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Stories from Saturday, February 10, 2007

Group says it lobbied for repeal of ban on gay sex (02/10/07)
An advocacy group for gays and lesbians raised questions this week about House Speaker Rod Jetton's statements that he removed Rep. Scott Lipke as a committee chairman because a provision repealing the state's ban on gay sex was quietly included in a sex crimes bill...
Cape man publishes marriage proposal (02/10/07)
Two Cape Girardeau residents have agreed to tie the knot thanks to a classified ad in the Southeast Missourian. Michael "Tony" Bryant said he thought it would be romantic to propose to his girlfriend, Mariah Burlison, with a classified ad that ran in Thursday's paper...
Naylor files complaint against Bell City (02/10/07)
The tiny Naylor School District has filed a complaint with the Missouri State High School Activities Association alleging that some past and present boys basketball players for the Bell City School District didn't meet the association's student residency requirements...
Two of seven Lipke crime bills have reached committee (02/10/07)
In addition to losing his committee chairmanship, state Rep. Scott Lipke is having trouble moving the bills he's sponsoring in this year's legislative session. So far this year, Lipke has proposed eight bills, all aimed at various aspects of criminal law. Of the seven bills he introduced Jan. 11, only two have been sent to a committee for consideration. The referrals to committee took place Thursday, the last workday this week for the Missouri Legislature...
Man being held on charge of robbing Payless shoe store attempts escape (02/10/07)
A Cape Girardeau man being held on a first-degree robbery charge reportedly made a bold attempt to escape police Friday evening during transport to the Cape Girardeau County Jail. Gregory D. Williams, 32, of 321 Albert St., was shackled and handcuffed in the front seat of a Cape Girardeau police squad car at about 4:25 p.m. when he unbuckled his seat belt, turned and opened the car door and rolled out of the vehicle at 870 N. Kingshighway, said Cpl. Jason Selzer...
In federal court (02/10/07)
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. SENTENCEd Name: Bart Smith Age: 28 Residence: Sikeston, Mo. Charge: Two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance...
Michael Davis Lecture set for Feb. 21 at Southeast (02/10/07)
Pearl Stewart, the first black woman to become editor of a major daily newspaper, will lecture at Southeast Missouri State University on Feb. 21. Stewart, an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present the Michael Davis Lecture...
Man held in Payless robbery blames Dollar General theft on Cape woman (02/10/07)
The Cape Girardeau man accused of robbing Payless Shoe Source, 3437 William St., at gunpoint Feb. 3 said an idea to rob the Dollar General Store a month earlier in a similar fashion was that of a 42-year-old Cape Girardeau woman, according to a probable-cause statement...
A bogged-down battle (02/10/07)
R.B. Welty is tired, confused and broken down. For nearly a decade, the Cape Girardeau man, a 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran plagued by severe arthritis, has been fighting the federal government, fighting to restore the 27 acres of wetlands adjacent to the Whitewater River that have been in his family for decades...
Audit questions value of tax credit for agriculture (02/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A tax credit that is often used by investors in ethanol, biodiesel and other biofuels costs the state more than the additional revenue it sparks, an audit released Friday found. The audit by State Auditor Susan Montee estimated that by the time the program stops issuing new tax credits in 2010, it will have cost the state $37.1 million, even when accounting for the additional economic activity the credits are expected to spur...
Blunt plans to expand child care to more poor families (02/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt plans to expand a program that provides child care to poor working families through savings following an investigation of problems in the program. Blunt announced that a yearlong investigation of the state's child care program found a host of problems, from paying for care for the same child twice to paying for a child who's no longer at a day care center...
Transportation department has used twice as much salt as last winter (02/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A record November snow storm and a weekend ice storm that knocked out power to a chunk of the state forced the state transportation department to use twice as much road salt already as it did all of last winter, when weather was milder...
Blunt turns comedian at GOP conference (02/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt didn't have to worry about hecklers for his foray into stand-up comedy. In front of a friendly crowd at the Republican Party's annual Lincoln Days on Friday night, Blunt -- usually not one for witty speeches -- delivered one zinger after another. Many were aimed at his potential 2008 gubernatorial challenger, Democrat Jay Nixon...
