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Stories from Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Throwing beads and a party (02/21/07)
With flashy beads adorning their necks, revelers packed Cape Girardeau's downtown bars and restaurants Tuesday night for a Fat Tuesday celebration. About 50 people marched down the sidewalk up and down Main Street to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In" for the city's first Mardi Gras parade...
Developer wants incentive deal (02/21/07)
A developer rehabilitating the old Sears building in Town Plaza wants $2 million to $2.5 million in redevelopment incentives to cover the cost of improving the building for a call center that is expected to bring 400 jobs to Cape Girardeau. The Cape Girardeau City Council voted Tuesday to set a March 5 public hearing on the issue...
NARS seeking bids for child care (02/21/07)
A call center is seeking proposals from child-care providers to operate a child-care facility for its employees in the former Sears building in Cape Girardeau. The move comes after Cape Girardeau school board members deadlocked over a proposal to set up a preschool to serve the call center and the public...
Former California newspaper editor to speak at Southeast's Davis Lecture (02/21/07)
The nation's newsrooms need a more diverse staff, says a former editor of the Oakland Tribune in California. "There are still a number of small newsrooms around the country that have no diversity," said Pearl Stewart, the first black woman to become editor of a major daily newspaper...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
Presentation n Heard a presentation by Marla Mills, Old Town Cape. Public hearings n Held a public hearing regarding the proposed 2007 to 2012 Capital Improvements Program for Cape Girardeau. n Held a public hearing regarding the submission of an application for community development block grant funding for the Fountain Street Phase II Project...
Around Southeast Missouri 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
Teen gets 25 years in Poplar Bluff killing NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., teenager was sentenced Feb. 13 to five years in prison for the shooting death of a local man. Dwayne Burrage, 19, was convicted in December of the second-degree murder of Joseph L. Bartlett, 31, on Aug. 22, 2005. He was also charged and convicted with armed criminal action in December. Burrage was given 20 years on the murder charge and five for the armed criminal action charge...
Police investigate theft, armed robberies (02/21/07)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating an armed robbery and a theft that occurred Monday at two downtown restaurants and an armed robbery nearby last weekend. Cape Girardeau police Cpl. Jason Selzer said Tuesday police have no leads or suspects at this time in any of the incidents...
Students, others learn dangers of identity theft (02/21/07)
When it comes to protecting your identity, Loren Carl has only one recommendation: "Be paranoid." Don't give out personal information and destroy identifying documents before discarding, he said. Carl, a field representative for congressman Ben Chandler of the 6th District in Kentucky, spoke to a gathering at the Central High School library Tuesday night...
Cape man arrested in Sikeston after car chase (02/21/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety arrested a Cape Girardeau man Friday afternoon after a short car chase through town, Capt. Mark Crocker said. Crocker said Tuesday that James Barnhill, 30, allegedly stationed himself outside of a Sikeston day care on West North Street and took a billfold from a patron's unlocked vehicle when she was inside...
Bill would give Mo. utilities broader tree-trimming power (02/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Electric companies would have broader power to trim trees near power lines, even without a landowner's permission, under legislation a House panel began considering Wednesday. The bill follows a series of winter storms that disrupted power to hundreds of thousands around Missouri, some for a week or more...
Former director of Mo. State Fair returns to job (02/21/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A former director of the Missouri State Fair is returning to the job. Marion Lucas, currently of Surprise, Ariz., was hired to replace Mel Willard, who retired at the beginning of the year, Gov. Matt Blunt's office announced Tuesday. Lucas will begin work on April 1...
Alert neighbors tip off police before robbers strike Joplin bank (02/21/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Neighbors and bank customers helped police nab one of two men suspected of robbing a bank and making their getaway, such as it was, on bicycles. Even before the two masked men entered a UMB bank branch near downtown Joplin Tuesday morning, police had been tipped off...
University says Rolla student newspaper can sue (02/21/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri system has rejected a demand from a student newspaper in Rolla to restore budget cuts to the newspaper. Last week, the Missouri Miner staff at the Rolla campus said it would sue the university system over $12,500 in budget cuts, which the paper claimed were in retaliation for articles critical of the school...
