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Stories from Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In search of local black culture (02/27/07)
When Al McFerren wants to hear good rhythm and blues on the radio, he says he has to travel to St. Louis. When McFerren wants to attend a concert with music he likes, he knows he'll have to travel to St. Louis or some other urban site to catch a show...
Group readies litter crusade (02/27/07)
Area leaders say they're gearing up to take out the trash. Those involved in the Keep Southeast Missouri Beautiful campaign gathered Monday morning at the Osage Community Centre in Cape Girardeau. A national representative for Keep America Beautiful drove from Chicago to certify Southeast Missouri as an official KAB community...
Public defenders may turn away new clients (02/27/07)
While the Missouri Public Defenders Commission grapples with how to handle increasing caseloads and state funding it considers insufficient, Cape Girar-deau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said he does not agree with a proposed plan to turn away new clients until caseloads decrease...
Concerns spur DNR meeting on Advance landfarm (02/27/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment about concerns over a landfarm currently operating near Advance. A landfarm is a facility in which soil contaminated with fuel chemicals is stored and cleaned through natural processes. ...
Region briefs 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Public forum today offers grant funding advice The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission is offering a public forum for area businesses. Margaret Yates, SEMORPC grant administrator, will discuss how to apply for Delta Regional Authority grants. The forum and regular monthly meeting will be held at 2 p.m. today at SEMORPC headquarters, 1 W. St. Joseph St., Perryville, Mo...
School bus driver passes out at the wheel (02/27/07)
A school bus full of Cape Girardeau Central Middle School students got a scare Monday afternoon when their bus driver reportedly lost consciousness at the wheel. About 10 students on the bus were headed home after school at about 4 p.m. when the driver, a middle-aged man who was not identified by Cape Girardeau police or fire officials, slumped over his seat, witnesses said...
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Monday Jackson City Hall, 101 Court St. Public hearings n Held a public hearing to consider the proposed abandonment of a portion of Shawn Drive, as submitted by Steve and Amelia Ledbetter, Howard and Shirley Duer, and Steve and Erikka Sokolowski. Action Items...
Jackson mayor vetos board's OK of street extension (02/27/07)
Attempts to block extension of a Jackson road as development continues on the north side of town ended in frustration Monday evening for three families. The Jackson Board of Aldermen approved the abandonment of a street easement near Greensferry Road on a 5-3 vote, but the victory for those seeking the action was shortlived. Mayor Paul Sander vetoed the measure on the grounds that it violated established city policies for new development...
Police arrest two Sikeston residents in crack cocaine bust Friday (02/27/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers confiscated about $700,000 worth of crack cocaine in two residences Friday and arrested two people Saturday in connection with the bust. Capt. Mark Crocker said Monday the arrests and drug bust came after a two-week investigation by the department's Special Operations Group and detectives...
Cape school board sells Schultz School; sale contingent on state tax credits (02/27/07)
The Cape Girardeau school board Monday night agreed to sell the aging Schultz School to Jackson developer Chad Hartle for $1.7 million. But the sale is contingent upon Hartle's company, RCH Development Inc., receiving tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission by Jan. 31, school superintendent Dr. David Scala said...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Monday County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Approved and filed 2006 financial statement certified to state auditor. n Approved and filed 2006 annual report of county officials compensation. n Received and filed Juvenile car logs...
Corrections 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
State hopes new casino owner possible soon (02/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Gaming Commission has been running a southeast Missouri casino for nearly two months now, but it hopes a new owner can be finalized soon. The commission generally regulates Missouri's gambling boats. But it voted in November to take over the Casino Aztar in Caruthersville until a new owner can be found...
Mo. Senate endorses tax extensions for Medicaid (02/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State senators on Tuesday endorsed a two-year extension of more than $1 billion of taxes on health care providers to help fund the Medicaid health care program for the poor. The state imposes special taxes on hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and health care management firms, which together generate nearly $1.1 billion annually. The state then uses that money to drawn down an additional $1.8 billion in Medicaid money from the federal government...
