/29/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Signing second baseman Adam Kennedy filled out the St. Louis Cardinals' everyday lineup. Even with the addition of right-hander Kip Wells, their rotation remains two pitchers shy. The Cardinals made their first big moves since winning the World Series, agreeing Tuesday to a $10 million, three-year contract with Kennedy and $4 million, one-year deal with Wells. ...
Hall pass from Tony (11/29/06)
NEW YORK -- Tony La Russa will defend Mark McGwire until the end: To him, Big Mac is a Hall of Famer. "I've believed in him from day one. I still believe in him," the St. Louis Cardinals manager said Tuesday. McGwire is appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and an AP survey of 125 baseball writers who are eligible to vote -- about 20 percent of the total -- showed that only one in four who gave an opinion planned to vote for McGwire...
San Jose shuts out St. Louis (11/29/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Vesa Toskala stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season, and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 2-0 Tuesday night. Ryane Clowe got his third goal and Joe Pavelski added his second for the Sharks, who have won three straight and five of six...
Holmes will not return this season (11/29/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Running back Priest Holmes will not return to the Kansas City Chiefs this season, general manager Carl Peterson said Tuesday. However, Peterson said medical tests on Holmes have been encouraging and Holmes hopes to return for the 2007 season. Tuesday was the last day on which the Chiefs could have activated Holmes...
Patriots still have air of a champion (11/29/06)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots mystique is back. That's not necessarily because they beat Chicago 17-13 on Sunday. It's because they beat the Bears the way the Bears have beaten other people. It's also the way New England beat the rest of the NFL when they won three Super Bowls in four seasons between 2001 and 2004...
Nebraska QB selected top offensive player in Big 12 (11/29/06)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Zac Taylor of Nebraska was named Big 12 offensive player of the year Tuesday by coaches in the conference, just four days before he and the rest of the 9-3 Huskers square off against the 10-2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 title game...
Florida State will play UCLA in Emerald Bowl (11/29/06)
Florida State is headed to San Francisco for the first time, to take on UCLA in the Emerald Bowl. The Seminoles (6-6) play UCLA for the first time on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Bowl season gets off to a running start Dec. 19 when the nation's leading rusher -- Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe -- goes against one of the best run defenses in TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego...
Cooking class (11/29/06)
These days most children would get into trouble if they brought to school anything that looked like a knife, even a toy one. Yet each day Joseph Dufek, son of Jim and Susie Dufek of Cape Girardeau, goes to class carrying not just one knife, but several big ones. And what's more, so do all his classmates. Still, the teachers and the principal don't mind...
Lions develop taste for human flesh (11/29/06)
"Now when it's too quiet people become frightened. They have begun praying to God during these times." The above quote is from Belete Muturo, director of the McNair Scholars program at Southeast Missouri State University. Belete is a native of the extreme south of Ethiopia called the Hadiya zone. He grew up in a village of 15 mud huts and has herded livestock ever since he could walk...
Cape public school employees share recipes in cookbook (11/29/06)
You know you have good friends when they contact you to tell you about a new cookbook out in the community, and that is what happened to me last week. I was contacted by our school secretary and her news was that the dietary employees of Cape Girardeau Public Schools had put together a fabulous cookbook. ...
Jim McGee (11/29/06)
FULTON, Mo. -- Jim McGee, 59, of Fulton died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Boone Hospital Center. He was born Oct. 21, 1947, in Sikeston, Mo., son of G.R. "Ray" and Gertrude Humphries McGee. He and Barbara Johnson were married July 24, 1977. McGee was a heavy equipment operator 25 years with Union Local 513. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge in Plato, Mo., and VFW Post 2657...
Doug Wallace (11/29/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Doug Wallace, 74, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Crain Pleasant Grove Mausoleum Chapel between Carbondale and Murphysboro, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements...
