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Stories from Friday, December 8, 2006

Thrown-away puppies find homes (12/08/06)
Dogs found abandoned in a Dumpster have all found good homes. Park maintenance workers Sunday heard whimpering from a Dumpster in Mulberry Acres mobile home park in Fruitland and discovered eight puppies in a Purina dog-food bag. The approximately 4-day-old lab-mix puppies had been discarded there only hours earlier and were shivering from exposure to the cold. One of the pups was already dead, probably from impact with the steel container, but the others looked healthy...
Trucker's death not caused by Interstate 55 accident (12/08/06)
The death of a Canadian man involved in a traffic accident Thursday morning on Interstate 55 was not caused by the accident, said Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton. Tadeusz A. Wasikiewicz, 56, of Burlington, Ontario, was northbound on I-55 near Fruitland when the tractor-trailer he was driving ran off the roadway into a median, crossed southbound lanes and overturned on the southbound shoulder after striking a guard rail at about 8:05 a.m., according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.. ...
Shouting erupts at Thebes meeting (12/08/06)
THEBES, Ill. -- For several hours Thursday evening, residents of this small town on a bluff over the Mississippi River battled over who was responsible for their problems. At one point, the meeting of the Thebes Board of Trustees dissolved into a shouting match that seemed ready to explode into violence. After several minutes and an admonition to "take it outside," Acting Mayor John Kennedy was able to restore order...
Fire destroys Benton family's mobile home (12/08/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- A fire that destroyed a mobile home early Thursday morning is still under investigation. A Scott County Sheriff's Department representative said that at 6:15 a.m. emergency officials responded to a fire in a mobile home unit located at 339 Shady Branch in Benton. Residing in the home were Larry, Delmar and Kathy Pluhar. No one was injured. NBC Fire Protection District was the primary fire agency at the scene. Blodgett, Scott County Rural and Oran fire departments assisted...
Bright child needs a challenge (12/08/06)
Andrea's mom, Stella, is proud of her children, who make good grades and are caring individuals. It makes her sad that only 9-year-old Andrea will receive gifts this year because of the generosity of Toybox givers. The other children, 14 and 15, understand that Stella's finances are spread thin and that they'll have to do without...
Mailbox bomb explodes at Portageville home (12/08/06)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Police evacuated neighborhood homes Wednesday night after a small bomb exploded in a mailbox at 208 W. 7th St. at about 6:20 p.m. No one was injured in the explosion, but the mailbox was demolished and siding was blown off the house. ...
Post office has server repaired (12/08/06)
The computer server at the Cape Girardeau post office was up and running again Thursday. Wednesday the office experienced a possible "power-spike" that damaged some internal hardware. Technical personnel came from out of town that evening and replaced the hardware and fixed the problem without losing any data, said post office officials...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action (12/08/06)
Thursday Routine business n Received and filed correspondence from AmerenUE regarding natural gas safety. n Approved lease extension with Lorberg Funeral Chapel on space for coroner. n Received and filed erroneous assessments. n Recieved and filed Cape Girardeau ordinances Nos. 3755 and 3756 regarding a land swap with Jackson and the annexation of Whispering Oaks subdivision...
New phone books now available in Cape (12/08/06)
New, fatter AT&T phone books -- 62,500 of them -- are on their way to Southeast Missouri residents by the end of the next week, with a sleek new cover that features Cape Girardeau's new federal building and the university's Redhawks logo. Marsha Haskell, AT&T's vice president of external affairs, said all of the phone books will be delivered by 60 people in a 10-day time period that is expected to be finished Dec. 15...
Revival Center's survival (12/08/06)
Three weeks ago, Cape Girardeau police stopped 19-year-old Spenser Davis walking along Independence Street. He said he had been living under the Independence Street bridge over Cape La Croix Creek west of Kingshighway for three days, after being ordered out of the home he shared with a girlfriend and her grandfather in Tamms, Ill...
Quarter of SEMO art dept. retiring (12/08/06)
When the spring semester starts in January, the face of Southeast Missouri State University's art department will change dramatically. A quarter of the department's faculty -- three out of 12 members -- are retiring at the end of the current semester: Dr. Ed Smith, Dr. Sam Bishop and Lane Fabrick. They will be honored in an invitation-only ceremony today at the Johnson Faculty Center...
