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Stories from Friday, September 26, 2008

Golden Games attracts 120 nursing care facility residents (09/26/08)
Walking to the tune of bagpipes, chicken squawks and cheers from onlookers, the parade participants from Southeast Missouri nursing care facilities marched one-by-one into the Osage Community Centre. Some were dressed as knights and princes while others sported the clothing of queens and fairy princesses...
Author Jack Gantos visiting Cape Girardeau, Jackson schools (09/26/08)
In the first grade, Jack Gantos was in the lowest reading group. Now he is a successful author who enjoys spending time in middle schools reading in an abandoned bookmobile. The author got his first break in college, when "Rotten Ralph" was published in 1976. He jokes in his website's biography that "this surprised a great many people who thought he was going to specialize in rehabilitating old bookmobiles into housing for retired librarians."...
Regents approve autism center's design and budget (09/26/08)
Members of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents took the following action at a meeting Friday in St. Louis: n Approved the conceptual design and budget for Southeast's Autism Center for Diagnosis & Treatment. The $2.6 million, 11,582-square-foot facility will be built on the old Washington School playground. Bids are expected to be awarded in January with construction complete by August...
Ambulance district meeting draws fewer than group expected (09/26/08)
The Friends of Cape Girardeau County Ambulance District had anticipated seeing nearly 150 people at Thursday's meeting. Fewer than 30 showed, but three candidates for Cape Girardeau County Commission were among them. Marvin McMillan, a former firefighter campaigning as a Democrat for the 1st District commission seat held by Larry Bock, said he was not surprised by the low turnout at New McKendree United Methodist Church's south campus in Jackson...
Real estate professionals gather to improve marketing skills (09/26/08)
Real estate educator Dennis Creps believes real estate agents must develop big ideas in order to get their message across. Otherwise, their success in the marketplace may be in jeopardy. "Every time we market ourselves, we have to come up with the best approach possible," Creps told about 45 real estate professionals Thursday. "Small business owners and real estate agents have to do this. It's how we get seen, heard and noticed."...
Food bank open house planned today (09/26/08)
The Southeast Missouri Food Bank is hosting an open house today at its two locations to raise awareness about hunger in America as part of the national "Hunger Action Month" campaign. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today the food bank will offer tours of its Cape Girardeau location at 3920 Nash Road and its Sikeston location at 945 S. ...
Board of regents to meet today in St. Louis (09/26/08)
Board of regents to meet today in St. Louis Members of Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will meet at 2:30 p.m. today at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. Action items on the agenda: n Consider approving the conceptual design and budget for Southeast's Autism Center for Diagnosis & Treatment...
Police investigate indecent conduct at county parks (09/26/08)
Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau police have been conducting an ongoing undercover investigation in the Cape County parks after receiving several reports of indecent exposure, said Sgt. Barry Hovis of the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Gregory A. Marcus, 31, of 415 Estate Drive, No. 123, was issued a summons Wednesday after allegedly exposing himself to an undercover officer...
Stoddard County awards $2.8 million bid for new county government building (09/26/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Stoddard County commissioners met Monday morning to accept a $2.8 million bid for a new county government building to be erected in the Bloomfield courthouse square. The bid, submitted by Sides Construction of Jackson, was one of five received at last week's bid opening...
Outskirts of fashion: Cape music festival will offer avant-garde fashion show Saturday (09/26/08)
The 12th annual River City Music Festival, kicking off at 6 p.m. today in downtown Cape Girardeau, unveils some new offerings this year in addition to 30 bands playing nonstop live music for two days. The Rock the Runway Fashion Show plans on presenting a wild, music-themed whirl of avant-garde trends and edgy dance moves, said Majhon Phillips, coordinator of the event...
Flu vaccines to be offered at polling places in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger counties (09/26/08)
The latest campaign in Southeast Missouri focuses on health, specifically keeping the flu at bay. The 2007-08 flu season caused 30,978 Missourians to suffered from the illness — almost twice the number who got sick a year earlier. Health officials in Cape Girardeau, Scott and Bollinger counties are already prepared to help people stay healthy this year, offering influenza vaccination clinics. ...
