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Stories from Saturday, February 17, 2007

Scott City finds zoning answer (02/17/07)
The Scott City government may have found a solution to its zoning mess, but public input is required before it can be enacted. The city council met Tuesday to discuss the issue with the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and reached a consensus on a possible fix. Both parties agreed that the best solution will be to zone the areas to conform to their current use, be it residential, industrial, commercial or mobile homes...
OSHA begins investigating Jackson death (02/17/07)
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating the Thursday death of a construction worker in Jackson. Kevin Lemons, 29, of Advance, Mo., was killed when a 12-foot-deep trench he was working in collapsed on Bainbridge Road. Jackson Fire Department Capt. ...
Scott City man charged in alleged assault (02/17/07)
A 38-year-old Scott City man is charged with misdemeanor assault after a reported fight Monday with another man. Scott City police did not arrest Christian M. Fisher, of 801 Hauoli St., on the assault charge, but sent him a summons by mail, according to court documents. He has a March 28 court date in Scott County circuit court...
The winter of his content (02/17/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Rodney Jones is an everyman's poet. He grew up in rural Alabama, and his poetry commemorates events like his first taste of Coca-Cola and a raccoon that once "skittered" in through his chimney. But from now on this aw-shucks style will come with a major stamp of literary approval. ...
Story violated ethical standards (02/17/07)
A story regarding sexual-assault charges in Wednesday's edition of the Southeast Missourian included information that identified the victim of the alleged crimes. It is a standard of this newspaper, and of most U.S. news organizations, not to disclose the identity of victims of such crimes unless there are unusual and compelling reasons to do so. ...
Briefly (02/17/07)
Woman pleads guilty in crash that killed two GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Patterson, Mo., woman was placed on supervised probation last week after pleading guilty in connection with a motor-vehicle crash that left her two passengers dead. Kristeena E. Smith, 34, crashed her vehicle on Route FF, one mile west of Highway 67, at about 10 p.m., June 3, 2004. ...
Mineral Area College to present reception for area authors (02/17/07)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Two authors from Cape Girardeau will join authors from the St. Louis and Park Hills areas on Feb. 24 for a Mineral Area College event focusing on regional authors. "Celebrate Local Authors! A Reception and Tea for the Community" will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Mineral Area College Community Center Theater...
State board OKs statewide final exams (02/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Board of Education signed off on a plan Friday to require high school students statewide to take the same final exams starting in 2009. State education officials recommended changing the standardized tests high school students take in hopes of making them try harder and to help ensure schools teach the same material from district to district. Schools could decide whether to still administer locally designed finals...
Five firefighters injured in Kansas City building fire (02/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five firefighters were injured Friday morning while battling a blaze at a 1920s building that once housed vaudeville productions and showings of silent films. The firefighters were injured inside the two-story building about 10 a.m., battalion chief Joe Vitale said...
University of Illinois will drop Chief Illiniwek (02/17/07)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois will drop its 81-year-old American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek, following the last men's basketball home game of the season on Wednesday, officials said. The move makes the school eligible to host postseason NCAA championship events, but it angered many Illini fans who say the chief honors American Indians...
Students find not-so-silly way to help U.S. troops (02/17/07)
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Students at St. John LaLande Catholic School know the common use for Silly String -- to squirt it at each other. It's a fun game, but the children at St. John LaLande have learned that Silly String also can save lives. Soldiers fighting in the Middle East and Afghanistan shoot the Silly String to detect trip wires around bombs. ...
Robert Adler, co-inventor of remote control, dead at 93 (02/17/07)
BOISE, Idaho -- Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died. Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device that made the couch potato possible, died Thursday of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp. said Friday...
Smith's will creates more legal confusion over who will inherit her fortune (02/17/07)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The question of who will inherit Anna Nicole Smith's estate was thrown into further confusion Friday with the release of a 2001 will in which the former Playboy centerfold said her fortune should be held in trust for her son -- who died last year...
