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Stories from Tuesday, December 12, 2006

'Smooth Roads' paved 225 miles in region (12/12/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- With the completion of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Smooth Roads Initiative a year ahead of schedule, MoDOT's Southeast Missouri district engineer Mark Shelton said most of the major road problems in the area have been fixed...
Former prosecutor clerk sentenced to 10 years or must repay $40,000 (12/12/06)
A 38-year-old Cape Girardeau woman sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court will either spend 10 years in prison or repay $40,000 she stole from the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor's office. Monica Krauss, 1801 Grandview Drive, was arrested in May 2005 after working four years as a restitution clerk with the prosecuting attorney's office. Her duties included cashing checks from a Cape Girardeau County account set up to repay crime victims, according to court documents...
State to bolster school safety (12/12/06)
Missouri will spend $1.6 million in federal Homeland Security money to obtain and expand Internet software meant to help public and private schools and law enforcement agencies respond better to school shootings or other emergencies. The computer program is designed to help schools set up and update emergency plans to deal with everything from school violence to pandemic influenza...
'Concert for Sahara' bigger success than first thought (12/12/06)
Friday night's "Concert for Sahara" raised more money than officials at the Show Me Center initially estimated, the center's director David Ross said Monday. The concert was a collaborative effort between music and TV star Rick Springfield and the Show Me Center to raise funds for local 12-year-old Sahara Aldridge in her battle against brain-stem cancer. ...
Hard-working single mom asks for help with children's gifts (12/12/06)
A full-time certified nurse's aide and single mom, Theresa finds it hard to supply her four children with the toys they'd like to have for Christmas. She doesn't depend on any public assistance even though it's difficult to meet the needs of a growing family...
Around Southeast Missouri (12/12/06)
Neelyville teen pleads guilty to killing mom NEELYVILLE, Mo. -- An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday in Butler County circuit court to voluntary manslaughter last week in connection with the June 2003 shooting death of his mother. Cody Lewis Harris is accused of killing his 37-year-old mother, Ginny H. ...
State looking at fire and safety regulations (12/12/06)
State officials are taking a look at fire and safety regulations to see if improvements can be made. They hope to prevent further tragedies like the one in Anderson, Mo., Nov. 27, in which 10 people died in a fire in a group residential home., and at least a dozen more people were injured at the Anderson Guest House, a group home for the elderly and mentally ill...
MoDOT to turn attention to bettering bridge system (12/12/06)
The early completion of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Smooth Roads Initiative won't expedite other projects in the immediate Cape Girardeau area but will allow MoDOT to focus on improvements to other roads in the Southeast Missouri district...
County road board finds problems with easements (12/12/06)
On Monday afternoon, a subcommittee of the Cape Girardeau County Road and Bridge Advisory Board examined the petitions and easements filed to request the paving of eight roads. In each case, subcommittee chairman Ken Evans reported, they found something about the roads that was at odds with the county's written policies. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 12/12/06 (12/12/06)
Monday n Received and filed correspondence with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding demolition project disposal procedures. n Received and filed certificate with Rhodes 101 for excise tax exemption for county gasoline and diesel purchases...
Red Star food pantry seeks donations of canned goods (12/12/06)
The pantry isn't bare, but it could use some serious restocking. The Red Star Baptist Church food pantry in Cape Girardeau ran a classified ad in the Southeast Missourian last week to solicit donations of canned goods. "This time of year is when we usually have the greatest demand for food," pantry coordinator Kevin Sexton said Monday. "We have been running a similar ad for the past three years."...
Region briefs 12/12/06 (12/12/06)
No injuries from report of shots fired in Cape Cape Girardeau police responded Sunday to a report of shots being fired in the 200 block of South Hanover Street. At about 7:50 p.m., witnesses called police saying they heard gunshots, said police spokesman Jason Selzer. A police search of a group of men on the street yielded no weapons, although a shell casing was found nearby. No one was injured...
DNR proposes settlement over Taum Sauk (12/12/06)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Nearly a year after Ameren Corp.'s Taum Sauk reservoir burst, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has offered a settlement proposal to the St. Louis-based utility company, DNR officials said Tuesday. As part of the proposal, Ameren would either give to the state or allow the state to use a mountain it owns near the site of the reservoir collapse and a stretch of railroad right-of-way the company owns in western Missouri...
