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Stories from Friday, November 23, 2007

Historic homes in the region to open their doors for holiday tours (11/23/07)
Touring historic homes puts some people in the mood for the holidays, and the chance to take such tours is nearby. People will soon have the opportunity to tour such home in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Cairo, Ill. Cape Girardeau The Glenn House, an 1883 Victorian mansion at 325 S. ...
Turkey day transportation (11/23/07)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Two turkeys, a ham, stuffing, three pumpkin pies, sisters, nieces, distant relatives -- and Gene Underwood was at his sister's house to see all of it on Thanksgiving Day. Underwood, 79, lives in Golden Living in Bloomfield, Mo. Arthritis keeps him confined to a wheelchair and unable to walk, even with assistance. But he was able to go home for Thanksgiving thanks to the Stoddard County Ambulance District's Home for the Holidays program...
Registry slows license, plate applications (11/23/07)
Drivers in Cape Girardeau County trying to renew their license or license plates may experience trouble. Service outages to the National Driver Register are slowing the processing of driver's license applications, while online license plate renewal for county residents is not possible this year because the computer system used by the county collector is outdated...
Ex-auditor will run for Cape County commission (11/23/07)
Weldon Macke moved from the fence to the field this week, announcing he is definitely seeking a return to county government as the District 1 commissioner for Cape Girardeau County. Macke, a former county auditor, had been considering the contest for the seat being vacated by 15-year commission veteran Larry Bock, citing financial concerns as the source of his reluctance. ...
Jackson water bills to rise (11/23/07)
The free water in Jackson is drying up. On Monday, Jackson's board of aldermen agreed to eliminate a provision giving each household 1,000 gallons of free water each month. Jim Roach, the city's administrator, said some of the money would be used to maintain the city's three water towers and build a fourth. In December, city officials will likely review a 10-year maintenance plan for the water tower work, he said...
Gravy and rolls (11/23/07)
Traditional holiday drive (11/23/07)
Cape man charged with robbery (11/23/07)
Police arrested a Cape Girardeau man after a robbery on South Sprigg Street early Thanksgiving Day. David Dwight Evans, 43, is being held at the Cape Girardeau City Jail on a $75,000 bond. He was charged with second-degree robbery. According to the probable-cause statement, Evans hit the the store clerk at Rhodes 101 and took $739.98 from the cash register at around 5:45 a.m. Police arrested Evans in the 500 block of Frederick Street at about 6:40 a.m...
Former Dexter man films NFL game from the air (11/23/07)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Former Dexter resident Larry Wallace went to Atlanta to see the Falcons play the Indianapolis Colts. But he wasn't in the stands. Wallace works for Wolfe Air of Burbank, Calif., a company that specializes in aerial video footage. Working as a corporate pilot, Wallace was covering Thursday's NFL game from the air for ABC as part of an eight-game contract...
Downed limbs increase risk of wildfires in Missouri (11/23/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ten months after an ice storm knocked down tree limbs and branches around Missouri, much of the debris is still on the ground. And now that the limbs and branches have dried out, firefighters are worried about the potential for wildfires...
DWI charge filed against State Sen. Graham (11/23/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- One month after he was arrested, State Senator Chuck Graham of Columbia has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Prosecutors lodged the charge Wednesday, and Graham's attorney filed a motion to move the case to Callaway County...
Employee gets $15,000 after helping customer (11/23/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City grocery store employee received a $15,000 check after making the extra effort to help a customer. Eva Betts, who works at Cosentinos Market in the Brookside district, got the check and a letter from Carl Hanzeilious, a customer in his 90s who recently died...
Eastern Missouri city passes Internet harassment measure (11/23/07)
DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. -- City officials in this eastern Missouri community unanimously passed a measure Wednesday night making online harassment a crime, just days after learning that a 13-year-old resident killed herself last year after receiving cruel messages on the Internet...
Woman charged with kidnapping mother, 95 (11/23/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A California woman is facing kidnapping and other charges in Missouri after taking her 95-year-old mother away from Jasper County custody. Delores Forste says her mother, Emma France, formerly of Carthage, Mo., was hospitalized against her will and then made a ward of the county public administrator's office...
