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FedEx driver rescues man on Highway 34 (03/19/08)
Like many drivers on Tuesday, Odell Bunch decided to take a chance driving across a flooded road. Bunch, 78, crossed the Byrd Creek Bridge and headed over water-covered Highway 34. Wrong decision. Bunch's 1990 Ford Ranger slid off the road, carried by fast-moving water. ...
Few power outages, land line phone problems reported; wireless service out in some places (03/19/08)
At&T reported no widespread problems with wire phone lines, but said there are problems with wireless. The area south of Fredericktown, Mo., on Highway 67; Wappapello, Mo.; and Chaffee, Mo., were affected by lack of wireless service. ...
Legion presents grant to local veteran (03/19/08)
American Legion Louis K. Juden Post 63 presented a $500 check on March 14, 2008 to a local veteran who was injured while serving in Iraq. Thanks to a half-million dollar check from The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes to the national headquarters of The American Legion, Post Commander Dennis Woeltje presented a $500 grant to Staff Sergeant Leo McElrath IV during a ceremony at the American Legion hall for the Louis K. Juden Post 63 in Cape Girardeau...
Cape LaCroix Creek (03/19/08)
This was the view from my back deck yesterday during the flood.
Former Cape mayor, Ivan Irvin, dies (03/19/08)
Former Cape Girardeau Mayor Ivan Irvin has died, according to a news release from the City of Cape Girardeau. Irvin was mayor from Jan. 8, 1969, to April 2, 1970. Below is the text of the news release:Reacting to the news of the passing of former Cape Girardeau Mayor Ivan Irvin today, Mayor Knudtson said, "Former Mayor Irvin was a great public servant for all of Cape Girardeau. ...
Making lemon aid out of lemons (03/19/08)
Area road closings (03/19/08)
As of 4:15 p.m., the following state roads were closed, reported by MoDOT:Bollinger CountyHighway PPHighway T from AB to FHighway H from 51 to FFHighway 34 from C to YHighway E from 51 to NHighway 51 from W to 91Highway P to TT in Wayne CountyHighway P from 51 to ZHighway 91 Highway EE two miles from KHighway PP at CR 532Highway 51 from Zalma to HHighway W (entire route)Highway V (entire route) Butler CountyHighway W from O to 172Highway 67 from Butler to Madison CountyHighway O from W to 67Highway 142 from 67 to T in Ripley CountyHighway 142 from 67 to HHHighway M (entire route)Highway AA from 60 to BHighway 60 eastbound, at T, rerouting to BHighway 160 from F to B in Ripley CountyHighway 142 from 53 to 158Highway FF (entire length)Highway PP (entire length, wash out)Highway W from Hendrickson Bridge to 172Highway JJ (entire length)Highway N (entire length)Highway 142 from 67 to BHighway H from 142 to Arkansas state lineHighway 158 from Harviell to 142Highway 53 from 51 to 142Highway 60 westbound reduced to one lane just west of the Black River BridgeHighway 60 at 60/67 interchange east to Business 60 (traffic routed through Business 60 at Poplar BluffHighway B at Business 60 Cape Girardeau CountyHighway N at DeltaHighway F to 25Highway D from E to Broadridge Street in JacksonHighway Z from OO to 25Highway BB from 2 miles south of BHighway OO from 34 to ZHighway 25 in DeltaHighway EE from Delta to ChaffeeHighway P from 25 at Delta to W at PerkinsHighway U from 34 to NHighway F (entire length)Highway A from U to FHighway F (entire length)Highway 74 from I-55 to 25Highway 25 from Blomeyer to Gordonville Dunklin CountyHighway A to T for 1.5 miles. ...
Kennett resident pours gas into pit, lights it, causes explosion (03/19/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Assistant Fire Chief David Horton reported Monday afternoon that the Kennett Fire Department responded to an explosion at a location behind Rhews Endzone. A resident, whose name was not provided to the newspaper, had, according to Horton, dug a pit in the yard, poured a considerable amount of gasoline in it and started a fire. The fire led to an explosion...
And the winner is...... (03/19/08)
And the winner is.... Cape Girardeau! Interesting graphic from the Weather Channel's homepage.
