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Stories from Saturday, May 26, 2007

State park plans events to mark 50th anniversary (05/26/07)
This year the Trail of Tears State Park will celebrate 50 years of being a nature reserve rich in history. "We're blessed that people had the foresight to set this area aside for future generations," said Denise Dowling, interpretive resource coordinator for the park. "There's a lot of things that came together in order to create this park and have it here."...
Local groups organizing Memorial Day events (05/26/07)
Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City will honor veterans with Memorial Day observances organized by local veterans organizations Monday. Observances are also scheduled at the Sikeston, Mo., Veterans Park and the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo...
Bike tour stops in Cape on way from New Orleans to Minnesota park (05/26/07)
A women-only bike tour stopped Friday in Cape Girardeau after a 50-mile ride. WomenTours president Jackie Marchard called that a light day. She said the group averages about 70 miles a day. WomenTours of Rochester, N.Y., offers 35 trips each year. The tours range from one to six weeks...
Man accused of making bomb threat (05/26/07)
A Cape Girardeau man faces felony charges after police say he made a false bomb report. John P. Richardson, 55, of 710 Woodbine Place, was arrested Thursday on a Cape Girardeau County warrant. Cpl. Jason Selzer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said a man called 911 at 7:51 p.m. Thursday and told the operator he had just put a bomb at the Safe House for Women, which provides emergency shelter and services for domestic violence victims...
2 more arrested in drug sweep (05/26/07)
Two more Cape Girardeau County suspects named in a multicounty drug sweep were in custody Friday. Details also were released on the death of a Stoddard County suspect while in custody. The Jackson Police Department reported arresting Daniel L. Abner, 24, wanted for selling marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms to an undercover officer in October. Jackson police listed Abner's address as Bell City, Mo...
100 miles of bargains (05/26/07)
Despite a few raindrops, serious shopping was going on at the 100-Mile Yard Sale by 7 a.m. Friday. Festive tents, awnings and gazebos attracted attention while providing shade and shelter from the rain. Traffic along Highway 25 between Jackson and Kennett slowed at cluster sales or where unique items brought in rubberneckers. If you could name it, it was for sale, from dress forms to fresh produce to antique farm implements...
Briefly (05/26/07)
Lanes shifted for work on Highway 34/72 Eastbound Highway 34/72 has been closed between the Jackson Medical Center and Old Toll Road and shifted to the newly widened pavement on the south side, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. ...
Study links TV, poor diabetes control (05/26/07)
CHICAGO -- Diabetic children who spent the most time glued to the TV had a tougher time controlling their blood sugar, according to a Norwegian study that illustrates yet another downside of too much television. The findings, based on a study of children with Type 1 diabetes, lend support to the American Academy of Pediatrics' advice that children watch no more than two hours of TV daily, said lead author Dr. Hanna Margeirsdottir of the University of Oslo...
Blunt requests federal money for flood relief (05/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt asked Friday for federal aid for 26 counties, to help pay for damage from the most recent Missouri River flood. Blunt requested that residents and businesses in 17 counties, mostly in northern and western Missouri, be made eligible for low-interest loans and grants to pay for damage to uninsured property. He also asked that local governments in 19 counties be eligible for reimbursement for repairs and cleanup costs...
Bible-based museum uses dinosaurs to tell Earth's brief history (05/26/07)
PETERSBURG, Ky. -- Adam and Eve fall from grace and Noah survives an epic flood at a new Kentucky museum that tells the Bible's version of history on a theme-park scale. But it's the life-sized scene near the Creation Museum's front lobby that might stop a puzzled paleontologist in his tracks...
Mississippi River reopens after barge sinks (05/26/07)
The Mississippi River was reopened Friday, one day after a barge sank north of Cape Gir-ardeau. The accident marked the second time in a little over a month that a tow owned by Marquette Transportation Co. Inc. of Paducah, Ky., was involved in an accident and had a barge sink. The earlier incident happened April 16 when the tow John Paul Eckstein lost auxiliary power south of St. Louis and struck a dock, setting all 25 grain-filled barges adrift. One sank...
Hannibal's Huck Finn House opens (05/26/07)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer's incorrigible buddy, is finally getting his due. Tom and Huck were fictional characters based on boys young Samuel Clemens knew growing up in Hannibal, boys he immortalized in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Huck was based on Tom Blankenship, the son of a drunkard who lived in a ramshackle house a couple of blocks from the Mississippi River...
Zoo animals feast on emerging cicadas (05/26/07)
BROOKFIELD, Ill. -- At the Brookfield Zoo, cicadas are a lot more than just really noisy insects: They're delicious. These days, a host of animals from bearded dragon lizards to African wild dogs to white-crested laughing thrush birds are enjoying cicadas...
Daughter of serial killer's victim wins $5 billion judgment (05/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 22-year-old woman has won a $5 billion judgment against the serial killer who murdered her mother and arranged for her adoption by his own unwitting brother. The judgment is intended to ensure that John E. Robinson Sr. -- convicted of killing eight women in two states -- will never profit from his crimes through a book or movie, Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Clark said in announcing the award Thursday...
