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Stories from Saturday, November 1, 2008

Woman shoots rapist in her home (11/01/08)
Before shooting and killing her rapist early Friday morning, a Cape Girardeau woman had never fired a shotgun in her life. Though the woman, whose name has been withheld, lived alone, she'd always felt safe in her neighborhood, where she'd lived for the past four years...
13 injured in accident on Highway 177 (11/01/08)
Thirteen Southern Illinois residents were injured in a car accident Friday morning on Highway 177 eight miles north of Cape Girardeau, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The people received minor injuries and were all transported by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center. The accident happened when another vehicle hit the Ford van they were riding in at 6:33 a.m., striking the van's outside rearview mirror. The other vehicle left the scene...
Cape Girardeau Fire Department issues advisory on leaf-burning (11/01/08)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has issued its annual advisory on rules for burning leaves. Burning must take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The department said burning building materials, tires, rubber, materials containing asbestos, hazardous materials, Styrofoam, plastics, petroleum-based products, treated wood or other refuse is prohibited. ...
Three Cape Girardeau County schools adjust to handle Election Day crowds (11/01/08)
Three schools are making adjustments to handle crowds expected to flow through the buildings on Election Day. Jackson Junior High, Nell Holcomb and Oak Ridge schools will serve as polling locations Tuesday. School will remain in session. Some districts throughout Missouri will cancel classes that day due to fears of disruption, traffic congestion and security issues. ...
Brushes with the afterlife: Woman who was shot reconsiders stories about near-death experiences (11/01/08)
From the Bible to popular culture, people have recounted experiences outside the realm of the everyday when having a brush with death. Sometimes the experiences come in the form of beings they describe as angels, and sometimes they involve interactions with loved ones who have already passed on...
Other stories of angels (11/01/08)
Angel heart Mary Alice Blaylock's third child, born on Jan. 20, 1961, was almost her undoing. "We moved around and back in those days. We didn't know I needed a C-section," she said. She also didn't know she'd contracted malaria during her pregnancy. Labor lasted more than 24 hours, further distressing Blylock's body. Her suddenly heart stopped beating...
Poplar Bluff police look for shooting suspect (11/01/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — As a Poplar Bluff teenager awaited surgery at a St. Louis hospital Thursday, local authorities continued to search for the man they believe shot him Wednesday afternoon. Markell Eskridge, 16, was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and subsequently flown to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head...
Red House to display "Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Trunk" today (11/01/08)
The Red House Interpretive Center will offer an opportunity today for visitors to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The [StartDouble]Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Trunk,[CloseDouble] containing materials and equipment used by the explorers during their journey to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806, will be on hand for examination. ...
Dexter teen pleads not guilty to sodomy, restraint charges (11/01/08)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A 17-year-old man from Dexter pleaded not guilty this week to sodomy and restraint charges. Making his first appearance early Thursday morning, Zachariah Hedrick, alongside attorney Natalie Riley, went before Judge Stephen Mitchell and waived his formal arraignment...
Campaigners plan last-minute events in Southeast Missouri (11/01/08)
As Election Day approaches. candidates hoping to persuade voters at the last minute will be making visits to Cape Girardeau and both major party organizations plan a weekend of telephoning and knocking on doors. Meanwhile, Cape Girardeau County voters who will be out of town Tuesday or who for other reasons need to use an absentee ballot may do so from 8 a.m. ...
Federal appeals court sides with Westboro Baptist Church (11/01/08)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court says Missouri should be barred from enforcing a state law limiting protests near funerals until it can be determined whether the law is constitutional. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reached the same decision last December. But the state of Missouri appealed...
Beagle caught in violent custody battle (11/01/08)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Freddy the beagle is in the care of St. Charles Animal Control after being in the middle of a violent custody battle among three homeless people. St. Charles police say a homeless couple assaulted a homeless man with a stick and knife and stole his beagle...
