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Stories from Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jackson police file charges against suspect in burglary (01/24/09)
Attempted stealing charges were filed Friday following a break-in at Sappington Pro Outdoor in Jackson the night before, according to Jackson police. Police responded Thursday evening to an alarm going off at the store on East Jackson Boulevard and attempted to stop a trailer seen leaving the area...
Sikeston probing cause of circuit breaker explosion (01/24/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities officials are still working to determine what caused the Wednesday night fire at the substation at Compress and North West streets. Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, a circuit breaker at the substation blew up, causing roughly half of the city to lose power...
Ground broken for SEMO autism center (01/24/09)
On Friday afternoon, about 75 people gathered at the old Washington School to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment. "Whatever you do, try to make tomorrow just a little bit better than today," Sen. ...
Cape council to discuss SEMO plans, future road projects (01/24/09)
The Cape Girardeau City Council will hold a special study session Monday evening to discuss major plans from Southeast Missouri State University and a proposed list of road projects. The study meeting, to be at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, also includes a discussion of city-sponsored capital improvements projects and an open-topic period for council brainstorming...
Crews hoist downed plane's engine from Hudson River (01/24/09)
NEW YORK -- The battered, twisted left engine of the US Airways plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River was recovered Friday, after an eight-day struggle to find the wreckage and pull it from the murky water. Using a large crane and rigging, salvage crews gently set the engine on a crane platform. Shards of metal and wiring hung from the engine, and a large portion of the outer shell appeared to be missing as it was lifted from the river bottom, 65 feet below the surface...
Illinois governor says he is victim of plot to raise taxes (01/24/09)
CHICAGO -- Launching an all-out media blitz as his impeachment trial draws near, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared himself Friday to an honest, hardworking cowboy about to be lynched by a band of black-hatted political insiders eager to raise taxes. After keeping mostly out of the public eye since his arrest on federal corruption charges, Blagojevich is reversing course with a series of interviews and public statements portraying himself as the victim of vengeful lawmakers eager to toss him out of office.. ...
Obama reverses Bush policy on abortion funds (01/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Friday quietly ended the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. Liberal groups welcomed the decision, while abortion rights foes criticized the president...
Jailed investor says he can't recall crash (01/24/09)
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- An Indiana financial adviser accused of trying to fake his death in a plane crash said he's been under psychiatric care and claims not to recall the events of the day he bailed out, a newspaper reported Friday. Marcus Schrenker called The New York Post from the Escambia County Jail on Wednesday night and Thursday night and said he has no memory of the events of Jan. ...
Cowskulls and dust: Drought grips Argentina (01/24/09)
STROEDER, Argentina -- Skeletons of livestock are piling up in the scorching sun of the Southern Hemisphere's summer as the worst drought in a generation turns much of Argentina's breadbasket into a dust bowl. The nation's farm sector stands to lose $5 billion this year alone -- a huge blow to the economy of Argentina, a top world exporter of soy, corn, wheat and beef -- as well as to the government of President Cristina Fernandez, which faces billions of dollars in debt payments this year...
Second Mexican city invites all to come kiss for record (01/24/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Inviting people to pucker up seems to be all the rage in Mexican cities. The Mexico City government is urging people to converge on the huge Zocalo city center and simultaneously kiss on Valentine's Day. City tourism secretary Alejandro Rojas said the goal is to break the world record for the most people kissing at one time...
3 dead, in Belgian day-care stabbings (01/24/09)
DENDERMONDE, Belgium -- A young man with a gruesomely painted black-and-white face went on a rampage at a Belgian day-care center Friday, stabbing two babies and a female worker to death and seriously wounding 12 others. Sobbing parents rushed to the scene and to nearby hospitals. ...
North Korea's Kim Jong Il meets with Chinese official (01/24/09)
The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's reclusive leader turned up for talks with a senior Chinese envoy Friday, making his first such appearance in nearly a half year in an apparent bid to show he is fit despite reportedly suffering a stroke last August...
