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Stories from Sunday, May 13, 2007

Book delves into county's history with slavery (05/13/07)
Slavery in the United States was a time of cruelty, conflict and, on occasion, a sort of kindness. That was true throughout the region where slavery was allowed and, according to a new book, true in Cape Girardeau County as well. Retired Southeast Missouri State University history professor Bob White1 has written a 110-page book detailing the buying, selling and use of human chattel in Cape Girardeau County, an effort that attempts to present the conditions of individual slaves while compiling statistics showing the extent of slaveholding.. ...
No one taking advantage of relaxed mobile home rule (05/13/07)
Two months have passed since the Scott City Council narrowly passed an ordinance easing restrictions on the age of mobile homes that can be brought into the city, but no one has taken advantage of the new rules. The council passed an ordinance in early March that eliminated the city requirement that mobile homes brought into the city limits could be no older than 10 years old. ...
Four Scott County residents arrested on drug charges (05/13/07)
Law enforcement officers arrested four Scott County residents on drug charges Friday night. Three adults were arrested at an Oran, Mo., residence in connection with felony and misdemeanor drug possession violations, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said. A juvenile at the scene was released into the custody of a family member, the sheriff said...
SEMO hires new dean of students (05/13/07)
Southeast Missouri State University has hired a former administrator at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., as its new dean of students. The board of regents approved the appointment of Dr. Larry Baker of Murphy, N.C., during a closed session Friday...
Saved by a daughter's love (05/13/07)
Six years ago, a Cape Girardeau woman battling a debilitating mental illness found herself pregnant and unmarried. Today, she credits motherhood and the daughter no one believed she should keep with saving her life. Kimberly Dunning, 26, says Mother's Day is another year's proof that such battles are winnable...
Fire department, city still far apart (05/13/07)
The dispute between Cape Girardeau firefighters and city hall over time off shows no signs of resolving. "All we're trying to do is look out for the brother or sister firefighter, the one that's hired two or three years from now. We want them to be treated exactly like we're treated," said Randy Sander, secretary-treasurer for the Firefighters Union Local 1084...
Going Public to focus on law enforcement memorial, history and River Campus (05/13/07)
The 10th annual law enforcement memorial service that honors officers who died in the line of duty will be discussed today on the "Going Public" radio show. Ruth Dockins, secretary of the Seniors and Lawmen Together group, and Roger Fields, a Cape Girardeau Police Department captain, will discuss the event...
McCaskill: Be ready for setbacks (05/13/07)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill used recent examples from her own life Saturday to demonstrate for Delta High School graduates that failing isn't always bad. McCaskill delivered a commencement address to 19 graduating seniors and a gymnasium filled with family and friends. She urged the departing class to remain faithful to their family and religion, to seek a job they love and stick with it and to prepare themselves for setbacks in life...
Three injured in separate accidents (05/13/07)
Three people were injured in traffic accidents Friday and Saturday in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Lori Garland, 33, of Chaffee, Mo., was injured in an accident at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Route W at Fruitland. She was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar-deau...
Junior music competition held Saturday (05/13/07)
The National Federation of Music Clubs state convention was held Friday and Saturday in Cape Girardeau. Local host and president of the Encore Federated Music Club of Cape Girardeau (District 6 of the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs) Marge Main said a group of about 30 met Friday for general meetings and a three-hour tour of the city, including the university and downtown area, ending with a lecture and organ presentation by Mary VanHoet Miller at Old St. Vincent's Church...
Man wanted in wife's death captured after 2-month hunt (05/13/07)
HOUSTON, Mo. -- A former convict who led authorities in south-central Missouri on a two-month manhunt after the death of his wife was arrested Saturday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Patrol Sgt. Marty Elmore said Neldon Neal, who had been sought since his wife was shot to death March 13, was found near a campsite on the Gasconade River in Laclede County...
Eastern half of state escapes most flooding (05/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri River neared its highest point in the capital city Saturday, and forecasters said it wasn't nearly as bad as feared a few days earlier. The river reached about 29 feet Saturday morning, about 6 feet above flood stage. That was high enough to flood stretches of the Katy Trail and to cover some low-lying roads and nearly 1,400 acres of farmland...