Delphia Schauwecker (11/29/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Delphia Jane Schauwecker, 91, of Olive Branch died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Margaret Green (11/29/06)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Margaret "Jackie" Green, 83, of Wappapello died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Clifton, Tenn., daughter of Thomas Martin and Virgie Griffin Hill. She and Ralph A. Green were married Nov. 20, 1954, in Hernando, Miss...
Louise Elrod (11/29/06)
Louise Ulen "Easy" Elrod, 98, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, in Seattle, Wash. She was the daughter of Samuel and Dora Miller Ulen and was raised in Dexter, Mo. She was married to Dr. Dennis Burkley Elrod Sr. She lived most of her life in Cape Girardeau, arriving in 1935 when her husband began his medical practice. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and a volunteer at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Rheta Bentley (11/29/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Rheta Bentley, 58, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
David Cossiboom (11/29/06)
David Cossiboom, 51, of Scott City died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Jean Blechle (11/29/06)
Jean E. Blechle, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Life Care Center. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
John Hunter (11/29/06)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- John Alfred Hunter, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 24, 1928, in New Madrid, to the late Tom Furg and Mary C. "May" Gallivan Hunter. He and Marie Householder were married April 19, 1954, in New Madrid...
Mary Voorhes (11/29/06)
Mary O. "Lucille" Voorhes, 67, of Jackson passed away Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Mary was born Sept. 17, 1939, in Natchez, Miss., daughter of James E. and Irene Hockersmith Phipps. She and Wayne Curtis Voorhes were married June 11, 1960, in Scott City. He died Feb. 20, 2000...
Births 11/29/06 (11/29/06)
Jett; Long; King; Figueroa; Ressel; Deck; Duncan; Strong
Fire report 11/29/06 (11/29/06)
n At 7:15 p.m., fire alarm at 1025 N. Sprigg Street. n At 9:32 p.m., emergency medical service on Interstate 55. n At 10:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 900 block of South Benton Street. n At 3:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Sherwood Drive...
Police report 11/29/06 (11/29/06)
Cape Girardeau: DWIs; Arrest; Property damage; Thefts; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Summons
Out of the past 11/29/06 (11/29/06)
Restoration of the historical Old McKendree Cemetery, across the road from the Methodist chapel, was begun earlier this year and is continuing; much of the tangled brush and undergrowth that kept people from viewing the burial grounds has been cleared away, revealing grave markers of some of the earliest settlers to the area...
Playing ball (11/29/06)
The dream of a new ballpark for Jackson is still taking shape, albeit in a different location. Organizers of the project -- Jack Litzelfelner Sr. and son Jack Litzelfelner Jr. -- decided to make the move because the new location will require much less dirt to be moved...
Rush put Cape on the map (11/29/06)
To the editor:I am responding to the Nov. 26 letter, which I read via the internet, by Dr. Dorothy M. Munch of Poplar Bluff. I was raised and have deep family roots in Cape Girardeau. I have not lived in Cape Girardeau for over 30 years. In those years, when the subject of my hometown has come up, I have always been surprised when people have heard of Cape and think highly of it. ...
Wrong impression is projected (11/29/06)
To the editor:I would like to respond in agreement with Dr. Dorothy Munch's letter, "Rush Limbaugh brings no honor." I have only been a resident of Cape Girardeau for 20 months and am proud of the city and all the wonderful amenities it has for a town this size. ...
Limbaugh honors his hometown (11/29/06)
To the editor:This is prompted by the Nov. 26 letter by Dr. Dorothy Munch concerning Cape Girardeau's very own Rush Limbaugh. I live outside of the area now, but when people ask me where I am originally from, the easiest way for people to identify with my location is to say, "Cape Girardeau, Missouri -- home to Rush Limbaugh."...
Speak Out 11/29/06 (11/29/06)
Holding the gun; Use the sweepers; Election access; Parade lights; Can of worms; Thanks for help; Words of wisdom; Scores, transfers; Gun protection; Getting to church; Parking lesson; Stopping gangs; Strict rules; Great tradition; Life-saving work; Spruce up; Different policies; Art for gifts
Parade of Lights (11/29/06)
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