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Stories from Thursday, May 15, 2008

Candidate must resign EMA job or quit Butler Co. sheriff's race (05/15/08)
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has found Rick Sliger's candidacy for sheriff to be in violation of the federal Hatch Act. Sliger, who is director of the Butler County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Agency and one of three Republican candidates for sheriff, said he was notified of the Special Counsel's decision Tuesday...
Kennett's Ely & Walker facility opens to public (05/15/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Local, area, and state officials, "including a tentative confirmation from Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and Kennett local and national celebrity Sheryl Crow," will be at Kennett on Monday, May 19, 2008, according to a statement released by Carlson Gardner, Inc. and Mid America Management...
Knife, fake bomb used to rob area pharmacy (05/15/08)
Less than two hours after a robber used a knife and a fake bomb to obtain a large amount of OxyContin from the Medicap Pharmacy in Scott City, the robber and an accomplice were arrested in Cape Girardeau. The incident forced the Scott City School District to implement a lockdown for about 90 minutes. No incidents were reported at the school and the lockdown was lifted before the regular release time for middle- and high school students, principal Kerry Thompson said...
Southeast building $490K gathering spot (05/15/08)
By the end of the summer, university officials hope to turn an area between Scully and Rhodes halls into a tranquil gathering grounds, complete with lush greens and a waterfall. Their goal is to improve traffic flow and safety, make the area more ADA accessible, and increase aesthetic appeal. Construction of the plaza began this month...
Purcell sues commission over Sunshine Law (05/15/08)
Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell is suing the the county commission for Sunshine Law violations, he announced Wednesday. Purcell's suit, filed Wednesday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court, alleges the commission violated the Sunshine Law -- Missouri's open meetings and open records law -- when it went into closed session April 17...
Governor candidate calls for tax review (05/15/08)
Missouri needs a comprehensive review of state tax laws, including all exemptions and credits, State Treasurer Sarah Steelman said during a campaign stop Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. Steelman, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor, said one of her first acts if elected would be to create an 11-member commission, including two Federal Reserve bank economists, to study the tax code and order them to report findings and recommendations within 100 days...
In federal court 5/15/08 (05/15/08)
The following was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway. Sentenced Name: Cordell L. Hiler Age: 36 Residence: Scott County, Mo Charge: two felony counts of distribution of a cocaine base...
Recording shows officials at loggerheads (05/15/08)
The recorded conversation between Cape Girardeau County commissioners Gerald Jones and Jay Purcell begins with an agreement. Neither man wants to argue. But that is exactly what they do. However, their harsh, profanity-laced exchanges are interspersed with driving directions, pleasantries and observations about Cape Girardeau's political scene...
Portion of money seized in K-9 drug bust will pay for unit's new vehicle (05/15/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- A new vehicle for Scott County's K-9 unit is not only an approved use of federal drug seizure money, it is also appropriate, according to county officials. It was the drug dog that found the money. County commissioners approved the purchase of a new car for the K-9 unit during their regular meeting Tuesday. The vehicle it replaces has about 130,000 miles on it, according to Sheriff Rick Walter...
Victim testifies during first day of sexual assault trial (05/15/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A 22-year-old Benton, Mo., woman testified Wednesday that when she went to her ex-boyfriend's Cape Girardeau apartment building to pick up couple things she'd left there before their relationship soured, she didn't think her life was in danger...
Community briefs 5/15/08 (05/15/08)
Cape Girardeau Public Library May events n From 6:30 to 8 p.m. today the Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library Foundation will sponsor a book signing and family program by author Jim Riley. Copies of his book, "The Saving of Dogtown," a children's picture book, will be available. Illustrator Don Greenwood will have an art project for the children...
USS Missouri group holding 35th reunion (05/15/08)
Shipmates who served aboard the battleship USS Missouri BB-63, their children and friends will hold a 35th annual reunion in San Antonio from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. For more information, call chairman Jack Stempick at 203-281-4693, president Bill Morton at 803-469-3579 or e-mail mo63@ftc-i.net...
Bikers group reaches $50,000 milestone (05/15/08)
The eighth annual Bikers Helping Veterans event, held May 4, netted more than $6,700, bringing the grand total raised by the group since 2000 to more than $50,000. The event featured a poker run starting at L and D Patio in McClure, Ill. Bill LaGrand won the $300 first-place prize, then donated half back to the cause. Second-place winner was Ronnie Asher, who won $200...
