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Emerson calls for cooler debate on Iraq (05/10/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Missouri, said she will oppose a Democratic proposal to pay for the war in Iraq in installments, calling it irresponsible and too political. The proposal is expected to come up for a vote later today in the Democratically controlled U.S. ...
Levee district starts pumps in downtown Cape (05/10/07)
The Main Street Levee District ran the storm pumps briefly at the Merriwether Street pumping station downtown to prepare for rising water along the Mississippi River. Shortly after 1 p.m. today, workers for the levee district closed the gate leading from the seven-foot storm drain under Merriwether Street, then pumped the remaining water out into the river. The pump station, with three 200-horsepower pumps and two 75-horsepower pumps, was last used in January 2006...
Emerson, other GOP moderates meet with Bush on war (05/10/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and 10 other moderate Republicans met with President George Bush and his top advisers Tuesday to warn the president that his Iraq war efforts are hurting GOP political fortunes and public support for the war is rapidly dwindling, the New York Times and the Associated Press reported...
SEMO to offer free shuttle service during commencement (05/10/07)
Two construction projects near the Show Me Center will limit parking for Saturday's commencement at Southeast Missouri State University, school officials said. To combat the problem, the university plans to provide free shuttle bus service from local hotels and outlying campus parking lots...
Vets group aims to sway Emerson, 13 others on Iraq (05/10/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's stance on the Iraq war made her a target Tuesday for a veterans group seeking to sharply reduce U.S. involvement. Emerson, who voted "present" on the bill that provided funding for the war but also set a deadline to begin withdrawing troops, must make up her mind whether she supports or opposes President George Bush's war policies, said Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org...
Transit authority plans hearing for public input (05/10/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority has planned a public hearing next week to discuss its capital projects plans, including whether to pursue the purchase of land for a dedicated transit office. The hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the transit authority offices at 937 Broadway, is a required annual opportunity for public comment required for the authority to receive federal funds. ...
Former prof takes break from facts with novella (05/10/07)
Dr. George Suggs has focused on history for decades, 31 of those years as a history professor at Southeast Missouri State University, from which he retired in 1995. In that time he's written six books, all nonfiction, all with a historical focus. A few years ago Suggs began work on his first fiction book, "Shady Grove" -- a self-published 109-page novella set in the Great Depression, in a small, fictional Southeast Missouri town called Shady Grove. ...
SEMO students face cost increase (05/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State University wants to raise tuition and general fees for in-state students taking classes on its main campus by more than $15 a credit hour for the coming school year. The increase of more than 5 percent would raise the total cost to $199 a credit hour for in-state undergraduates, or $2,388 for 12 credit hours, school officials said Wednesday...
Sewer service (05/10/07)
Diane L. Wilson ~ dlwilson@semissourian.com Mark Vanderbult, left, and Stanley Clippard of Dutch Enterprises of Jackson replaced the drain cover after taking it off to do some sewer work for Cape Girardeau. Dutch Enterprises, contracted by the city, has worked on the sewers along Merriwether Street for about a month, and Clippard said it may be three more weeks before the job is complete.
FCE Club of the Year (05/10/07)
The Town and Country FCE Club was awarded an engraved silver tray and named FCE Club of the Year for 2006 at All Club's Day recently. Pictured from left, are Doris Wilkinson cards and flowers; Darlene McCain songs and games; Carolyn Thompson treasurer; Lois Seabaugh member, Mary Klaproth president, Shirley Heise member; Linda Thompson secretary. Judy Johnson and Sue Jones were unavailable for photo...
Celebration planned for Cape resident's 100th birthday (05/10/07)
Mettie Jane Killian Penzel will celebrate a three-digit birthday May 18. She hopes to see her two remaining siblings, Hubert Killian and Doshie Holmes, at the party held in her honor from 2 to 5 p.m. that day at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She has seen a lot of things grow in the 100 years she's lived in Cape Girardeau County. ...
Jackson resident celebrates her 100th birthday (05/10/07)
More than 200 people celebrated with Jackson resident Freda Martin at her 100th birthday held recently at the Jackson Senior Center. The circus themed party was hosted by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Rick Wooley. They made a $600 donation to the Jackson Senior Center in honor of Martin, to be used for a laptop computer...
