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Virtual school enrollment period to reopen (05/30/07)
Twenty Cape Girardeau County students have enrolled in online classes that will be offered by the state's new virtual school starting this fall. They are among some 1,700 students who enrolled this month in elementary and high school courses that will be offered through the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program or MoVIP...
New gallery opens tonight (05/30/07)
Cape Girardeau's newest art gallery will open tonight. The gallery, a collaboration between local doctor, photographer and member of the Missouri Arts Council board of directors Joel Ray and the Cat Ranch Art Guild based in Marble Hill, Mo., will host a grand opening from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. The gallery, located on Broadway across from McDonalds, will then be open from noon to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month...
Scott City won't handle beer sales at Summerfest (05/30/07)
For this year's Summerfest, Scott City wanted to take the lucrative beer sales into its own hands as a way to provide more money to organize next year's annual summer celebration. This year the city formed a fair board to administer Summerfest to relieve the burden on the park board, which organized the festival in past years. ...
Anonymous tip led to arrest of sailors in Cape, police say (05/30/07)
Two young sailors jailed in Cape Girardeau on charges of desertion were arrested following an anonymous tip, a police spokesman said. Seaman Apprentice Justin S. Burns, 20, of 1541 Revlon Drive, and Seaman Recruit Zachari M. Valentin, 20, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were arrested Saturday at Burns' home. Both men were listed as deserters from the USS Carr, a frigate stationed at Norfolk, Va...
Health-care forum will focus on changes at state level (05/30/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson recently held a discussion with area business leaders about the Healthy Americans Act, a proposal that would provide health care for Americans without health insurance. Now Sen. Jason Crowell is seeing what could be done on the state level...
Back-to-back receptions (05/30/07)
Megan Beil got engaged about a year ago and set her wedding date for Friday, May 25. When her sister Brittany got engaged not long afterward, the girls decided that holding both weddings on the same weekend would accommodate family members' travel plans. Brittany then set her date for Saturday, May 26...
Correction 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
Cape PTA leader applies for school board (05/30/07)
A key leader of the Central Middle School PTA this past school year has applied for a spot on the Cape Girardeau school board. "I am interested in serving on the board because I have three kids currently attending school in the district," said Brynda Dickson, who served as co-vice president of the PTA in the 2006-2007 school year...
Club news 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
Oak Ridge FCE The Oak Ridge FCE Club met at the Jackson Elks Lodge for its May meeting with Jean Rehak serving as hostess. There were 11 members present. Betty Dellinger gave the devotional, "A Little Prayer." Members learned from Marilyn Retherford that she had purchased the book "God Gave Me You" to present to the Riverside Regional Library in honor of National Day of the Family. A book drive for presentations to libraries netted 422 books. Rehak spearheaded the drive...
Missouri-St. Louis replacing Rivermen with Tritons (05/30/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis may be earning a reputation for odd college mascots. Saint Louis University has its Billikens. And if curators approve on Friday, sports teams at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will be known as the Tritons. Triton is the seventh moon of the planet Neptune, discovered just weeks after the planet itself was found by astronomers in 1846. ...
Mo. judge tosses part of law keeping sex offenders away from schools (05/30/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A judge has thrown out part of a law barring sex offenders from living close to a school or day care. An unidentified sex offender in St. Louis County had sued, claiming it's wrong for the state to make him move from his home because the legal standard changed after he began living there...
Independence, Cass County vie for hockey arena (05/30/07)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- Cass County and the city of Independence are in a face-off over a proposed arena for a minor league hockey team. On Tuesday, Independence announced it had reached an agreement with Global Entertainment Corp. to build a 5,600-seat arena for a Central Hockey League team. That announcement came just a week before Cass County residents vote on a proposed sales tax to pay for essentially the same deal with the same company to put an arena in Belton...
Corps of Engineers suspends several river projects in Missouri (05/30/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A threatened lawsuit from the state has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to suspend several Missouri River projects designed to restore fish habitat. All the suspended projects are in Missouri. Two are under construction and several more were being planned before the state's Clean Water Commission threatened to sue over the corps' plan to dump millions of tons of dirt into the river...
