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Ex-curator says bill undercuts universities (02/09/07)
Jackson lawyer John Lichtenegger added a new layer of opposition Thursday to provisions of a higher education bill pending in the Missouri Senate. The bill, which would recognize the legality of selling the MOHELA student loan portfolio to fund campus buildings, also takes aim at tuition costs, measures of academic achievement, disputes between colleges and student financial aid. ...
Theater groups roll out classic productions this month (02/09/07)
This month two theater groups in Cape Girardeau will present two plays to the public by well-known playwrights. The theater presentations begin with the River City Players community theater group's production of the 1963 Tony-nominated Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park," which begins its run Feb. ...
Seeking 21st-century leaders (02/09/07)
During February, Black History Month, schoolchildren learn about icons from the past. They fill their heads with dates and facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. But what about the present? Who are the men and women shaping the future of Cape Girardeau and its black community?...
Classic rock may return to district fair's stage with REO Speedwagon (02/09/07)
Classic rock may return to the SEMO District Fair grandstand this year after an absence in 2006. The official Web site of the classic rock band REO Speedwagon says the band will perform in Cape Girardeau on Sept. 14 at Arena Park at the "Southeast Missouri Fair."...
MoDOT holds open-house meeting for discussion of highway project (02/09/07)
Motorists will drive along a smoother, wider and straighter Highway 72 from Fredericktown, Mo., to Jackson by 2010, Missouri highway officials say. The state will spend an estimated $30 million to $32 million to improve the 38 miles of highway, said Jeff Wachter, Missouri Transportation Department project designer. The project involves widening and resurfacing the highway and paving road shoulders as well as some bridge improvements...
Police: Man accused of holding up shoe store may be linked to two other area robberies (02/09/07)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of robbing the Payless Shoe Source, 3437 William St., Saturday morning may be linked to two other robberies, police say. Gregory D. Williams, 32, of 321 Albert St., is charged with first-degree felony robbery. Police allege he tied up the store manager of the Payless Shoe Source, 3437 William St., threatened her with a gun and robbed the store's safe of $60.50...
Shawnee college to construct two buildings through bond issue (02/09/07)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Shawnee Community College will construct a medical arts building and a new technology center, financing them with a $6.2 million bond issue. The college's board of trustees approved the sale of the bonds earlier this week. The college plans to break ground for the new structures in April, school officials said Wednesday...
United Way exceeds 2006 campaign goal; final figures yet to come (02/09/07)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri announced Thursday it exceeded its 2006 campaign goal by more than $50,000. An estimated $1.17 million has been raised, with a few campaigns still underway and pledges continuing to come in. "The United Way is fortunate to serve communities that have generous, charitable people," said Jean Mason, 2006 campaign chairwoman. ...
Former officer says he was set up (02/09/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The former Chaffee police officer charged with patronizing prostitution spoke only briefly Thursday about his arrest. At his news conference in Circle Park, Daniel Ayers told a small crowd and members of the media he was "set up" by police...
Man pleads guilty to tossing girl in Springfield lake (02/09/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A man accused of tossing a 5-year-old girl into a Springfield lake to terrorize his estranged wife pleaded guilty Friday to all five felony charges against him. Johnnie Jerome Kerns, 29, of Springfield, could be sentenced to 55 years or more in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing is set for May 11 in Greene County circuit court...
Gov. Blunt to travel to Mexico to promote trade (02/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt will make another trip to Mexico next week to meet with political leaders to spur development of a Kansas City port linking the United States and Mexico. Blunt said his goal for the trip is to spur trade ties and advance a proposal to open an international port in Kansas City. ...
Harriett Woods, Missouri's first female lieutenant governor, dies (02/09/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Former Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods, an activist Democrat who championed other women politicians after becoming the first to hold elected statewide office in Missouri, has died of leukemia. She was 79. Woods had been diagnosed with leukemia in March while teaching political and community involvement in New York. She died about 10 p.m. Thursday at her home in the St. Louis suburb University City, surrounded by family, her son, Andrew Woods, said...
Mo. couple charged after boy takes gun to school (02/09/07)
MOSCOW MILLS, Mo. (AP) -- A second-grader is accused of taking a loaded handgun to school, but it's his mother and her husband who face charges. Tina Powell, and her husband, David Himmel, were arrested Thursday on child endangerment charges after more than 80 firearms were allegedly found at their home in Moscow Mills, about 50 miles north of St. Louis. Police said some of the weapons were loaded, and ammunition was within reach...
Small explosions hamper efforts to stop blaze at chemical plant (02/09/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Another explosion Thursday slowed progress in dousing a massive fire at a chemical distribution plant, forcing officials to evacuate businesses that had been allowed to return to the area. A series of 55-gallon drums ignited at the Chemcentral Corp. plant Wednesday, sending fireballs hundreds of feet in the air and causing an ominous plume of black smoke to drift over the downtown skyline. Nobody was killed in the blasts, but two workers at the plant suffered minor injuries...
