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Stories from Saturday, December 2, 2006

Downtown crowded during open house (12/02/06)
People walking in downtown Cape Girardeau stood a good chance of bumping into strangers Friday night. That's because most people walking the streets for the annual open house sponsored by Old Town Cape were paying more attention to the cards in their hands than the pavement in front of them...
Shaolin monks, Russian ballet set for River Campus (12/02/06)
Meet Robert Cerchio, assistant director for Southeast Missouri State University's School of Visual and Performing Arts, the man behind the performances local arts enthusiasts will get a chance to see when the River Campus opens up for the 2007-2008 academic year...
Library director pitches tax at chamber's monthly coffee (12/02/06)
Betty Martin tried to sum up the situation as succinctly as she could: "What I'm here to tell you is this: The library is cramped for space." Martin, the Cape Girardeau Public Library's director, discussed the library's expansion plans at First Friday Coffee, an event attended by area business leaders and sponsored by the library...
Couple with four children need help through rough spot (12/02/06)
Marcia and her family have hit a rough spot this past year. Money has been tight, and while things are looking up a little, it won't be enough to give the four children in the family a merry Christmas. The two youngest are twins, age 2, who have just discovered baby dolls...
State launching tobacco study (12/02/06)
The way Josh Gowan sees it, how could he not be a smoker? "I'm a bartender, it's what we do," Gowan said recently in between drags off a Marlboro Light from his job behind the bar at Port Cape Girardeau. For the 26-year-old Gowan, it began at the age 16 in his hometown of Portageville, Mo., where smoking was as common for teenagers as homework and after-school video games...
Court briefs (12/02/06)
Perryville man gets probation for marijuana PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis sentenced a 43-year-old Perryville man to five years' probation Friday after he pleaded guilty to felony manufacture, produce or attempt to manufacture more than five grams of marijuana in a residence when a child was present. ...
Charter to raise cable rates, blames increase in expenses (12/02/06)
Charter Communications blames the increased cost of doing business for its plan to increase cable television rates, which will take effect in the Cape Girardeau area Dec. 27. Charter outlined the rate increases in a Nov. 27 letter to the Cape Girardeau County Commission...
Trinity Lutheran to open gym (12/02/06)
Trinity Lutheran School will unveil its $1.35 million expansion Sunday in a 2 p.m. ceremony. The 9,802-square-foot gymnasium has been seven years in the making. It will house students during physical education classes and school chapel services. It will also be the site of the parochial basketball league set to have its first game of the season in the new digs Tuesday...
'Going Public' airs on KRCU for Dec. 3 (12/02/06)
Southeast Missourian reporter Mark Bliss and Bob Cerchio, assistant director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University, will be the featured guests Sunday on KRCU's "Going Public" radio show. Bliss and host Jacob McCleland will discuss some of the local events that made news in November. Cerchio will discuss the new River Campus arts facilities...
President Bush signs Trail of Tears expansion study (12/02/06)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- President Bush has signed into law the Trail of Tears Study Act, directing the National Park Service to finish research on routes used when American Indians were forced from their ancestral homelands. The measure sponsor, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., said Friday that accurately identifying all routes used "is necessary because the human side" of the removal must be told...
Storm brings power outages, closes roads in Mo. (12/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- National Guard Troops and heavy vehicles were scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon in St. Louis County and city after Gov. Matt Blunt directed state aid there after Thursday night's severe snow storm. Snow and ice blanketed much of the state, knocking out power to thousands of residents and causing at least two road deaths...
National museum for often overlooked World War I opens (12/02/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- World War I ended almost nine decades ago, only a handful of its U.S. veterans are still alive, and its towering monument here was closed for years because of neglect and deterioration. But today, the "war to end all wars" takes center stage when the National World War I Museum opens, giving the public a chance to learn about -- and from -- the conflict that launched the United States toward superpower status...
Disabled worker program, political call ban among proposals filed (12/02/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An effort to restore a version of a program that provided health-care benefits for disabled workers was among a couple of dozen bills filed Friday. Friday marked the first day for lawmakers to prefile legislation for consideration in the session that begins Jan. ...
Burned group home had affiliates placed on probation for health and safety issues (12/02/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The operators of a group home destroyed in a fatal fire recently were threatened with the loss of their state license to serve the mentally ill at two affiliated homes after inspectors raised serious concerns about the health and safety of their residents, The Associated Press has learned...
Ultrasound method could mean fewer breast lump biopsies (12/02/06)
CHICAGO -- Finding a lump in the breast is a frightening moment for a woman, and under current methods of detecting cancer the anxiety can stretch out for weeks. Doctors remove cells from the breast -- sometimes with a needle, sometimes with a scalpel -- to examine under a microscope. It can take days or longer for the costly, uncomfortable biopsies to produce results, frustrating women who want answers immediately...