Dems' proposal on Iraq would likely leave tens of thousands of troops there (11/23/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Democrats' flagship proposal on Iraq is aimed at bringing most troops home. Yet if enacted, the law would still allow for tens of thousands of U.S. troops to stay deployed for years to come. This reality -- readily acknowledged by Democrats who say it's still their best shot at curbing the nearly five-year war -- has drawn the ire of anti-war groups and bolstered President Bush's prediction that the United States will most likely wind up maintaining a hefty long-term presence in Iraq, much like in South Korea.. ...
Bush calls service members while at Camp David for Thanksgiving (11/23/07)
CAMP DAVID, Md. -- President Bush, who visited troops in Iraq on Thanksgiving after the U.S. invasion in 2003, called several servicemen and women Thursday to extend best wishes and say it was "the least I can do." Three of those receiving holiday greetings are in the Army, two are Marines, three are in the Air Force, two serve in the Coast Guard and two in the Navy. The troops called are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and aboard ship, said White House press secretary Dana Perino...
University of Calif. wins right to oust tree-sitters determined to save oaks (11/23/07)
BERKELEY, Calif. -- University of California officials have won the legal right to oust a band of tree-sitters who've taken up residence in an oak grove standing in the way of a planned sports center. But how do you uproot a tree-sitter in Berkeley, one of America's most politically correct cities?...
Retailers open doors, offer online deals on Thanksgiving (11/23/07)
NEW YORK -- The start of the holiday shopping season crept earlier into Thursday as retailers lured shoppers to stores and online ahead of the traditional Black Friday kick-off. For the second year in a row, CompUSA Inc. opened its doors on Thanksgiving, with stores scheduled to open at 9 p.m., except in Massachusetts where local laws preclude holiday hours. CompUSA also added an extra incentive for consumers this year by providing pumpkin pie for those in line...
Breeders hope to resurrect American chestnut (11/23/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Growing up in the 1920s, Bill Lord remembers feasting on the sweet, rich nuts of American chestnut trees -- the majestic species that a fungus would soon all but wipe out. More than a half-century after the prolific nut-producer became little more than the stuff of holiday songs, Lord is now part of a far-flung network of volunteers working to return the so-called "Redwood of the East" to the forests it once dominated...
Shooter says he mistook cow for coyote (11/23/07)
COLFAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A man says he shot and killed a neighbor's cow after mistaking it for a coyote. Authorities and the owner are skeptical. The undersheriff in northern Michigan's Benzie County says he doesn't see how anyone could confuse a 1,400-pound, pregnant cow with a coyote, which typically weighs 20 to 45 pounds...
Butterfly naming rights draw $40K bid (11/23/07)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A butterfly species discovered in a Florida museum has a new name after an anonymous bidder paid $40,800 for naming rights in order to honor a woman who died in 1972. The butterfly's common name will be the Minerva owl butterfly. It's being named after the late Margery Minerva Blythe Kitzmiller of Malvern, Ohio...
French rail workers vote to end strike, helping president retool France (11/23/07)
PARIS -- A transport strike that has crippled France for nine days in open defiance of President Nicolas Sarkozy's reform agenda was in its last gasp Thursday as rail workers around the country voted "yes" to return to the job. The collapse of the strikes a day after the start of negotiations suggested defeat for labor unions -- and could clear the way for the president's ambitious program to retool France...
Pakistani opposition leader plans new return from exile (11/23/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif will make another attempt to return from exile, his party said Thursday, setting up a new confrontation with President Gen. Pervez Musharraf before Pakistan's critical parliamentary elections. With Saudi leaders appearing to back Sharif's desire to leave Saudi Arabia, Musharraf appeared to have few options for fending off the return of a former prime minister who would also challenge pro-Western Benazir Bhutto in her bid to return to power as premier.. ...
Suspected al-Qaida fighters attack Sunnis in Baghdad (11/23/07)
BAGHDAD -- Al-Qaida militants commandeered Iraqi army vehicles and then attacked U.S.-backed Sunni fighters in south Baghdad during a fierce gunbattle that left 18 people dead Thursday, police and local Sunnis said. Later Thursday, mortars or rockets slammed into the U.S.-protected Green Zone -- dramatizing warnings by senior American commanders that extremists still pose a threat to Iraq's fragile security despite the downturn in violence...