Missouri campus shut down after student claims to have anthrax (02/27/07)
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- A University of Missouri-Rolla graduate student claiming to possess anthrax and a bomb threw this south-central Missouri community into a panic Tuesday, but police suspect it was nothing more than an empty threat by a depressed student and not an incident of terrorism...
University of Missouri-Rolla student probed for 'terrorist-type' actions (02/27/07)
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly two dozen people were being decontaminated Tuesday after a white, powdery substance was found on a man threatening "terrorist-type" actions at the University of Missouri-Rolla, school officials said. The suspect, a student, and the substance were found along with "possible bomb materials," the school said in a news release. The student is in custody and is being questioned, the school said...
Missouri agriculture director resigns after sexual harassment allegations (02/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state agriculture director resigned at the governor's request Monday, several days after allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination were made public. Department of Agriculture director Fred Ferrell was accused Friday in a court filing by former employee Heather Elder of kissing her, saying he would like to see her in a wet T-shirt contest and refusing to promote her because of her gender...
Postal Commission backs 'forever' stamp, 2-cent increase in letter rate (02/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Say goodbye to those pesky 1- and 2-cent stamps that used to clutter up desks and purses every time the price of mailing a letter went up. A new "forever" stamp -- good for mailing a letter no matter how much rates rise -- was recommended Monday by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission. The panel also called for a 2-cent increase in first-class rates to 41 cents, a penny less than the post office had sought...
Scholars, clergy criticize new film on possible tomb of Jesus (02/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Filmmakers and researchers Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded and contradictory to basic Christian beliefs...
Amid high-profile food recalls, FDA checks languish (02/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- The federal agency that's been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago. The cuts by the Food and Drug Administration come despite a barrage of high-profile food recalls...
Winter storm that pounded Midwest brings only light snow to Northeast (02/27/07)
BALTIMORE -- The storm that pounded the Midwest over the weekend brought relatively light snow to the Northeast on Monday, delaying some commuters but sparing the region a repeat of the Valentine's Day ice storm that brought airline flights to a standstill...
Iranian reformers, conservatives denounce leader's rhetoric on nuclear program (02/27/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced a new round of sharp criticism at home Monday after he said Iran's nuclear program is an unstoppable train without brakes. Reformers and conservatives said such tough talk only inflames the West as it considers further sanctions...
Bomb narrowly misses Iraqi vice president (02/27/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's Shiite vice president narrowly escaped assassination Monday as a blast ripped through a government meeting hall just hours after it was searched by U.S. teams with bomb-sniffing dogs. At least 10 people were killed. Adel Abdul-Mahdi was slightly wounded in the explosion, which splintered chairs, destroyed a speakers' podium and sent a chilling message that suspected Sunni militants can strike anywhere despite a major security crackdown across Baghdad...
Israeli troops search for militant leaders (02/27/07)
NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli troops cut off roads in the militant stronghold of Nablus and confined tens of thousands of people to their homes Monday for a house-to-house search for seven fugitives. One Palestinian was killed in Israel's largest military operation in the West Bank in months, winding up its second day...
Cheney concerned about al-Qaida regrouping (02/27/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Underscoring growing alarm in the West at how militants have regained ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday sought Pakistani aid to help counter al-Qaida's efforts to regroup, officials said...
OVC champs have cozy trap set for Austin Peay (02/27/07)
Southeast Missouri State acting head women's basketball coach John Ishee is not foolish enough to think his team can't lose at home. But what the Redhawks have accomplished at the Show Me Center this season against Ohio Valley Conference opponents gives Ishee and his players plenty of confidence as they prepare to defend their OVC tournament title...
Men will attempt to end Tech's spell on the road (02/27/07)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Challenges probably don't get much bigger than what Southeast Missouri State faces tonight in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. But first-year Southeast coach Scott Edgar points out that with challenges come opportunity, and the Redhawks hope to capitalize when they square off with host Tennessee Tech in a 7 p.m. tipoff...
Scott City boys reach district semis (02/27/07)
Second-seeded Scott City advanced to the semifinals of the Class 3 District 1 boys basketball tournament with a 70-55 victory Monday night over No. 7 Kennett at New Madrid, Mo. Alex King scored 22 points to lead five Scott City players in double figures. Jay Simmons and Rynn Eskew both added 13 points, while Caleb Estes netted 12 points and Jamie Pinkston scored 10...
