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Longtime musician Lou Hobbs dies (09/21/07)
Southeast Missouri has lost one of its best-known musicians, one who made a name for himself both nationally and overseas for his rockabilly sound. Local music legend Lou Hobbs died Thursday night following a long battle with Parkinson's disease, family members said...
Dozens attend rededication of downtown Cape mural (09/21/07)
All the speakers at Thursday's rededication of Cape Girardeau's "Missouri Wall of Fame" mural expressed gratitude. More than 50 people gathered at the picnic shelter near the mural for the ceremony. Carole Buck said the image of her late husband, sports broadcaster Jack Buck, was a good likeness of his smiling face...
Jackson changes its grading schedule (09/21/07)
Justin O'Neal isn't too pleased his parents will discover his grades sooner under Jackson High School's new grading schedule. "I'll get grounded quicker," the 16-year-old said. The Jackson School District implemented a six-week system for grades eight through 12, meaning O'Neal's parents will be able to pick up his report card at parent-teacher conferences next week. The first term ends today. Last year the district worked on a quarter system, so conferences were at the end of October...
Bill would make Lewis, Clark 'legacy trail' (09/21/07)
In December 1803, the Corps of Discovery set up winter camp in Illinois across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Officially, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail begins at that campground, stretching to the Pacific Coast. But legislation being introduced by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau aims to extend the trail to include preliminary travels in a "legacy trail."...
Scott City nearing deal with Union Pacific (09/21/07)
After more than a year of negotiations, and some frustration on the part of city leaders at the slow pace of those negotiations, Scott City is on the verge of reaching an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for the purchase of a parking lot on Main Street...
Tickets go on sale at Carson Center (09/21/07)
Southeast Missourian PADUCAH, Ky. -- Tickets go on sale for two fall shows, "Defending the Caveman" and Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain Tonight!" at the Carson Center in Paducah at 10 a.m. Monday. "Defending the Caveman" is the longest running solo play in Broadway history starring comedian Chris Sullivan. Sullivan takes on the subject of how men and women relate to each other using the caveman days as its setting. "Caveman" will appear Oct. 30 to Nov. 4...
Police warn local businesses about new money scam (09/21/07)
Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Police Department responded to two incidents this week concerning an attempt to scam local businesses out of money. The suspects in the scheme have contacted two area businesses by phone, posing as a high-ranking corporate manager, according to a news release from the Cape Girar-deau police...
History of the 161st (09/21/07)
The history of what is called the 161st District is a heavily Democratic one, though the geographic area of the district has changed over the years. For 37 years a single Democratic representative held the 161st seat, Gene Copeland of New Madrid. At the time of his retirement from state politics in 1998, Copeland was the longest-serving member in the history of the Missouri House. ...
Kasten ready to do 'whatever it takes' for campaign (09/21/07)
Despite her age, former state representative Mary Kasten said Thursday that she's ready for the rigors of another campaign. Kasten, 79, won the Republican nomination to replace Nathan Cooper in the Feb. 5 special election. Cooper, a Republican, resigned his seat Aug. 14 in the wake of pleading guilty to two federal felony counts...
Building on victory in the 161st District (09/21/07)
When term limits kept Lanie Black from running again for his 161st District Missouri House of Representatives seat last year, a political bout ensued that became a priority for both state party organizations. In one corner: Gary Branum, a respected New Madrid County farmer running on Black's legacy of agriculture-based Republicanism, with Black as his trainer...
Smithville student charged for having explosive device (09/21/07)
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Smithville student has been charged after he allegedly brought an explosive device to school. James R. Brown was charged Thursday with unlawful possession of a weapon. His bond was set at $15,000. Smithville police acted on a tip that Brown had brought the bomb to school, court documents show. Police said they found Brown with the device, which he apparently made, in his book bag after he left school for a work program...
St. George officer captured on video berating motorist is fired (09/21/07)
ST. GEORGE, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis police officer whose berating of a motorist was captured on video has lost his job. Aldermen in the tiny town St. George voted 5-0 to fire Sgt. James Kuehnlein. The vote occurred Monday in a session closed to the public. Notice of the firing was posted Wednesday at City Hall...
Missouri says it is exceeding school spending requirement (09/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State attorneys asserted Thursday that Missouri is far exceeding a constitutional requirement for public school spending as a judge sought to wrap up the lone lingering aspect of a so-far unsuccessful lawsuit by schools. After hearing four hours of testimony, the judge concurred the state seems to be spending more than enough, though he did not issue a formal ruling...
Report: Doctor kept working in Illinois after losing license in other state (09/21/07)
CHICAGO -- A surgeon who was prohibited from practicing in Massachusetts last year after being accused of "grossly" substandard care worked at a Southern Illinois veterans hospital until last month, according to a published report. Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez surrendered his Massachusetts license in July 2006 after a state regulatory board accused him of providing unacceptable care to seven patients and of failing to report malpractice cases, the Chicago Tribune reported in Thursday editions...