Settlement reached in Medicaid fraud case (11/01/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon reached a $31 million settlement with a pharmaceutical company in a Medicaid fraud case on Friday. New Jersey-based Schering-Plough agreed to the settlement of a 2005 lawsuit to resolve allegations that its former Warrick Pharmaceuticals Corp. division inflated its prices, said Nixon spokesman Scott Holste. Lawyers for the state argued the deception cost Missouri taxpayers millions of dollars...
Stocks advance to add to week's gains (11/01/08)
NEW YORK -- The stock market closed out October, its worst month in 21 years, with a big advance Friday as more investors took chances on stocks turned into bargains by waves of intense selling. The advance -- which gave the market its first back-to-back gains in more than a month -- raised hopes that Wall Street has indeed found a bottom...
Passenger trains gain favor with public and Congress (11/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- After half a century as more of a curiosity than a convenience, passenger trains are getting back on track in some parts of the country. The high cost of energy, coupled with congestion on highways and at airports, is drawing travelers back to trains not only for commuting but also for travel between cities as much as 500 miles apart...
Fed chairman explores options for housing finance (11/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the housing finance system being constructed following the collapse of the current system will need better safeguards to allow it to function during times of stress. Whatever shape the new system takes should ensure that the institutions that support the financing of home mortgages do not pose a systemic risk to our financial markets and the economy, Bernanke said in a speech prepared for a housing conference in Berkeley, Calif.. ...
Obama seeks landslide victory Tuesday; McCain calls him far-left (11/01/08)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Despite John McCain's prediction of an upset, Barack Obama reached for a landslide Friday, invading his rival's home state with TV ads and building a lead in early voting in key battlegrounds as the presidential race headed into a hectic final weekend...
Scientists to measure quake effect on Acropolis (11/01/08)
ATHENS, Greece -- For thousands of years the Acropolis has withstood earthquakes, weathered storms and endured temperature extremes, from scorching summers to winter snow. Now scientists are drawing on the latest technology to install a system that will record just how much nature is affecting the 2,500-year-old site. They hope their findings will help identify areas that could be vulnerable, allowing them to target restoration and maintenance...
Breeders hold first pageant for Saudi sheep (11/01/08)
BANBAN, Saudi Arabia -- The contestants scampered down the runway, bleating at their admirers. Poets sang their praises in verse as the male-only audience appraised the competitors' physical beauty, right down to the length of their necks. But instead of receiving roses and a tiara, it was off to the highest bidder for many finalists in the first Saudi beauty pageant featuring locally bred sheep...
Two Austrian hostages freed after eight months in Africa (11/01/08)
VIENNA, Austria -- Two Austrians kidnapped in Tunisia by an al-Qaida affiliate have been released, ending an eight-month ordeal and anguished diplomatic attempts to win their freedom. Wolfgang Ebner, 51, and Andrea Kloiber, 43, were freed Thursday after 252 days in captivity and were under the protection of Mali's military, Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said Friday...
U.S. soldiers in Iraq focus on war in voting (11/01/08)
MOSUL, Iraq -- Car bombs rather than Obama, making it home rather than McCain dominate the talk among many U.S. soldiers in Iraq's deadliest city during the final countdown to America's presidential election. Dangers, distance from home and the dawn-to-dark effort in an alien environment push U.S. politics into a corner for many soldiers -- especially in combat outposts where television and the Internet are not readily available...
Brent Roth, Perryville football (11/01/08)
Perryville senior Brent Roth did a little bit of everything — again — for the Pirates football team Friday night. This time, he was in on enough key plays to propel 3-6 Perryville into the Class 3 playoffs, as the Pirates clinched a spot with a 28-6 victory against Dexter...
Redhawks will host OVC meet at Jaycee golf course (11/01/08)
The Southeast Missouri State cross country teams have an opportunity to make their mark in the Ohio Valley Conference without leaving Cape Girardeau. Southeast will host the OVC Championships today at the Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. The 5K women's race begins at 9 a.m., followed by the 8K men's race at 9:45 a.m...