Hamas says it's back in control of the Gaza Strip (01/24/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Bearded Hamas leaders on Friday delivered an envelope with five crisp $100 bills to a veiled woman whose house was damaged during Israel's invasion of Gaza, the first of promised relief payments by the militant group. In another part of the territory, a bulldozer filled in a bomb crater where a week before a top Hamas leader had been killed in an Israeli air strike...
Pope gets his own YouTube channel (01/24/09)
VATICAN CITY -- Puffs of smoke, speeches in Latin and multipage encyclicals have all been used by the Vatican to communicate with the faithful. Now the pope is trying to broaden his audience by joining the wannabe musicians and college pranksters on YouTube...
ND's Bass named top goaltender in Class 2 soccer (01/24/09)
Notre Dame senior Ryan Bass recently was named the Class 2 goalkeeper of the year, an award that he said was nice consolation after he and his teammates were unable to win the state title in boys soccer. Bass helped Notre Dame win the two previous state titles in 2006 and 2007, but the Bulldogs failed to make it three straight this past fall as they lost to Helias in a shootout in the Class 2 semifinals and ended up finishing third in the state...
Notre Dame wins big against Saxony (01/24/09)
The Tolbert brothers helped Notre Dame put away its homecoming game against Saxony Lutheran in the first half Friday night. Senior Joseph Tolbert netted consecutive 3-pointers during an 11-0 run over the final minute and a half of the first quarter, and sophomore Jacob Tolbert led all Notre Dame scorers with 11 points in the first half...
Jackson boys reach title game of Lindbergh tourney (01/24/09)
Henrie Williams scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Jackson boys basketball team into the championship game at the Lindbergh tournament. The Indians downed Hickman 55-48 on Friday to reach today's 4 p.m. title game against Hillcrest. Marcus Harris and Bobby Clark each added 12 for Jackson (9-7)...
Braves overwhelm Oran to win title (01/24/09)
ORAN -- Desmin Williams knew who was in the house Friday night for the championship game of the Scott-Miss Conference boys basketball tournament. "Sikeston's players were here, and we had to just play our game and play hard, show them we're going to come ready to play," Williams said...
Southeast women will butt streaks with first-place Racers (01/24/09)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee hopes to see today's entire game at Murray State. That wasn't the case last season, when Ishee was ejected early from the Jan. 26 contest at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky...
Southeast men skid into Racers (01/24/09)
So far the Murray State men's basketball team has not played like the preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite. That doesn't mean Southeast Missouri State will find a soft touch tonight as the Redhawks try to break a nine-game losing streak. The reeling Redhawks (3-17, 0-9) and tradition-rich Racers (9-9, 4-4) square off at 7:30 p.m. at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky...
Redhawks post season-high score in win against TWU (01/24/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's gymnastics team posted its top score of the season Friday night. That it came on the road made coach Tom Farden a happy man. Southeast defeated host Texas Women's University 194.725 to 192.775 in Denton, Texas...
Love INC finishes a fruitful first year (01/24/09)
After a year in action, Love INC shows no signs of breaking off its relationship with Southeast Missouri. Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is a clearinghouse call center that unites volunteers and agencies with people who need various services. Those who would normally come to a church for assistance are referred to Love INC. The organization verifies the need and matches the person or family to the best sources of help...
Seeing the world through the eyes of Matthew the tax collector (01/24/09)
Liar, cheater, fraud, traitor. These are labels no one would like to bear. These are the names of the outcast, the unwanted, the unneeded and the undesirable. These are the names I hear people calling me while I sit at my tax collector's booth. I would hate to hear what they say when I am not around. No one wants me around...
Time for a little grace (01/24/09)
"Competence in a language is not a matter of applying rigid rules to the decoding of utterances." Cal-Berkeley philosophy professor Donald Davidson (1917-2003) Much can be made of a speech flub -- particularly at a public event. Seventeen years ago, I was master of ceremonies at a dinner honoring a retiring United Methodist bishop. ...
Screen actors union loses support for strike vote (01/24/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The Screen Actors Guild has lost the support of a majority of its board to proceed with a strike vote after a hard-line faction within the union and the guild's president Thursday backed a plan to suspend the vote. A group of Hollywood actors, led by guild president Alan Rosenberg, said Thursday it is also recommending sending the movie studios' final three-year contract offer directly to its 120,000 members for a vote...
