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Power an issue for Red Cross shelters (03/02/07)
The American Red Cross of Southeast Missouri says its shelters are fully equipped to respond in the event of a disaster in Cape Girardeau County, but backup power and the ability to care for disabled people and pets are still question marks. The need is highlighted by last month's ice-storms in Southwest Missouri blamed for 21 deaths and power-outages in St. Louis within the last year that left hundreds of thousands in the dark...
Airlines make last pitches (03/02/07)
Air carriers hoping to provide service out of the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport made their final pitches Thursday night to the airport advisory board. At 8:30 p.m. after three hours of open session, the board went into closed session to select a carrier. The recommendation of the board will be presented to and voted on by Cape Girardeau City Council on Monday...
SEMO fares better in endowments than report shows (03/02/07)
Wayne Smith didn't believe the figures. He was right. According to a national survey, the market value of Southeast Missouri University Foundation's endowments declined by 4.1 percent over the course of the past fiscal year, which ended June 30. But Smith, vice president of university advancement for Southeast and executive director of the fund-raising foundation, immediately questioned the survey results when contacted Thursday by a Southeast Missourian reporter. "I was puzzled," he said...
Winds cause damage west of Jonesboro (03/02/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- While Southeast Missouri suffered a few blustery hours Thursday, a small unincorporated area of Union County, Ill., sustained severe damage from storms. High winds ripped down Berryville Road west of Jonesboro, Ill., cutting a mile-long path of destruction through trailers and manufactured homes, said Dana Pearson, emergency service coordinator for Union County...
Red Cross needs blood donors (03/02/07)
(DIANE L. WILSON ~ dlwilson@semissourian.com) Cheryl Braeuner of the American Red Cross drew blood from a client in their Cape Girardeau office Thursday. Supplies of O negative, the universal red cell donor, are low in the region because bad weather has forced cancellation of a number of drives. Gene Magnus, donor recruitment account manager, said the half-day supply of O negative is a serious state, though not yet urgent...
Commission reverses decision, will take private proposals for paving specs (03/02/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission will seek proposals from private engineering firms to write specifications for improving county roads that will apply to private contractors and county road crews. After initially rejecting the idea Monday, commissioners reversed that decision Thursday after hearing from Larry Payne, chairman of the county Road and Bridge Advisory Board...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
Thursday County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Recieved and approved payroll change form. n Received and filed approval from Department of Natural Resources of nomination of Byrd, Abraham House to Missouri Council on Historic Preservation...
New trial turned down for Cape man convicted of two robberies (03/02/07)
A man convicted of two armed robberies in Cape Girardeau lost his bid for a new trial when his appeal was turned down by the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. James L. Woodson, 43, is serving two 30-year sentences for the Aug. 19, 1999, robbery of the Citgo convenience store at 263 Farrar Drive and a Pizza Hut, formerly at 703 Broadway, three days later. ...
Mo. public defender system backs off plan to refuse cases (03/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state Public Defender Commission on Friday backed off a proposal that it refuse to accept new clients because of a heavy caseload. The commission narrowly rejected the idea last week, but it met again Friday with some members who did not attend the earlier session. However, after passionate debate among commissioners, they decided to let their earlier decision stand...
Missouri state lawmaker injured in car accident (03/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. AP) -- A state legislator from St. Charles was involved in a two-car accident in Fulton. Fulton Chief of Police Steve Myers said Friday that Rep. Joe Smith was injured Thursday when his car collided with another car at the intersection of U.S. Highway 54 and a Callaway County road...
Officials investigating TB exposure at SW Missouri packing plants (03/02/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Health investigators probing two cases of tuberculosis at southwest Missouri packing plants say their efforts have been hampered by patient confidentiality laws. The cases were reported at the Smithfield Foods plant, formerly owned by ConAgra, in Carthage and at an undisclosed plant in Joplin...
Devlin faces federal charges of child porn, transporting victim (03/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri man accused of kidnapping and molesting two boys was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly taking pornographic pictures and videos of one of the boys and taking the child across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual assault...