Counseling center marks 30th anniversary of helping women (12/08/06)
At 29, Diana Presley is just glad to be alive. Without the help of the Family Counseling Center in Cape Girardeau, Presley believes, illegal drugs would have killed her. "I was homeless when I got here. I had nowhere to go," said Presley, who sought help from the counseling center last December...
Missouri moves toward virtual school (12/08/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri will open a virtual school on the Internet next year with the promise of advanced instruction for bright students, make-up opportunities for those lagging behind and learning opportunities for home-schooled or sick children. Missouri's K-12 Virtual Instruction Program will be available for the 2007 to 2008 school year, allowing students to take a course from an Internet-connected computer 24 hours a day, any day of the week...
Bush ushers in Christmas season with tribute to American troops (12/08/06)
WASHINGTON -- In traditional fashion, President Bush presided over the lighting of the national Christmas tree Thursday by asking the country to remember and honor its troops. "Many of those who have answered the call of duty will spend this Christmas season far from home and separated from family," Bush said to a crowd gathered just south of the White House on a frigid night...
Bush gives chilly response to some Iraq Study Grouprecommendations (12/08/06)
WASHINGTON -- The question to President Bush was brash and biting. Was he in denial about how bad things are in Iraq? And was he really sincere about changing course? Bush bristled. "It's bad in Iraq. That help?" he snapped. "Make no mistake about it: I understand how tough it is, sir."...
Teens, adults separated by 'instant message gap' (12/08/06)
WASHINGTON -- Teenager Michelle Rome can't imagine life without instant messaging. Baby boomer Steve Wilson doesn't care that it even exists. They're part of an "instant messaging gap" between teens and adults. And the division is wide, says an AP-AOL survey on how Americans use or snub those Internet bursts of gossip, happy date-making and teen tragedies that young people exchange by the hour while supposedly doing homework...
Phoenix police say they have caught Baseline Killer (12/08/06)
PHOENIX -- Police said Thursday they have caught the Baseline Killer, the gunman responsible for nine slayings that spread terror across the Phoenix area for nearly a year. Police chief Jack Harris said investigators are recommending that Mark Goudeau, a 42-year-old construction worker who has been in jail since September, be charged with 71 counts, including nine murders -- most of them random shootings committed on the street at night...
Shuttle launch scrubbed due to clouds (12/08/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Low clouds forced NASA to delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery late Thursday, and a forecast for strong winds prompted the space agency to postpone another attempt by at least two days. NASA managers waited until the end of the countdown before deciding to call off the launch scheduled for 9:35 p.m. It would have been the first nighttime launch in four years...
Ex-Russian spy buried in London as police press inquiry in Moscow (12/08/06)
LONDON -- Exiled Kremlin critics -- including a billionaire and a Chechen rebel leader -- mourned Thursday as a former Russian spy poisoned by radiation was buried in a sealed coffin on a wind-swept hillside in London. British and Russian investigators seeking Alexander Litvinenko's killer questioned a Russian businessman in Moscow -- just before he fell into a coma, the Interfax news agency reported. ...
Officials say Saudis major provider of finance to Iraqi Sunni insurgents (12/08/06)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash...
Redhawks stumble at TSU (12/08/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State almost pulled off its second straight big comeback in an Ohio Valley Conference game. But a career performance by Tennessee State's Larry Turner and continued free-throw problems by the Redhawks did them in during a 75-72 road loss Thursday night...
Charleston hands ND first loss in semis of conference tournament (12/08/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An abysmal third quarter pushed third-seeded Notre Dame into the third-place game of the SEMO Conference Tournament as the Bulldogs suffered a 76-63 loss Thursday to No. 2 Charleston. Notre Dame will play No. 4 Jackson at 7 p.m. tonight in the third-place game...
Sikeston topples Jackson with 13-point win (12/08/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jackson failed to take care of the ball Thursday in its semifinal of the SEMO Conference tournament, and No. 1 Sikeston took advantage in a 86-73 win. The Indians held a pair of two-point leads late in the opening quarter, but a 5-0 run over the final minute gave Sikeston a 25-20 lead and the momentum. Sikeston continued to take advantage of turnovers in the second quarter and started to pull away by the half...