Season's first winter storm finishes with Midwest, heads for Northeast (12/02/06)
CHICAGO -- The season's first big wintry storm blustered across the Midwest on Friday and closed in on the Northeast, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, stranding airline passengers and burying streets in wet and heavy "heart attack snow."...
State report blames deadly Kentucky mine blast on leaky gas,open-flame torch (12/02/06)
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Human error -- bringing a torch near a poorly built protective seal -- sparked an explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine that killed five men, state investigators conclude in a report released Friday. But after months of interviews and sifting through evidence, state officials still don't know who authorized the use of the torch in the first place, or why...
U.S. troops who threw themselves on grenades could get medal posthumously (12/02/06)
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had just an instant to react when a hand grenade was tossed into his rooftop hideout in Iraq. "He was thinking, 'I could run for it or I could throw it,"' said George Monsoor, the Navy SEAL's father. "Instead, he fell on it."...
House GOP agrees to offshore drilling bill (12/02/06)
WASHINGTON -- Abandoning months of opposition, House Republicans agreed Friday to move an offshore drilling bill that would open new territory in the Gulf Coast to oil rigs but would not ease restrictions on coastal waters elsewhere. The Senate passed the compromise measure, 71-25, in August. ...
Warnings, religious services and demonstrations mark 19th World AIDS Day (12/02/06)
BERLIN -- World Aids Day was marked around the globe by somber religious services, boisterous demonstrations and warnings that far more needs to be done to treat and prevent the disease in order to avert millions of additional deaths. Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko conceded his country was losing ground in the race to curb one of Europe's fastest growing epidemics, saying 100,000 Ukrainians have been officially registered as HIV-positive. ...
Iraq civil war debate masks deeper divisions (12/02/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- America's hand-wringing over whether the violence in Iraq amounts to a civil war, while on the surface a semantic distinction, mirrors deeper divisions over how far the United States should go to try to salvage a desperate situation...
Hezbollah backers rally in bid to overthrow Lebanese government (12/02/06)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese heeded Hezbollah's call Friday, flooding downtown Beirut to pressure the U.S.-supported government to resign. But Prime Minister Fuad Saniora showed no signs of backing down in a confrontation that could tear apart the country...
Crusaders capture season opener (12/02/06)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team had no trouble winning its season opener Friday night. Leading host Chaffee 35-23 at halftime, the Crusaders outscored the Red Devils 37-4 in the second half to run away with a 72-27 victory. Max Wieser paced the Crusaders with 17 points. Ben Courtios had 12 points, followed by Clay Obergoenner and Austin Krwikkel with 10 apiece...
Bulldogs complete sweep through Woodland field (12/02/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Notre Dame boys basketball team needed overtime last year to edge Meadow Heights in the finals of the Woodland Invitational. Despite losing four starters, the Bulldogs had an easier time against the Woodland competition this year, finishing off their second straight title Friday with an 82-43 rout of No. 2 Perryville...
Malden outscores Braves for title (12/02/06)
Alonzo Louis hit two consecutive 3-pointers to cap Malden's 10-0 spree late in the third period that made the difference in the championship game of the Oran Invitational. Bolstered by that outburst, Malden held on for a 91-83 victory against Scott County Central in the championship game Friday night...
Redhawks visit former national champ Baylor (12/02/06)
Southeast Missouri State's women have been competitive in losses to a pair of teams that advanced to the second round of last season's NCAA tournament. Tonight the Redhawks (2-2) face their biggest challenge when they play at 13th-ranked Baylor (7-1), which won the 2004-05 national title and made last year's NCAA Sweet 16...
A real Bear (12/02/06)
Southeast Missouri State's women have been competitive in losses to a pair of teams that advanced to the second round of last season's NCAA tournament. Tonight the Redhawks (2-2) face their biggest challenge when they play at 13th-ranked Baylor (7-1), which won the 2004-05 national title and made last year's NCAA Sweet 16...
OVC opener gives Redhawks fresh start (12/02/06)
The games for Southeast Missouri State will begin to take on added importance tonight. Ready or not, the Redhawks open their Ohio Valley Conference schedule against Tennessee-Martin in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center. The Redhawks (2-5) and Skyhawks (1-6) have both certainly not played nearly as well as they would have liked to at this point in the season...
Johnson collects $15.7 million check at Nextel Cup awards (12/02/06)
NEW YORK -- Jimmie Johnson believes his NASCAR Nextel Cup championship is something special, and not just because it came after several frustrating near misses. Before stepping on stage at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Friday night to collect a record-setting $15,770,125, including $6,785,982 from the series sponsor's points fund, Johnson reflected on a season in which he won the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and three other races, as well as coming back to take the title after stumbling out of the blocks in the 10-race Chase for the championship.. ...