Southeast Missouri State regents to look at official name for New Hall (05/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State University may soon get a new name for "New Hall," a student residence hall that was never officially named. A student government committee has recommended three possible choices for the residence hall, which school president Dr. Ken Dobbins said he will present to the board of regents when it meets Friday...
Local graduation ceremonies (05/10/07)
Chaffee High School n When: 7 p.m. today at the high school gym n Number of graduates: 43 n Valedictorian, salutatorian: N/A Bell City High School n When: 7 p.m. today at Bell City Multipurpose Building n Number of graduates: 28 n Valedictorian: Racheal Long...
Mueller resigns from school board; Scala hopes to fill position soon (05/10/07)
Cape Girardeau school board member Sharon Mueller has resigned from the school board, effective immediately. Mueller has served on the board for eight years. She had one year left on her third three-year term at the time of her resignation. Mueller said she's resigning because her husband accepted a job transfer to St. Louis. Her husband works for Nestle Purina Petcare Co., which plans to close its cat litter product division in Cape Girardeau this summer...
Emerson target of anti-Bush ad campaign (05/10/07)
A new ad campaign opposing President George Bush's Iraq War policies and featuring former military commanders will target U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. VoteVets.org will air three ads at a cost of $500,000 to urge 14 Senators and Representatives to break ranks with Bush and support efforts to reduce or remove U.S. troops from Iraq...
Community digest 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
Nature center celebrates migratory bird day; SEMO Iris Society flower show held this weekend; Red House to feature Music Day on Saturday; Benefit planned for widow and children; Memorial service to be held at McGuire Cemetery; Cotner-King reunion to be held May 26
Community cuisine 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
New McKendree to serve catfish, chicken tenders A catfish fry and chicken tender dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at New McKendree's South Campus. Menu includes coleslaw, baked beans, spiral potatoes and dessert. For more information, call Todd at 450-4203...
Illness sweeps through day-care centers (05/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Dr. Alexis Elward has seen a parade of toddlers through the doors of St. Louis Children's Hospital over the past six months, little ones suffering from diarrhea, headaches and vomiting. St. Louis has been particularly hard hit by an outbreak of shigellosis, an infectious disease most prevalent among children ages 1 to 4. The illness isn't typically life-threatening, but can cause severe flu-like symptoms that can last for several days...
Blunt invites Nixon for sit-down on Taum Sauk case (05/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt and Attorney General Jay Nixon will hold a sit-down meeting in the governor's office to try to reach a final settlement offer over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse. Blunt sent Nixon a letter Wednesday requesting the meeting. Nixon will accept the offer, although a date has not been set, Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said...
Facts about shigellosis (05/10/07)
n The illness: Shigellosis is an infectious disease that causes diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps. The diarrhea can be bloody. The illness is not considered life-threatening, but the diarrhea can cause dehydration that can require hospitalization, especially for children under 2 and the elderly...
Missouri River continues to rise (05/10/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Floodwaters continued to rise across northwest and central Missouri Wednesday, swallowing small towns like Big Lake and shutting down schools and businesses from Chillicothe to Jefferson City. The National Weather Service said it expected parts of the Missouri, Platte and Grand rivers, along with their tributaries, to remain at flood stage until the weekend, adding misery for property owners and spurring downstream residents to fill sandbags and move what they could to safety.. ...
Bush tours town in Kansas devastated by killer tornado (05/10/07)
GREENSBURG, Kan. -- President Bush sought to lift spirits Wednesday in the wake of a killer tornado, dishing out hugs while stepping through the rubble of what had been a close-knit town of 1,400. The president said he came to Kansas to tour the wreckage in the hopes that he could "touch somebody's soul by representing our country."...
Veterans struggle with shrinking buying power of GI Bill (05/10/07)
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Marc Edgerly and his father, Carl, both joined the Army as young men, served during wartime and eventually decided that college, not a full-time military career, was what they wanted. But the cost they shouldered for that education is dramatically different...