River crest predicted for Sunday at 44.5 feet (03/19/08)
With levees along creeks running over and toppling in isolated spots from flash flooding, concern will now focus on the Mississippi River with a predicted surge towards a Sunday crest of 44.5 feet. At 11:30 a.m., the river level was 35.2 feet. At 42.5 feet, Cape Girardeau will be forced to pump its sewage untreated into the river from the plant at 429 Cooper St., chief operator Jim Baylor said...
Cairo, Ill., teen arrested in Charleston shooting (03/19/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. — An Illinois teenager was arrested Saturday for his involvement in last month's shooting of a Charleston man. Kenneth Bell, 17, of Cairo, Ill., faces charges of assault in the first degree and armed criminal action in the Feb. 13 shooting of 21-year-old Ricky Riley of Charleston, who was found by officers in his vehicle, according to a news release from the Charleston Department of Public Safety. Riley is still recuperating in a hospital...
Schnucks Easter Egg Hunt moved to Osage (03/19/08)
The annual Schnucks Easter Egg Hunt is changing locations. Originally set for Saturday at Arena Park, the event has been moved to the Osage Community Centre due to flooding in the park. Hunts take place at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. For more information call the Osage center at 334-2859...
Cape Flooding (03/19/08)
The walking trail by Clippard School at Hopper and Mt. Auburn Road
Man missing near Castor River in Bollinger County located, rescued (03/19/08)
Bollinger County emergency officials sent out a search team Wednesday morning to look for a man in an isolated home near the Castor River. Eventually boat crews with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Zalma Fire Department found him, but his name hasn't been released yet...
Cape Flooding (03/19/08)
Walking trail by Clippard School at Hopper and Mt. Auburn Road.
Blunt asks for quick federal help for Southeast Missouri counties (03/19/08)
Gov. Matt Blunt is asking the feds to call this week's flooding in 70 Missouri counties a "major disaster," and asking them to send financial assistance as soon as possible.Blunt wrote a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency today asking the agency to expedite federal funds for flood-related expenses. ...
Southeast Missouri floods claim one life (03/19/08)
Flash floods killed a Jackson man in Marble Hill, Mo., Tuesday and kept rescue crews throughout the region scrambling as record-shattering rain fell across the region. The scenes were reminiscent of those from the big ice storm five weeks ago as emergency shelters opened and people were rescued from stranded cars and homes...
School board candidates call for better communication (03/19/08)
As the Cape Girardeau School District goes through a major transition -- next year, three out of five central office administrators will be new -- school board candidates are calling for increased communication and stability. Nearly all seven of the candidates say the public should be better informed of decisions and greater input should be obtained from teachers and administrators...
Mississippi River expected to crest at highest level since 2002 (03/19/08)
The Mississippi River rose in a rush Tuesday, gaining more than 6 feet on the Cape Girardeau gauge in a little more than 18 hours as it surged toward a predicted crest Sunday that would be the highest level since 2002. Widespread rain across Missouri and Illinois, pumping water into a river already running high because of runoff from recent heavy snows and ice storms, will force the closing of both Cape Girardeau flood gates if the predicted crest of 40 feet holds true...
Morgan Oak Street fire appears to be arson (03/19/08)
A fire that broke out in a basement at a Morgan Oak Street building Monday evening appears to have been intentionally set, investigators said. Firefighters got the call around 9 p.m. Monday and responded to another blaze on the city's south side, the third in two weeks in that neighborhood and the seventh deemed suspicious since 2005 within a seven-block radius...
Flood safety tips (03/19/08)
Avoiding danger The American Red Cross recommends the following steps to remain safe during floods. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters is caused by floods and associated debris flows. n If you come upon floodwaters, stop, turn around, and go another way. Climb to higher ground. If it is moving swiftly, even water 6 inches deep can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through floodwaters, resulting in injury or death...
Flood warning in effect through noon; Tuesday rains broke two-day record (03/19/08)
Most of the heaviest rain associated with the storm system that dumped over 10 inches of rain on Cape Girardeau Tuesday has now left the Southeast Missouri area.However, flooding is still a problem around the area, and a National Weather Service flood warning remains in place until noon.Additional rainfall expected today should be less than one inch, the weather service forecasts, but even slight amounts of rain will only add to the flooding problem that still remains, as swollen waterways and soggy ground have little room to absorb more water.The weather service also reported that Tuesday's rainfall amounts broke the previous two-day record for Cape Girardeau, which was 9.71 inches on May 26 and 27, 1973. ...
