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Stories from Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Fighting to be heard (04/04/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A delegation of journalists from developing African countries say a free press is far from guaranteed in their homelands, where governments often use imprisonment and intimidation to silence criticism. The nine-member group visiting Southern Illinois University includes journalists, professors and government officials from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda...
Perryville school bond fails (04/04/07)
Voters for the second time in five months rejected a proposed $3.36 million bond issue to improve the Perryville school campus, while school tax measures in the Delta and Altenburg school districts passed. In Jackson, voters elected retired teacher Dan Stover and re-elected Gerald Adams to the Jackson school board Tuesday. ...
Scott County rejects sales tax (04/04/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- A half-cent sales tax extension for law enforcement in Scott County was defeated Tuesday in an election that saw only 14.84 percent of the county's 25,085 registered voters cast ballots. The vote was close and split largely along rural-urban and north-south lines. The tax extension was defeated 1,923 to 1,658, with most Sikeston-area precincts voting against the tax by large margins, according to unofficial vote totals...
Mayor's race goes to Lohr (04/04/07)
A return to peace on the Jackson Board of Aldermen will be a top priority for mayor-elect Barbara Lohr, who said Tuesday night she was disappointed by opponent David Reiminger's campaign during the last week of the race. Lohr defeated Reiminger by 81 votes, winning three of Jackson's four wards. Reiminger won only in Ward 2, which he has represented on the Board of Aldermen for 14 years. Write-in candidate John Graham ran well behind the leaders...
Two male inmates spend hours in women's section of county jail (04/04/07)
Two male prisoners at the Cape Girardeau County Jail spent four hours in the cell pods housing female prisoners Monday morning, Sheriff John Jordan reported. The prisoners, being held on federal charges, were able to slip past jailers and security cameras and gained help from other inmates distracting the guards to move from their cells to the female area of the jail, Jordan said...
Events (04/04/07)
COMMUNITY EVERY SATURDAY Red House Interpretive Center: The Red House Interpretive Center opens its doors for spring and summer starting March 3. Special events and Red House tours start at 10 a.m. every Saturday. For more information call Jane Randol Jackson at 204-2331...
Thank God for Designated Driver (04/04/07)
They run all the time but it is at night when they are needed most. Chances are, you have needed them yourself; you were ditched, you broke down, or you were simply too drunk to drive. If you know their number and are in good enough condition to use a phone, maybe you can hire Designated Driver...
Exotic Americana - The John D. Hale Band specializes in REAL music (04/04/07)
When I caught up with John D. Hale a week or so ago on the cell, the group was traveling down to Texas for a small stint. Our talk was short and the guys were busy but, eventually, I got a chance to conduct a short interview with John, and got to learn a whole lot about the band...
Picks of Greatness (04/04/07)
Guitarists, long the target of our undying adoration and subject of some of our fondest musical memories, have always been (and always will be) the subject of some of our most intense musical discussions. That's why we decided to have a discussion of our own ... and settle (or not) who the guitar heroes of our scene are...
Life after graduation (04/04/07)
Hi Friends, If you've been keeping up with the past few issues of OFF you are probably expecting ranting political vomit to run down this page. Well, sorry but I was falling asleep typing the junk so I thought I would spare you the pain. For now. So it's getting close to that time, right? The big G-Day. Let's see, those final projects, papers, portfolios ... it all has to be wrapped up in about, ohh, what, six weeks? You'd better light that fire under your rear...
Art as a business (04/04/07)
With her senior show approaching, Stefanie Tooley has something to take her mind off graduation and that fine line between anticipation and anxiety. As a graphic design major at Southeast Missouri State University, her work culminates during the April senior art exhibition opening April 27. She has a lot of work to do before then...
All Apologies (04/04/07)
Here at OFF Magazine, we know we don't make everyone happy. What was it Abe Lincoln said ... I can't remember right now, but you get the picture. But sometimes we make people downright mad. I can tell you for sure, it's never intentional, but our writing can sometimes be misinterpreted as an attack...
Annual student show opens today (04/04/07)
The work of 60 Southeast Missouri State University art students, totaling 120 pieces, will be on display starting this afternoon at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum as part of the annual Student Juried Assessment Exhibition. The exhibit runs through April 22...
