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Landmark event (12/01/06)
Cape Girardeau may seem like an unlikely place to premiere a documentary, but it makes perfect sense to Scott Huegerich. A 1990 graduate of the video production program at Southeast Missouri State University, Huegerich co-directed a documentary on the making of the St. Louis Gateway Arch...
Strip club's experiment as concert venue fails (12/01/06)
McCLURE, Ill. -- An experiment was going on Wednesday night at the Hushpuppy Saloon. The hypothesis of the strip club as a venue for music concerts was being tested, and the experiment apparently failed. But the failure wasn't for a lack of showmanship onstage. A lack of attendance was what might kill any chance the place has of making it as a concert venue...
Emergency response harder with cell calls (12/01/06)
More than two years ago a Southeast Missouri State University student called 911 from her cell phone. She told dispatchers she had run her car off the road and was trapped inside. The caller had no idea where she was and could only tell the dispatcher the car was stuck near a river or creek with trees around...
Winter strikes Midwest (12/01/06)
The first major snowstorm of the season blew across the Plains and Midwest on Thursday, grounding hundreds of flights, closing schools, glazing highways and threatening to dump up to a foot of snow on communities that had basked in balmy weather only days earlier...
Local briefs 12/1/06 (12/01/06)
Teen to be arraigned on felony charges A Cape Girardeau teen charged with felony stealing, burglary and property damage was bound over to circuit court Wednesday. Kyle W. Madden, 17, of 535 Asher St., was arrested Sept. 1 after police reportedly found him using a pickax to hammer at a motorized drive-through teller drawer at the Commerce Bank, 1880 Cape La Croix Road. ...
Python stolen from pet store (12/01/06)
Southeast Missourian A 9-foot Burmese python snake was reported stolen from the G and S Pet Paradise pet store at 2000 William St. at about 10:40 a.m. Thursday. Cape Girardeau Sgt. Barry Hovis said the thief or thieves broke into a window at the back of the store to gain access and also stole a snake pole and an undisclosed amount of cash from the store...
Four men arrested after police find cocaine, marijuana (12/01/06)
Four Cape Girardeau men were arrested Wednesday on drug-related charges after police found crack cocaine and marijuana in a South Hanover Street residence. Police found about a half-pound of marijuana and about 8 ounces of crack cocaine at 11. S. Hanover St., according to the probable-cause statement...
'Best of Scott County' poll returns with more categories (12/01/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Thanks to the popularity of last year's "Best of Scott County" poll on the Scott County Web site, the poll is being brought back this year with an expanded group of categories. Voting for the "Best of Scott County" begins today and will last through December, with results posted on the county Web site, www.scottcountymo.com, the second week of January...
Cape Girardeau developer sues mayor, city (12/01/06)
Cape Girardeau developer Rodney Arnold has filed a lawsuit in circuit court against the city of Cape Girardeau and Mayor Jay Knudtson, claiming that Knudtson made defamatory statements in a newspaper article about Arnold, implying "deception or incompetency" in Arnold's business dealings regarding his Whispering Oaks subdivision...
County commission faces insurance cost increase (12/01/06)
Employee health insurance costs could rise as much as 18 percent for Cape Girardeau County in 2007, an increase that far outstrips the projected rate of increase in tax revenue. Commissioners opened bids from five insurance companies Thursday as they also began reviewing spending requests from county departments and agencies supported with county funds...
Sikeston woman faces sodomy charges (12/01/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo., woman accusing of having oral sex with a 16-year-old girl was bound over to Scott County circuit court Wednesday. Jennifer Foreman, 31, was charged with two counts of felony statutory sodomy. Bond was set at $25,000. Foreman is accused of performing oral sex with the girl in her Benton home on seven occasions between April 5 and the end of June, according to a probable-cause statement. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action (12/01/06)
Thursday n Received and filed notice of 2007 STOP Violence Against Women grant award. n Approved of IV-D budget for 2007. Action items n Approved renewal of maintenance contract on the copy machine for treasurer's office. n Approved funding recommendations of the Senior Citizens Service Fund Board...
Mom will be happy if son is happy (12/01/06)
Kathy is a single mom who works part time at a local grocery store. Her low income and lack of help from the child's father caused her to leave her home and move in with her mother. "It's hard. I want Mark to have a good Christmas. If he's happy that will make me happy," Kathy said...