Judge rules students can wear 'Hitler youth' buttons (09/21/07)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Two students in northern New Jersey can wear buttons featuring a picture of Hitler youth to protest a school uniform policy, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. sided with the parents of the students, who had been threatened with suspension last fall for wearing the buttons. However, the judge added in his ruling that the boys will not be allowed to distribute the buttons at school...
O.J. Simpson returns to Florida (09/21/07)
MIAMI -- O.J. Simpson slipped back into familiar territory early Thursday -- not just the sunny climate of South Florida, but into the center of a media cavalcade fixated on a robbery case that could send him to prison for years. At the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, Simpson refused to answer reporters' questions about the case, though girlfriend Christine Prody answered a question about how he was doing with: "He's fine."...
FBI agents taped Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens as part of corruption sting (09/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI, working with an Alaska oil contractor, secretly taped telephone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens as part of a public corruption sting, according to people close to the investigation. The secret recordings suggest the Justice Department was eyeing Stevens long before June, when the Republican senator first publicly acknowledged he was under scrutiny. At that time, it appeared Stevens was a new focus in a case that had already ensnared several state lawmakers...
Senate Democrats charge ahead with anti-war agenda (09/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats defiantly charged ahead Thursday with legislation ordering troops home from Iraq, still lacking the votes to win but armed with the mantra that Republicans, along with President Bush, now own the war. "They want this war more than they want to protect our soldiers," Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters. "When I say they want the war, they want to protect their president more than they want to protect our troops."...
Iranian president's request to visit ground zero turned down by police (09/21/07)
NEW YORK -- Almost everyone agrees Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't belong at ground zero. So who gets access these days to the 16-acre pit where the World Trade Center once anchored the Manhattan skyline, a slice of the city that many regard as hallowed ground?...
Bush: Agriculture Secretary Johanns to leave Cabinet (09/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush announced the resignation Thursday of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and immediately offered support for his anticipated campaign for a Senate seat from Nebraska. "If it's Mike's decision and Nebraska's choice, he would make an outstanding member of the United States Senate," Bush said Thursday, while announcing that Johanns had resigned as head of the Agriculture Department...
Kuwaiti builder of U.S. embassy in Baghdad accused of paying kickbacks (09/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Kuwaiti company building the U.S. embassy in Baghdad has been accused of agreeing to pay $200,000 in kickbacks in return for two unrelated Army contracts in Iraq. The scheme, outlined in a now-sealed court document obtained by The Associated Press, allegedly involved First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting and a manager for Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. or KBR, a firm hired to handle logistics for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan...
U.S. dollar reaches parity with the Canadian dollar (09/21/07)
NEW YORK -- For the first time since Gerald Ford was president, the loonie can buy as much as the greenback. The U.S. dollar's recent decline against the Canadian dollar, the euro, and even the Indian rupee, means Americans will pay more for imports and trips to Paris, Rome, Bangalore, India, and Toronto. It also may drive overseas demand for U.S. goods and help raise profits at U.S. multinational corporations...
Thousands rally for 6 black teens in La. (09/21/07)
JENA, La. -- Drawn by a case tinged with one of the most hated symbols of Old South racism -- a hangman's noose tied in an oak tree -- tens of thousands of protesters rallied Thursday against what they see as a double standard of prosecution for blacks and whites...
U.S. military official cites declining violence in Baghdad but says that's still not good enough (09/21/07)
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. second-in-command in Iraq said Thursday that violence was down in Baghdad following the seven-month security operation in Baghdad, but that too many civilians are still dying. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters that car bombs and suicide attacks in Baghdad have fallen to their lowest levels in a year, and civilian casualties have dropped from a high of about 32 to 12 per day. He also said violence in Baghdad had decreased 50 percent...
U.S. finds more acceptance in former insurgent bastion than do Iraqi soldiers (09/21/07)
Editor's note: An Associated Press reporter joined U.S. and Iraqi army troops patrolling Azamiyah to gauge the mood of the walled-off Sunni stronghold. By HAMZA HENDAWI The Associated Press BAGHDAD -- As the Americans patrol the Sunni Arab neighborhood of Azamiyah, people keep turning to them for help. One man asks them to bring in a fuel truck stopped by Iraqi troops. Another complains that Iraqi soldiers just beat up his brother...
Colombia extradites rebel leader to the U.S. on cocaine charges (09/21/07)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A captured guerrilla leader was extradited to the United States on drug charges Thursday, a case that may complicate efforts to negotiate freedom for hostages held by his rebel army. Erminso Cabrera is the first rebel to be extradited under a March 2006 indictment that accused 50 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, of supplying 60 percent of America's cocaine. Only two others are in custody and another is believed to have died in battle...