Ala. grand jury indicts trooper in 1965 killing of black man (05/10/07)
MARION, Ala. -- A 73-year-old retired state trooper was indicted Wednesday in the 1965 shooting death of a black man -- a killing that set in motion the historic civil rights protests in Selma and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act. District Attorney Michael Jackson said a grand jury returned an indictment in the case. ...
Circuit City: Store clerk's tip was key to foiling Fort Dix plot (05/10/07)
FORT DIX, N.J. -- One drove a cab, three were roofers. The others worked at a 7-Eleven and a supermarket. Their alleged plot to attack Fort Dix was foiled by another blue-collar worker: a store clerk who had been asked to dub a videotape of the men to DVD...
Federal prosecutor: New York couple rubbed out for disrespecting the mob (05/10/07)
NEW YORK -- A husband and wife who robbed gangland social clubs -- sometimes forcing their victims to drop their pants -- were rubbed out for humiliating the mob, a prosecutor said Wednesday at closing arguments at a racketeering trial. "This was not just murder; this was a public execution," assistant U.S. attorney Paige Petersen said...
Vegan couple sentenced to life in prison for death of malnourished baby (05/10/07)
ATLANTA -- A vegan couple were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the death of their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy, who was fed a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice. Superior Court Judge L.A. McConnell imposed the mandatory sentences on Jade Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31. Their son, Crown Shakur, weighed just 3 1/2 pounds when he died of starvation April 25, 2004...
Virginia Tech searches for happiness amid mourning as it prepares for commencement. (05/10/07)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The workers stand near the 50-yard line in Lane Stadium, unfolding flimsy black chairs and setting each precisely in place, one beside the other, row after flawless row. It has been this way every graduation at Virginia Tech, mundane and methodical, chair after chair. Until now...
Ore. governor signs legislation creating domestic partnerships for gay couples (05/10/07)
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon on Wednesday joined a growing list of states prepared to offer gay couples at least some of the benefits of marriage. Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed legislation creating "domestic partnerships" for gays and lesbians in the state starting Jan. 1. He also signed a bill that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation, effective the same date...
Study links lung scarring disease to WTC work (05/10/07)
NEW YORK -- Rescue workers and firefighters contracted a serious lung-scarring disease called sarcoidosis at a much higher rate after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks than before, said a study that is the first to link the disease to exposure to toxic dust at ground zero...
Briefly (05/10/07)
Toyota expecting slowdown in growth TOKYO -- Toyota expects that flat sales in North America -- where higher gas prices, a housing slump and a slowing economy have tempered consumer spending -- will slow growth in its overall sales and profits this year after double-digit gains last year. ...
Stocks resume climb after decision on interest rates (05/10/07)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street wobbled, then regained its stride Wednesday after the Federal Reserve told investors what they expected to hear: that inflation is still too high for comfort, but the central bank is holding interest rates steady. The Dow Jones industrials rose to another record close...
White House threatens homeland security bill veto over labor dispute (05/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration warned the House on Wednesday that legislation to authorize Homeland Security Department programs would face a veto if it gives the agency's 170,000 employees greater collective bargaining rights. The White House said eliminating the current personnel system would "diminish the department's ability to respond quickly to security threats and would negatively impact the security of the nation."...
House passes rules to govern college lending, curb conflicts of interest (05/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- With the student loan industry coming under harsh criticism, the House approved a bill 414-3 on Wednesday aimed at curbing conflicts of interest and corrupt practices in college lending. The matter now goes to the Senate. The bill would ban gifts from lenders to schools and impose controls on schools that publish approved lender lists to guide students to certain companies. ...
U.S. Embassy workers ordered to wear flak vests, helmets if outdoors in Green Zone (05/10/07)
BAGHDAD -- A sharp increase in mortar attacks on the Green Zone -- the one-time oasis of security in Iraq's turbulent capital -- has prompted the U.S. Embassy to issue a strict new order telling all employees to wear flak vests and helmets while in unprotected buildings or whenever they are outside...
Cheney says Iraq still dangerous (05/10/07)
BAGHDAD -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that Iraq remains a dangerous place, a point underscored by a thunderous explosion that rattled windows in the U.S. Embassy where he spent most of the day. After talks with Iraqi military and political officials, the vice president said Iraq's leaders seem to have a better sense that they need to do more to reconcile sectarian and political differences...
