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Man shot at Cape convenience store (01/02/08)
Police responding to a report of shots fired at a Cape Girardeau convenience store parking lot located the seriously wounded victim at a residence a block away. Police have not released the name of the victim because no one has been arrested. Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Barry Hovis did not know how many times the victim may have been shot, but said police found multiple shell casings near the parking lot of the Rhodes 101 Stop at 546 S. Sprigg St...
Right on the money (01/02/08)
As a new year breaks, Cape Girardeau School District officials are all too ready to put their financial woes behind them. The district has begun to emerge from turmoil, recovering from a budgetary mess, deleterious audit and the eventual resignation of Brenda McCowan, director of finance...
Arts Council may move into River Nick's building (01/02/08)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri may soon have a new, more visible home in downtown Cape Girardeau. A sign on the door at the former location of River Nick's restaurant at 1 N. Main St. proclaims the location as the future home of the Arts Council...
Cape/Jackson fire report 1/2/08 (01/02/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 5:54 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Herman Street. n At 8:26 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 8:35 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of Brenda Kay Court...
Cape man throws parties for Gibson Center (01/02/08)
For the past 20 years, Gary M. Klym, 58, of Cape Girardeau, has rung in the New Year exactly the same way: spending the entire afternoon of Dec. 31 driving to nearly every pizza place in town and rounding up a feast to take to the Gibson Recovery Center...
Cleanup of Apple Creek tributary nearly complete (01/02/08)
PERRY COUNTY, Mo. -- An environmental cleanup of a drainage ditch and unnamed tributary to Apple Creek in southern Perry County was virtually complete Monday afternoon, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The clean-up was needed after a truck from Star Transport Inc. ...
Blunt appoints Poplar Bluff man to state probation and parole board (01/02/08)
Southeast Missourian JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt announced Monday his appointment of Republican Joseph V. Knodell of Poplar Bluff, Mo., to the state's Board of Probation and Parole. Knodell, 62, is a retired city planner for Poplar Bluff and a former consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. ...
Elks help fund free dental care for children with disabilities (01/02/08)
A mobile dental program for children with disabilities rolls into Cape Girardeau today. "We've been in business for over 40 years, but we've been been coming to Cape Girardeau for the last 20 or 25 years," said Barbara Cushman, who manages the Elks Mobile Dental Program for the Truman Medical Center Lakewood in Kansas City, Mo...
KC fire drives 30 people into cold (01/02/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- About 30 people are forced from a burning apartment house into bitter cold before daybreak Wednesday, hours after four firefighters were hurt battling another blaze. Fire crews fought a two-alarm fire that started around 5 a.m. in a four-story apartment building on the city's northeast side. Firefighters had the flames under control within an hour. A Metro bus was sent to the scene to give displaced residents temporary shelter...
No early problems from St. Louis-area highway shutdown (01/02/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There are no significant delays for drivers so far after the shutdown of a 5-mile stretch of Interstate 64 in the St. Louis area for a massive reconstruction project. Missouri Department of Transportation officials say the 535 million dollar project is the single largest contract in the agency's history. The project will last two years, with one 5-mile stretch of the interstate closing today for a year and a second during 2009...
New Missouri ethanol mandate kicks in quietly (01/02/08)
The fuel pump at the local convenience store probably doesn't include a notice, but every gallon dispensed in Missouri must now include a 10 percent ethanol blend. Under a law passed in 2006, Missouri became the third state in the nation to require that gasoline include at least 10 percent ethanol. ...
Missouri State program to address shortage of physical therapists (01/02/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A severe shortage of physical therapists has prompted Missouri State University to offer a doctoral degree in physical therapy that duplicates a program already offered at the University of Missouri. An agreement the schools signed two years ago that allowed what was then Southwest Missouri State to change its name included a provision that prohibited Missouri State from offering duplicate degree programs. But an exception was made for physical therapy programs...
Police say distraught woman fatally shot her two children and herself (01/02/08)
JENNINGS, Mo. -- Police in the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, Mo., are investigating a triple shooting on New Year's Eve in which they say a 30-year-old mother fatally shot her two young daughters and then herself. The shooting happened about 6:15 p.m. Monday on a street where police said Larhonda Mason had walked with her children after a disagreement with a man...