School closings and delays (03/19/08)
Cape Girardeau schools will start with a two hour delay.
Top court refuses to hear appeal of Jackson woman fighting Wal-Mart seizure of trust fund (03/19/08)
The Wal-Mart company health insurance plan won't seek to take other assets from a family that has lost its last court battle to keep a severely injured woman's trust fund from being seized, a company representative said. Former Wal-Mart employee Debbie Shank of Jackson racked up $469,000 in medical costs after a 2000 traffic collision. ...
McCaskill discusses education at Show Me Center forum (03/19/08)
Politicians are not talking enough about education, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday at Southeast Missouri State University. The Missouri Democrat stressed the need for No Child Left Behind reform, touted the 2007 College Cost Reduction Act, acknowledged problems the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority is having, and touched on health care issues. About 50 people attended the forum held at the Show Me Center...
Valley Park braces for record flooding (03/19/08)
VALLEY PARK, Mo. (AP) -- Chandra Webster's kids were running bags of toys and clothes to the car while she moved boxes of belongings from the basement and first floor to the second. Her husband was shuttling furniture to another location, far away from the Meramec River...
Absence of SIU-Carbondale's chancellor draws concern (03/19/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- A member of Southern Illinois University's faculty senate worries the appearance of instability in the top post of the Carbondale school could have lingering fallout. SIU President Glenn Poshard announced Monday that he's placed chancellor Fernando Trevino on paid administrative leave, just nine months after Trevino took the helm...
TV station: State failed to shred sensitive documents (03/19/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State files with names, Social Security numbers and even birth certificates have been thrown away rather than shredded, a television station found. KRCG in Jefferson City even found entire case files from the Department of Social Services in unsecured recycling bins. The department requires employees in its Family Support Division to shred or witness the shredding of case files...
Robbery suspect arrested after commandeering Amish buggy in Missouri (03/19/08)
JAMESPORT, Mo. (AP) -- A suspect in a gas station robbery forced an Amish man at gunpoint to use a horse and buggy to take him to a trailer home in Jamesport, where he was found hours later hiding in a nearby shed, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said...
Natural gas found to be cause of house explosion (03/19/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Fire investigators say natural gas caused a fatal house explosion in Columbia. But they have not determined the source of the gas. The explosion Friday killed 87-year-old Carl M. Sneed and critically injured his wife, 84-year-old Merna D. Sneed...
Two injured in Southern Illinois train accident (03/19/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Investigators are trying to pinpoint what caused a Southern Illinois train derailment that injured two members of the train's crew. Both the train's engineer and conductor are hospitalized. Union Pacific says five coal cars went down an embankment early Wednesday and into a creek during the accident about 35 miles southeast of Carbondale...
Blunt calls for funds to repair mansion (03/19/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt wants lawmakers to spend $3.1 million to repair the 137-year-old home for the state's chief executive. The governor's wife, Melanie Blunt, called for the money during a Tuesday news conference that also touched on water damage, peeling lead paint and damaged roofs and ceilings. It's one of the few times she has gotten publicly involved in policy debates...
Pharmacists to court: Overturn 'morning-after' pill rule (03/19/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A group of pharmacists asked the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday to throw out a rule that forces them to dispense emergency contraception despite moral objections, claiming it amounts to illegal coercion. Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued the rule in spring 2005, prohibiting pharmacies from turning away women seeking emergency contraception. ...
Police: Man fatally stabs woman, wounds self (03/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- A woman who was visiting her 7-year-old granddaughter at St. Louis Children's Hospital was stabbed to death outside the hospital by her longtime boyfriend, police said. The victim was identified Tuesday as 51-year-old Vickie Tankins. Her 52-year-old boyfriend, Carlos Roberts, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder...
4 people dead after heavy rain causes flooding in Missouri (03/19/08)
PIEDMONT, Mo. (AP) -- Parts of southern Missouri received more than 10 inches of rain over the past day-and-a-half, leaving four people dead and hundreds out of their homes. The rains are finally expected to come to an end on Wednesday, leaving residents and community officials from Springfield to Cape Girardeau assessing the damage of the sudden and ceaseless rain that began Monday and continued virtually nonstop into Wednesday morning...