Room named for former professor (05/15/08)
A waiting room in the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Southeast Missouri State University was named after Dr. Mary Ann Trombetta Vogelsang in April. Vogelsang, a professor emeritus of communication disorders, worked at Southeast from 1962 to 1995. She was the first chairwoman when the Department of Communication Disorders began in 1989...
Lee's Summit man gets 120 days for enticing minor (05/15/08)
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former police officer who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to entice a minor for sex could spend about four months in prison, although prosecutors were seeking a six-year sentence. Timothy W. Leighty, 37, of Lee's Summit, was sentenced Thursday for child enticement and attempted statutory sodomy. He had admitted that he used the Internet to entice someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl and traveling to Platte County to engage in sex...
Mo. Senate OKs illegal immigration bill (05/15/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Senate approved a broad bill Thursday that adds penalties and restrictions on illegal immigrants, but also includes provisions opposed by House leaders that affect businesses. The troublesome provision, which sponsoring Sen. Scott Rupp attempted to keep off the bill, would allow employers to be fined up to $50,000 if they misclassify their workers as "contractors" instead of "employees." It grants authority for the attorney general to investigate such matters...
Lambert officer hit by vehicle (05/15/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A police officer at Lambert Airport in St. Louis is hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by a vehicle. The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. Thursday near the St. Louis airport's East Terminal. Officials say the officer was out of his vehicle when he was struck...
St. Louis concert series announced (05/15/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joss Stone, Lonestar, the Black Crowes and Boyz II Men are among the headliners for the Live on the Levee series of concerts. Officials announced details on Thursday for Fair St. Louis, the city's annual Independence Day celebration, and Live on the Levee, the summer concert series. Both are on the grounds of the Gateway Arch, and both are free...
St. Charles police appoint ombudsman (05/15/08)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- Police in the St. Louis-area town of St. Charles say they're trying to reach out to the community with the appointment of an ombudsman. Assistant Chief Michael Amendola will fill the role of ombudsman, giving the public a central point of contact for questions or concerns about police services or actions...
St. Louis man pleads not guilty in death of 80-year-old (05/15/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man faces another court hearing in June after pleading not guilty to the shooting death of an 80-year-old woman. Terrance Wren is charged with first-degree murder. The 22-year-old suspect entered the plea Wednesday. Julia Steele was shot in the side of the head while driving near her home in January. Investigators say Wren and another man in a car were targeting a rival gang member, but shot three innocent bystanders, including Steele...
Kansas City Star names Fannin editor (05/15/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Star has named Mike Fannin as its new editor. Fannin's promotion from managing editor was announced Thursday morning. He replaces Mark Zieman, who was named president and publisher of The Star in March. Fannin has been managing editor for sports and features for the last two years...
Mo. camp that helped kids destroyed by tornado (05/15/08)
RACINE, Mo. (AP) -- Last weekend's tornado wiped out a church camp where generations -- including children with cancer and in foster care -- had come to enjoy nature. The damage from Saturday's tornado left little standing at the Ozark Camp and Retreat Center north of Racine, which has been owned by the regional Community of Christ organization since the 1940s...
Group cites growing threats to cultural sites in Mark Twain, other US forests (05/15/08)
DENVER (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service lacks a clear legal mandate and the financial ability to protect thousands of historic sites and buildings on national forest lands from development, vandalism and other threats, a prominent preservation group says...
Driver in deadly KC crash did prison time for similar death (05/15/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The driver of a car that killed a woman and her daughter in a Kansas City collision spent time in prison for a fatal crash while fleeing police in 1999. Randy Ralstin is facing two counts of second-degree murder stemming from Monday's head-on crash that killed Tiffany Berry and 15-year-old Suavae (swah-VAY') Rouser. Berry's two other daughters had minor injuries...
Blunt threatens to call special session (05/15/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt pledged Wednesday to call a special session if lawmakers adjourn Friday without passing bills cracking down on illegal immigration and limiting property tax increases. Senators completed work Wednesday on a broad bill targeting illegal immigrants, but stopped just short of a vote because of questions about its cost and jockeying over an unrelated measure...