Pakistan presidential election set for Oct. 6 (09/21/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will seek a new five-year term in a presidential election set for Oct. 6, officials said Thursday, even as opponents urged the courts to stop him from running and vowed to quit Parliament in protest...
French President Sarkozy calls for stronger sanctions against Iran (09/21/07)
PARIS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy accused Iran directly of seeking nuclear weapons Thursday and suggested tougher sanctions against the Mideast nation. Sarkozy, who has toughened the French position on Iran since taking office in May, called the possibility of an Iranian bomb "unacceptable."...
Researchers: Neptune's south pole warmer than rest of planet (09/21/07)
PARIS -- Scientists say that Neptune, one of the coldest planets in the solar system, has a surprising warm spot -- relatively speaking. An international team of astronomers has found that Neptune's south pole is warmer than other parts of the planet...
Bin Laden message urges Pakistanis to overthrow president (09/21/07)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to wage holy war on their president Thursday, saying in a new recording that it was their religious duty to overthrow Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his alliance with the United States against Islamic militants...
Fighting spirit: Whether on a football field or in life, the Cottners are hard to tackle (09/21/07)
Perryville senior running back Kris Cottner still vividly remembers back in seventh grade when he learned that his father, Bill Cottner, had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time in nearly 13 years. "He picked me up from track practice one day, and he was being really quiet, and I asked him how his doctor's appointment went and he told me," Kris said. ...
Reinagel leads Bulldogs to 15-0 romp over Kennett (09/21/07)
The Notre Dame softball team continued its roll through the competition. The Bulldogs knocked off Kennett 15-0 on Thursday to improve to 18-0. Lauren Reinagel put on a show, not only in the circle, but also in the batter's box. She tossed a shutout to improve her record to 17-0 and also chipped in two hits...
Rookie Towles drives in 8 runs in Astros' 18-1 win over Cards (09/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie J.R. Towles went 4-for-4 with a franchise-record eight RBIs and the Houston Astros reached season highs in runs and hits in an 18-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. Towles hit a two-run double off Braden Looper (12-11) in the second to open the scoring. He added a two-run single in the fourth, an RBI double in the sixth and a bases-loaded walk in the eighth before hitting his first career homer in the ninth off Aaron Miles...
A glance at area football games: Week 4 (09/21/07)
Sikeston (2-1) at Jackson (3-0) Last week: Jackson 21, Vianney 7; Dexter 21, Sikeston 0. Last year's meeting: Jackson 49, Sikeston 0. Notes: Indians head coach Carl Gross emphasized that defense and special teams are the two areas in which his team has been strongest so far this season and must remain strong to continue its undefeated streak this week against Sikeston. ...
Tigers defeat St. Charles 51-33 for first victory (09/21/07)
It was third-and-18 with Central down a touchdown. Tigers quarterback Chase Johnson threw a short pass to Tyler McNabb, who was quickly hit by a St. Charles defender, well short of a first down. But McNabb had other ideas. He pitched the ball to the speedy Cantrell Andrews before falling to the turf...
Light's high finish gives boost to host Oak Ridge (09/21/07)
Oak Ridge's Garrett Light joined the cross country team last fall as a freshman to prepare himself for basketball -- his main sport. He thought running long distances would condition his body so he would gain the endurance to play more minutes on the court and go deeper into games...
Nine-time UFC champion on card for Saturday event (09/21/07)
Matt Hughes, the nine-time UFC welterweight champion, will make his way to Cape Girardeau this weekend. Hughes will sign autographs before the mixed martial arts fights at the A.G. Brase Arena Building on Saturday. "He's the biggest name in the UFC," fight promoter Paul Farwig said...
Irons pleads guilty to fraud (09/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- One of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Missouri history pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of wire fraud and mail fraud. Floyd Irons entered the plea in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in connection with real estate purchases he made in 2005. He could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Restitution is mandatory...
Arbitrators rule against former Tour de France champ (09/21/07)
PARIS -- Floyd Landis lost his expensive and explosive doping case Thursday when arbitrators upheld the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory. The decision means Landis, who repeatedly has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, must forfeit his Tour de France title and is subject to a two-year ban, retroactive to Jan. 30, 2007...
Duncan undergoes surgery for hernia (09/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a sports hernia and will miss the rest of the season. The team said Duncan's rehab should take about 10 weeks. Duncan, who has had limited playing time this month, batted .259 with 21 homers and 70 RBIs in 127 games. He's the son of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan and brother of Yankees outfielder Shelly Duncan, who also has a sports hernia...
Major tours agree on drug policy (09/21/07)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Golf begrudgingly joined the new world of sport Thursday when leaders from its most influential organizations signed off on an anti-doping policy with hopes of proving its players are clean. Drug testing could begin as early as next spring, although details such as when to test and any penalties are still being worked out...
