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Stories from Sunday, December 10, 2006

Jackson to elect mayor, four aldermen (12/10/06)
Five job openings for Jackson residents offer low pay and some late work hours but include a good benefits package for anyone who can stick with the work for five years or more. One hitch, however, is that candidates must pitch their resumes to several thousand bosses...
Schools, state still locked in data debate (12/10/06)
A year after state higher education officials ordered Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College to annually report on the operations of their competing Bootheel education centers, the schools and the state have yet to reach agreement over what financial data must be submitted...
Dog survives gunshot to face (12/10/06)
SCOPUS, Mo. -- Bud and Penny Wiesner had been there before. A desperate dog with nowhere to go. A difficult choice. But when this Bollinger County couple who have already adopted six dogs got a look at the puppy hiding underneath their porch, it took their breath away...
Grandmother raising two needs help (12/10/06)
Christmas morning will be sad for Sandra's grandchildren, 2-year-old Tommy and 3-year-old Joey, unless she receives a little help. They look at the Christmas tree and see the commercials and she knows they understand. But Sandra is unable to come up with the money...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda (12/10/06)
9 a.m. Monday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square Jackson Routine business n Correspondence with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding demolition projects. n Certificate with Rhodes 101 for excise tax on gasoline and diesel...
Red Hat Society holds Christmas party (12/10/06)
A vibrating blur of red and purple adorned the University Center Ballroom on Saturday when about 350 members from 29 chapters of the Red Hat Society attended their Christmas party. The red hats and purple dresses are worn by those 50 and over while the lighter hues -- pink and lavender -- are assigned to those who are younger. The scene was primarily Red Hats -- a few pink ones here and there -- but the variety was astounding...
New case, old wounds (12/10/06)
An Illinois man who served time in prison for reckless homicide in 1986 appeared in Alexander County Circuit Court last week on new charges of driving while intoxicated. David D. Hull, 45, of Thebes, Ill., spent 2 1/2 years in prison after he was sentenced in 1987 to five years in prison for reckless homicide, driving while under the influence of alcohol and unlawful possession of a controlled substance...
Foster families enjoy bowling, visiting friends (12/10/06)
About a hundred foster children, their parents and employees of the 32nd Circuit Children's Division got together at Jackson Bowling Alley for food, bowling and visiting with each other and Santa on Saturday. "The party gives children the opportunity to see they're part of a larger community," said FPA president Jack McDonald...
Woman cares for horses injured in barn collapse (12/10/06)
JASPER, Mo. -- The injuries were too much for the pregnant mare, but 20 other horses that were in a southwest Missouri barn that collapsed under the weight of ice and snow are coming along, their owner and a veterinarian said. Robin Ramirez has been spending 12 hours a day caring for her horses since Monday's collapse, which brought chain saw-wielding members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department to the scene to cut away the fallen wood and metal...
Scientist trying to unlock secrets of Chicago's resident squirrels (12/10/06)
CHICAGO -- Squirrels hit the genetic lottery with their chubby cheeks and bushy tails. They're rodents, after all, and it's hard to imagine picnickers tossing peanuts and cookies their way if they looked like rats. But good looks alone don't get you through Chicago winters. They don't help you negotiate a treacherous landscape of hungry cats, big cars and metal traps...
Children explore, learn with new program at Fantastic Caverns (12/10/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group of fourth-graders were the first to participate in a new expanded educational program at Fantastic Caverns. The students from Weaver Elementary School climbed into two Jeep-drawn trailers and hit the cave trails. The two-hour tour was carefully crafted by Fantastic Caverns staff...
St. Charles soldier killed in Iraq (12/10/06)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A 32-year-old Missouri soldier who died in Iraq knew from a young age that he wanted a military career, his family said. Army Capt. Travis Patriquin, a 1992 graduate of Francis Howell North High School, served with the 1st Brigade, First Armored Division in Tikrit, Iraq. A Defense Department report on his death was pending, but his family issued a statement Friday saying he died Wednesday...