National Guard sent to help storm-stricken St. Louis area (12/01/06)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- National Guard units headed for St. Louis on Friday as the region's biggest electric utility warned it could be days before power is fully restored to residents left in the dark by a wintry storm blamed for at least three deaths in Missouri...
Anheuser-Busch announces import deal (12/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. announced Thursday it will become the exclusive U.S. importer of European brewer InBev SA's beers including Beck's, Bass and Stella Artois. As the nation's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch has been prompted by stagnant U.S. beer sales to expand its line of products beyond its well-known brands like Budweiser, Michelob and Bud Light...
School district settles equal pay case (12/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A school district has settled an equal pay discrimination suit, after the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit charging a female administrator was not paid enough based on the salaries of her male colleagues. The St. Louis office of the EEOC said Thursday that the Fort Osage School District, based in Independence, Mo., agreed to pay the woman $215,000 to settle the suit...
2007 Chrysler Sebring restyled, improved (12/01/06)
Forget Chrysler's old, nice Sebring midsize sedan. Nice won't get you noticed in the auto industry. So the new-for-2007 Sebring -- with intriguing style lines on its hood, a taller profile and a slightly higher driver's seat -- has a more distinctive appearance that won't be confused with other, look-alike family sedans. It also comes with more safety equipment, better ride and handling and more features than its predecessors...
Bush draws line on troop withdrawals after meeting with Iraqi leader (12/01/06)
AMMAN, Jordan -- President Bush on Thursday rejected calls for a measured withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, even as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, facing doubts about his ability to dampen violence, asserted his forces could take full control by June...
Traces of radiation found at dozen sites in Britain (12/01/06)
LONDON -- The FBI is joining the British probe into the poisoning death of a Kremlin critic, the agency announced Thursday as investigators found traces of radiation at a dozen sites in Britain and a former Russian prime minister reported symptoms consistent with poisoning...
Notre Dame, Perryville advance to Woodland final (12/01/06)
Notre Dame and Perryville will meet for the championship of the Woodland Invitational after cruising to semifinal victories Thursday night. Perryville advanced to tonight's 8 p.m. title game with a 71-46 victory, while Notre Dame blasted Leopold 95-34...
Round 1 goes to Braves (12/01/06)
All of the hype surrounding Thursday's meeting between Bell City and Scott County Central at the Oran Inivtational boys basketball tournament led to a standing room only crowd and one heck of a game. The upstart Braves flew out to a 10-point first-quarter lead, withstood six second-quarter lead changes and held on for a 76-71 semifinal victory...
Minnesota coach resigns; KU's Self gets extension (12/01/06)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dan Monson resigned as the men's basketball coach at Minnesota on Thursday, one day after the Gophers' fifth straight defeat left them with their longest losing streak in more than 40 years. Assistant coach Jim Molinari will take over as interim head coach...
Tigers blow out unbeaten Arkansas (12/01/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Stefhon Hannah scored a season-high 21 points, had six assists and six steals Thursday as Missouri beat Arkansas 86-64, its first victory over the Razorbacks since 1992. Missouri forced 24 Arkansas turnovers and beat what was considered its toughest opponent so far this season. Arkansas (5-1) reached the NCAA Tournament last season and received 33 votes in this weeks Top 25...
Diving right in (12/01/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Diver-turned-kicker Jeff Wolfert missed his first career field goal attempt this season for Missouri. He's been almost perfect ever since. The sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., who came to Missouri in 2004 on a diving scholarship, has become the Tigers' most quietly consistent source of points this year. After beating out senior Adam Crossett, Wolfert has made 17 of 19 field goals this season and all 40 of his extra-point attempts...
Hall of Fame voters believe McGwire owes explanations (12/01/06)
So, Mark McGwire is officially on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. Good for him. Surely it was a coincidence that it happened just before his new book comes out. You know the one. It's been all over the news. His publisher says she sees it as a confession. And with a title like "If I Did It," it surely sounds like one...
In first words since vote, Pujols says MVP should come from playoff team (12/01/06)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Albert Pujols thinks he was snubbed. The St. Louis Cardinals' slugger is upset he lost out to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard for the National League MVP award, saying Wednesday the honor should go to someone on a playoff team...
Red Sox sign Japanese pitcher (12/01/06)
BOSTON -- The Red Sox agreed to a contract with a Japanese pitcher -- no, not that one. In the midst of negotiations with potential ace Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million, two-year contract with left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima, a deal that includes a $1.75 million team option for 2009...
