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Lucy J. Caldwell (12/31/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Lucy J. Caldwell, 61, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006. She was born June 28, 1945, daughter of William Earl and Verda Smith. She was a graduate of Central High School in Cape Girardeau, and an employee for 25 years of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School...
Bogus calls prompt fake prize, real arrest (12/31/06)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Knoxville Fire Department investigators used a ruse of their own to nab a man suspected of making a series of bogus emergency calls on his cell phone. After receiving a false report of a gas leak on Dec. 14, firefighters compared notes...
Briefly (12/31/06)
Al-Qaida No. 2 posts criticisms on Web CAIRO, Egypt -- The deputy leader of al-Qaida accused moderate Arab leaders of being traitors for cooperating with the United States in a message posted on the Internet Saturday to mark the most important Islamic holiday. ...
Marquette tries nonlethal ways to get rid of pigeons (12/31/06)
For several months, pedestrians downtown near the Marquette Tower have been subject to the sounds of birds in distress. But they aren't the target of the noise. Instead, owners of the building have installed a device making the sounds to shoo away pigeons that once roosted in large numbers on the Broadway landmark. The noisemakers, along with a device called a "spider," are a response to criticisms leveled in 2005 after exterminators used poisoned corn to kill the nuisance birds...
Iraqi brothers hope execution brings peace (12/31/06)
Qasim Al-Ganzawy is a hulking man. At well over six feet and north of 250 pounds, he was formerly a heavyweight boxing champion in his native Iraq. And he remembers shaking in fear in the presence of another man only once -- when he met Saddam Hussein...
Cape: No Prop B pay raise (12/31/06)
Like many low-paid workers, sisters Alicia and Angela Broshuis voted in November for the state proposition to increase the minimum wage. Both earn $5.35 per hour working desk jobs at the Osage Community Centre in Cape Girardeau. The jobs are good, they say, allowing the Southeast Missouri State University students flexible hours and study time...
Fanciers' show judges both pet and pedigreed cats (12/31/06)
Some sat on fluffy cushions waiting to be called. Some dozed, others yawned and looked bored, while others sat patiently as their coats were brushed and fluffed to perfection. This weekend 202 pedigreed cats -- and a few household pets that don't qualify as show cats -- let themselves be scrutinized by eight judges in a two-day Cat Fanciers' Association-sanctioned show presented by Pfanciers United For Fun, or PUFF. ...
Marketing, new businesses give Branson's year a boost (12/31/06)
BRANSON, Mo. -- A new marketing campaign, a specialty museum and a shopping and entertainment district that opened in May helped make 2006 a good year for Branson businesses and hospitality venues. After several years of attracting an estimated 7 million visitors, the southwest Missouri resort town drew an estimated 7.3 million in 2006...
Gov. Blunt calls for sprinkler mandate after group home fire (12/31/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Friday proposed a sprinkler system mandate for Missouri's long-term care facilities in response to a fire that killed 11 people at a group home for the mentally ill. The Anderson Guest House was not equipped with sprinklers when a Nov. 27 fire started in the attic and swept through the one-story building. After the fire, Blunt ordered a review of Missouri's fire safety regulations for such facilities...
Printer turns teen hobby into a lifetime pursuit (12/31/06)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Charles Bush retired from his vocation and his avocation. But at 92, Bush is still a master of a lost art who has forgotten more than most people will ever know about letterpress printing. Junior high school in Minneapolis during the early years of the Great Depression gave Bush a choice...
Father of two dies while exploring cave (12/31/06)
ANTONIA, Mo. -- An eastern Missouri man died while exploring a cave tucked into a bluff in Jefferson County. Rescuers summoned by the man's wife Friday afternoon found the body of Dave Wiegand at the bottom of an approximately 100-foot cave, said deputy chief Glenn Nivens of the Antonia Fire Protection District...
Nearly 100 new Illinois laws take effect Monday (12/31/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- From dangerous dog owners to land-grabbing government officials, Illinois state lawmakers cracked down on all kinds of people in nearly 100 new laws that go into effect Monday. But by far the biggest change in state law for 2007 is something that legislators did 10 years ago and haven't been able to agree on how -- or if -- to undo...