Prerecorded music at inauguration causes commotion (01/24/09)
NEW YORK -- To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, here we go again. The revelation that millions of people who saw the inauguration of President Obama were actually listening to recorded music instead of the actual performance of the Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman-led quartet has led to comparisons of lip-synching (though, in this case, might the correct term be hand-synching?) and drawn comparisons to other infamous cases, including Ashlee Simpson's "Saturday Night Live" debacle and perhaps music's most famous pantomimes, Milli Vanilli.. ...
New Wii game lets players punch Timberlake, Pitt (01/24/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Justin Timberlake and David Beckham don't have any real-life beef with each other, but cartoony characters resembling the famous crooner and soccer player will face off -- along with 16 other A-list impersonators -- in the upcoming Wii boxing game "Ready 2 Rumble Revolution" from publisher Atari and developer AKI...
Obama asks for support of stimulus bill (01/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama and congressional Democrats sought to ease Republican complaints about a massive economic stimulus plan Friday, meeting with GOP leaders in the White House and promising to consider some of their recommendations. Many Republican lawmakers say the $825 billion package is too costly, and that too much of the spending is for long-range projects that won't aid the economy quickly. ...
Wall Street ends mixed as tech, financials rally (01/24/09)
NEW YORK -- Investors' ambivalence about earnings reports gave Wall Street a mixed performance Friday. Traders pounced on companies showing signs of life and dumped companies whose quarterly results fell short of expectations. Better-than-forecast results from Google Inc. helped technology shares while lackluster numbers from General Electric Co. reinforced investors' concerns about the depths of the recession...
Briefly (01/24/09)
Missouri jobless rate reaches 25-year high JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployment rate hit its highest mark in 25 years, increasing by more than half a point to 7.3 percent in December. Jobless numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Development show that 2008 was a difficult year for workers. ...
Olivia Amschler (01/24/09)
Olivia Amschler PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Olivia T. Amschler, 97, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Perry County Nursing Home in Perryville. She was born Nov. 23, 1911, at Old Appleton, Mo., daughter of Leo M. and Anna W. Ponder Buchheit. She and Gilbert "Gib" Amschler were married May 23, 1933, at Apple Creek, Mo. He died Aug. 27, 2005...
Ollie Harrell (01/24/09)
Ollie Harrell O'FALLON, Mo. -- Ollie Harrell, 85, of O'Fallon died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Delmar Gardens West in O'Fallon. He was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Brownwood, Mo., son of Jesse and Cora Harrell. He and Shirley Harrell were married July 9, 1955, in Fredericktown, Mo...
Howard Schremp (01/24/09)
Howard Schremp PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Howard P. Schremp, 77, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Perry County, Mo., son of Arthur and Bernice Fenwick Schremp. He and Jean Hunt were married Sept. 1, 1951, in Perryville. She survives...
Glen Slusher (01/24/09)
Glen Slusher BENTON, Mo. -- Glen W. Slusher, 78, of Benton died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Lamar, Ark., to the late Ira F. and Villar Curtis Slusher. Slusher was a prominent area farmer and businessman. He owned and operated Slusher Farms near Benton and Slusher Farm and Home Center in Sikeston, Mo., more than 35 years...
Pete Bond (01/24/09)
Pete Bond CHAFFEE, Mo. -- G.W. "Pete" Bond, 89, of Chaffee passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Morehouse, Mo., to the late Emmett and Ruth Blaylock Bond. Pete and Mary "Katie" Lee were married March 16, 1947...
Births 1/24/09 (01/24/09)
Green Son to Jeremy Jean and Cora Diane Green of Marble Hill, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 12:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Name, Jeremy Joe. Weight, 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Fourth child, second son. Mrs. Green is the former Cora Long, daughter of Freddie and Charlene Long of Marble Hill, and the late Debbie Abernathy. She is employed by White and Associates. Green is the son of Marcy Widdows of Henley, Mo...
Fire report 1/24/09 (01/24/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 4:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of David Street. n At 5:48 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2700 block of Hawthorne Drive. n At 6:23 p.m., grass fire in the 1600 block of Kingsway Drive...