St. Louis releases offensive lineman (02/27/07)
By R.B. FallstromThe Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams on Monday released guard Adam Timmerman, a team stalwart who played in two Super Bowls for the team. Timmerman was informed by Rams coach Scott Linehan that he was being released from the club, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said. Timmerman, 35, has no plans to retire...
Mulder on the mend (02/27/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark Mulder has been running routine field drills this spring while the other St. Louis Cardinals pitchers hurl fastballs. Seven years ago, he was a promising young pitcher making his major-league debut at the age of 22. From 2001 to 2005, he recorded five consecutive 15-win seasons...
La Russa, Rolen back on speaking terms (02/27/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and third baseman Scott Rolen are talking again, and both agree the rift that began in the 2006 postseason is over. The two shook hands last week outside La Russa's office at the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training complex. The two had not spoken since the disagreement began five months ago...
Great escapes (02/27/07)
Scrambling out of a downed, waterlogged airplane, swimming to shore through an icy cold lake, spending the night exposed in the freezing, desert chill, then walking away with little more than bumps and bruises and the urgent need of a nice, warm bed...
Learning briefs 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Scholarships n Katelyn Stovall, Alicia Miller, Ariel Kitchen, Ashton Gerlach and Bailey Rust, all of Cape Girardeau; Clayton Davis, John Simmons III and Gary Laurentius, all of Jackson; Janice Jansen of Leopold, Mo.; Jessica Eftink and Christopher Dambach, both of Benton, Mo.; Lucas Rayfield of Kelso, Mo.; Kemmy McCoy and Jessica Payne, both of Scott City; and Devan Moore of Oran, Mo., have received Missouri Assessment Program scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2007 to 2008 academic year. ...
College applications (02/27/07)
The anxiety. The pressure. The dread that is the college application process. Nowadays, the stresses on high school students are even greater. When you factor in requirements like SAT tests, AP exams, essays, financial aid, not to mention keeping up your GPA, it can get downright overwhelming. As if being in high school wasn't hard enough already!...
Texas campus offering low-calorie cuisine (02/27/07)
DENTON, Texas -- These days Mean Green means more than the green-jerseyed football team at the University of North Texas. The campus also has a hot new cafeteria called Mean Greens. And as you might suspect, it serves up a lot of green, and otherwise healthy, food...
New DVD game battles childhood 'Obeez City,' teaches better nutrition (02/27/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Obesity may be a global epidemic, but it's Obeez City that is spreading out of control in a new DVD game. The game, called "Body Mechanics," teaches youngsters how to avoid being overweight by joining forces with a team of superheroes who battle villains with names like Col Estorol and Betes II...
Daughter is a 'cold snob' (02/27/07)
It's amazing what you can learn from reading the newspaper. On Monday, thanks to The Associated Press, I learned of a phenomenon called "cold snobbery." I had never heard of the term before. But I quickly discovered that I've known a "cold snob" all my life. She's my daughter, Bailey...
New DVD releases include 'Stranger Than Fiction' and 'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny' (02/27/07)
Selected home-video releases:"Stranger Than Fiction" Will Ferrell tones down his antics and holds his own among a gifted cast in a more dramatic role with this thoughtful comedy about a sad little man whose impending doom finally prods him to get a life. ...
Helen Bone (02/27/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Helen P. Bone, 92, of Charleston died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born April 26, 1914, in Charleston, daughter of J.W. and Ida Forsythe Brown. Bone worked at the Ben Franklin Store more than 30 years, and was a member of the United Methodist Church...
Ruth Whiting (02/27/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ruth D. Whiting, 90, of Anna died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Union County Nursing Home in Anna. She was born Dec. 2, 1916, in Jonesboro, Ill., daughter of Lawrence and Irene Coleman Davis. She and Charles "Tony" Whiting were married April 13, 1941, in Charleston, Mo. He died Sept. 7, 1981...
Tim Monroe (02/27/07)
Tim "Termite" Monroe, 54, of Vanduser, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Sept. 16, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of John Richard and Esther Marie Stein Monroe. He and Tanya K. Johnson were married July 26, 1980, in Cape Girardeau...