Woman dies weeks after being pinned by her husband's body (05/15/08)
MARION, Ill. — A Marion woman found last month pinned under her husband's body inside their Marion home has died. Williamson County Coroner Mike Burke said 83-year-old Blanche Roberts died Tuesday at a hospital in Herrin, Ill. A newspaper carrier checking the couple's well-being found Roberts on April 27...
Steelman: Senators 'cowards' for late-night ethanol vote (05/15/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman called senators "cowards" Wednesday for voting in the darkness of night to overturn her treasurer's office policy blocking financial aid for ethanol plants whose investors include elected officials...
Hardee's bucks trend, rolls out another big burger (05/15/08)
ST. LOUIS -- At a time when many restaurant chains are counting calories and cutting portion sizes, leave it to Hardee's to launch another in its line of Thickburgers -- and its most expensive yet. The St. Louis-based fast-food chain's latest menu addition, available as of Wednesday, is the Prime Rib Thickburger. The sandwich -- 780 calories and 48 grams of fat -- will have a suggested price of $4.49, or $6.49 with fries and a drink...
Mo. House links village law repeal to sex shop restrictions (05/15/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House members voted Wednesday to repeal a contentious law making it easier for landowners to incorporate their properties as villages. But they linked it to new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses. Supporters had hoped to keep the village-law repeal free of other provisions, so it would have a better chance of passing before lawmakers adjourn their session Friday. The future of the combined bill is uncertain, however, as it heads back to the Senate...
John Edwards backs former rival Obama (05/15/08)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Democrat John Edwards endorsed former rival Barack Obama on Wednesday, a move designed to help solidify support for the party's likely presidential nominee even as Hillary Rodham Clinton refuses to give up her long-shot candidacy...
Police arrest man on suspicion of starting small fire in Fla. (05/15/08)
PALM BAY, Fla. -- Authorities arrested a man they say was seen throwing a Molotov cocktail into the woods Wednesday in this Atlantic coast town, where several homes have been gutted by wildfires this week. Officials questioned Brian Crowder, who authorities allege set a small blaze that was quickly extinguished. They also asked the 31-year-old about larger wildfires that have found ample fuel in developments in the region, blazes he denied involvement with...
Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics (05/15/08)
DALLAS -- In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers...
Inflation pressures ease in April despite increase in food prices (05/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- Inflation pressures eased a bit in April despite the biggest jump in food prices in 18 years. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent last month, compared to a 0.3 percent rise in March. The lower inflation reflected a flat reading for energy, which helped offset a 0.9 percent jump in food costs as prices climbed for many basic items, from bread and milk to coffee and fresh fruits...
Girl Scout sells 17,328 boxes of cookies (05/15/08)
DETROIT -- A Girl Scout sold 17,328 of the group's signature cookies this year by setting up shop on a street corner, shattering her troop's old mark and probably setting a national record. Jennifer Sharpe, a 15-year-old from Dearborn, plans to travel to Europe with her troop with the proceeds from her feat...
Woman pleads guilty in Spitzer prostitution probe (05/15/08)
NEW YORK -- A woman accused of booking clients for a high-priced call girl ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering and promoting prostitution in the federal probe that brought down former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. Temeka Rachelle Lewis, who worked as a booking agent for the Emperor's Club VIP, is the first defendant to admit guilt in the case that led to Spitzer's resignation...
Polar bears to be protected species (05/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday because of the loss of Arctic sea ice but also cautioned the decision should not be viewed as a path to address global warming. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne cited dramatic declines in sea ice over the last three decades and projections of continued losses, meaning, he said, that the polar bear is a species likely to be in danger of extinction in the near future...
Court hears man's claim to cut of Howard Hughes estate (05/15/08)
DENVER -- It's the stuff movies are made of -- literally: A delivery man says he rescued Howard Hughes after he found him face down and bloodied in the desert, so the reclusive billionaire left him $156 million in a hand-scrawled will as a reward. A jury didn't buy it 30 years ago, but Melvin Dummar's attorney says the story dramatized in 1980's Academy Award-winning "Melvin and Howard" has become a lot more believable...
Heavy rain in Louisiana floods dozens of homes, closes roads (05/15/08)
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Record-setting rains flooded dozens of homes and closed roads in northwestern Louisiana, and the misery could rise along with the water as another round of storms approached Wednesday, authorities said. Beginning late Tuesday, more than 10 inches of rain deluged the Shreveport area, nearly half fell in one hour, flooding at least 90 homes, officials said...