Gene may help explain who is likely to suffer from stress disorder (03/19/08)
CHICAGO -- Groundbreaking research suggests genes help explain why some people can recover from a traumatic event while others suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. Though preliminary, the study provides insight into a condition expected to strike increasing numbers of military veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, one health expert said...
Missouri high court overturns ruling blocking eminent domain (03/19/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On Tuesday the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that would have blocked many communities from using eminent domain for private development supported by tax breaks. The ruling could affect cities and towns where as many as two-thirds of Missourians live. It also clears the way for the St. Louis suburb of Arnold to take the dentist office of Homer Tourkakis — if the city can prove the property is blighted...
Flying saucer house sells for just $135K (03/19/08)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The sale price for a Chattanooga, Tenn., house shaped like a flying saucer is nothing to phone home about. The Space House sold at auction Saturday for a down-to-earth bid of $135,000. Auctioneer Terry Posey said he's surprised bidding didn't go higher. The sale of the 38-year-old, three-bedroom structure perched on six "landing gear" legs attracted worldwide attention. The house even has a retractable staircase that lowers to the ground...
Poll: For many college students, stress hurts motivation, attention (03/19/08)
WASHINGTON — College students are so frazzled they can't sleep or eat. Or study. Good grief, they're even anxious about spring break. Most students in U.S. colleges are just plain stressed out, from everyday worries about grades and relationships to darker thoughts of suicide, according to a poll of undergraduates from coast to coast. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and mtvU, a television network available at many colleges and universities...
Sheriff in Nevada town reminds Old West re-enactors they should be (03/19/08)
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (AP) — History re-enactors posing as Old West gunslingers here need to follow some modern rules, the sheriff says: Guns and alcohol don't mix. A Storey County ordinance prohibits alcohol consumption by history re-enactors wearing a gun, but Sheriff Jim Miller said he's going to increase enforcement of the ordinance because some people have abused it...
Supreme Court justices seem favorable to gun rights (03/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Americans have a right to own guns, Supreme Court justices declared Tuesday in a historic and lively debate that could lead to the most significant interpretation of the Second Amendment since its ratification two centuries ago. Governments have a right to regulate those firearms, a majority of justices seemed to agree. But there was less apparent agreement on the case they were arguing: whether Washington's ban on handguns goes too far...
Gene may clarify post-traumatic stress disorder (03/19/08)
CHICAGO -- Groundbreaking research suggests genes help explain why some people can recover from a traumatic event while others suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. Though preliminary, the study provides insight into a condition expected to strike increasing numbers of military veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, one health expert said...
Fed cuts funds rate to lowest level since 2004 (03/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve on Tuesday slashed a key interest rate by three-fourths of a percentage point, moving aggressively to contain a credit crisis threatening to push the country into a severe recession. The latest action brought the federal funds rate -- the interest that banks charge each other -- down to 2.25 percent, the lowest point since late 2004. ...
Report provides mixed review of zoo's response to tiger escape (03/19/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The organization that accredits the nation's zoos is chiding San Francisco Zoo workers for not believing two brothers who said a tiger was on the loose and had mauled their friend. But its report, released Tuesday by the zoo, praises the institution's overall response to the fatal December attacks...
Obama: U.S. must break 'racial stalemate' (03/19/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Barack Obama confronted the nation's racial divide head-on Tuesday, tackling both black grievance and white resentment in an effort to assuage a heated discussion over race and his former pastor's incendiary statements. Standing before a row of eight American flags near the building where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Obama urged the nation to break "a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years."'...
NYC businessman sues club, claiming stripper injured him with shoe (03/19/08)
NEW YORK (AP) — A businessman claims in a lawsuit that he was injured when a stripper giving him a lap dance swiveled and smacked him in the face with the heel of her shoe. Stephen Chang, a securities trader, said in court papers filed Friday that he was at the Hot Lap Dance Club near Madison Square Garden and was getting a paid lap dance when the accident occurred early Nov. 2, 2007...
Astronauts move robot to new position at space station (03/19/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronauts moved Dextre the robot to its new perch outside the international space station on Tuesday after devoting nearly a week to putting together and creating the monster-size machine. Dextre -- a 12-foot hulk with 11-foot arms -- will remain at its new location on the U.S. lab, Destiny, for at least a few months...
