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Prediction: Overnight thunderstorms, possible tornado (10/17/07)
The National Weather Service is asking Southeast Missourians to go to bed prepared tonight. Forecasters expect big storms to roll through, peaking around 3 a.m. "We're talking very strong winds and potential for tornadoes," said Dan Spaeth, meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Paducah, Ky., office...
Debut display for River Campus' Crisp Museum (10/17/07)
After six years of researching, developing and agonizing over details, museum director Dr. Stanley Grand will be able to step back. Grand's debut of the Crisp Museum, featuring archaeology, regional history and exhibit space for fine art, is Saturday. Dr. John Hainsworth, the owner of the Hainsworth Collection, will speak at the museum's grand opening at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Hainsworth Collection is the first traveling exhibit on display...
Cape pool reopens, then closes because of pH level (10/17/07)
The water is back in Central Municipal Pool, and a temporary motor and pump have been installed. Now parks and recreation workers face the task that stymies many pool owners -- balancing the pH level. Cape Girardeau parks and recreation director Dan Muser said the pool was opened Monday but closed before the day was out to adjust chemicals in the water...
Patton man charged in death of mother (10/17/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- A Patton man has been charged in the events surrounding the death of his mother. Eric Lichte, 58, faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse. Sgt. Eric Sarakas of the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department and Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings went to the Lichte residence Thursday to investigate the death of Wanda Lichte, 83, also of Patton, according to a probable-cause statement filed Friday...
Two men charged in Sikeston shooting; more arrests expected (10/17/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Scott County prosecutor Paul Boyd has filed charges against two men in connection with Monday's shooting in Sikeston. Eric Johnson, 18, and Mark Williamson, 19, both of Sikeston, were arrested for a drive-by shooting that sent Josh Jones, 22, to the Missouri Delta Medical Center...
St. Vincent instructor wins Wal-Mart award (10/17/07)
Dianna Lynne Karnes almost didn't make it to a surprise assembly in her honor Tuesday. On her way to the gym, one of her first-grade students at St. Vincent de Paul School tripped and busted his lip. She eventually made it to the assembly, where a bewildered Karnes was declared the Missouri teacher of the year. She thought she was coming to the assembly for a state ceremony...
Schedule of River Campus events (10/17/07)
Nearly a decade of work will culminate this weekend with the grand opening of Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. Tours of the campus are on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and a dedication will occur at 3 p.m. Sunday. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will make speeches...
AmerenUE offers free light bulbs at conservation talk (10/17/07)
Southeast Missourian AmerenUE is offering area residents a little bonus for their views on how the utility company should spend $13 million annually on energy conservation -- a free compact fluorescent light bulb. The free bulbs, which save energy and last up to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, will be given to each person who comes to the company's energy conservation workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Osage Community Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway...
Ties between lawmaker, tycoon worry residents (10/17/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Political and social ties between Lebanon tycoon Robert Plaster and state Speaker of the House Rod Jetton are adding to concerns among some Stone County residents that influence played a part in an ongoing Table Rock Lake land use controversy...
Zoning board compares suggestions (10/17/07)
The only item on today's planning and zoning advisory commission agenda is the draft comprehensive plan. The commissioners will focus on the specific projects and priorities recommended by the St. Louis-based planning consulting company Arcturis. On Monday, commission chairman Charlie Haubold told the city council his board will identify the similarities and differences among Arcturis' nine major recommendations and projects slated by the third round of Transportation Trust Fund plan...
Scott City takes look at sewer rates (10/17/07)
The Scott City government will soon examine raising the rates it charges to water and sewer customers, a change the city's mayor said hasn't occurred during his time in city government -- at least eight years. Currently residential customers in Scott City pay 20 cents per hundred gallons of water (with a minimum charge of $6). ...
Blunt seeks $4 million to fund help under new sexual assault bill (10/17/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt said Wednesday that he will ask the Legislature for about $4 million to fund rape exams that had been billed to women or their health insurers until Missouri recently changed its law. Blunt signed a bill in July that aimed to improve protection for victims of domestic and sexual abuse and make it easier for them to report the crime...
Judge rules Mo. meeting school spending requirement (10/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state judge has ruled that Missouri is exceeding its constitutional requirement for public school spending. Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has dismissed a lawsuit brought by public schools claiming Missouri fails to provide enough money to schools and distributes that money unfairly...
Hospitals to partner for paired kidney exchange (10/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Prestigious hospitals in St. Louis and Baltimore are teaming up to expand the relatively new practice of kidney swapping, and in the process create a national blueprint for long-distance transplants. For months now, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore have been comparing and analyzing each other's lists of people who need kidneys and those who have offered to give them one, but whose blood type or tissue are incompatible...