Missouri State opens $17 million research center (05/30/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Once an abandoned feed mill, a $17-million research tower pairing Missouri State University scientists with private technology companies opened Wednesday with a mission to foster new jobs and manufacturing in futuristic areas such as nanotechnology...
Public workers win right to bargain (05/30/07)
Overturning a 60-year legal precedent, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that teachers and other public employees have a constitutional right to engage in collective bargaining with their government employers. Although governments aren't bound to reach work agreements with labor unions, once they do, they cannot simply back out of the contracts, the Supreme Court said...
McCaskill listens to veterans' health care concerns (05/30/07)
Associated Press Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Veterans who came to a health care forum on Wednesday complained about long waits for appointments, unfriendly staff and a lack of mental health workers to help those coping with post traumatic stress disorder...
Judge: Tipped employees due at least $3.25 an hour (05/30/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although the state labor department initially advised otherwise, a judge has ruled that food servers, bellhops and other tipped employees were due a pay raise when Missouri's minimum wage rose this year. The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce could result in several hundred dollars of back pay for each tipped employee whose boss relied on the state's faulty interpretation...
Clergy abuse survivors want documents open to public (05/30/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis is suing a law firm that handles clergy sex abuse cases, claiming it is improperly circulating confidential documents related to eight current or former priests. At a news conference Tuesday, members of the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests said they were outraged by the lawsuit. ...
High court rules for employer in pay bias case (05/30/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court limited workers' ability to sue for pay discrimination Tuesday, ruling against a Goodyear employee who earned thousands of dollars less than her male counterparts but waited too long to complain. The 5-4 decision underscored a provision in a federal civil rights law that sets a 180-day deadline for employees to claim they are being paid less because of their race, sex, religion or national origin...
Bush picks Wolfowitz replacement (05/30/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has chosen Robert Zoellick, a one-time U.S. trade representative and former No. 2 official at the State Department, to lead the World Bank, a senior administration official said Tuesday. Bush will announce his decision today...
Sheehan 'resigns' as protest leader (05/30/07)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush's ranch, said Tuesday she's done being the public face of the movement. "I've been wondering why I'm killing myself and wondering why the Democrats caved in to George Bush," Sheehan told The Associated Press while driving from her property in Crawford to the airport, where she planned to return to her native California...
Private guards a weak link in homeland security (05/30/07)
WASHINGTON -- Richard Bergendahl fights the war on terrorism in Los Angeles for $19,000 a year, one of the legions of ill-trained, low-paid private security guards protecting tempting terrorist targets. Down the block from his high rise is a skyscraper identified by President Bush as a target for a Sept. 11-style airplane attack...
Americans divided on whether doctors should help terminally ill patients die (05/30/07)
NEW YORK -- More than two-thirds of Americans believe there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, but they are closely divided on whether it should be legal for a doctor to help terminally ill patients end their own lives by prescribing fatal drugs, a new AP-Ipsos poll finds...
U.S. quarantines man with rare TB; first such order since '63 (05/30/07)
ATLANTA -- A man with a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine by the U.S. government after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights this month, health officials said Tuesday. It is the first time since 1963 that the government issued a quarantine order. The last such order was to quarantine a patient with smallpox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Texas mother hangs herself, three children (05/30/07)
HUDSON OAKS, Texas -- A young mother who may have been depressed apparently hanged three of her small daughters and herself in a closet using pieces of clothing and sashes, authorities said Tuesday. A fourth child, an 8-month-old daughter, was also found dangling in the closet but was rescued from the family's mobile home...
Bullet in skull removed 64 years later (05/30/07)
SHANGHAI, China -- Chinese doctors have removed a more than 1-inch-long bullet from a woman's skull 64 years after she was shot by Japanese Imperial Army troops, her doctor said Tuesday. Jin Guangying, 77, was in good condition following the four-hour surgery and went home on May 3, Zhou Hong, the head of surgery at Renci Hospital in Jin's native Jiangsu province, told The Associated Press...