Rumsfeld pays farewell visit to troops in Iraq (12/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Saturday. "He's there to express his appreciation to the troops and to thank both the troops and their families for the sacrifices they are making," said Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Vician, a Defense Department spokesman...
Congress limps to finish, makes way for Dems (12/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- The 109th session of Congress, frustrated by partisanship and criticized for its meager record of accomplishment, ended with a flurry of bill-passing and promises of change when Democrats take over the House and Senate in January. Before the predawn finish Saturday, departing House Speaker Dennis Hastert acknowledged that after eight years, the longest stretch for a Republican in the job, he will welcome a return to the rank and file. ...
NASA: Building lunar outpost would be cheaper than getting to moon (12/10/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It'll be cheaper to build a permanent moon base and keep it running than it will be to get to the moon. Just don't ask how much, NASA's boss says. The U.S. space agency's newly unveiled grand plan for a continually staffed lunar outpost starting around 2024 doesn't come with a similarly grand price tag. It doesn't come with a price tag at all...
Police: Shooter thought he was cheated over invention (12/10/06)
CHICAGO -- Police say Joe Jackson was turned away at least once Friday as he tried to get to the high-rise office of a patent lawyer he had a grudge against. He didn't have an appointment. When he came back that day, Jackson had lawyer Michael R. McKenna's business card in his pocket and a manila envelope in his hand. He got close enough to a security guard to jam a revolver hidden in the envelope into his side...
Discovery lifts off for first night launch in four years (12/10/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Discovery lit up the sky late Saturday, blazing off for the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years -- the latest step in NASA's ambitious schedule to complete the international space station. The shuttle's fiery ascent turned night into day for spectators at the Kennedy Space Center. A cloudy sky with blustery winds earlier in the day gave way to clear skies and a gentle breeze at launch time...
Word of the year goes to Stephen Colbert's 'truthiness' (12/10/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- After 12 months of naked partisanship on Capitol Hill, on cable TV and in the blogosphere, the word of the year for 2006 is ... "truthiness." The word -- if one can call it that -- best summed up 2006, according to an online survey by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster...
Ethics panel criticizes Hastert, says GOP negligent in page scandal (12/10/06)
WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers and aides failed for a decade to protect male pages from sexual come-ons by former Rep. Mark Foley -- once described as a "ticking time bomb" -- but they broke no rules and should not be punished, the House ethics committee concluded Friday...
Santa's helper helps the needy (12/10/06)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One of Santa's helpers roamed the streets, thrift stores and coin-operated laundries of the state's capital, making small talk before peeling $100 bills from his pocket and giving them to needy strangers. "He just said Merry Christmas and gave me $100," said Yvonne Dail, 50. "I don't know what to say except that I needed it. I just got divorced, had my gas turned off and I've been feeling pretty low."...
North Pole, Alaska, flooded with letters to Santa Claus (12/10/06)
NORTH POLE, Alaska -- It's a name that needs no address. Everyone knows Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. So letters sent to the roly-poly icon find their way to the small town of North Pole deep in Alaska's interior, including those simply addressed to Santa. Last year, 120,000 letters arrived from 26 countries, not counting the thousands with no return address...
Washington sees results translating bureaucracy's jargon into English (12/10/06)
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The average person may find it tough to understand state government, but Washington state officials want to deploy changes to alleviate state personnel's employment of jargon and legalese that routinely pervade interfaces with constituents...
Laboratory study out of Los Alamos: Honeybees can sniff out explosives (12/10/06)
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Here's the latest buzz on detecting explosives: bomb-sniffing bees. A study at Los Alamos National Laboratory has found that honeybees can be trained to detect explosives, even in tiny quantities. "These bees really perform," said bee biologist Timothy Haarmann, the study's leader...