Davis sets Southeast record in sweep of Eastern Illinois (11/01/08)
Molly Davis is the shortest volleyball player in the Ohio Valley Conference. But that hasn't prevented her from standing tall in the Southeast Missouri State record book. Davis became the all-time digs leader in Southeast's Division I history Friday night, recording 16 during a 25-11, 25-17, 25-11 rout of visiting Eastern Illinois...
Missouri returns to Texas vs. Baylor (11/01/08)
WACO, Texas -- Dreams of a national championship dashed by consecutive losses, the Missouri Tigers have narrowed their focus. While the Big 12 North title and a return to the league's championship game remain a distinct possibility for the 14th-ranked Tigers, even that is more broad than coach Gary Pinkel wants his team to consider...
EKU brings four-game win streak to Houck (11/01/08)
Defending Ohio Valley Conference football champion Eastern Kentucky got off to a slow start this season. But there has been nothing slow about the Colonels' play entering today's 1 p.m. game at Southeast Missouri State. The Colonels (5-3, 4-1 OVC) will put a four-game winning streak on the line against the Redhawks (3-5, 1-3)...
Southeast basketball will be on exhibition (11/01/08)
After two weeks of practice -- and plenty of turmoil -- the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will take the court for a game tonight. Although the 7 p.m. exhibition opener against Missouri Baptist at the Show Me Center won't count on the Redhawks' record, it figures to be a nice change of pace for them...
God knows how you feel, even when you feel insignificant (11/01/08)
I was driving back to Southeast Missouri the other day from St. Louis and I needed to make a couple of phone calls. It's hard to imagine what we did in the car without cell phones, MP3s and DVDs. I began to scan my contact list, looking for a number that I was sure was there. ...
Area churches offering walk-through drama of Judgement House (11/01/08)
This year marks the church's 10th anniversary of Lynwood Baptist Church's Judgment House, a drama that shows scenes from life and their consequences in the afterlife. Susan Russell, national volunteer trainer and co-director at Lynwood Baptist, has been involved with Judgement House at the church since the beginning. She has presented it 14 times and trained other ministries outside of Missouri...
Religion calendar 11/1/08 (11/01/08)
MEALS Fish fry Menu includes fried fish, potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, hush puppies, coffee and tea. Children 5 and younger eat free. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Where: First Assembly of God, 312 Dearborn St., Scott City Sausage supper...
Block out the light to let God shine in (11/01/08)
In the 1984 movie "The Natural," the owner of the fictional New York Knights baseball team sits in his dark office, his work illuminated only by a small desk lamp putting out a feeble light. The drapes are drawn closed. The team's star player, Roy Hobbs (played by Robert Redford), has a testy conversation with the owner, and as he leaves, Hobbs switches on the overhead fixture...
'Walk the Line' star quitting movies to focus on music (11/01/08)
NEW YORK -- Joaquin Phoenix is quitting movies to focus on music. Phoenix's publicist, Susan Patricola, has confirmed his earlier comments to TV's "Extra": The upcoming "Two Lovers" will be his last performance on film. Said Patricola: "He has said that 'Two Lovers' is his last. But this is not strange. Joaquin has been directing music videos and been involved in music for the last number of years."...
Charles Pewitt (11/01/08)
Charles Seaton "Bud" Pewitt, respected community leader and humanitarian, left this earth at age 81 Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. Bud resided in Cape Girardeau at the Missouri Veterans Home. Bud began his journey in life Sept. 12, 1927, in Belton, Mo. He was the son of Verna and Seaton Pewitt, and baby brother to Bion, Virginia and Lena...
Polly Williams (11/01/08)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Polly M. Williams, 81, of Cobden died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Makanda, Ill., daughter of Joseph Wesley and Dorothy Hogg Hawk. She and Harry E. Williams were married April 9, 1947, at Makanda. He died June 16, 2004...