Postmaster's heart goes out on Valentine's Day in tiny Fidelity, Ill. (02/10/07)
FIDELITY, Ill. -- Among thousands of Valentine's Day mailings that have gravitated to this place over the years for the postmark so fitting for the holiday, the widow's loving plea instantly grabbed Peggy Ruyle's heartstrings. Tucked in with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, the old woman's note lamented losing her husband a year ago, six days after his 85th birthday and just months before the two would have marked 64 years as husband and wife...
Accidental drug-overdose deaths on the rise (02/10/07)
ATLANTA -- Unintentional fatal drug overdoses in the United States nearly doubled from 1999 to 2004, overtaking falls to become the nation's second-leading cause of accidental death, behind automobile crashes, the government reported. The number of accidental drug overdose deaths rose from 11,155 in 1999 to 19,838 in 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
British firm buys Greyhound owner Laidlaw for $2.8 billion (02/10/07)
CHICAGO -- Greyhound looks to be on the go again -- to an uncertain destination. British bus and train operator FirstGroup PLC announced a $2.8 billion deal Friday to acquire Greyhound owner Laidlaw International Inc., whose business is focused more on its fleet of 40,000 school buses...
Harriett Woods, Missouri's first woman lieutenant governor, dies at 79 (02/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Former Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods, an activist Democrat who championed other women politicians after becoming the first elected to statewide office in Missouri, has died of leukemia. She was 79. Woods died Thursday night, surrounded by her family, son Andrew Woods said Friday...
Head of Cartoon Network resigns after alarming marketing stunt (02/10/07)
ATLANTA -- The head of the Cartoon Network resigned Friday over a publicity stunt that caused a terrorism scare in Boston. In a memo to staff members, Jim Samples, general manager and executive vice president, said he regretted the incident and felt "compelled to step down, effective immediately, in recognition of the gravity of the situation that occurred under my watch."...
Pentagon investigation finds some prewar intelligence work inappropriate - but legal (02/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon officials undercut the intelligence community in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq by insisting in briefings to the White House that there was a clear relationship between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, the Defense Department's inspector general said Friday...
Public's view of Congress improves, but a majority still unhappy with government (02/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- Three months after a power shifting election, a majority of Americans still disapprove of Congress -- a sign of public impatience with the new Democratic majority even among party loyalists. Still, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted this week shows that Congress' public image has improved slowly but steadily since the November elections when Iraq, corruption and partisan fighting drove congressional approval ratings below those of President Bush...
Gates: U.S. has evidence of Iranian involvement with Iraqi insurgents (02/10/07)
MUNICH, Germany -- Serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggest that Iranians are linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in some of the administration's first public assertions on evidence the military has collected...
U.N. nuclear agency suspends some technical aid projects with Tehran (02/10/07)
VIENNA, Austria -- The U.N. atomic monitor on Friday suspended nearly half the technical aid it provides to Iran, a symbolically significant punishment for nuclear defiance that only North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq had faced in the past. The decision was in line with U.N. ...
Israeli police, Muslim rioters clash at Jerusalem holy site (02/10/07)
JERUSALEM -- Anger over Israeli construction near a disputed Jerusalem holy site erupted into violence Friday as police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of rioting Muslims. Protests spread in the Arab world, with demonstrators accusing Israel of plotting to harm Islamic shrines...
Russian general: U.S. expansion in traditional zone of influence is top national security threat (02/10/07)
MOSCOW -- Russia's top military officer said the United States is expanding its economic, political and military presence in Russia's traditional zones of influence and described that as the top national security threat, the latest signal of a growing chill in relations...
U.N. chief appoints American to top political post (02/10/07)
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named an American ambassador to the top U.N. political post Friday as part of a long-awaited overhaul of senior U.N. posts to start shaping his new administration. As part of the shakeup, he also gave key jobs to officials from the United States, China, Japan and Egypt...
Palestinians wonder whether agreement will end bloodshed (02/10/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Palestinians in Gaza were cautiously hopeful Friday that a new power-sharing deal would end months of deadly factional violence, but a Hamas leader's defiant vow to push on with the militant group's war against Israel was a stark reminder of how difficult it will be to make the accord stick...
