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Stories from Sunday, May 27, 2007

Gas prices squeeze taxi, bus services (05/27/07)
National gas prices reached record heights above the $3 mark last week, and local transportation services are taking the loss for now. Tom Mogelnicki, interim executive director of the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority, said the bus and taxi service will have to charge more if gas prices go up again...
Sikeston man killed in shooting (05/27/07)
Sikeston man dies from apparent gunshot wound SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man was killed by an apparent gunshot wound early Saturday morning, and a suspect was in custody. Drew Juden, Sikeston Department of Public Safety director, reported that officers found Roger Winfield lying in the front yard of 707 Taylor St. ...
Festival with a purpose (05/27/07)
Teen Challenge's 17th annual Strawberry Festival went on Saturday despite the loss of about 70 percent of this year's crop. Frost severely damaged the strawberry plants after warm weather caused early blooms, so sales were limited to a maximum of eight quarts or one flat per person...
Emerson attends West Point graduation (05/27/07)
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson was not present at the recent House vote on the Iraq appropriations bill. Emerson missed the vote in order to attend stepson Sam Gladney's graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Gladney, who received his commission as a second lieutenant Saturday morning, is part of the first West Point graduating class that enrolled after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...
New LaSalle Ave. requires easements (05/27/07)
City engineers have a definite route they'd like LaSalle Avenue to take -- a nearly straight shot from the site of the new East Main Street Interstate 55 interchange to Route W. The next step in the process is to acquire the land needed for construction...
A Memorial Day tribute to soldiers (05/27/07)
Thebes effort to control stray dogs falters (05/27/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- For a week in mid-April, a newspaper advertisement gave a warning to residents of Thebes: "Public Notice. All dogs running at-large in the village of Thebes will be impounded." The Mississippi River town of about 500 was ready to take action. For several years the village had no dogcatcher. The Cape Girardeau animal shelter wouldn't take strays from Illinois, and after rescuing dogs impounded near the river when the water came up, the city stopped trying to collect strays...
Drivers don't let gas prices stall holiday trips (05/27/07)
CALABASAS, Calif. -- Like many holiday travelers, Ron Evenhaim isn't going to let rising gasoline prices curtail his plans for a weekend getaway. Evenhaim rented a 40-foot diesel RV to take his family of five on the 300-mile round trip from his home in suburban Los Angeles to Lake Isabella in the Tehachapi Mountains...
New life envisioned for old lead mines (05/27/07)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Sometimes wind rattles the windowpanes and boards, but for the most part Federal Mill No. 3 is quiet. Smokestacks have rusted. More than 1,000 miles of underground mine tunnels have flooded with water. Time has taken its toll. At its peak, the 25-acre complex was the center of industry for the Old Lead Belt. ...
Challenges await students returning from duty (05/27/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Students returning to the University of Missouri-Columbia from military service can find their efforts to resume their studies hampered by bureaucracy. When students are called to active military duty, school policy gives them two options: Drop their classes and receive a tuition refund, or take incomplete grades and finish the coursework when they return...
Gas prices taking wind out of boaters' sails (05/27/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Donnie Williams cringes when he sees the cost of tanking up his family's personal water craft for a day of wave running on Table Rock Lake. Williams plans to continue cove-hopping on his houseboat, but he will skimp on running another boat he uses for water skiing. And the Springfield auto service shop owner says the rising price of boat fuel appears to be keeping some people off the water...
Student activist spearheads recycling effort (05/27/07)
BLUE EYE, Mo. -- Jonathan Ratliff was looking for a service project for Blue Eye High School's Teenage Republicans club when he watched "An Inconvenient Truth." Inspired by former vice president Al Gore's movie about the global warming crisis, the senior who founded the club organized a recycling program for the school of 700 students. It's called TRUTH Recycling, and it stands for "Teenage Republicans United Toward Humanity."...
City known for UFOs wants to build alien theme park (05/27/07)
ROSWELL, N.M. -- Businesses here have been cashing in on the UFO craze for years -- paintings and replicas of UFOs and space aliens adorn downtown buildings, and even the McDonald's and Wal-Mart are UFO- and space-themed. Now city officials want to take it to another level with a UFO-themed amusement park, complete with an indoor roller coaster that would take passengers on a simulated alien abduction...
Herding effort puts wayward whales at center of massive operation in Calif. (05/27/07)
RIO VISTA, Calif. -- Everyone seems to have a suggestion to get two wayward whales lingering in the Sacramento River to swim 70 miles back to the Pacific Ocean. One suggested towing life-sized replicas of orcas behind the whales to scare the recalcitrant mother humpback and her calf. Another proposed placing a giant magnet downriver, since humpbacks are thought to navigate by an internal compass that can sense magnetic north...