Union Co. murder trial delayed (04/04/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- A judge granted Union County State's Attorney Allen James additional time Tuesday to gather evidence in the murder case against Robert Pitts Jr. James had asked Circuit Judge Mark Boie for the extension, providing evidence of a backlog of cases at the state crime lab that forced him to seek the delay...
Bollinger Co. makes sales tax permanent (04/04/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bollinger County voters decided Tuesday to make permanent a nearly 4-year-old half-cent sales tax. "I'm just extremely pleased with the citizens of this county. They saw there was a need, and without it, I don't know what we would have done. Now we can go on from here," said Presiding Commissioner Wayne Johnson...
Sikeston native returns to Southeast Missouri to promote new book (04/04/07)
Robert Vaughan usually isn't Robert Vaughan when he writes his books. At least not to his readers. The 69-year-old Sikeston, Mo., native has used 35 pen names in his 49-year career, some of them women's names on the front of romance novels. But he's also written a little of everything else -- Westerns, thrillers, historical fiction, the list goes on...
Delta board gets two new faces (04/04/07)
There will be two new faces on the Delta Board of Aldermen following Tuesday's election, a contest that ended with voters rejecting leaders tainted by nepotism and city hall in-fighting. Harold Looney, seeking to win the remaining year of a term vacated by resignation, defeated Bonnie Bradshaw, the sitting mayor, by a 31-26 vote. Bradshaw was a Ward 2 alderwoman until she was selected mayor after the resignation of Carol Collins...
Water district voters turn down $1.5 million bond issue (04/04/07)
Voters in Cape Girardeau County's Public Water Supply District No. 2 on Tuesday defeated a $1.5 million revenue bond that would have extended and improved the waterworks system. The measure lost 190-107. The district supplies water to about 700 customers from west of Burfordville to Oak Ridge, including the Millersville area, and that number is increasing...
Newcomer beats incumbent in Jackson Ward 3 (04/04/07)
Jackson voters retired the senior member of the board of aldermen Tuesday, giving newcomer Mark Dambach a narrow victory over 16-year Alderwoman Val Tuschhoff. Tuschhoff and her supporters seemed stunned when the results were posted that showed she had lost her Ward 3 seat by 33 votes. "I did 16 years for the people, and I guess they got somebody else to take a turn in the reins," she said...
Loretta Mohorc wins Chaffee mayor race (04/04/07)
Chaffee voters selected their new mayor in Tuesday's election in a close vote between two sitting city council members, Loretta Mohorc and Jesse "Jack" Nordin, in a race that had no incumbent. Mohorc edged out Nordin 314 to 275, according to unofficial totals from the Scott County clerk's office. ...
Perry County sales tax fails (04/04/07)
Perry County voters rejected a three-eighths-cent sales tax to fund a $3.5 million project to repair and remodel the county jail and sheriff's office. The final results were 1,230 no votes to 1,188 yes votes. "I am, of course, disappointed that it failed but encouraged by the slim margin," said Sheriff Gary Schaaf. "It almost made it."...
Club news 4/4/07 (04/04/07)
Zonta Club; Alpha Mu Master; FCE All Clubs Day; Lamplighters FCE; Nancy Hunter NSDAR
Mo. Senate defeats attempt to restore some Medicaid cuts (04/04/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate Republicans defeated an attempt Tuesday to restore government health-care coverage to tens of thousands of low-income parents who were cut from Missouri's Medicaid rolls two years ago. The vote came as senators debated a proposed Medicaid overhaul that would change the program's name and the way health care is delivered, but would leave unchanged most of the 2005 cuts...
Police: Rural Ste. Gen man may have abused up to 40 children at day care (04/04/07)
A 60-year-old eastern Missouri man has been charged with sexually abusing two children at the day care center his wife operated. And police said Tuesday they suspect up to 40 children -- some as young as 6 months of age -- may have been molested over the past 30 years...
FDA proposes softening label requirements for irradiated foods (04/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- The government proposed Tuesday relaxing its rules on labeling of irradiated foods and suggested it may allow some products zapped with radiation to be called "pasteurized." The Food and Drug Administration said the proposed rule would require companies to label irradiated food only when the radiation treatment causes a material change to the product. Examples includes changes to the taste, texture, smell or shelf life of a food...
