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Stories from Saturday, December 23, 2006

Bootheel mourns soldier killed in Iraq (12/23/06)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- In the small Southeast Missouri town of Portageville, Maj. Gloria Davis is remembered as a hero. An 18-year Army veteran, the 47-year-old Davis died Dec. 12 from a gunshot wound while stationed in Iraq, friends and family said. A military funeral was held Friday in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C...
Two Cape firefighters leaving for Iraq (12/23/06)
They'll be home for Christmas, but they're leaving for Iraq shortly afterward. Fire marshal Mike Morgan and master firefighter Larry Hagan from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department will leave for the war in Iraq on Jan. 2. The department held a party Friday afternoon to wish the men farewell...
Three enter Jackson mayor race (12/23/06)
A political newcomer has joined two city office veterans in the race to become the next mayor of Jackson. John Graham, owner of Graham Business Machines, will be the first name voters see on the April 3 ballot, followed by alderwoman Barbara Lohr and aldermen David Reiminger. The winner will be the first new mayor in 14 years, replacing Paul Sander, who is stepping aside following an unsuccessful bid for Cape Girardeau County clerk...
Growing pains (12/23/06)
When Jeff Brune stood before the Jackson Board of Aldermen this week seeking a 333 percent boost in city funding for the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority, Mayor Paul Sander wanted some answers. While the increase -- to $20,000 a year -- doesn't sound like much in the transit authority's $1.2 million budget, it could mean a lot for Jackson senior citizens who have complained about a decline in service and increase in price since the authority took on expanded duties in July...
Federal court (12/23/06)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. pleaded guilty Name: Derrick J. Harrell Age: 41 Residence: Kennett, Mo...
Briefly (12/23/06)
Two bodies found in Anna residence JONESBORO, Ill. -- Authorities are investigating the discovery of two bodies early Friday in a Jonesboro residence, said an Anna police representative. A news release issued by the Union County Sheriff's Department Friday evening called the discovery a double homicide and said a suspect was in custody although no arrests have been made. ...
Around Southeast Missouri (12/23/06)
Kennett woman found dead in her home The partially clad body of Kathleen Foley, 45, of 710 N. Vandeventer St., Kennett, Mo., was found lying face down in the front room of her home at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Kennett Police Department. ...
Scott County commissioners won't raise dispatching fees (12/23/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County commissioners have decided to drop their consideration of raising fees for smaller emergency service departments for calls dispatched through the Benton call center. Commissioner Jamie Burger said commissioners reached the decision late last week after the Dec. 14 commission meeting in which the county's governing body talked to the administrator of the South Scott County Ambulance District about the proposal...
Puxico residents ask for audit of city's finances (12/23/06)
PUXICO, Mo. -- More than 200 residents of Puxico have requested a review of the city government's finances by the Missouri auditor's office. Field agents with the office are already in the town of about 1,150 residents, looking over the finances of a city government some say has mismanaged funds...
Officials offer reminder to keep holiday season free of fire hazards (12/23/06)
To ensure Santa gets safely down the fireplace chimney Christmas Eve, area fire officials are advising homeowners to have their chimneys professionally cleaned. With the cooler weather and holiday festivities in full swing, fireplaces are a popular addition to conventional home heating systems as well as a holiday tradition...
Man admits impersonating a Marine (12/23/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man pleaded guilty Friday to illegally wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform and medals. Michael Paul Bramlett, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court to two misdemeanors. The charges stemmed from public appearances in December 2005 when he wore a Marine Corps uniform with decorations, medals, badges and ribbons without authorization...
St. Louis plans to overhaul police force as crime grows (12/23/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and police chief Joe Mokwa said a plan is underway to overhaul the city's police department in the face of rising violent crime. Slay and Mokwa met Thursday to discuss the issue and afterward said the city will announce its full overhaul around New Year's Day...
Study: Humans show ability to track odors experts thought mammals didn't have (12/23/06)
One experiment was designed to see if people could use just their noses to follow a trail of chocolate scent. The Associated Press NEW YORK -- By studying blindfolded college students who crawled through grass to sniff out a chocolate-scented trail, scientists say they've found evidence of a human smelling ability that experts thought was impossible...