Drury U. fraternities suspended following party (09/26/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The national offices of two Drury University fraternities have temporarily suspended the local clubs following an off-campus party that resulted in arrests. The Springfield News-Leader reported on its Web site Friday that national leaders for the Kappa Alpha and Sigma Nu fraternities confirmed that their members were involved in the Sept. 13 off-campus party...
MoDOT flagman dies in work zone crash (09/26/08)
THAYER, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Department of Transportation flagman is dead after an 18-wheeler read-ended a stopped car in a work zone on U.S. 63 in southern Missouri. The Highway Patrol said 56-year-old Mikey Wagoner of Rolla was pronounced dead Thursday evening, five miles north of Thayer in Oregon County...
Bedrock tested under proposed river bridge at St. Louis (09/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Engineers for the Missouri Department of Transportation say geological conditions at the site of the new Mississippi River Bridge are perfect. The four-lane bridge will span 1,500 feet and will be held up by two piers on each side of the river...
Mehlville boy, 12, collapses at football practice (09/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 12-year-old suburban St. Louis boy is in critical condition after collapsing on the field during football practice. The incident happened Thursday in Mehlville in south St. Louis County. The boy collapsed between drills after complaining of dizziness. His name has not been released...
Bush to appear at Hulshof fundraiser (09/26/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- President Bush is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof next week. The Oct. 3 fundraiser is to be held at Hunter Farms in St. Louis County. Hulshof campaign spokesman Scott Baker confirmed Friday that Bush is to attend...
Latest poll: McCain, Obama tied in Missouri (09/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama appears to be pulling even with Republican John McCain's advantage in Missouri. A new St. Louis Post-Dispatch/KMOV poll of 800 likely Missouri voters conducted this week shows the races is about even, with McCain at 47 percent and Obama at 46 percent. A week earlier, a similar poll by Maryland-based Research 2000 showed McCain held a 4 percentage point lead...
Mo. secretary of state candidates agree on little (09/26/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Robin Carnahan was one of the lone bright spots for Democrats in 2004 when she was elected secretary of state. Daughter of a former governor and former U.S. senator and the sister of a congressman, she was one of just two Democrats to win in statewide elections. And now she is looking for a second crack at overseeing Missouri's elections, regulating investments and handling business filings...
Urban school superintendents hard to hang onto (09/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis has found its eighth school superintendent since 2003. But how long will he last? Missouri's largest district is a revolving door for school leaders, reflecting the problems of big-city districts where superintendents are asked to revive poor student performance, even as they find themselves caught between factions of publicly elected school boards, teachers' unions, parent groups — often with competing agendas...
MSU fall enrollment up to record (09/26/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University reports record enrollment in the fall semester. The Springfield school says 21,688 students are enrolled at the main campus and at the branch in West Plains, a 1.3 percent increase over last year. MSU ranks second among Missouri universities in the number of students, behind the University of Missouri...
Attorneys seek to continue execution stay (09/26/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court is being asked to postpone setting an execution date for convicted murderer Dennis Skillicorn. A motion filed Thursday asks the court to extend the current stay of execution. Skillicorn's attorneys claim the Missouri Department of Corrections continues to block access to witnesses they want to interview at the prison...
Two Illinois state troopers shot in drug raid; suspect dies (09/26/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two Illinois State Police troopers were shot Thursday in Southern Illinois as they served a search warrant in a drug case by a suspect who was fatally shot by officers, authorities said. The troopers' injuries were not considered life-threatening, said trooper David Sneed...
Kansas City council overrides mayor's veto of volunteer law (09/26/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City's City Council has voted to override Mayor Mark Funkhouser's veto of an ordinance that would prohibit his wife from serving as an unpaid worker in his office. The council voted 11-1 without a discussion. Funkhouser was the lone dissenter...
Obama raises more Mo. money (09/26/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missourians have contributed $1 million more to Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign than to Republican John McCain's. An analysis of federal campaign finance figures by the Springfield News-Leader shows Obama has raised $2.9 million in Missouri and McCain has brought in $1.9 million...
Missouri treasurer denies financial aid for Show Me Ethanol plant (09/26/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri treasurer's office rejected financial incentives Thursday for an $82 million ethanol plant whose investors include the governor's brother, a congressman's wife and a state lawmaker. Treasurer Sarah Steelman said Show Me Ethanol had failed to adequately document that it is abiding by a conflict of interest law and that its debt would be held by Missouri banks...
