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2 Perryville teens accused of beating, robbing man (06/07/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two Perryville teens accused of beating a man in his home and robbing him of $170 face possible penalties of life in prison. David J. Claywell, 18, and Shawn M. York, 17, were charged Tuesday with a single count each of first-degree robbery for the Sunday beating of a man in his apartment. ...
Tiny fibers used to find explosives (06/07/07)
CARBONDALE, ILL. -- Nanofibers are about 1/250,000th of an inch across, but they could have a huge impact on such diverse areas as national security, factory safety and aerospace construction. Dr. Ling Zang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, recently received a $592,000, five-year CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research with nanofibers...
Longtime Kansas bishop, Missouri native Marion Forst dies at age 96 (06/07/07)
The Most Rev. Marion Francis Forst, a Roman Catholic bishop and former pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral, has died at age 96. Forst, who was the oldest bishop in the United States, died Saturday night at Olathe Regional Medical Center. A funeral Mass is scheduled for today at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kan., with burial in the nearby Gate of Heaven Cemetery...
Storage building, contents destroyed by Thursday fire (06/07/07)
Randy Oliphant, a Volunteer Firefighter with the Millersville Fire and Rescue, was the second on the scene of the fire at C & G Mini Storage on highway 34. The Fire & Rescue received the page at 5:30 a.m., and responded with 20-25 men.
Outstanding Early Childhood awards (06/07/07)
Child Care Resource & Referral, along with Success by Six, presented Outstanding Early Childhood awards recently at the annual provider brunch at Southeast Missouri State University.
Lions Club members receive Melvin Jones Fellowship awards (06/07/07)
Three Cape Girardeau Lions Club members, Jim Hirsch, Fred Goodwin and Steve Strom, were recently honored as Melvin Jones Fellows by president David Morris. Joining Morris in the presentation were past recipients Freck Shivelbine, Rob Williams, Keith Deimund and Larry Osteen...
Region briefs 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Motorcyclist injured after collision with truck A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck near Fruitland. Timothy L. Stone, 47, of Cape Girardeau was traveling northbound on U.S. 61 about 6:40 a.m. when his Harley-Davidson was struck by a 2000 Ford pickup driven by Ashley L. ...
Jo Ann Emerson announces Congressional Connection Schedule (06/07/07)
Southeast Missourian U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., announced her staff will visit with constituents throughout the 8th District at Congressional Connection stops. Locally, her staff will be stopping from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Advance City Hall, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ...
Cape to consider park tax (06/07/07)
The Cape Girardeau City Council may ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax in November to fund parks and storm-water improvements. The tax could fund park improvements from upgrades to ball fields and the municipal golf course to construction of a water park and more walking trails, city officials said Wednesday...
Community digest 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Crader reunion to be held at County Park; River Heritage Quilters' Guild to hold meeting
St. Louis man's death forces dismissal of case heard by Supreme Court (06/07/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The shooting death of Mario Claiborne has forced the dismissal of the St. Louis man's closely watched case before the U.S. Supreme Court. A ruling was expected within the next few weeks as justices sought to clarify how much discretion federal judges have when applying sentencing guidelines...
Mo. child dead; mother's boyfriend arrested (06/07/07)
IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County police believe a 2-year-old boy found dead early Thursday near a Jefferson County school was killed by his mother's boyfriend. The 22-year-old man has been arrested, and authorities were seeking warrants to charge him with first-degree murder, police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said...
Politicians, environmentalists question O'Fallon's annexation plan (06/07/07)
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) -- Count a member of the Busch family among those opposed to O'Fallon's plan to annex more than 12 square miles. The St. Charles County town's plan includes annexation of the Busch wildlife area and the Missouri Research Park. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that some politicians and environmental advocates, including Adolphus Busch IV, are outraged...
Child dies after tick bite in northeast Missouri (06/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Health officials warned Missourians to guard against tick bites Wednesday, after the death of a child bitten by one of the insects in a northeastern part of the state. The child became ill after being bitten by a tick and died May 23, after 10 days of intensive medical care, health officials said...
