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Jackson gets egged (02/12/07)
Jackson residents in widely scattered parts of the city awoke to messy cars Saturday following a series of egging incidents, the Jackson Police Department reported. In all, 10 separate eggings, some found by officers investigating initial vandalism calls, were reported. Investigators have few clues to the vandalism incidents, Lt. Rodney Barnes said Monday...
Monitoring school computers (02/12/07)
An Indiana high school biology teacher was fired for storing hundreds of photographs of nude or partially clad young women on a school computer. An Iowa superintendent resigned after being accused of using school computers for gambling and accessing sexually explicit material on the Internet...
Fire deaths show need for education (02/12/07)
The death of two young children Tuesday is another painful reminder that smoke detectors can save lives, fire officials say. The children were killed inside their baby sitter's burning mobile home in Steele, Mo., the second fatal residential fire in that town in the last seven months...
Scott City looks at savings (02/12/07)
The Scott City government hopes to save thousands in workers' compensation costs and possibly health insurance premiums when it renews its contracts for those services by April. At the Feb. 5 regular city council meeting, city administrator Ron Eskew advised the council the city would soon renew those contracts, possibly with a monetary savings on both fronts...
Southeast Missouri Pachyderms meet (02/12/07)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will hold a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday beginning with a 6:15 p.m. meal at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. A guest speaker will follow. For more information, call Gerald Adams at 243-4199.
Smooth cycling (02/12/07)
Local Ducks Unlimited chapter receives $1,000 in grants from Jackson Wal-Mart (02/12/07)
The Cape County Suzies Chapter of Ducks Unlimited received $1,000 from Jackson Wal-Mart recently. The chapter plans to generate more than four acres of wildlife habitat with the money. The chapter is in its fourth year of raising money for Ducks Unlimited and has received awards at the state level for membership growth, money raised and event efficiency...
Missouri library advocacy day event held at Jefferson City (02/12/07)
At Library Advocacy Day held last week in Jefferson City, Mo., librarians, library trustees and friends from across the state met with state representatives and senators to discuss the importance and contributions of all libraries (academic, public and school) to the lives of Missourians...
Accident kills Poplar Bluff woman (02/12/07)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., woman was fatally injured in a vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Butler County. Joan E. Burton, 67, was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, Jerry L. Evans of Naylor, Mo., received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital...
Protecting against fire (02/12/07)
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following:Smoke Alarms n For increased protection, the USFA recommends installing both ionization (detects fast-burning fires) and photoelectric (detects slow, smoldering fires) or dual sensor smoke alarms...
New group to address gay issues (02/12/07)
Southeast Missouri's gay and lesbian community will have a new advocacy voice this month when the SEMO Stonewall Democrats holds its first meeting at the Rose Bud Inn in Cape Girardeau. The group will join more than 90 chapters in the national Stonewall Democrats, an organization that has official recognition as the intraparty voice on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, said James Coley, who owns the Rose Bed Inn with his longtime partner, Eldon Nattier...
Community cuisine 2/12/07 (02/12/07)
Men's breakfast provides a meal and fellowship The Scott City First Assembly of God is holding a men's breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at 312 Dearborn St., Scott City. Men of all ages are encouraged to enjoy fellowship and sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, biscuits, gravy and more. The all-you-can-eat meal is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 264-2365...
KC police fatally shoot woman (02/12/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police shot and killed a 55-year-old woman Monday after they say she pointed a handgun at officers. Police spokesman Darin Snapp said two officers went to the woman's south Kansas City home after a dispatcher alerted them that someone had dialed 911 from the residence and hung up...
Term-limited Republicans hovering for offices (02/12/07)
ST. LOUIS -- In the childhood game of musical chairs, participants walk in a circle, all lunging for a seat when the song stops. One person gets left out. Now consider if some of the participants were already seated as others walked in a circle around them. When the music stops, it sure would be hard to grab a seat...
Award-winning Ashland author publishes 10th book (02/12/07)
ASHLAND, Mo. -- Walter Bargen recently published his 10th book, "Remedies for Vertigo," exploring themes of high altitude, air and flight. "This is a book about transcendence and lack of transcendence," Bargen said. "In fact," he confessed with a smile, "chickens appear more often than I would like to admit."...
Mo. couple harnesses back yard wind power (02/12/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Skystream Wind Generator wouldn't be hoisted into the air for another day on Nick and Diane Peckham's alpaca farm off Route K. The machine's pearl-white blades were still cradled in Styrofoam on a recent Tuesday, and workers were busy burying electric lines, but that didn't stop Nick Peckham from counting his kilowatts...