Alice Sanders (02/27/07)
Alice Lucille Sanders, 82, of Chaffee, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was a resident at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Parma, Mo., daughter of Charles H. and Ruth Ann Ross Nordin. She and John Franklin Sanders were married Dec. 8, 1940, in Parma...
Donna Hill (02/27/07)
Donna M. Hill, 68, of Greenwood, Ind., died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. She was born May 18, 1938, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., daughter of Raymond H. and Marie E. Meadows Heil. Hill was a 1956 graduate of Valle High School in Ste. Genevieve, and attended Southeast Missouri State University. Formerly of Cape Girardeau, she retired from Procter & Gamble...
Jewel Putz (02/27/07)
Jewel Putz, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov. 1, 1926, at Commerce, Mo., daughter of Gustav and Lucy Spraker Sander. She and Robert Wells were married in 1944 at Commerce. He died in June 1954. She married Truman Putz in 1959 at Scott City. He died in 1978...
Ronald Warren (02/27/07)
Ronald Edward Warren, 75, of Jackson died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, at Gage, Mo., son of George Ferman and Ethel Flori Morrison Warren. He and Venida A. Bauer were married Dec. 1, 1989. Warren owned and operated a Texaco service station in St. Louis 10 years. After moving to Jackson in 1989 he was employed in carpentry and excavating...
Cape police report 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Summons; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Southeast Missouri State University: Assault; Theft
Cape/Jackson fire report 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
n At 5:49 p.m., alarm sounding at 2825 Bloomfield Road. n At 6:49 p.m., medical assist in the 1300 block of Wayne Street. n At 7:09 p.m., medical assist in the 400 block of North Frederick Street. n At 1:41 a.m., medical assist in the 3000 block of Boutin Drive...
Out of the past 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Jerry R. Jenkins and Thomas B. Harte, former cohorts on the Southeast Missouri State University's debate team in 1964, square off again to debate the question: "Should public officials increase censorship activities in library materials?"; Jenkins, a lawyer, and Harte, a member of the university's speech faculty, stage an hour-long debate as part of a day-long program on censorship within public and school libraries...
Aid is for students (02/27/07)
By Carl Bearden I read with interest John Lichtenegger's letter regarding the student financial aid proposal. It attempts to create a distorted picture of the proposal. Missouri has two needs-based scholarships. They are commonly known as "Gallagher" and "Guarantee" and are provided to students, not institutions. ...
Still alive (02/27/07)
By Linda Banger Reading recent news articles and letters to the editor about the Missouri Legislature's introduction of a bill that would allow primary enforcement of seat-belt violations, one would think the bill was fraught with constitutional pitfalls...
New season (02/27/07)
When the Ohio Valley Conference tournament opens tonight, Southeast Missouri State University's basketball teams will be playing both at home and away. The home game is the result of conference championship clinched last week by the Southeast women's team under the direction of Coach John Ishee. The top-seeded women will play No. 8 Austin Peay in the first round...
Get your pets vaccinated (02/27/07)
To the editor:I had to have my cat euthanized. Rusty had feline leukemia plus the AIDS virus. I understand the importance of vaccinations and other shots for your pets. What I don't understand is that this illness has been around since the 1970s and causes such heartaches, but there is not any research into a cure...
PC speech and thought control (02/27/07)
To the editor:The First Amendment of our Constitution is not absolute, although leftists think they can say or do whatever they please with impunity. Gene Lyons comes to mind when his hate diatribes hail the top of the Southeast Missourian Perspectives page on Sundays. ...
Reporting gives council bad rap (02/27/07)
To the editor:This past week in your paper, Rudi Keller reported that the mayor of Cairo blamed the city council for not paying tax money to the fire pension. If it is in the paper, then it must be true. Right? If Keller had been attending the meetings, he would have known that the council has repeatedly asked the mayor and his attorney what happened to the pension money. ...
Speak Out 2/27/07 (02/27/07)
Bailing out; Helping one another; Time for support; Worst presidents; Doing its job; Preschool advantage; Heating up
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