Missouri's coach stopped worrying about minor details (11/23/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Earlier in his career, an unexpected windfall like third-ranked Missouri's sudden rise to the top of the college football heap simply would have ratcheted up the pressure for Gary Pinkel. The Tigers' coach is a lot warmer and fuzzier these days, even with the biggest game of his life looming and perhaps more biggest games of his life ahead. ...
Rivalry traces its roots to Civil War (11/23/07)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- William Quantrill crossed into Kansas from Missouri and attacked at first light. With orders to kill every male old enough to carry a gun, his raiders dragged men as old as 90 and boys as young as 14 out of their homes and stood them up and shot them while horrified mothers and wives looked on. They slaughtered, pillaged, looted and burned...
Kansas, Missouri both play nearly mistake-free (11/23/07)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- How sadly ironic it will be if turnovers or penalties decide the Missouri-Kansas showdown Saturday night. All year long, these two have managed to play remarkably error-free football. Avoiding foolish mistakes and costly turnovers is a major reason the old rivals are 21-1 between them heading into the biggest, grandest game in the colorful history of a 116-year-old rivalry...
Redhawks to face former power (11/23/07)
The first two games of the Chicago Invitational Challenge were rough on the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team. Southeast suffered lopsided losses as a heavy underdog at Xavier (90-59) and Illinois State (90-71) to open the season. The final two games of the eight-team event figure to offer the Redhawks (2-2) a much better chance at success...
Southeast heads west for a pair (11/23/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will try to keep its season-opening winning streak intact a long way from home. Southeast is in Las Cruces, N.M., where it will participate in the New Mexico State Thanksgiving Classic. The Redhawks, who are 4-0 for the first time in the program's Division I history, play Texas State (2-1) at 5 p.m. today and Northern Colorado (2-1) at 5 p.m. Saturday...
Manning, Colts romp past Falcons (11/23/07)
ATLANTA -- Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts looked more like themselves Thursday night. All it took was a trip to Atlanta. Manning threw three touchdown passes, Anthony Gonzalez had 105 yards receiving and the defending Super Bowl champions, after getting stunned with 10 quick points by the Falcons, rebounded for a 31-13 victory...
Cowboys handle Jets with ease (11/23/07)
IRVING, Texas -- Of all the great players and great teams the Dallas Cowboys have had, Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the 2007 club are the first to start 10-1. And if 10-1 Green Bay wasn't up next, the Cowboys might be able to savor such an accomplishment...
Bonds' childhood chum, former girlfriend set to testify against him (11/23/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' penchant for turning longtime friends into bitter enemies might come back to hurt him in at least two significant ways at trial. First, there's Steve Hoskins. He was once Bonds' closest friend and served as best man at the slugger's first wedding...
Favre sets another record as Packers roll past Lions (11/23/07)
DETROIT -- Brett Favre sported a white T-shirt, carpenter's pants and a scruffy beard. It was the only time he looked like just another guy on Thanksgiving. Favre set a Green Bay record with 20 consecutive completions and finished with a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 37-26 victory over the slumping Detroit Lions...
Busy Angels acquire Hunter (11/23/07)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New Los Angeles Angels general manager Tony Reagins has been busy this week, and there may be more wheeling and dealing on the way. The Angels agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with free agent center fielder Torii Hunter on Wednesday, two days after they traded shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland...
Johnson dominated down the stretch to repeat at champ (11/23/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- From Junior to Jeff and Jimmie, the 2007 Nextel Cup season belonged to three different drivers for very different reasons. Dale Earnhardt Jr. waged a public battle with his stepmother for control of his late father's company, and when his coup failed, he became the hottest free agent in NASCAR history. His decisions started a domino effect, and the winners and losers won't be known for years...
All I want ... (11/23/07)
"Dear Santa, "This year for Christmas I want a pony ..." If only it were that simple. In today's world, teens want to stay connected to friends or be able to disconnect from their surroundings. Some gadgets to help you out: a laptop to take anywhere and be able to do homework or just take a break to goof off with a game, an iPod to drown out siblings or school bus noise, or how about a car so you don't even have to deal with bus drama anymore?...
