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Stories from Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Southeast military veteran students sought for Homecoming celebration (10/21/08)
The Southeast Missouri State University Vet Corps needs a few good men and women to help carry a massive U.S. flag during the homecoming parade. SEMO Vet Corps needs 25 military veterans studying at Southeast to pull off the feat, according to organizer Walt Wildman...
Career Fair matches employers, job seekers in Cape Girardeau (10/21/08)
After 15 years of working at a nursing home, Pam Henderson said she quit her job because of burnout. The Scott City resident has been looking for employment since June and hoped to find the answer Tuesday at the seventh annual career fair. Henderson admits times are hard on the working class and events like the Career Fair are key to helping them find a job...
MoDOT to work on U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County, Route H in Perry County this week (10/21/08)
Missouri Department of Transportation crews are working while the weather holds. Work zones will be marked with signs. MoDOT urges drivers to use extreme caution while traveling near the following areas: U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County will continue to be reduced to one 12-foot lane while MoDOT crews perform drainage work in the northbound and southbound lanes...
Cape Girardeau movie theater withdraws application for liquor license (10/21/08)
Wehrenberg Theatres withdrew its request for a city liquor license Monday after learning that approval could force the company to ban people younger than 18 from Cape West 14 Cine. The license request had already been approved by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the city inspector's office and was on the Cape Girardeau City Council agenda as a routine item for its regular meeting. ...
Group hosts local candidate forum tonight (10/21/08)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri will host a local candidate forum from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Career and Technology Center. "This is a forum, not a debate," said Jonell McNeely, a League board member. "They will also be covering the content of the other things on the ballot, the proposed amendment and statutory propositions."...
Woman missing from assisted living facility found in Chicago (10/21/08)
A mentally and physically disabled woman who walked away from her assisted living residence in Cape Girardeau on Saturday was found Monday afternoon in Chicago. By Monday evening, Lori Rose was en route from a St. Louis airport back to Cape Girardeau...
Sikeston police: School bomb scare may have been accidental (10/21/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A bomb scare this morning at Sikeston High School may have been caused by accident, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Sikeston police were called to the high school just after 6:30 a.m., when a teacher noticed a box sitting in front of the school's Math and Science Center. The box, made to hold copy paper, had a note on it that said "good luck," according to the news release...
Southeast research farm gets $4 million donation (10/21/08)
A university research farm received a boost this week through a land donation valued at nearly $4 million, the largest single gift in Southeast Missouri State University's history. Money will go into an endowment, with half going toward scholarships for students studying agriculture and half going toward the upkeep and improvement of the research farm...
Dexter woman seriously injured in one-car accident (10/21/08)
A Dexter, Mo., woman was injured Sunday evening as the vehicle she was driving ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a fixed object and overturned in a ditch off Highway 25, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports Website. ...
Missouri judge rejects Cape man's lawsuit against casino measure (10/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state judge rejected Monday a Cape Girardeau businessman's lawsuit seeking to strip a proposal to revise Missouri's casino laws from the Nov. 4 ballot. The measure would repeal Missouri's unique law limiting gambling losses to $500 per two-hour period; cap the licensing of new casinos; and raise taxes on existing casinos to direct more money to public education...
DREAM open house set for Nov. 6 (10/21/08)
Cape Girardeau residents are invited to attend an update on the DREAM Initiative, the state-funded program providing planning help for downtown areas of the city. The open house, which will include information about major findings from surveys of residents and visitors, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at 502 Broadway, the future home of the Children's Museum...
New Carter County, Mo., sheriff sworn in (10/21/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Ted Reynolds, 51, of rural Van Buren was sworn in as the interim Carter County Sheriff at 9 a.m. Monday. Reynolds, who has been the chief deputy sheriff for nearly eight years, was selected by the Carter County commissioners. Carter County Clerk Becky Gibbs conducted the swearing-in ceremony...
Audit finds significant improvement in Cape Girardeau School District's budgeting (10/21/08)
An audit of Cape Girardeau School District finances show the district struggled with bookkeeping again but has made significant improvement. For a second year, the district broke state budget law by spending more than was budgeted in two funds. There were no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies or noncompliance material reported, however, and the auditor noted that this year's report was "much easier and much more pleasant to report" than last year's, where serious bookkeeping problems were noted.. ...
Photographer's flood image gets first place in photo contest (10/21/08)
Southeast Missourian photographer Aaron Eisenhauer's widely published picture of Fed Ex driver Jay McMullin working to save motorist Odell Bunch during a March flash flood was honored as the top spot news photograph by the 2008 Southern Newspaper Publishers Association photo contest...
Schedule of events for Southeast's homecoming festivities (10/21/08)
Today n 6 to 8 p.m.: Field Day featuring friendly team competitions, Student Recreation Center North Wednesday n 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Airbrush Extravaganza where students can get hats, mouse pads and other items airbrushed, University Center Pit...