Chicago test sidewalks made of recycled tires (12/31/06)
CHICAGO -- Rubber tires that once hit the road are now part of the road on Chicago's West Side as part of two environmentally friendly pilot programs. Under one program unveiled last week, city officials replaced 550 feet of concrete sidewalk with panels made from recycled rubber tires. Officials say they want to see how the material withstands Chicago's weather extremes and heavy foot traffic...
St. Louis teen shot by police officer (12/31/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A teenager was shot to death by police after pointing a pistol at an officer and refusing orders to drop it, authorities said. Relatives identified the teen as Jeremy Robinson, an eighth-grader at Turner Middle School whose age was variously given at 14 or 15. He died Friday about one block from his home...
Former police chief leaves prison after serving four years (12/31/06)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A former St. Joseph police chief convicted of fatally shooting his neighbor is out of prison after four years. James Robert Hayes, 81, was released on parole Dec. 25 from the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Angie Day...
Monster winter storm moves into Plains (12/31/06)
DENVER -- A winter storm stretching nearly from Canada to Mexico rolled out of the Rockies on Saturday, sparing Denver another round of heavy snow but trapping drivers farther east in 10-foot drifts. Denver had expected a foot or more of additional snow through today, but the storm trudged northeast from New Mexico into the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Parts of eastern Colorado still expected up to 2 feet, along with high winds...
AT&T closes BellSouth Corp. buyout in largest telecom takeover in U.S. history (12/31/06)
DALLAS -- AT&T Inc. extended its dominance as the nation's largest provider of phone, wireless and broadband Internet services by acquiring BellSouth Corp. in the largest telecommunications takeover in U.S. history. The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved the $86 billion buyout on Friday, a day after the company offered new concessions for consumers and competitors...
Saddam: A leader once tolerated, then vilified, by U.S. (12/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- When U.S. leaders decided it was time to despise Saddam Hussein, he made the perfect villain. He was cocky and cunning. He looked dangerous and deranged standing at rallies firing a gun into the air, conduct unbecoming a head of government...
New guideline: All pregnant women should be screened for Down syndrome (12/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- There's a big change coming for pregnant women: Down syndrome testing no longer hinges on whether they're older or younger than 35. This week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists begins recommending that every pregnant woman, regardless of age, be offered a choice of tests for this common birth defect...
Gerald R. Ford remembered as sailor, congressman and president at funeral (12/31/06)
WASHINGTON -- The nation honored Gerald R. Ford in funeral ceremonies Saturday that recalled the touchstones of his life, from combat in the Pacific to a career he cherished in Congress to a presidency he did not seek. He was remembered as the man called to heal the country from the trauma of Watergate...
Spanish cease-fire broken by ETA car bomb at Madrid airport (12/31/06)
MADRID, Spain -- A powerful car bomb exploded at Madrid's international airport on Saturday and Spain's government, blaming the Basque group ETA, ended peace talks with the separatists. The blast left two people missing and 26 injured, most with damage to their ears from the shock wave...
Saddam had feisty exchange at the gallows (12/31/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqis awoke Saturday to television images of a noose being slipped over Saddam Hussein's neck and his white-shrouded body, the pre-dawn work of black-hooded hangmen. They went to bed as new video emerged showing Saddam exchanging taunts with onlookers before the gallows floor dropped away and the former dictator swung from the rope...
West dodged several bullets in a relatively terrorism-free 2006 (12/31/06)
MADRID, Spain -- Bombs left on commuter trains in a busy station in Germany. A plot to blow up tunnels and flood New York City's financial district. Another to bring down packed commuter airliners flying out of London. Islamic militants had no shortage of murderous ideas in 2006, but for the first time since before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a year neared its close without a major attack in the West...
Bell City caps Cinderella run (12/31/06)
A championship game which garnered David and Goliath comparisons took its ending from the legendary story, as Class 1 Bell City knocked off Class 5 Jackson 84-76 on Saturday in the finals of the 62nd annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center...
Saxony Lutheran blasts St. Vincent to capture title in its own tournament (12/31/06)
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team completed a dominant run through its own tournament by beating St. Vincent 66-51 Saturday night. The Crusaders (8-1) finished 3-0 in the six-team event, with the other wins being 72-40 over Zalma and 76-25 over Marquand...
Advance turns back Braves in fifth-place game (12/31/06)
Advance coach Joe Shoemaker wasn't all that pleased with his team's play entering the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. But Shoemaker came away feeling much better about the Hornets after they captured fifth place Saturday by beating Scott County Central 68-59...