FCC says no to cell phones on planes (04/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- Striking a blow for cell phone haters everywhere, a government agency said Tuesday it will keep a rule in place that requires the divisive devices to be turned off during airline flights. The reasoning behind the decision was technical. But the avalanche of comments the Federal Communications Commission has logged from airline travelers have been nothing short of visceral...
President calls Democrats 'irresponsible' on Iraq money (04/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush denounced "irresponsible" Democrats on Tuesday for going on spring break without approving money for the Iraq war with no strings. He condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria, too, accusing her of encouraging a terrorism sponsor...
5th-graders charged with having sex in unsupervised La. classroom (04/04/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- Five fifth-grade students face criminal charges after authorities said four of them had sex in front of other students in an unsupervised classroom and kept a classmate posted as a lookout for teachers. The students were arrested Tuesday at the Spearsville school in rural north Louisiana, authorities said. Two 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were charged with obscenity, a felony. An 11-year-old boy, the alleged guard, was charged with being an accessory...
4 million-year-old whale skeleton found in Italian countryside (04/04/07)
ROME -- Italian researchers have excavated the skeleton of a 4 million-year-old whale in the Tuscan countryside, a discovery that could help reconstruct the prehistoric environment of the sea that once covered the region, officials said Tuesday. The 33-foot skeleton, dating to the Pliocene epoch, was found in almost perfect order, with only the jaw bones out of place, said paleontologists with the Museum of Natural History in Florence...
Agents hunting al-Qaida question suspects at secret Ethiopian prisons (04/04/07)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- CIA and FBI agents hunting for al-Qaida militants in the Horn of Africa have been interrogating terrorism suspects from 19 countries held at secret prisons in Ethiopia, which is notorious for torture and abuse, according to an investigation by The Associated Press...
French train sets speed record (04/04/07)
ABOARD TRAIN V150, France -- The speedometer climbed higher and higher -- and so did my heart rate. Inside the last of three double-decker cars sandwiched between two engines, those of us aboard the French bullet train trying to set the speed record on conventional rails watched the digital numbers flash on a screen in kilometers per hour: 400, 450, 500, 550...
Japan lines up for taste of America at Krispy Kreme (04/04/07)
TOKYO -- After years of staying slim on a humble diet of fish, vegetables and rice, Japanese are developing a sweet tooth. That's proving to be a business opportunity for Krispy Kreme and other fast-food chains from the United States, home of the Big Gulp and supersized fries...
Jackson defeats Chaffee 4-1 in SEMO Conference game (04/04/07)
Jackson's baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and made it stick in a 4-1 win Tuesday at Chaffee. The Indians improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEMO Conference. Chaffee fell to 4-3 and 2-3 in conference play. Caleb Guilliams pitched five innings for the Indians for the win. ...
Moll enjoys repeated success on Speed Channel's 'Pinks' (04/04/07)
Jeff Moll has become a series regular on the TV show "Pinks." He makes for good TV with his penchant for building winning cars and his personable style that leads him to say, "We're good guys. We don't drink, don't smoke, we just work on cars."...
Southeast's six degrees of separation from NCAA title (04/04/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team was 292nd among 336 teams in the RPI rankings from March 12, according to the listing on NCAAsports.com Florida, which won its second straight NCAA tournament championship by beating Ohio State 84-75 on Monday night, was No. 6 in that final RPI after jumping over Southern Illinois in the last week of the season...
Four gymnasts qualify for regional meet (04/04/07)
Although the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team failed to repeat qualifying its entire squad for regional competition, the Redhawks were not shut out of the postseason. Four Southeast gymnasts made the cut for the NCAA South Central Regional on April 14 in Tucson, Ariz...
Bears pummel Redhawks (04/04/07)
Not that Missouri State necessarily needed help in breaking a three-game losing streak, but Southeast Missouri State did its part. The visiting Redhawks committed three errors and four pitchers combined for 11 walks. Missouri State gladly accepted the gifts on its way to a 16-3 nonconference baseball victory on a wind-chilled Tuesday night at Hammons Field...