Soldier whose belongings were sold gets full value, apology (02/09/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A soldier whose stored possessions were sold while he was in Iraq has received their full value of $8,000 and an apology from the storage company. Patrick Rogalin, a 20-year-old Army Reserve specialist, was flooded with offers of help after his case became a national news item late last year. ...
Element adds power, carpet in new version (02/09/07)
Buyers still can't get factory-installed leather seats inside Honda's entry-priced sport utility vehicle. But they can finally get carpeting. Offered on a new, top model of the 2007 Honda Element, carpeting is one of several major updates to the boxy SUV whose starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $19,495...
U.S. health officials: Autism rate about 1 in 150, higher than previous estimates (02/09/07)
ATLANTA -- About one in 150 American children has autism, an urgent public health concern, said U.S. health officials Thursday who reported on the largest study done so far on the troubling disorder. The new numbers, based on 2002 data from 14 states, are higher than previously reported...
Experts: Traits that make astronauts successful can cause problems and strain relationships (02/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- From the dawn of the space program, America's astronauts have been treated like stars, saluted as red-white-and-blue heroes, and indoctrinated in NASA's can-do, failure-is-not-an-option ethos. Could that explain the downfall of Lisa Nowak, the astronaut accused of attempted murder? Were the expectations too high? The pressures too great?...
White House defends Pelosi's access to Air Force plane (02/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Nancy Pelosi received some rare help Thursday from the White House against a barrage of Republican criticism over how the new House speaker intends to get back home. For security reasons, Pelosi is entitled to fly to her San Francisco district on military planes...
Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing at Florida hotel (02/09/07)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Anna Nicole Smith, the curvaceous blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale -- Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother -- died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39...
Prosecution rests in Libby's CIA leak trial (02/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- NBC's Tim Russert deflected criticism of his ethics and credibility as he completed a heated second day of cross-examination Thursday in the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter Libby. Russert, who testified that he never discussed outed CIA operative Valerie Plame with Libby, was the final prosecution witness before special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald rested his three-week perjury and obstruction case. Libby's attorneys will begin calling witnesses Monday...
Rival Palestinian leaders sign deal on power-sharing government at summit (02/09/07)
MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- Rival Palestinian factions signed a power-sharing accord aimed at ending months of bloodshed Thursday, agreeing the Islamic militant group Hamas would head a new coalition government that would "respect" past peace agreements with Israel...
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces arrest official linked to Shiite death squads (02/09/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces stormed the Health Ministry and arrested the No. 2 official Thursday, accusing him of diverting millions of dollars to the biggest Shiite militia and allowing death squads use of ambulances and government hospitals to carry out kidnappings and killings...
U.N. tries to determine responsibility for Lebanon-Israeli border shootout (02/09/07)
MAROUN EL-RASS, Lebanon -- U.N. troops sent tanks and armor Thursday to a tense area along the frontier with Israel to try to determine whether an Israeli bulldozer crossed into Lebanon, sparking the first shootout since last summer's Hezbollah-Israel war...
Southeast women grab a share of first place (02/09/07)
Southeast Missouri State's women have had their share of problems on the road this season, which is not unusual in college basketball. But there has been no place like home for the Redhawks. Southeast continued its Show Me Center dominance Thursday night, beating Morehead State 84-70 to pull into a first-place Ohio Valley Conference tie...
Jackson, Central enter sectional meets (02/09/07)
A competitive sectional and Jackson's relatively inexperienced squad could leave the Indians wrestling team with an abnormally low number of state qualifiers when the sectional meet concludes this weekend. Jackson will compete in the Class 4 sectional at Northwest, which begins today and runs through Saturday. Central will travel to Farmington for a Class 3 sectional...
New Salem's loss in tourney is its first (02/09/07)
New Salem Baptist's perfect season is over. The New Salem girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 67-56 to People's Christian of Arnold in the semifinals of the St. Louis Missouri Christian Schools Activities Assocaition's conference tournament...
Southeast men regroup, escape with victory (02/09/07)
Maybe the basketball gods are finally starting to favor Southeast Missouri State. And at home, no less. After suffering so many excruciating Ohio Valley Conference losses, the Redhawks seem to finally be getting good at coming through in crunch time...
Notre Dame claims its first conference title (02/09/07)
Central had twice as many swimmers on the podium as Notre Dame when the Show-Me Conference's most valuable swimmers were honored. But Notre Dame coach Lenny Kuper noted that the Bulldogs had plenty of value throughout their roster in winning the school's first conference title in girls swimming...
