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Stories from Thursday, December 7, 2006

Retired truckers reunite, reminisce (12/07/06)
Truckers have a simple measure of success: miles. At a reunion for retired truckers Wednesday at Rhodes Travel Center in Cape Girardeau, the tallies were huge: 3 million miles, 4 million miles, 5 million-plus miles. They are the meticulously tracked, sum total of a lifetime spent transporting loads over America's highways...
Two Cape women plead guilty to child endangerment (12/07/06)
Two Cape Girardeau women pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree misdemeanor endangerment of a child in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court. Amanda Olivo, 32, and Valenta Young, 51, put a 12-year-old girl on oral contraceptives so she could have sex with a 17-year-old boy between the dates of July 16 and Sept. 25...
Suit over Tenn. death settled (12/07/06)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A Cape Girardeau woman whose son suffocated during an arrest when four police officers held him face-down on the ground will teach Chattanooga police recruits about his death as part of a settlement in an excessive force lawsuit...
Boy's dream toy is a flying Superman (12/07/06)
Readers who may have outgrown a remote controlled flying Superman may enjoy giving it to 5-year-old Bobby, a boy who has recently found himself without a father. His dad's leaving has left his mom, Connie, in a precarious position. "I would like to get Christmas presents for him myself, but we're just making ends meet now," Connie said...
Nathan Cooper, others defend state schools for the severely disabled (12/07/06)
State lawmakers and Gov. Matt Blunt aren't looking to close down Missouri's state-run schools for children with severe disabilities, state Rep. Nathan Cooper said Wednesday. "I think everyone is on the same page in that our state schools do a tremendous job and a tremendous service," the Cape Girardeau Republican said. "We are not looking to change how the service is delivered."...
'Passing of a generation' (12/07/06)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- This will be their last visit to this watery grave to share stories, exchange smiles, find peace and salute their fallen friends. This, they say, will be their final farewell. With their number quickly dwindling, survivors of Pearl Harbor will gather today one last time to honor those killed by the Japanese 65 years ago, and to mark a day that lives in infamy...
Around Southeast Missouri (12/07/06)
Drug Task Force arrests 13 in Stoddard County BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Thirteen people were arrested Monday in Stoddard County for distributing their own prescription medications. The arrests were made following an investigation by the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department and the SEMO Drug Task Force with assistance by the Dexter and Bernie police departments. The investigation was initiated due to the number of prescription medicine on the street and surrounding counties, said Sheriff Carl Hefner...
Woman facing theft charges waives hearing (12/07/06)
Charlotte Wrinkle, 40, of Scott City, is charged with four counts of felony theft and two counts of felony fraudulent of a credit device. Winkle waived her preliminary hearing before Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp, said Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd. ...
Cape Girardeau County tests disaster communication (12/07/06)
The scenario revealed by Cape Girardeau County emergency director David Hitt Wednesday during a training session was serious, but not a complete catastrophe as the county tested its disaster communications and updated training for top county officials.At a little past 10 a.m., Hitt unsealed an envelope that said a magnitude-8.0 earthquake had struck along the New Madrid Fault. ...
Anonymous donor gives gold coin to Salvation Army (12/07/06)
The local Salvation Army struck gold Tuesday in one of its red kettles. An anonymous donor dropped a $10 U.S. gold coin in a Salvation Army kettle outside West Park Mall. "It is one-fourth ounce pure gold," said Salvation Army Maj. Ben Stillwell. He said he plans to sell the coin, which is worth far more than its face value. Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army, he said...
Computer glitch hampers Cape post office operations (12/07/06)
The computer server at the Cape Girardeau post office went down Wednesday, causing some problems for customers. Though employees were able to get one computer up and running to weigh items during the day, the server was not repaired as of Wednesday afternoon...
Recalling the day of infamy (12/07/06)
When the first bomb hit, Ken Anderson thought a fuel truck had exploded. But the then-20-year-old U.S. Navy radioman turned his eyes to the blue Hawaii sky and saw the horrific truth -- a skyline dotted with enemy planes, flying low and fast, dropping bombs on an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda (12/07/06)
9 a.m. today County Administration Building 1 Barton Square in Jackson Routine business n Correspondence from AmerenUE regarding natural gas safety. n Agreement with Lorberg Funeral Chapel on space for coroner. n Erroneous assessments. n City of Cape Girardeau ordinances Nos. 3755 and 3756...
Girl Scouts take part in Christmas project (12/07/06)
Junior Girl Scout Troop 27 of Jackson, partnering with an organization called "Soldiers' Angels," is undertaking a Christmas project for soldiers fighting in the war. They have signed more than 400 Christmas cards and included words of encouragement that are part of an effort called "Holidays for Heroes."...