Police report 1/24/09 (01/24/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Terrance T.E. Smith, 22, 321 Middle St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court for failure to pay fine and cost for resisting arrest...
Out of the past 1/24/09 (01/24/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 24, 1984 Pope John Paul II names the Rev. Bernard F. Law, bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese, head of the Boston Archdiocese; Law will succeed the late Cardinal Humberto Medeiros as leader of the nation's third-largest archdiocese; he has been bishop of the Catholic Church in southern Missouri since 1973...
Our looming super-subprime challenge (01/24/09)
By Dr. Robb R. Hicks If you think the current mortgage-related subprime meltdown has been bad, you haven's seen anything yet. The current state of the federal government's finances looks suspiciously like a mortgage subprime mess. We need to learn from the lessons of the smaller crisis in order to prevent an even bigger one...
Malefic mandates (01/24/09)
By John E. Strout I had expected four of these problems, but the federal meddlers backed off on used children's products. But three remain. The first mandate that has problems is the oldest: daylight-saving time. The bad but unintended effects include increased consumption of energy in the morning during early spring and late autumn and in the afternoon during late spring and early autumn with increased use of automobiles...
Effective school boards are essential to success (01/24/09)
By Dr. Carter D. Ward In his inaugural address, Gov. Jay Nixon called for "a new day for public service and volunteerism" throughout Missouri. He urged Missourians to become more involved and make our communities stronger. Nothing represents that spirit more than the unpaid volunteers who serve on local school boards throughout the state...
Lipke gets key post back (01/24/09)
A decision two years ago by Rod Jetton of Marble Hill, then speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, to remove Rep. Scott Lipke of Jackson from his chairmanship of the Crime Prevention Committee, was political skirmishing of the worst kind...
Katrina thanks (01/24/09)
I would like to send a much belated thank you to everyone who helped my family and me after Hurricane Katrina: My family (Dr. Robert and Violet Smith, Donna Smith, Brian and Nancy Smith), my friends (the Joe "Bud" Thompson family -- Bud has since passed away after donating his time and more to the rebuilding of New Orleans), Sharon, Robin, April and Ashley, Diane Glenn and Tommy Nunnelly and the rest of the Glenn family, Jeannie and the gang at Studio Designs, Marianne Busch Wilson, Todd and the staff at Rude Dog Pub), countless others who donated food vouchers and other gifts, all those who gave me a kind word and encouragement, the wonderful staff at Cape La Croix Apartments for renting me a place for four months and not demanding a lease, and especially to Cliff at Cliff's Rent-to-Own for his amazing generosity and concern. ...
Obama's chance (01/24/09)
How many times have you heard leaders of both parties say, "Give Obama a chance." But what is it, exactly, they want him to have a chance at? They say they want him to succeed, but at what? The Democratic Party has been working for the last couple of decades to destroy the family structure, remove God from the public scene, legalize same-sex marriages, disarm citizens, raise taxes on the rich and destroy opposition with the Freedom of Information Act -- and much more that is contrary to our founding. ...
Balanced budget (01/24/09)
In his Jan. 17 column, Jonah Goldberg, like all the journalists and economists, discusses the current economy woes without addressing the one leading us into the next Great Depression. My reference is to the enormous public debt left us by President Reagan and the Bush presidents to the tune of $11 trillion. President Obama promises to enlarge it promptly by an additional $1 trillion...
Speak Out 1/24/09 (01/24/09)
Timing of finals I always knew that Jackson School District was making a mistake by giving finals the first day and the second day back after Christmas break. I just got my child's grades in the mail. My child is a straight-A student. His highest final exam grade was a C. I can't imagine what kind of grades students who are struggling made...
Penguin Party set February 7th to raise funds for Cape Public School Teachers & Students (01/24/09)
Break out your favorite black and white party wear; the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation is hosting its third annual drive gala February 7 at Cape Country Club, Country Club Drive in Cape. This year's gala, a "Penguin Party," invites individuals and businesses who care about Cape's public school students to attend an event created to raise funds for the Foundation's Great Idea Teaching Grants...
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