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Stories from Monday, May 14, 2007

Hirschowitz left a lasting imprint on Oran, Scott County (05/14/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- The Hirschowitz family has been a fixture in Oran for almost 100 years. The family patriarch, Max Hirschowitz, moved to the small town in 1909, and quickly went about building up diversified businesses with a reputation for straight-dealing. Within a short time, the family was one of the most respected in the small town...
Book club kicks off (05/14/07)
Beginning June 4, a new book club, "A Novel Idea," will kick off its first meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, West Park Mall. The club has been formed for people with disabilities and is open to all ages. Books are chosen based on interest level rather than reading ability. The first book, "Because of Winn-Dixie" will be read aloud during the hour and once completed, the movie version of the novel will be shown at Best Buy...
Girl Scouts honored with Gold, Silver award pins (05/14/07)
The Girl Scout Older Girl Recognition Ceremony was held recently at the Elks Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Gold and Silver award pins were purchased by the Elks Lodge 639, who also sponsored a dinner for the graduating senior Girl Scouts and their parents. ...
Area groups receive grants (05/14/07)
Five Southeast Missouri organizations received a share of $600,000 in grants from the Missouri Foundation for Health to provide improved health care opportunities. Funding is from the MFH basic support program, which funds the organizations' ongoing staff/operations costs...
Community digest 5/14/07 (05/14/07)
River Heritage Quilters' Guild meets today; Garden Club plans events for summer; Jackson class of 1982 reunion set for July; Cape Parks holds Cardinals Game Day; Neighborhood Connections meets; SEMO Pachyderm Club holds meal, meeting; Cemetery association holds annual meeting
Opening statements preview months of evidence in Padilla trial (05/14/07)
MIAMI -- After months of investigation, legal maneuvering and jury selection, federal prosecutors and attorneys for alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla finally get to present their cases in a trial expected to last into August. Opening statements are scheduled today in the terrorism support trial of Padilla, a U.S. citizen, and two co-defendants...
New mortgage loan program to help veterans, military families buy homes (05/14/07)
CHICAGO -- State officials are launching a new mortgage loan program to help more veterans and active duty military personnel become homeowners. Under the G-I Loan for Heroes program, which officials planned to announce today, borrowers who qualify will receive below-market interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, money for closing costs, classes on home ownership and other assistance...
Exhibit of King's writings closes with big crowd (05/14/07)
ATLANTA -- Ben Franklin has a tough act to follow. A Franklin exhibit, complete with an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, is scheduled to open at the Atlanta History Center on July 4 in the same hall where on Sunday the most successful four-month display in the museum's history came to an end...
Barker speaks of personal responsibility at Drury graduation (05/14/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Television game show host Bob Barker joked with graduates at Drury University that he plans to take up bodybuilding and run for governor of California when he "graduates" from "The Price is Right." The 83-year-old Barker, who will retire next month after 35 years hosting the game show and more than 50 years in television, said Saturday that he could empathize with the students...
Fisherman's cheating charge makes him an outcast (05/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- An avid angler accused of cheating in a bass fishing tournament last month is finding that fellow fishermen aren't forgiving his transgression. Gary Lee Jones, 60, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., faces a felony count of theft by deception. Just as painfully, perhaps, he faces the ire of his fishermen friends...
Sentenced to die (05/14/07)
Jeffrey Ferguson worries who will care for his aging parents. It won't be him. He's next in line to be executed, for a 1989 murder he doesn't remember. Back then, he'd drink until he was unconscious -- a case of beer a day, some vodka. Add a little cocaine. But he ran a business and didn't own a gun...
Bush plays conductor in Jamestown (05/14/07)
JoAnn Falletta was doing what a conductor should - concentrating on the orchestra in front of her. No wonder it took her a few seconds on Sunday to realize someone behind her was motioning for a try. President Bush...