Blues suffer 5-4 loss before sparse crowd (12/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Jordin Tootoo's first goal of the season snapped a tie early in the third period, helping the Nashville Predators win their fourth straight game with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Scott Hartnell scored his fourth goal in three games and had an assist for the Central Division leaders, who are 8-0-1 against the Blues the last two seasons and followed up on a 3-2 victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday. ...
Admissions waivers granted to athletes disproportionately, according to university data (12/01/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri athletes are nearly five times more likely to gain admission under a waiver of the school's entrance requirements than their counterparts who don't play varsity sports, an Associated Press review of university data shows...
Rebuilding Southern Cal contends for title again (12/01/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Center Ryan Kalil, one of the few seniors on the Southern California roster who plays on a regular basis, smiled when the question was posed:~ The program, which has won 55 of its last58 games, this year has just three seniorson each side of the ball...
Singing for Sahara (12/01/06)
For two decades women have swooned over soap star/musician Rick Springfield. Since his breakout in the 1980s as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital" and singer of hits like "Jesse's Girl," Springfield has been a part of the American pop culture lexicon...
Country newcomer Julie Roberts talks about the GAC Christmas tour (12/01/06)
Julie Roberts made a splash on the country music scene when she debuted in 2004 with a self-titled album. The South Carolinian's blond hair, blue eyes and cute Southern drawl instantly won her many fans, as did her earnest songs about loss, heartache and relationships gone bad. ...
First Friday receptions (12/01/06)
December is an off month for First Friday receptions, with the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri forgoing its usual First Friday reception (the gallery will remain open for the Old Town Cape shopping spree), while university students and faculty show off the creations they've made in their end-of-year shows...
There are no strangers (12/01/06)
This is a tale of one woman's experience with a stranger and the happy results. Why tell this story? Because it captures, in a letter to the editor, the spirit of this holiday season, which stretches from giving thanks to the celebration of a central Christian belief: the incarnation of God...
Whatever happened to 'Killshot'? (12/01/06)
How time flies. A year ago at this time, my buddies in the newsroom and I were gearing up to cover what seemingly 99.99 percent of the population of Cape Girardeau thought was the biggest thing to happen here in, well, forever. Of course, I'm speaking of those magical days in January when "Killshot" brought the stars to Southeast Missouri...
Style vs. versatility (12/01/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: We are looking to purchase a used car for around $7,000. Are we doomed to choose the utterly styleless but ultra-reliable 2000 Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla? We have two boys, 4 and 6, and are concerned about safety. We loved the safety ratings of the 2000 Jetta and Passat but hated the horrendous maintenance reviews they received on the Web. ...
Everyone's a critic: 'Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny' (12/01/06)
There is an age factor that gives more credibility to some movies compared to others. I personally could not recommend this movie to anyone, no matter what the age. Jack Black is normally funny in whatever role he plays, but he could not do justice on this one...
At the theaters (12/01/06)
'The Nativity Story'; 'Turistas'; 'Van Wilder 2'; STILL PLAYING: 'Bobby'; 'Borat'; 'Casino Royale'; 'Deck the Halls'; 'Deja Vu'; 'Facing the Giants'; 'Flicka'; 'Flushed Away'; 'For Your Consideration'; 'The Fountain'; 'Happy Feet'; 'The Queen'; 'Stranger Than Fiction'; 'Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny'
Artifacts 12/1/06 (12/01/06)
Arts Council to present Children's Arts Festival The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and Southeast Missouri Hospital will hold their annual Children's Arts Festival with a concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Academic Hall Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Following the concert, there will be a reception for the student artists next to the Arts Council at the Security Services of America, 30 N. Main St. For more information, call 334-9233...
Joseph Shemonia (12/01/06)
Joseph H. Shemonia, 54, of Granite City, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 21, 1952, in East St. Louis, Ill., son of Joseph H. and Margaret M. Clements Shemonia. He and Carina Kuhn were married June 4, 2004...
Melissa Johnston (12/01/06)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Melissa L. "Missy" Johnston, 44, of East Prairie died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 2, 1962 in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Loyce D. and Mildred Louise "Sue" Babb Johnston...
Patricia Ryan (12/01/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Patricia J. Ryan, 79, of Cairo died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Cairo, daughter of Neil A. and Irma Tauber Edwards. She married William B. Ryan Jr., who died in 1997...
Thelma Hargis (12/01/06)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Thelma Hargis, 98, of West Paducah, Ky., formerly of Tamms, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at Parkview Nursing Home in Paducah. She was born Aug. 17, 1908, in Boaz, Ill., daughter of Ollie and Maggie Stevenson Brooks. She married Albert Dennis Hargis, who died Feb. 9, 1989...