Stephen Statler (11/01/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Stephen G. Statler, 49, of Perryville, formerly of Marble Hill, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, in Marble Hill. He was born June 29, 1959, at Lutesville, Mo., son of Claude and Patricia R. Slinkard Statler. He and Debra Workman were married Sept. 8, 2000...
Victor Self Sr. (11/01/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo.-- Victor Joseph Self Sr., 84, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at his home. He was born July 30, 1924, in St. Louis, son of Cleveland and Elizabeth Bittick Self. He and Rita Barylski were married in 1947 in St. Louis. Self had worked at Nabisco Brands in St. Louis. He moved to Bollinger County in 1979. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church...
Justin M. Howell (11/01/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Justin Michael Howell, 21, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 at Saint Francis Medical Center. Friends may call at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery...
Raymond Greaser (11/01/08)
Raymond C. Greaser, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 at the Lutheran Home. He was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Dutchtown, son of Leo and Lillie Thomure Greaser. He and Jean Krebs were married June 9, 1956, in Indiana, Pa. Greaser was a graduate of Jackson High School. ...
Regina Anderson (11/01/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Regina Frances Anderson, 88, of Sikeston died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 31, 1919, in Harvel, Ill., daughter of John Theodore and Bertha Frances Hoehn Todt. She and Floyd Anderson were married Jan. 25, 1941, in Oran, Mo. He died June 19, 1981...
Ronnie Preyer (11/01/08)
Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Police report 11/01/2008 (11/01/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Detrayaous D. Curry, 25, 1423 Luce St., No. 2, was arrested on suspicion of tampering. n Joseph H. Boyer, 56, of Oak Ridge was arrested on a Taney County, Mo., warrant for failure to appear and six Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court and failure to appear...
Fire report 11/01/2008 (11/01/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 5:33 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 6:53 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of Oak Hills Road. n At 9 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 11/01/08 (11/01/08)
25 years ago: Nov. 1, 1983 Cape Girardeau Mayor Howard C. Tooke, who two weeks ago cast the deciding vote against a liquor-by-the-drink license request, says he now supports a new package liquor license request for the combination service station/convenience store and deli restaurant at a site opposite the First Baptist Church on Broadway...
Sarah Palin's Cape Girardeau speech (11/01/08)
Here is the text of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's speech Thursday at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. She was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau. Thank you. ... It is so good to be here. First I want to thank Jo Ann [Emerson] for that warm welcome. Jo Ann, you said it all. That was great. Appreciate you...
Bad behavior (11/01/08)
There is little that's more disheartening than to walk out of your home and discover that your house or yard or automobile -- or perhaps all three -- have been vandalized. Or to arrive at your business and see graffiti on the walls and windows. That's exactly what happened to eight members of Congress -- three senators and four representatives, five men and three women, four Democrats and four Republicans -- this week in Missouri and Minnesota. ...
Speak Out 11/01/08 (11/01/08)
Do the homework THIS TIME around I am doing my own homework. I will not be voting out of fear based on lies and innuendoes. Using more energy WE READ about, we talk about, we see on the news on television and in the paper about conserving energy and how we're using too much energy. ...
Shaking Hands with Sarah Palin (11/01/08)
I took this photo with my own camera. I was one of the lucky ones who got to shake hands and briefly speak with Gov. Palin. She is so classy. I have several close ups like this of Todd, too, and I'll try to upload those shortly.
Driving for a Score (11/01/08)
The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks drive down the field for another score against Eastern Kentucky
Up Close with Sarah Palin (11/01/08)
High fives from Sarah.
Golden Eagles and Sundancers (11/01/08)
The Southeast Missouri State Golden Eagles and Sundancers perform at halftime of the SEMO vs. Eastern Kentucky game.
Sarah Palin at the Podium (11/01/08)
I took this photo from where I was standing the whole time at the rally. I didn't arrive at the Show Me Center until about 5:45am. But I got in pretty quickly and worked my way through the already-formed crowd to the front. It was quite an experience!...
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