Elbow pain sidelines ace (04/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter will miss a turn in the St. Louis Cardinals' pitching rotation due to right elbow inflammation, though the team thinks its ace won't be out long. Carpenter complained of soreness Monday, the day after he struggled in the season opener against the New York Mets. An examination by team physician Dr. George Paletta on Tuesday did not include an MRI, and Carpenter said he thought his elbow already had improved...
Mets foil Redbirds' festivities 4-1 (04/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Orlando Hernandez's arm, and surprising bat, helped the New York Mets spoil another championship ceremony. The right-hander, who missed the 2006 postseason with a calf injury, threw seven innings of five-hit ball and hit a two-run double that matched his career RBI output in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Murky water awaits Gators following second title (04/04/07)
ATLANTA -- Coach Billy Donovan spent several hours after the national championship game mingling with family and friends, and socializing with school officials. Sorry Florida fans, he didn't agree to a new contract. He didn't talk to Kentucky, either. But it could happen soon...
Trading places at Augusta (04/04/07)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Daybreak at Augusta National brought together the two most prominent figures at the Masters, the first showdown of the week between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. OK, so it was only Tuesday. And it lasted only a split second. Woods showed up on the first tee and looked back toward the putting green in Mickelson's direction...
Altman changes mind on Arkansas (04/04/07)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Dana Altman quit as Arkansas basketball coach Tuesday, a day after a news conference to announce his hiring. Altman apologized to Razorbacks fans "with deep regret" and said returning to Creighton was in his family's best interest...
Ogilvy hopes to become first Australian to wear jacket (04/04/07)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Nothing could drag Geoff Ogilvy out of bed before dawn when he was growing up. Nothing, that is, except the Masters. On one day each year, he would be awake and settled in front of the television at 4 a.m., a full hour before coverage of the Masters even began in Australia...
Tennessee captures championship (04/04/07)
CLEVELAND -- Everyone is gazing up at good ol' Rocky Top again. After a nine-year title drought, Tennessee and coach Pat Summitt are NCAA champions. The Lady Vols captured an elusive seventh national title Tuesday night, beating Rutgers to the ball for second and third shots in a 59-46 win to reclaim their customary place above all other programs...
Spring Break in Gulf Shores: A diary by Liz Bertrand (04/04/07)
Monday March 19, 9:30 p.m. We (we, as in, Shannon, Party Nate, Jon Boy and I) are finally cruising south on 55 headed for Gulf Shores, Alabama after packing and re-packing my gray Mazda about three times. It's a little cramped with the coolers, sleeping bags and tent gear, but we're willing to make sacrifices for the beach. ...
Peace, love, music (04/04/07)
Chances are that you've never heard of SONiA and Disappear Fear, so here's a little primer. SONiA (last name Rutstein) and her sister CiNDY formed the folk-pop duo back and signed with Rounder Records in 1994, as out-and-proud lesbians. They were immediately honored and embraced by the gay community and the independent music community, singing about love, tolerance, the evils of war and other social justice causes...
Around your house 4/4/07 (04/04/07)
Gardening Things to do this week Shrubs and trees best planted or transplanted in spring, rather than fall include butterfly bush, dogwood, Rose of Sharon, Black gum (Nyssa), vitex, red bud, magnolia, tulip poplar, birch, ginkgo, hawthorn and most oaks. Winter mulches should be removed from roses. Complete pruning promptly. Remove only dead wood from climbers at this time. Cultivate lightly, working in some compost or other organic matter. -- www.mobot.org...
Thanks for the First Amendment (04/04/07)
The First Amendment. It's a beauty. You might want to take a minute to just read it for yourself. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."...
Tried and true (04/04/07)
I enjoy eavesdropping on conversations of plant buyers at garden centers during the spring rush. They are always looking for a new plant variety that is shorter, taller, fatter, skinnier, less susceptible to disease, a different color, able to grow in both the shade or the sun, etc...
Recipes for Easter Sunday (04/04/07)
Easter is right around the corner, and as I visit with people, it's interesting to hear about Easter traditions. We usually do not serve lamb, but I would like to and maybe start a new tradition. I have seen lamb in the stores this week, so I might give it a try...