House passes election-year farm bill with veto-proof majority (05/15/08)
WASHINGTON -- By a strong, veto-proof majority, the House passed a $290 billion farm bill with increased subsidies for farmers and food stamps for the poor amid rising grocery prices while sprinkling in pet projects that lawmakers can take home to voters this election year...
Canadian polygamist sect under pressure (05/15/08)
LISTER, British Columbia -- Fluorescent lights cast a yellow-green pall on the posted student artwork. Children's voices recite lessons behind closed doors. A group of seventh-grade girls giggle and whisper as they wander back to class. But instead of a smiling portrait of an elected official, Bountiful Elementary-Secondary School displays a photograph of a smiling Warren Jeffs -- the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is doing time in a Utah prison, convicted of being an accomplice to rape.. ...
U.N. chief convening donors to get aid to cyclone victims (05/15/08)
UNITED NATIONS -- A frustrated U.N. chief said Wednesday he was convening key donors and Myanmar's neighbors to weigh options for speeding aid to cyclone victims, including a possible international summit. With the U.N. warning of a second wave of deaths among up to 2.5 million who survived Cyclone Nargis, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed an urgent need to come up with "concrete measures" to help people in Myanmar...
Car bomb blamed on Basque militants kills policeman in Spain (05/15/08)
LEGUTIANO, Spain -- Suspected Basque separatists bombed a village police barracks housing officers and their families Wednesday, killing one person and wounding four. Spain's government described it as an attempted massacre. In the first fatal attack blamed on the militant separatist group ETA in more than two months, the pre-dawn car bombing in the Basque village of Legutiano in northern Spain blew off part of the building's roof, raining down debris and trapping people inside...
Swiss man soars above Alps with jet-powered wing (05/15/08)
BEX, Switzerland -- A Swiss pilot strapped on a jet-powered wing and leapt from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps. Yves Rossy's performance in front of the world press capped five years of training and many more years of dreaming...
Rescuers reach epicenter of China earthquake (05/15/08)
HANWANG, China -- Rescuers arrived for the first time in the epicenter of China's massive earthquake, scouring flattened mountain villages for thousands of victims and distributing airdropped supplies to survivors. The official Xinhua News Agency said some 2,000 soldiers were sent to repair "extremely dangerous" cracks in the Zipingpu Dam upriver from the earthquake-hit city of Dujiangyan...
Gaza rocket explodes in Israeli city; 14 wounded (05/15/08)
ASHKELON, Israel -- A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in a shopping center in this southern Israeli city Wednesday, wounding at least 14 people, as President Bush wrapped up talks in Jerusalem with Israel's prime minister. The attack raised the chances that Israel will send large numbers of ground forces into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip -- something the army chief has reportedly decided he wants to do...
Lebanese Cabinet reverses anti-Hezbollah decisions (05/15/08)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The U.S.-backed Cabinet on Wednesday reversed measures against the militant Hezbollah movement that set off Lebanon's worst violence since the 1975-1990 civil war. The decision was a major victory for the Iranian-allied Hezbollah and the latest sign that the Shiite militant group appeared to have gained the upper hand in the country's political power struggle after its fighters routed supporters of the government...
Area digest 5/15/08 (05/15/08)
Slaten team captures first The team of Steve Slaten, Alan Benton, Lance Cotner and Keith Middleton won the Cape Girardeau Country Club's Men's Golf Association's monthly ABCD event, a best-ball tournament. The team finished with a 26-under par. Jerry Bushelman, Jerry Brey, John Holcomb and Fred Ducharme took second with a 24-under par, while Steve Ross, Phil Moore and Tim Blattner took third...
Wellemeyer shuts down Pirates in 5-1 victory (05/15/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel added a home run-robbing catch to his collection of jaw-dropping defensive plays, earning an assist in Todd Wellemeyer's most dominating start. Wellemeyer allowed two hits into the eighth inning and Albert Pujols had two hits, reaching base for the 41st straight game to start the season, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night...
Simmons throws one-hitter to silence Charleston (05/15/08)
CHARLESTON — Charleston coach Michael Minner wanted to see Scott City's Ryan Modglin on the mound Wednesday night in the Class 2 District 2 final. "We wanted to beat what they call their best," Minner said. Turns out Shae Simmons was good enough. Scott City's No. 2 pitcher shut out the Bluejays on one hit while striking out 15 batters in the Rams' 3-0 district championship victory...