Catholic-opoly? Kosherland? Religious game and toy makers look to grow (12/23/06)
BOSTON -- The "crazy, crazy Jewish fun" of Kosherland looks a lot like the board game Candy Land, except gefilte fishing substitutes for visits to the Ice Cream Sea. In Catholic-opoly, like Monopoly, the job is to bankrupt your opponents. The difference is it's done "in a nice, fun way."...
Federal appeals court cuts oil spill judgment against Exxon (12/23/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cut in half a $5 billion jury award for punitive damages against Exxon Mobil Corp. in the 1989 Valdez oil spill that smeared black goo across roughly 1,500 miles of Alaskan coastline. The case, one of the nation's longest-running, noncriminal legal disputes, stems from a 1994 decision by an Anchorage jury to award the punitive damages to 34,000 fishermen and other Alaskans. ...
Holiday travel troubles continue nationwide (12/23/06)
DENVER -- Denver's snowed-in airport reopened Friday for the first time in two days, but the backlog of flights around the country could take all weekend to clear, and many of the nearly 5,000 holiday travelers stranded here might not make it home for Christmas...
Space shuttle Discovery lands at Cape Canaveral (12/23/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts safely returned to Earth on Friday after some last-minute suspense over which landing site to use, closing out a year in which NASA finally got construction of the international space station back on track...
In a changing nation, Santa is an enduring centerpiece (12/23/06)
WASHINGTON -- Santa has lots going against him -- schoolyard rumors, older brothers who think they know the deal and tattle to the young ones, errant price tags, the tell-all Internet and so many Made in China labels it seems the North Pole has outsourced to Asia...
3 dead after Army helicopter crashes during training (12/23/06)
ENUMCLAW, Wash. -- An Army Blackhawk helicopter crashed on a mountain southeast of Seattle during a training mission, killing all three people aboard, military officials said Friday. The UH-60 went down about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement issued by Fort Lewis, an Army post south of Tacoma...
British woman with two wombs gives birth to triplets (12/23/06)
LONDON -- A woman with two wombs has given birth to triplets, in what is believed to the first case of its kind, a hospital official said Friday. Hannah Kersey, 23, gave birth to three girls in September, said Richard Dottle, a spokesman for Southmead Hospital in Bristol where the babies were born. The children spent nine weeks in the hospital...
Rome church officials deny religious funeral for Italian who asked to die (12/23/06)
ROME -- The Roman Catholic Church on Friday denied a religious funeral for the paralyzed Italian author who died after a doctor disconnected his respirator, saying it would treat his public wish to "end his life" as a willful suicide. Piergiogio Welby's widow, who defended the doctor's decision, said the family would hold a lay funeral for him on Sunday if the church denied rites. Anti-euthanasia campaigners and some right-wing newspapers have described Welby's death as murder...
Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq (12/23/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Five more American troops have died from combat wounds in western Iraq and Baghdad, the military said Friday, pushing the U.S. death toll since the war began closer to 3,000. In December, 76 American troops have been killed; at the current rate, the number of U.S. combat deaths this month could meet or exceed the previous monthly record for 2006...
Nixon's hot hand leads to victory over Buffalo (12/23/06)
AMHERST, N.Y. -- The secret is out and the proof is now on tape. If teams dare to let Southeast Missouri State guard Tarina Nixon beat them from beyond the arc, the 5-foot-6 sophomore will do just that. Just ask the University at Buffalo for the updated scouting report...
Jackson wins its fourth straight Holiday Classic title (12/23/06)
Jackson's girls basketball team jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the opening quarter of the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic championship game Friday and went on to claim its fourth straight title with a 55-45 win over Sparta (Ill.) at the Show Me Center...
Redhawks hope hard luck stays behind (12/23/06)
As heartbreaking as things have been for Southeast Missouri State in recent Ohio Valley Conference home games, maybe a change of scenery -- and a step out of conference -- is what the Redhawks need. They'll find out today as they shoot for a road upset of a Big 12 Conference program with a 1 p.m. tipoff at Iowa State (7-5), a school they've never before faced on the court...
Yankees must pay $26 million luxury tax after disappointing 2006 season (12/23/06)
NEW YORK -- The Yankees got the bill Friday for their sorry season. The Yankees were slapped with a $26 million luxury tax by the commissioner's office, raising New York's total to $97.75 million over the last four years. Boston, which missed the playoffs, was the only other team over the tax threshold and will pay $497,549...