Outgoing Mo. governor to keep campaign committee (09/26/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt isn't seeking re-election this year, but he's keeping his options open for a return run in 2012. Blunt's gubernatorial campaign committee has been restructured as a candidate committee for an unspecified statewide office in the 2012 elections...
Deal on bailout breaks down (09/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- A Republican revolt stalled urgent efforts to lash together a national economic rescue plan Thursday, a turnaround on a day that had seemed headed for a success that President Bush, both political parties and their presidential candidates could celebrate at an extraordinary White House meeting...
Nine siblings among 11 children abandoned under Nebraska law (09/26/08)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nine siblings are among 11 children as old as 17 who were left at Omaha hospitals Wednesday under Nebraska's unique and new safe haven law, which allows caregivers to abandon babies and teenagers alike at hospitals without fear of prosecution...
Tax breaks introduced in House likely to cause battle with Senate (09/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday introduced a $57 billion measure to extend and expand tax breaks, putting it on a collision course with the Senate. The upper chamber moved its own version of the tax bill earlier this week. At stake in the waning hours of this congressional session is tax policy affecting billions of dollars in business investment and millions of taxpayers, including more than 20 million exposed to the alternative minimum tax...
Nuclear waste piling up at hospitals after close of landfill (09/26/08)
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Tubes, capsules and pellets of used radioactive material are piling up in the basements and locked closets of hospitals and research installations around the country, stoking fears they could get lost or, worse, stolen by terrorists and turned into dirty bombs...
Egypt unearths granite head of Ramses II (09/26/08)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt's antiquities council says archaeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old red granite head believed to portray the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Ramses II. The Supreme Council of Antiquities says the discovery was made recently at Tell Basta, about 50 miles northeast of Cairo...
China orbital mission to feature spacewalk (09/26/08)
JIUQUAN, China -- China launched a three-man crew into space Thursday, including one who will make the country's first spacewalk -- its most challenging mission since its first orbital flight in 2003. The Shenzhou 7 spacecraft, China's third manned mission, blasted off atop a Long March 2F rocket into a clear night sky in northwestern China...
Cell phone threats stir copycat fears in Finland (09/26/08)
KAUHAJOKI, Finland -- Panic spread among students in Finland on Thursday as threatening text messages and Internet postings raised fears of new attacks mimicking a deadly school rampage. Worried children and parents jammed telephone help lines and scores of children stayed away from class after threats popped up against schools and students...
Veronica Schabbing, Cape Central cross country (09/26/08)
Veronica Schabbing's main competition in Saturday's Cape Central Invitational came from her teammates. The senior led a 1-2-3 finish as the Tigers rolled to their fifth straight victory in the event. Schabbing finished in 20 minutes, 5 seconds to continue her stellar season...
A glance at tonight's area high school football games (09/26/08)
Chaffee (2-2) at Scott City (2-2) Last week: Fredericktown 35, Scott City 16; Chaffee 24, St. Pius X (Festus) 20 Last year's meeting: Chaffee 21, Scott City 19 Outlook: Rivals Chaffee and Scott City had a tight game last year, when the Red Devils won by two points, breaking a 21-game winning streak by the Rams. ...
ND softball team improves to 14-0 (09/26/08)
The Notre Dame softball team kept rolling Thursday with a 12-0, five-inning win over visiting Kennett. Ace pitcher Lauren Reinagel tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking two. The Bulldogs improved to 14-0. Reinagel's record on the mound now stands at 13-0...
Brothers in uniform: Scott City's Brawley looks forward to a true homecoming game (09/26/08)
After each one of his high school football games, senior Austin Brawley makes an important telephone call to his half brother, Cpl. Richard Rupert of the United States Marine Corps, to discuss in detail how Scott City played. Rupert, 26, has never seen Brawley, 17, compete in a football game...
Notre Dame hands Perryville its first loss (09/26/08)
PERRYVILLE -- Senior Marc Jannin said he and the other members of the first-year Perryville soccer program were excited to play Notre Dame, the two-time defending Class 2 champions. They were looking to gauge where they are as a team with the best in the state...