AMA to meet with activists mad about child's stunted growth (02/21/07)
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association bowed to pressure from disabled activists and met Tuesday to hear their opposition to growth-stunting treatment performed on a severely brain-damaged girl. The now 9-year-old girl identified only as "Ashley" had surgery in Seattle to remove her womb and breast buds, and hormones to keep her permanently child-sized -- treatment some activists say amounted to mutilation...
Missouri man arrested in Dubai comes home (02/21/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A suburban Kansas City man who had faced four years in prison in the United Arab Emirates after a trace of drugs was found in his carry-on luggage returned home Tuesday after being freed. About a dozen friends and family members greeted Danny Talbert, 26, when he arrived Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport. ...
State lawmaker drops plan to let governor order patrol investigations (02/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state lawmaker said Tuesday he was dropping an effort to give governors the authority to order state highway patrol investigations into alleged misconduct by high-ranking state officials. Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Cape Girardeau, said he was pulling the provision from a bill dealing with the highway patrol because he didn't want its potentially controversial nature to jeopardize the rest of the bill...
Senate endorses bill fixing glitch in overtime law (02/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State senators endorsed legislation Tuesday to fix a glitch in Missouri's new minimum-wage law that otherwise could put police and fire departments on the hook for millions of dollars of unexpected overtime costs. Voters last fall overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure raising Missouri's minimum wage to $6.50 an hour, instead of the federal minimum of $5.15. That increase kicked in Jan. 1...
McCaskill, Obama want more help for vets' medical care (02/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Concerned that soldiers battling in Iraq wind up fighting their own government for adequate medical care when they return home, two Democratic senators said Tuesday they're joining together on reform legislation. Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and freshman Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said they are working on legislation to improve veterans' care, including reforms to how they are treated as outpatients while still active military members...
Senate approves bill restricting use of automated calls (02/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After an election season of automated calls and constituent complaints, senators voted Tuesday to restrict how politicians campaign. The Senate by voice vote approved a bill that would expand the state's no-call list to include "robo-calls" from automatic dialing machines. The list, which is managed and enforced by the attorney general, also would be expanded to cover cell phone calls and text messages and faxes, along with traditional land-line telephone calls...
World briefs 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
British PM to announce troop withdrawal LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce today a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported. Blair will also tell the House of Commons during his regular weekly appearance before it that a total of about 3,000 British soldiers will have left southern Iraq by the end of 2007, if the security there is sufficient, the British Broadcasting Corp. ...
New Orleans' style (02/21/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of hurricane-weary residents joined with rowdy visitors for Fat Tuesday, taking a break from rebuilding New Orleans to put on wild costumes and celebrate the second Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina. John Ferguson, who is still rebuilding his house almost 18 months after the storm, said of the celebration: "We never needed it more."...
Court to consider guilty plea by soldier accused of raping, killing Iraqi teenager (02/21/07)
The Associated Press FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A U.S. soldier pleaded guilty Tuesday to rape and murder in the death of a 14-year-old girl and her family last year in Iraq. A judge has not yet accepted the plea. The military court still must decide whether the killings were premeditated and will hear evidence Wednesday...
Appeals court backs Bush administration on detainee issue (02/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that foreign-born prisoners seized as potential terrorists and held in Guantanamo Bay may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a key victory for President Bush's anti-terrorism plan. The U.S. ...
Bomb destroys chlorine gas tanker in Iraq (02/21/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A hidden bomb ripped through a tanker carrying chlorine gas Tuesday, killing nine people and filling hospital beds with more than 150 wheezing and frightened villagers after noxious plumes covered homes and schools north of Baghdad...
Blues prevail 5-4 in shootout (02/21/07)
The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Lee Stempniak and Doug Weight scored and Manny Legace stopped both Columbus shootout attempts to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. St. Louis was headed toward its fourth consecutive victory before Rick Nash tied it with 14 seconds left in regulation. It was Nash's team-leading 16th goal...