'Stunting' a new motorcycling craze that can kill (01/02/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While an unsuspecting driver motors along a two-lane Kansas City road, a man on a motorcycle comes from the opposite direction. The biker is cruising at a high rate of speed when, suddenly, he climbs onto the seat. He straightens his legs, spreads his arms wide and stands triumphantly...
Study: Whites more likely than minorities to get narcotics in ER (01/02/08)
CHICAGO -- Emergency room doctors are prescribing strong narcotics more often to patients who complain of pain, but minorities are less likely to get them than whites, a new study finds. Even for the severe pain of kidney stones, minorities were prescribed narcotics such as oxycodone and morphine less frequently than whites...
FBI makes new plea for public's help in identifying skyjacker from 1971 (01/02/08)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The FBI is making a new stab at identifying mysterious skyjacker Dan Cooper, who bailed out of an airliner in 1971 and vanished, releasing new details that it hopes will jog someone's memory. The man calling himself Dan Cooper, also known as D.B. Cooper, boarded a Northwest flight in Portland for a flight to Seattle on the night of Nov. 24, 1971, and commandeered the plane, claiming he had dynamite...
With 2007 homicide numbers in, New Orleans again on track to be nation's bloodiest city (01/02/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- The bloodiest city in the country in 2006, reeling from crime in its struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, got even worse in 2007. New Orleans registered 209 homicides last year, a nearly 30 percent increase from the 161 recorded in 2006...
Thousands jam sidewalks to watch Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. (01/02/08)
PASADENA, Calif. -- A giant blossoming rose, a pickup truck that morphed into a spacecraft, and a Chinese dragon undulating in the breeze brought cheers from thousands of spectators as those floats and others rolled by Tuesday in the Rose Parade. Those who spent New Year's Eve camped curbside were joined at dawn by giddy visitors arriving by car, bus and train. The city estimates more than a million people visit Pasadena during the parade and Rose Bowl game festivities...
Public defender beats odds in getting injection case before high court (01/02/08)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- One of the biggest capital punishment cases to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in a generation was put together largely by a young, fresh-out-of-law-school member of Kentucky's overworked and underpaid corps of public defenders...
Military's use of unmanned drones soars in Iraq (01/02/08)
WASHINGTON -- The military's reliance on unmanned aircraft that can watch, hunt and sometimes kill insurgents has soared to more than 500,000 hours in the air, largely in Iraq, The Associated Press has learned. And new Defense Department figures obtained by The AP show that the Air Force more than doubled its monthly use of drones between January and October, forcing it to take pilots out of the air and shift them to remote flying duty to meet part of the demand...
Fast-moving storm dumps more than foot of snow on parts of Mich. (01/02/08)
DETROIT -- A fast-moving New Year's Day storm dumped more than a foot of snow on southeastern Michigan, a record blast that made driving hazardous, snarled the flight home for holiday travelers and threatened to do the same in New England. Thousands of people in Michigan and Ohio lost power. Authorities reported no deaths or serious injuries from the six-hour burst of snow in Michigan that started around midnight, but they said there were many spinouts and minor accidents...
Cyclist arrested after GPS finds home (01/02/08)
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. -- Police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing a GPS receiver after the device apparently gave him away. Amityville police said they stopped a 33-year-old man Saturday after they spotted him trying to ride a bicycle while carrying several items, including a car GPS unit...
French smokers hit sidewalks as smoking ban goes into effect (01/02/08)
PARIS -- Nonsmokers reveled. Some smokers grumbled. But others pondered kicking the habit as France's smoking ban went into effect Tuesday with the start of the new year. Owners of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes, where smoking is now prohibited, worried it would be bad for business...
Pakistan election delayed by one month (01/02/08)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's elections will be delayed by one month following the turmoil sparked by Benazir Bhutto's assassination, despite opposition threats of street protests unless the crucial vote is held Jan. 8 as originally planned, a top official said Tuesday...
50 reported killed after mob torches Kenyan church where hundreds sought refuge (01/02/08)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A mob torched a church where hundreds had sought refuge Tuesday, and witnesses said dozens of people -- including children -- were burned alive or hacked to death with machetes in ethnic violence that followed Kenya's disputed election...
Temple enjoys another big bowl game (01/02/08)
DALLAS -- Just like last year, Tony Temple saved his best for last. This time, the running back's record-setting day was more than enough for Missouri. Temple broke a pair of ancient Cotton Bowl records, rushing for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the seventh-ranked Tigers' dominant 38-7 victory over No. ...