Part of overpass falls in St. Louis; woman reportedly hurt (03/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A large piece of an overpass fell onto Interstate 55 in south St. Louis Thursday, hitting a car and leaving a woman injured. It happened around 8 p.m. when a concrete sidewalk and a railing along the edge of the Delor Street overpass fell. Only one car was struck, and reports said the woman's injuries were not life-threatening. Calls to the Missouri State Highway Patrol seeking information on the woman were not answered...
Safety program aimed at children using Net (03/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A program launched Thursday is aimed at helping educate Missourians about ways to protect their children from online predators. Gov. Matt Blunt and federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway appeared at an event about the new INOBTR, or I Know Better, program, though it is privately funded. The name reflects the type of electronic shorthand often used in online communications...
Mitsubishi adds Ralliart sedan for 2007 (03/02/07)
The 2007 Mitsubishi Galant is a midsize sedan that is oddly reminiscent of domestic family cars. There's the long, wide body that's longer and wider than major Japanese sedans like the Toyota Camry. There's the Galant's styling, where block-sized headlamps draw attention to the hood in the fashion of old-style American cars. Even the rear on the new-for-2007 Galant Ralliart model reminds me of something that Chevrolet might design...
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., historian and Kennedy insider, dead at age 89 (03/02/07)
NEW YORK -- Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and "court philosopher" of the Kennedy administration who remained a proud liberal even as others dared not use the word, has died. He was 89. Schlesinger was dining with family members in Manhattan on Wednesday when he suffered a heart attack, his son Stephen said. He died at New York Downtown Hospital...
Bush administration files charges against Australian citizen (03/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration filed charges Thursday against David Hicks, an Australian suspected of aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan and the first terrorism-war era detainee to be charged under the new law for military commissions. The decision was made even though officials of Australia already had asked the United States not to bring such charges. Australia has been a steadfast ally to the Bush administration in its war on terrorism...
Longtime Florida city official is fired over his plans to get a sex change (03/02/07)
LARGO, Fla. -- Steve Stanton professed his love for the city and asked the people of Largo to support his decision to undergo a sex change and allow him to keep his $140,000-a-year job as city manager. To his sorrow, the answer came back no. Almost 500 people packed City Hall on Tuesday night for a special meeting to decide if they would accept someone named Susan instead of Steve as their top official. And while many spoke eloquently in his defense, more called for his ouster...
Bush makes Gulf Coast tour (03/02/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- President Bush acknowledged Thursday that the people of the Gulf Coast are angered by the slow pace of recovery from Hurricane Katrina and he promised to help pick up the pace. "I fully understand that there are frustrations, and I want to know the frustrations," Bush said while sitting down to lunch with city leaders. "To the extent we can help, we'll help."...
House votes to make it easier for workers to start unions (03/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats rewarded organized labor Thursday for helping them retake control of Congress, passing a House bill that would make it easier for workers to start unions against companies' wishes. The legislation, passed 241-185 on a nearly party-line vote, would take away the right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections by workers before unions could be recognized...
Wireless companies take tax fight to court (03/02/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With up to $600 million at stake, wireless companies have filed suit against hundreds of Missouri cities in the past month, claiming they're paying taxes that they shouldn't be. At issue are local laws, created in the 1940s and 1950s, that allow cities to levy taxes and fees on telephone customers...
Twisters kill at least 8 (03/02/07)
Tornadoes killed at least seven people in Alabama on Thursday, including five at a high school where students were trapped under a collapsed roof, state officials said. The burst of tornadoes was part of a larger line of thunderstorm and snowstorms that stretched from Minnesota to the Gulf Coast. Authorities blamed a tornado for the death of a 7-year-old girl in Missouri, and twisters also were reported in Kansas...