Kelly's inside game too much for Tigers (12/31/06)
The Kelly boys basketball team dominated the interior, both on the glass and in the scoring column, and took care of eighth-seeded Central 63-56 on Saturday in the consolation finals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center...
Charleston storms past Notre Dame (12/31/06)
Notre Dame coach Paul Hale and Charleston coach Danny Farmer both came to the same conclusion following Saturday night's third-place game in the 62nd annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. The Bluejays simply wore down the Bulldogs in the late going on their way to an 83-73 victory, thanks to a 25-12 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter...
Purdue puts up 102 points; Southeast drops 6th straight (12/31/06)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue sophomores Gordon Watt and Chris Lutz answered their coach's challenge with emphatic actions Saturday night in Mackey Arena. Dropped from the starting lineup after Thursday night's 19-point loss at Indiana State, forward Watt and guard Lutz came off the bench for 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 102-65 drubbing of Southeast Missouri State...
Texas rallies to beat Iowa in Alamo Bowl, reaches 10 wins (12/31/06)
Colt McCoy threw two touchdown passes to tie a single-season record for freshmen and Texas rallied to beat Iowa 26-24 on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. McCoy had been cleared to play just a week earlier after suffering a severely pinched nerve in his neck in each of Texas' last two games -- both losses. He also ran 8 yards on fourth down to set up a 2-yard scoring run by Selvin Young early in the fourth quarter that proved to be the winner...
Old ball returns (12/31/06)
New Year's celebrations might be louder than usual in NBA locker rooms today. When the curtain closes on 2006, so does the brief run of the league's new basketball. The new year brings the return of the old ball, the leather one players said never should have been replaced...
Tigers try to recover after Sun Bowl loss (12/31/06)
EL PASO, Texas -- Missouri knows exactly how South Carolina felt last year. Last December, the Tigers exited their season with a feeling of euphoria after Brad Smith led the biggest comeback in school history. Down 21 points, Missouri rallied to beat the Gamecocks 38-31 in the Independence Bowl...
Rams' Linehan returns to Metrodome (12/31/06)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Scoring points wasn't always a problem for the Minnesota Vikings. Scott Linehan could vouch for that. The offensive coordinator in Minnesota from 2002 to 2004, Linehan now has his own show to run as head coach of the St. Louis Rams. His return to the Metrodome on the final Sunday of the regular season, however, will surely remind many frustrated Vikings fans what they have missed since Linehan left...
Giants outscore Redskins, move closer to playoffs (12/31/06)
LANDOVER, Md. -- Tiki Barber didn't want his career to end here, not on a Saturday night against a losing team in front of thousands of empty seats. He put the New York Giants on his shoulders and led them to victory -- and probably the playoffs. And he did it with the best game of his 10-year NFL career...
Blues beat Avalanche again (12/31/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Manny Legace made 33 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Legace, in his first season with the Blues after six with Detroit, is 11-1-0 lifetime against Colorado. On Friday night in Denver, he helped the Blues beat the Avs 4-2...
Bell City, Jackson threw wrench into mid-tourney prediction (12/31/06)
I wrote in my blog on semoball.com before the semifinals of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament that I would be very surprised if Charleston and Notre Dame didn't reach the finals. Another prediction gone awfully wrong for your fearless forecaster...
Fan Speak 12/31/06 (12/31/06)
Good effort; Better signal; Restructure tourney; Patience
Toast to the New Year (12/31/06)
It's the final day of 2006. If you're preparing age-old traditions, you're not alone. At the stroke of midnight, people with champagne-filled glasses will toast to the new year. Toasting with champagne is a universal lucky tradition, said Dwayne Schaaf, executive chef at Celebrations Restaurant and Bar. ...
The plain president (12/31/06)
By R. Joe Sullivan My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy....
Fans bid farewell to singer James Brown (12/31/06)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For one last time, the "Godfather of Soul" fronted a raucous band while a packed house of fans clapped, danced and shouted. As James Brown's body lay at the front of the bandstand, more than 8,500 fans filled an arena bearing his name Saturday in a final, joyful farewell that seemed as fitting for a civil-rights leader as for a musician...
