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Severe thunderstorm watch issued (02/26/09)
NORMAN, Okla. — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 300 a.m. for the following Southeast Missouri counties: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Perry, Ripley, Scott. St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard and Wayne...
Sikeston schools institute program to combat bullying (02/26/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Counselors in the Sikeston School District are in the process of training students and staff members on the effects of bullying. "Bullying has been such a nationwide concern with parents and teachers and students alike," said Helen Hensley, Sikeston early childhood counselor...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (02/26/09)
Dozens of family members and friends of Michael Strong watched a St. Louis judge sentence Lisa A. Barlow to 20 years in prison Thursday...
Lisa Barlow sentenced to 20 years in prison (02/26/09)
More than two-dozen friends and family members of Michael Strong filled a St. Louis County courtroom Thursday to watch a judge sentence Lisa A. Barlow to 20 years in prison. Barlow pleaded guilty last month to Strong's murder, admitting to shooting and killing her boyfriend at his Scopus, Mo., home in summer of 2007...
Cape children's museum gets $10,000; opening delayed to 'late spring' (02/26/09)
A $10,000 check from the Bank of Missouri will advance renovations on the Discovery Playhouse, Cape Girardeau's children's museum. Work on the former Walthers building at 502 Broadway continues, with every infusion of cash giving it a boost, according to Martha Brown, president of the Southeast Missouri Children's Museum Board of Directors, which will operate the Discovery Playhouse...
Family looks for creative ways to rebuild Chaffee roller rink destroyed by ice storm (02/26/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- One evening in the summer of 1976, Robert Grojean suggested 16-year-old Anita Carter pair with Steve Montgomery during a practice session of the Willow Grove Rockets. The Rockets were a roller-skating club Grojean put together at his Willow Grove Roller Rink. The members performed exhibitions in parades...
Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force arrests 26 (02/26/09)
An extensive narcotics investigation led to 26 arrests Tuesday, said Kevin Glaser, director of Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force. While some drug investigations center on one type of controlled substance, the cache of arrests involved methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine, Glaser said...
Sikeston Depot Museum helps organize Civil War re-enactments (02/26/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Civil War Battle of Sand Ridge and the Raid on Lawrence, Kan., will be re-enacted this weekend. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone Ave. in Sikeston. Activities are from 6 a.m. ...
Southeast's Innovation Center recognizes award winners (02/26/09)
The Southeast Missouri State University Innovation Center recognized two area businesses Wednesday for their entrepreneurial efforts. Cape Precision Machine in Cape Girardeau and Wee Care Preschool in Advance, Mo., are among the six businesses in Southeast Missouri that will receive SPARK (Service, People, Area, Results, Keys to success) awards during this week's National Entrepreneurship Week, sponsored by the university. ...
Stoddard County crash claims one life (02/26/09)
STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. — A 21-year-old Grandin man lost his life in a wreck at the U.S. 60 and Highway 51 junction Tuesday afternoon just before 2 p.m. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Calvin D. ...
Cape announces anti-violence program (02/26/09)
The city unveiled Wednesday a new approach to problems of violence on the south side of Cape Girardeau as part of a partnership with Southeast Missouri State University, the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Safe House for Women and the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence...
Bill would cap number days schools need to make up because of ice storm (02/26/09)
In response to the January ice storm, state legislators are considering a bill that would cap the number of make-up days required for schools. Rep. Terry Swinger, D-Caruthersville, introduced the bill, which will mainly affect school districts in Southeast Missouri. ...
Dog serves as reminder, participant in Southeast's musical 'Sweet Charity' (02/26/09)
Chloe the Pomeranian makes her musical theater debut this week as the canine half of the "Woman with Dog" part in "Sweet Charity," the musical being put on by Southeast Missouri State University. The part may be small, but it stands for something much bigger. Chloe, a rescued Pomeranian, was left to Judith Farris by her friend and former student Jill Armsbury Pendarvis, who died of lung cancer Jan. 22...
Federal stimulus act could help expand Mo. rural broadband (02/26/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A speedier Internet hookup might be on its way to some of Missouri's rural residents, courtesy of federal stimulus funds. About one-fifth of the state's residents live in areas without access to high-speed Internet, according to a 2007 study from the Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates telecommunications companies and other utilities. Rural areas generally have a much higher percentage than urban cores...
Hundreds gather for rally asking for health care; Mo. lawmakers say no (02/26/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of people rattling pennies in piggy banks rallied Wednesday at the Capitol for expanded government health care. Republican lawmakers responded with a resounding no. Moments after a crowd chanted and cheered for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to expand health care to children, the Republican-led House Budget Committee axed the governor's proposal...
Dr. Phil says octuplets' mom fears hospital may not release newborns (02/26/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Nadya Suleman apparently has bigger worries than taking care of her 14 children. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw said she may have to prove she can handle the load, or else have hospital officials withhold her newborn octuplets. McGraw said the 33-year-old unemployed mother called him Tuesday, distraught that Kaiser Permanente officials told her they were concerned about the babies living at her home in suburban Los Angeles...
Police: Mystery object tears through Dallas roof (02/26/09)
DALLAS -- Police say an unidentified falling object dropped out of the sky with enough velocity to tear a hole through the roof and the second floor of a Dallas home. Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said Wednesday the six-pound piece of metal with two drill holes in it fell Tuesday evening when the person who reported the incident wasn't home. Janse said there were no injuries...
CIA director: Agency to limit countries getting detainees (02/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama may limit the countries to which the U.S. sends alleged terrorists to those with good human-rights records, and will be less inclined to hand prisoners over in general, to help make sure they are not tortured or abused, CIA director Leon Panetta said Wednesday...