Police accuse Michigan treasurer of fleecing county, losing money in Nigerian scam (02/17/07)
HARRISVILLE, Mich. -- As the elected treasurer of rural Alcona County for nearly 14 years and an accountant on the side, Thomas Katona did not exactly look like an easy mark for con artists. But in a case that has investigators and local residents scratching their heads, Katona is accused of embezzling a fortune from the county and losing it in a Nigerian investment scam. State police suspect he lost more than $1.2 million, though the charges thus far involve just $186,500...
House approves measure criticizing Bush's Iraq policy (02/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-controlled House issued a symbolic rejection of President Bush's decision to deploy more troops to Iraq on Friday, opening an epic confrontation between Congress and commander in chief over an unpopular war that has taken the lives of more than 3,100 U.S. troops...
House moves a step closer to minimum-wage increase (02/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- The House overwhelmingly approved business tax breaks worth $1.8 billion over 10 years on Friday, a key step toward forging a congressional compromise on increasing the minimum wage. The vote on the tax cuts was 360-45. Passage of a wage increase for the lowest-paid workers now depends on how quickly the House and Senate work out differences between their tax packages. The Senate tax breaks -- worth $8.3 billion -- are more than four times bigger than the ones passed in the House...
Insurgents push north out of Baghdad, making fight more deadly for U.S. forces (02/17/07)
BAQOUBA, Iraq -- Sunni insurgents have been streaming out of Baghdad to escape the security crackdown, carrying the fight to neighboring Diyala province where direct fire attacks on Americans have nearly doubled since last summer, U.S. soldiers say...
At least 112 dead after smuggling boat capsizes off coast of Yemen (02/17/07)
SAN'A, Yemen -- A boat loaded with more than 200 Somali and Ethiopian migrants capsized in the Gulf of Aden during a treacherous night crossing and at least 112 people drowned, a Yemeni official said Friday. The boat was among a group of four vessels carrying migrants from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, a U.N. official and a Yemeni human rights activist said...
Fast-thinking pilot fools hijacker with help from passengers, crew (02/17/07)
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands -- A fast-thinking pilot with passengers in cahoots fooled a hijacker by braking hard upon landing, then accelerating to knock the man down. When he fell, flight attendants threw boiling water in his face, and about 10 people pounced on him, Spanish officials said Friday...
New Salem girls can extend state title streak today (02/17/07)
New Salem Baptist of Marble Hill continued its quest for its third straight championship game in the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association Class 2A girls tournament on Friday with a 43-36 win over Training Center in the semifinals at Joplin...
Redhawks' Berry jumps to the front (02/17/07)
Joey Haines wishes he could take credit for standout long-jumper John Berry being at Southeast Missouri State. But the Redhawks' longtime track and field coach can't. "I can't take any credit for him being here. He was forced on me," a laughing Haines said Friday night as Southeast hosted its annual Redhawk Invitational...
CHS's Kinder qualifies for two finals with top times (02/17/07)
Central senior Hannah Kinder put herself in position to win her first state swimming title by posting the top time in Friday's preliminaries in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events in the state meet at the St. Peter's Rec Plex. The championship round is today, with the top eight swimming in one finals the next eight in the consolation finals for each event...
Central, Jackson wrestlers ousted at state meet during wrestlebacks (02/17/07)
The quest for all-state status ended for the area's five wrestlers, as all five were eliminated Friday on the second day of wrestling at the state meet at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Jackson junior Jamie Schumacher was the lone area wrestler to make it out of the first round unscathed, but he lost a 9-5 decision to Ryan Greco of Blue Springs at 145 pounds. ...
A Show Me Center farewell (02/17/07)
Terrick Willoughby has experienced good times and bad times -- probably more of the latter, because of the lack of team success -- during his college basketball career. But as the Southeast Missouri State senior guard prepares for his final home game, he says he wouldn't change a thing...