Illinois looking for its 7 wonders (02/12/07)
The Illinois Bureau of Tourism wants the public to nominate the state's most unique natural attractions -- some of which are found in Southern Illinois. Although it may lack the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or the Pyramids of Giza, Southern Illinois offers visitors the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest and the Cache River wetlands...
New York's snowfall keeps increasing but weeklong blast is just about over (02/12/07)
PARISH, N.Y. -- The snow got even deeper Sunday but the end was in sight after a weeklong series of squalls that have buried towns on one corner of Lake Ontario. By early Sunday, the persistent streams of squalls fueled by moisture from the lake had piled snow 115 inches deep at the Oswego County town of Parish, about 25 miles northeast of Syracuse...
E-forums replacing coffee shops for farmers (02/12/07)
MARTINSVILLE, Ohio -- Tucked away in the den of his 127-year-old farmhouse, Ed Winkle huddles over his computer. The screen's soft glow lights up his eyeglasses, reflecting messages about tractors, corn hybrids and crop insurance. Winkle is checking the latest postings on his favorite Internet farm forum. ...
Merchants help electronic payments gain favor (02/12/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Richard Kesterson slid his debit card out of his wallet even before the cashier at a Hy-Vee grocery store in west Omaha rang up his total. Kesterson, like millions of other Americans, didn't even consider paying by check. Using a debit card is easier, he said...
Beyond symbolic vote on Iraq, Democrats seek to limit, eventually end U.S. war in Iraq (02/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- Even before they cast symbolic votes against the Iraq war, newly empowered congressional Democrats are clamoring for a chance to limit and eventually end U.S. involvement in a conflict that has killed more than 3,000 troops. "Will I vote for a nonbinding resolution? Yes, but it's insufficient," says first-term Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania, author of one of more than a dozen competing proposals that would impose a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops...
Former Pentagon official says controversial prewar intelligence review was 'good government' (02/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- A former Pentagon official on Sunday defended his prewar assessment of a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida, calling it a much-needed critique of the CIA's intelligence on the subject. "It's healthy to criticize the CIA's intelligence," said former Pentagon policy chief Douglas Feith. "What the people in the Pentagon were doing was right. It was good government."...
Voters seek clarity on Clinton's Iraq war views (02/12/07)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- After nearly four years of war and more than 3,000 U.S. dead, New Hampshire voters are demanding more than nuance on Iraq from Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. From crowded town hall meetings to smaller gathering at private homes, Clinton was enthusiastically received by voters throughout the key early voting state Saturday and Sunday. She deftly fielded questions on a range of subjects, from education to health care to the genocide in Darfur...
Obama: Voters asking about his race, religion (02/12/07)
IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Sunday he does not think voters have a litmus test on religion, whether evangelical Christianity or his childhood years in a largely Muslim country. "If your name is Barack Hussein Obama, you can expect it, some of that. I think the majority of voters know that I'm a member of the United Church of Christ, and that I take my faith seriously," Obama said...
Harvard's board names historian as school's first female president (02/12/07)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard University on Sunday named historian Drew Gilpin Faust as its first female president, ending a lengthy and secretive search to find a successor to Lawrence Summers and his tumultuous five-year tenure. The seven-member Harvard Corp. elected Faust, a noted scholar of the American South and dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as the university's 28th president. The board of overseers ratified her for the post...
Government bets a fickle public will warm to dollar coin - this time (02/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- Maybe Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea should not take public rejection personally. It's not easy overcoming people's indifference to dollar coins, even those honoring such historic figures. An AP-Ipsos poll found that three-fourths of people surveyed oppose replacing the dollar bill, featuring George Washington, with a dollar coin. ...
Peacekeepers support rally ends in violence in Somalia (02/12/07)
KISMAYO, Somalia -- A march that drew thousands in support of peacekeepers ended in violence Sunday when an explosion went off as the army chief prepared to address the rally and government troops fired into the crowd in response. At least five people were killed...
Cabinet orders construction to continue near disputed Jerusalem site (02/12/07)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Cabinet voted to push ahead with construction work on a ramp leading to a disputed holy site in Jerusalem, despite objections from the Muslim world and violent Palestinian protests. Tensions in the city have been high since last week, when Israel began work outside the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. The new walkway is meant to replace an ancient earthen ramp that partially collapsed in a snowstorm three years ago...
Explorers die in Canary Islands tunnel after apparently suffocating (02/12/07)
LOS SILOS DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands -- A group of 30 scientists and nature lovers got lost in a maze of narrow underground tunnels in Spain's Canary Islands, and six of them died after apparently suffocating, officials said Sunday. The explorers were more than a mile underground Saturday in area where gases may have seeped in, cutting off their oxygen, said Jose Andres Garcia, the island's emergency services director...