Illinois schools grapple with awkward moment-of-silence law (10/17/07)
CHICAGO -- Opponents say it's an end run around the Constitution and amounts to school prayer. Supporters insist it's simply what the law says it is: A moment of silence. Whatever the case, hundreds of public schools in Illinois are grappling with the practicalities of new legislation that requires a brief period of silence in every classroom at the start of every school day...
Missouri man in jail after he allegedly set wife on fire (10/17/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man was in jail Tuesday for allegedly dousing his wife with gasoline in bed and setting her on fire. Antonio Lamarr Draper, 26, is charged with felony first-degree domestic assault. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Monday and does not yet have a lawyer, according to court records. He was being held Tuesday in lieu of a $250,000 bond...
Survey: Ties with drug companies pervasive among med school chiefs (10/17/07)
CHICAGO -- Nearly two-thirds of academic leaders surveyed at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals have financial ties to industry, illustrating how pervasive these relationships have become, researchers say. Serving as paid consultants or accepting industry money for free meals and drinks were among the most common practices reported by the heads of academic departments...
U.S. deaths from deadly drug-resistant staph may surpass deaths caused by AIDS (10/17/07)
CHICAGO -- More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph "superbug," the government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ. Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. The report shows just how far one form of the staph germ has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting...
Woman cited for yelling obscenities at her toilet (10/17/07)
SCRANTON, Pa. -- Talk about a potty mouth. A Scranton woman who allegedly shouted profanities at her overflowing toilet within earshot of a neighbor was cited for disorderly conduct, authorities said. Dawn Herb could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300...
Business briefs 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
Oil futures top $88 a barrel, a record NEW YORK -- Oil futures rallied to a record of more than $88 a barrel Tuesday on concerns about disruptions to Middle Eastern crude supplies and a growing view that domestic supplies aren't sufficient to meet fourth-quarter demand. ...
Bombings strike Baghdad, north Iraq (10/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- An explosives-laden sewage truck blew up near a police station and a car bomb struck an Iraqi army checkpoint Tuesday -- attacks that bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida and showed extremists can still hit hard despite recent gains by U.S.-led forces...
Top Communists in China hold talks behind closed doors (10/17/07)
BEIJING -- China's ruling Communist Party offered the media a rare glimpse of two rising political stars Tuesday, giving them a chance to show themselves as self-effacing, businesslike and worthy for promotion to the senior leadership. The public appearances by Li Keqiang and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a major party congress were likely no coincidence, given the secretive party's penchant for carefully stage-managed public events. ...
Indonesia orders evacuation of thousands from Mount Kelud (10/17/07)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian authorities Tuesday ordered the evacuation of nearly 30,000 people from the rumbling slopes of Mount Kelud, warning of an imminent eruption from the volcano that killed thousands in 1990. All people living within six miles of the 5,679-foot peak must evacuate, and authorities began transporting some out of the danger zone, said Surono, a top scientist at the government-run volcanology center who uses only one name...
Scientists exploring deep sea basin off the Philippines discover rare marine species (10/17/07)
MANILA, Philippines -- Scientists exploring a deep ocean basin in search of species isolated for millions of years found marine life believed to be previously undiscovered, including a tentacled orange worm and an unusual black jellyfish. Project leader Dr. Larry Madin said Tuesday that U.S. and Philippine scientists collected about 100 specimens in a search in the Celebes Sea south of the Philippines...
Casey Kern, Kelly softball (10/17/07)
The Kelly softball team is returning to the state final four for a second straight year, playing Friday in Columbia at the Rainbow Softball Complex. It is the 11th time in school history the Hawks have made it to this round of the playoffs. And the team play of first baseman Casey Kern is one important reason Kelly is still in contention for its third state title...
Kelly starting pitcher remains a mystery in playoffs (10/17/07)
It's 30 minutes before a postseason game begins and Kelly softball coach Rhonda Ratledge continues to mull over one of the most important pregame decisions. Who's going to be her starting pitcher? Jessica Riley and Heather Beggs both warm up like they're going to get the nod. They admit their coach never tips her hand to reveal which way she's leaning...
Central volleyball defeats Rams (10/17/07)
Wendi Zickfield put down 14 kills to lead the Central volleyball team to a 2-1 victory against Scott City on Tuesday. Angela Morton and Rita Walter added seven kills apiece for the Tigers (18-9-3). Game scores were 25-11, 23-25, 25-16. Katie Scholl had 24 assists and Taylor Kirn had eight kills for Central...