Perryville boys bow out of district (02/21/07)
Perryville's season ended with a 55-50 loss Dexter in a first-round game in the Class 4 District 1 boys basketball tournament at Sikeston. The Pirates (16-10) were outscored 30-19 in the second half after building a 31-25 halftime lead. Rick Dunn and Tyler Bauwens led Perryville with 14 points apiece, and Michael Fritsche added 12 points...
University officials took different approach in 2006, asked for help (02/21/07)
While Southeast Missouri State didn't act on the July 2004 memo from assistant athletic director Alicia Scott, the document was part of the series that led to the university asking the Ohio Valley Conference commissioner's office to look into the program in January 2006...
Fact or fiction? (02/21/07)
An internal memo within the Southeast Missouri State athletic department expressed serious concerns about the conduct in the women's basketball program as far back as July 2004, 18 months before the university asked the Ohio Valley Conference for an investigation...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL No. 1 Wisconsin falls to Michigan State (02/21/07)
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Wisconsin's first game as the nation's top-ranked team went poorly Tuesday night, when Drew Neitzel scored 28 points to lead Michigan State to a 64-55 victory. Wisconsin gained the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll for the first time in school history on Monday...
Illini's Smith charged with drunk driving (02/21/07)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith -- charged Tuesday with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident -- apparently believed a teammate in the car had died, authorities said. Smith, 19, was driving a 1996 Lexus shortly after 11 p.m. the night of Feb. 12 when it struck a tree in heavy snow. He then drove the car a little over a mile to the apartment complex where he lived in the small town of Savoy...
Zambrano, Cubs strike one-year deal (02/21/07)
MESA, Ariz. -- Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12.4 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration by striking the deal just before the scheduled hearing. He also would earn bonuses for finishing among the top five in Cy Young Award voting, being named MVP of the World Series and League Championship Series, making the All-Star game, winning the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger award...
Bonds not sweating off-field issues (02/21/07)
Barry Bonds insisted he's unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record. "Let them investigate. Let them, they've been doing it this long," Bonds said Tuesday after his first spring training workout with the San Francisco Giants. "It doesn't weigh on me at all -- at all. It's just you guys talking. It's just media conversation."...
Tigers claim tight victory over Sooners (02/21/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Freshman Keon Lawrence hit the go-ahead basket in the lane with 47 seconds to go and added four insurance free throws in the final 12 seconds, helping Missouri hold off Oklahoma 72-68 on Tuesday night. Stefhon Hannah had 16 points and Leo Lyons 14 for the Tigers (17-9, 6-7 Big 12), who have won three in a row for the first time in conference play this season and four of five overall. Missouri also got 11 points apiece from Keon and Matt Lawrence...
Edmonds' spring focuses on return to health (02/21/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Coming off a winter in which he had surgery to his shoulder and toe and continued to recover from post-concussion syndrome, Jim Edmonds will be taking it easy at the start of spring training. In fact, the St. Louis Cardinals center fielder won't hit or run during the first couple of weeks of workouts, and will throw only lightly. He said he'll use the time to work on his conditioning after an offseason spent going from doctor to doctor...
Home-cooked meals for pets popular, complicated (02/21/07)
Set another place at the table for Fido -- it's dinnertime. Despite a cultural reluctance to spend more than 30 minutes making dinner, a growing number of Americans are happy to invest plenty of time -- and money -- cooking up gourmet grub for their domesticated partners...
The presidential money pyre (02/21/07)
Failed presidential bids are an incredible waste of money. Scratch that. Let me amend that statement: All presidential bids are an incredible, monumental, even titanic waste of money. Thanks, I feel better now. It's February. Almost a full year before New Hampshirites (New Hampshirians? New Hampsters?) brave the cold to go to the polls in the nation's first 2008 presidential primary...
A Harte Appetite (02/21/07)
The late Will Rogers once observed, "the movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself." This Sunday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be doing just that during the 78th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, Calif...
