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Stories from Sunday, February 11, 2007

Parents get child ID kits at Cape movie theater (02/11/07)
Parents went to Cape West 14 Cine on Saturday to get something they hope they will never need. The Missouri Masonic Children's Foundation held the second of two events for the Missouri Child Identification Program, or MOCHIP. The free program provided identification kits to parents of 413 children. ...
Jefferson, Blanchard students lag at start (02/11/07)
Students entering kindergarten in Jefferson and Blanchard schools on average begin their schooling less equipped for academic success than 5-year-olds in the other three Cape Girardeau public elementary schools. According to kindergarten screening tests given last fall, students entering Jefferson Elementary School, on the city's south side, were at the 39th percentile on average. Blanchard School kindergartners were at the 48th percentile...
Library wants to move quickly on renovation (02/11/07)
After voters approved a plan last week to expand and update the Cape Girardeau Public Library, officials say they're prepared to act fast. "I called the architects before the vote and asked, 'OK, if it passes when can you get here?'" said library director Betty Martin. "We're hoping to have them in by the end of February."...
'Going Public' radio show to feature international studies researcher (02/11/07)
Erik Peterson, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will be the featured guest today on Southeast Public Radio's "Going Public." Peterson will discuss situations facing various regions of the world. On this weekend's "River Tales" segment, 86-year-old James Johnson will discuss his service in the all-black Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Poplar Bluff in the late 1930s. Also, anthropology professor Warren Anderson will discuss migration trends...
Cairo's advantage (02/11/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Southern Alexander County has one abundant resource vital to the success of a proposed $3 billion coal-to-diesel plant -- water. Huge volumes of water will be needed to cool gases extracted from the coal, a spokesman for the plant's developers said. And on land bounded by the Mississippi River on the west and its biggest tributary, the Ohio River, on the east, there's never a water shortage...
Briefly (02/11/07)
Three traffic accidents result in injuries Four motorists were injured in traffic crashes in the area Friday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. n The first occurred Friday afternoon on Highway 25 five miles north of Advance, Mo., when two motorists received serious injuries in a one-car accident. ...
Card shopping: Research shows Valentine's Day is a holiday for procrastinators (02/11/07)
It's the time of year when more than half the country will purchase a greeting card that contains every romantic word imaginable. The next few days will be the busiest of the year for employees at Kirlin's Hallmark in West Park Mall as they prepare for hundreds of Valentine's Day shoppers...
Researchers to track parasite in feral cats (02/11/07)
URBANA, Ill. -- Why did the cat cross Windsor Road? Illinois Natural History Survey and University of Illinois researchers don't know. So they're embarking on a study of free-ranging cats near the University of Illinois' South Farms. The study might tell them not only where the felines go, but when and how often. It also might reveal the frequency with which the roving cats cross paths with livestock and wildlife such as migratory birds, not to mention with people...
Firefighter leaves $820,000 to Belleville hospital (02/11/07)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A lifelong bachelor who spent 35 years with this St. Louis suburb's fire department has given back in a big way to the local hospital were he spent time as a patient the last 16 years of his life. St. Elizabeth's Hospital says Earl Ritzheimer, who died in June at the age of 80, has left it his estate worth roughly $820,000 -- the second-biggest donation in the hospital's 132-year-history. ...
New license plate choices released (02/11/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With a few clicks of the computer, Missourians can help determine the look of the state's new license plate. State law required Missouri officials to redesign the plate, and the Department of Revenue announced Friday that people could go online and vote for their favorite among three options. That online tally will run until March 5 and will determine which design is selected...
2 pipe bombs could be work of an unknown suspect called 'The Bishop' (02/11/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two pipe bombs mailed to companies in Chicago and Kansas City appear to be linked to a suspect who has been sending increasingly threatening letters to financial institutions since at least 2005, a corporate counterterrorism expert said Saturday...
Obama announces presidential bid (02/11/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Barack Obama announced his bid for president Saturday, a black man evoking Abraham Lincoln's ability to unite a nation and a Democrat portraying himself as a fresh face capable of leading a new generation. "Let us transform this nation," he told thousands shivering in the cold at the campaign's kickoff...