Ark. AG to payday lenders: Close or face lawsuits (03/19/08)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' attorney general moved Tuesday to shut down payday lending companies in the state, saying the fees they charge harmed the working poor and violated the state constitution's ban on high-interest loans. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said his office had sent letters to about 60 companies that run payday lending services, asking them to shut down immediately and void customers' debts or face the likelihood of lawsuits...
Workers uncover rare mummified dinosaur found in North Dakota (03/19/08)
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Using tiny brushes and chisels, workers picking at a big greenish-black rock in the basement of North Dakota's state museum are meticulously uncovering something amazing: a nearly complete dinosaur, skin and all. Unlike almost every other dinosaur fossil ever found, the Edmontosaurus named Dakota, a duck-billed dinosaur unearthed in southwestern North Dakota in 2004, is covered by fossilized skin that is hard as iron. ...
Naked man accused of causing thousands in damage to Penn. hotel and grocery store (03/19/08)
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A hotel and grocery store are assessing the damage after a naked man ran amok and allegedly did thousands of dollars' worth of damage. West Lampeter Township police said they were dispatched to the Willow Valley Resort, and later Darrenkamp's Market, on Friday amid reports of a nude man on a rampage...
China says Dalai Lama trying to ruin Beijing Olympics; Tibetan leader urges nonviolence (03/19/08)
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao accused supporters of the Dalai Lama on Tuesday of organizing violent clashes in Tibet in hopes of sabotaging the Beijing Olympics and bolstering their campaign for independence in the Himalayan territory...
Calls mount for boycott of opening ceremony (03/19/08)
PARIS -- Moves to punish China over its handling of violence in Tibet gained momentum Tuesday, with a novel suggestion for a mini-boycott of the Beijing Olympics by VIPs at the opening ceremony. Such a protest by world leaders would be a huge slap in the face for China's communist leadership...
German chancellor earns standing ovation for saying Germany will stand by Israel (03/19/08)
JERUSALEM -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel earned a standing ovation from Israel's parliament Tuesday after pledging to stand by Israel's side against any threat, particularly from Iran, and paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. In an emotional speech, Merkel said Germans are still "filled with shame" about the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews. ...
China blames Dalai Lama for trying to ruin Beijing Olympics (03/19/08)
BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao accused supporters of the Dalai Lama on Tuesday of organizing violent clashes in Tibet in hopes of sabotaging the Beijing Olympics and bolstering their campaign for independence in the Himalayan territory. The Dalai Lama urged his followers to remain peaceful, saying he would resign as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile if violence got out of control. ...
Dutch winemaker's sense of smell insured for $8 million (03/19/08)
LONDON -- His schnoz is not to be sniffed at. A Lloyd's of London syndicate said Tuesday it is insuring the nose of winemaker Ilja Gort for $8 million. The Dutch winemaker and taster took out the policy after hearing about a man who lost his sense of smell in a car accident...
World's largest passenger jet completes first commercial flight to Europe (03/19/08)
LONDON (AP) -- A Singapore Airlines A380 touched down at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon, completing the first commercial flight to Europe by the world's largest passenger jet. Flight SQ308 touched down at 2:51 p.m., about 15 minutes ahead of schedule, with 449 passengers on board...
An odd pair parts: Petra the swan to be separated from swan-shaped (03/19/08)
BERLIN (AP) — A long love story is over at a German zoo: Petra the swan and her swan-shaped paddleboat are parting ways. Petra, a black swan, became a minor celebrity in 2006 when she became so attached to the boat — which is shaped like an oversized white swan — that she refused to leave its side...
Australian man plans to auction his life online (03/19/08)
SYDNEY, Australia -- A painful breakup with his wife has prompted a man to put his entire life -- his house, his car, his job, even his friends -- up for sale online in an effort to start over. Ian Usher, a British immigrant to Australia, said Tuesday he would auction everything he owns and more on eBay starting June 22...
NATO: Bombing in Afghanistan kills 12 insurgents (03/19/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO said Tuesday that it killed about 12 insurgents in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, denying accusations from two Afghan lawmakers that civilians were among the dead. The lawmakers, Dad Mohammad Khan and Mir Wali Khan were in the capital, Kabul, at the time of the strike and relied on reports from local Afghans about the airstrikes Monday in the southern Helmand province...
