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Stories from Saturday, April 5, 2008

Oral tradition begins at Storytelling Festival (04/05/08)
In his bow tie and ill-fitting suit, Donald Davis looks like the avuncular uncle who entertains at family celebrations with stories about the relatives. Stories like how much he enjoyed being the baby, the first in the family, and how little he liked at age 3 yielding the title "baby" to his new brother. At age 5 he liked something even less -- having to watch the baby while his mother did laundry or picked beans in the garden...
Krajcir pleads guilty in Cape (04/05/08)
For the past 26 years, Donald Call dreamed about seeing the man who murdered his mother, 57-year-old Margie L. Call, in January of 1982 brought to justice. In his dreams, he was standing with his brother when the judge banged down a gavel, declaring the defendant guilty, and Donald Call had to make an immediate grab for his more hot-tempered sibling as his older brother vaulted over the railing to lunge at their mother's killer. ...
St. Louis man convicted of bribery, fraud involving Sikeston testing center (04/05/08)
A St. Louis truck driving school owner who sent his students to Sikeston, Mo., for testing was convicted in federal court in Cape Girardeau in a bribery and fraud scheme to make the tests easy to pass. Mustafa Redzic, a Bosnian-born owner of Bosna Truck Driving School, was prosecuted personally by federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway in federal court in Cape Girardeau. ...
Transportation funding discussed at First Friday Coffee (04/05/08)
Missouri needs a big infusion of cash for state transportation needs to build on safety improvements and smoother driving conditions achieved in recent years, two leading lawmakers told a Cape Girardeau business audience Friday. Rep. Neal St. Onge, R-Ellisville, and Sen. ...
Emerson checks on ice storm recovery in Jackson (04/05/08)
U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson met with city of Jackson officials to review progress in recovering from February's ice storms. The ice caused more than $1.3 million in damage throughout the city. Emerson saw some of the storm's lingering effects while touring the city with Mayor Barbara Lohr and city manager Jim Roach Friday morning...
Sophomores to meet with Mo. lawmakers (04/05/08)
Four students will travel to Jefferson City, Mo., on Monday to meet with legislators, tour the Capitol and Governor's Mansion, and listen to the governor speak. The students are Morgan Newell of Oak Ridge High School, Meg Goodman of Cape Girardeau Central High School, Alicea Mahnken of Saxony Lutheran High School and Kara Goodier of Jackson High School...
Ameren to seek increase in rates (04/05/08)
Higher costs for fuel and materials, the need to continue efforts designed to make the electrical grid more reliable and a quest for higher profits all combined in AmerenUE's decision to seek a 12.1 percent rate increase, company representatives said Friday...
Sikeston looks to make 'best airport we can have' (04/05/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- During a special meeting Wednesday, City Council members approved the submission of an updated airport layout plan to the Missouri Department of Transportation's Aviation Section for review. The city must have an updated airport layout plan approved to be eligible for any future federal grant funding for airport improvements, according to City Manager Doug Friend...
Thursday's rains caused few major problems (04/05/08)
The storms that moved through the Cape Girardeau area Thursday and into early Friday morning dumped 3.92 inches of rain on the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and about 3 inches of rain downtown. But the downpours didn't cause the major flooding problems associated with the record-breaking rains that hit the area a little more than two weeks ago, local emergency response agencies reported...
Water main break affects heart of Cape (04/05/08)
A boil-water advisory remains in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday, after a water main break Friday. Anyone living between the city's southern border and Bertling Street, southeast of Cape Rock Drive and east of Kingshighway must follow the boil-water order, according to Kevin Priester. The order applies to one third of the city -- an estimated 12,000 people. Businesses on either side of Kingshighway are not affected by the order...
Biggest job loss in 5 years sets off recession alarms (04/05/08)
WASHINGTON -- It's no longer a question of recession or not. Now it's how deep and how long. Workers' pink slips stacked ever higher in March as jittery employers slashed 80,000 jobs, the most in five years, and the national unemployment rate climbed to 5.1 percent. Job losses are nearing the staggering level of a quarter-million this year in just three months...
Low-cost carrier Skybus, based in Ohio, announces shutdown because of fuel costs, economy (04/05/08)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Low-cost carrier Skybus Airlines is shutting down Saturday and plans to file for bankruptcy protection next week, becoming the latest of the nation's airlines to fall because of rising fuel costs and a slowing economy. The announcement Friday came less than a year after Skybus started up at Port Columbus International Airport, offering several $10 flights. The airline's situation worsened in recent weeks, said Skybus spokesman Bob Tenenbaum...