Jackson Boy Scout honored for American Indian dance (12/07/06)
Joshua Davis of Jackson is the first Boy Scout from Southeast Missouri to place in the top 10 in the nation in the southern straight dance category at a National Order of the Arrow Conference held in East Lansing, Mich. The Order of the Arrow is an organization within the Boy Scouts that recognizes outstanding campers and is based on service to others...
United Way strengthens families with new members (12/07/06)
The 2006 United Way campaign kicked off in late August with a goal of $1,120,000 and a commitment to strengthen families. To better achieve their goals, United Way has two new initiative coordinators. Reba Barkley, Ed. D., was recently hired to coordinate the LIFE initiative (Leading and Inspiring Families to Excel) for United Way. ...
Community cuisine 12/7/06 (12/07/06)
First Assembly of God men's breakfast slated The Scott City First Assembly of God will hold a men's breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Men of all ages are invited to a free meal of sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, biscuits, gravy and fellowship. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 264-2365...
Missouri Bootheel man accused of killing infant son (12/07/06)
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Bootheel man faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his 4-month-old son. Eric "Rat" Hooper, 29, of Kennett, was arrested Saturday and arraigned Tuesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 9. He is jailed on $250,000 bond...
U.N. seeks record $450 million in aid for Palestinians next year (12/07/06)
JERUSALEM -- The United Nations will ask donor countries to contribute a record $450 million in aid to the Palestinians, whose economy has been devastated by international economic sanctions on the Hamas-led government, U.N. officials said Wednesday...
Audit: FEMA continues to squander millions in Katrina aid (12/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- The government is squandering tens of millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina disaster aid, in some cases doling out housing payments to people living rent-free, investigators said Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recouped less than 1 percent of the $1 billion that investigators contend it squandered on fraudulent assistance, according to the Government Accountability Office. ...
Report: U.S. needs to go on 'diplomatic offensive' (12/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's war policies have failed in almost every regard, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group concluded Wednesday, and it warned of dwindling chances to change course before crisis turns to chaos with dire implications for terrorism, war in the Middle East and higher oil prices around the world...
Clouds may delay shuttle launch (12/07/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Clouds of concern gathered for tonight's liftoff of the space shuttle Discovery as NASA downgraded launch chances to 40 percent due to weather. An expected cloud ceiling at 3,000 feet was the biggest obstacle for getting Discovery off the ground at 8:35 p.m. today. NASA won't launch with low clouds because officials want to track it visually and allow enough visibility in case the astronauts need to make a difficult emergency landing...
Scientists claim evidence of flowing water on Mars (12/07/06)
LOS ANGELES -- New photographs from space suggest that water occasionally flows on the frigid surface of Mars, raising the tantalizing possibility that the Red Planet is hospitable to life, scientists reported Wednesday. The new images, taken by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor before it lost contact with Earth, do not actually show flowing water. ...
U.S. troops welcome plans for change, doubt they'll go home soon (12/07/06)
RAMADI, Iraq -- American troops in one of the most dangerous corners of Iraq welcomed plans for change Wednesday as the Pentagon prepared for a new chief and a bipartisan commission urged a new war strategy. But many of the soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment were skeptical they'll be going home anytime soon, despite a high-level U.S. panel's recommendation that most combat troops leave Iraq by early 2008...
Mexican border arrests down by about 27 percent (12/07/06)
EL PASO, Texas -- The number of illegal immigrants arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border fell sharply in October and November, a decrease the U.S. Border Patrol attributed in part to having more agents. Arrests in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California dropped about 27 percent, or by nearly 43,000 arrests, compared with the same period last year, Border Patrol officials in Washington said Wednesday. Arrests dropped nearly 9 percent from 2004 to 2005...
Delta reaches Red Devils' final (12/07/06)
Top-seeded Delta advanced to the championship game of Chaffee's Red Devils Invitational on Wednesday night with a 42-32 victory over fourth seeded Scott County Central. The Bobcats were led in scoring by Kaci Menz's 19 points. Sara Keys added seven points and had seven assists, and Jodi Menz chipped in six points and 13 rebounds...
Smith departs (12/07/06)
John Ishee said the members of the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team knew the end of B.J. Smith's coaching tenure was near an end. "I think they had already come to the conclusion that this was inevitable," said Ishee, who had been the acting coach for the team since Smith was placed on paid leave on Nov. 9, two days before the opener at Tulsa...