Safeguarding ideals (12/12/06)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his farewell address, urged the United States not to abandon its democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism. In remarks Monday at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Annan also said the Security Council should be expanded...
Opposition forms to education board nominee (12/12/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- School groups around the state are uniting in opposition to Gov. Matt Blunt's latest appointment to the State Board of Education, a woman who has advocated for efforts to help children attend private schools. Blunt in October named Donayle Whitmore-Smith of St. Louis to the board that oversees state policy governing public schools...
Online retailers prepare for busiest sales days, target procrastinators (12/12/06)
NEW YORK -- Online and traditional retailers are taking aim at the bane of their holiday sales -- procrastinators. You know the type. Last minute lollygaggers who have put off their holiday shopping either to wait for desperation sales by retailers or because they can't stand the crowds...
Produce's long journey means many ways for contamination to spread (12/12/06)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Processed produce has a long journey from the grower to the table, increasing the number of chances for contamination -- and making it easier to spread. For example, scallions, initially suspected as the source of an E. coli outbreak that has caused dozens to fall ill, can be grown in one place, washed and trimmed in another and shipped across country to be chopped up and repackaged by yet another processor...
Study says older Americans doing better controlling their high blood pressure (12/12/06)
DALLAS -- Americans, especially those 60 and older, are doing a better job of keeping their blood pressure under control, a new analysis says, a sign that people are getting the message about high blood pressure's risks. But the study also found that the prevalence of high blood pressure was about the same...
Bush seeks advice on new course in Iraq (12/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, eager to show he can take advice on Iraq, embarked on a round of public outreach Monday and promised Americans the unpopular war eventually would make their lives safer. Preparing for a major speech on the war's future, Bush took the short trip to the State Department to review options with advisers there, then hosted a handful of experts on Iraq policy in the Oval Office...
World's oldest person dies at 116 (12/12/06)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden, recognized as the world's oldest person, died Monday in a nursing home, the home's administrator said. She was 116. Bolden was born Aug. 15, 1890, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a Los Angeles organization that tracks the ages of the world's oldest people...
Turning 'ABC' gum into art (12/12/06)
STERLING, Va. -- Jamie Marraccini's humble home smells like bubble gum. And it isn't just because he's chewing a piece. The place is filled with original "paintings" and sculptures made from a substance commonly known as "ABC gum" -- as in already been chewed...
This month among the deadliest for U.S. troops (12/12/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Marine helicopter made a hard landing Monday in a remote desert area of Anbar province, injuring 18 people -- the third U.S. aircraft to go down in the insurgent stronghold in two weeks. The military also announced that three American soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing north of the capital Sunday, putting December on track to be one of the deadliest months of the war...
Holocaust deniers meet in Iran for conference (12/12/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world Monday at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide took place, a meeting Israel's prime minister condemned as a "sick phenomenon." The 67 participants from 30 countries included former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Holocaust skeptics who have been prosecuted in Europe for questioning whether 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis or whether gas chambers were ever used. ...
Palestinian violence threatens peace efforts (12/12/06)
JERUSALEM -- By threatening to ignite a Palestinian civil war, the killing of three children in the Gaza Strip on Monday has jeopardized Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's efforts to restart long-stalled peace talks. The apparent target of the drive-by shooting in Gaza City was Baha Balousheh, a top Palestinian security officer and Fatah loyalist. ...
Jackson's fast start sinks Perryville girls (12/12/06)
The Jackson girls basketball team bolted to a 20-4 lead in the first period and picked up a 65-47 victory Monday night at Perryville High School. Gabrielle Garritano leading nine Jackson players in the scoring column with 13 points. Kendra Schilli and Alyssa Bauwens each scored 12 points for Perryville (2-3)...
New Salem girls triumph; Eagle Ridge boys prevail (12/12/06)
For the New Salem Baptist girls basketball team, the toughest part of the 2006-07 season has been getting games. The Eagles, Class 2 state champions last year in the Missouri Christian Schools Activities Association, have had a tournament snowed out, another opponent snowed in and another program close up...
UCLA, Pittsburgh remain 1-2 in poll (12/12/06)
UCLA and Pittsburgh held the top two spots in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll for the third straight week, and North Carolina stayed No. 3 from last week's voting. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 4, while Florida and Duke, tied for seventh last week, were fifth and sixth, respectively...