Hooked on science: Naked egg (11/23/07)
What happens when you remove the shell from around an egg? The contents inside ooze out all over the place, right? Actually, no. Here's an experiment that will amaze your entire family. Ingredients n 2 uncooked eggs n 2 cups of vinegar n 1 tall drinking glass...
Hot games for the holiday list (11/23/07)
"Rock Band Special Edition" The originators of the "Guitar Hero" series have now conceived one of the most expensive video games in recent memory. For about half the price of a new Xbox 360 console, you get a faux Fender Stratocaster, a four-piece plastic drum set with foot pedal, wooden drum sticks and a microphone for belting our your ultimate rock anthem. ...
Next up 11/23/07 (11/23/07)
Friday Open Mic Night: Broadway Books and Roasting Co., 7:30 p.m. Open Mic: Jackson Sports Grill, 8 to 11 p.m. SATURDAY Santa Express: Iron Mountain Railway, Jackson, 1 p.m. Let's Dance Sound System with Irene Reynolds: Cape Girardeau Eagles, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m...
The amazing story of Paul Potts (11/23/07)
Bill Needham stopped by one day this week. Bill and I don't know each other very well, but we share one thing -- that I know of -- other than the color of our hair: We both love the opera. The opera. Sounds pretentious, doesn't it? I suppose that's because there are some folks who try to make more out of opera than it really is. ...
Pittsburgh unveils new dinosaur exhibit (11/23/07)
PITTSBURGH -- An Apatosaurus rears its head in anger, swinging its tail wildly, determined to prevent the predatory Allosaurus from attacking its baby. From behind, a second Allosaur bounds toward the scene, intent on helping his mate secure a snack...
Alvin Farrow (11/23/07)
Alvin "Duke" Farrow, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, son of George and Emma Perry Farrow. He and Clara Ussery were married June 20, 1953, at Advance, Mo...
Arkie Wilbur (11/23/07)
Arkie M. Wilbur, 93, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 7, 1914, in Salem, Ark., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Margaret Wren Pickren. She married Merriett Gist Wilbur, who died April 8, 1971...
Thomas Boston III (11/23/07)
Thomas Henry Boston III, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Greenville, Mo., son of Thomas Henry and Francis Irene Jones Boston, II. He and Lois Hixson were married in 1952 at Piedmont, Mo...
Erline Emmendorfer (11/23/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Erline P. Emmendorfer, 81, of Perryville died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, at Perryville, daughter of Hubert B. and Florence L. Bergman Prevallet. She and William J. Emmendorfer were married Oct. 30, 1947. He died Nov. 6, 1984...
Cape police report 11/23/07 (11/23/07)
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Cape fire report 11/23/07 (11/23/07)
n At 8:31 p.m., a still alarm at 215 N. Henderson Ave. n At 11:29 a.m., a motor vehicle accident at Independence and Sprigg streets. n At 3:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3200 block of Lakewood Drive. n At 6:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2600 block of Jan Drive...
Out of the past 11/23/07 (11/23/07)
The towboat Dorothy, which sank with two people on board in the Mississippi River at Gray's Point, Mo., has been partially pulled above water by a salvage rig; however, no bodies have been found by divers. Junior forward Jewell Crawford scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Southeast Missouri State University Indians to a 63-50 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears, as the Indians opened their 1982-1983 season at home...
Floodway delay (11/23/07)
By Jack Hurt The recent comments by Rob Henderson of Scott City extolling the so-called environmental experts is a prime example of bad information or relying on people who don't know the facts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indeed was authorized in 1954 to close the levee at New Madrid, Mo. ...
The red-tape octopus (11/23/07)
There is yet another flap in New Orleans as the result of Hurricane Katrina. When the 2005 storm swept through the city, the Audubon Nature Institute's Aquarium of the Americas near the French Quarter was spared from serious wind damage and flooding. But power outages disrupted the equipment used to maintain fish habitat, and the aquarium lost many of the creatures that had been on display...
Speak Out 11/23/07 (11/23/07)
Repetitive teaching; Ocean is closer; Bullying in school; Healthy training; Cheap prevention; Puzzling politician; Good candidates; Taxing churches; Where are the cuts?
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