Game, set, match: Slattery era to end (10/17/07)
A group of Central tennis players, parents and fans stood at the top of the stairs of the Woodsmill Racquet Club in St. Louis County on Saturday afternoon, waiting to greet Tigers coach Annette Slattery. As she finally came into view, a round of applause began and grew for the beloved coach who had just finished coaching her final match for the team in an illustrious 25-year career...
Osborne returns as interim AD (10/17/07)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The future of Nebraska football is in the hands of its patriarch. Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne returned to Nebraska on Tuesday as interim athletic director, a day after the firing of Steve Pederson. The 70-year-old Osborne will determine whether Bill Callahan stays or goes as Nebraska coach, but he won't make the decision until after the season...
Callahan claims he has no plan to resign (10/17/07)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A day after the man who hired him was fired, embattled Nebraska coach Bill Callahan insisted he won't be resigning anytime soon. Callahan said Tuesday that he didn't know how the dismissal of athletic director Steve Pederson would affect his job status. The fourth-year coach said he was saddened by Pederson's firing, but he sidestepped questions about whether he felt responsible for it...
Holmes will practice with Chiefs (10/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Running back Priest Holmes will practice today for the first time since a severe head and neck injury in 2005, and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards repeated Tuesday there's a chance Holmes could play at Oakland. The Chiefs traded backup running back Michael Bennett to Tampa Bay for draft picks Tuesday, creating a hole behind starter Larry Johnson and speculation that the Chiefs might activate Holmes in time for Sunday's game against the Raiders...
Garcia helps fix broken Bucs (10/17/07)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Gruden never stopped believing. It took the coach three years to finally land the quarterback he felt could be a quick fix for Tampa Bay's sputtering offense. Jeff Garcia has rewarded the persistence by leading the Buccaneers to a surprising 4-2 start...
Rockies earn eight-day break with sweep of Diamondbacks (10/17/07)
DENVER -- Hurry up and wait. That's the latest chapter of the Colorado Rockies' incredible run through the postseason. With their 21st win in 22 games, the relentless Rockies beat the rattled Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 in Game 4 on Monday night to sweep the NL championship series at chilly Coors Field...
Vegan baking today better than it sounds (10/17/07)
Not so long ago, most Americans considered vegan desserts an oxymoron. But thanks to new and better ingredients, as well as improved availability, the last decade has seen a revolution in the world of egg- and dairy-free baking. "In the old days, you'd think of vegan baking as whole-wheat flour and fruit-based sweeteners and grains, sort of like a reflection of vegan food from the '70s," said Colleen Holland, associate publisher of VegNews magazine...
SHE magazine looking for entries for holiday bake-off (10/17/07)
Think your cookies take the cake? SHE magazine is teaming up with Southeast Missourian features editor Chris Harris for a holiday baking blowout. Enter your favorite cookie recipe in our Holiday Best contest by e-mailing the recipe to she@semissourian.com. ...
Kitchen islands can express individuality (10/17/07)
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the island is the heart of the kitchen. And the latest designs have a lot of heart, aiming to offer not just a place to cook, but also a place to express the cook's personality. Here are some types of cooks and what may suit them:...
Around your house 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
Turns out it's OK to play with your food. Three new food-centric games aim to make mealtime -- or at least talking about it -- fun. "Foodie Fight" is a simple, culinary trivia game in which players answer a variety of questions (such as "What shape is a Japanese tamago omelet pan?), trying to be the first to get a set number of correct answers (Answer: It's square). ...
Bedtime reading brings back childhood breakfast recipes (10/17/07)
When I was growing up on the farm in rural Illinois, we ate a variety of great foods every day. Given that my mother had to feed six children day after day, I know she had to be creative. One thing she made a was a blend or mixture of scrambled eggs and pancake batter, then cooked it much like scrambled eggs and we ate it with syrup. Back then, we called it smardin. I don't even know if I spelled that correctly, because I had never seen a recipe for it, until now...
Steps for newly seeded lawns (10/17/07)
After this stressful growing season, cool season lawns have suffered. Many gardeners have reseeded their cool season lawns. Each part of the process -- spreading seed and fertilizer, verticutting and watering -- had to be performed correctly so that the lawn makes a comeback...
Brian Brown (10/17/07)
Brian Brown, 49, of Scott City died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1958, in Peoria, Ill., son of Benny Joe and Betty Yvonne Diamond Brown. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Joe Riley. He and Debra Jean Calhoun were married Feb. 14, 2003, at Benton, Mo...
Alice Curtis (10/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Alice M. Curtis, 94, of Chaffee died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Feb. 15, 1913, at Jaywye, Mo., daughter of John Edward and Bertha Sandy Garrison. She and Robert E. Curtis Sr. were married Oct. 5, 1929. He died July 29, 1989...