No. 1 USC falls to Beavers (09/26/08)
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California on Thursday night. The Beavers (2-2, 1-1 Pacific-10) also upset USC at Reser Stadium in 2006. This time, Oregon State took a 21-0 lead in the first half, then capitalized on a late turnover...
Southeast soccer begins OVC play today against Murray St. (09/26/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team isn't easing into its Ohio Valley Conference schedule. Southeast, the preseason OVC favorite, faces two other expected top contenders to begin league play. Murray State visits Houck Stadium at 7 p.m. today, followed by Sunday's 2 p.m. home match against Tennessee-Martin...
Cardinals clinch playoff spot ... for Dodgers (09/26/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first NL West title since 2004 before taking the field, thanks to three straight disappointing losses by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona was only two games out with six games to play. The defending division champions bowed out quietly in a 12-3 rout by the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday...
Alternative music festival in Arena Park (09/26/08)
You don't have to go downtown to get live music. A few younger bands have gathered for a concert Saturday at the Arena Park 4H building. Decapitation During Breakfast, Silence the Oppressor and I Bury the Ocean will each play a set at the concert, which starts at 7 p.m...
Showing restraint: Students, teachers fast in honor of Ramadan (09/26/08)
Haneen Wadi's faith has been mischaracterized. "Islam is about submission to God, and it's a peaceful religion," the Central High School senior said. "I want people to know that it's only a minority of people who participate in violence and act against the faith."...
Straw science (09/26/08)
Have you ever wondered how a straw works? If so, here's an experiment that will not only show you, but one that might get you and your family "Hooked on Science." Materials n Jar with lid n Straw n Modeling clay n Knife Instructions STEP 1: Screw the lid on the jar and have an adult use the knife to create a hole in the lid...
Who's next? (09/26/08)
HONORS n Elizabeth Hosler of Jackson Junior High School will participate in the National Young Leaders State Conference in November in St. Louis. The four-day conference teaches communication, conflict resolution and decision making, according to a news release...
Next up 9/26/08 (09/26/08)
FRIDAY n New movies "Eagle Eye" Rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Fireproof" Rated PG @ Town Plaza Cinema "Nights in Rodanthe" Rated PG-13 @ Town Plaza Cinema n River City Music Heritage Festival @ Downtown Cape Girardeau, bands start at 6 p.m...
Investors debating whether spate of deals signal recovery (09/26/08)
In a market largely paralyzed by a credit crunch and a crisis in confidence, there are stirrings of activity by deep-pocketed investors. In the past week, Warren E. Buffett put up nearly $10 billion to acquire Constellation Energy Group and a stake in Goldman Sachs. Japan's largest bank company has agreed to invest billions of dollars in Morgan Stanley. Private-equity firms, meanwhile, are lining up funds so they can pounce on assets that are priced to move quickly...
Margaret Dobbs (09/26/08)
Margaret Dobbs ARNOLD, Mo. -- Margaret Birdie Annamae Dobbs, 74, of Arnold died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born April 28, 1935, in Clarksville, Ark., daughter of Garland and Ola Voss McClaine. She and William Dobbs were married Jan. 10, 1950...
Bobby Robinson (09/26/08)
Bobby Robinson MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Bobby L. Robinson, 52, of Mound City died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Bragg City, Mo., son of Ernest Newton and Martha Melvina Langley Robinson. He married Altha Mae Morrison...
Robert Meeks (09/26/08)
Robert Meeks WYATT, Mo. -- Robert Gene "Bob" Meeks, 68, of Wyatt, formerly of Charleston, Mo., died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 25, 1940, in Bertrand, Mo., to George Franklin "Frank" and Retta Lorene Eastwood Meeks. He and Paula Suzanne Thurman were married Aug. 27, 1988...
Theresa Green (09/26/08)
Theresa Green Theresa Julianna Green, 39, of Scott City died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at her home. She was born Sept. 25, 1968, in Lakeland, Fla., daughter of Robert Clyde and Vernita Elizabeth Westrich Lowe. She and Bryce Green were married June 1, 2002, in Cape Girardeau...
Mildred Howard (09/26/08)
Mildred Howard Mildred M. Heath Howard, 89, of Chesterfield, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Friendship Village West County in Chesterfield. She was born Sept. 19, 1919, at Kennett, Mo. She married Jack H. Howard, who preceded her in death. Howard was formerly of Jackson...