MU, Temple run Hog wild in Cotton Bowl (01/02/08)
DALLAS -- Colorful confetti flip-flopping around him, fans in black and gold chanting his name, Tony Temple and his Missouri teammates were basking in a terrific ending to a magical season. Only one thing was wrong -- the setting. See, this was the Cotton Bowl, not the national championship game they were a win away from reaching, and it wasn't the Orange, Fiesta or Sugar Bowl like they thought they deserved...
Michigan ends Carr era with bowl win over Florida (01/02/08)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chad Henne threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, Mike Hart ran for 129 yards and two scores and Michigan sent Lloyd Carr out a winner Tuesday by beating No. 9 Florida 41-35 in the Capital One Bowl for its first bowl win since 2003...
USC overpowers Illinois 49-17 in Rose Bowl (01/02/08)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The loose balls? Southern California came up with them. Those crazy plays? They all went USC's way, too. The Trojans were every bit as good as advertised and the Rose Bowl was even more lopsided than expected. Freshman tailback Joe McKnight finished with 170 of USC's 633 yards in a record-setting romp Tuesday, 49-17 over outmatched Illinois...
Redhawks host big OVC game tonight (01/02/08)
Two of the Ohio Valley Conference's top three teams in the men's basketball standings have an early season showdown tonight. Southeast Missouri State coach Scott Edgar is thrilled that his squad will be involved when Eastern Kentucky visits the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff...
Redhawks host big OVC game tonight (01/02/08)
Two of the Ohio Valley Conference's top three teams in the men's basketball standings have an early season showdown tonight. Southeast Missouri State coach Scott Edgar is thrilled that his squad will be involved when Eastern Kentucky visits the Show Me Center for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff...
St. Louis hands first shutout to Red Wings (01/02/08)
DETROIT -- Manny Legace made 31 saves for his 20th career shutout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 win over the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. It was the first time Detroit, winners of 14 of its last 16 games, was held scoreless this season...
Ravens fire Billick after 5-11 season (01/02/08)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Brian Billick was fired as coach of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, less than a day after his team concluded a disappointing 5-11 season. Players were told of the dismissal as they packed up their lockers at the team's practice facility...
Atogwe finishes atop NFC in interceptions (01/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Oshiomogho "O.J." Atogwe picked a perfect time to record his best season as a pro. Atogwe was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for the St. Louis Rams, who wrapped up a disappointing 3-13 season with a 48-19 loss at Arizona on Sunday. The free safety, scheduled to become a restricted free agent, started all 16 games and finished with 75 tackles and an NFC-best eight interceptions...
Jake Leet, Jackson basketball (01/02/08)
Jake Leet came out like a house on fire in the championship game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Saturday night in the Show Me Center. Leet, a senior guard, scored all 11 of Jackson's points in the first period and finished with a 31-point performance to lead the Indians to the tournament championship with a 61-53 victory against Notre Dame...
Oh Christmas tree, Oh that Christmas tree ... (01/02/08)
A Christmas tree may light up the room and fill the house with that fresh pine sent, but disposing of the no-longer-evergreen in the family room can be messy, painful and pretty inconvenient. Some people planned ahead and when they erected the Christmas tree. ...
Winter wonder loin (01/02/08)
Christmas, and the entire season surrounding Christmas, is my favorite time of the year. I love the Advent season as many people prepare for the birth of Jesus, then it is Christmas Eve and the day so many plan and wait for. Then the 12 days of Christmas start as the calendar moves forward to Epiphany on January 6...
Late-night shows return, but not all have writers (01/02/08)
NEW YORK -- What's gonna happen tonight? That's the sort of question seldom raised about late-night talk TV, whose hosts keep the audience content with variations on a durable formula, night after night, gag after gag, guest after guest. But the late-night landscape is about to change, and no one -- not the hosts, not the viewers -- knows how it will look...
In digital age, authors can publish an opus overnight themselves (01/02/08)
NEW YORK -- Getting a book published isn't the rarefied literary feat it once was. New printing technologies are making published authors of legions of aspiring writers, a population that once toiled for years on tomes that might not see the light of day...
