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Stories from Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Five charged in attack on mentally challenged man (05/15/07)
Five Jonesboro people were charged today with conspiring to beat and rob Roy Easton, a mentally retarded 21-year-old last week. The group is charged with conspiring to bludgeoned Easton with a 2-by-4 and hurling broken bottles at him in an abandoned house in Jonesboro. Easton was hospitalized with a shattered orbital bone, broken nose and jaw...
Southeast campus gets beautified (05/15/07)
Southeast Missouri State University plans to transform a muddy, steep-staired, cracked-concrete eyesore into a pedestrian plaza between the Scully and Rhodes buildings using plans drawn up by students. It marks the first phase of a plan to beautify and relandscape the central pedestrian corridor that runs from the area bounded by the Rhodes/Scully area and extending south past the campus power plant and ending at Cheney Drive, school officials said...
Cable's future up for grabs in Cape (05/15/07)
Cable television in Southeast Missouri is about to change for good. New legislation means competition is on the horizon for current monopoly-holder Charter Communications, while municipal oversight and funding for public access channels are both in jeopardy...
School board considers raising salaries for starting teachers (05/15/07)
Beginning teachers in the Cape Girardeau school system could be paid $30,000 next school year, more than $4,700 above the amount the district currently pays starting teachers. At a study session Monday night, school board members and the district's top administrators said they want to see starting pay increased...
Rain forces cancellations (05/15/07)
Southeast Missouri State baseball and a pair of district tournaments have been affected by Wednesday's weather. Look for the updates in {http://semoball.com/story/1211854.html this story} on Semoball.com.
Learning briefs for May 15 (05/15/07)
HONORS n Andrew Mellies of Cape Girardeau graduated cum laude from the School of Business at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., with a bachelor of science degree in management. n Matthew Wilson of Jackson has graduated with honors with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City law school...
Workers show wheel power (05/15/07)
At a time when bicycle enthusiasts are pushing to make Cape Girardeau more bicycle friendly, some residents already are making bicycling to work part of their daily routine. Nationally, 10 percent of people bike or walk as their primary means of transportation, according to executive director Brent Hugh of the Missouri Bicycle Federation. In Missouri the number is less than 5 percent, although 30 percent of Missourians don't have driver's licenses...
In federal court (05/15/07)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry:Pleaded Guilty Age: 33 Residence: Kennett, Mo. Charge: Three counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base...
Show Me Center kicks off summer with three big concerts in June (05/15/07)
The coming summer looks to be a big one for the Show Me Center if June is any indication. So far three big-name acts have booked shows at the venue: country star Martina McBride on June 7 with opener Little Big Town; rock band Tool on June 16; and country legend Merle Haggard on June 19...
Briefly (05/15/07)
Highway 25 one lane for patching of roadway SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while MoDOT crews patch the roadway. The repairs will be made from Highway 77 to Route P. Weather permitting, traffic will be reduced to one lane Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. For additional information, contact the Missouri Department of Transportation's Customer Service Center toll-free at (888) 275-6636...
Man who attacked police officer pleads guilty to felony (05/15/07)
A man who attacked a Cape Girardeau police officer and attempted to grab his gun last August pleaded guilty Monday to a single felony charge. Michael J. McLeary, 53, of 606 S. Silver Springs Road, No. 29, waived a sentencing investigation and was put on probation for five years by Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis, said Angel Woodruff, chief deputy prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County. ...
Commission grants PA's investigator a pay raise (05/15/07)
A reluctant Cape Girardeau County Commission on Monday agreed to give John Volkerding, the investigator for the prosecuting attorney's office, the same pay raise provided to sheriff's deputies this year. Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle had sought the raise -- $645 a month -- to keep Volkerding's pay equal to the salaries of lieutenants in the sheriff's department. ...
Senator loses leadership post after sneaking midwifery legalization into health insurance bill (05/15/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state senator got stripped of his committee chairmanship Monday after sneaking contentious language legalizing lay midwifery into a health insurance bill passed by the House and Senate. Sen. John Loudon defended his shrewd move, even as other lawmakers decried him for violating one of the most important unwritten rules of lawmaking -- trust...
Bombing victims say Rudolph is taunting them (05/15/07)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Victims of Eric Rudolph, the pro-life extremist who pulled off a series of bombings across the South, say he is taunting them from deep within the nation's most secure federal prison, and authorities say there is little they can do to stop him...
Missouri prisoner information now available on Web link (05/15/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The public can gain access to information about Missouri prisoners -- including where they are behind bars and why -- through a new state Department of Corrections Web link. "I think the No. 1 thing is to keep the public informed," corrections spokesman Brian Hauswirth said Monday...