Pizza recipes for everyone (02/21/07)
Scott and I will celebrate our 17th anniversary this weekend, and with that comes our customary anniversary dinner at Pagliai's Pizza and Pasta restaurant. Pagliai's was closed for about six weeks for remodeling, and we went through withdrawal for the best pizza in town. Now that they have reopened, we can't wait to spend our anniversary dinner there again this year...
Zola Huckstep (02/21/07)
Zola A. Huckstep, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at her home. She was born Jan. 28, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Meart and Vurda May Stoops. She and Willmon Huckstep were married 64 years, having married Feb. 1, 1943, in St. Louis...
Edward Lessar (02/21/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Edward E. Lessar, 79, of rural Tamms died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 26, 1927, in Elco, Ill., son of Joseph and Mable Sharp Lessar. He and Mary Ruth Newell were married March 4, 1948, at Elco...
Florence Howard (02/21/07)
Florence Johnson Howard died peacefully Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at Woodbury Health Care Center in Woodbury, Minn., at the age of 104. She was born Nov. 21, 1902, in Manhattan, Kan. She married Conrad H. Johnson, who died in 1961. She later married Harry Howard, who also preceded her in death...
Pearl Roberts (02/21/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Pearl L. Roberts, 83, of Oran passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 31, 1923, at Malden, Mo., to Arvil C. and Mary Ellen Gage Weaver. She married Louis W. Roberts June 12, 1940, at Jaye, Mo...
Katherine Millham (02/21/07)
Katherine Margaret Millham, 91, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 13, 1915, in Skamokawa, Wash., daughter of John Daniel and Katherine Kinsfather Patterson. She and the Rev. Wilmot J. Millham were married Feb. 10, 1934. He passed away June 10, 1982...
Katherine Ward (02/21/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Katherine V. Ward, 90, of Anna died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at Union County Hospital. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford Irwin (02/21/07)
Clifford M. Irwin, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
Schweain; Eftink; Herron; Toll
Cape/Jackson police report 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
Arrests; Thefts; Jackson: Theft
Cape/Jackson fire report 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
n At 5:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of Cecilia Street. n At 10:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Lorimier Street. n At 10:55 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of South Minnesota Street...
Out of the past 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
A pipe organ that was dedicated in 1936 to the Alton, Ill., giant, Robert Wadlow, is now at home at St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau; installation of the four-rank organ began this week by the Spiller Pipe Organ Co. of St. Louis. A bill adopted by the Missouri House last week to raise the state tax on cigarettes to generate more money for public education has drawn fire from 156th District Rep. ...
Corn famine? (02/21/07)
By Jack H. Knowlan Sr. The first reply I got when I mentioned a corn famine to a friend was, "Well, we don't eat much corn." The problem is that apparently the majority of people do not realize how dependent we are on corn. Let's take the cattle industry for an example. ...
Unreliable letter (02/21/07)
By Jackie Brandtner As I read Mark Bliss' article ("Naylor alleges athletic inducements") in Sunday's paper, I was reminded of scenes from one of my favorite movies, "All the President's Men," where reporters Woodward and Bernstein were constantly being ordered by their editor to verify sources for their potentially libelous stories on the Watergate break-in...
Black leaders (02/21/07)
When the Southeast Missourian spoke with five of Cape Girardeau's black leaders, they had a spectrum of viewpoints. Traditionally, many black leaders have come out of the churches. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the obvious example, but almost every community in America looks to the pulpit for black leaders. ...
Volunteers improve a community (02/21/07)
To the editor:As it happens in many small towns, much of the news concentrates on its problems, tragedies and disappointments. As case in point is my hometown of Chaffee, Mo. My letter is to acquaint you with one of its seldom mentioned and worthwhile accomplishments. It is the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. This project originated here in 1973. I have been privileged to participate since 1980...
Speak Out 2/21/07 (02/21/07)
Pulling the wool; Musical notes; Testing threat; Clear roads; Drug crackdown; Somewhere, nowhere; Put a lid on it; Profitable war; Library problems; Vote for plates; County road issues; Robber barons; Let them win
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