Olga Free (09/26/08)
Olga Free CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Olga Fluegge Free, 85, of Chaffee died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 22, 1923, at Tilsit, daughter of Heinrich Karl "Martin" and Alma Caroline Macke Fluegge. She and Emmet Free were married Jan. 17, 1948. He died April 16, 2005...
Hildegarde Bader (09/26/08)
Hildegarde Bader Hildegarde Louise Youker Bader, 95, of Cape Girardeau was born Sept. 3, 1913, in Dolgeville, N.Y., daughter of the late Fancher Lee and Ann Horrocks Youker. She was a descendant of the prominent Horrocks family of Herkimer, N.Y. She was educated in the Dolgeville Public Schools and was graduated from New York State Institute of Teaching in 1933. ...
Births 9/26/08 (09/26/08)
Thompson Daughter to Jeffrey Tyler and Heather Anne Thompson of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:27 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Name, Gracen Faye. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Thompson is the former Heather Mize, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Mize of Jackson. Thompson is the son of Jeff and Cindy Thompson of Patton, Mo. He is a self-employed contractor...
Police report 9/26/08 (09/26/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Lattie A. Clark, 49, 537 S. Hanover St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n Billie J. Hamm, 33, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance...
Fire report 9/26/08 (09/26/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 4:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of North Fountain Street. n At 7:52 p.m., an alarm at 1112 Linden St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 9/26/08 (09/26/08)
25 years ago: Sept. 26, 1983 The Cape Girardeau Police Department announces several promotions; Sgt. John Brown will be promoted to lieutenant and will be in charge of the detective division; temporary Sgt. Stephen Strong will become sergeant and remain supervisor in the detective division; Cpl. Bradley E. Moore will be promoted to sergeant and will be supervisor of patrol division, and patrolman Randall Roddy is now sergeant in charge of the traffic division...
Being there, or here (09/26/08)
While visiting younger son a few weeks ago in Ireland, we were mesmerized by our traveling companion, a Navman GPS navigation system younger son installed in his new car. (Dear readers: This is no way a product endorsement. There are lots of great navigation systems.)...
Thanks for support of another successful Tunes at Twilight season of music (09/26/08)
By Larry and Jean Underberg On behalf of Old Town Cape, we want to thank all of you who made this season's Tunes at Twilight such a success. The rainout of our last show was especially unfortunate, given the high interest Lil' Dave had generated in the community...
Catholic schools (09/26/08)
St. Mary Cathedral School has announced a $4 million program to modernize and enlarge classrooms and other facilities. Some of the school's current classrooms were constructed nearly a century ago, long before technology like the computers used by the 256 students was ever dreamed of...
East Perry is a tolerant area (09/26/08)
To the editor: In response to Allen Gathman's remarks about intolerance issues at the Altenburg fair, I would challenge Gathman to look at all of the tolerance and goodwill around him when he goes to the East Perry Community Fair or anytime he might visit the Altenburg region. ...
Rodders look to next year's show (09/26/08)
To the editor: On Sept. 14 the River City Rodders in conjunction with Old Town Cape hosted its 31st annual car show. For the second year in a row, our show was downtown, a move that generated positive feedback at last year's show. After working on this event for almost a year, we had the misfortune of having Hurricane Ike pas through on the day of our show. ...
Vote life, and oppose death penalty (09/26/08)
To the editor: As a longtime opponent of the death penalty, I am appalled that the state of Georgia is poised to execute a man despite compelling evidence he did not commit the crime for which he has been imprisoned on death row. Since Troy Davis' trial, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted. ...
Speak Out 9/26/08 (09/26/08)
Street markings CAPE GIRARDEAU needs to put stripes or reflectors on streets. At night when it's raining, you cannot see. It's easy to have an accident. Great photo THE PHOTOGRAPH on the front page of Saturday's newspaper by Aaron Eisenhauer was one of the neatest pictures I have ever seen. It took me a moment looking at it just to define exactly what it was. I think he should have an award for this. It was fantastic...
Local 4-H Volunteers inductd into 4-H Hall of Fame (09/26/08)
Two 4-H Volunteers inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame (09/26/08)
Cape County 4-Hers attend State Shooting Contest (09/26/08)
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