Study: Missouri among states most prepared for election (10/21/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Fraud, long lines, a shortage of ballots, eligible voters blocked from actually voting. The list of concerns is long in Missouri with two weeks until the Nov. 4 election. With a high-profile governor's race and a presidential election that polls show is knotted up in Missouri, a lot is riding on the state's election system. And some are concerned about how it will perform under the strain of new voter registrations and the expected high voter turnout...
Former president Bill Clinton campaigns for Obama in Missouri (10/21/08)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Former president Bill Clinton campaigned for Democrat Barack Obama in suburban St. Louis. Clinton's visit to Kirkwood Monday evening followed on the heels of Obama's visit to Missouri on Saturday. An estimated 100,000 people turned out for Obama's rally in St. Louis on Saturday. He drew thousands more at a Kansas City rally that evening. The Obama campaign said the St. Louis crowd was the largest for an Obama event in the U.S...
Appeals court refuses to immediately release Turkic Muslims at Guantanamo (10/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- A divided federal appeals court on Monday refused to allow the immediate release into the U.S. of 17 Turkic Muslims being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, agreeing to keep them in prison for at least several more weeks. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. ...
Transition to presidency can be challenging (10/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- No time to celebrate. On Nov. 5, either Barack Obama or John McCain will pivot from campaigning and begin a dash to Inauguration Day. The election winner will have 77 days to put together a government, set priorities and rework a federal budget flooded with red ink while under the pressure of two wars and the financial crisis...
Woman charged with keeping children's ball (10/21/08)
BLUE ASH, Ohio -- Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football. Edna Jester was arrested last week in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. Police say one child's father complained that Jester kept the youngsters' ball after it landed in her yard. Police Capt. James Schaffer said there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over children's balls landing in the woman's yard...
Neb. lawmakers agree to set age limit on safe-haven law (10/21/08)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Stung by the abandonment of children as old as 17 at Nebraska hospitals, the governor and lawmakers struck a deal Monday to rewrite the state's safe-haven law so it applies only to infants up to three days old. A rash of drop-offs in recent months, particularly those of teenagers and from out of state, thrust the state into the national spotlight. The law was ridiculed on an episode of "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend...
Police using DNA analysis to solve more usual crimes (10/21/08)
DENVER -- The burglar was undone by his taste for strawberry soda. RazJohn Smyer, a suspect in a string of Denver-area break-ins, often checked his victims' refrigerators and helped himself to a drink. The soda cans he left behind gave police enough DNA evidence to link him to five burglaries. He's now serving a 20-year sentence...
Obama and Clinton make joint speech in Florida (10/21/08)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Barack Obama and former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton sought together Monday to swing Florida to blue, saying the election's theme should be "jobs, baby, jobs" for people hurting in the economic turmoil. It was the first time the opponents from the Democratic primaries have appeared together since a pair of fundraisers in early July. ...
Poll: McCain, Obama still even in Missouri (10/21/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are still running about even in Missouri. The Suffolk University presidential poll of 600 likely Missouri voters had McCain at 45 percent and Obama at 44 percent. ...
McCain visits Mo., targets liberals in speech to rally base (10/21/08)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Republican John McCain and his supporters on Monday called Democrat Barack Obama a liberal and criticized feminists and the media as they rallied their conservative base in Missouri two weeks before the election. In a stump speech, the GOP presidential candidate defended his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, against attacks from the "feminist left." And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced McCain by declaring him under siege by the media...
Pa. woman ordered out of protective 'bubble' (10/21/08)
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Ten hours a day, every day, Elizabeth Feudale-Bowes confines herself to a galvanized-steel-and-porcelain shed outside her house. Inside are a toilet, a metal cabinet, a box spring with the metal coils exposed, and a pile of organic cotton blankets. Aluminum foil covers the window...
Magnet device aims to treat depression (10/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- The government has approved the first noninvasive brain stimulator to treat depression -- a device that beams magnetic pulses through the skull. While it may sound like science-fiction, the pulses trigger small electrical charges that cause brain cells to fire. The method doesn't come with the risks of surgically implanted electrodes or the treatment of last resort, shock therapy...
Supreme Court takes on foreign worker identity theft case (10/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is taking a look at federal prosecutors' efforts to pin identity theft charges on undocumented foreign workers who have Social Security and identification numbers that belong to others. The government has used the charges -- with the possibility of prison time -- to persuade people to plead guilty to lesser immigration violations. ...
Momentum building for new package to help U.S. economy (10/21/08)
WASHINGTON -- Momentum is building for a fresh dose of economic stimulants to boost the country -- perhaps by putting more money in Americans' pockets. The White House said Monday that President Bush was open to some sort of action after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke warned the slump could drag on without the extra bracing tonic...