Farmington girls block ND's path (03/02/07)
Natalie Sago preserved Farmington's win against Notre Dame on Wednesday night with her block of Brooke Beussink's 3-point shot in the closing seconds. That play helped Farmington (25-3 and ranked No. 5 in the Class 4 state poll) post its first state playoff victory in school history...
Resurgent Rams face Charleston in final (03/02/07)
The Scott City boys basketball team has continued its late-season surge, reaching the championship game of the Class 3 District 1 tournament. Second-seeded Scott City improved to 19-7 with a 79-70 win over third-seeded Portageville in Thursday night's semifinals at New Madrid County Central...
Puxico shoots down Advance boys 58-52 (03/02/07)
The Advance boys basketball team could not contain Puxico's sharp-shooting guard J Hon in the fourth quarter -- Hon hit four fourth-quarter 3-pointers -- as the Hornets let a nine-point second-half lead slip away and fell 58-52 on Thursday in the Class 2 District 3 finals at Chaffee...
Braves, Bravettes reach sectionals (03/02/07)
Scott County Central unleashed its relentless pressure on Oran, and the Braves complemented that with dominance on the boards. But Scott County Central added one other element in Thursday night's Class 1 District 1 championship game at Oran: Toby Heeb...
Garner may coach for first time since Southeast (03/02/07)
It looks like former Southeast Missouri State head men's basketball coach Gary Garner will return to the coaching ranks. The Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported this week that Garner likely will become an assistant coach for Des Moines' new minor-league basketball team...
Redhawks need two wins to join 'Dance (03/02/07)
In a season when most people outside the program did not expect it, Southeast Missouri State's women are two wins away from their second straight NCAA Division I tournament berth. A team that has been tough on the Redhawks in recent years awaits today in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament...
OVC academy awards Ishee for acting job (03/02/07)
Considering the circumstances, many people figured it was a foregone conclusion that John Ishee would win the Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year award for women's basketball. But Ishee, Southeast Missouri State's acting head coach, didn't see it that way -- probably because he said he never really thought about the award to begin with...
Bledsoe, Horn, Porter join cut list (03/02/07)
As expected, the Dallas Cowboys cut Drew Bledsoe on Thursday. Bledsoe, who lost his quarterback job to Tony Romo after six turnover- and sack-plagued starts last season, was one of a number of aging players cut Thursday as teams adjusted their rosters to get more salary cap room for the free agent period that begins Friday...
St. Louis strikes late, defeats Islanders in OT (03/02/07)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Blues were less than perfect guests as the Islanders began the Ryan Smyth era. Lee Stempniak's power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime gave St. Louis a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over New York on Thursday night in Smyth's debut on Long Island...
Woods, Palmer, Nicklaus to host annual PGA Tour event in Washington D.C. (03/02/07)
The PGA Tour is returning to the nation's capital with a guy who carries more clout than anyone in golf: Tiger Woods. Woods will join Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as hosts of a PGA Tour event, although still to be announced was a title sponsor and a golf course for the new tournament in the Washington, D.C., area during Fourth of July week...
Wi, not Wie, tops field after first 18 at Honda (03/02/07)
Charlie Wi was playing in the John Deere Classic two years ago when some fans recognized him. That is, they thought they recognized him. "My caddie overheard one of the spectators saying, 'Oh, that's Michelle Wie's dad. He got a sponsor invite, too,"' said Wi, who -- like Wie -- missed the cut at the John Deere in July 2005. "I thought that was hilarious."...
Mets hand Redbirds first exhibition loss (03/02/07)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Starter Tom Glavine tossed two hitless innings to lead the New York Mets to a 4-3 win over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Glavine was nearly perfect except for hitting the Cardinals Scott Rolen on an 0-2 pitch to start the second inning...
Sophomore soloist featured at symphony orchestra concert (03/02/07)
The stage at the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra's annual concert featuring Southeast Missouri State University music students is usually reserved for seniors. But this year, there's an oddity. When the symphony orchestra takes the stage Tuesday night at Academic Auditorium for its "Symphonic Splendors" concert, a sophomore -- Candice Summers -- will be one of the three featured student soloists...