Redhawks look for 10-0 home record in OVC (02/17/07)
For the fourth time this season, Southeast Missouri State's women will have a chance to beat a team at home that they lost to on the road. If the Redhawks can pull that off today, they will take another step toward their second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title...
The theme 'United Under God's Tent' has been chosen for the World Day of Prayer (02/17/07)
Imagine a world where at the beginning of the day women gather together in prayer. The prayer continues throughout the day, throughout the world -- resulting in a daylong continuous chain of prayer. It has happened every year for the past 66 years when Church Women United gather for World Day of Prayer. World Day of Prayer itself began in 1887...
Living with love rather than fear (02/17/07)
My friend Kay lost a husband at a relatively young age. The couple had been married only a short while when Jim suddenly suffered a heart attack and died like a flash of lightning. "Weren't you angry?" I asked Kay. "No," she said, "I never felt bitter. I was just grateful for the time we had."...
Judge OKs sale of Air America Radio (02/17/07)
NEW YORK -- A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday approved the sale of the liberal talk radio network Air America Radio for $4.25 million to Stephen L. Green, founder of a New York real estate firm. Green and his brother, Mark -- the longtime liberal New York City politician and frequent guest on Air America -- plan to continue running the network...
Valene Hengst (02/17/07)
Valene Mildred Helton Hengst, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 21, 1917, in Crowder, Mo., daughter of Jasper L. and Alameda E. Apple Helton. She and Leo C "Dick" Hengst were married Jan. 13, 1940, in Egypt Mills. He died Oct. 20, 1982...
Robert Hemperley Jr. (02/17/07)
Robert Franklin "Bob" Hemperley Jr., 79, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Shreveport, La., son of Robert Franklin and Jewell Brooks Hemperley. He and Nelle Benson were married March 15, 1952, in Cape Girardeau...
Kevin Lemons (02/17/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Kevin Wayne Lemons, 29, of Advance died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, from injuries sustained in a work-related accident. He was born April 13, 1977, in Fort Riley, Kan., son of Johnnie and Kyong "Coffee" Kim Lemons...
Gregory Boitnott Sr. (02/17/07)
Gregory J. Boitnott Sr., 47, of St. Charles, Mo., died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 25, 1960, in Joplin, Mo., son of William A. and Agnes M. Boitnott. Boitnott owned and operated G&L Marketing, an auto parts distributor company, the past nine years. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers. He coached soccer and baseball...
David Neiswonger (02/17/07)
David Neiswonger, 55, of Princeton, Ky., died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. to service time at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Cape County Memorial Park...
Births 2/17/07 (02/17/07)
Peeler; Britton; Morgan; Schumacker; Broshuis; Robinett; Hohler; Niedbalski; Newman; Cobb; Yoast; Meadows
Police report 2/17/07 (02/17/07)
Arrests; Arrests; Jackson: Arrest
Fire report 2/17/07 (02/17/07)
n At 8:53 p.m., emergency medical service at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 4:40 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Henderson Avenue. n At 5:23 a.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of South Spring Avenue. n At 10:08 a.m., emergency medical service at South Hanover and William streets...
Out of the past 2/17/07 (02/17/07)
A revenue increase sought by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. would, if approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission, raise the monthly cost in Cape Girardeau for a standard, rotary dial residential telephone by $4.30. PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Voters here are being asked to approve a 20-cent increase in the Perryville School District's incidental fund levy in the April 6 election; school officials say the increase is needed to offset the effects of inflation, the loss of intangible tax money and the withholding of some state aid.. ...
Speak Out 2/17/07 (02/17/07)
Honor, integrity; Private discipline; Intersection lines; Distaste for actions; Spending deficit; Save our trees; State pays for it; The human effect; Windy in Illinois; Political player; Plates stink; Bigger threat; Blowing in the wind; Test the shot; Board deadlock
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