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Stories from Saturday, May 17, 2008

Alleged fugitive to appear on national TV show (05/17/08)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Bush failed to win the help he sought from Saudi Arabia to relieve rising American gas prices Friday, a setback for the former Texas oilman who took office predicting he would convince oil-producing nations to help the U.S...
Jackson teachers work on new algebra course (05/17/08)
Jackson High School teachers say some students pass algebra I and II with C's but are nevertheless unprepared for college or the work force. Three teachers, Kerrie Middleton, Stephanie Robbs and Jennifer Grieshop, are working on a possible solution...
Fallen area officers honored at memorial ceremony (05/17/08)
The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, sponsored by Seniors and Lawmen Together, or SALT, was held Friday morning in the auditorium of the Conservation Campus Nature Center at Cape County Park North to honor 19 fallen officers from Southeast Missouri...
Cape's peripheral planning put on hold (05/17/08)
Cape Girardeau's peripheral planning initiative is on hold. During a daylong retreat for the city council, Charlie Haubold, chairman of the city's planning and zoning board, suggested suspending the effort. The city council informally agreed. City officials have said they want to see stricter rules for developers who build subdivisions with the intent of having the neighborhoods annexed...
Recycling program started in Scott County (05/17/08)
BENTON -- Scott County is going green. The Stoddard County Sheltered Workshop will bring a shredder and trash containers to the courthouse so county offices can recycle products such as paper and cardboard. A shredder will also be set up for use on sensitive documents before recycling...
Picnic planned to benefit airfield (05/17/08)
Southeast Missourian The Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 453 is sponsoring a spring picnic at 10 a.m. today at Painton Airport in Painton, Mo. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday. For those planning to fly to the picnic, the GPS location for the event is N37.05.15 W089.47.61 MSL 320 Grass strip Left Hand Pattern 3,000x60 18/36 Radio 122.80. ...
Probation revoked for Ill. man charged with drug offenses (05/17/08)
Circuit Judge Benjamin F. Lewis decided to revoke probation and impose a seven-year prison sentence on Wendell E. Woodson following a short hearing Friday morning at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson. Woodson, 30, of Tamms, Ill., faces drug charges in Alexander County, Ill., but a scheduled jury trial was postponed after Francis "Ray" Beauchamp, a witness in the case, died March 31...
Tunes at Twilight season opens (05/17/08)
McClure, Ill., house catches fire (05/17/08)
Firefighters responded Friday to a structure fire at a Southern Illinois residence. The fire occurred in the 2300 block of Sexton Creek Road in McClure, Ill. No injuries were reported.
Showcase trying to keep Western swing music alive (05/17/08)
Although Southeast Missouri is better known for bluegrass and country, the Western swing music showcased this weekend at the Cape Girardeau Eagles Club is drawing fans of the genre from as far away as Las Vegas. The Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest's fourth annual music showcase in Cape Girardeau began Thursday with an open jam session and continues today from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m...
Man sentenced for mailing pipe bomb (05/17/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Mountain Grove, Mo., man who mailed a pipe bomb to West Plains police was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Federal prosecutor John Wood said 60-year-old Donald W. Schamber pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to mailing the pipe bomb with the intent to injure another person...
Missouri lawmakers end session with flurry of activity (05/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers targeted illegal immigrants and Internet harassers, curbed property tax spikes and potentially padded their campaign accounts Friday as they capped a slow session with a flurry of final-day activity. In the last hour of the 2008 legislative session, House members voted to repeal Missouri's campaign contribution limits while senators gave final approval to a bill making online harassment illegal...
Washington University students, faculty protest Schlafly at ceremony (05/17/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Wearing white armbands, Washington University students and faculty staged a silent protest as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly received an honorary degree at Friday's commencement. Hundreds got up from their seats, turned their backs to the stage, and stood silently as the 83-year-old Schlafly was bestowed an honorary doctorate of humane letters...
Gay marriage opponents vow to fight California court ruling (05/17/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as same-sex couples across California begin making plans to tie the knot, opponents are redoubling their efforts to make sure wedding bells never again ring for gay couples in the nation's most populous state. A conservative group said it would ask California's Supreme Court to postpone putting its Thursday decision legalizing gay marriage into effect until after the fall election. ...
Intelligence agencies seek help recruiting immigrants as translators, analysts, spies (05/17/08)
McLEAN, VA -- The U.S. is its own worst enemy when it comes to the desperately important task of recruiting immigrants as spies, analysts and translators in the war on terror, new Americans are telling intelligence officials. The government's policies raise suspicions and fear in the immigrants' home countries and disturb potential recruits here who might otherwise want to help...