Greer delivers game-winning single for Notre Dame (05/15/08)
Notre Dame junior Austin Greer considered not going out for the baseball team this spring, thinking he might not play much after missing his first two varsity seasons with back injuries. Greer, who was one of the team managers last year, said he spoke with coach Jeff Graviett, who convinced him to trust in his ability to earn a spot...
Southeast hires new track coach (05/15/08)
Eric Crumpecker wants to follow in Joey Haines' footsteps, and in more ways than one. Crumpecker, Haines' longtime assistant, was named to succeed Haines as Southeast Missouri State's head track and field coach Wednesday. Not only does Crumpecker hope to duplicate Haines' success, he'd love to remain in his post for as long as his boss did...
Redhawks fail to run win streak to three (05/15/08)
After the way his team played Tuesday, Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan envisioned the Redhawks continuing their winning ways. But Central Arkansas did to Southeast what the Redhawks had done to the Bears the previous day. The Bears routed the host Redhawks 12-2 on Wednesday as Southeast was denied a third straight victory, which would have matched its longest winning streak of the season...
Area calendar (05/15/08)
Baseball n Capahas tryouts: The Plaza Tire Capahas baseball team will hold tryouts for the upcoming season Sunday at 1 p.m. at Capaha Field. Golf n First Tee registration: The Cape Girardeau affiliate of The First Tee of St. Louis will hold registration for its summer program at 10 a.m. ...
What's to come? (05/15/08)
May 15, 2008 Dear DC, I awoke on the couch just after 4 this morning in Trinidad. The beacon south of Julie and Lynn's house illuminates their picture windows every few seconds, welcoming planes and guiding fishermen away from the rocks in the ocean that beats time on the beach below...
Fur flies at 'Kung Fu Panda' premiere at Cannes (05/15/08)
CANNES, France -- Fur might be a politically incorrect fashion statement on the red carpet at the world's most-prestigious film festival. Not when you're the star of a movie called "Kung Fu Panda," though. DreamWorks Animation, whose past Cannes entries include the first two "Shrek" flicks and "Over the Hedge," put its adorable martial-arts hero alongside the festival's highbrow cinema entries Thursday with the premiere of the action comedy whose voice cast includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman.. ...
REVIEW: 'Speed Racer's' good action sequences ruined by annoying announcers (05/15/08)
First of all, I must say that before watching the "Speed Racer" movie, I had never seen an entire episode of the cartoon. Sure, I've seen pictures and clips and all that jazz, but never an entire episode. So after watching the movie, I decided I better watch a couple of episodes before I start ripping on the movie. I wanted to make sure that all of the faults in the movie weren't carried over from the old cartoon. They weren't. The cartoons are much better...
Jack Black breaks Brangelina twins news in interview (05/15/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Angelina Jolie is expecting twins, and it was Jack Black who let the news slip with a "Brady Bunch" crack. Long rumored to have two children by Brad Pitt on the way, Jolie confirmed the news during a side-by-side "Today" show interview with Black, her "Kung Fu Panda" co-star. The two are in Cannes, France, promoting the animated film...
Indy walks back through our door as `Crystal Skull' nears (05/15/08)
LOS ANGELES — Marion Ravenwood might have been speaking for us all when she set eyes on Indiana Jones for the first time in years. Her greeting to the archaeologist-adventurer in 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark": "Indiana Jones. I always knew someday you'd come walking back through my door."...
ARTifacts (05/15/08)
Local TV personality dips into movies @SL_body_copy_ragged:Buck McNeely, best know for his television hunting show, "Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely," has co-produced a feature-length film about the wild world of dating. "National Lampoon's Cattle Call" hit shelves Tuesday as McNeely's first attempt at movie participation. ...
Bands do battle at Arena Park (05/15/08)
For anyone looking for a live music scene outside a bar, the first Battle of the Bands at Arena Park is the event to attend this Saturday. Alex Bettinger, drummer for Cape Girardeau-based rock group Isabella, said most performances in the area are at venues that prohibit people younger than 21...
'ER' starts countdown to series' final flatline (05/15/08)
BURBANK, Calif. -- Deep inside Stage 11 on the bustling Warner Bros. lot, a giant of a television show is starting to die. "ER," one of prime time's longest-running series, will expire in February. And its 14th season-ender (9 p.m. today) will slide the show closer to its demise...