Gates: 'One Cold War is enough' (02/12/07)
MUNICH, Germany -- Pentagon chief Robert Gates responded Sunday to Vladimir Putin's assault on U.S. foreign policy by saying "one Cold War is enough" and that he would go to Moscow to try to reduce tensions. Gates also sought more allied help in Afghanistan...
U.S. officials allege Iraqi weapons orders come from highest level in Iran (02/12/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. military officials Sunday accused the highest levels of the Iranian leadership of arming Shiite militants in Iraq with sophisticated armor-piercing roadside bombs that have killed more than 170 American troops. The military command in Baghdad denied, however, that any newly smuggled Iranian weapons were behind the five U.S. military helicopter crashes since Jan. 20 -- four that were shot out of the sky by insurgent gunfire...
Ahmadinejad asserts Iran won't halt its uranium enrichment (02/12/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Sunday that Iran would not give up uranium enrichment but he otherwise refrained from making fiery statements during celebrations on the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The hard-line president said he was prepared to negotiate with the international community and his speech fell short of an expected announcement that Iran had started installing 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium at its Natanz plant...
Voters fail to overturn Portugal's abortion law in referendum (02/12/07)
LISBON, Portugal -- Voters failed to overturn Portugal's strict abortion law Sunday because of low turnout at the polls, but the prime minister nonetheless vowed to relax the restriction through legislation in the conservative Roman Catholic country...
One that got away (02/12/07)
The first Division I basketball program to offer Adam Leonard a scholarship was Southeast Missouri State. But Leonard wound up signing with Eastern Kentucky -- and Saturday night the freshman guard was a major thorn in the side of the team that he once considered playing for...
Litzelfelner likes going to court (02/12/07)
Mike Litzelfelner began officiating area basketball games about 15 years ago primarily as a way to re-connect with athletics and to stay in shape. Little did the lifelong Jackson resident realize that he would eventually graduate to calling Division I college hoops at some of the nation's most storied venues...
Toyota entries underwhelming in qualifying for pole position (02/12/07)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Oh, what a failing. Toyota's first for-real laps in the Nextel Cup series didn't amount to much Sunday, as NASCAR officials impounded Michael Waltrip's car after finding a questionable substance in his engine and the Japanese automaker failed to place any drivers higher than 15th in pole qualifying for the Daytona 500...
United States tops Czechs to reach quarterfinals (02/12/07)
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Andy Roddick beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4) Sunday to give the United States a victory over the Czech Republic and a place in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The United States won the series 4-1 and will next play Spain on hard courts in Winston-Salem, N.C...
Mickelson nabs first win since U.S. Open meltdown (02/12/07)
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson waited until late last year, when his clubs were collecting dust during a three-month break from golf, to reflect on a U.S. Open meltdown at Winged Foot that suddenly seemed to overshadow all his achievements...
Commissioner intends to stick around a while (02/12/07)
Gary Bettman has no intention of giving up his post anytime soon. Reports that the NHL commissioner might be out of a job in the not-too-distant future had Bettman a bit flummoxed, so he spent much of last week shooting down such talk. He insists he is happy and secure as commissioner of a league that is still working to recover from the devastating lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season...
Montoya enjoys quiet qualifying day (02/12/07)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Juan Pablo Montoya has seen it all before, although one big difference is that his current car has a roof. The unflappable Colombian, a former CART champion, Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One regular, sat calmly in his No. 42 Dodge 10 minutes before his first shot at Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday, staring into the distance...
Gilliland, Rudd grab front-row positions (02/12/07)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Yates Racing went from skid row to the front row, emerging from the darkest season in team history to take the Daytona 500 spotlight. At least for a week. David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd won the top two starting spots Sunday in qualifying for the Daytona 500, putting Yates back on the racing map after a horrendous season...
Tigers struggle at home in Big 12 play (02/12/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Matt Lawrence was embarrassed, and he wasn't alone. After an 11-0 start at home, Missouri has lost four of five at Mizzou Arena since the start of Big 12 Conference play. "You're supposed to protect your court," Lawrence said. "We've got to be able to say that we can come back here and get a win when we need to because, relying on our home court, we don't really have that advantage yet."...
Dixie Chicks win 5 Grammy awards, Blige and Chili Peppers take home 3 each (02/12/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The Dixie Chicks completed a defiant comeback on Sunday night, winning five Grammy awards after being shunned by the country music establishment over the group's anti-Bush comments leading up to the Iraq invasion. The Texas trio won record and song of the year for the no-regrets anthem "Not Ready to Make Nice."...