Texas Speaker of the House refuses to give up his post (05/27/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- With his political career in jeopardy, powerful state House Speaker Tom Craddick charged through a rebellion that lasted into early Saturday, refusing to give up his leadership post. By the time the House adjourned shortly before 1:30 a.m., Craddick had beaten back his opponents, lawmakers who tried to overtake the speaker's podium were physically restrained and the House parliamentarian resigned...
U.S. looks to tighten security where border runs through Vt. library (05/27/07)
DERBY LINE, Vt. -- Step through the front door of the Haskell Library and you're in the United States. Walk across the carpeted floor to the circulation desk and you're in Canada. But if you sit down on the couch, you're back in the United States...
On eve of Kevorkian's release, only Oregon has assisted suicide law (05/27/07)
LANSING, Mich. -- For nearly a decade, Dr. Jack Kevorkian waged a defiant campaign to help other people kill themselves. The retired pathologist left bodies at hospital emergency rooms and motels and videotaped a death that was broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes." His actions prompted battles over assisted suicide in many states...
Pope set to revive 16th-century Tridentine Mass (05/27/07)
VATICAN CITY -- It was one of the most radical reforms to emerge from the Second Vatican Council. The Mass, root of Roman Catholic worship, would be celebrated in the local language and not in Latin. Now, little more than a generation later, Pope Benedict XVI is poised to revive the 16th-century Tridentine Mass...
Swarm of thousands of bees clogs engine of passenger jet off British coast (05/27/07)
LONDON -- A thick cloud of bees was sucked into the engine of a passenger plane en route to Portugal, forcing the airline to abandon the trip and grounding passengers for 11 hours, a company executive said Saturday. David Skillicorn, managing director of Palmair, said the swarm was spotted off Britain's Bournemouth coast shortly before the Boeing 737 left on Thursday. "Some witnesses claimed there were around 20,000 bees," he said...
Guest worker recruiters often extort from migrants (05/27/07)
MONTERREY, Mexico -- Standing in the baking sun outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, hundreds of Mexicans wait anxiously for temporary work visas. But even before they were fingerprinted and interviewed for the permit, many had already paid recruiters thousands of dollars in hopes of easing the way...
U.N. peacekeeper in Darfur killed by gunmen at his home (05/27/07)
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- A United Nations peacekeeper who was among a small group of reinforcements sent to Darfur was shot to death at his residence -- the world body's first casualty since its long-negotiated arrival in the troubled region, officials said Saturday...
Americans capture key militia figure in Sadr City raid (05/27/07)
BAGHDAD -- American forces raided his Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes Saturday, a day after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced to end nearly four months in hiding and demand U.S. troops leave Iraq...
Iran says it has uncovered 'infiltrating' spy networks of the U.S. and its allies (05/27/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Saturday it has uncovered spy rings organized by the United States and its Western allies, claiming on state-run television that the espionage networks were made up of "infiltrating elements from the Iraqi occupiers." The Intelligence Ministry has "succeeded in identifying and striking blows at several spy networks comprised of infiltrating elements from the Iraqi occupiers in western, southwestern and central Iran," said the statement, using shorthand for United States and its allies.. ...
Perryville senior finishes second in 100 hurdles (05/27/07)
Perryville senior Brittney Castleberry could not hold her top seed in the finals of the Class 3 100-meter hurdles despite a significant time drop Saturday and had to settle for second at the Class 3 and 4 state track and field championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City, Mo...
Rebels stifle Notre Dame's offense in quarterfinals (05/27/07)
FENTON, Mo. -- During Notre Dame's 14-2-1 regular season, the Bulldogs also lost a few games due to bad weather, including contests against Class 2 quarterfinalist Rockwood Summit, Ville Duchesne and St. Louis Notre Dame. The Bulldogs wished they would have had the chance to play those contests, especially after getting on the field with St. Louis Notre Dame for the first time Saturday...
Berry leads Southeast's contingent at regional (05/27/07)
Long jumper John Berry and the 1,600-meter relay team turned in Southeast Missouri State's top performances over the weekend at the NCAA Mideast Regional track and field meet in Columbia, Mo. Berry, a junior, finished 10th out of 38 competitors in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 11 inches. The winning jump was 24-10 1/2...
Austin Peay earns OVC's automatic NCAA berth (05/27/07)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Austin Peay proved it was the Ohio Valley Conference's best baseball team during the regular season by winning the league championship. The top-seeded Governors also proved it during the OVC tournament as they went 3-0 to capture the title, capped by Saturday's 3-2 victory over second-seeded Jacksonville State...