Ways to avoid tick bites (06/07/07)
Missouri health officials say people can protect themselves from tick bites by:n Avoiding areas with lots of ticks. Walk in the center of trails to avoid overhanging grass and brush. n Keeping ticks off their skin. Apply a repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET and read the label. Wear light-colored clothing that makes ticks easier to see. Tucking your pants into your socks can also help...
Students to get diplomas originally denied over cheers at graduation (06/07/07)
GALESBURG, Ill. -- Five students will get diplomas they were denied because of cheers at their high school graduation, after school officials relented Wednesday on a get-tough decorum policy. Galesburg school officials defended efforts to curb commencement rowdiness, but said the stalemate over the diplomas and the national media attention it attracted has taken up valuable time and energy...
Student gets 60 days in jail for prank at Oakville High School (06/07/07)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A high school senior will spend two months in jail for an explosive senior prank that his teachers didn't find so funny. Prosecutors say 18-year-old Benjamin Smith fashioned a crude explosive device and detonated in an empty locker near Oakville High School's cafeteria in suburban St. Louis on April 19. The locker was dented, and no one was injured...
Teen's death ruled natural, not from stun gun (06/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- An Illinois teenager who died after police shot him at least twice with a stun gun when he reportedly turned unruly had no drugs in his system and succumbed to "natural causes," a pathologist said Wednesday. Roger Holyfield's family rejected Dr. ...
Marine loses appeal for new hearing in military protest case (06/07/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Iraq veteran who wore his uniform at a protest lost his appeal Wednesday for a new hearing. An attorney for Cpl. Adam Kokesh filed the appeal after a military panel that met Monday at the Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City recommended kicking Kokesh out of the Marines with a general discharge for the uniform infraction and using an obscenity in an e-mail to a superior officer...
Girl finds 2.93-carat diamond in Arkansas park (06/07/07)
MURFREESBORO, Ark. -- Walking along a path taken by thousands of others at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Nicole Ruhter noticed something everyone else had missed -- a tea-colored 2.93-carat diamond. Ruhter, 13, of Butler, Mo., said she would name her find the "Pathfinder Diamond" after pulling what she described as a broken pyramid from the ground. ...
Former pick for Mo. presidency takes industry job (06/07/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A New Jersey business executive who spurned an offer to become the next University of Missouri president has been hired as chief operating officer of a Florida steel manufacturer. Terry Sutter, 49, will join Gerdau AmeriSteel Corp. as its vice president and chief operating officer, the Tampa, Fla.-based company announced Wednesday...
Ford grabs most awards in quality rankings (06/07/07)
DETROIT -- People might have to stop making all those jokes about the quality of Ford's cars -- the ones that say Ford stands for "Found on Road Dead" or "Fixed or Repaired Daily." Now, it could be "Fixing Our Reputation Daily." Ford Motor Co. supplanted Toyota as leader of the pack in J.D. Power and Associates' annual initial quality rankings released Wednesday, grabbing more individual awards than any other automaker for the first time since 1998, when it tied for the top spot...
TB traveler moved up flight; says he wasn't on the run (06/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- The globe-trotting tuberculosis patient moved up his flight to Europe after health officials urged him to stay put -- but the Atlanta lawyer, in defiant testimony from his hospital room Wednesday, insisted he wasn't ducking anyone. "I didn't go running off or hide from people. ...
NASA engineers resolve tank concerns ahead of Friday shuttle launch (06/07/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA resolved lingering concerns about lines connecting the external fuel tank to Atlantis on Wednesday and moved ahead with preparations for the first space shuttle launch of the year. Forecasters predicted a 70 percent chance the weather would be favorable for launching Atlantis at 6:38 p.m. Friday...
Government reports 1,600 roller-shoe injuries (06/07/07)
CHICAGO -- Injuries from trendy roller shoes are far more numerous than previously thought, contributing to about 1,600 emergency room visits last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. The injuries were mostly in children, the target market for the wheeled shoes that send children cruising down sidewalks, across playgrounds and through shopping mall crowds...