Good bets 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
Today Discover magic Columbia, Mo.-based folkies Caulfield and the Magic are new to the Cape Girardeau music scene. But if you like mellow, acoustic music in a full-band format, you might take a chance on these guys. n When: 9 p.m. n Where: Buckner Brewing Co...
From Romania, with love (03/02/07)
The road that brought Mihail Tomescu (pronounced to-mes-co) to Cape Girar-deau was a long one. Ten years ago, the 36-year-old Tomescu was on the verge of getting his bachelor of fine arts degree in his native Romania. After that his travels would bring him to the United States, where he earned his master's degree at Pennsylvania State University and taught painting and drawing. ...
Artifacts 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail kicks off spring with art; Muny holds adult auditions March 10-11; Nature Center displays art of Kelly Hughes ; Fine Arts Education day slated for Tuesday; Doug Rees CD release party March 10; Lipizzaner Stallions to appear at SIU; Cup 'N' Cork enters the open mic arena; Red House opens season Saturday; -- From staff reports
Stormy weather (03/02/07)
As much as I want spring to bust out all over, I dread the stormy weather that warmer temperatures bring. Tornadoes. There. I said it. I don't like tornadoes. I am, however, a fairly typical Midwesterner. When I hear that the weather watchers have spotted a tornado, I do not head for the basement. I go outside...
A kinder, gentler art culture (03/02/07)
This week I have one thing to say: Viva la Revolucion! Why, you might ask? I'll explain. If you're a regular reader of this column space, someone who takes some kind of joy from my crazy rants, then let me first say "thanks." Then I'll remind you of my baptism by fire...
France honors Jude Law with prestigious award for his contribution to film (03/02/07)
LONDON -- Jude Law said he was "speechless" after receiving a prestigious French award for his contribution to film. Law was named a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters by French ambassador Gerard Errera at a ceremony in London on Thursday. The ceremony was attended by Law's parents, Peter and Maggie, who divide their time between London and Saumur in western France, where they run a drama school, and director Anthony Minghella...
At the theaters 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
New at the theaters: 'Black Snake Moan'; 'Pan's Labryinth'; 'Wild Hogs'; 'Zodiac'; STILL PLAYING: 'Amazing Grace'; 'Astronaut Farmer'; 'Because I Said So'; 'Breach'; 'Bridge to Terabithia'; 'Ghost Rider'; 'Hannibal Rising'; 'Happy Feet'; 'Music and Lyrics'; 'Night at the Museum'; 'Norbit'; 'The Number 23'; 'Reno 911: Miami'; 'Stomp the Yard'
Everyone's a critic: 'The Number 23' (03/02/07)
A half star (out of four) I could think of at least 23, or maybe 32 (because that's 23 backward) reasons not to see this movie. Walter leads his everyday, mundane, boring dog catcher life until he receives a book for his birthday about the number 23. Throw in the white boxer (wow, could they pick a scarier dog?), Ned, "guardian of the dead," and he is off and running into his own mathematical journey into insanity. ...
Anna Nicole's burial to be lavish, 'very pink' (03/02/07)
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith will be buried beside her son today in a custom-made gown after an extravagant, private and "very pink" memorial service bringing together the three people battling for custody of her baby daughter...
Clifford Wheeler (03/02/07)
Clifford Leo Wheeler, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Bell City, Mo., son of William Claud and Lee Myra Harvey Wheeler. He and Mollie Horner were married in 1950 in Piggott, Ark. Wheeler served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from April 27, 1951, to April 18, 1953...
Bill Nettleton (03/02/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bill D. Nettleton, 75, of Perryville died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1932, at Tallapoosa, Mo., son of Walter and Ella Mae Loree Nettleton. He and Juletta "Judy" Wood were married Nov. 13, 1954. Nettleton was a spacecraft technician 38 1/2 years at McDonnell Douglas. He was a member of First Baptist Church...