Ahmadinejad: Iran installing 3,000 centrifuges to expand nuclear program (12/10/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has begun installing 3,000 centrifuges in an expansion of its uranium enrichment program that brings the Islamic nation significantly closer to large-scale production of nuclear fuel, the president said Saturday. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also claimed that the international community was caving in to Tehran's demands to continue its nuclear program...
Fiji coup leader runs want ads to fill Cabinet posts for new government (12/10/06)
SUVA, Fiji -- Fiji's coup leader ran want ads in local newspapers Saturday to fill vacant Cabinet jobs, trying to piece together a new government for the south Pacific country. Army chief Frank Bainimarama has removed a swathe of senior civil servants, including top police officers, saying he is weeding out corruption entrenched in the administration of ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase...
Palestinian president threatens early elections (12/10/06)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened on Saturday to call early elections to end an impasse with Hamas but set no date for the vote, signaling he has not given up on forming a unity government with the Islamic militant group...
Saddam's nephew escapes prison as Iraq's violence claims more victims (12/10/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A nephew of Saddam Hussein serving a life sentence for financing insurgents and possessing bombs escaped from prison Saturday in northern Iraq with the help of a police officer, authorities said. Sectarian attacks killed at least 20 people, including five who died in a suicide car bombing outside a Shiite shrine in Karbala, police said. Officers also found 39 bullet-riddled bodies in Baghdad that apparently were victims of revenge killings by Sunni Arabs and Shiites...
Iran offers to help with U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq (12/10/06)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Iran's foreign minister delivered a blunt challenge to the United States on Saturday, saying Tehran is willing to help U.S. troops withdraw from neighboring Iraq but only if Washington makes some tough policy changes. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki claimed U.S. troops were responsible for at least half the violence tearing apart Iraq and that their departure would pay security dividends for the entire region...
Russia will send investigators to London to probe ex-Soviet spy's death (12/10/06)
LONDON -- Russia plans to send investigators to London to conduct inquiries into the death of a former KGB agent, the chief prosecutor's office said Saturday, as forensic teams combed two houses in Germany and a London hotel now at the center of the investigation into his poisoning...
Panicked victims trapped between locked gate, fire at Moscow hospital (12/10/06)
MOSCOW -- The locked gates and barred windows that kept 45 women from escaping a fire early Saturday at a drug treatment center pointed to conditions now common in post-Soviet Russia's state-run institutions. An official described a scene that hinted at horrific panic as patients struggled to escape the fire -- Moscow's deadliest in decades...
Smith wins Heisman in landslide (12/10/06)
NEW YORK -- Winning the Heisman Trophy was easy. The hard part for Troy Smith was staying composed. To the surprise of no one, the Ohio State quarterback was a runaway winner Saturday night of the award that honors college football's best player. Seconds after his name was called, he hugged everyone important in his life -- coaches and family -- let out a deep, deep sigh and headed for the podium...
ND swimmers post two top-3 finishes (12/10/06)
The Notre Dame girls swimming team finished third among 11 teams Saturday at the Ladue Invitational, following up the Bulldogs' second-place finish Friday among five teams at the University City Relays. At Ladue, Notre Dame scored 276 points to finish behind Lindbergh's 526 and Ladue's 317...
Delta finally grabs title (12/10/06)
Delta's girls basketball team ended a three-championship losing streak at the Lady Devils Invitational on Saturday with a 50-26 rout of No. 2 Kelly in the finals at Chaffee. The top-seeded Bobcats were making their sixth straight championship appearance, but had not won since back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. Delta lost the past two championship games by a combined six points, including a 47-43 loss to Kelly in 2004...
Eagles overpower Redhawks in 2nd half (12/10/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech is regarded as a leading candidate to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship, but the Eagles started league play with two losses for the first time since the 2002-03 season. For a while Saturday night, Southeast Missouri State threatened to continue the Eagles' frustrations, overcoming another slow start to lead by three points at halftime and staying with Tech for a good portion of the second half...