Obama criticizes McCain for 'naive' foreign policy (05/17/08)
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Barack Obama laid into John McCain on Friday for advancing a tough-guy foreign policy that he called "naive and irresponsible," serving notice that he's ready to launch a full-throttle challenge to the Republican presidential contender on international relations in the general election campaign...
Ailing fugitive headed back to Md. years after prison escape (05/17/08)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An ailing 81-year-old North Carolina man who escaped from a Maryland prison 43 years ago was taken into custody Friday to face extradition, a move his attorneys decried as a waste of time because he is ill and aging. Willie Parker, who suffers from several health problems, only served about a quarter of his sentence for robbery with a deadly weapon before escaping in 1965. He was tracked down in February as part of a Maryland effort to clear outstanding warrants...
McCain courts NRA, visits gun shop (05/17/08)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Courting his sometime critics within the gun lobby, John McCain told the National Rifle Association on Friday that Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton would both undermine the rights of gun owners. "If either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is elected president, the rights of law-abiding gun owners will be at risk my friends -- and have no doubt about it," the Republican nominee-in-waiting told a crowd of several thousand...
Alabama sheriffs feed inmates on $1.75 a day (05/17/08)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Back in the day of chain gangs, Alabama passed a law that gave sheriffs $1.75 a day to feed each prisoner in their jails, and the sheriffs got to pocket anything that was left over. More than 80 years later, most Alabama counties still operate under this system, with the same $1.75-a-day allowance, and some sheriffs are actually making money on top of their salaries. ...
Tours of Wash. nuclear waste site draw interest (05/17/08)
RICHLAND, Wash. -- In a cramped control room, a bright yellow sticker cautions workers about critical radiation alarms. Now a novelty stuck on a wall between dials that haven't spun in decades, the sign hints at the enormity of the plant's mission...
Survivors pulled from China quake rubble; aftershock shakes province (05/17/08)
BEICHUAN, China -- Rescuers pulled survivors from the rubble Friday who had been buried for four days as a strong aftershock sparked landslides near the epicenter of this week's powerful earthquake. The first foreign rescue workers since Monday's magnitude 7.9 temblor were allowed to the scene, and helicopters dropped leaflets urging people to "unite together" and providing survival tips. Officials have said the quake's final toll could reach 50,000...
Bin Laden says Palestinian cause at heart of jihad (05/17/08)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Osama bin Laden vowed Friday to fight Israel for the liberation of the Palestinians, claiming their cause is at the heart of al-Qaida's holy war with the West. The terrorist leader's third statement this year was released to coincide with the Jewish state's 60th anniversary and came out as President Bush was wrapping up his visit to Israel to celebrate the occasion...
Death toll from Myanmar cyclone nearly doubles (05/17/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- The official death toll nearly doubled to 78,000 from Myanmar's killer cyclone as heavy rains Friday lashed much of the area stricken two weeks ago, further hampering relief efforts. Aid workers shackled by the country's military regime struggled to get even the most basic data about the needs of up to 2.5 million survivors. The Red Cross warned that a lack of clean water may swell the ranks of the dead...
Jackson upends Hillsboro for district title (05/17/08)
JACKSON -- Sophomore hurler Chad Scroggins had thrown just 17 varsity innings this spring entering Friday's Class 4 District 1 title game against Hillsboro. Still Scroggins, who pitched much of the season on the junior varsity, was confident when coach Rob French informed him about two hours before the game that he would be the starting pitcher. And he remained confident throughout while his curveball remained difficult for Hillsboro batters to hit...
Oran rips Bernie 13-1 for another district title (05/17/08)
LEOPOLD -- Not that the Oran High School baseball team doesn't appreciate district titles. It's just that the Eagles have their sights set on a much bigger prize -- a state championship. That's why the Eagles' celebration was fairly subdued after they rolled to the Class 1 District 2 crown...
Saxony Lutheran's season ends on Valle's walkoff hit (05/17/08)
STE. GENEVIEVE -- Saxony Lutheran junior Chris Roth slapped a three-run double off Valle Catholic pitcher Nathan Geile to give his Crusaders the lead in the fifth inning. Geile returned the favor in the bottom of the seventh. Geile ripped a solid single to center off Roth with the bases loaded to score two and lift the Warriors to the 4-3 comeback win in their Class 1 District 3 title game Friday at Yanks Field...