Unease over war grows in Stoddard County (05/26/07)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- At first glance, Bloomfield seems like the kind of place that would be a stronghold of support for the war in Iraq, with its veterans cemetery and patriotic museum dedicated to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. But it doesn't take many conversations at the museum or at the Town & Country Supermarket on the edge of town to sense discontent and frustration with the war, even in politically conservative Southeast Missouri...
Petition calls for statewide vote on higher education plan (05/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A man who helped create the state's higher education loan authority filed a petition Friday that could allow voters to decide whether to approve a plan to sell part of the authority's assets to support college scholarships and buildings...
Sales of existing homes fall in April to slowest pace in nearly four years (05/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Sales of existing homes fell more than expected in April while prices slid for a record ninth consecutive month, indicating further troubles ahead for the housing market. The National Association of Realtors reported Friday that sales of existing homes dropped by 2.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.99 million units, the slowest sales pace in nearly four years...
Internet self-portraits memorialize many of Iraq war's fallen (05/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Army Pvt. Clinton Tyler McCormick is buried in Florida, but his photo and his words are still online. They haven't changed since he logged in to his MySpace.com profile on Dec. 26, 2006 -- the day before he was killed by a makeshift bomb in Baghdad...
In the end, neither side happy with funding bill (05/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Iraq war funding bill cleared by Congress represents a triumph of divided government, beloved by none, crafted to avoid a protracted veto struggle that neither President Bush nor Democrats wanted. "We feel like we've moved an iceberg an inch," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, acknowledging the enormity of the task confronting Democrats who took office in January determined to end the war...
Report: Spy agencies predicted problems in Iraq (05/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Intelligence analysts predicted, in secret papers circulated within the government before the Iraq invasion, that al-Qaida would see U.S. military action as an opportunity to increase its operations and that Iran would try to shape a post-Saddam Iraq...
Senior Iranian, European officials seek to defuse standoff (05/26/07)
VIENNA, Austria -- With the threat of new U.N. sanctions looming, senior European officials met Friday with a ranking envoy from Iran in what officials described as an attempt to defuse the crisis over the Islamic republic's refusal to scrap uranium enrichment...
Shiite cleric calls for U.S. withdrawal; 9 American troops killed (05/26/07)
BAGHDAD -- Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced Friday after nearly four months in hiding and demanded U.S. troops leave Iraq, a development likely to complicate U.S. efforts to crack down on violence and broker political compromise in the country...
Israeli missiles batter targets in Gaza Strip (05/26/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli missile strikes hit a succession of militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, killing two, while Hamas fired more rockets toward Israel. Palestinian factions met to discuss a possible truce with Israel. The factions met at the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza but Abbas himself did not attend. Participants said it ended without agreement...
Valle stages comeback, defeats Oran in Class 1 quarterfinals (05/26/07)
Oran's vast state baseball experience and success made the Eagles' 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning Friday appear insurmountable, especially against a Valle team that had just picked up its first state playoff win in the sectional earlier in the week...
Central doubles team eliminated at state tournament (05/26/07)
The Central doubles team of David Berry and Patrick Duffy went 0-2 at the state tournament in Springfield on Friday, ending their season. Berry and Duffy, both juniors, fell to the team of Jay Kinderknecht and Stefan Nosic of Rock Bridge 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round. In consolation play, Berry and Duffy fell to Doug Brightfield and Patrick Kella of DeSmet 6-2, 6-2...
Colbert places 17th in discus at regional (05/26/07)
Southeast Missouri State freshman Brandon Colbert finished 17th in the discus Friday at the NCAA Mideast Regional track and field meet in Columbia, Mo. Colbert recorded a throw of 49.94 meters. Louisville's Arthur Turland won the event with a throw of 55.79...
Central senior vaults to title (05/26/07)
Central senior pole vaulter Matt Willingham was cleared by doctors to return to action the day before the district track meet. Three weeks later, Willingham stood atop the podium at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City, Mo., after clearing 15 feet to win the Class 4 pole vault Friday at the Class 3 and 4 state track and field championships...
ND seeks spot in semifinals (05/26/07)
Notre Dame's girls have had a lot to celebrate on the playing field this school year. The Bulldogs captured district titles in volleyball, softball, basketball and most recently soccer. So far the girls have been shut out of state final four berths, something they will try to change today...
Redhawks' season fizzles with 5-1 loss (05/26/07)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- An Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament that started with much promise for Southeast Missouri State ended with a thud. The third-seeded Redhawks, who won their first-round game, were bounced from the six-team, double-elimination event with Friday's 5-1 loss to Samford...
Way to connect (05/26/07)
Making friends can be a challenge, but for singles -- whether divorced, widowed or never married -- making friends has its own peculiar stumbling blocks. And making friends within a church can be especially challenging. Katherine Elfrink, a single mom from Jackson, found some challenges when she wanted to begin a group within the Catholic Church. ...