Tech gets healthy vs. Redhawks (12/10/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Whatever was ailing Tennessee Tech, the Eaglettes got rid of it Saturday against Southeast Missouri State. In a rematch between the teams that tied for last year's Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title and met in the finals of the OVC tournament, the host Eaglettes captured round one 59-58...
Tall order (12/10/06)
Sun Ming Ming's hands are enormous. He catches a basketball with one hand, as a baseball player might with a mitt. They are hands with the touch of a shooting guard, able to sink one 20-foot jumper after another. Sun is no guard -- at nearly 7-foot-9, he would be the tallest player in NBA history. But the pituitary tumor that led to his extraordinary size is threatening his life and keeping him away from a pro basketball career...
Marquis likely tojoin Cubs (12/10/06)
CHICAGO -- Pitcher Jason Marquis is likely to become the latest acquisition in the Chicago Cubs' offseason spending spree. Marquis and the Cubs are negotiating a three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the talks said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had yet been made...
Smith's admirable accomplishments overshadowed by drama (12/10/06)
Not that it came as a surprise, because it was pretty much a given that he would not return, but the B.J. Smith era as Southeast Missouri State's women's basketball coach has ended. Officially, as announced by the university Wednesday, Smith resigned, but in actuality he was fired. That came after he was placed on indefinite paid leave by the university two days prior to the start of the season...
Fan Speak 12/10/06 (12/10/06)
Sad turn of events; The damage is done
Wilderness areas expanded in Vermont, New Hampshire (12/10/06)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Thousands of acres in northern New England have officially been designated as wilderness by President Bush. The president signed the New England Wilderness Act of 2006 on Dec. 1. It ordered 34,500 acres in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest and 42,000 in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest to be preserved as wilderness...
Santa's list (12/10/06)
He's making a list and checking it twice, so we wanted to know, have you been naughty or nice? Here's what Jill Janet's kindergarten class at Clippard Elementery had to say...
An etiquette guide for the single person giving, receiving gifts (12/10/06)
There are two things single people can count on during the holidays: They will give more presents than they receive, and they will likely spend more money than a family will spend on them. Call it the curse of the single -- a story as old as time that has been played out at birthday parties, wedding receptions and, of course, at Christmas parties...
Opera house loses prop head that caused security scare (12/10/06)
BERLIN -- Muhammad's severed head already caused enough consternation at Berlin's Deutsche Oper. Fear that the head -- a prop in a Mozart opera -- could anger Muslims prompted the cancellation of the show in November and charges of needless self-censorship. Now the head has vanished along with those of Jesus, Buddha and Neptune just before the performance returns to the stage...
Stephanopoulos' 'This Week' gathers steam (12/10/06)
NEW YORK -- Nearly losing his job on Sunday mornings may someday be remembered as the turning point in George Stephanopoulos' broadcast-journalism career. His show, ABC News' "This Week," has gathered momentum this fall with some newsmaking interviews of President Bush and Vice President Cheney and his first-ever second-place finish to "Meet the Press" in a ratings sweeps month since he began as host in 2002...
Melba Hillis (12/10/06)
GIDEON, Mo. -- Melba Lee Hillis, 79, of Gideon died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born on Dec. 19, 1926, at Clarkton, Mo., daughter of A.D. and Nettie Langston House. She and Clarence Hillis were married May 28, 1943, at Campbell, Mo...
Daisy Hahs (12/10/06)
HIGH RIDGE, Mo. -- Daisy M. Hahs, 96, of High Ridge died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at her home. She was born Aug. 4, 1910, at Patton, Mo., daughter of Pinkney and Rella Seabaugh Brotherton. Hahs was a member of Fellowship First Baptist Church of High Ridge...
Julius Allen (12/10/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Julius Landrith "Lanny" Allen, 65, of Sikeston died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born Nov. 6, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ernest Clifford and Geneva Kluesner Allen. Allen was employed for 38 years at AT&T and Southwestern Bell Telephone. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Eagles Aerie 3319 and the American Legion...