Capahas kick off summer baseball season Friday evening (05/27/07)
The local summer baseball season is just about upon us, which means, among other things, that Jess Bolen will soon begin adding plenty of wins to his staggering record as the Plaza Tire Capahas manager. Bolen will lead the Capahas into what figures to be another successful campaign when they play their opener Friday night...
Men try to get thin: Weight-loss programs shift from women (05/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Joey Fatone is the "fat one" no more. Two weeks before committing to "Dancing With the Stars," Fatone joined NutriSystem, a weight-loss program that delivers meals to a customer's door. That and a rigorous five-hour, six-day-a-week dance schedule helped him shed 23 pounds in two months, he said...
Israel's next war (05/27/07)
There are consequences to losing a war, or being perceived not to have won. Israel's ability to win wars has been based on its capacity to pound its many enemies into submission whenever they have dared attack. Depending on how you count them, Israel has been the target of at least four wars started by one or more of her neighbors, as well as numerous terrorist attacks. It had won all of them until 2006...
Shining on Justice scandal with Starr light (05/27/07)
Partisan GOP prosecutors? What else is new? The editors of America's most prestigious newspapers pronounce themselves flabbergasted by the Bush administration's corrupt and nakedly partisan machinations at the Department of Justice. As well they should. ...
Earning doubters (05/27/07)
Compromise is incessantly praised, and it has produced the proposed immigration legislation. But compromise is the mother of complexity, which, regarding immigration, virtually guarantees -- as the public understands -- weak enforcement and noncompliance...
U.S. Mint not pleased with Silver Surfer quarter part of 'Fantastic Four' promo (05/27/07)
LOS ANGELES -- A Marvel Comics character is giving George Washington some company on the quarter, but the U.S. Mint isn't laughing. To promote the upcoming film "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," 20th Century Fox and The Franklin Mint altered 40,000 U.S. quarters to feature the superhero...
Paul Helman (05/27/07)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Paul L. Helman, 54, of Villa Ridge died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 20, 1952, at Cairo, Ill., son of George M. and Flora Bridges Helman. Helman was a member of the Villa Ridge Union Church. He was a farmer with Boar Creek Valley Farms at Villa Ridge...
Weldon Green (05/27/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Weldon L. Green, 84, of Marble Hill died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Feb. 8, 1923, at Marquand, Mo., son of Harry E. and Pearl Rhodes Green. He served in World War II, earning three Bronze Stars. He was a retired machinist for Carter Carburetor in St. Louis and a member of Liberty Congregational Methodist Church near Marquand...
James Dobbs (05/27/07)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- James "Danny" Dobbs, 43, of Bloomfield, formerly of Oran, Mo., died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Missouri Southern Health Care in Dexter, Mo. He was born Jan. 17, 1964, at De Valls Bluff, Ark., son of Charles Thomas and Mary Wade Dobbs...
Virginia Poston (05/27/07)
Virginia M. Poston, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 16, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of LeRoy and Myrtie Mae Stewart Smith. She and Rodney L. Poston were married June 25, 1952, in Cape Girardeau...
Mildred O'Neal (05/27/07)
Mildred Pickens Thomas O'Neal, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 25, 2007, at St. Anthony Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born July 17, 1915, at Bloomfield, Mo., daughter of Edward and Mary Ann Tanner Pickens. She and Leonard Thomas were married Feb. 3, 1933, in New Madrid, Mo. He died June 2, 1976. She and Edward O'Neal were married. He preceded her in death in 1989...
Dr. Dorothy Sievers (05/27/07)
Dr. Dorothy J. Sievers, 80, of New York, N.Y., died Friday, May 25, 2007 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, N.Y. She was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Oak Park, Ill., daughter of Ott and Vera Philipps Sievers. Dr. Sievers grew up in Cape Girardeau. She graduated from high school in Denver. ...
Raymundo Chavez Lopez (05/27/07)
Raymundo Chavez Lopez, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born March 15, 1931, in Phoenix, son of Jasinto and Concepcion Chavez Lopez. He was a member of Christ Church of the Heartland. He was a life member of VFW Post 3838. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with two stars, the United Nations Service Medal and a Purple Heart. He served in the Marine Corps from March 28, 1952, to March 17, 1954...
Mott-Proctor (05/27/07)
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...