Big fish in any pond (02/09/07)
Miles Stroter was at one time being looked at by some of the nation's premier Division I-A football programs before signing with Division I-AA Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday. It is not clear how many of those major universities actually offered Stroter a scholarship -- although an internet report said Illinois offered him one last February -- but his high school coach is certain of one thing: Southeast got itself a steal in the massive offensive lineman from Chicago...
Pujols becomes U.S. citizen at ceremony (02/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols has won an NL MVP award, a Gold Glove and a World Series. So it was no surprise that the high achiever scored a perfect 100 on his citizenship test. The St. Louis Cardinals' star officially became a U.S. citizen Wednesday during a ceremony at the Eagleton Courthouse. Pujols' wife Diedre secretly arranged to have about two dozen relatives and friends watch U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber swear in Pujols...
Blues claim 1-0 victory in rare shutout of Wings (02/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Bill Guerin scored and Manny Legace and Curtis Sanford combined to stop 23 shots for St. Louis and shut out Detroit for the first time in 176 games in the Blues' 1-0 victory Thursday night. The Red Wings last were shut out Jan. 7, 2004, in a 3-0 loss to Boston. Calgary holds the NHL record for consecutive games without being shutout -- 264 from Nov. 12, 1981 to Jan. 9, 1985...
Cowboys hire Chargers defensive coordinator Phillips (02/09/07)
IRVING, Texas -- Wade Phillips was hired Thursday to coach the Dallas Cowboys, providing the club with an experienced replacement for Bill Parcells and someone well-versed in the 3-4 defense. The seventh coach in team history, Phillips is only the second to arrive in Dallas with previous head coaching experience. The other was Parcells, who retired Jan. 22 after four seasons with the Cowboys...
Mickelson among trio tied for lead (02/09/07)
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson finally showed signs of turning the corner Thursday. Nowhere near the leaderboard since his collapse at the U.S. Open last summer, Mickelson hit 4-iron from 230 yards into 18 feet for eagle on his final hole at Poppy Hills for a 7-under 65 to share the lead with rookie John Mallinger and Nick Watney at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...
Artifacts 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
Trombonist Lancaster to perform at Southeast; Piano faculty member performs solo recital; Open Window Studio taking sign ups; ASU jazz band to appear in Kennett; -- From staff reports
Music man: Jackson teacher honored by state organization (02/09/07)
The name Nick Leist is a sacred term in the Jackson music department. Nine years after his retirement from the district, the man who taught band in Jackson for 30 years has a godlike status in the halls of the district's acclaimed music program. "Every once in a while we'll say something like 'Mr. Leist started this way of teaching' or 'We played this song when he was here,'" said Scott Vangilder, one of Jackson's current band directors and one of Leist's former students...
Cold blast (02/09/07)
When cold weather hangs around like an urchin's runny nose, you can do one of two things:Wear warm clothes. Or whine. What amazes me is how many people in parkas are complaining about the cold spell we've been having. We're all spoiled, rotten to the core. We've had some mild winters in recent years. And this year we didn't have winter at all until January was almost half over...
Arts can't depend on politics (02/09/07)
For most of us, art and culture are probably the last things on our minds when we think about state politics. In a place like Jefferson City -- where political turf battles over gay sex bans, college loan funds and how to spend revenue surpluses are the standard -- it seems that the beauty of artistic expression has no place. It can get ugly in the statehouse, where the political discord would be loud enough to drown out a symphony sometimes...
Daniel Baldwin was in Detroit when Calif. judge ordered arrest warrant (02/09/07)
DETROIT -- Daniel Baldwin was in Detroit working on a locally produced horror film when a warrant was ordered for him in California on charges he skipped a court hearing in a stolen car case. The warrant was ordered Tuesday by a Superior Court judge in Newport Beach, Calif., the court said Thursday...
Everyone's a critic: 'The Messengers' (02/09/07)
One and a half stars (out of four) In general, "The Messengers" has your basic ghost story/haunted house plot. Lost souls seeking peace, yadda, yadda, yadda. Some of the visual effects are good, and a few are creepy. I really liked the storyline of Ben being the only one who could see the spirits. ...
At the theaters 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
New at the theaters 'Arthur & the Invisibles' Starring Robert De Niro, Snoop Dogg and Freddie Highmore. In this animated film, Arthur sets out to save his family home from emerging real estate developers after his grandfather disappears. Arthur learns that he must follow his grandfather's ancient clues to a vast treasure, and unlock the passageway to a spectacular new world filled with mysterious little people, so tiny they are considered invisible. ...
GM's Super Bowl ad draws criticism (02/09/07)
DETROIT -- A Super Bowl ad showing a quality-obsessed General Motors Corp. robot jumping off a bridge in a dream sequence after screwing up on the job is drawing criticism from a suicide prevention group. But the world's largest automaker is defending the ad and says it has no plans to change the spot, which is making the rounds online and is featured on GM's Web site after making its broadcast debut during the Super Bowl...