Albuquerque tops magazine's latest 'Fittest Cities' list; Las Vegas fattest (02/11/07)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Flanked by the Sandia Mountain and home to a cottonwood forest that runs through the heart of the city, sunny Albuquerque has been named America's fittest big city by Men's Fitness magazine. "Albuquerque is turned on, and recognition like this just fuels that phenomenon," Mayor Martin Chavez said. "Nothing succeeds like success, or I guess you could say nothing is better than fitness."...
Baptist group takes a step into environmentalism (02/11/07)
DALLAS -- Texas' largest Baptist group is taking a rare step into environmental advocacy, working to block Gov. Rick Perry's plan to speed the approval process for 18 new coal-fired power plants. The Christian Life Commission, the public policy arm of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, is mobilizing Baptists against the coal-fired plants and urging the convention's 2.3 million members to voice their opposition to state lawmakers...
'State of the Black Union' draws thousands to Va. (02/11/07)
HAMPTON, Va. -- Beneath an oak tree on the campus of what is now Hampton University, historians say, Virginia blacks heard a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and began to dream of a better life. On Saturday, more than 8,000 people returned to the historically black university to chart how far they have come. They gathered for the "State of the Black Union," an annual traveling town hall that is considered a barometer for black America's ills...
Family finds solace in newborn after father's helicopter shot down in Iraq (02/11/07)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- For weeks, Chief Warrant Officer Jason DeFrenn's family awaited his homecoming, a trip planned as much more than a simple respite from his second tour in Iraq: The nine-year Army veteran was returning to South Carolina to help his wife give birth...
More intense snow falls on already buried New York towns (02/11/07)
PARISH, N.Y. -- Sunshine provided a respite Saturday for residents of an area buried by more than 8 feet of snow, but the blue sky turned gray in the blink of an eye during the afternoon as another intense snow squall cut visibility almost to zero. "This is bad," said 67-year-old Dave DeGrau, who has operated an auto repair shop on Main Street for 45 years. ...
Changes to law expected for students with disabilities, children learning English (02/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- When Tori Boyles, of Columbia, Mo., takes a test at school, an adult often reads the questions to her because the 9-year-old has learning disabilities that make reading difficult. That kind of accommodation generally is not allowed for the reading test that public school students take under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Also, skipping the exam is not permitted for Tori, who has spina bifida, a condition often accompanied by learning problems...
Hostility grows as U.N. pushes deeper into Haitian slum (02/11/07)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- On the dusty streets of Haiti's largest slum, young men in baggy clothes lounge outside bullet-pocked shacks, listening for the rumble of armored vehicles carrying U.N. peacekeepers. In the seaside slum of Cite Soleil, those are the sounds that precede gunbattles and bloodshed, sending the youths and everyone else scurrying for cover...
Petraeus becomes the third U.S. commander in Iraq (02/11/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq on Saturday, becoming the third commander in the war and declaring the American task now was to help Iraqis "gain the time they need to save their country." Petraeus took command under a glistening crystal chandelier in a former Saddam Hussein palace at Camp Victory...
Putin says U.S. policy incites other countries to seek nuclear weapons (02/11/07)
MUNICH, Germany -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blamed U.S. policy for inciting other countries to seek nuclear weapons to defend themselves from an "almost uncontained use of military force" -- a stinging attack that underscored growing tensions between Washington and Moscow...
Redhawks suffer home loss to Eastern Kentucky (02/11/07)
Southeast Missouri State has suffered more than its share of disheartening losses this season. But none cut any deeper in first-year coach Scott Edgar's eyes than Saturday night's 66-61 setback to visiting Eastern Kentucky. Edgar felt the Redhawks laid something of an egg in front of more than 4,000 fans at the Show Me Center and a national television audience as the game was aired by ESPNU...
Central, Jackson boast sectional champ, advance total of five wrestlers to state (02/11/07)
Central all-state wrestlers Garrett New and Tyler Yeargain qualified for their third straight state meet Saturday with top-four finishes at the Class 3 sectional in Farmington. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the state meet, which will begin Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo...
Jackson girls roll to 46-39 road victory despite flat tire (02/11/07)
A rocky start to the day had a happy ending in more ways than one for the Jackson girls basketball team. The bus carrying the Lady Indians to St. Louis for Saturday afternoon's game at Parkway South had a flat tire in Pevely. That caused a delay in the start of the game against the Patriots. But the traveling inconvenience did not affect the Jackson team as they won a hard-fought game 46-39...