Pope heads to Brazil on first trip to Latin America (05/10/07)
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday he supported excommunication for politicians who backed Mexico City's decision to legalize abortion, giving a strong message about core church teachings at the start of his first trip to Latin America as pontiff...
China announces detentions linked to pet deaths in the United States (05/10/07)
SHANGHAI, China -- China vowed Wednesday to crack down on contaminated and sometimes deadly food and drugs after a string of sensational revelations about the safety of Chinese products. The campaign followed an announcement that authorities had detained managers from two companies linked to contaminated pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States and Canada...
German police raid anti-globalization groups' offices (05/10/07)
BERLIN -- Hundreds of German police used anti-terrorism laws Wednesday to raid the offices and apartments of globalization opponents they fear could disrupt next month's Group of Eight summit with firebombings and other attacks. Security officials also announced tighter border controls ahead of the summit June 6 through 8 in the northern resort town of Heiligendamm...
Area digest (05/10/07)
Williams and Powell win horseshoe event Martin Williams and Lester Powell took first place at the Southeast Missouri Horseshoe Association tournament Sunday at the Knights of Columbus in Leopold. Lachelle Cook and Steve Riley took second place while Randy Senciboy and Andy Jansen were third...
Junior records first-half hat trick (05/10/07)
Jackson junior Chelsea Dale scored a hat trick in the first half Wednesday and the Indians overcame a short bench to rout visiting Perryville 5-2. The Indians (12-2-2), who have been hit with a rash of injuries over the past month, had just five players dressed on the bench. They were able to get junior starter Lauren Drewett back from injury...
Notre Dame rallies to down Central (05/10/07)
Notre Dame started the day in a 3-0 hole, but that didn't get the Bulldogs down. Notre Dame rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning and scored a pair in the sixth to rally for a 6-4 victory over Central in a SEMO Conference baseball game Wednesday. The game had been suspended earlier in the season then rescheduled because of rain...
Central eager to hit courts at districts (05/10/07)
Central boys tennis coach Bud Craven went into the district tournament last year pointing toward the future, with a young squad getting a taste of postseason play. The improvement Craven mentioned has shown in the Tigers' play this season, and the top doubles team of David Berry and Patrick Duffy was rewarded with a top seed in doubles competition when the Class 2 District 1 tournament begins today at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis...
Redhawks add pair (05/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State's women's basketball team added a pair of 5-foot-10 forwards to its spring signing class Wednesday in junior college transfer Crysta Glenn and high school senior Rochelle Ikeni. Glenn averaged 11 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kan...
High-powered anxiety (05/10/07)
Experts question the effects of energy drink ingredients on the body; little scientific evidence to go on
Health news 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
Workshops for single parents scheduled Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri will present a four-session workshop for single parents starting this month. "Building Strong Families" will help families identify and build on their strengths, face challenges and make informed choices. ...
Walking in Memphis (05/10/07)
"And they asked me if I would Do a little number And I sang with all my might And she said "Tell me are you a Christian child?" And I said "Ma'am I am tonight" -- Marc Cohn, "Walking in Memphis" May 10, 2007 Dear Leslie, In one hand a street preacher carried a placard reading "Ask me why you deserve Hell." In the other was the microphone he used nonstop to answer his own question. "Trust Jesus," his T-shirt read...
Men's depression symptoms may differ from women's (05/10/07)
We all know that women like chocolate and a good gabfest, while men prefer a cold beer and a good video game. OK, so that's a cheesy generalization, but it does soften you up for today's hard topic: Men are different than women when it comes to depression...
Networks assembling fall TV lineups with failures of serial dramas in mind (05/10/07)
LOS ANGELES -- In one of the more spectacular examples of TV networks following a trend straight off a cliff, more than a half-dozen densely plotted new serial dramas failed this season. Not since the flood of misbegotten "Friends" knockoffs of the 1990s or the turn-of-the-century "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game-show frenzy has broadcast television been so betrayed by a genre...
Richard Mullins (05/10/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Richard R. Mullins, 83, of Advance died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 9, 1923, at Concord, Mo., son of Richard Robert and Avery Ellen Summers Mullins. He married Dorothy Hardin, who preceded him in death...