Chaffee boys turn back Oak Ridge (02/10/07)
The Chaffee boys basketball team has won 50 percent more games than it did last season. The Red Devils posted their sixth win Friday night, beating host Oak Ridge 60-48. Andy Hendrix hit four 3-pointers and had a game-high 21 points for the Red Devils (6-13). Jerrod Steger added 16 points for the Red Devils...
Mizzou's 'Beauty' too much for Redhawks (02/10/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics competed at the University of Missouri Friday night -- but it was not a typical dual meet. Missouri, ranked 19th nationally, joined with the Tigers' second-ranked wrestling squad as the two programs hosted the first annual "Beauty and the Beast."...
Short stop from home (02/10/07)
As far as Megan McDonald's softball life, things couldn't be much better. The Cape Girardeau Central High School graduate is starring for her hometown university, where her family and friends can see her on a regular basis. "I know my parents are really happy when softball season rolls around," McDonald said with a smile...
Wins, title provide surprise for Menz (02/10/07)
For Notre Dame sophomore Brittany Menz, Thursday was a day of pleasant surprises. First, Menz was tabbed as one of the Show-Me Conference meet's most valuable swimmers for winning two events with two state-qualifying times. "That was a big shock to me," said Menz, a sophomore who shared the honor with Central senior Hannah Kinder and Central freshman Susan Beth Scott...
Redhawks try to keep share of OVC lead (02/10/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women pulled into a three-way Ohio Valley Conference tie by beating visiting Morehead State on Thursday night. Another win today will assure the Redhawks of being tied for the top spot with only one other team. While Southeast (16-7, 11-4) faces Eastern Kentucky (9-15, 6-9) in a 3 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center, Morehead State plays at Murray State...
Knee injury sidelines Rembert (02/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State will face the Ohio Valley Conference's hottest team without Mike Rembert. The Redhawks only hope their 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior center is not done for the rest of the season. The right knee injury Rembert suffered late in Thursday's 81-78 win over Morehead State has clouded tonight's nationally televised game against Eastern Kentucky...
Godly girls (02/10/07)
Anyone who meets Kayla Malizzi of Cape Girardeau knows instantly she's not your average 11-year-old. Not many girls her age publish their own magazine. Kayla started "Godly Girls" after reading in "American Girl" magazine about a girl who started a magazine for her Jewish friends...
Jesus wants more than a card (02/10/07)
"Men don't know anything about this, do they?" said the pharmacy clerk as I stood by helplessly and watched my adolescent daughter peruse the cosmetics aisle last week. I had managed to live 48 years without spending any time at all in this distinctly foreign territory, replete with mascara, blush, eyeliner, liquid nails, et al. ...
Harold Bollinger (02/10/07)
Harold Lee Bollinger, 76, of Jackson died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of Buford Olis and Mattie Elizabeth Abernathy Bollinger. He and Marilyn McDowell were married Sept. 22, 1954, at Fruitland...
Mary Asbury (02/10/07)
GOREVILLE, Ill. -- The funeral for Mary Kathleen Asbury of Goreville has been changed to 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Buncombe, Ill. The Revs. Jim Shipley, Michael Miller and Robert Mighell will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery...
Geraldine Weibrecht (02/10/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Geraldine Weibrecht, 84, of Perryville died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at the Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 28, 1922, daughter of Ernst P. and Emma Knoll Bergman. She and Wilbert J. Weibrecht were married April 24, 1948. He died Dec. 29, 1990...
Donald Goddard (02/10/07)
JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. -- Donald G. Goddard, 66, of Johnston City, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 1, 1941, in Harrisburg, Ill., son of Roy A. and Naomi Williams Goddard. He and Gloria A. Sickmeier were married Dec. 24, 1988, in Port Richey, Fla...
Lorene Limbaugh (02/10/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lorene Limbaugh, 95, of Sikeston died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born March 15, 1911, in McMullin, Mo., daughter of Orville H. and Ruth Minner Cain. Limbaugh was chief operator with Southwestern Bell 38 years...