St. Louis loses Sanford to knee injury in 5-2 loss (12/02/06)
CHICAGO -- Tuomo Ruutu scored his fifth goal in six games and Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Chicago won its second straight, improving to 2-0 under new head coach Denis Savard, who replaced Trent Yawney on Monday...
Preparing hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ (12/02/06)
It's that holiday season again. Call it the Christmas season, shopping season or the season to be jolly. It's a special time with varied traditions and customs. What often gets lost in the shuffle is Advent. "Advent is the period of waiting for the birth of Jesus, preparation for Christmas," said Ellen Shuck, director of education for St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau...
Dare to dream (12/02/06)
Most nights a pen can be found on my bedside table. If in the night there is a dream worth remembering, I want to be able to write it down right away. Dreams, upon waking, slip away like the tail of kite soaring into the sky; you try to grab on but they always get away. For that reason, paper is also kept nearby. In a pinch, a napkin will do...
Actor Ed Asner encourages sending holiday cards to U.S. troops overseas (12/02/06)
LOS ANGELES -- When Americans mail holiday greetings this month, Ed Asner hopes they'll remember U.S. soldiers serving overseas, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 77-year-old Emmy-winning actor visited two military hospitals in the Washington area this week as part of the kickoff for a national "Cards for Troops" campaign...
Luke Taylor (12/02/06)
Luke Taylor, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at Heartland Care and Rehab. He was born Nov. 13, 1961, in St. Louis, son of Henry and Myrtle Burnette Taylor. Taylor was formerly of Kansas City, Mo. Survivors include two daughters, Tameka and Ashley Taylor of Kansas City; and nine brothers and sisters...
Hazel McKaskle (12/02/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Hazel O. McKaskle, 87, of Marble Hill died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at her home. She was born July 24, 1919, near Binger, Okla., daughter of Ambrose and Lily Belle Hunt Locke. She and Johnce McKaskle were married Feb. 1, 1940. He died Oct. 30, 1999...
Oma Treece (12/02/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Oma M. Treece, 82, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill. She was born April 8, 1924, in Reynoldsville, Ill., daughter of Harvey and Mae Jackson Wilson. She and Charles E. Treece were married July 2, 1949, in Union County. He died Jan. 20, 1986...
Dorothy Keubler (12/02/06)
Dorothy M. Keubler, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 17, 1917, in St. Louis, daughter of Oliver and Anna Hetch Schlewing. She and Fred Keubler were married June 26, 1938, in St. Louis. Keubler was a beautician. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Sikeston, Mo., and former member of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Louis...
Lillian Lawrence (12/02/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lillian E. Lawrence, 95, of Perryville died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 10, 1910, in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., daughter of John A. and Mabel Johnson Duvall. She and Vallie Lawrence were married Feb. 10, 1926. He died Sept. 12, 1982...
Births 12/2/06 (12/02/06)
Ressel; Deck; Duncan; Strong; Lukefahr; Smith; Ressel; Buchheit; Estes; Howard; Smoot
Fire report 12/2/06 (12/02/06)
n At 4:36 p.m., motor vehicle accident on South Sprigg and Elm streets. n At 8:17 p.m., motor vehicle accident at 1000 Lexington Ave. n At 9:37 p.m., emergency medical service on the 1000 block of Linden Street. n At 10:21 p.m., alarm sounding at 1000 Towers Circle...
Police report 12/2/06 (12/02/06)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Arrests; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 12/2/06 (12/02/06)
The high cost of prisoner medical care is ripping holes in the Cape Girardeau County Jail budget; medical bills for prisoners this year already total about $20,000, more than twice the amount which was spent last year. CAIRO, Ill. -- A decision made this week by the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington virtually assures the abandonment of the Cairo to Lawrenceville, Ill., Conrail line at the end of this month; the 143-mile section has been the subject of considerable controversy and bureaucratic maneuvering since Conrail first filed to abandon the line in March.. ...
Adoptive parents deserve recognition (12/02/06)
By Michael A. Wolff On a recent Saturday morning in November, I participated in a remarkable series of judicial proceedings. The proceedings were adoptions -- the special settings on "Adoption Saturday" in the St. Louis County family court division -- to celebrate November as National Adoption Month...
Trail of Tears (12/02/06)
From 4 to 5 o'clock tonight visitors to Trail of Tears State Park are invited to join in a walk commemorating the 19th century removal of more than 17,000 Cherokee Indians from their homelands in the East to reservations in the West. Disease and exposure to the elements claimed the lives of more than 4,000 Indians who walked along the infamous Trail of Tears...
Speak Out 12/2/06 (12/02/06)
Oversold parking; National health; In the spirit; Downtown restrooms; Reasons to burn; Time to get out; Thanks for purse; Noisy stereo; Students won't walk; Gun training; Problems in Oran; Paying teachers; Too many permits; Misplaced blame; Open adoptions
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