Obama plays down racial factor in his 2008 campaign (05/14/07)
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday he was reluctant to ask for Secret Service protection this early in the 2008 presidential race. "I'm not an entourage guy. You know, up until recently, I was still taking my wife Michelle's grocery list and going to the grocery store once in awhile," the Illinois senator said...
Speedy PC and laptop repair a priority at Geek Squad City (05/14/07)
HILLVIEW, Ky. -- The nation's top electronics retailer didn't pick Silicon Valley, India or another high-tech hub to build its hospital for personal computers. It chose the Kentucky countryside, known more for race horses and bourbon distilleries than geeks and microprocessors...
Residents of remote Alaskan villages brace for big increase in mail rates (05/14/07)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The new U.S. Postal Service rates that go into effect today have people living in Alaska's remotest villages worried about more than just paying 2 cents more for a stamp. The Postal Service also is bumping up rates for Alaska's one-of-a-kind discount mail program, which ensures that groceries and other basic supplies arrive regularly in 139 villages that cannot be reached by any road...
Bush marks America's birthplace, celebrates legacy of democracy (05/14/07)
JAMESTOWN, Va. -- Fond of promoting the endurance of freedom, President Bush on Sunday hailed the nation's humble beginnings as a reminder that new democracies require huge sacrifice. "From our own history, we know the path to democracy is long and it's hard," Bush said in a ceremony honoring the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, America's first permanent English colony...
Morel Popular wild mushroom seems to be vanishing from Maryland parks. From Page 10A (05/14/07)
THURMONT, Md. -- When spring nights turn mild and the poplar trees are tinged with green, Betty Calimer and her family start scanning the forest floor for morels. The tasty mushrooms have been prized by generations of home cooks and gourmet chefs, but fungus hunters are finding fewer and fewer to pick in the western Maryland woods...
Scientists probe morel decline (05/14/07)
THURMONT, Md. -- When spring nights turn mild and the poplar trees are tinged with green, Betty Calimer and her family start scanning the forest floor for morels. The tasty mushrooms have been prized by generations of home cooks and gourmet chefs, but fungus hunters are finding fewer and fewer to pick in the western Maryland woods...
Sea lion joins California children's walk-a-thon (05/14/07)
CORTE MADERA, Calif. -- 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...
Caviar demand leads Midwest states to limit the take of an ancient fish (05/14/07)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Every spring, fishermen wait for a peculiar-looking fish to swim up the Wabash River between southern Illinois and Indiana. The shovelnose sturgeon, a prehistoric survivor covered with bony plates and wearing a strip of barbs down its back, is plentiful in the river and lives up to 60 years...
With demolition pending, a strange and moving goodbye is given to N.M. town's smokestacks (05/14/07)
HURLEY, N.M. -- The clock is ticking for the Hurley towers, towering concrete monuments of a long-gone copper smelter, the latest victims of progress in an industry that no longer needs them. Eyesores to some, the massive spires are tangible links to the past for others. Now that the smokestacks' demolition is scheduled former residents have been trekking back to Hurley, misty-eyed at the prospect of losing them forever...
Hundreds of Florida wildfire evacuees still waiting to go home (05/14/07)
LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Authorities briefly reopened two highways crossing north Florida into Georgia on Sunday before dense wildfire smoke forced them to again halt traffic, while hundreds of Florida residents waited to return to their threatened homes...
Al-Qaida group says it has 3 U.S. soldiers (05/14/07)
BAGHDAD -- An al-Qaida front group announced Sunday it had captured American soldiers in a deadly attack the day before, as thousands of U.S. troops searched insurgent areas south of Baghdad for their three missing comrades. The statement came on one of the deadliest days in the country in recent weeks, with at least 126 people killed or found dead -- including two American soldiers who died in separate bombings. ...
1.5 million Turks rally against pro-Islamic ruling party (05/14/07)
IZMIR, Turkey -- Choking the highways and crammed onto ferries, hundreds of thousands of Turks streamed into this port city Sunday in an enormous show of opposition to the pro-Islamic ruling party, increasing pressure on the government ahead of early elections...