Smith not sure about his future (12/08/06)
In his first public comments since his career as Southeast Missouri State's head women's basketball coach officially ended, B.J. Smith said Thursday he thoroughly enjoyed his time in Cape Girardeau and hopes to eventually land on his feet with another program...
Lyles smashes OVC rebounding record in victory (12/08/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State had a fairly choppy performance Thursday night in its Ohio Valley Conference opener. But with senior center Lachelle Lyles grabbing virtually every rebound in sight, it hardly mattered. Lyles, the OVC's leading rebounder, pulled down a conference-record 32 rebounds during a 67-53 victory over host Tennessee State (1-3)...
Supporters question Smith's treatment (12/08/06)
Robin Cole recalled that not long after he moved back to Cape Girardeau in March 2003, one of the first people he met from the Southeast Missouri State athletic department was B.J. Smith. He called the meeting serendipitous. "I was looking for a way to resume the player of the game sponsorship that my father had done for many years," Cole said. "I had it on my mind to restart it to honor him. It's grown into more than I dreamed."...
Red Wings nip Blues 4-3 in OT (12/08/06)
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk wanted to pass the puck, but it rolled on him and he couldn't. So he took a shot and it went in. His goal 3:23 into overtime completed a comeback from a three-goal deficit and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night...
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe drops weird styling, adds third row (12/08/06)
The Hyundai Santa Fe should be on a Hollywood makeover show because the latest redesign of this crossover sport utility vehicle has improved its appearance markedly. Weird, angled styling of the first Santa Fe, launched in 2001, and odd, bulbous front fenders on the 2005 vehicle are gone...
Miss Kitty's visitor comes calling (12/08/06)
Miss Kitty has a feller. Most of you, of course, know Miss Kitty. She's the calico cat with a bald patch on her face. She's the cat who allows us to feed her expensive food recommended by a fully accredited veterinarian and, in return, permits us to pet her while she purrs loudly...
Holiday music beyond the orchestras (12/08/06)
I didn't go see the Heartland Pops Orchestra's Christmas concert Dec. 1. Nor did I watch the Southeast Missouri Symphony's holiday concert Nov. 28. No offense to those groups -- they're both great at what they do, and I've heard nothing but good things about their concerts. The thing is, orchestras just don't do it for me. They're about as exciting to me as watching a documentary about the construction of municipal water systems. Yawn...
Quick fix caused more problems (12/08/06)
Dear Tom and Ray: I lost my oil cap last time I changed my oil. While I searched for a new oil cap, I stuck a rag in the opening as a temporary fix. While driving on the highway, my car started making an awful noise. When I stopped to look, I saw that the rag was sucked halfway into the engine. ...
University press raising funds for the Gulf Coast (12/08/06)
More than a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, but Dr. Susan Swartwout says the people of the region still need help. New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast she calls a "horrible, horrible mess." "The face of New Orleans is going to change drastically unless people step in and help out," said Swartwout, a native of New Orleans and director of the Southeast Missouri State University Press...
Artifacts 12/8/06 (12/08/06)
Natural decor workshop scheduled this weekend; Children's author to read at Barnes & Noble; KRCU begins holiday specials today
At the theaters (12/08/06)
New at the theaters: 'Apocalypto'; 'Blood Diamond'; 'Unaccompanied Minors'; STILL PLAYING: 'Borat'; 'Casino Royale'; 'Deck the Halls'; 'Deja Vu'; 'Facing the Giants'; 'Flushed Away'; 'The Fountain'; 'Happy Feet'; 'The Holiday'; 'The Nativity Story'; 'Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny'; 'Turistas'; 'Van Wilder 2'
Little masterpieces (12/08/06)
The young dancers at Cape Girardeau's Academy of Dance Arts dance school will have little time to rest this weekend. In the course of two days they have two performances, the academy's "13th Hour" fund-raiser for Sahara Aldridge and Toybox on Saturday and an appearance at the annual Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Children's Arts Festival Sunday afternoon...
Everyone's a critic: 'The Nativity Story' (12/08/06)
This is a story that has been told time and time again, but in this realist version of the story the filmmakers seemed to capture the violent conditions that existed in the Holy Land quite well. In doing so, many of the scenes are lackadaisical and at times I almost felt as if I were watching a docudrama on the BBC instead of a motion picture. But alas, a few nicely done CGI backgrounds came to rescue and rekindled my interest...