Prosecution drops rape charges against Duke athletes (12/23/06)
DURHAM, N.C. -- The district attorney dropped rape charges Friday against the three Duke University lacrosse players after the stripper who accused them changed her story again. But the men still face kidnapping and sex charges that could bring more than 30 years in prison...
Hansbrough makes victorious return home (12/23/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Hansbrough was greeted by his grandmother as he walked off the team bus, spent some time visiting with his brothers and sisters, and then got to work. North Carolina's star sophomore forward had 15 points and matched his career best with 13 rebounds, making his homecoming a big success in the second-ranked Tar Heels' 69-48 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night...
BBO--2006 Final Payrolls,02 (12/23/06)
Baseball Payrolls Final 2006 payrolls for the 30 major league teams, as determined by the commissioner's office. Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and earned incentive bonuses and other compensation. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values. Figures include money paid or received in cash transactions between teams to defray parts of salaries of traded players:...
Punter Turk made the right turn (12/23/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Turk missed last season with a groin injury and was unemployed and living in south Florida. That's when he took an unfamiliar route on the drive home from rehab and happened to drive past Scott Linehan's house. The chance meeting with the St. Louis Rams' new coach kept the 36-year-old punter's career alive. It also gave Linehan, whose rookie season has been far from ideal, one position with no worries...
Country Christmas (12/23/06)
Hundreds of spectators drove a scenic route through northern Cape Girardeau and Perry counties to visit 14 country churches decorated for Christmas earlier this week. Visitors who stopped at the churches left donations to help rebuild homes in Crosstown. The town was destroyed after an F4 tornado swept through last September...
Don't drop the baton (12/23/06)
"The time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; finished the race, kept the faith. The crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord will award to me on that day." (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Paul referred to life as a race, and I compared it with a relay...
Bonnie Edwards (12/23/06)
Bonnie Edwards, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Brown (12/23/06)
Betty M. Brown, 82, of Bethalto, Ill., formerly of Jackson died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Cracraft Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Arline Stuckey (12/23/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Arline Stuckey, 79, of Benton died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 13, 1927, at Caruth, Mo., daughter of Sidney and Damie Harmon Felker. She and Clarence "Sam" Stuckey were married Feb. 11, 1948, at Benton. He died June 25, 1990...
Births 12/23/06 (12/23/06)
Peters; Ponder; Merrick; Horton; Smith; Thompson; Brown; Dohogne; Schremp
Fire report 12/23/06 (12/23/06)
n At 8:52 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of North West End Boulevard. n At 10:21 a.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of North Frederick Street. n At 10:48 a.m., motor vehicle accident at Clark Avenue and Broadway. n At 1:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3200 block of William Street...
Police report 12/23/06 (12/23/06)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assault; Summonses; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Arrests
Out of the past 12/23/06 (12/23/06)
Cape Girardeau County tax collections are running about the same as last year despite the recession, says County Collector Harold D. Kuehle; a total of $3,417,475 had been collected as of Monday. A Cape Girardeau man was killed yesterday when he fell approximately 30 feet from the upper to lower deck of a towboat on the Mississippi River in Mississippi County; the victim is identified as William Petty Jr., 57, a chief engineer for Wisconsin Barge Lines, for which he had been employed since 1966...
Home sweet home (12/23/06)
In "It's a Wonderful Life," the house where Mary and George Bailey rear their family is like a character in the movie and "full of romance." The house's romance eventually includes their own. Many people feel their houses are part of the family...
65 food baskets in Scott City (12/23/06)
To the editor:The Scott City Fire Department would like to express its appreciation to the following people and organizations for their support and donations to the department's food basket program. We were able to deliver 65 baskets this year. From the recipients and the fire department, thank you very much to:...
Students showed kindness, concern (12/23/06)
To the editor:Recently our aunt attended an event for senior citizens sponsored and hosted by Jackson High School students. Unfortunately, upon leaving the building after the event, she fell, severely breaking her leg along with less serious other injuries. ...
Speak Out 12/23/06 (12/23/06)
Enjoy your music; Free-market ethanol; Curb the noise; Farm economics; Padded staffing; Not caused by smoke; Obey the law; Lives, souls saved; Pseudo-issue; Lack of concern
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