Marches, candlelight vigils honor Martin Luther King Jr. (04/05/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On the 40th anniversary of his assassination, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered Friday in the city where he died as a man who came to Memphis "to lead us to a better way." Presidential candidates, civil rights leaders, labor activists and thousands of citizens were coming together to honor King for his devotion to racial equality and economic justice...
Airport 'behavior' screeners hunt for terrorists, mostly find fake IDs (04/05/08)
NEW YORK -- To the untrained eye, the man looked like any other traveler as he waited in line at Kennedy Airport. But something about the way he was acting caught the attention of two security screeners. For 16 minutes, they questioned him, scanned every inch of his body twice with a metal-detecting wand and emptied his carry-on bag onto a table. Out came a car stereo with wires dangling from it...
Iraqi prime minister stops raids against militiamen (04/05/08)
BAGHDAD -- In a dramatic reversal, Iraq's prime minister ordered a nationwide freeze Friday on Iraqi raids against Shiite militants, bowing to demands by anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr only one day after promising to expand the crackdown to Baghdad...
Bell City's Spears shines in her final volleyball match (04/05/08)
POPLAR BLUFF -- Friday night was possibly the last time Bell City senior Rachel Spears would be on the volleyball court in a competitive atmosphere. To listen to her, you would think she was outclassed by her fellow players in the B.A. Sports All-Star Extravaganza and ready to get it over with...
Goodman to play D-I hoops (04/05/08)
Jackson 6-foot-6 forward Spencer Goodman recently gave his verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of North Dakota, which will move up to Division I next year. He plans to sign with the program during the next possible basketball signing period, which begins April 16...
Redhawks eager to build on winning streak (04/05/08)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team will try to keep climbing the Ohio Valley Conference standings when the Redhawks begin a three-game home series today. Tennessee State visits Southeast for a 1 p.m. doubleheader, followed by a 1 p.m. contest Sunday...
Edgar dumps his top assistant (04/05/08)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar is in the market for a new chief recruiter. Edgar recently informed Ronnie Dean that he will not renew Dean's contract for next season. Dean has been a Southeast assistant coach the past four seasons, including the final two years of Gary Garner's regime and the first two years of Edgar's tenure...
Hogan closes in on another milestone (04/05/08)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan is approaching another milestone. But rather than getting worked up about his impending 400th win at Southeast, Hogan said he is focused on keeping the Redhawks toward the top of the Ohio Valley Conference standings...
Area digest (04/05/08)
Former Central swimmer breaks world record Susan Beth Scott, a former swimmer at Central, broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle Thursday night at the U.S. Paralympic swimming trials at the University of Minnesota. Scott finished in 4 minutes, 40.12 seconds, which broke a 12-year record...
Tending the garden (04/05/08)
Proverbs 12:11 reads, "Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense." I am not much of a gardener. In fact when I look for plants I look for the hardy ones. Plants that, no matter how hard I try, I cannot kill them. I am glad that I do not have to literally work the land for bread. I have learned a few things in my bumbling attempts to garden...
Briefly (04/05/08)
Briefly Christian entertainment offered at area churches n The Jeremiah People, a Christian musical drama group, will perform at 6 p.m. April 13 at Lynwood Baptist Church. Made up of five to eight actors/musicians, the Jeremiah People bring laughter, tears and relevant ministry using drama, music and testimony...
Teaching men to lead (04/05/08)
The organizer of a three-day conference to be held this month hopes to unite men under one cause -- to lead men to a stronger relationship with God in their homes, their work places and in their churches. The Rev. T.D. White, pastor of The Rock International Ministries of Jackson, said God gave him the idea more than a year ago to unite men, lift them up and teach them God's way. That's how Men's Conference 2008 "Men United for One Cause," to be held April 17 to 19, was born...
Dems attack '100 years' (04/05/08)
Haven't we been listening to talk of "100 years" of war in Iraq for 100 years now? It certainly feels that way. But this favorite talking point of the two Democrats presidential candidates is bogus. "Instead of offering an exit strategy for Iraq, [Sen. John McCain is] offering us a 100-year occupation," Sen. Barack Obama said on the fifth anniversary of the coalition's move on the then-oppressed Iraq. But it could have been any day; Obama uses the sound bite often enough...
Sleep well, God doesn't need to (04/05/08)
In the 1991 movie "What about Bob?" Richard Dreyfuss' character (Dr. Marvin) is trying to wake up Bob, played by Bill Murray. First, he calls to Bob and nudges him. Doesn't work. Then he shouts and nudges harder. Dr. Marvin then places two hands on Bob's back and pushes him up and down. Bob snores away contentedly...