Welcome to the neXt new thing. (09/21/07)
Next Friday you'll see the same thing you see here: the voices and faces of teenagers in Southeast Missouri coming out with opinions on topics that affect them. With some additions to the Southeast Missourian's publications, we shifted our feature pages. The Class of 2morrow was scrapped in favor of this newer, more focused and relevant page. Look for more pictures of high school events, more announcements of activities in the area and more input from you, the next generation...
The right way (09/21/07)
"Harder, better, faster, stronger." They aren't just lyrics in a Daft Punk song recently sampled by Kanye West. It's what every high school athlete hears in competition. Personal training and coordinated training programs for high school sports teams now supplement general practices. Coaches and health experts want to make sure, though, that those programs are the only supplements athletes are using...
The Voice Box 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
What do you think about the use of human growth hormones or steroids in sports? "I guess it's bad because it's cheating, and it makes the people who don't use it have to work harder to do well." Russell Hoffman, senior, at Central High School "Steroids give an unfair advantage to players who use them. I don't agree with it, especially in competition, because not everyone starts out physically at the same level."...
Science experiment: Make a mini hovercraft (09/21/07)
Ingredients Pencil Instructions STEP 1: Using a pencil, punch a hole in the middle of your cardboard disk. STEP 2: Line up the hole in the middle of your cardboard disk with the hole in your spool. Glue the spool to the cardboard disc. STEP 3: Stretch a balloon over the top of the spool...
Memory is overrated anyway (09/21/07)
It is painful to realize that you've remembered something important, and what you've remembered is that you have forgotten something important. Go ahead. Munch on your Wheat Chex for a minute while that sinks in. It's one of those classic good news-bad news situations. As I grow more age-advantaged, I am having more and more encounters with memory lapses...
William Suffern (09/21/07)
William "Bill" Suffern, 69, of Jackson died Thursday, Sept. 20 at his home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Evalene Thomas (09/21/07)
Evalene "Lena" Thomas, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Heartland Care Center. She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Humboldt, Tenn., daughter of Chester and Mary Hicks. She married Walter Thomas, who preceded her in death. Thomas was formerly of Portageville, Mo...
Ruthann Meade (09/21/07)
GORHAM, Ill. -- Ruthann Meade, 46, of Gorham died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born July 7, 1961, in Newport, R.I., daughter of Carl Vernell and Shirley Mae West Williams. She and Stephen K. Meade were married Dec. 2, 1994, in Cobden, Ill...
Wayne Keathley (09/21/07)
Leonard Wayne Keathley, 87, of Van Buren, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girar-deau. He was born March 16, 1920, in Brunot, Mo., son of Benjamin Harrison and Lelah Hunter Keathley. He and Margaret Caroline Williams were married Aug. 25, 1940, at Licking, Mo...
Births 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
Sheridan; Gramlisch; Daniels; Pena; Begemann; Hemby; Sitzes; McKee; Thomas; Haynes; Kiefer; Green; Young
Cape fire report 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
n At 5:59 p.m., emergency medical service at 800 N. Kings-highway. n At 2:11 p.m., emergency medical service at the unit block of Doctors Park. n At 9:12 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Evergreen Drive. n At 3:12 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of North Sprigg Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrest; Summonses
Out of the past 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
Two Cotton Belt Railroad trains, operated by Cotton Belt supervisors because of the nationwide strike by locomotive engineers, collided with each other near Randles yesterday morning, when the first engine failed to stop on a main line to let the other onto a siding...
Correction (09/21/07)
The House Ways and Means subcommittee urges all taxpayers denied earned Social Security to write a detailed letter explaining how the loss of promised Social Security benefits will affect their retirement. Letters should be sent to members of Congress who represent those affected, which varies according to where they reside. ...
Corrections 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
n Due to an editing error, Linda Godwin was misidentified in Thursday's story about the "Missouri Wall of Fame" rededication. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. n A health brief in Tuesday's paper was incorrect due to a source error. It should have listed Shelia Midgett-Haertling as the girls junior varsity basketball coach at Jackson High School...
The Constitution (09/21/07)
It's a good thing schools observe Constitution Day. Here's why: Sample questions about the U.S. Constitution that were published with an article in the Southeast Missourian earlier this week shows that even those who thought they were familiar with the document and its amendments aren't particularly well-informed...
Speak Out 9/21/07 (09/21/07)
Speed increase; Final honor; Fat receipts; Road needs repairs; Driving dangers; Out of touch; Smoking at the fair; Complain about dog; Crosstown mail; E-mail records; Scrunched fair; Fitting tribute; Engineered grass; Helping the mail; Lacking grammar; Keep them in line; Street work
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