Redhawks take short break for final exams (12/12/06)
Southeast Missouri State's first Ohio Valley Conference road trip of the season featured improvements in certain areas, continued struggles in other areas, and no wins. The Redhawks will now have the entire week to prepare -- and take care of finals -- for a two-game homestand that they hope will help them climb the OVC standings...
Lyles' big night earns OVC honors (12/12/06)
Southeast Missouri State senior center Lachelle Lyles says her goal is to lead the nation in rebounding. Through the early part of the season, she isn't far off. Thanks in large part to Thursday's record-setting 32-rebound performance against Tennessee State, Lyles ranks second in NCAA Division I with an average of 14.4 rebounds per game...
NBA will scrap new ball Jan. 1 (12/12/06)
NEW YORK -- The NBA will scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one beginning Jan. 1, an official said Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement of the switch was not due until at least Tuesday...
St. Louis fires Kitchen amid seven-game skid (12/12/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues, last in the NHL standings again despite a change in ownership and several player upgrades, fired coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night and replaced him with former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray. Blues president John Davidson said Murray received a longterm contract after negotiations in New York on Sunday. Murray was fired by the Kings last March...
'We Are Marshall': Hollywood finally tells Herd's story of tragedy, triumph (12/12/06)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- For so long, Hollywood paid no attention. A plane carrying the Marshall football team crashed in 1970, leaving no survivors. It was -- and remains -- the worst sports-related disaster in American history. Jamie Linden, a screenwriter, was reading about the crash a few years ago while he was a marketing major at Florida State. The story struck him, and he wondered why no movie had been made...
Salt Lake acquires phenom Adu from D.C. United (12/12/06)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Freddy Adu was traded Monday from D.C. United to Real Salt Lake, ending a sometimes tumultuous three-year run in Washington for the highly touted teenager who clashed with his coach and was often frustrated by his role. The 17-year-old will move to a MLS city in need of a marketable star as it hopes to boost attendance and gain support for a new stadium. He will also get to be an attacking midfielder, a position he never played on a consistent basis with United...
Johnson admits horseplay led to broken wrist in golf outing (12/12/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson was "horsing around" on top of a moving golf cart when he fell off and broke his left wrist, his team said Monday. The version clarifies what happened during the celebrity tournament in Lecanto, Fla., one day after the initial account from Hendrick Motorsports implied that the Nextel Cup champion had fallen out of the cart...
Bears' Hester sets record in win over Rams (12/12/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The dome was rocking with chants of "Let's Go Bears," and Chicago's football team looked right at home in St. Louis. Especially high-stepping rookie Devin Hester. Hester set an NFL record with his fifth and sixth returns for touchdowns, a 94-yard kickoff runback in the second quarter and a 96-yarder in the final period Monday night. That sparked a 42-27 victory over the Rams...
The importance of education (12/12/06)
Rebecca Reed may be the youngest graduate to receive a diploma this Saturday at Southeast Missouri State University's graduation ceremony. Just several months shy of her 21st birthday, Reed, of Scott City, follows in her mother's footsetps by earning a bachelor of science degree at the age of 20...
Scholarships of the week (12/12/06)
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship n Who it is for: Students with a minimum of 32 on the American College Test. Students must be in the top 10 percent of their class. n Value: $1,500 a year, renewable for four years. n Deadline: April 15 n Info: www.ed.gov/programs/iduesbyrd/index.html...
Learning briefs 12/12/06 (12/12/06)
Graduation n Kate Nolen, daughter of David and Jennifer Nolen of Chaffee, graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. She was admitted to the Missouri Bar in a ceremony at the Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo., Oct. 12...
DVD player proves to be dangerous (12/12/06)
Technology is a wonderful thing, provided it doesn't kill you. Take DVD players, for example. The small DVD player in our home looks innocent enough. There are no rough edges. It's lightweight. On the surface, it would appear to be as safe a device as one could find...
Learning about political stereotypes (12/12/06)
Remember when we thought 2007 was some unforeseen time warp filled with flying cars and Jetson-esque abodes? When the radio DJ said they played only '70s, '80s and '90s music? A time before two big towers fell down and the world didn't seem so angry?...