Della Hoskins (02/09/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Della Hoskins, 94, of Anna died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at City Care Center. She was born Sept. 18, 1912, in Hyden, Ky., daughter of Hence and Betty Boggs Hensley. She and Leonard Hoskins were married Aug. 28, 1937. He died Aug. 30, 1986...
Richard Noah (02/09/07)
Richard "Rich" Noah, 57, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born July 12, 1949, in St. Louis, son of Norman Richard and Helen Louise Curtis Noah. He and Sharon Pruitt were married July 15, 2005, in Cape Girardeau...
Flaud Headrick Jr. (02/09/07)
Flaud W. Headrick Jr., 93, of Rome, Ga., died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at his home. He was born July 22, 1913, in Cape Girardeau, son of Flaud W. Sr. and Clara Headrick. He married Lois Gundelfinger. Headrick and his brother, Bill, owned and operated a cabinet shop and mill working business many years. The Headricks lived in Cape Girardeau until retiring to Florida in 1980, and then moving to Georgia about three years ago. He was a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church...
Harold Clark (02/09/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Harold W. Clark, 59, of Benton died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 9, 1947, in Sikeston, Mo., son of C.H. "Dude" and Dorothy Mae Johnson Clark. Clark was a construction worker and member of Iron Workers Local 974 in Peoria, Ill...
Mary Asbury (02/09/07)
GOREVILLE, Ill. -- Mary Kathleen Asbury, 72, of Goreville died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. She was born Sept. 2, 1934, in Johnson County, Ill., daughter of Hugh and Martha Gladys Billingsley Mighell...
Thelma Browning (02/09/07)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Thelma Browning, 85, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Tacoma, Wash., daughter of Harry and Jessie (Sackett) Ball. She married Ernest Browning on July 16, 1941...
Births 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
Kopf; Boyer; Johnson; Steffens; Thomas; Austin
Cape fire report 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
n At 8:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2400 block of Lisa Drive. n At 5:55 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Themis Street. n At 6:52 a.m., vehicle fire at the 99 mile marker at Interstate 55 northbound. n At 9:41 a.m., medical assist in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Avenue...
Cape/Jackson police report 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
Arrests; Theft; Arrests
Out of the past 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
It didn't get extremely cold overnight, and there wasn't a great deal of precipitation; the rain, sleet and snow that did fall leave the Cape Girardeau area blanketed with a glaze of ice; many area schools, especially in rural districts, are closed, while Cape Girardeau's public schools remain open...
A rebuttal (02/09/07)
By Paul White Eagle This is a response to the Feb. 5 article "AhNiYvWiYa: Teaching 'the human people' -- Whether they are an actual tribe is debated." AhNiYvWiYa Inc. is listed with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Native American tribe under the categories of religions and education. ...
Black history (02/09/07)
When Paxton Williams portrayed George Washington Carver during last summer's Chautauqua festival, he made quite an impression. Thanks to Southeast Missouri State University's events to celebrate Black History Month, Williams returned last week as part of the Multicultural Speaker Series...
Information in story questioned (02/09/07)
To the editor:I'm appalled by the Feb. 5 article "Teaching 'the human people'" by TJ Greaney. Whether they're an actual tribe is debated? I thought a debate was between at least two represented parties. Greaney used excerpts from various interviews but failed to print (or dare I say ask) any responses from Paul White Eagle on the attacks to his heritage, tribe and morality...
Bush just might surprise us (02/09/07)
To the editor:Many eyes watched and ears listened to the State of the Union address, the final major address by President Bush. It gave him a second chance to defend his new Iraq strategy to a nation that continues its opposition and declares it is tired of war. Congress is intent on voting against the plan. Bush vows to stand firm on his strategy...
Jetton's position is embarrassing (02/09/07)
To the editor:When I heard a couple of weeks ago that state Rep. Scott Lipke had been removed from his committee chair by House Speaker Rod Jetton, I must confess that I was curious about what was behind such a bold and unusual intraparty move. What great crime has Lipke committed? Another Republican sex scandal? As it turns out, it is a sex scandal of sorts...
Lipke's ouster is Missouri's loss (02/09/07)
To the editor:Like Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan and others in the law enforcement and legal communities, I too am discouraged by House Speaker Rod Jetton's decision to oust state Rep. Scott Lipke as chairman of the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee...
Charter schools fail to deliver (02/09/07)
To the editor:George Will recently criticized the Topeka, Kan., board of education for opposing charter schools. His opening salvo was pointing out the position of the board in Brown v. Board of Education decided by the U.S. Supreme Court over half a century ago. ...
Speak Out 2/9/07 (02/09/07)
Cut taxes; Practicing for MAP; Teaching the test; Training a dog; Classic rock band; Keeps on giving; Deserved to lose; No spanking; Not our fault
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