Five Britons kidnapped in Iraq after 10 U.S. soldiers killed in helicopter crash, bombings (05/30/07)
BAGHDAD -- Gunmen in police uniforms and driving vehicles used by security forces kidnapped five Britons from an Iraqi Finance Ministry office Tuesday, and a senior Iraqi official said the radical Shiite Mahdi Army militia was suspected. Compounding the fresh evidence of chaos in Iraq, the U.S. military announced that a total of 10 American soldiers were killed in roadside bombings and a helicopter crash on Memorial Day, making May -- at 113 fatalities -- the third-deadliest month of the war...
Southeast adds new men's assistant basketball coach (05/30/07)
Zac Roman joined the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coaching staff Tuesday by accepting a limited earnings assistant coach position. Roman will take over many of the duties performed by Toby Lane, who recently accepted a coaching position at the Universiy of Miami...
Area sports digest 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
Ford and Sonswins season opener The Cape Girardeau American Legion Ford and Sons baseball team blasted 15 hits in its season-opening game, a 17-1 victory over De Soto on Monday. Ford and Sons pitcher Mark Himmelberg pitched four innings for the win, allowing two hits and striking out three. Himmelberg also went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Kory Kitchen threw three innings of hitless relief, striking out one...
Cavs pull even with Pistons in conference finals, win 91-87 (05/30/07)
CLEVELAND -- With a helping hand from a teammate even younger than him, LeBron James pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers as close as they've ever been to an NBA title. James scored 25 points -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- and rookie Daniel Gibson added a season-high 21 as the Cavaliers evened the Eastern Conference finals series with a 91-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 on Tuesday night...
Cards' Looper surrenders grand slam in 8-3 loss (05/30/07)
DENVER -- Rodrigo Lopez was a little jittery when he arrived at Coors Field. It was Lopez's first start in more than a month and the team was riding a winning streak. Lopez didn't want to mess it up. Lopez did his part as he struck out a season-high seven in six innings to help the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3 Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory...
Cardinals closer hasn't allowed a run this month (05/30/07)
ST. LOUIS -- When Tony La Russa brings Jason Isringhausen into a game, the St. Louis Cardinals manager believes he's calling on one of baseball's elite closers -- as long as the pitcher is healthy. Derailed by a hip injury last year, Isringhausen has been better than ever the first two months of the season...
PGA Tour leaves withered fields for European Tour (05/30/07)
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The Memorial has come a long way since its inception three decades ago, mostly because the players have traveled a long way to get here. They come from every continent where golf is played, representing 15 countries. Then again, it's like that just about every week on the PGA Tour...
Ducks are thinking outside the box (05/30/07)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Niedermayer and defense partner Chris Pronger started and ended the Anaheim Ducks' penalty-box procession in the Stanley Cup finals opener. If the Western Conference champs don't figure out a way to cut down on the high-sticking, roughing, tripping, slashing, hooking and holding, the constant march to the box could turn into the most-watched springtime Southern California parade this side of Disneyland...
Roddick has another short stay in France (05/30/07)
PARIS -- Andy Roddick is out of the French Open in the first round again. For the second straight year and fourth time in the last six years, the American exited at the earliest stage, falling to Igor Andreev of Russia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday...
Clemens likely to start for Yankees on Monday (05/30/07)
TORONTO -- Roger Clemens is ready to return to the New York Yankees' rotation and likely will start at the Chicago White Sox next Monday. Clemens pitched six shutout innings for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. Yankees manager Joe Torre said before Tuesday's game against Toronto that he'll stay with Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte as his starters for this weekend's series at AL East-leading Boston...
Early-season woes frustrate JGR teammates (05/30/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tony Stewart made outrageous remarks on his radio show and teammate Denny Hamlin openly criticized his team's performance. Controversial at the time, both incidents now seem rather tame considering how frustrated the two must be...
A quick pasta salad with plenty of punch (05/30/07)
Most people don't associate marinating with the making of a pasta salad. Yet pasta salads, whether an intricate recipe or just a pile of pasta with a bottle of vinaigrette dumped over it, generally improve with age. And it's all due to marinating. The flavors of the salad meld and are absorbed by the pasta...