Phyllis Diller is full of laughs at age 89 and isn't ready to be saying goodbye (12/12/06)
LOS ANGELES -- At the age of 89, Phyllis Diller is saying good night but not goodbye. Diller, the subject of a new DVD that celebrates her life and documents her final standup performance in 2002, says she simply got too old to keep traveling from city to city. But, hey, if you've got a movie role in mind, give her a call...
Rose Schrader (12/12/06)
STURDIVANT, Mo. -- Rose M. Schrader, 46, of Sturdivant died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born July 3, 1960, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Roy and Mary Rogers Whittley. She and Jeff Schrader were married on March 17, 1985, at Zalma, Mo...
Flora Richmond (12/12/06)
PARMA, Mo. -- Flora Parline Baker Richmond, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at her home in Parma. She was born May 9, 1942, at Portageville, Mo., daughter of Lloyd Howard and Pearl Eve Farley Wells. She and Timothy Richmond were married March 11, 2005, at Piggott, Ark...
Carl Rendleman (12/12/06)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Carl E. Rendleman, 77, of Jonesboro died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born Sept. 25, 1929, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Henry C. and Maude Ella Colp Rendleman. He and Marguerite Jane Farrar were married April 30, 1951, in Wolf Lake. She died May 9, 2003...
Barbara Mears (12/12/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Barbara J. Mears, 67, of Perryville died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 18, 1939, at Carterville, Ill., daughter of Alec and Reba Bollinger Gladden. Mears worked as a CNA for several nursing homes and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Peoria, Ill...
Cape fire report 12/12/06 (12/12/06)
n At 6:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Albert Street. n At 7:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Main Street. n At 10:20 p.m., still alarm at 957 E. Rodney Drive. n At 12:31 a.m., fire alarm at 1823 Rust Ave...
Out of the past 12/12/06 (12/12/06)
Tomorrow will be a special day for Mrs. Pat Benton of Cape Girardeau; three of her children -- Pamela and David Benton and Patricia Benton Vivone -- will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University in winter commencement exercises in the afternoon...
Ballot wording (12/12/06)
Shall Article XIII, Section 3 of the Constitution be amended to require that legislators, statewide elected officials, and judges forfeit state pensions upon felony convictions, removal from office following impeachment or for misconduct, and to require that compensation for such persons be set by a citizens' commission subject to voter referendum?...
Be positive and show your smile (12/12/06)
To the editor:When a former sports stadium has been converted into a ministry and can draw the attention of more than 1,000 worshippers each Sunday morning, something good must surely come of it. Much credit and praise is certainly given Joel Osteen from Lakewood Church in Houston for his advice and courage each Sunday morning...
Center isn't a good neighbor (12/12/06)
To the editor:Six years ago I bought my first home. I was a single parent of a 7-year-old daughter. I had a large back yard for a swing set, and I could plant flowers like my mother always did. Within a year my dream was taken away. The Revival Center moved into the neighborhood. The center's back parking lot adjoins my back yard...
Founders wanted church-state wall (12/12/06)
To the editor:In response to David Limbaugh's column concerning First Amendment church-state "separation": Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Adams had grown up in an 18th century America in which the majority Christian denomination in each colony created a government with the power to marginalize, punish, tax or banish those from a minority Christian denomination and those who simply had other beliefs. ...
Double standard on tobacco (12/12/06)
To the editor:As I read about the planned statewide study of tobacco use, I wondered in amazement at our nation's double standard. Regardless of how many studies are done, we still have the manufactured products as the root of not only addictions, but a multitude of health problems as well. Cigarette packages warn that their contents damage one's health, yet tobacco companies are free to manufacture their deadly products, addicting and killing millions annually...
Letter produces plenty of laughs (12/12/06)
To the editor:Occasionally a letter starts my day with a bit of jocularity, and the recent hate letter from Jeremy Bosco gave me my big laugh of the day. I agree that Rush Limbaugh was a little over the top on Michael J. Fox, and I believe he apologized for it. However, Fox put himself up for criticism when he decided to inject himself into a partisan political arena...
Speak Out 12/12/06 (12/12/06)
Case conflict; Art inspirations; Time for more TV; Something special; Trucking solution; Seeing results; Consensus building
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