Berniece Warner (01/02/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Berniece Christina Warner, 84, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 25, 1923, in Luray, Kan., daughter of James Frederick and Cora Opal Bean Douglas. She and James Frederick Warner were married Dec. 24, 1944. He died March 5, 1996...
Everett Speck (01/02/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Everett Speck, 95, of Anna died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1912, in Anna, son of Henry Crawford and Ethel Norma Kirby Speck. He and Offa Jane Benefield were married Dec. 24, 1933, in Anna. She died Jan. 5, 1997...
Janet Behr (01/02/08)
Janel L. Behr, 60, of East Alton, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Jesse and Helen Coyler Callis. They preceded her in death. She married Teddy W. Behr in May 1967, in Wood River, Ill. He preceded her in death...
John Gibbons (01/02/08)
SHELL KNOB, Mo. -- John E. Gibbons, 76, of Shell Knob died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., following a brief illness. Gibbons was born May 16, 1931, in Chicago, son of Martin and Bridgett Kelly Gibbons. He and Chloe Kassel Dietz were married May 27, 1978, in Shell Knob...
Mary Hopper (01/02/08)
Mary Hopper, 87, of Benton, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Wanda Hope (01/02/08)
Wanda Hope, 82, of Jackson, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
The Rev. Robert Burchyett (01/02/08)
The Rev. Robert Lewis Burchyett, 91, of West Memphis, Ark., formerly of Cairo and McClure, Ill., passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at the Broadway Health Center in West Memphis. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family. He was born March 15, 1916, in rural McClure, youngest child of the late Calvin and Erma (Baker) Burchyett...
Mary Ellen Ueleke (01/02/08)
Mary Ellen Ueleke, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at her home. She was born Aug. 8, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Claude William and Ellenora Foeste Miller. She and Milton William Ueleke were married Dec. 23, 1946, in Cape Girar-deau. He died Feb. 20, 1999...
Charles Peterson (01/02/08)
Clement Charles Peterson, 80, a resident of Milford, Conn., died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007. Chuck, son of Clement S. Peterson and Grace Spoeri Peterson, was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Chicago. He attended schools in Evanston, Ill., and graduated with degrees in business and mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia...
Births 1/2/08 (01/02/08)
Ford; Schlitt; Steck; Thompson; Schuler; Surface
Cape police report 1/2/08 (01/02/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Emanuel W. Geiser, 719 N. Sprigg St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Erin Delaney, 318 N. West End Boulevard, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 1/2/08 (01/02/08)
Fire last night heavily damaged a downtown Cape Girardeau building; a witness said he watched smoke pour out of the building at 416 Broadway, and then saw the entire front become engulfed in flames within 30 seconds; despite the show outside, a number of people still attended "The Toy," showing in the adjacent Rialto Theater...
Workers' comp law benefits employees and employers (01/02/08)
By Omar D. Davis I would like to take this opportunity to address statements made in the recent op-ed by Mark Baker on workers' compensation. As director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, I feel compelled to set the record straight...
Easy credit (01/02/08)
One of the biggest news stories of 2007 was about home mortgages. Much of the blame for this economic crisis has been placed on lenders willing to make easy loans in a booming housing market. Some the blame, however, needs to be placed on borrowers who still don't understand the "no free lunch" school of economics...
Workers' comp system is broken (01/02/08)
To the editor:Mark Baker's condemnation of workers' compensation in Missouri was justified. I was injured on the job last January and required surgery. From the beginning I have had to fight every step of the way to get medical treatment, therapy and money to live on. Even getting out of the hospital proved a challenge, since the insurance carrier accepted the claim but refused to authorize home equipment ordered by the doctor...
U.S. wore down the Soviets (01/02/08)
To the editor:Revisionist historians have a short grasp of the dynamics of the Cold War. The Cold War started when President Truman ordered the bomb dropped. The Soviet Union, our ally, realized it was vulnerable and began to build its own bombs. So we built bigger better bombs. So they built bigger and better bombs. And so on. Then we raced for space...
Speak Out 1/2/08 (01/02/08)
Boost for McCain; Involve the parents; Legislators should act; Inappropriate credit; De facto president; Going to extremes; Library math; Possible winner; For birth control; Danger on the road; Glad they're gone; Piling up debt; Handicapped parking; A view of heaven; Pick up the trash; Professional builders; Need reflectors
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