Verna Mouser (03/02/07)
Verna M. Mouser, 76, of Ballwin, Mo., died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Meyr (03/02/07)
Harold R. Meyr, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ann Sichling (03/02/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Ann L. Sichling, 69, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at her home. She was born Aug. 2, 1937, at Ullin, Ill., daughter of Ralph J. and Bertha Stringer Sichling. Sichling was formerly of Mounds. She was a retired licensed practical nurse, and had worked at Choate Mental Health Center and Addus Home Health Care in Anna...
Weldon Huffman (03/02/07)
Weldon L. Huffman, 80, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. He resided in Pontiac, Mich. He was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements entrusted to Pontiac Chapel of Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home.
Anna Berry (03/02/07)
Anna Ella Berry, 82, of Florence, Ky., died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky. She was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Robert Leonard Church and Iva Bernice Barnett. She married the Rev. Floyd James Berry, a Baptist minister, May 18, 1947, in Cape Girardeau...
Julie Glastetter (03/02/07)
Julie Marie Glastetter, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born April 15, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Henry and Gerda Marie Johnsen Phelps. She and Roy Glastetter were married April 20, 1963, in Cape Girardeau...
Lillian Nenninger (03/02/07)
Lillian M. Hager Nenninger, 93, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at her home. She was born April 29, 1913, in Gordonville, daughter of Phillip and Sophie Siemers Hager. She and Vernon "Babe" Nenninger were married Jan. 31, 1934, in Cape Girardeau. He died Feb. 28, 1970...
Births 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
Pfaff; Dougherty; Kirkpatrick; Cook; Koishor; Schorey
Cape/Jackson police report 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
Arrests; Theft
Cape fire report 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
n At 4:14 p.m., grass fire on Dugwood Street. n At 9:54 p.m., medical assist in the 100 block of Linden St. n At 1:05 a.m., medical assist in the 2700 block of Lynnwood Hills. n At 3:32 a.m., medical assist in the 400 block of Independence Street. n At 6:51 a.m., alarm sounding at 280 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Out of the past 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
Saying it has the appearance of being a "kangaroo court," Jackson Municipal Judge Kenneth C. McManaman contends city officials need to reform city court procedures. A field liaison engineer in the maintenance and traffic division of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department's main office in Jefferson City has been named to succeed Lionel T. ...
Tuition plan raises questions of fairness (03/02/07)
By John L. Cook You printed a letter Feb. 23 from John Lichtenegger concerning Missouri Senate Bill 389, the so-called MOHELA bill. Lichtenegger's letter pointed out that the bill provides state grants in maximum amounts of $1,000 for students at two-year public institutions; $2,150 for students at four-year public institutions and $4,600 for students at four-year private schools...
Corn hype? (03/02/07)
By Gary Marshall It's amazing how people can read the same story and come away with opposite opinions. When I read the recent U.S. News & World Report article titled "Is Ethanol the Answer?" followed by the "Corn famine?" opinion piece of Jack Knowlan, my first thought was amazement that a national publication and now local newspapers would be focusing on something that until a few years ago was considered nothing more than a boutique fuel...
Impromptu fun (03/02/07)
Cape Girardeau had its first Mardi Gras parade last week, adding to the fun for revelers who turn out each year for the pre-Lent party that fills the streets in downtown Cape Girardeau. The parade was small. No beads were thrown. As a matter of fact, the spur-of-the-moment effort may be what made walking on the sidewalk for a couple of blocks along Main Street all the more fun...
Downtown winners (03/02/07)
Downtown Cape Girardeau continues to enjoy a sense of rejuvenation, thanks to committed business and property owners along with major investments such as Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, the soon-to-be-completed federal courthouse and a new office building. ...
Speak Out 3/2/07 (03/02/07)
School choice; Unequal treatment; Duck, duck, goose; Immigrant consent; Widespread gambling; Skills testing; Time to help; Accepting donations; Waiting for a deal
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