Dorothy Taylor (10/17/07)
Dorothy A. Taylor, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at her residence. She was born Aug. 13, 1919, at Gideon, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Paul Shirley (10/17/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- Paul Crawford Shirley, 91, of Blytheville, Ark., formerly of Patton, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. He was born March 4, 1916, at Patton, son of Joseph J. and Cora E. Linton Shirley. He and Pauline Kaiser were married Aug. 4, 1943...
Rose Parker (10/17/07)
Rose M. Parker, 43, of O'Fallon, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born April 1, 1964, in Charleston, Mo., daughter of J.L. and Betty Parker Lawrence. Parker was a 1982 graduate of Charleston High School, and a graduate of Metro Business College. She was a project leader at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and a member of Greater Dimension Ministries...
Glen Richards (10/17/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Glen Raymond Richards, 56, of Easton, Pa., formerly of Mounds, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Triumph Hospital in Easton. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at Center Methodist Church near Olmsted, Ill. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Revs. Russell East and Jesse McPherson officiating. Burial will be in Cache Chapel Cemetery east of Ullin, Ill...
James Lilliker (10/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James Michael Lilliker, 60, of Rolla, Mo., passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. He was born Aug. 3, 1947, in Chaffee, to Robert and Marie Minor Lilliker. He married Marlene Storey Dec. 30, 1992. Mike was a guidance counselor for public schools in several Missouri locations. He was very civically involved in the communities in which he lived, especially programs directed toward teenagers that helped them reach their full potential. He loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman...
Edna Caldwell (10/17/07)
Edna F. Caldwell, 97, of Rolla, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. She was born March 10, 1910, at Benton, Mo., daughter of James W. and May Harbinson Farris. Edna was united in marriage to Emory Caldwell of Commerce, Mo., March 21, 1942. He preceded her in death July 23, 1972...
Births 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
Sheppard; Gardner; Little; Stewart; Aufdenberg; Shoemaker
Cape/Jackson fire report 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
n At 12:19 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Main Street. n At 5:04 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 7:28 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Ellis Street. n At 10:14 a.m., emergency medical service in the 3100 block of Westfield Drive...
Cape/Jackson police report 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
Arrests; Summonses; Theft
Out of the past 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
First Church of the Nazarene celebrates its 50th anniversary; a basket dinner is held at noon, and in the afternoon, the Rev. Paul Aldrich, a former pastor, now of Troy, Ohio, delivers the sermon; a history of the Cape Girardeau church has been compiled...
This and that (10/17/07)
Last Thursday Teen Challenge of Mid-America (located just outside Cape Girardeau's city limits) held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of its new Lincoln Education Center. Also, Cliff Ford, chairman of the capital campaign, announced the goal of $2.3 million (which includes funding for two additional buildings) had been reached. Dedication for the entire project has been set for March 8...
Central marches on (10/17/07)
For the first time in school history, the Central High School marching band has won its first four competitions, already securing the honor of posting the most successful season ever. Even if it doesn't win first place at the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival on Oct. 27, the band will tie the school standard reached in 1997, when the band won four of its five competitions...
Headed for a great depression (10/17/07)
To the editor:You printed "The shrinking deficit" from The Wall Street Journal. The author brags about the reduced deficit while ignoring the continued massive increase in the public debt. This debt continues to propel our nation toward our first great depression since the early 1930s...
Tribute to three wonderful people (10/17/07)
To the editor:My life has changed with the loss of three wonderful people. Jimmy Foster passed away Oct. 2. He was a Shriner, and I will never forget him working in his yard even though he was in his 90s. He prided himself on his tomato garden. Jimmy could not be fooled, though. Ken Myles and I mowed his yard while he and his wife were at church, but somehow he always knew we did it...
Our help needs to start at home (10/17/07)
To the editor:My friend is in her 40s and is working two part-time jobs. She would love a full-time job. She is doing the best she can, but she needed some assistance. She applied for food stamps. Considering the fact that she has to pay rent, buy gasoline to get to and from work and pay utilities, she received $10 in food stamps for a whole month. Big deal. At least she's not collecting welfare...
Move Over law promotes safety (10/17/07)
To the editor:Anyone who has taken a Missouri driver's test should be familiar with the law requiring a driver to yield to an emergency vehicle. In 2002 Missouri passed the Move Over law, and in 2006 penalties were increased due to four traffic-related deaths of Missouri emergency workers...
Speak Out 10/17/07 (10/17/07)
Look in the mirror; No stamp machines; Church fairness; Wonderful organization; Taking the street; Liberal spin; History and politics; Street opposition; And in second place; Paying and paying
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