Report: Soldier sorry for Abu Ghraib, blames media for resulting firestorm (03/19/08)
BERLIN -- Lynndie England, the public face of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, told a German news magazine that she was sorry for appearing in photographs of detainees in the notorious Iraqi prison, and believes the scenes of torture and humiliation served as a powerful rallying point for anti-American insurgents...
Russia rejects U.S. proposals over missile defense plan (03/19/08)
MOSCOW -- Russia had a short answer Tuesday for President Bush's top national security advisers who came to ask for detente in the simmering argument over a planned U.S. missile shield at Russia's doorstep. "Nyet." Or maybe, "Not yet." The United States and Russia got no closer to settling their public differences over U.S. plans that Russia sees as a potential threat and a turf battle over influence in nations once under the Soviet thumb...
Iraqi reconciliation conference stumbles on sectarian divisions (03/19/08)
BAGHDAD -- Major Sunni and Shiite political blocs Tuesday boycotted a national conference aimed at reconciling Iraq's rival communities -- underscoring the deep divisions tearing at the country despite a decline in violence. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, opened the two-day conference, pledging that no religious or ethnic group would suffer as Iraq tries to heal its internal rifts...
Foreign charities becoming targets in Pakistan (03/19/08)
MANSEHRA, Pakistan -- Long-haired gunmen burst into the white stone building and killed four charity workers helping earthquake victims, then wrecked the office with grenades and set it on fire. Police came, but did not intervene. In a tactic reminiscent of neighboring Afghanistan, Islamic militants are attacking aid groups in the Pakistan's volatile northwest, and local authorities appear incapable -- or unwilling -- to stop them...
WNIT, baseball highlight SEMO sports (03/19/08)
It's been pretty slow on the SEMO sports beat, especially since the two sports that people on this site seem to have the most interest in -- men's basketball and football -- are currently not in season. But there is still plenty going on with the Redhawks, including Thursday night's WNIT game at Evansville and the beginning of the OVC baseball schedule...
Cookson will return next season at SCC (03/19/08)
It's a good bet Ronnie Cookson will earn his 700th win as the boys basketball coach at Scott County Central in 2008-09. Whether he'll add to his record 12 state championships is another question. "We'll have a decent team," Cookson said Tuesday night. "We probably won't be no powerhouse or anything."...
Tigers decline to extend sadness into March (03/19/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Forget about March Madness. At Missouri, the conclusion of Mike Anderson's second year as coach is more like March gladness -- as in glad that a trying season is finally over. As expected, a team that finished 16-16 and lost in the Big 12 tournament's first round for the third consecutive year is staying home from the postseason. Missouri has not played in the NCAA tournament since 2003, the final of five appearances in a row...
Redhawks get start time for Thursday's WNIT game (03/19/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team found out Tuesday the starting time for its next game. The Redhawks will open play in the Women's National Invitiation Tournament on Thursday at 7:35 p.m. in Evansville, Ind. Southeast, which won the regular-season title in the Ohio Valley Conference, faces the University of Evansville at the PAC Arena...
Mount St. Mary's wins NCAA tourney opener (03/19/08)
DAYTON, Ohio -- The Mount finally got The Win. Jeremy Goode scored 21 points Tuesday night, and Mount St. Mary's got its first NCAA tournament victory, beating Coppin State 69-60 in an opening-round game with two teams that know a lot about losing...
Hale defeats Neader to win men's open division (03/19/08)
Cape Girardeau's Rob Hale defeated Jackson's Darren Neader, 6-2, 6-0, to win the men's open singles division at the St. Patrick's Day indoor tennis tournament. In the women's open singles exhibition, Cape Girardeau's Kristi Lazarova beat Sikeston's Penny Hunter, 6-0, 6-2...
Rayburn to take over Jackson youth wrestling program (03/19/08)
JACKSON -- The future of Jackson wrestling soon will be in the hands of a relative youngster, but no one doubts 19-year-old Luke Rayburn will be ready to take over the reins. "He's still developing his style," Jackson USA Wrestling club president Mark Guilliams said, "but we like his style. He's very good with the younger kids."...
Tiger executes before his memorable finish (03/19/08)
DORAL, Fla. — All anyone is talking about is the putt. But when Tiger Woods called his swing coach the morning after Bay Hill, all he wanted to talk about was the shot that set it up. "He was so happy with himself," Hank Haney said. It was a 5-iron from 164 yards, and those two numbers are but one example why this was an exquisite shot...