Redhawks squeak out home victory (02/11/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team breathed a collective sigh of relief Saturday after its Ohio Valley Conference home-court magic continued. But just barely. Eastern Kentucky nearly erased a five-point deficit in the final 20 seconds Saturday, and had a potential game-winning 15-footer at the buzzer...
Rembert out indefinitely with knee injury (02/11/07)
The good news regarding Mike Rembert's knee injury is that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. But the bad news is that there is no guarantee Southeast Missouri State's 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior center will be able to play any more this season...
Surprising Redhawks at front of exciting OVC women's race (02/11/07)
That is some kind of race being waged for the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season women's basketball championship. And much to the delight of Southeast Missouri State fans, the Redhawks are right in the thick of things heading down the home stretch...
Reporter argues that office romances may not be all that bad (02/11/07)
Just for Valentine's Day, it's time to be contrarian. Every advice site in the world warns readers to stay away from office romances, and hordes of company lawyers have drafted rules banning the practice. They trot out the horror stories: You will be hit with sexual harassment lawsuits, it will compromise your ability to act as a manager, you could be blocked from later promotions by colleagues you dumped, you might be forced to leave your job regardless of whether you two break up or stay together.. ...
Anna Nicole Smith fans skip flowers and vigils in favor of Internet messages (02/11/07)
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Fans of Anna Nicole Smith aren't making pilgrimages to the place where she spent her final days. They're not leaving flowers. They're not gathering in crowds to express their grief. Instead, emotions are being expressed in a way as uniquely modern as Smith's fame -- on blogs, Web pages and online message boards where true fans battle naysayers to get their voices heard...
Sanderson-Coffey (02/11/07)
Diane Martha Sanderson and Christopher Richard Coffey Jr. were married June 17, 2006, at First United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Mo. The Rev. James A. Sanderson performed the ceremony. Parents of the couple are James and Martha Sanderson of Cape Girardeau, and C. Richard and Dorothy Coffey of Stamford, Conn...
Seyer-Mock (02/11/07)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Jean Seyer and Dale Mock exchanged vows Oct. 21, 2006, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The Rev. Normand Varone performed the ceremony. Organist was Bernice Kern of New Hamburg. Soloists were Randy Elfrink of Oran, Mo., Lyndsey Grojean of New Hamburg, and Wayne Elfrink of Chaffee, Mo...
Christopher-Bradley (02/11/07)
Erin Alana Christopher and William Bennett Bradley were united in marriage Dec. 21, 2006, at Francine's Gardens. Robert Towner performed the ceremony. Mustafa Stokely was keyboardist. The bride is the daughter of Carol Christopher and Mark Gibson of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Ed and Suzie Bradley of Kensington, Md...
Sachse-Schumer (02/11/07)
Robert and Andrea Sachse of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Alicia Renee Sachse, to Craig Joseph Schumer. He is the son of Kenny and Diane Schumer of Perryville, Mo. Sachse is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in human environmental studies from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a pharmaceutical sales representative with GlaxoSmithKline...
Morton-Williams (02/11/07)
Fred and Susan Vincel of Cape Girardeau announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Dawn Morton, to Aaron Stanley Williams. He is the son of Stacy Williams of Jackson and Stan and Sandi Williams of Cape Girardeau. Morton is also the daughter of the late Boyd Morton...
Clardys are married 40 years (02/11/07)
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Clardy of Whitewater celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Jan. 26, 2007, with their children. Clardy and Lynette Leadbetter were married Jan. 28, 1967, at Bethlehem General Baptist Church, by the Rev. Bob Bradford. Their children are Clarissa and Steve Rodgers of Whitewater and Stacey Bollinger of Brazeau, Mo. They have three grandchildren, Cole Rodgers, and Gunnar and Remi Bollinger...
Buchheits together 65 years (02/11/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Herbert and Laverne Buchheit of Perryville celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Jan. 6, 2007, with family and friends. The couple was married Jan. 5, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Apple Creek, Mo. They have three children, Betty (Gary) Statler, Anna (Ken) Krauss, and Glenda Buchheit. They have six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a deceased great-grandchild...