Good bets 5-15-08 (05/15/08)
Performing arts "Steel Magnolias" dinner theater Great Southern play presented by River City Players. Where: River City Yacht Club, Port Cape When: dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday...
Escape to ArtsCape (05/15/08)
The peaceful path around Capaha Lake in Cape Girardeau will be hit by an "explosion of creative energy," during the eighth annual ArtsCape in Capaha Park. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri organizes the event every year partly as a fundraiser, but mostly for just plain fun, said Delilah Tayloe, director of the arts council. They usually barely break even, but the opportunity ArtsCape allows is well worth the work, Tayloe said...
It's not all Greek at Grecian Steakhouse (05/15/08)
Grecian Steakhouse, a family-owned steakhouse with welcoming atmosphere, has been a part of Cape Girardeau's dining culture since 1981. Greek-born Nick Sakarelos came to Missouri to chase the American dream of owning a restaurant and making a living. Sakarelos now has 30 years of restaurant experience...
Get in the swing of things at showcase, dance (05/15/08)
In the 1930s some young musicians blended country, polka and Western with the popular swing music of the time. The musical mix would later become known as Western swing. Western swing still holds its popularity in its home of the Southwest, but people like Bob Dolle have made it possible to bring the genre to Cape Girardeau...
Pace steers clear of overpromoting new film (05/15/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Near as Lee Pace can tell, the best way to scare audiences away is to tell them how good something is. "I think people are really cautious about important movies," said Pace, who stars in "The Fall." "If you're told, 'There's an important movie coming out,' people would rather chew glass than go see it."...
New on DVD (05/15/08)
"Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection" Professor Henry Jones Jr. is offering a refresher course on his past achievements before you join the throng to see his latest, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which hits theaters May 22. ...
'Jersey Boys' run at Fox heads into the sunset (05/15/08)
This weekend marks the last performances of the "Jersey Boys" at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. After a month of shows, it's your last chance to hear the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The story is told through the eyes of the guys. "Jersey Boys" won a 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical...
Gavin DeGraw doesn't wanna be another singer-songwriter (05/15/08)
NEW YORK -- The term "singer-songwriter" makes Gavin DeGraw cringe. "It makes you feel like a weakling the way all the singer songwriters are marketed, you know what I mean? ... It's not masculine enough for me. I don't feel like I fall into that category in a lot of ways," he said about his "typecasted genre."...
Tunes start at twilight (05/15/08)
Warmer weather and longer days mean several things, but chief among them is the start of Tunes at Twilight, the weekly outdoor concert series at the Gazebo beside the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. The concerts are free and feature a different artist every Friday for six weeks. Then the series takes a break for the hot weather in July and starts again Aug. 15...
Best-sellers (05/15/08)
1. "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow ( 2. "Sundays at Tiffany's" by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet 3. "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle 4. "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz 5. "The Whole Truth" by David Baldacci...
Joining forces: Libertyfest, Air Show team up for weekend of fun by the river (05/15/08)
The rumors are true. Two beloved summer events in Southeast Missouri have joined forces to present the population with the Cape Girardeau Libertyfest and Air Show on the Fourth of July. That's not the official name of it, but that's what I'm calling it for now. I've got about two months to get it right...
Oil prices drawing marginal wells into production (05/15/08)
DEERFIELD, Mo. -- Pumpjacks, the oil rigs that resemble those thirsty bird toys, are going up in Missouri for the first time in two decades, the latest region to revive a long-faded industry as crude nears $130 a barrel. The sky-high price of oil has turned extraction methods recently considered cost-prohibitive into cash cows...
Martha Kabat (05/15/08)
PATTON, Mo. -- Martha Mae Kabat, 75, of Patton died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1933, at Russellville, Ark., daughter of Luther Davis and Etta Ross Strac¿ner. She and Bernard John Kabat were married Aug. 9, 1974. He died June 24, 2005...
Richard Sanders (05/15/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Richard M. Sanders, 55, of Nashville, Tenn., died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at his home. He was born June 25, 1952, in New York state, son of Charles and Lois Wheeler Sanders. Sanders was a retired truck driver. He served in the U.S. Navy...