States consider restrictions or bans on recorded campaign calls (06/07/07)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Um, honey, Joe Piscopo is on the phone talking about a U.S. Senate candidate. Many New Jersey residents got automated calls from a host of politicians and celebrities, including the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian, as last year's campaign season heated up. But those "robocalls" could soon be banned or restricted, in New Jersey and many other states...
Skin cells of mice mimic embryonic stem cells (06/07/07)
NEW YORK -- In a leap forward for stem-cell research, three independent teams of scientists reported Wednesday that they have produced the equivalent of embryonic stem cells in mice without the controversial destruction of embryos. They got ordinary skin cells to behave like stem cells. If the same could be done with human cells -- a big if -- the procedure could lead to breakthrough medical treatments without the contentious ethical and political debates surrounding the use of embryos...
Nation briefs 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Administration lowers growth forecast WASHINGTON --The White House on Wednesday lowered its forecast for economic growth this year even as it slightly upgraded its outlook for unemployment. Under the administration's new forecast, gross domestic product, or GDP, will grow by 2.3 percent as measured from the fourth quarter of last year to the fourth quarter of this year. ...
Cosmonauts complete their spacewalk ahead of schedule (06/07/07)
MOSCOW -- Two Russian cosmonauts spent more than five hours outside the international space station Wednesday, laying cable and installing protective panels to guard against space debris. The walk lasted five hours and 37 minutes, about 15 minutes faster than planned...
Man jumps security barrier, grabs popemobile during pope's audience (06/07/07)
VATICAN CITY -- A German man jumped a security barrier and grabbed the back of Pope Benedict XVI's open popemobile before being swarmed by security guards Wednesday -- reviving a debate over whether the pontiff needs stronger protection during his public audiences...
Cyclone Gonu hammers Oman before veering toward Iran (06/07/07)
MUSCAT, Oman -- Cyclone Gonu battered Oman's coast Wednesday with fierce winds and torrential rains, forcing thousands from their homes and shutting down oil installations before heading toward the world's most important crude oil tanker route. The storm -- a rarity in the Middle East -- was expected to make landfall on the southeastern Iranian coast late today, according to the U.S. ...
U.S. defense chief marks 63rd anniversary of D-Day at Normandy (06/07/07)
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France -- Above a cliff of silent reminders, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday evoked the image of fallen warriors to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Normandy D-Day landings that turned the tide of World War II. The bloody beach assault June 6, 1944, "unfolded as if it were a lifetime" for the young men who braved German guns, Gates said, looking out upon a vast field of white grave markers on a rainy, chilly day...
Klocke, Harris earn national freshman honors (06/07/07)
Southeast Missouri State's Jim Klocke and Nick Harris were unquestionably two of the Ohio Valley Conference's top freshman baseball players this year. Now they have also been rated among the nation's best freshmen. Klocke and Harris were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans on Wed-nesday, as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper...
Area sports digest 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Clark scores hole in one at Kimbeland Bill Clark picked up his third hole in one Wednesday at Kimbeland Country Club. Clark, of Cape Girardeau, used a pitching wedge from 115 yards out on No. 4. Ray Moore, Jeff Schott and Gordon Feeney witnessed the shot...
Capahas prepare to face familiar foe (06/07/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas have dominated the all-time series with the Charleston Riverdogs, winning 26 of 27 meetings, including all seven last year. But that doesn't mean Capahas manager Jess Bolen expects an easy time tonight when the local amateur baseball teams square off in a 7 p.m. first pitch at Hillhouse Park in Charleston...
Cape's ace settles into a groove, mows down Sikeston (06/07/07)
Brad LaBruyere shut down the Sikeston offense and Mark Himmelberg provided a clutch hit as Cape Girardeau's American Legion team picked up a 4-0 win Wednesday in its district opener at Capaha Field. Post 63 completed a doubleheader sweep with a 16-5 rout in five innings in the non-district nightcap. Cape improved to 8-1...