Eddie Murphy rules weekend box office with $33.7 million debut for 'Norbit' (02/12/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Movie fans couldn't pass up three Eddie Murphys for the price of one. Murphy's comedy "Norbit," in which he plays three wildly different roles, opened as the top weekend movie with $33.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Memo 2/12/07 (02/12/07)
Jackson ABWA chapter to offer scholarship The Jacksonian Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is offering a scholarship for the fall 2007 semester. Members of ABWA annually select scholarship recipients from of Cape Girardeau County. ...
People on the move 2/12/06 (02/12/07)
Personal Finance Co. names new manager Personal Finance Co. has announced the appointment of Larryn Coleman as branch manager of the Cape Girardeau office at 211A S. Kingshighway. Coleman has been with PFC since May 2001 and transferred from the Washington, Ind., branch. Personal Finance Co. specializes in consumer installment loans and retail financing and is a subsidiary of Minnesota Life Insurance Co...
Meat with a mission (02/12/07)
In becoming full owners of Fruitland American Meat, Dr. Patti Whisnant and her husband, Mark, are a step closer to fulfilling their goal. "We have always had a love for this industry," Patti Whisnant said. "Our mission, in a way, through the processing plant is to breathe new life into the family farm."...
Paul Weddell Jr. (02/12/07)
Paul Kenneth Weddell Jr., 77, of Marble Hill, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2007, at the Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Los Angeles, son of Paul K. and Beatrice A. Fischer Weddell. He and GeorgeAnn Strain were married in April 1996 in Arizona. She died July 31, 1997...
Annie Spillers (02/12/07)
Annie Jane Spillers, 98, of Cairo, Ill., and formerly of Charleston, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with the Heavenly Gates Funeral Home of Cairo.
Joseph Brockmire (02/12/07)
Joseph Alan "Joe" Brockmire, 58, of Jackson died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Cairo, Ill., son of Arnold Charles and Anna Josephine Schuch Brockmire. He and Angela Rottenbuecher were married May 8, 1985, in Delta...
Zola Schwent (02/12/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Zola E. Wilson Schwent, 92, of Perryville died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at the Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. She was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Henry Luther and Gartha Loberg Moran. She and Woodrow Wilson were married June 19, 1932. He died March 1, 1980. She and Oscar Schwent were married June 19, 1982...
Joseph Coad (02/12/07)
Joseph Emerson Coad, 77, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Sat., Feb. 10, 2007, at his home. By his side was his wife of 56 years, Edna Ruth (Nell) Coad. Mr. Coad was born Oct. 16, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Joseph M. and Neva (Parker) Coad. His work ethic was instilled in him as a child growing up during the Great Depression. ...
Cape police report 2/12/07 (02/12/07)
DWIs; Arrests; Assault; Property damage
Cape/Jackson fire report 2/12/07 (02/12/07)
n At 8:01 p.m., alarm sounding at 21 N. Louisiana St. n At 12:32 a.m., medical assist in the 1600 block of Grandview Drive. n At 1:21 a.m., medical assist at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 8:42 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of North Kingshighway...
Out of the past 2/12/07 (02/12/07)
Cape Girardeau County Jerry Reynolds predicts that the Missouri General Assembly will delay by one or two years implementation of the statewide reassessment and create different classifications of property for tax purposes. Barring last minute filings today, all four Jackson aldermen will be unopposed in their bids for re-election; alderman David M. Hoffman filed for re-election earlier this week, joining David Ludwig, Fred O. Jones, and Jim C. Beattie in the April municipal election...
Paying for not paying (02/12/07)
In Jackson and Delta, candidates for public office have been removed from the ballot because they failed to pay their property taxes. Businessman John Graham filed for mayor in Jackson last December. At the time, he was required to sign an affidavit stating he owed no city taxes or user fees. ...
Letter policy (02/12/07)
... On topics of general public interest are welcomed. ... To be considered for publication must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number. ... Must be 250 words or less. ... May be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. The mail address is Letters, Southeast Missourian, P.O. Box 699, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702. The fax number is 573-334-7288. The e-mail address is Letters@semissourian.com...
Speak Out 2/12/07 (02/12/07)
Give her a chance; Smear authority; Progressive support; Making choices; Cheap tactic; Time for inclusion; Rat in the House; Dangerous game; Man of integrity; Raising children; Transit changes; Election timing; More accountability; Hard to understand; Political possibility; Unenforceable law; Enforce the laws; Waste of money; Represent the students; Making ethanol; Term limits work; Represent the people; Did right thing; Acting immaturely; Crude dudes; Great job; It's our choice; Playing politics; Reaching students; Gay agenda; Library restrictions; Frivolous spending; Shameful article; Vote on preschool; Vaccine battle; He has my vote; Expensive coffee; Removing a leader; High pay, low results; Custody complaints; Time to resign; Barricade boat ramp
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