Luke Taylor (12/01/06)
Luke Taylor, 45, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at Heartland Care and Rehab. Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Willie Sides (12/01/06)
Willie C. "Bill" Sides, 92, formerly of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at Lutheran Senior Service at Breeze Park in St. Charles, Mo., where he resided the past two years. He was born Aug. 18, 1914, son of the late Benjamin F. and Emilia Johanna Froemsdorf Sides. He and Viola Birk were married Sept. 4, 1938, at Tilsit. She died Nov. 9, 2005...
Calvin Edwards (12/01/06)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Calvin M. Edwards, 62, of McClure died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Centre, Ala., son of Marvin and Nora Jane Decker Edwards. He and Wanda Martin were married May 4, 1972, in Portland, Ore. Mr. Edwards was of the Baptist belief, enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family...
Lou Wilferth (12/01/06)
Lou Vera G. Daugherty Wilferth, 91, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Jackson, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. She was born June 13, 1915, at Elk City, Okla., daughter of Charles and Maud Wallis Green. She and Robert Daugherty were married in 1937. He preceded her in death in 1992. She later married Fred M. "Bill" Wilferth Jan. 1, 1996. He died Sept. 11, 2003...
Cape fire report 12/1/06 (12/01/06)
n At 11:15 p.m., fire alarm at 1000 Towers Complex. n At 7:43 a.m., extrication out of the city. n At 9:33 a.m., alarm sounding at 310 Christine St. n at 2:59 p.m., motor vehicle accident at the intersection of South Ellis and Morgan Oaks streets. n At 3 p.m., alarm sounding at 3 p.m. at 211 Saint Francis Drive...
Cape/Jackson police report 12/1/06 (12/01/06)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Theft; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 12/1/06 (12/01/06)
Longtime Scott City businessman Ollie C. Amick, who was narrowly defeated by incumbent state Rep. Betty C. Hearnes in the 1980 Democratic primary, has announced he will again seek election as 160th District state representative. The cost of a Christmas tree this season will be slightly higher than last year, but lot operators in Cape Girardeau say the quality of trees is better; at the Evening Optimist Club's lot at Independence Street and Plaza Way, Scotch pines range from $10 to $25 and balsams from $6 to $26.. ...
Answers needed (12/01/06)
The death of Cape Girardeau native Derek Hale at the hands of police in Wilmington, Del., has devastated his family and raised serious questions for his many acquaintances and relatives. The unarmed Hale, who served in Iraq with the U.S. Marines and had been living Virginia, was stunned by Tasers and then fatally shot earlier this month. Eyewitnesses said the use of stun guns and weapons was unnecessary...
Change the No Call Law (12/01/06)
To the editor:The headline on your Nov. 28 editorial ("Enforce No Call List") would be better titled "Change the No Call Law." My office has been aggressive in enforcing the law, collecting more than $1.7 million from telemarketers who violated the law, including $50,000 last month from DirecTV. Missourians continue to contact my office online at ago.mo.gov or toll-free at (866) NOCALL1 to file complaints, and we act quickly on those complaints...
How to take measure of America (12/01/06)
To the editor:A simple way to take the measure of a country, our America, is to look at how many want in and how many want out. Only two forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and American GIs. One died for your soul, and the other died for your freedom. So many seem to forget both...
Restore Medicaid benefits (12/01/06)
To the editor:Will our new Medicaid program help or hurt? That the big question. Dozens of disabled people provided advice and testimony to state Sen. Charlie Shields' Medicaid Reform Commission, and some suggestions actually appear in the commission's final report. Still, at this writing we have no idea how much or how little of the commission's findings will be reflected in Gov. Matt Blunt's plan...
Worried about Medicaid reform (12/01/06)
To the editor:A recent article noted that high turnover among Gov. Matt Blunt's health-care administrators is raising concerns about proposed Medicaid overhaul. And well it should. The best anyone can figure, the governor has secretly thrown together a plan to replace Medicaid without allowing input from stakeholders such as the 21 independent living centers in Missouri that represent the disabled community and many other groups whose input would help avoid a potential fiasco. ...
Speak Out 12/1/06 (12/01/06)
Health-care issues; Frightening schools; Unlawful sentencing; Working two jobs; Parking lesson; Comparing scores; Paying for school; City discretion
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