Around your house 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
A tidy car It's a good bet most drives have stuff in their car that goes "clunk" whenever they stop, start or turn a corner. Besides being annoying, things slide out of reach, disappear under seats, and bang around in the trunk. It's probably wearing out the carpeting, too. ...
A great big thanks (05/30/07)
Sometimes you just get lucky. In December 2005 I was an aspiring journalist returning from 18 months living and working in Africa. I wanted to jump start my career and for the sake of my worrying mother's sanity, I wanted to stay close to home. An ad on journalismjobs.com for a position at the Southeast Missourian helped me solve both these problems...
Something's fishy in the kitchen (05/30/07)
Something smells fishy. This week I was sent a number of seafood and fish recipes, so I decided to pass along just a few of them to you. They all sounded good, which made it hard to choose. As space permits in the future, I will share some of the others with you...
Help your damaged plants find new life (05/30/07)
Last month I told you to wait until at least the first of June before you made any decisions about damaged trees and shrubs in your landscape. Because it is just about that time, I thought I would let you know what my observations have been over the last month...
NBC boots entertainment chief, puts new team in charge (05/30/07)
NEW YORK -- Fourth-place NBC, suffering one of its worst springs in the network's history, fired chief entertainment executive Kevin Reilly on Tuesday, only three months after giving him a new three-year contract. Reilly was replaced by the two-man team of Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff. ...
Woman wants to donate kidney in TV contest (05/30/07)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A 37-year-old woman suffering from an inoperable brain tumor wants to donate a kidney before she dies and will choose the recipient from among three contestants on Dutch national television, a TV network said Tuesday, claiming it wants to highlight a crisis in organ donations...
Rev. Charles Schneider (05/30/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Rev. Charles Vernon Schneider, 84, of Athens, Ga., formerly of Marble Hill, died Monday, May 28, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospice House in Athens. He was born July 6, 1922, in Lutesville, son of Casper Allen and Charlotte Greene Schneider. He first married Evelyn Hahn Dec. 15, 1939. She died Feb. 26, 1991. He and Dycie Campbell were married June 20, 1993...
Norbert Emde (05/30/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Norbert F. Emde, 92, of Sedgewickville died Sunday, May 28, 2007, in Bollinger County. He was born Aug. 10, 1914, in Lixville, Mo., son of George and Mathilda Yamnitz Emde. Emde was a retired farmer. He is survived by a sister, Nora Valleroy of Perryville, Mo...
Robert Mongreig (05/30/07)
Robert J. Mongreig, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, May 28, 2007, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Clyde, Ill., son of Clyde E. and Ruth Sloan Mongreig. He and Pearl Camden were married April 22, 1950, in Hinsdale, Ill...
Robert Kauffman (05/30/07)
Robert Eugene Kauffman, 68, of Montgomery City, Mo., died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at New Florence Nursing and Care Center in New Florence, Mo. He was born June 23, 1938, in Burnt Cabins, Pa., son of Charles and Grace North Kauffman. He and Hazel M. Wright Jones were married April 22, 1981. She died Feb. 29, 1992...
Brenda Sabourin (05/30/07)
Brenda Eileen Sabourin, 52, of Millersville died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at her home. She was born July 9, 1954, in St. Louis, daughter of Gene and Eileen Sutton Middleton. Sabourin was a self-employed beautician and a member of Jehovah's Witnesses Congregation in Jackson...
Anthony Goodman (05/30/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Anthony "Tony" Goodman, 39, of San Diego died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in LaJolla, Calif. He was born Feb. 1, 1968, in St. Louis, son of Billy Gene and Dorothy Louise Rhodes Goodman. Goodman was a lab technician with Pyco Electronics...
John Spurlock (05/30/07)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- John W. Spurlock, 92, of Dongola died Monday, May 28, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born Aug. 24, 1914, in Anna, son of George W. and Cordilia F. Sadler Spurlock. He and Mable Williams were married May 5, 1934, in Cairo, Ill...