Carl King (05/15/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Carl Gene King, 81, of Anna died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Union County Hospital. He was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Balcom, Ill., son of Homer and Pearl Boyd King. He and Donna Mull were married July 22, 1946, in Vienna, Ill. She died Dec. 11, 2001...
Donald Riehn (05/15/08)
A memorial service for Donald O. Riehn of Jackson will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit. Burial will be in Old Salem Cemetery at Millersville. Military honors will be conducted. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time...
Gary Faries (05/15/08)
Gary Daniel Faries, 58, died at his home Monday, May 12, 2008. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shawnee Hills Baptist Church, 1204 Brandom St. in Jackson, with Don Estes officiating. Gary was born Jan. 15, 1950, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to John Daniel and Jessie Irene Faries. He married Dara Dyann Bybee June 12, 1971...
Sylvia McCommack (05/15/08)
Sylvia Lee McCommack, 80, of Scott City died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at her home. She was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Mullens, W.Va., daughter of Harry Benjamin and Myrtle Daisy Foster Porterfield. She and Howard Milton "Mac" McCommack were married June 4, 1949, in Roanoke, Va. He died April 15, 1996...
Gerald Kellett (05/15/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Gerald Kellett, 74, of Sikeston died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at his home. He was born July 8, 1933, in Sikeston, son of Ernest and Rita Mainord Kellett. He married Barbara Campbell, who preceded him in death June 30, 2006. Kellett was a U.S. Army veteran and member of American Legion and Eagles Aerie 3319...
Police reports 5/15/08 (05/15/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Matthew D. Dees, 34, of Columbia, Mo., was arrested on a probation violation for child neglect. n John S. Martin, 27, 1541 Main St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for domestic assault...
Fire reports 5/15/08 (05/15/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 8:53 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2100 block of Yorktown Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 11:06 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street...
Out of the past (05/15/08)
25 years ago: May 15, 1983 Lisa Mays, a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson, won first place in the state finals of the Young Speakers' Tournament held recently at Windermere Baptist Assembly at Roach, Mo.; she will receive a $250 scholarship to one of the four Missouri Baptist colleges...
Adding teachers (05/15/08)
One important accomplishment of this year's session of the Missouri Legislature, which ends Friday, has been the passage of a bill that provides for alternative certification of public-school teachers. The bill, signed in Cape Girardeau by Gov. Matt Blunt, addresses many of the concerns that have been raised about allowing "experienced professionals" to teach...
Generosity goes above and beyond (05/15/08)
To the editor: This is to the two sisters who were shopping at J.C. Penney on May 3 with their nephew. My son and I appreciated your help and suggestions in picking out the suits, shirts and ties for him to try. After you found out what degree he was graduating with, you offered several suggestions for job opportunities and certifications he could strive for in future years...
Just the adjoining land, please (05/15/08)
To the editor: It was so reassuring to read that the strip of land in the county park that has been in the news is earmarked for extensive landscaping by the developer. Just look what happened to Center Junction. After selling his land at Fruitland, a very wise man remarked, "The developer doesn't want all the land, only the adjoining land."...
Focus on ethanol fuel is folly (05/15/08)
To the editor: What do you call a product that: n Costs more to make than it's worth? n Is heavily subsidized by taxpayer money? n Is manufactured in plants you would not want in your neighborhood? n Does little or anything to improve the environment?...
A wonderful community venture (05/15/08)
To the editor: It takes three things to do well in all our endeavors. That is especially true in performing or teaching others to perform. These things are the moral of "The Wizard of Oz." You need a brain to think and a big heart to share your soul and, of course, you need to be fearless...
Speak Out 5/15/08 (05/15/08)
Objective column DAVID LIMBAUGH'S column in Sunday's paper was the best I have read. I don't know why he can't write more objective articles like this, the good and the bad. Opposed to quarry JUST WHEN you think things are OK, get ready to get smacked. ...
'Get Asthma Ready' Day May 24 in Capaha Park (05/15/08)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 13, 2008 -- Residents from across the region interested in learning more about asthma are invited to "Get Asthma Ready" May 24 in Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau during Asthma Awareness Month. The free events, scheduled from 10 a.m. ...
Dobbins to speak at Jefferson Elementary School kindergarten graduation (05/15/08)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 1, 2008 -- Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, will be the featured speaker May 22 at the kindergarten graduation ceremonies at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau. Graduation is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Jefferson Elementary School gymnasium...
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