Lucas to shoot fourth 'Indiana Jones' in '07 (12/31/06)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- George Lucas said Friday that filming of the long-awaited "Indiana Jones" movie will begin next year. Harrison Ford, who appeared in the three earlier flicks, the last one in 1989, is set to star again. Lucas said he and Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script for the film...
Sitcom on Canadian TV tackles post-Sept. 11 religious division (12/31/06)
TORONTO -- The bearded imam in traditional robe is railing against pop-culture idols, warning Muslims to protect themselves from the evil influences of prime time. "'American Idol,' 'Canadian Idol,' I say all idols should be smashed," Baber tells a small congregation sitting on the floor of a makeshift mosque. "'Desperate Housewives'? Why should they be desperate when they're only performing their natural womanly duties?"...
Poll: Most get hooked on TV show that spouse doesn't like (12/31/06)
NEW YORK -- As you sink into your couch to watch a favorite TV show this holiday weekend, take comfort in the knowledge that you're not alone. Nationally speaking, at least. Unity within your own home is another matter entirely. A majority of Americans got hooked on a TV show this year, an AP-AOL News poll shows. But some say they watch their favorite shows alone: Their spouse or partner is into much different fare...
Lucille Trickey (12/31/06)
Lucille M. Trickey, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 25, 1913, in Whitewater, daughter of Shelby Strong and Cora Mae Spradling Strong. She and Hugh L. Trickey were married Nov. 19, 1937, in Cape Girardeau. He died Aug. 2, 1953...
Births 12/31/06 (12/31/06)
Bradshaw; White; Keller; Hahs
Dowdy-Klett (12/31/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Christina Joy Dowdy and Glen Robert Klett were married Nov. 18, 2006, on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ambrose Herrid performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Linda Dowdy of Olive Branch, and the late Keith Dowdy. Gene and Cheryl Klett of Tucson, Ariz., are parents of the groom...
Gittemeier-Gebhardt (12/31/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Heather Marie Gittemeier and Ronnie Lee Gebhardt II were married Aug. 26, 2006, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. The Rev. Kevin Fausz performed the ceremony. Organist was Sister Marilyn Schneider of Perryville. Soloist was Tracy Schisler of St. Charles, Mo...
Eldracher-Austin (12/31/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Lynne Eldracher and Christopher Austin were united in marriage Dec. 13, 2006, in Negril, Jamaica. Lloyd A. Francas performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Dorothy Eldracher of Marble Hill. The groom is the son of Roger and Vonda Sczepanski...
Leggitt-Jones (12/31/06)
Christi Ann Leggitt and Jeremy Ray Jones were married Aug. 5, 2006, at Grace United Methodist Church. The Rev. Scott Moon performed the ceremony. Music was by Susan Hatley of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Clyde and Linda Leggitt of DeSoto, Mo. The groom is the son of Ava and Danny Odum of Creal Springs, Ill., and Wally and Cheryl Jones of Scott City...
Retherford-Camp (12/31/06)
Dennis and Vickie Ruch of Millersville and Becky and Shane Halbrook of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Trisha Ann Retherford, to Rafiel Caine Camp. He is the son of Andy and Stacy Camp of Scott City. Retherford is attending Southeast Missouri State University...
Fire report 12/31/06 (12/31/06)
n At 5:18 p.m., medical assist at 1000 S. Silver Springs Road. n At 5:26 p.m., medical assist in the 700 block of Perry Avenue. n At 10:30 p.m., medical assist in the 600 block of Boxwood Drive. n At 10:43 p.m., medical assist in the 1100 block of Bloomfield Road...
Police report 12/31/06 (12/31/06)
Arrests
Out of the past 12/31/06 (12/31/06)
The director of public safety the past three years at Des Peres, Mo., is named Cape Girardeau police chief, replacing Henry H. Gerecke, who retired in September; announcement of the hiring of D. Ray Johnson, 43, as chief is made by City Manager Gary A. Eide...
Hello, 2007 (12/31/06)
When 2007 rolls around Monday morning, we will all find out if we made useful resolutions that can be kept. Good luck to those who have every intention of being better and doing better things in the new year. One thing we can all do with little fear of breaking any resolutions is to look forward to some important things every citizen of our area should be concerned about. Here is a brief list:...
Speak Out 12/31/06 (12/31/06)
Needed protection; Spanking works; All the same; Government spending; Denied disability; Able to work; Single father; DNA legislation; Spanking is proper; Need an explanation
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