Schiwitz-Reynolds (05/27/07)
Shaina Leigh Schiwitz and Mark Darrin Reynolds were married Oct. 28, 2006, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville, Ill. The Rev. Donald Gibbons performed the ceremony. Vocalist was Cindy Carlson of Roodhouse, Ill. Parents of the couple are Bud and Brenda Schiwitz of Benton, Mo., and Jerry and Lil Reynolds of Cape Girardeau...
Kidd-Malahy (05/27/07)
Erica May Kidd and Lucas Dale Malahy were married March 3, 2007, at their home near Marble Hill, Mo. The Rev. Fred Ritter performed the ceremony. Recorded music was played. The bride is the daughter of Mark and Brenda Gones of Gordonville. The groom is the son of Barry Malahy and Ed and Deanna Kranawetter, all of Jackson...
Orso-Blank (05/27/07)
Lisa Joyce Orso and Robert Scott Blank were married May 20, 2006, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Paul Short performed the ceremony. Vocalist was Emilie Stephens of Advance, Mo., and music was provided by Trio Girardeaux of Cape Girardeau. Parents of the couple are Thomas and Susan Orso of O'Fallon, Mo., and Robert and Gaye Blank of Cape Girardeau...
Vandeven-Lynn (05/27/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Alvin M. and Betty L. Vandeven of Chaffee announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Marie Vandeven, to Jeremy Steven Lynn. He is the son of Steven J. and Judith M. Lynn of Chaffee. Vandeven is a 2003 graduate of Chaffee High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University in December 2006. She is a customer service officer at Montgomery Bank in Chaffee...
Green-Thomas (05/27/07)
Ann and Jerry Taylor of Benton, Mo., and James Robinson of Portageville, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Green, to Greg Thomas. He is the son of Evelyn Nolen of Cape Girardeau. Green is a licensed practical nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center and the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau...
Rauh-Oslund (05/27/07)
Heidi Marie Rauh of Jackson and Dale Orrin Oslund III of Anna, Ill., announce their engagement. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Beverly Rauh of Jackson. Oslund is the son of Karen Hill of Anna, and the late Dale O. Oslund Jr. Rauh is a 2002 graduate of Jackson High School. She expects to receive a degree from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2008, where she is majoring in public relations...
Martin-Goodwin (05/27/07)
Jeffery and Debra Martin of Jackson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Mae Martin, to Shane Lynn Goodwin. He is the son of Terry Goodwin of Alexandria, La., and Herman and Laura Beaubouef of Baton Rouge, La. Martin is a 1997 graduate of Sheboygan Lutheran High School, and attended Southeast Missouri State University. She is store manger at Petco...
Police report 5/27/07 (05/27/07)
Arrest; DWI
Fire report 5/27/07 (05/27/07)
n At 7:15 p.m., medical service in the 100 block of South Pacific Street. n At 12:09 a.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Minnesota Avenue. n At 1:34 a.m., a box alarm at 2851 Whitener St. n At 5:07 a.m., medical service in the 1200 block of Broadway...
Out of the past 5/27/07 (05/27/07)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approves a motion to put the Ben F. Hunter cabin on the university farm property near Old McKendree Chapel; the cabin, built in 1854, is near Sikeston, Mo., and was donated to the university by the Handy Moore family of Sikeston...
Respect Memorial Day (05/27/07)
By Paul A. Morin Here is a surprise, I am not going to defend the Iraq war. I won't even explain the importance of the war on terrorism. VA budget? Not today. That's because this column is about Memorial Day, a hallowed day that should be about honoring the more than one million men and women who died in the service of this nation in wars and conflicts dating back to 1775. It should be above politics. Period...
Straight shooter (05/27/07)
I recently attended the annual Newspaper Association of America convention in New York. Highlights included a live satellite interview with Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of our armed forces in Iraq. Petraeus played a key role for the military in the early phases of the Iraq War before becoming the top commander in Iraq this year. ...
Memorial Day (05/27/07)
When the first ceremonies were held following the Civil War to honor those soldiers who had laid down their lives in battle, communities sought to pay proper respect to fallen heroes. Over the years, those observances have been adopted nationwide as Memorial Day. Several special events are planned throughout this holiday weekend, which also traditionally marks the start of summertime activities...
Missouri 911 needs emergency help (05/27/07)
To the editor:The ability for Missourians to contact emergency responders is crucial for the safety of our citizens. For most, dialing 911 is the logical course of action when faced with an emergency situation. Unfortunately if you are calling by cell phone in Missouri, there is a greater than two-thirds chance that emergency responders will not find you...
Speak Out 5/27/07 (05/27/07)
Eye-opening protest; Attention for autism; ID concerns; Fuel motivation; How much longer?; Support the sheriff; Keeping us safe
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