On ambiguity (04/05/08)
Peace, it's wonderful. So are some other things -- like democracy, common sense and practical policies as opposed to angry slogans. The latest election results from Taiwan, aka the Republic of China, represent a victory for all of those. The results were not only a landslide victory (58 percent of the vote) for the Kuomintang, or Nationalists, but a well-deserved slap at the current, ever controversial president and leader of the other party, the Democratic Progressives...
Kevin Federline spent big in Las Vegas while billing ex-wife Britney Spears (04/05/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Federline might play the part of the pauper to his pop princess ex-wife Britney Spears, but in Las Vegas he is king. Federline spent more than $43,000 on Las Vegas hotels, dining and shopping between May 2007 and January of this year, according to documents filed by Federline's attorney in his custody battle with Spears. The documents were released by the Superior Court on Thursday...
James Westbrook (04/05/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- James Charles Westbrook, 81, of Advance died Friday, April 4, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 21, 1926, in Advance, son of Elmer and Helen Malarky Westbrook. Westbrook retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer and also retired from Sears...
Beulah Newman (04/05/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Beulah M. Newman, 87, of Sikeston died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 2, 1920, in Canalou, Mo., daughter of Allison McKinley and Clara Allen Cullins Sr. She and C.K. "Bud" Newman were married April 25, 1936. He died June 17, 1985...
Lauxanne Haas (04/05/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lauxanne Haas, 60, of Anna died Thursday, April 3, 2008, in Jackson County as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Jan. 11, 1948, in Chicago, daughter of William A. and Ruth Joan Xanders Haas. Haas attended the University of California-Santa Barbara and later received a degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She was currently a paralegal for the Jimmerson Law Firm in Clayton, Mo...
Daveen Alexander (04/05/08)
Daveen B. Alexander, 89, of Jackson, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 9, 1918, in Thayer, Mo., daughter of the late John Thomas and Virtie Mae Weber Davis. She worked with her husband in country club management and attended Shady Acres Church of Christ when she lived in Sikeston...
Betty Reineke (04/05/08)
Betty Reineke, 82, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, April 4, 2008, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lester Pickett Jr. (04/05/08)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Lester Pickett Jr., 84, of Tamms died Friday, April 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Madeline Godwin (04/05/08)
Madeline B. Godwin, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Sept. 22, 1910, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Henry J. and Matilda Heuer Brinkopf. She married Franklin Barnes in 1938 in Chicago. She then married James Peacock in 1962 in Germany, and later married William Godwin in 1977 in Cape Girardeau. All preceded her in death...
Virginia Crenshaw (04/05/08)
Virginia Crenshaw, 99, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Oct. 15, 1908, in Corning, Ark., daughter of Robert E. and Mattie Wynn Hawks. She and Henry J. Crenshaw were married July 8, 1946. He died in November 1981...
Clarence Lange (04/05/08)
Clarence W. Lange, 89, of Jackson passed away Friday, April 4, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 12, 1918, at Tilsit, son of Henry H. and Anna L. Siebert Lange. He and Alline Evans were married Dec. 15, 1940. She passed away Jan. 21, 1998. He and Ruth Jean Kassel Field were married April 20, 1989, in Cape Girardeau...
fire (04/05/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 6:08 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1500 block of Revlon Street. n At 6:20 p.m., an illegal burn at 210 Capaha Trail. n At 6:59 p.m., a line down at Independence and Hanover streets...
police (04/05/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Jonathan R. Scarber, 23, 1420 N. Spanish St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended, failure to maintain single lane and failure to stop at flashing red signal...
Out of the past (04/05/08)
25 years ago: April 5, 1983 The Jackson Board of Aldermen last night approved a resolution authorizing the city to file a protest with the Interstate Commerce Commission over Missouri Pacific's proposed abandonment of the only rail line serving the community...
A good conclusion (04/05/08)
The legal battle between Jim and Debbie Shank of Jackson and the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has garnered considerable attention around the globe. This week Wal-Mart announced it would end its effort to take money the Shanks had received as part of a $1 million lawsuit settlement with a trucking company involved in an accident that left Debbie Shank with brain damage and other injuries requiring confinement to a nursing home...
Speak Out (04/05/08)
Environmental pollution POLLUTING THE environment is tantamount to injuring people. You wouldn't throw out litter, would you? School safety WHO WOULD suggest that students be in trailers instead of building more classrooms at Central High School? As a parent, I worry when they're in brick buildings for their safety during a tornado watch. Quit complaining about the gyms and playing fields...
Cape Cobras (04/05/08)
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