Carrie Phillips (12/10/06)
Carrie L. Phillips, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born July 14, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Hosea and Anna Bell Self O'Daniell. She and Otis Phillips were married on April 1, 1944, in Piggott, Ark. He died Aug. 30, 2001...
Virgie Barlow (12/10/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Virgie Barlow Jackson, 88, of Anna died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at her home. She was born May 12, 1918, at Cypress, Ill., daughter of George and Lula Gore Mangrum. She and Loren S. Barlow were married Dec. 30, 1933, in Cobden, Ill. He died Aug. 5, 1982. She and Jewell Jackson were married March 15, 1983, in Anna. He died Aug. 8, 2001...
Robert Lindsey (12/10/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert M. Lindsey, 9 months, of Perryville died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 25, 2006, at St. Louis, son of Matthew R. Lindsey and Amanda Cooper. Survivors include his parents of Perryville; paternal grandmother, Connie Kirkover of Chester, Ill.; maternal grandmother, Tressa Cooper of Fredericktown, Mo.; maternal grandfather, Ed Bone Sr.; paternal great-grandparents, Harley and Nancy Kirkover of Chester; maternal great-grandmother, Jeanne O'Cull of Grand Tower, Ill.. ...
Melba Myers (12/10/06)
Melba C. Myers, 80, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at John Knox Village Care Center in Kansas City. She was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Zalma, Mo., daughter of Harley W. and Clessie M. White Myers. Melba taught school for seven years in Malden, Mo., four years in Jackson and 26 years in Cape Girardeau, with most of those years as a Spanish teacher. ...
Brown-Rhodes (12/10/06)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church was the setting Sept. 23, 2006, for the wedding of Samantha Lynne Brown and Scott Michael Rhodes. The Rev. Paul Short performed the ceremony. Music was by Trio Girardeaux of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Mike and Dianne Brown of Englewood, Fla. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon "Pee Wee" Rhodes of Cape Girardeau...
McCarthy-Dial (12/10/06)
Marisa Kirsten Kelley McCarthy and Andrew Taylor Dial were married June 30, 2006, in Bates City, Mo. Sean Sears performed the ceremony. Harpist was Michael O'Shiver and keyboardist was Denny Osburn. The bride is the daughter of Susan McCarthy of Westlake Village, Calif., and Michael McCarthy of Malibu, Calif. The groom is the son of Taylor and Anne Dial of Cape Girardeau...
Christopher-Bradley (12/10/06)
Carol Christopher and Mark Gibson of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Alana Christopher, to William Bennett Bradley. He is the son of Ed and Suzie Bradley of Kensington, Md. Christopher is pursuing a degree in social work at Southeast Missouri State University. She is employed at Bella Italia...
Ruch-Barks (12/10/06)
Avery and Betty Dellinger of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Cathy Diane Ruch, to Lindell Dwayne Barks. He is the son of Barbara Barks of Jackson, and the late Lowell Barks formerly of Sedgewickville, Mo. Ruch is owner and operator of Hair Works in Jackson...
Open house honors couple (12/10/06)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wencewicz of Cape Girardeau celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house Aug. 5, 2006. The event was hosted by their children and held at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jeff Worley of Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 12/10/06 (12/10/06)
n At 4:30 p.m., still alarm at 2149 William St. n At 8:51 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of Doctors Park. n At 10:40 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Spanish Street. n At 8:41 a.m., emergency medical service at 2800 Gordonville Road...
Police report 12/10/06 (12/10/06)
Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 12/10/06 (12/10/06)
President Reagan's decision to allow air traffic controllers to seek other federal jobs is a "farce," says Charles T. Ervin, president of the now decertified Cape Girardeau Local 466 of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. Calvin R. Wells of Cape Girardeau, a former schoolteacher who now handles government affairs for Missouri Utilities Co., has become the third Republican to file for the 156th District Missouri House...
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