Lester Deaton (05/10/07)
DESOTO, Mo. -- Lester F. Deaton, 84, of DeSoto died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at his home. He was born May 30, 1922, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Houston and Harriett Pennell Deaton. He married the former Bernice Rice. Deaton was a retired railroad track foreman. He was a member of First Baptist Church in DeSoto and Poplar Bluff Lodge 209 AF&AM...
Bonnie Latimer (05/10/07)
Bonnie Lee Latimer, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 18, 1927, at Lilbourn, Mo., daughter of Edward Chesley and Beatrice Grace Smith. She married Aaron Lee Latimer, who died Sept. 10, 1991...
Jerry Arant (05/10/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Jerry Arant, 67, lifelong resident of Poplar Bluff, died at his home Tuesday morning, May 8, 2007. He was born June 1, 1939, in St. Louis. Arant was an athlete, coach, heavy equipment operator and horseman. He was retired from Huffman Engineering...
Helmut Hanusa (05/10/07)
Helmut Georg Hanusa, 87, of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at St. David's Hospital in Georgetown. He was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Rheindorf, Germany, son of Ernst and Auguste Vogt Hanusa. He and Frances Tempsch were married Oct. 7, 1943, in Germany. She died Oct. 5, 2000...
Stanley Kight (05/10/07)
Stanley R. Kight, 65, of Crump died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born April 28, 1942, at Arbor, Mo., son of John and Pauline Croy Kight. He and Gracie Sharon Williams were married Nov. 11, 1960, at Crump. Kight retired from Kight Painting Co., where he worked 46 years. He was a member of Cape First in Cape Girardeau...
Tom Robins (05/10/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Tom E. Robins, 55, of Sikeston died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Nov. 18, 1951, in St. Louis, son of Thomas L. and Georgia Williams Robins. He and Angie Bennett were married Feb. 14, 1996, at Bloomfield, Mo...
Births 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
Alsup; Plumb; Barlow; Buerck; Keller; Givens; Ainsworth
Police report 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
Arrests; Jackson: Arrests; Summons
Fire report 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
n At 8:06 a.m., clean-up at 121 Middle St. n At 12:33 p.m., medical assistance in the 1300 block of Monticello Lane. n At 1:16 p.m., medical assistance in the 500 block of South Benton Street. n At 4:18 p.m., medical assistance in the 1100 block of Linden Street...
Out of the past 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
Dick and Corrine Robinson, who recently acquired space in a building at 351 Christine St. in Cape Girardeau, are operating the Hitchin' Post at that location. Half of the 900 Southeast Missouri State University students who received degrees at yesterday's commencement ceremony will have a hard time finding a job; that dismal prediction is made by the university's director of placement services, Larry Beard, who says he has never seen the job market so limited...
Jail security (05/10/07)
After nearly a month of review by the sheriff, five Cape Girardeau County Jail employees have been disciplined for a security breach during which two male prisoners were able to get to the area of the jail where women inmates are housed. While part of the problem was inadequate camera surveillance, the sheriff's actions acknowledge the human error involved...
Cast, crew had great experience (05/10/07)
To the editor:We would like to thank the Southeast Missourian and the Rust family for being our first corporate sponsor and for helping to make our experience in "42nd Street" possible. Without this generous contribution, we would not have experienced such a successful final production on the Rose Theatre stage. ...
Traveling pet gets top-notch care (05/10/07)
To the editor:While traveling through Cape Girardeau recently, our cat, SadieRose, received a femur fracture and required emergency medical treatment. The staff at Skyview Animal Clinic was not only extremely helpful, caring and knowledgeable, but it was also awesome. ...
War funding bill full of pork (05/10/07)
To the editor:Do you know the rest of the story about the war funding bill? Even though the politicians and news media have had many programs about the bill, only one has mentioned the following items: Congress added pork to the bill. U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said, "Spinach, shrimp, peanuts and shellfish? That's not a war funding bill. That's the salad bar at Denny's."...
Speak Out 5/10/07 (05/10/07)
All about freedom ; Still too scary; Principled candidate; Gas over golf; Giving handouts; Pets need homes; Expensive atrium; Graduation skepticism
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