Pelosi speaks at Webster University commencement (05/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Webster University graduates and students -- including many who are serving in the military -- that U.S. leaders need to use diplomacy instead of warfare to achieve foreign policy goals. "Words, not weaponry, are the tools of a new civilization," Pelosi told thousands of parents, students and graduates during Webster's commencement ceremony at the Edward Jones Dome downtown...
Fewer parents choosing 'Katrina' as baby name following hurricane (05/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- As baby names go, Katrina isn't in vogue these days. But she hasn't disappeared either. From its peak in the 1980s -- when it regularly ranked among the 100 most popular names that parents chose for their daughters -- it had gradually slumped to 247th by 2005, even before Hurricane Katrina smashed the Gulf Coast in late summer of that year...
Police officer who admitted making pot brownies will avoid charges (05/13/07)
DEARBORN, Mich. -- A police officer will avoid criminal charges despite admitting he took marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, baked it into brownies. The police department's decision not to pursue a case against former Cpl. Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate...
A woman they can't refuse (05/13/07)
NEW YORK -- Each and every Mother's Day until he landed behind bars, mobster Jimmy "The Gent" Burke performed a sacrosanct ritual. Burke, the mastermind behind the $5.8 million Lufthansa heist immortalized in "Goodfellas," dropped a few C-notes on dozens of red roses from a Rockaway Boulevard florist. He then toured the homes of his jailed Luchese crime family pals, providing their mothers with a bouquet and a kiss...
Students at school for military bomb disposal technicians feel pressure (05/13/07)
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The sprawling outdoor range where U.S. military bomb technicians learn their craft is oddly quiet. Students don't practice defusing bombs with helicopters hovering, civilians screaming or snipers taking aim -- that will come later when they are working on live bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Battle-hardened instructors at the Kauffman Explosives Ordnance Disposal Training Complex can teach techniques, but they cannot teach the calm that comes from experience...
LAPD critics decry May 1 melee as latest example of 'warrior' cop (05/13/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department's violent response at the end of an immigrant demonstration is the latest incident highlighting what critics describe as the force's "warrior culture." It's an ethos that's been on display before -- the use of clubs and tear gas to disperse 15,000 peaceful anti-war protesters in Century City in 1967, the Watts riots in 1965, the Rodney King beating in 1991, the harsh crackdown on demonstrators at the 2000 Democratic National Convention...
Armless driver leads high-speed chase (05/13/07)
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Authorities were led on a high speed vehicle chase by an armless, one-legged man, and they said this wasn't the first time the 40-year-old eluded police. Michael Francis Wiley taught himself to drive after losing both arms and a leg in an electrical accident when he was 13. He spent time in prison for kicking a Florida Highway Patrol trooper after an accident in 1996. He led police on a 120 mph chase in 1998...
Nazi archives help find long-lost mother (05/13/07)
BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- The letter brought a bittersweet end to Sol Factor's 17-year search for his mother, a Holocaust survivor who disappeared in the aftermath of World War II:"We regret to inform you that we located the above mentioned person, but she would not like to be contacted by the inquirer," reads the message from Magen David Adom, the Israeli counterpart of the American Red Cross...
Va. Tech engineering school remembers slain faculty, students (05/13/07)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The image most people have of Kevin Sterne is harrowing: a photo showing a tourniquet wrapped around his wounded leg as rescue workers rushed him out of Virginia Tech's Norris Hall. But Saturday, there was a new image of the 22-year-old former Eagle Scout: jubilant and full of life as he limped across the stage at the university's Cassell Coliseum using a crutch and displaying a grin to accept his degree in electrical engineering...
Men saved from giant vat of fish feces (05/13/07)
TURNERS FALLS, Mass. -- This nasty rescue is no fish tale. Rescuers cut through a filtration tank of dense fish feces to reach four workers who fell into the sludgy dung Friday while cleaning the 18-foot tank at a western Massachusetts farm. The workers became trapped for 45 minutes after a bracket holding a plastic filtration pad collapsed as workers stood on it to clean the fiberglass tank at the Australis Aquaculture fish farm, said Capt. ...