Gas prices fall despite likely OPEC cuts (10/21/08)
NEW YORK -- Consumers got another break at the gas pump Monday as prices dropped further below $3 a gallon and approached year-ago levels even as the near-certainty of an OPEC production cut pushed oil prices marginally higher. Gasoline has fallen more than a dime a gallon since Friday, hitting a national average of $2.92 Monday, according to auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express...
China to boost its slowing economy (10/21/08)
SHANGHAI, China -- China's economic growth slackened to 9 percent in the third quarter of this year, its slowest in more than five years, as leaders pledged to boost lending, increase export rebates and slash taxes on housing transactions to help cushion the blow from the global credit crisis...
British files reveal alleged attempt to shoot UFO in '57 (10/21/08)
LONDON — An American fighter pilot flying from an English air base at the height of the Cold War was ordered to open fire on a massive UFO that lit up his radar, according to an account published by Britain's National Archives on Monday. The fighter pilot said he was ordered to fire a full salvo of rockets at the UFO moving erratically over the North Sea — but that at the last minute the object picked up enormous speed and disappeared. ...
ND volleyball makes statement (10/21/08)
The Notre Dame volleyball team might have stamped itself as a district favorite despite not being a top seed. On Monday, Dexter was awarded the No. 1 seed for next week's Class 3 District 1 tournament at Notre Dame, with the Bulldogs seeded second...
Kern helps power Kelly to Class 2 semifinals (10/21/08)
BENTON -- A large chunk of Casey Kern's life revolves around softball. When she isn't on the field playing the sport, she's either in the stands watching a game or talking about it with her friends. "I don't think I get tired of it," she said. "I like to play. And I'm with people who also like to play, so that also helps. This is what I want. I quit basketball to focus more on softball. This is what I'm committed to."...
Reeling Tigers try to remain positive (10/21/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- On even the cloudiest day, there's a bit of blue sky. With consecutive dispiriting losses threatening to ruin their season, Missouri coaches are reminding players of that fact. Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus has a particularly daunting task this week, after the Tigers were torched for 56 points by top-ranked Texas...
Lillard receives no ringing endorsement at QB (10/21/08)
Even though Houston Lillard was benched for most of Saturday's game at Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State's senior quarterback probably isn't in danger of losing his starting position. Coach Tony Samuel, speaking at his weekly news conference Monday, stopped short of saying Lillard definitely would start Saturday when Southeast hosts Tennessee State for homecoming...
Soaking up Rays: Tampa Bay takes time to bask, hang out with Obama day after winning AL pennant (10/21/08)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — They dropped their gloves, tossed their caps, ran in from the outfield and flung themselves into a pile near the pitcher's mound as if this were the start of the 100-meter butterfly. The Tampa Bay Rays, exuberant and champagne-soaked, now have to leave the partying behind and concentrate on baseball...
49ers fire Nolan after 2-5 start (10/21/08)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan on Monday, seven games into his fourth consecutive dismal season with the club, according to FOXsports.com. Assistant head coach Mike Singletary is expected to take over the 49ers (2-5), who got off to a 2-1 start this season before four consecutive losses culminating in Sunday's 29-17 loss to the New York Giants...
Jackson expects to play against Patriots (10/21/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams running back Steven Jackson has a slightly strained quadriceps and is expected to play at New England on Sunday. Jackson had 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Rams' 34-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Jackson was hurt on his 25th carry when he planted awkwardly as he fell to the turf. Jackson limped off the field and moments later into the locker room...
Game 7 of ALCS sets rating record (10/21/08)
NEW YORK — Game 7 of the AL championship series drew the most viewers ever for a baseball game on cable television. Nearly 13.4 million people watched the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Sunday night on TBS, the network said Monday. That broke the mark set by the 1998 Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game on ESPN in which Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run to tie the single-season record...
Viewers turning beyond TV for Tina Fey's SNL skit (10/21/08)
NEW YORK -- More people are checking out Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impersonations Saturday night later than Saturday night live. Fey's dead-on take of the Republican vice presidential candidate is not just the pop-culture event of the campaign season. It is a landmark in how people watch television, a peek into the future of a new media world...
Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell dies in Los Angeles (10/21/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86. Blackwell died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said...
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (10/21/08)
Oct. 28 n Dig for Life Pink Out night: 7 p.m. in Houck Fieldhouse at Southeast Missouri State University. Attendees can show their support of the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink at Southeast's volleyball match against Murray State University. ...
Treatment filters out bad cholesterol (10/21/08)
ST. LOUIS — Ted Harrison tries not to eat food with more than 2 grams of fat per serving; he's tried just about every cholesterol-fighting medication on the market, and just the same he's had more than a dozen surgeries to clear up heart and artery problems...