Redhawks attempt to build off dramatic home win (12/07/06)
Bolstered by winning its Ohio Valley Conference opener in thrilling fashion, Southeast Missouri State now hits the road in search of more OVC success. The Redhawks (3-5, 1-0 OVC) play at Tennessee State (2-4, 0-0) tonight, followed by a contest at Tennessee Tech (3-3, 0-1) on Saturday. Both tipoffs are set for 7:30 p.m...
Redhawks hope nonconference tests have prepared them (12/07/06)
One thing appears certain regarding Southeast Missouri State's current 2-3 record. After playing three opponents that advanced to at least the second round of last year's NCAA tournament, it's doubtful the Redhawks will face anything as rugged in the Ohio Valley Conference...
Area digest (12/07/06)
Cole Pingel posted a score of 152 to capture the 10- to 12-year-old boys division in the 18th annual Hotshot Basketball Contest sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. The event Sunday at Osage Community Centre consisted of shooting from five spots on the floor in 1-minute rounds...
Elementary, junior high teachers win Jackson's first faculty contest (12/07/06)
The elementary and middle school faculty defeated the junior high and secondary school faculty members in the first Jackson R-2 Faculty Basketball Game, which was played on Nov. 17 at the Jackson Senior High Gym. The victorious Red team had to survive a last-second tying shot in regulation and a 1-minute overtime to post the 27-26 victory...
Bulger has no regrets about remarks (12/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger had no regrets. The St. Louis Rams quarterback simply wanted to move on a few days after calling out some unnamed teammates for not caring enough about their jobs. The same went for the two second-year players widely speculated as Bulger's targets, center Richie Incognito and tackle Alex Barron...
Bonds arrives at winter meetings still hoping to remain with Giants (12/07/06)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Barry Bonds left through the kitchen one night at the 1992 winter meetings when his deal to join the San Francisco Giants hit a temporary snag. Back at baseball's annual swap session Wednesday, he quickly moved through the hotel lobby with his entourage and headed upstairs...
Health briefs (12/07/06)
Dr. Shannon T. Kirchhoff, a Cape Girardeau orthodontist, has been elected president of the Missouri Dental Association. His official term began following the association's annual House of Delegates meeting Nov. 3 in Jefferson City. Kirchhoff served as a U.S. ...
Against the odds (12/07/06)
Defeat is not an option in the Gostowski household. That's the motto Tracey Gostowski and her two children, Aaron and Amber, follow every day. Aaron Gostowski was diagnosed with the cancer germinoma on June 4, 2005. After complications from several surgeries and a car accident in October, the 13-year-old knows his family's motto well...
Pearl Harbor to Baghdad (12/07/06)
Dec. 7, 2006 Dear Patty, Most people live in a dorm room or an apartment when they leave home for the first time. My father has an engraved picture of his first home -- the USS Maryland. He had 2,500 roommates. He had just turned 16 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. ...
Living to age 94.8 (12/07/06)
Recently a psychic told me I was in my "last life." That sounded sort of ominous to me, but she assured me it was a good thing. "Enjoy!" she exhorted merrily. I still don't know what to do with that information. What has been more helpful to me is a recent test I took that calculated I would live to the ripe old age of 94.8 years...
December calendar (12/07/06)
DECEMBER 1-31 Christmas Holiday of Lights: Cape County Park and businesses and homes throughout Cape show off their Christmas decorations. Locations to be announced. For more information call 335-1631. DECEMBER 8 OLd Fashioned Acoustic Christmas: Acoustic artists come together for a 7 p.m. performance at Broadway Books and Rosting Co., 605 Broadway. No cover. For more information call (573) 270-5114...
The drunkest time of the year (12/07/06)
If you're anything like the crew at OFF Magazine, then you'll likely buy one of your favorite Christmas presents this year for yourself, and it will likely come in a bottle. We're talking about those nifty little holiday gift sets of your favorite liquor. You know, the box with a fifth of Crown Royal and two glasses that are just perfect for a whiskey and Coke?...
In the realm of the retail campers: An exploration of the madness behind the debut of the PlayStation 3 (12/07/06)
Originally this piece was going to be about the commercialization of Christmas. Then about two weeks before the so-called "Black Friday" of 2006, OFF told me that people were living outside of the Cape Girardeau Best Buy waiting for the PS3 to go on sale. I thought, why write about the commercialization of Christmas when that very thing took on a human form and turned an ordinary storefront into a refugee zone?...
Christmas buys for the music lover (12/07/06)
Can't find that perfect gift for a friend or family member who is picky about music? Try these. Johnny Cash -- "At San Quentin, Legacy Edition" The "Legacy Edition" is the most comprehensive document of Cash's night at San Quentin, and offers the most authentic portrait of the performance. (Price: $31.97)...