Retired general: Iraq strain on National Guard will harm U.S. communities (05/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- The National Guard isn't as strong as it should be because of the war in Iraq and American communities will suffer as a result, retired Air Force Gen. Melvyn Montano said Saturday. Delivering the Democrats' weekly radio address, Montano said the strain means it will take longer for Greensburg, Kan., to recover from a devastating tornado that leveled the town a week ago...
Pakistan judicial crisis explodes into violence (05/13/07)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- A political crisis threatening President Gen. Pervez Musharraf exploded into violence Saturday when clashes between pro-government gunmen and opposition supporters killed at least 28 people and thwarted a major rally against military rule...
Cheney works to overcome Saudi qualms about U.S. policy on Iraq (05/13/07)
TABUK, Saudi Arabia -- Vice President Dick Cheney worked to overcome Saudi skepticism over the U.S. military strategy to secure Baghdad and the leadership capabilities of Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki. Cheney met with King Abdullah on Saturday at a royal palace in this northern city. The king, while considered an important U.S. ally in the Arab world, increasingly has sent signals that he doubts the effectiveness of President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq...
Pre-dawn attack on U.S. patrol in Iraq kills five (05/13/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. and Iraqi troops searched house to house and combed fields with their bare hands Saturday after American troops and their Iraqi interpreter came under attack in the notorious "triangle of death" south of Baghdad, leaving five dead and three missing...
Milanese amused by enormous naked balloon sculpture in park (05/13/07)
MILAN, Italy -- It would take one large fig leaf to restore modesty to Milan's main park after the installation of a 70-foot floating sculpture of a naked man. The balloon self-portrait by Polish artist Pawel Althamer has been hovering outside the Renaissance Palazzina Appiani in Parco Sempione since Monday, drawing second takes, amused looks and some reprobation about exposing children to nudity...
Russia, Central Asia strike crucial natural gas pipeline deal (05/13/07)
TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan -- Russia announced a deal Saturday to dramatically increase the amount of natural gas it moves from Central Asia to Europe, a key victory in a growing rivalry with the West for the region's vast energy resources. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the region's main energy producers, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, agreed to build a pipeline running from Turkmenistan through Kazakhstan and into Russia's network of pipelines to Europe...
Pope Benedict XVI warns of retribution for drug dealers (05/13/07)
GUARATINGUETA, Brazil -- Drug traffickers will face divine justice for the scourge of illegal narcotics across Latin America, Pope Benedict XVI warned Saturday, telling dealers that "human dignity cannot be trampled upon in this way." Brazil and the rest of the region face dangerously high rates of drug abuse and traffickers must "reflect on the grave harm they are inflicting on countless young people and on adults from every level of society," Benedict said...
St. Vincent, Perryville win district openers (05/13/07)
St. Vincent and Perryville won first-round games in the Class 1 District 1 soccer tournament Saturday in Perryville. Second-seeded St. Vincent beat seventh-seeded Kennett 6-0, while fourth-seeded Perryville defeated fifth-seeded Fredericktown 6-1. Liz Brueckner scored twice for St. Vincent (18-6), while Courtney Besand, Jessica Welker, Amanda Wengert and Liz Rozier all added goals. Rachel Sutterer had two assists...
St. Vincent golfers will attempt to add to school's rich tradition (05/13/07)
State golf success is nothing new to St. Vincent, a program which has won two state titles and has claimed eight top-four finishes. However, the Indians have placed in the team standings just once in the last four years -- a seventh-place finish in 2005. But a convincing district win over last year's Class 1 runner-up Thayer has the Indians heading into the state tournament with momentum...
Rams' Goodin is plain good at sectional meet (05/13/07)
Scott City junior Derek Goodin liked the addition of a sectional meet in Class 2 track for the first time this spring. "You need to perform two meets in a row," Goodin said. "You are not a fluke if you get into state this way." Goodin is no fluke. He didn't just qualify but did so as a sectional champion in the 300-meter hurdles...