Talking stones of remembrance (05/26/07)
Monuments are talking stones, inanimate objects that alone are silent but united speak volumes. Bending your ear to their voices, you will hear the stories of the ages. Memorials are planted in our present day to transport us to another place in time in order to point us to an ideal future...
Briefly (05/26/07)
Centenary church will place time capsule Centenary United Methodist Church will insert a new time capsule inside its cornerstone during the 10 a.m. church school hour Sunday. The new time capsule will be placed exactly 100 years to the day that an original time capsule was placed inside the historic church at 300 N. ...
Discerning what God is teaching (05/26/07)
Life is a series of lessons. Everything that happens in life can teach us something. Often we wonder why and what we're being taught. Romans 8:28 covers it all when Paul says, "In all things we know God works for the good of all who love him and are called according to his purpose."...
Rosie O'Donnell takes early leave from ABC's 'The View' (05/26/07)
NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at "The View." ABC said Friday she asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. She was due to leave in mid-June...
James Dobbs (05/26/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- James Dobbs, 43, of Oran died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran is in charge of arrangements.
Roger Chubb (05/26/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Roger J. Chubb, 64, of Lowndes, Mo., died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 15, 1942, in Rhodes, Mich., son of John and Leona Rogers Chubb. He and Naomi Moss were married June 16, 1962, at Zalma, Mo...
Billy Grisso (05/26/07)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Billy Wayne Grisso, 61, of Portageville died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti, Mo. He was born Feb. 25, 1946, in Mississippi County, Mo., son of John Wiley "Bill" and Willie Sue Ray Grisso. He was formerly of Charleston, Mo. He had worked at Hart's Bakery in St. Louis...
Mildred O'Neal (05/26/07)
Mildred Thomas O'Neal, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 25, 2007, at St. Anthony Hospice House in St. Louis. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlene Murphy (05/26/07)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Charlene A. Murphy, 76, of Olmsted died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miller. She married Joseph T. Goins Sr., who preceded her in death. She then married Lyle "Tiny" Murphy...
Agnes Farmer (05/26/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Agnes Lucindy Farmer, 104, of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at Grand Prairie Health Center. She was born Aug. 3, 1902, at Grassy, Mo., daughter of John E. and Mary Bell Liley Cooper. She and Earl Farmer were married Dec. 25, 1924. He died April 11, 1986...
Anthony Goodman (05/26/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Anthony "Tony" Goodman, 39, of San Diego died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Graham (05/26/07)
Clyde E. Graham, 89, of Jackson died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Oct. 28, 1917, son of Claude and Alley Isbelle Graham. Graham was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include two sons, Paul Graham of Littleton, Colo., David Graham of Idaho Springs, Colo.; a sister, Claudia Coy of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren...
Police report 5/26/07 (05/26/07)
Arrests; Thefts; Assaults; Summonses; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Arrests; Summonses; Burglary; Assault; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Arrests; Summons
Fire report 5/26/07 (05/26/07)
n At 3:29 p.m., an illegal burn at 827 N. Spanish St. n At 4:36 p.m., an alarm at 1701 Lacey St. n At 5:52 p.m., a motor vehicle accident in Scott City. n At 6:14 p.m., an illegal burn at 1600 N. West End Blvd. n At 6:39 p.m., emergency medical service at 300 Kiwanis Drive...
Out of the past 5/26/07 (05/26/07)
Having done all their talking at last week's work session on teacher salaries, members of the Jackson School Board without comment last night unanimously approved an approximately 5 percent pay raise for teachers and administrators for the 1982-1983 school year...
Told you so (05/26/07)
By Gary Marble I really don't like to say I told you so, but I did. Congress is expected to send a bill to the president's desk that would raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 by 2009. The repercussions of this could force all of Missouri's businesses to raise their prices, and many may have to close their doors...
Drug crackdown (05/26/07)
Cape Girardeau police weren't kidding around last week when they announced a crackdown on drug traffic in the city. The declaration accompanied the arrest of a man for possession of crack cocaine, receiving stolen property and unlawful use of a firearm, all felonies...
Loudon deserves our praise (05/26/07)
To the editor:People of Missouri should laud state Sen. John Loudon, architect of the recently enacted legislation that will permit midwifery. While I can't speak to his methods, I believe his accomplishment would make Thomas Jefferson, whose statue stands at the entrance to the Capitol, proud...
America: Opportunity and freedom (05/26/07)
To the editor:Sweden's policies may work well in a monolithic, older society, but are they applicable in a diverse, vibrant and much large population such as ours? Are all of Sweden's programs free for the people? Of course not. Each is subtly implied as employer- or tax-funded. We must remember governments produce nothing and must tax an ever-increasing amount on an individual's income...
Speak Out 5/26/07 (05/26/07)
Ready for the race; Bring on the cameras; Social Security burden; Unneeded embassy; Flying trash; Thanks for repairs; Amnesty plan; Good sportsmanship; Double standard; Waste at stoplights; Tragedy avoided; Let's move on
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