When it comes to the brain, studies find size matters (10/21/08)
The brain shrinks with age like most everything else in the body. And increasingly, brain researchers are considering the role of brain volume, from childhood to old age, in keeping the mind sharp. There's not much we can do to make our brains bigger. ...
Health calendar 10/21/08 (10/21/08)
Calendar Wednesday n Living with fibromyalgia: 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Southeast Missouri Hospital's Harrison Room. Fibromyalgia is a condition that is characterized by widespread pain and stiffness in various muscles, tendons and ligaments. Discuss the wide range of symptoms and treatments of choice for this debilitating disorder. To register, call 332-1587...
Verna Myers (10/21/08)
Verna U. Myers, 86, of Jackson died Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at Jackson Manor. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ethel Eaton (10/21/08)
Ethel M. Eaton, 97, of Sullivan, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. She and her husband, the late Harrison M. Eaton, founded Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan in 1948. Survivors include four sons, Harrison Eaton of Sullivan, Charles Eaton of Amston, Conn., twins James Eaton of Sullivan and John Eaton of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Mary Farrell of Washington, Mo.; a brother, Ben Trout of Brighton, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren...
Terry Oxford (10/21/08)
McCLURE, Ill. — Terry Joe Oxford, 48, of McClure died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at the home of his parents in McClure. He was born Aug. 31, 1960, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond and Helen Wright Oxford. Oxford had been a truck driver and had also worked on the river. He attended the Baptist Church in Ware, Ill...
Larry Howard (10/21/08)
Larry Owen Howard, 70, of Hillsboro, Mo., died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, at Caruthersville, Mo., son of Ernest and Ollie Barrow Howard. He married Pam Bellah. Howard was a truck driver. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church in De Soto, Mo...
Loretta Moeckel (10/21/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Loretta M. Moeckel, 76, of Perryville died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at her home. She was born July 11, 1932, in Jacob, Ill., daughter of Alfonze and Flora Grode Heines. She and Dr. Russell J. Moeckel were married Nov. 10, 1951. He died Dec. 6, 1994...
Births 10/21/08 (10/21/08)
Ramos Daughter to Jason Matthew and Rebecca Elaine Ramos of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:37 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Name, Autumn Deann. Weight, 8 pounds. Second daughter. Mrs. Ramos is the former Rebecca Daniels, daughter of Robert Daniels of Marble Hill and Sarah Daniels of Cape Girardeau. Ramos is the son of Shirley Ramos of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Purcell Tire...
Police report 10/21/08 (10/21/08)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Aaron Dewayne Cody, 19, 1026 Bloomfield St., was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault. n Sandra D. Jefferson, 38, 302 S. Benton St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing...
Fire report 10/21/08 (10/21/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 6:05 p.m., extrication at a motor vehicle accident out of the city. n At 6:34 p.m., illegal burn at 219 N. Park St., rear. n At 7:06 p.m., illegal burn at the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Out of the past 10/21/08 (10/21/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 21, 1983 David Dormeyer, co-owner of Bridgeport Realtors Inc., has succeeded Douglas Stevens as president of the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club; new officers for the coming year were installed last night; in addition, the annual Kiwanian of the Year award went to Fred Vogt...
Drawing attention to animal rights (10/21/08)
To the editor: I attended the first meeting of the Missouri Alliance of Animal Legislature on Oct. 16. The alliance is a group of legislative watchdogs. Its purpose is not to turn us into vegetarians who don't wear leather. Nor are alliance members extremists trying to eliminate all standards set for the care of animals. They are not animal rights activists to either extreme...
Speak Out 10/21/08 (10/21/08)
A nice bike ride PLEASE DO not call the Tour de Cape bicycle ride a race. It is not a race. It is an enjoyable ride or tour at any pace one chooses to go. There is no competition. To suggest that by calling it a race will keep some people from joining, and they will miss out on a nice ride...
Guess what I am............... (10/21/08)
WANTED: Girl Scout Troop and Assistant leader (10/21/08)
Every Wednesday afternoon at the Cape Area Family Resource Center several little girls who attend the after school program are missing out on the experience of Girl Scouting. We are searching for two special volunteers who are available on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 to lead our aspiring Girl Scouts...
Tractor Treat, CrossRoads Fellowship Trick or Treat Alternative (10/21/08)
Friday Night, October 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 CrossRoads will have their 2nd Annual Tractor Treat. Our version of the popular Trunk or Treat. We will have booths set up in the Multipurpose Room with games to play and lots of candy to be given out. Among the games will be Plinko, ball tosses and the ever popular Dance Dance Revolution. ...
Waiting for It's Crew (10/21/08)
Bollinger Mill at Dusk (10/21/08)
OHIO RIVER (10/21/08)
OHIO RIVER AT MOUND CITY IL. RIVER IS GETTING LOW
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