James leads Cavaliers onto NBA's ultimate stage (06/07/07)
SAN ANTONIO -- Headphones tilted back on his head, LeBron James walked the Cleveland Cavaliers through the shadowy tunnel and into the arena's gleaming lights -- and their first NBA finals. "We're here now!" James shouted. He brought them. And he will decide how far they'll go...
State officials reopen Hancock investigation (06/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The state Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is renewing its investigation into whether restaurant workers knew Josh Hancock was drunk but continued to serve alcohol to the Cardinals pitcher before his fatal crash. On May 31, ATC supervisor Peter Lobdell announced there was no evidence that employees at Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood knew Hancock was drunk. ...
St. Louis pulls within five games of first (06/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols always knew the St. Louis Cardinals could straighten things out. Pujols' two-run homer snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping his surging team beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Wednesday night. The Cardinals (26-30) have won six of seven and pulled five games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central...
Cardinals still have no timetable for Mulder (06/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder has no idea when he might be ready to pitch again, and said the St. Louis Cardinals shouldn't count on him coming to the rescue in the second half of the season. The left-hander, rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery last September, threw off a mound for the first time since then Tuesday. The team has been hopeful of him returning around the All-Star break, but after the session Mulder was more pessimistic, saying there's a chance he won't be back until next season...
It's quack-tastic: Ducks win the Cup (06/07/07)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks aren't called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions. The 14-year-old Ducks captured their first NHL title with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, ending the series in five games in front of the home folks again...
Health calendar 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Friday Heart Smart screenings, Southeast Missouri Hospital HealthPoint Fitness Center, 410 W. Main St., Jackson, 8 to 10 a.m. Romp 'n Stomp, Southeast Missouri Hospital HealthPoint Fitness Center, 410 W. Main St., Jackson, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. For more information, call 243-2211...
Doctors try asthma drug, pump to treat heart failure (06/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. doctors are beginning a dramatic experiment this month to try to save patients dying from congestive heart failure -- by temporarily resting their hearts and then boosting them with a drug long abused for bodybuilding. The goal: To help the heart heal itself, and rescue patients who otherwise wouldn't survive without a heart transplant or an implanted machine to pump their hearts...
Graduation days (06/07/07)
Dear Julie, Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, said everyone is born a genius. "The process of living de-geniuses them." Genius has been all around this week visiting my sister Sally's family in Cincinnati. The high school our nieces Carly and Kim attend won the state baseball championship in Columbus Friday night. ...
How not to be a victim (06/07/07)
We all know them. And, truth be told, we have even felt like one every now and then. I am talking about victims. Being called a victim is almost akin to being labeled a gas guzzler in our enlightened society. After all, a victim is someone who probably asked for it and most certainly isn't taking responsibility for their authorship of their dire straights. Right?...
Ratings, incidents raise question of how far women have come in TV news (06/07/07)
NEW YORK -- With all the women in television news on both sides of the camera, you would think sexism was an issue relegated to the 20th century. Yet recently a CBS News executive, herself a pioneer for women in the industry, said she believed that Katie Couric was having trouble catching on with the public as "CBS Evening News" anchor because she was the first solo female anchor for a network nightly news show...
Fans and critics take whack at predicting Tony Soprano's end (06/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Will "The Sopranos" end with a whack or a whimper? The HBO series on Sunday night concludes its eight years of mob maneuvering, metaphor-laden dream sequences and mad exclamations of "Marone!" Questions abound as the series finale nears. ...
Fan protests give CBS executives reason to rethink 'Jericho' cancellation (06/07/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Fans trumpeting the cause of CBS' canceled drama "Jericho" have caught the network's ear. CBS, deluged with calls, messages and shipments of nuts signifying viewer displeasure, is reconsidering its decision, a source close to the production said Tuesday...