Lindbergh girls nip Jackson at the wire (05/13/07)
The Jackson girls track team was unable to hold off Lindbergh in the Class 4 District 1 meet Saturday afternoon, settling for second place by 3 1/4 points. Lindbergh swept the boys and girls district crowns at Jackson. The Flyers girls edged Jackson 153.25 to 150, while Lindbergh's boys scored 139 points to Central's 99...
Zimmer aids ND relay with one good leg (05/13/07)
Notre Dame junior Mark Zimmer was a state qualifier last year in the 400 meters. This year, he's just happy to have survived the district meet. "After the surgery, I didn't know if I'd get out of districts," Zimmer said Saturday after qualifying for the Class 3 sectional with a fourth-place finish in the 400...
Fickle hand of fate (05/13/07)
The tears started before she muttered a word to explain the pain. Her pinkie, the smallest finger on her skilled hands, was in a cast. It's broken in two places. The pain still shoots through her hand. But that's not the reason for the tears. On one harmless play, Claudia Brauss' season ended...
Redhawks collect two victories in final at-bats (05/13/07)
Saturday's tight doubleheader sweep of visiting Morehead State helped Southeast Missouri State accomplish several things. Heading the list was that the Redhawks remained in the running for an Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship and also positioned themselves nicely for an important bye in the first round of the OVC tournament...
Area digest (05/13/07)
Trio wins scrambleat Dalhousie The team of Deanna Estes, Phyllis Seabaugh and Kay Tolliver won a scramble Thursday at Ladies Day at Dalhousie Golf Club. The threesome shot a 74 to finish two strokes ahead of the team of Linda Tewis, Mary Jane Eftink and Nancy Settles...
Redhawks rediscover thrill of conference baseball race (05/13/07)
After a three-year absence, it's nice to see the Southeast Missouri State baseball team back in the running for an Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship heading into the late stages of the campaign. Following Saturday's doubleheader sweep of visiting Morehead State, the Redhawks find themselves in second place in the tight OVC race, one-half game behind Austin Peay and one-half game ahead of Jacksonville State...
Sea lion joins walk-a-thon in California (05/13/07)
CORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) -- He has flippers instead of feet - and certainly no sneakers or hiking boots. But that didn't stop a sea lion from joining schoolchildren on a walk-a-thon. The marine mammal apparently noticed children doing laps Friday morning around a course they had set up at the Marin Country Day School next to the shores of the San Francisco Bay. The 185-pound Steller sea lion waddled ashore, shocking students and teachers...
Charlotte Niswonger (05/13/07)
Charlotte A. Niswonger, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 11, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel...
Alvin Hess (05/13/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Alvin H. "Buddy" Bess, 77, a lifelong resident and prominent businessman of Poplar Bluff died Friday, May 11, 2007, at his residence. Mr. Bess, son of the late Joda William and Mary Margaret (Smith) Bess, was born April 30, 1929, in Poplar Bluff. He was a member of the New Life Christian Church United. Mr. Bess served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954...
Mott-Proctor (05/13/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Amanda Nicole Mott and Michael Paul Proctor were married Sept. 30, 2006, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee. The Revs. Ralph Duffner, Normand Varone and James Seyer performed the ceremony. Organist was Betty Vandeven of Chaffee, aunt and godmother of the bride. Vocalists were Kari Bickings of Oran, Mo., and Jim Simmons of Benton, Mo...
Davidson-Thorne (05/13/07)
Heather Christine Davidson and Tanner Lee Thorne were married April 28, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Nathan Burgell performed the ceremony. Organist was Dottie Meyer of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Randy Davidson of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Barbra Trickey and Dennis Thorne of Cape Girardeau...
Tuschhoff-Armstrong (05/13/07)
Terry and Cheryl Tuschhoff of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Elsah Tuschhoff, to Randall Richard Armstrong. He is the son of Randy and Diana Armstrong of Scott City. Tuschhoff is a 1995 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1999...
Burger-Benson (05/13/07)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Robin and Nancy Burger of New Hamburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Suzanne Burger, to Dustin Wayne Benson, both of Kelso, Mo. He is the son of Rodney and Bridget Benson of Kelso. Burger is a graduate of Kelly High School. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, and a master's degree in administration from William Woods University. She is a fifth grade teacher at Kelly Schools...