Lavada Lindsey (02/10/07)
Lavada Ardelia Lindsey, 80, of Scott City died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at the home of a son in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 24, 1926, at Illmo, daughter of William George and Dora Mae Henderson Jackson. She and Frank Louis Lindsey were married June 23, 1945, at Fornfelt. He died Aug. 31, 1998...
Meredith Clifton (02/10/07)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Meredith Orlean Clifton, 72, of Glenallen died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 24, 1934, at Stewart, Tenn., daughter of John Elbert and Elizabeth Pauline Selph Legate. She and Clarence Odell Kirkpatrick were married May 31, 1953. He died March 16, 1979. She and Rhomie Stephen Clifton were married on Dec. 24, 1983. He died April 26, 2005...
James Cannon (02/10/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James Loyd Cannon, 67, of Lucedale, Miss., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at George County Regional Hospital in Lucedale. He was born Jan. 3, 1940, in Chaffee, son of Louie Lee and Nora Lee Pryor Cannon. Cannon was a forklift operator at Budweiser Warehouse. He was a member of Chaffee Masonic Lodge 615 AF&AM...
Births 2/10/07 (02/10/07)
Crump; Turner; Foster; Stephens; Ellison; Strauser
Police report 2/10/07 (02/10/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Thefts; DWI; Miscellaneous; Arrests; Summonses; DWI; Southeast Missouri State University: Assault; Jackson: Thefts
Fire report 2/10/07 (02/10/07)
n At 5:41 p.m., medical assist in the 200 block of Morgan Oak Street. n At 10:50 p.m., vehicle fire at 1126 N. Sprigg St. n At 12:23 a.m., medical assist in the 300 block of Broadway. n At 2:20 a.m., medical assist in the 900 block of Normal Avenue...
Out of the past 2/10/07 (02/10/07)
A former Cape Girardeau Central High School coach is headed back to the gridiron; the school board announced yesterday that Gary Lynch, athletic director for the public schools since 1976 and Central football coach, will take over those duties again next fall...
A magic place (02/10/07)
By Craig Wells I was stirred by Joe Sullivan's recent column: "A big world in small type." I too found new paths through the doors of a public library. My first books were those my grandmother would read while my brother and I sat on her lap, books that we had picked out at the library. My grandmother taught all her grandchildren bout the power and possibilities that a love for books can bring to life...
A new destination (02/10/07)
Voters' approval earlier this week of an increase in the library levy means construction of an $8.9 million addition to the Cape Girardeau Public Library could be under way later this year. The project is expected to require two years to complete, following several years of careful planning...
Statistics not relevant here (02/10/07)
To the editor:The op-ed column from The Wall Street Journal entitled "$34.06 an hour" begs a response. This article is appropriate for publication in the Journal. One generally assumes the audience of the Journal to be mostly metropolitan. The National Compensation Survey is heavily weighted toward metropolitan areas. ...
Article focused on negativity (02/10/07)
To the editor:My tribal name is White Turtle. The Feb. 5 article "Teaching 'the human people'" was disturbing for me and all tribal members. When TJ Greaney came to do the article, it was understood that it was to focus on our language class and nothing more. This article tells many lies and states very little about our language class...
Restore honor to politics (02/10/07)
To the editor:Some state representatives in Jefferson City are more concerned with retribution for partisan disagreements about legislation than with adhering to the law. When Jessica's Law passed last year, state Rep. Scott Lipke ensured the passage of a strong sexual offender bill while adhering to the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court by removing the language criminalizing consensual sexual acts between two adults of the same gender...
Notch reduction is unfair (02/10/07)
To the editor:I love my country but do not agree with certain penalties imposed on some citizens by lawmakers in Washington. I was born in 1922, which means that I am a notch victim. I am not in this alone. The lawmakers of my country have imposed a penalty on citizens born between 1917 and 1926 in the form of reduced Social Security benefits...
Speak Out 2/10/07 (02/10/07)
Riveting story; Ice hazard; Why a consultant?; Thanks, street crews; Disability viewpoint; Thanks for delivery; Losing our rights; Postal complaint; Single mothers; Preventing cancer; Cancer issue; Support for Lipke; Bad communication; Not to worry; Wrong choice; Judging mothers; Brave mothers
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