Mobile phone Net usage to join ratings world (06/07/07)
NEW YORK -- More than 33 million people have used mobile phones to access the Internet this year, according to Nielsen Media Research, which Wednesday announced its new effort to measure such use. With Nielsen known primarily for its ratings system for television viewing, the announcement is another indication of how it is trying to keep up with rapidly changing entertainment options...
Fox apologizes for showing wrong congressman on indictment story (06/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel issued a second on-air apology Wednesday for mistakenly running tape of a different congressman while reporting on the indictment of Rep. William J. Jefferson on bribery charges. House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers of Michigan, whose picture aired while Fox anchors talked Monday about Jefferson's indictment, had been unhappy with Fox's apology Tuesday. Both congressmen are black...
Lois Robertson (06/07/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lois Faye Robertson, 66, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 24, 1940, in Stuttgart, Ark., daughter of Clifton and Lydia Crank Leirer. She and Clarence Robertson were married April 17, 1959, at Dexter, Mo...
JoAnn Stone (06/07/07)
JoAnn Stone, 59, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Oct. 29, 1947, in St. Louis, daughter of John H. and Iva "Pearline" Lewis Poston. JoAnn worked several years at Food Brands Inc. at Piedmont, Mo. She then worked six years as a certified nurse assistant at the Lutheran Home...
Helen McCallister (06/07/07)
Helen McCallister, 93, of Jackson died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at Monticello House. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jessie Karwick (06/07/07)
Jessie Ruth Karwick, 85, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Dyersburg Manor in Dyersburg, Tenn. She was born Oct. 6, 1921, at Caruthersville, daughter of Walter L. and Annie L. Entriken Sides. She and Don Karwick were married Aug. 8, 1943, in Caruthersville...
Kenneth Christisen (06/07/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kenneth P. Christisen, 65, of Perryville died Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1941, in Perry County, son of Ludwig and Evelyn Schremp Christisen. He and Pat Dillon were married Dec. 17, 1988, at Overland, Mo...
Births 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Ramos; Ritrovato; Burnett; Chambers; Leek; Rhodes
Cape/Jackson fire report 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
n At 5:17 p.m., a grease fire at 101 S. Lorimer St. n At 5:40 p.m., an illegal burn at Country Club Drive and Marlin Drive. n At 5:51 a.m., emergency medical service at 414 Washington Ave. n At 7:29 a.m., responded to a call at 133 S. Benton St. n At 9:18 a.m., a natural gas leak at 829 Kary St...
Cape/Jackson police report 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
DWIs; DWI
Out of the past 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Only a few local issues will face area voters who go to the polls tomorrow to decide the fate of constitutional Amendment 1; the proposal calls for issuance of $600 million in bonds to improve state facilities and those of local governments in Missouri...
Public bargaining (06/07/07)
Section 29. That employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing. -- Missouri Constitution, Article I, Bill of Rights The language in the Missouri Constitution regarding collective bargaining appears straightforward enough -- except that for 60 years it has been interpreted to apply only to employees in the private sector, not public employees such as teachers, firefighters and police officers...
Value youth and think of others (06/07/07)
To the editor:Value your teens. It only comes around once. Appreciate it, and do not abuse it. Live it wisely, and get involved. Give thanks for your blessings. You had many, I feel sure. Think of others and not always of yourself, as Joel Osteen said recently in a sermon. Then perhaps 101 years of age will seem like a day, just as mine did to me recently...
State adds funding; no tax increase (06/07/07)
To the editor:I could not sit back after reading the column "Spending priorities" by Amy Blouin of the Missouri Budget Project in the June 2 paper. It was such an obvious political attack on conservative lawmakers and not a thoughtful analysis of Missouri's spending priorities like the Gary Rust column she referred to...
Speak Out 6/7/07 (06/07/07)
Zapping squirrels; Brunt of defense; Futile arguments; Insidious disgrace; Reporting crimes; Libertarian line; Headed for relic status; On Eagle's Pings; Euphemistic legislation; Moderate benefits; Eyesore is gone; Do the right thing; Long time coming; Private prayer; Construction first; Something to do; Economic voters; Dangerous path
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