Clashes in Gaza kill 3, jeopardize Hamas-Fatah power-sharing agreement (05/14/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Egyptian mediators hammered out an agreement to end a day of clashes in Gaza that killed three and jeopardized a power-sharing agreement between rivals Hamas and Fatah. The Egyptian security delegation stationed in Gaza brought the two sides together and got them to agree to withdraw their forces and exchange captives, spokesmen from Hamas and Fatah said early today. Such agreements have not always been carried out in the past...
Bird migration patterns shifting worldwide, a warning of climate change (05/14/07)
BONN, Germany -- Disoriented by erratic weather, birds are changing migration habits and routes to adjust to warmer winters, disappearing feeding grounds and shrinking wetlands, a migration expert says. Failure to adapt risks extinction. Birds face starvation when they arrive too early or too late to find their normal diet of insects, plankton or fish. In the north, some birds have stopped migrating altogether, leaving them at risk when the next cold winter strikes...
Killing of Taliban leader major victory (05/14/07)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The killing of the top Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, a one-legged fighter who orchestrated suicide attacks, beheadings and an ethnic massacre, marks a major victory for the U.S. campaign at a time of flagging Afghan support over civilian killings...
Pope Benedict XVI assails capitalism, Marxism in address to Latin American bishops (05/14/07)
APARECIDA, Brazil -- Pope Benedict XVI blamed both Marxism and unbridled capitalism for Latin America's problems on Sunday, urging bishops to mold a new generation of Roman Catholic leaders in politics to reverse the church's declining influence in the region...
Old rivals Scott City, Chaffee may cross paths (05/14/07)
Scott City is one of the hottest baseball teams in the area, having won nine of its last 10 games. Chaffee finished its regular season at 15-9, one of its best regular seasons in years. The Scott-Mississippi Conference rivals have the top two seeds in the Class 2 District 2 tournament which begins today in Charleston...
Morehead State rallies for 9-8 win over Redhawks (05/14/07)
Southeast Missouri State was fortunate to win both ends of Saturday's doubleheader against Morehead State. The Redhawks' luck ran out Sunday as they narrowly missed out sweeping a series that saw all three games decided by one run. Southeast led 8-3 after six innings, but the Eagles used a six-run seventh to post a 9-8 victory and spoil the Redhawks' Senior Day...
Job fair for ex-offenders coming up (05/14/07)
Another concept has been passed down from a bigger city to Cape Girardeau. The Community Caring Council is hosting the first Missouri Re-entry Process ex-offender job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 23 at the Salvation Army on Good Hope Street. The job fair is free to employers. The purpose is to give ex-offenders the opportunity to meet potential employers who may be willing to offer them gainful employment...
Virtual travel: Around the world in 80 minutes (05/14/07)
NEW YORK -- The tour was a whirlwind: dancing at a beachside disco in Spain surrounded by scantily clad women, grabbing a seat at a lively pub in Dublin, Ireland, flying in a small aircraft above a lush, tropical forest. Time elapsed? Less than two hours...
Michael Moore blasts Bush over probe into Cuba visit (05/14/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker Michael Moore has asked the Bush administration to call off an investigation of his trip to Cuba to get treatment for ailing Sept. 11, 2001, rescue workers for a segment in his upcoming health-care expose, "Sicko." Moore, who made the hit documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" assailing President Bush's handling of Sept. 11, said in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Friday that the White House may have opened the investigation for political reasons...
Passport to a headache (05/14/07)
The passport crisis has found its way to the office of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo. Increased homeland security requires a passport to fly back into this country from any destination outside the United States, which now includes Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. More passports are needed, and passport agencies haven't been able to meet the demands of travelers...