Silent, recovering Roger Ebert plans to attend his annual Illinois film festival (04/04/07)
CHICAGO -- Roger Ebert's recovery from cancer surgery has been a "long and unexpected ordeal" but he plans to attend his annual festival for overlooked movies. "I think of the festival as the first step on my return to action," Ebert wrote in a column celebrating his 40th anniversary as film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times. The column was posted Tuesday on his Web site...
Earl Shepherd Jr. (04/04/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Earl A. "Bud" Shepherd Jr., 86, of Cairo died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1921, in St. Louis, son of Earl A. and Vivian Dowdy Shepherd Sr. Shepherd was a U.S. Army veteran and saw combat in the Solomon Islands in 1942 and 1944. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Asiatic Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal...
Clyde Dixon (04/04/07)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Clyde C. Dixon, 88, of Dexter died Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 9, 1918, at Grayridge, Mo., son of Fred C. and Canna Mae Myers Dixon. He and Ella Mae McKee were married Oct. 15, 1937, at Bloomfield, Mo...
Lorene Taylor (04/04/07)
Lorene Taylor, 88, of Burfordville died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Dec. 9, 1918, in Macomb, Okla., daughter of Joseph and Minnie Collins Davis. She and Arthur S. Taylor were married Feb. 13, 1937. He died Sept. 18, 1994...
Mary Beaver (04/04/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary L. Beaver, 64, of Cairo died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 21, 1942, in Barlow, Ky., daughter of Rube and Alice Evans Parker. She married James "Jim" Beaver. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Melissa Abarca of Paducah, Ky.; a son, James Pierce of Paducah; four sisters, Brenda Butler of Cairo, Dean Parker and Alma Southard of Olive Branch, Ill., Helen Tindell of Brighton, Ill.; and a brother, Bill Parker of Olive Branch.. ...
Mary Sullivan (04/04/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary Clayton Sullivan, 87, of Lewisville, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007, following a long illness. Mary was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Mississippi County, Mo., to Arthur and Lula Clayton. After graduation from high school she moved to Cairo to attend nursing school. She worked as a registered nurse in the Tuberculosis Sanitarium and at St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo. Mary retired from nursing to devote her love and attention to her family...
Marvin Kerr (04/04/07)
Marvin C. Kerr, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 2, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1914, in Buncombe, Ill., son of Orpheus and Pearl Evans Kerr. He and Louise S. Stevens were married Sept. 15, 1954, in Illmo. She died May 20, 2005. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 8 AF&AM of Decatur, Ill. ...
Cape fire report 4/4/07 (04/04/07)
n At 11:40 a.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Mount Auburn Road. n At 11:49 a.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Siemers Drive. n At 1:25 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Linden Street. n At 2:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of North Henderson Avenue...
Cape/Jackson police report 4/4/07 (04/04/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Arrests
Out of the past 4/4/07 (04/04/07)
The confirmation class of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson is confirmed during the morning service by the Rev. Carl V. Hanser, pastor; class members are Robbie Friedrich, Billy King, Vade Mansker, Allen Peetz and Chris Penzel. A Mass of Chrism was conducted at St. Mary's Cathedral Thursday night by Bishop Bernard Law of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese; the oils of balsam, catechumens, the sick and chrism were blessed during the special service...
Just the facts (04/04/07)
By Phil Penzel I received a mailer from the John Graham campaign that was inundated with deception. This letter is to inform the public of the actual facts: 1. While I've been on the Jackson Board of Aldermen, the only lost suit was a condemnation suit that was ultimately settled. ...
Lease or build? (04/04/07)
Missouri is spending more than $50 million a year for leased office space for government agencies. An audit a couple of years ago uncovered some leases for buildings that were no longer being used by state agencies. Officials believe it would be more cost effective for the state to build and own its own office buildings rather than leasing...
Speak Out 4/4/07 (04/04/07)
Being accountable; School projections; Weather patterns; Fire-lane parking; Equal fines; Broken promises; Statistical question; Foul pudding; Smoking in Illinois; Stepping on toes; Making sacrifices; Foreign policy
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