Emerson living on food stamp budget (05/15/07)
WASHINGTON -- One large box of pasta? Check. Fresh avocados? No way. On a shopping trip Monday through a Capitol Hill grocery store, Missouri Rep. Jo Ann Emerson tried to figure out how to buy an entire week's worth of groceries, but spend no more than $1 per meal...
Colleges seeking recruits turn to student bloggers for unvarnished view of campus life (05/15/07)
COLUMBUS, Ohio Michael Chandler is a college student who's had it with parking tickets at Ball State University. "I swear that's where most of BSU's money comes from," Chandler groused recently on his blog. "They hand 'em out left and right, without a care in the world."...
Cerberus pays $7.4 billion for 80.1 percent of Chrysler (05/15/07)
DETROIT -- Chrysler's 80,000 workers may pay the price for German-based parent DaimlerChrysler's decision Monday to turn over the keys of its U.S. car company to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion. Talks begin soon between the United Auto Workers and Detroit's car makers on a national contract and analysts expect Cerberus, headed by former Treasury Secretary John Snow, to push for radical changes at its money-losing Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge operations...
Lawsuit claims price-fixing by 5 freight railroads (05/15/07)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Five major freight railroads conspired to fix prices by adding fuel surcharges, according to an antitrust lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by Phoenix-based Dust Pro Inc. on behalf of other parties who shipped goods on one or more of the railroads since July 2003...
Al-Qaida warns U.S. to stop searching for 3 missing soldiers (05/15/07)
BAGHDAD -- An al-Qaida front group that claims it has captured American soldiers warned the United States on Monday to stop searching for them and suggested it attacked the U.S. convoy as revenge for the rape and murder of a local teenager last year...
Rain forces cancellations (05/15/07)
Southeast Missouri State baseball and a pair of district tournaments have been affected by Wednesday's weather. Look for the updates in {http://semoball.com/story/1211854.html this story} on Semoball.com.
Indians end first round fourth in Class 1 (05/15/07)
St. Vincent's golf team found itself clinging to fourth place after the first day of the Class 1 state golf tournament Monday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. The Indians shot a 349, one stroke ahead of fifth-place Orrick. St. Vincent was just four strokes behind second-place Marceline. Tipton held a 14-stroke lead after the opening round...
ND, St. Vincent soccer teams will meet for district title (05/15/07)
Top-seeded Notre Dame and No. 2 St. Vincent eked out one-goal semifinal wins Monday to move on to the championship of the Class 1 District 1 girls soccer tournament in Perryville. The Bulldogs (15-2-1) edged No. 4 Perryville 2-1 in one semifinal, and No. 2 St. Vincent knocked off No. 3 Sikeston 1-0 in the other semifinal. The championship game is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday...
Tigers get home reward for district win (05/15/07)
Central's boys tennis district win on Friday gave the Tigers their first berth in the state playoffs since 2002 and earned the Tigers a home dual with Eureka today in the regional playoffs. Under the new tennis playoff format, the top four teams from each district advance to the regional round. The district winner faces the No. 4 team in the district, and the No. 2 team plays the No. 3 team. Central and Eureka will begin at 3:30 p.m. today with doubles play...
Milwaukee's young talent is coming of age (05/15/07)
MILWAUKEE -- The most likely candidate to compare this year's surprising Milwaukee Brewers to the mustachioed blue-collar crew that took the team to its only World Series appearance 25 years ago isn't playing along. Brewers manager Ned Yost was a backup catcher on the 1982 team that fell short of winning the title, yet captured the city's imagination...
Make a lava lamp (05/15/07)
STEP 1: Fill a glass three-quarters full with water. STEP 2: Add about half an inch of olive oil to the water. The olive oil will sink for a moment then rise to the top and float. STEP 3: Add some salt, when the salt hits the oil it will sink right through. The salt will sink and will not dissolve in the water...
Penmanship a lost art even to writers (05/15/07)
In all my years as a reporter, few people have been able to read my notes. Even I have trouble deciphering my handwriting at times. Of course, that's certainly understandable given my "chicken scratch" style. "How can you read that?" total strangers have asked me in the middle of being interviewed...
Hate-crime industry (05/15/07)
Political entrepreneurship involves devising benefits to excite or mollify niche constituencies. Hence HR 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, which has passed the House, trailing clouds of sanctimony -- lots of members announced their hatred of hate...
J.K. Rowling pleads for no spoilers (05/15/07)
NEW YORK -- J.K. Rowling has a request for those with inside dirt on her seventh and final Harry Potter book: Please keep it to yourself. "We're a little under three months away, now, and the first distant rumblings of the weirdness that usually precedes a Harry Potter publication can be heard on the horizon," Rowling wrote on her Web site Monday...