James Gibbons (05/30/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James "J.D.-Jimmy" Gibbons, 47, of Marble Hill died Monday, May 28, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 1, 1960, at Chaffee, Mo., son of James M. and Carolyn V. Seabaugh Gibbons. He and Angela M. Holmes were married Dec. 29, 1990...
Marcellis F. Heberlie (05/30/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marcellis F. Heberlie, 80, of Perryville died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1926, at Zell, Mo., son of Hershel M. and Mary Harter Heberlie. Heberlie was a construction worker and a member of the NRA, AMVETS and the American Legion. He was of the Catholic faith. Heberlie served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marines during World War II...
Edith Yeargain (05/30/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Edith Charlene Yeargain, 72, of Marble Hill died Monday, May 28, 2007, at her home with family surrounding her, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 1, 1934, at Arbyrd, Mo., daughter of Roy and Anna Mae Noble Wilmoth, the oldest of seven children. She and Bill E. Yeargain were united in marriage Nov. 5, 1953...
Carlan Femmer (05/30/07)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Carlan Stone Femmer, 85, a lifelong resident of New Madrid, passed away Friday, May 25, 2007, at Golden Living Center in New Madrid. She was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of E.B. and Lillian Stone. She and Bert Femmer were married July 30, 1943, in Blytheville, Ark. He preceded her in death Sept. 21, 2000...
Etta Crook (05/30/07)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Etta Jane Crook, 73, of Wappapello died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Crook was born March 6, 1934, in Butler County. She was a member of Wappapello Eagles and the Community Church of Christ in Lowndes, Mo. She enjoyed playing bingo, going fishing and quilting. Her greatest passion was cooking and sharing food and recipes with friends and family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother...
Births 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
Day; Laxton; Claussen
Cape/Jackson fire report 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
n At 11:10 p.m., medical assist in the 400 block of South Pacific Street. n At 2:00 a.m., medical assist in the 400 block of North Frederick Street. n At 11:28 a.m., medical assist in the 3800 block of Stonebridge Drive. n At 1:35 p.m., medical assist in the 2000 block of Silver Campine Lane...
Cape/Jackson police report 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
Arrests; Theft
Out of the past 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
The Rev. Martin J. Culligan, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau, celebrates the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a special afternoon Mass and reception. Gary M. Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Carr of Crestwood, Mo., is ordained to the deaconate by Bishop Bernard F. Law at St. Mary's Cathedral in the afternoon...
Ethanol worries (05/30/07)
By Rob Henderson I was the Scott City councilman who went on the trip to Malta Bend, Mo., to see the ethanol plant. Two of the city's employees also made the trip, along with several potential investors, and various county officials from both Cape Girardeau and Scott counties...
Happy trails (05/30/07)
Jackson's recreational trail system is growing quickly, thanks to state grants that are paying 70 to 100 percent of the costs. Most of the more than $700,000 has come in the form of federal alternative transportation funds. Construction begins this summer on a trail along Oak Street. The city has applied for grants to cover most costs of trails along East Lane and Hubble Creek...
Let China help pay for health care (05/30/07)
To the editor:With so many without health insurance and the 2008 elections well on the way, I am surprised that Hillary Clinton is not promoting a basic universal health-care system again. The big question many have used to speak out against such a plan has been the cost of such a program. Simply put, the cost of the Iraq war would have paid for such a plan for years...
The cost of opposition to the war (05/30/07)
To the editor:Memorial Day was approaching as I pondered writing this letter. Besides being a veteran who served in two branches of the military during different eras, I've had a strong interest in military history, since military conflicts have often influenced the course of human endeavors...
Where are the media's howls? (05/30/07)
To the editor:Recently on the Fox News Web site was an article about captured documents in an Iraqi al-Qaida stronghold. Included was a how-to book on torture. I will not detail here but to say this included electrical shock, use of electric drills, blowtorches and amputations. This is the norm of our enemies...
Speak Out 5/30/07 (05/30/07)
Remove gas tax; Making do; Not a good dream; Had enough?; Oil investments; On sovereignty; Useful negotiation; Need repairs; Surrender terms; Job well done; Minors who drink; Immigration proverb; Troop strength; War complex; Taking by force
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