Parity keeps Hendrick Motorsports out of Victory Lane (03/19/08)
By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing should have won at Bristol Motor Speedway. Instead, it was a Richard Childress Racing sweep. Once again, Hendrick Motorsports was nowhere near Victory Lane. Five races into the season, the team that won 18 of 36 races last year is still looking for its first victory. Yet to call it a Hendrick slump might be overstating what's really going on right now in NASCAR...
Rasmus enhances label of future star (03/19/08)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Colby Rasmus showed the St. Louis Cardinals he's ready, whenever they're ready for him. The jewel of the organization's farm system will begin the season as the starting center fielder at Class AAA Memphis after being reassigned to the minor league camp Monday. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa gave the 21-year-old Rasmus and the other handful of prospects whose dreams were deferred a day off Tuesday to adjust to the new reality...
Blues end road losing streak (03/19/08)
MONTREAL -- Brad Boyes and Manny Legace did their part to ensure that the St. Louis Blues avoided setting a record for the longest road losing streak in the franchise's 41-year history. Boyes scored his 38th goal of the season and was the only player to score in the shootout and St. Louis ended a 10-game road losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night...
Celtics end Rockets' 22-game winning streak (03/19/08)
HOUSTON (AP) — The shots stopped falling, Boston's stars took over and just like that, the Houston Rockets' 22-game winning streak was history. Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and Paul Pierce added 20 as the Celtics beat the Rockets 94-74 on Tuesday night, stopping Houston's remarkable victory run...
A speedy Mediterranean dinner from the broiler (03/19/08)
When it comes to weeknight cooking, the broiler is terribly underappreciated. With impressive speed and ease, it can transform meat and vegetables into a sizzling meal reminiscent of something hot from the grill. The only catch is that you can't walk away. At least not for long...
Using fresh herbs can bring new life to breakfast staples (03/19/08)
Take a hint from the French and perk up your morning fare with the incomparable flavors of fresh herbs. With just a few snips of your kitchen scissors you'll transform your favorite egg, potato, quick bread or crepe. "Fresh herbs expand everything," explained David Barry, an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America who teaches breakfast cuisine...
How jelly beans came about (03/19/08)
Sunday will be a big day for candy lovers. According to the National Confectioner's Association, Easter is the second-greatest candy-eating day in America, edged out just barely by Halloween. Not even Valentine's Day comes close. This year Americans will spend $2 billion on Easter candy, principally chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps and jelly beans. ...
Easter buffets made easy (03/19/08)
We are right in the middle of Holy Week as we anticipate the exciting climax to the week with Easter Sunday. Christians recalls writings of the events that led up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. In modern times, Christians celebrate Easter in many ways. Dyeing Easter eggs and making Resurrection Cookies are among many people's traditions...
Judge in McCartney divorce: Wife 'explosive and volatile' (03/19/08)
LONDON -- A judge's ruling in the bitter Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce case shed new light Tuesday on a miserable marriage, saying Mills twisted the truth when convenient and made "exorbitant" financial demands. "To some extent she is her own worst enemy," wrote Judge Hugh Bennett. "She has an explosive and volatile character."...
Arthur C. Clarke, writer of '2001,' dies (03/19/08)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said. He was 90. Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair, died at 1:30 a.m. after suffering breathing problems, aide Rohan De Silva said...
'English Patient' director dies at 54 (03/19/08)
LONDON -- Anthony Minghella, a screenwriter, opera director and the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "The English Patient," died of a hemorrhage Tuesday at age 54. Minghella's death came five days before the British TV premiere of his final film, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."...
Boeing says protest faces uphill slog, slams Air Force (03/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Boeing Co. said Air Force officials tilted the playing field in a $35 billion tanker contract competition toward Northrop Grumman Corp. and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. to keep the two in the game. In a formal protest of the contract made public on Tuesday, Boeing said the Air Force "repeatedly made fundamental but often unstated changes to the bid requirements and evaluation process" to keep the Northrop Grumman/EADS proposal alive...
Dow Jones jumps 420 points (03/19/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stormed higher Tuesday as investors, optimistic following stronger-than-expected earnings from two big investment banks, were also galvanized by the Federal Reserve's decision to cut interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point. The Dow Jones industrial average soared 420 points, its biggest one-day point gain in more than five years...