Carl Barr (05/15/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Carl Ray Barr, 80, of Advance died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. He was born March 13, 1927, at Viburnum, Mo., son of Oscar and Hattie Brakefield Barr. He and Alice Marie Johnson were married March 13, 1954, in Madison, Ill...
James McIntyre (05/15/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- James Lee McIntyre, 78, of Clay County, Fla., died Monday, May 7, 2007. He was a native of Thebes. He retired as a crane operator with Laclede Steel Mill. He was a member of VFW and American Legion. He moved to Clay County in 1997 from Wood River, Ill...
Glenda Speer (05/15/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Glenda J. Speer, 92, of Advance died Monday, May 14, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born June 18, 1914, in St. Louis, daughter of Luther Odell and Lottie Ellen Gaines Moore. She and Chester Speer were married Nov. 16, 1932, in Belleville, Ill. He died March 23, 1984...
Shirley Dillow (05/15/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Shirley A. Dillow, 72, of Azle, Texas, formerly of Tamms, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Alton, Ill., daughter of Allison and Pearl Cullum. She graduated from Tamms High School and Southern Illinois University. She and Ronald N. Dillow were married Dec. 19, 1959. They moved to the St. Louis area for a brief time and in 1961 moved to the Fort Worth area...
Jack Givens (05/15/07)
Jackie Lee Givens, 75, of Jackson passed from this life to his eternal reward Sunday, May 13, 2007. He was born June 22, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Cletus L. and Edna I. Curry Givens. He and Janene Wampler were married May 6, 1956. Jack served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 21, 1949, to Dec. 11, 1953. He then worked 13 years as a riverboat captain and then at Procter & Gamble from 1969 to 1992...
Births 5/15/07 (05/15/07)
Gray; Piercey; Brock; Blankenship; Pattengill; Lutes
Fire report 5/15/07 (05/15/07)
n At 4:37 p.m., a car fire on Interstate 55. n At 5:34 p.m., an illegal burn at 1200 Price Drive. n At 7:45 p.m., alarm sounding at 2852 Independence St. n At 11:42 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Fountain Street. n At 2:25 a.m., emergency medical service at 2500 Lynnwood Drive...
Police report 5/15/07 (05/15/07)
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Out of the past 5/15/07 (05/15/07)
The Cape Girardeau Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the Missouri Federation of Teachers, was chartered at a ceremony held yesterday at the Ramada Inn; president of the local chapter is Robert Gau; Bill Springer is vice president. Rich Meyer, a senior at University High School, was named winner of the district Youth of the Year competition at the annual banquet of the Breakfast Exchange Club; he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Meyer of Cape Girardeau...
Good ideas (05/15/07)
One of the highlights of the Leadership Cape program every year is the presentation of project ideas. At the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce's First Friday coffee this month, four of the leadership groups presented their plans. Leadership Cape provides seven months of exposure to community operations and needs to its participants...
Students paying for River Campus (05/15/07)
To the editor:As a Southeast Missouri State University student, I would like to thank president Ken Dobbins for the tuition increase that starts next year. Making ends meet while going to school full-time is hard enough as it is. Paying more for tuition because of a project (think River Campus) that should have never been started in the first place is infuriating. ...
Williams is most sensible writer (05/15/07)
To the editor:I never fail to appreciate Walter William's columns and comments. I consider him one of the smartest and most sensible writers featured in your columns. He never fails to ring the bell. Also, should anyone ever catch Gene Lyons smiling, it would be good to see what he looks like in that mode...
Bill's cost impact is unknown (05/15/07)
To the editor:Among legislation not widely mentioned this year is House Bill 366. Referred to as the Special Committee on State Parks and Waterways, the bill makes it a crime to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public or private park. It was already a crime to distribute controlled substances at these locations, but this bill changes the penalty to a Class A felony, with a 10- to 30-year prison sentence, the same as second-degree murder...
Thanks for first-rate assistance (05/15/07)
To the editor:Just a quick thank you to the Millersville Fire Protection District first-responders and Cape County Private Ambulance for their combined assistance at my residence on the night of May 8. As a former firefighter myself, I commend all of them on a job very well and very professionally done. Far too many people think they will never need such services. Thanks again...
Ethanol plants will be regulated (05/15/07)
To the editor:Isn't it sad when a person yells "Fire!" and there is no smoke, but everyone runs? In Scott City, Monty Keesee is the culprit. He uses words like ozone, CO2, cancer and enormous truck and train traffic to put this town on edge about the proposed ethanol plant to be built at the Southeast Missouri Port. Now our mayor, Tim Porch, who hasn't said or done anything wrong, is getting slammed...
Speak Out 5/15/07 (05/15/07)
Liberal professors; Dangerous act; Gentleman scholar; Ethanol worries; Downtown security; Left-turn lanes; Too expensive; Thoughtful teacher; Great performance; No four-wheelers; McCain's first wife
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