Beggs-Weber (05/13/07)
Debra and Paul Dukes and Myron and Angela Beggs of Lima, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Jean Beggs, to Nathan Ashley Weber. He is the son of Floyd and Betty Weber of Cape Girardeau. Beggs is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a graduate instructor at the university...
Scheper-Turner (05/13/07)
Barbara Scheper of Jackson announces the engagement of her daughter, Sara Colleen Scheper, to Travis James Turner. He is the son of David and Marilyn Turner of Jackson. Scheper is a 1994 graduate of Jackson High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1999. She is an education specialist at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center...
Fielder-Boyd (05/13/07)
Bouedett Scheller of Troy, Ill., and Bryan Fielder of Hillsboro, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Lynn Fielder, to Joshua Stewart Boyd, both of Millersville. He is the son of David and Kathy Borgfield of Millersville, and the late Stewart Boyd...
Van Es-Wasson (05/13/07)
Jan Van Es of Cape Girardeau announces the engagement of her daughter, Sarah Van Es, to Shawn Wasson. He is the son of Mary Lewis of Cape Girardeau. Van Es is a graduate of Zalma High School in Zalma, Mo. She received a bachelor of science degree in history from College of the Ozarks in 2004. She is employed at Pulmonary Solutions in Cape Girardeau...
Matthews-Nabe (05/13/07)
James and Linda Matthews of Huntley, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Christine Matthews, to Ryan James Nabe of Cape Girardeau. He is the son of James and Teresa Nabe of St. Louis. Matthews is a 2001 graduate of Marquette High School in Chesterfield, Mo. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006. She is a kindergarten teacher with Rockwood School District in Ballwin, Mo...
Westrichs married 50 years (05/13/07)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Marvin and Lillian Westrich of New Hamburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 11, 2007. They were married May 11, 1957, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The couple has four daughters, Kristie Milam of Kelso, Mo., Rhonda (Greg) Riley of New Hamburg, Cheri (Rick) Klipfel of Benton, Mo., and Carri (Rodney) Dock of New Hamburg...
Fire report 5/13/07 (05/13/07)
n At 4:57 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at 841 N. Kingshighway. n At 6:36 p.m., an alarm activated at 1105 Linden St. n At 7:56 p.m., emergency medical service at 1500 Briarcliff Drive. n At 10:57 p.m., emergency medical service at 100 N. Lake Drive...
Police report 5/13/07 (05/13/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson
Out of the past 5/13/07 (05/13/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The National Weather Service office here again has narrowly escaped the budget ax with the approval yesterday by the U.S. House of a $5 billion emergency supplemental appropriation bill; the bill contains operating funds for the Cairo station and 17 others around the country...
A mother's smile (05/13/07)
Every year, we dutifully and thankfully acknowledge our mothers. We buy gifts. We select greeting cards that say the nicest things. We become part of the crowd at her favorite restaurant. We make a special day in every way we can. Which is exactly what we ought to be doing today...
Autism awareness is full-time effort (05/13/07)
To the editor:We're the parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with autism, and we've written this letter to thank the Southeast Missourian for the great coverage your newspaper has provided about this puzzling and complex medical condition. ...
Special memories on Mother's Day (05/13/07)
To the editor:When my mother died, everyone kept saying, "You have so much to be thankful for." I didn't feel very much like saying "Thank you" at the time. The years have passed, and I've had a chance to reflect on their words. I look around, and my eyes fall on the infant who lost his mother in childbirth and will never know the feel of her arms around him or the sweet sound of her voice. And I remember the songs my mother and I sang together, and I said, "Thank you, Lord."...
Speak Out 5/13/07 (05/13/07)
Jumping on board; Run by the government; Pothole alert; Firefighters' good deal; Military ripoff; Fire-free smoking; Technology in schools ; Out of control; Eroding pavement; Altering animals; Job exports; Impact on students; Wrong precedent; Give me a break; Don't blame Hillary
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