Memo (05/14/07)
Cape company wins gold safety award Genesis Transportation Co. in Cape Girardeau was presented a gold safety award by Great West Casualty Co. of South Sioux City, Neb., as part of the 2006 National Fleet Safety Awards Program. The program drew more than 525 entries from across the country. ...
People on the move (05/14/07)
Woodmen rep achieves counsellor designation Jimmy D. Stafford of Cape Girardeau, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counsellor designation. Representatives devote more than one year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Assocation. Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families...
Charlotte Niswonger (05/14/07)
Charlotte A. (Clark) Niswonger, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 11, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born July 29, 1946, at Scott City, daughter of Conley E. and Mildred J. Hosea Clark. Niswonger was a graduate of the Illmo-Scott City High School and attended the Jehovah's Witnesses...
James Bolen (05/14/07)
ST. LOUIS -- James William Bolen, 15 months, of St. Louis passed away Saturday, May 12, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 2006, in St. Louis, son of John Bolen and Jacqueline Angsman, both surviving of St. Louis. Paternal survivors include his grandmother, Donna Bolen of Jackson; grandfather John (Diane) Bolen of Oak Ridge, Mo.; three aunts, Jackie Bolen, Jeanna (Colby) Lohman, both of Jackson, and Allison Ovitt of Ste. ...
Ercie Abernathy (05/14/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ercie I. Abernathy, 80, of Advance passed away Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 5, 1926, at Bolivar, Mo., daughter of Earnest and Olive Brown Duncan. She married Truman Markham Nov. 24, 1951, and he preceded her in death Jan. 23, 1976. She married Vernas Abernathy on Oct. 9, 1983, and he passed away April 24, 1995...
Frieda Schremp (05/14/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Frieda M. Schremp, 67, of Perryville died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 10, 1939, in St. Louis, daughter of Elmer and Ruth Powell Underwood. She married Freddie Elders in 1952. He died in 1957. She married Lawrence Young Sr. in 1958 and he died in 1978. She married Elvis Schremp in 1978 and he died in 1994...
Nelson Curtis (05/14/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Nelson Curtis, 76, of Oran died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 21, 1931, at Cuba Landing, Tenn., son of A.R. and Ollie E. Winters Curtis. He and Alma Jean Daniels were married June 12, 1951. She died June 20, 1977. He and Martha Shaw Hopper were married Dec. 13, 1980, at LaForge, Mo...
E.F. Moreland (05/14/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- E.F. "Doc" Moreland, 88, of Jonesboro died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 23, 1918, at Dongola, Ill. He married Irma L. Sronce in Jonesboro. She died Dec. 30, 1995. Moreland was a farmer...
Police report 5/14/07 (05/14/07)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrests; Summonses; Burglary; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Fire report 5/14/07 (05/14/07)
n At 3:50 p.m., emergency medical services in the 2500 block of Masters Drive. n At 5:17 p.m., emergency medical services in the 3000 block of William Street. n At 9:17 p.m., emergency medical services in the 1300 block of Eastview Ridge. n At 9:37 p.m., emergency medical services in the 100 block of North Fountain Street...
Out of the past 5/14/07 (05/14/07)
After nearly 58 years spent caring for thousands of area residents, Cape Girardeau osteopath physician Dr. M. Marguerite Fuller is stepping aside; today marks the final day of her practice here, one which began in 1924. About 700 Missouri Jaycees and their wives are expected to attend a three-day state convention which begins today at the Holiday Inn in Cape Girardeau...
Eyes in the sky (05/14/07)
Merchants in downtown Cape Girardeau are looking for ways to cut down on the vandalism that has been occurring as inebriated people leave bars. Besides foot patrols, one possible method is to install surveillance cameras to monitor what's going on. The cameras not only would record crimes but serve as a deterrent...
Speak Out 5/14/07 (05/14/07)
He won't listen; Ready to go back; Good care from VA; Using ethanol; Getting filthy rich; Better than corn; Caring for veterans; Pitiful care; More time; Abortion decision; Post the law; Original intent?
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