Clinton Wilfong (12/08/06)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Clinton H. Wilfong, 83, of Advance died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Advance Nursing Center. He was born April 22, 1923, son of Harrison and Stella Mae Green Wilfong. He and Norma Jean Leggett were married Oct. 23, 1950. She died Oct. 25, 1998...
Frieda Pearman (12/08/06)
Frieda Pearman, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Ullin, Ill., daughter of John and Mary Ann Carson Sissom. She and Robert Pearman were married April 23, 1946. Pearman was formerly of Olive Branch, Ill...
Arvel Long (12/08/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Arvel O. Long, 70, of Benton died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Gloria Gramlisch (12/08/06)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Gloria Fay Gramlisch, 65, of Doniphan, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at the home of a daughter. She was born Nov. 1, 1941, at Zalma, daughter of Marvin and Haley Slaughter Abernathy. She first married Gene Bond, and later married Steven Gramlisch...
Garry Schearf (12/08/06)
Garry Schearf, 56, of Delta departed this world Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, for an extended stay in paradise. He was born May 2, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, to Phillip "Gene" Schearf and Enid Alice Campbell Schearf of Delta. He married Belinda Bentley July 10, 1970...
Clara Steimle (12/08/06)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Clara Francis Steimle, 89, of New Hamburg died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Jan. 21, 1917, at New Hamburg, daughter of Frank Joseph and Mary Bertha Gosche Steimle. Steimle retired as a floor lady at Thorngate Ltd. in Chaffee. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and its St. Ann Sodality...
Births 12/8/06 (12/08/06)
Peters; Demolle; Anderson; Griggs; Pittman; Davis; Reeves; Nix; Miller; Rulo; Forrester; Schwartz
Fire report 12/8/06 (12/08/06)
n At 6:52 p.m., citizen assist in the 800 block of Ranney Avenue. n At 1:19 a.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of North Street. n At 4:06 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 4:07 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Lacey Street...
Police report 12/8/06 (12/08/06)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; DWI; Assaults; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Theft
Out of the past 12/8/06 (12/08/06)
The Jackson Senior Center has announced plans to purchase the Lichtenegger Finer Foods store and parking lot in Jackson for use as a senior citizens nutrition center. A proposal that would affect the secondary time schedule and another that would reduce the Cape Girardeau School Districts' staff by 10 to 12 people bring a full house of teachers to the school board meeting; the reduction of staff would result in a savings to the district of between $120,000 and $160,000; the alteration in the time schedule would largely solve the problem of part-time attendance at the high school level and would also mean that fewer teachers would be needed.. ...
Family counseling (12/08/06)
Anyone who abuses drugs or alcohol -- or both -- is in need of serious help. That need was recognized 30 years ago when the first Family Counseling Center opened in Kennett, Mo. Since then, other centers have opened in Caruthersville, Hayti, Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau and a new center at West Plains...
Bus service is filling a need (12/08/06)
To the editor:In the 11 years since I have moved back to Cape Girardeau, there are few things that I have seen have an impact on so many in our community the way our new public transportation system has. Through our own United Way community assessment process, lack of transportation has been the No. ...
Police can be intimidating (12/08/06)
To the editor:In response to the Opinion-page article "Police overkill: Death of Cape Girardeau native draws national attention": Why do you think everyone from children to the elderly are afraid when they are stopped by the police? I ride a motorcycle, and when I get pulled over the police request backup, maybe because I have an artificial arm and the hook scares them. ...
GAC: Something for everybody (12/08/06)
To the editor:I enjoyed the GAC Country Christmas concert very much. The country-rock-pop mixture was great. The Christmas half of the program was a variety of music, something for everybody in the audience. After the two-hour show, all of the artists stayed for a long autograph/photo session. More people should have showed up for this concert. Matt Sanders hit this concert review right on...
Speak Out 12/8/06 (12/08/06)
Bogus testing; Police monitoring; Central parking; Irrelevant information; Cell phone indigestion; Fathers' rights; Board with backbone; Fending for ourselves
Winter has finally arrived (12/08/06)
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