Crusaders' 3,200 relay cruises to another state title (05/17/08)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Saxony Lutheran boys 3,200-meter relay team was the favorite Friday in the first track event of the Class 1 state meet, but that didn't stop coach Larry Cleair from tinkering with the lineup and still being nervous. Joe Buerck ran the first leg for the Crusaders and set the table for the school's fourth straight victory in the event. ...
Southeast baseball salvages split, qualifies for OVC tournament (05/17/08)
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Southeast Missouri State baseball team got off to a horrendous start in Friday's doubleheader. Host Morehead State jumped on top 10-2 after three innings of the nine-inning opener and held on for a 10-8 victory. But the Redhawks bounced back with a big lead of their own in the seven-inning nightcap -- 9-0 -- and held on to win 9-6...
To graduates: Remember that everything rises and falls on leadership (05/17/08)
Across our nation high school and collegiate men and women are preparing to graduate. To move into the "real world" (which, being out of college for a little more than a decade, I'm still not sure what that means). Congratulations on your accomplishment. As you prepare to set out on your paths of wealth, fortune, fame and success -- which as a fairly young dog I have learned are not all passengers on the same bus -- allow me to share with you some ancient words with relevant meaning...
Religion briefs 5/17/08 (05/17/08)
Special speakers to be at Father's Arms Fellowship A morning worship at the morning service Sunday will feature Bill and Carol Bartolomucci of Whitesboro, Texas, at Father's Arms Fellowship, 1400 Main St. in Scott City. They will share their testimonies. Pastor Ken Strong said the Bartolomuccis are not "Christian entertainers," but "minister under the anointing and guidance of the Holy Spirit."...
Sisterhood of the traveling nuns (05/17/08)
Several Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, who are either from Southeast Missouri or have taught school in Catholic schools in Southeast Missouri, are among 20 sisters who are celebrating jubilees of religious profession this summer at Maple Mount, Ky...
What makes a hero? (05/17/08)
He was unremarkable in appearance, except for one thing. This young man who appeared to be in his 30s, waiting like me to get into a restaurant in Sikeston, Mo., last week, was wearing something that caught my eye. He had on shorts that had a logo stitched into the side. The logo read: "Steelers."...
Woody Allen's 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' premieres at Cannes (05/17/08)
CANNES, France — Woody Allen's latest film touches on that classic male fantasy, a romantic threesome with two women. Has Allen ever entertained the notion himself? "You know, it's hard enough to get one person," Allen told reporters Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, hours before the premier of his romantic comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," starring Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem...
Ellen DeGeneres, girlfriend engaged after Calif. ruling (05/17/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Ellen DeGeneres and longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi are jumping at the chance to get married. DeGeneres announced their engagement during a Thursday taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," telling the studio audience the news that the California Supreme Court had struck down state laws against gay marriage...
Housing market sees surprise rebound, but outlook still uncertain (05/17/08)
WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes increased by the biggest percentage in more than two years in April, a rare spot of good news amid the worst downturn in housing in more than two decades. Analysts, however, played down the increase, noting that all the strength came from the volatile apartment sector. They said the painful housing slump is far from over as a record flood of foreclosures continues to add to the sizable stockpile of unsold homes...
GM workers in Mich. ratify local contract to end strike (05/17/08)
LANSING, Mich. -- A striking United Auto Workers local at a key General Motors Corp. factory ratified a new contract with the company Friday afternoon and will resume production on Monday. UAW Local 602 said on its Web site Friday that its members voted 73.5 percent in favor of the new deal. It will end a strike that began April 17 at the Delta Township plant near Lansing that makes the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia...
Howard Lively (05/17/08)
Howard Scott Lively, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 7, followed by Knights of Columbus rosary...
James Johnson (05/17/08)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- James E. "Jim" Johnson, 86, of Mounds died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Mounds, son of William Robert and Mary Etta Wright Johnson. Johnson had worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mounds...
Keith Ford (05/17/08)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Keith Allen Ford, 40, of Puxico died Thursday, May 15, 2008, from injuries received in a car accident in Bollinger County. He was born May 16, 1967, in Monroe, La., son of Larry and Louise Hazel Ford. He and Tori Schrader were married Dec. 31, 2005, in Marble Hill, Mo...
William Stewart Sr. (05/17/08)
ANNISTON, Mo. -- William Dale "Bill" Stewart Sr., 76, of Anniston died Friday, May 16, 2008, at the East Prairie Nursing Center. He was born Sept. 16, 1931, at East Prairie, Mo., son of Joel Stewart and Thelma Wallace Stewart Irving. Stewart was a retired mechanic. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War...