Out of the past 2/11/07 (02/11/07)
Marquette Cement Mfg. Co., which shut down Jan. 16, expects to resume production some time in March; the shut-down was brought on by a lack of demand for cement, which typically occurs in the winter months. The name of one of Cape Girardeau's main thoroughfares -- William Street -- has been changed unintentionally; street signs at William and Boulevard and William and Kingshighway, constructed several months ago by the Missouri Highway Department, now show that the street is named Williams Street.. ...
Saving too little (02/11/07)
For only the fourth year in U.S. history, the 2006 savings rate of Americans was a negative number. The minus-1 percent savings rate was the worst in 73 years, following a minus-0.4 percent savings rate in 2005. The other two minus savings years were during the Great Depression...
Limbaugh's record of service (02/11/07)
To the editor:This is in regard to Rick Bohn's recent letter. I am curious as to what strategy that Sen. James Webb has promoted other than the typical cut-and-run Democratic strategy that has been echoed for months. He has bashed President Bush but has failed to give a viable plan for Iraq...
Jetton's action is sexual bigotry (02/11/07)
To the editor:House Speaker Rod Jetton's explanation seems to point out the bigotry of most, if not all, in the Missouri Legislature. This is about discrimination against gays and lesbians. Period. I don't know what 14 words were deleted, but it appears that had they not been deleted, a Missouri law banning gay sex would not have been repealed. It was pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled the law unconstitutional...
Jetton disappointing to prosecutors (02/11/07)
To the editor:On behalf of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, we were disappointed to learn of House Speaker Rod Jetton's decision to remove state Rep. Scott Lipke as chair of the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee. Our association awarded Lipke the first honorary membership after the close of the 2006 legislative session not only for his outstanding work to pass Jessica's Law, but for his tireless efforts to improve many criminal laws during the past several sessions.. ...
Salute to Nell Holcomb school board (02/11/07)
To the editor:The Nell Holcomb School Community Teachers Association has designated February as School Board Appreciation Month. Our Nell Holcomb board members volunteer their experience and vision to ensure the success and safety of our students and staff. ...
Regs threaten pork producers (02/11/07)
To the editor:Missouri's pork producers are facing challenges that threaten their livelihood. They are already regulated by strict, science-based standards at both the state and federal level. Now their very existence is being jeopardized by a litany of local regulations imposed by others who lack the scientific and technical expertise to do so...
Jetton's disinterest is worrisome (02/11/07)
To the editor:It is disheartening to see House Speaker Rod Jetton easily admit he doesn't do his job. In his Feb. 7 letter, he said, "I should have read the whole bill myself." Does he half-heartedly read his paycheck when it arrives courtesy of our taxes? This level of disinterest worries me. How can we simple-minded folks keep up when career politicians don't know what happens in their own House?...
Mishandled money is appalling (02/11/07)
To the editor:I was outraged as well as appalled by the announcement by our government that it cannot account for $4 billion cash in $100 bills it sent to Iraq in the early phases of the Iraq war. No one seems to know what happened to the money. I think every taxpayer should be outraged by the shameless incompetence as well as crass negligence of authorities who were entrusted with this huge amount of money that belonged to the honest and hard-working taxpayers. ...
Found purse restores faith (02/11/07)
To the editor:On Jan. 28 I went to the Wal-Mart in Jackson. I put my purse in my cart so I could keep my hands warm. After putting my purchases in my vehicle, I pushed the cart into the cart holder. I didn't realize until I got home that I must have left my purse in the cart. I was distraught. I tend to think the worst of others, especially since I read so many negative stories. God wanted to teach me a lesson...
Preservation surveys clarified (02/11/07)
To the editor:The Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission appreciates the Southeast Missourian printing its news release in the Feb. 8 edition. However, the story was edited to the point that it altered the facts. The historic preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University has contracted with the city through the historic preservation commission every year for approximately the last 15 years to conduct these surveys. ...
Speak Out 2/11/07 (02/11/07)
Underpaid teachers; Jetton's accountability; Speaker's tactics; Incentive plan; Heavy on politics; New speaker; How did they vote?; Losing respect; Upholding the law; Quiet apology
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