June Stubbs (03/19/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- June Stubbs, 76, of Fenton, Mo., died Monday, March 17, 2008, at Cori Manor in Fenton. She was born May 5, 1931, at Chaffee, daughter of Burett and Ruby Kindred Schultz. She and Eugene Stubbs were married Nov. 8, 1952. He died Nov. 26, 1990...
James Drury (03/19/08)
James Lambert Drury, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 17, 2008, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Jim was born Nov. 22, 1929, in St. Louis to Lambert and Lorraine Dohogne Drury. He and Charlotte Gail Taylor were married April 7, 1994, in Cape Girardeau...
Helen Loos (03/19/08)
Helen Mathilda Schuppan Loos, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 16, 1918, in New Wells, daughter of Ernest and Lydia Winkler Schuppan. She and Martin Loos were married Dec. 8, 1940, in New Wells. He died Feb. 19, 1997...
Christina Sharpe (03/19/08)
Christina Jo House Sharpe, 57, of Mazatlan, Mexico, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in Mazatlan, where she retired. She was born April 11, 1950, in Watseka, Ill., to Charles E. and Eleanor Taylor House. Sharpe moved to Cape Girardeau in July 1960, graduating from Central High School in 1967. She lived in Minneapolis almost 30 years and graduated with honors from University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. She was an avid outdoors person with a love of all animals, flowers and trees...
Births 3/19/08 (03/19/08)
Biggers Son to Brian Lee and Lisa Michelle Biggers of Makanda, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2008. Name, Blake Anderson. Weight, 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Biggers is the former Lisa Livesay, daughter of Keith and Jean Livesay of Jonesboro, Ill. Biggers is the son of Ann and Mike Bambrick of Carbondale, Ill., and James Biggers of Springfield, Ill. He is employed at Plaza Tire...
Fire report 3/19/08 (03/19/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 4:22 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Herman Street. n At 8:59 p.m., a house fire at 839 Morgan Oak St. n At 10:09 p.m., an illegal burn in the 2100 block of Montgomery Street...
Police report 3/19/08 (03/19/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A subject was in custody pending formal charges of stealing. n A subject was in custody pending charges of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 3/19/08 (03/19/08)
25 years ago: March 19, 1983 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California State-Bakersfield topples the Southeast Missouri State Indians, 75-70, in an NCAA Division II quarterfinal match-up, ending the Tribe's year; Southeast finishes the basketball season 25-6...
Correction 3/19/08 (03/19/08)
An item in Tuesday's health calendar should have said the program "Just the Facts ... Colorectal Cancer" is Monday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 106 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Medical staff will discuss colon cancer risk factors, types of tests used to detect colon cancer, signs/symptoms and various treatment options. Register by calling 651-5825. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Why such violence? (03/19/08)
When I was 17, I had just graduated high school and was facing the same questions about my future that, I would assume, strikes most 17-year-olds. Now, granted, it was 1965 and the world was different. But the truth then as it is now, at 17, I lacked the life experiences to make exact judgments on what I wanted or where I wanted to go with my life...
Science and history let students shine (03/19/08)
This Alex Heeb kid knows his stuff. For those who missed the story, Alex Heeb, a student from Chaffee, Mo., has won the 52nd annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair all three years he has presented in the senior high division. Armed with an air monitor, he discovered that dangerous levels of particle matter are put into the air when farmers burn fields, up to 40 times over acceptable levels near the fields...
High-fructose corn syrup defended (03/19/08)
To the editor: The March 16 article "Economists worry about the effect of higher corn prices" may mislead consumers about high-fructose corn syrup. Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Department chairman, told The New York Times, "There's no substantial evidence to support the idea that high-fructose corn syrup is somehow responsible for obesity."...
Prepare for an earthquake (03/19/08)
To the editor: The March 5 story "Getting ready for the next disaster" was a great story that needed to be said. But -- trust me on the this; the Army provided my credentials on this issue -- until the early 1990s the chemical protective mask (gas mask) the U.S. ...
Speak Out 3/19/08 (03/19/08)
Have a plan I RESPECT the leaders of Jackson and believe them to be good people, but their response to the ice storm shows lack of planning. We were told to bring our storm-damaged trees to the curb for pickup. That was a good thing. However, making promises and then not committing the resources to fulfill the promise is a bad thing. ...
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