Bernice Lewis (05/17/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Maudie Bernice Lewis, 80, of Marble Hill died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 15, 1927, at Steele, Mo., daughter of Jim and Melvina Wright Mathenia. She and Roy Oscar Lewis were married Jan. 15, 1945...
Emmogene Shirkey (05/17/08)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. -- Emmogene Shirkey, 90, of Morehouse died May 16, 2008, at her home. She was born Dec. 23. 1917 in Tilton, Ark., daughter of Emmet and Nellie Cooksey Miller. She and Chester James Shirkey were married March 5, 1937, in Talapoosa, Mo. He died April 18, 1989...
Rosalie Moeller (05/17/08)
Rosalie Moeller, 83, of Jackson died Friday, May 16, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Clarence Daugherty (05/17/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Clarence C. Daugherty, 85, of Chaffee died Friday, May 16, 2008, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 17, 1922, at Puxico, Mo., son of Claude and Edith Blackwell Daugherty. He and Donna Sue Houston were married Sept. 23, 1961...
Births 5/17/08 (05/17/08)
Pemberton Daughter to Shawn and Angie Pemberton of Pevely, Mo., St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, 10:58 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008. Name, Baylor Layne. Weight, 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Pemberton is the former Angie Juengling, daughter of David and Nancy Juengling of Columbia, Ill. Pemberton is the son of Ken and Brenda Pemberton of Cape Girardeau. He is a dental and orthodontic practice consultant with Invisalign...
Police 5/17/08 (05/17/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Jeremy E. Yount, 25, 1404 Lexington Ave., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests n Keith W. Umfleet, 58, 156 S. Minnesota St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for possession of marijuana, distribution and possession of drug paraphernalia...
Fire 5/17/08 (05/17/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 3:22 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1500 block of Dunklin Street. n At 3:50 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2600 block of Independence Street. n At 5:11 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of West Cape Rock Drive...
Out of the past 5/17/2008 (05/17/08)
25 years ago: May 17, 1983 At $16,805,183, the city of Cape Girardeau's proposed budget for the 1983-1984 fiscal year is easily the largest budget ever considered by the city; it is about $6.7 million more than the budget for the current fiscal year...
Clarification 5/17/08 (05/17/08)
A man named Jason C. Eftink, 29, of Cape Girardeau was recently sentenced to 135 months in prison for child pornography. This is not Jason F. Eftink who lives in Jackson and is the president and CEO of Technology and Networking/ASC in Cape Girardeau...
Commencing advice (05/17/08)
No one asked me to speak at any graduation ceremonies this month. I'm not surprised, however. A few years back, I spoke to an honors assembly for gifted students. I suspect the administration was uncomfortable with my message that evening. My message had to do with trust. Always putting trust in positions of power, I told those assembled, was not always a good idea...
Some questions and comments about Cape Girardeau's proposed peripheral zoning (05/17/08)
By Jim And Belinda Goggin We submit this to express our views on the proposed peripheral zoning being submitted by Cape Girardeau. The views we wish to express are, no doubt, different to the views of others on this issue. Everyone sees a picture through his/her own eyes. It is not our desire to create conflict or slow city growth and development. We simply believe it is time that we express ourselves...
Speed racers (05/17/08)
Police in St. Joseph, Mo., have announced that residents there will get radar guns to nail speeders in their neighborhoods. The program was prompted by the limited number of officers available to monitor speeding vehicles, according to a story from the city in northwest Missouri. Police say they don't have the manpower to catch speeders. They say the radar-gun idea will get residents more involved in their neighborhoods...
Hate-filled diatribe was excessive (05/17/08)
To the editor: While surfing TV channels May 14, I came to MSNBC. Keith Olbermann was in process of the most vitriolic attack on President Bush and the administration that I have ever witnessed. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. For the sake of first-hand knowledge, I watched to the close. It was the most hate-filled diatribe imaginable. I have never witnessed such comments, bordering close to hysterical commentary...
Buyers need vehicle information (05/17/08)
To the editor: In April, the Missouri Department of Revenue announced that effective May 1 fees associated with vehicle registration records, including the disclosure of salvage, flood and other information, would increase from approximately $1.25 a record to $7 per record. ...
Speak Out 5/17/08 (05/17/08)
Caring for pets PETS ARE not disposable. Too many people take on puppies and kittens because they are cute but do not realize the time and effort or money that go into raising them. When you take on a pet, they rely 100 percent on you to take care of them. They cannot do it on their own...
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