You can't get no satisfaction: Local music venues have greater potential (12/07/06)
It's Friday night, and you're in the mood to check out a local band ... so where do you go? With a rising number of people coming to see local bands in places that are bars first, music venues second, complications like overcrowding and below-average sound quality are bound to arise. So what venues have been easy to love in this easily unlovable situation?...
Guitar man: A tale of Southern Illinois (12/07/06)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- The day is Wednesday, and it's cold, gray and rainy. The perfect kind of mid-November weather that sends dogs and humans alike scrambling for bed, instantly shutting off the serotonin tap in the mind. Seasonal affective disorder they call it, and this Wednesday I'm feeling it...
New Year's resolutions you can keep (12/07/06)
I have never made a New Year's resolution before, and I never plan on doing so. I believe that a person should be happy with who they are -- be they fat, a smoker, a chronic liar, etc. But this isn't true. I don't make New Year's resolutions because I know I can't keep them. Why diet when there are so many delicious snacks to consume? Why exercise when it makes you sweat? If I gave up smoking, what would I do while I was drinking?...
Spreading the Christmas cheer (12/07/06)
Wow! It looks like we caused quite a stir in the local music scene here at OFF last month. Actually, it wasn't quite as big a stir as we thought. Drivin' Rain read our article about Doom in the A.M., and they were a little annoyed, but that's about it. Then I went and wrote a column in the newspaper about a Doom show, talking about Rain guitarist Tommy DeWolf wanting to start a fight with Jon Thrower. Stupid move...
Heart of gold (12/07/06)
You may remember Rick Springfield from his classic role in the 1980s as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital." Women went nuts all those years ago, and they still do today. Rick, his acting career and his old hits like "Jessie's Girl" made him a household name, both in actual households and on VH1 pop culture shows like "I Love the '80s." But unlike so many other stars who fade into middle-age obscurity, Springfield is still going strong. ...
Glenna Fox (12/07/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Glenna M. Fox, 100, of Anna, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at City Care Center. She was born Jan. 31, 1906, in Mount Pleasant, Ill., daughter of George C. and Ida Jane Gurley Wilson. She and Samuel S. Fox were married March 18, 1925, in Anna. He died Dec. 11, 1967...
Frieda Pearman (12/07/06)
Frieda Pearman, 81, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Olive Branch, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Charles Martin (12/07/06)
Charles L. Martin, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 8, 1936, in Sesser, Ill., son of William and Opal Stacy Martin. He married Donna Martin, who preceded him in death. Mr. Martin had owned and operated a cab company. He was a member of American Legion and of the Mormon belief...
Births 12/7/06 (12/07/06)
West; Myer; Bazzell; Jennings; Cutsinger
Fire report 12/7/06 (12/07/06)
n At 4:02 p.m., emergency medical service to 300 Siemers Drive. n At 5:30 p.m., emergency medical service to mile marker 102 on Interstate 55. n At 10:18 p.m., citizen assist at 1100 Linden St. n At 1:52 a.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Aspen Drive...
Police report 12/7/06 (12/07/06)
Arrests; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Arrest; Southeast Missouri State University: Theft
Out of the past 12/7/06 (12/07/06)
Cape Girardeau City Manager Gary A. Eide reports he is "narrowing down" the list of candidates for the still vacant position of chief of the city's police force; in the last few weeks, two more names have been removed from the list, which now contains about six candidates...
The parking lament (12/07/06)
During the summer months in Southeast Missouri, it gets hot. In the winter it turns cold. When school is in session, there is never enough parking to suit Southeast Missouri State University students. Those are the facts. Another fact is that some students -- any not just a few, it seems -- prefer to be ticketed for improper parking on campus than to walk from any of the university lots or ride the shuttle buses that crisscross the campus every few minutes...
Thanks, DESE, for all you've done (12/07/06)
To the editor:This an open letter to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Dear DESE: Thank you so much for reporting that you made an error in calculating the adequate yearly progress for two of Cape Girardeau's elementary schools. You gave us quite a scare...
Parsons deserves heartfelt gratitude (12/07/06)
To the editor:Although Dr. Adelaide Heyde Parsons will long be remembered for her contributions to English as a second language, her service as director of the International Center at Southeast Missouri State University has gained for Parsons a deserved local and international reputation. ...
Rush Limbaugh's story about his cat (12/07/06)
To the editor:Rush Limbaugh is indeed a source of hometown pride. His awards and accolades are numerous. Most recently he was awarded the No. 10 slot on the Democratic Underground's Top Ten Conservative Idiots List for this lovely story about his cat:...
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