La. hurricane recovery office under investigation (02/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is investigating allegations of cronyism and other misconduct at the New Orleans office overseeing efforts to rebuild the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast, officials said Wednesday. The agency, which has endured criticism over delays in the rebuilding effort, sent a team of Washington investigators to its Louisiana office last week. ...
Four members of alleged assisted suicide group charged in Georgia (02/26/09)
ATLANTA -- Four members of an alleged assisted suicide ring were charged Wednesday with helping a 58-year-old north Georgia man end his life, authorities said. Investigators in eight other states are also probing the Final Exit Network, an organization whose website said it is "dedicated to serving people who are suffering from an intolerable condition."...
Primate sanctuary warned Connecticut chimpanzee owner about dangers (02/26/09)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- The founder of a primate rescue sanctuary said Wednesday she warned a Connecticut woman years ago her pet chimpanzee was a "ticking time bomb." April Truitt, who runs the Primate Rescue Center in Kentucky, said she took it upon herself to warn chimp owner Sandra Herold of the dangers of keeping the animal in her home after she heard of its escape in 2003...
$1,000 bill foils safe-robbers (02/26/09)
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Authorities say an antique $1,000 bill proved the downfall of three teenagers on the run in Michigan. The Kalamazoo County sheriff's department said the trio stole a safe containing antique money from one of the youth's parents...
Intel chief: Gitmo prison hurts more than it helps (02/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- The detention center at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has to be closed because of the damage it has done to America's reputation and to its ability to achieve foreign policy goals, the top U.S. intelligence officer told a House panel Wednesday...
House OKs $410 billion spending bill (02/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-controlled House pushed through $410 billion legislation Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, was filled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration. The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines...
Texas town survives despite new border barrier with Mexico (02/26/09)
GRANJENO, Texas -- When the government announced plans to build a new fence along portions of the Mexican border, residents of this sleepy town along the Rio Grande feared the barrier would cut them off from their backyards and even destroy some homes...
Antarctic glaciers melting faster than thought (02/26/09)
GENEVA -- Glaciers in Antarctica are melting faster and across a much wider area than previously thought, a development that threatens to raise sea levels worldwide and force millions of people to flee low-lying areas, scientists said Wednesday. Researchers once believed the melting was limited to the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow tongue of land pointing toward South America. But satellite data and automated weather stations now indicate it is more widespread...
Experts: Some airliner crashes more survivable (02/26/09)
BRUSSELS -- Aviation experts say some recent airline accidents with few or no fatalities show the chances of surviving crashes are better than ever. They say fuselages are stronger, fire-retardant technology has been improved and plane crews are better trained to deal with disaster...
125 people survive Turkish airliner crash in Amsterdam (02/26/09)
HAARLEMMERLIEDE, Netherlands -- A Turkish Airlines jetliner plummeted out of the mist and plowed into a muddy field Wednesday near Amsterdam's main airport, but nearly everyone on board -- 125 people -- survived. The nine dead included both pilots...
Dozens of animals killed in Mexico apartment (02/26/09)
MEXICO CITY -- The deaths of more than two dozen dogs and cats kept for years in a cramped, feces-stained apartment have sparked outrage in the Mexican capital, where authorities and animal activists traded accusations Wednesday over who was to blame...
Palestinians to seek $2.8 billion in foreign aid for rebuilding Gaza (02/26/09)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The rival Palestinian governments -- U.S.-backed moderates in the West Bank and the Islamic militants of Hamas in Gaza -- presented competing plans Wednesday for rebuilding war-ravaged Gaza, each seeking roughly $2.8 billion in foreign aid...
Sierra Leone rebel leaders found guilty of war crimes (02/26/09)
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- The rebels were known for asking their victims if they preferred "long sleeves" or "short sleeves." They then cut off the hands of those who chose the first option and the full arm of those that picked the second. On Wednesday, an international court modeled after the Nuremberg tribunal charged three top Sierra Leone rebel leaders with crimes against humanity -- the closest thing to justice in this West African nation of amputees, orphans and widows...
Missouri downs Kansas State 94-74 (02/26/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and a career-best 14 rebounds, helping No. 11 Missouri run its record to 17-0 at home with a 94-74 rout over Kansas State on Wednesday night. J.T. Tiller added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists and Leo Lyons and reserve Lawrence Bowers both had 16 points for the Tigers, who have won seven straight since losing 88-72 to the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 28...
Central ousts Jackson (02/26/09)
CEDAR HILL -- Central's Josh Harris drove in some, pulled up and scored on a jumper for the first basket of overtime Wednesday. That field goal was all the Tigers really needed offensively. That's because the Central defense shut out Jackson during the four-minute overtime...
Bulldogs advance to final (02/26/09)
The Notre Dame girls basketball team fought off Ste. Genevieve 56-43 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the Class 4 District 1 championship game. "It was a good win for us," Notre Dame coach Renee Peters said. "I'm very happy to be playing in the finals."...
Notre Dame set to open defense (02/26/09)
Notre Dame senior Austin Greer knows well that it will be extremely difficult for his team to defend its Class 4 District 1 title and Class 4 state championship with Sikeston holding the No. 1 seed in the same district. And to make circumstances even more trying, Sikeston is the host with a big home-court advantage...
Woods victorious in return to golf (02/26/09)
MARANA, Ariz. -- Tiger Woods felt like he had never been away. He played that way, too. Woods took five practice swings, slow and measured, settled over the ball and then backed away to make sure he was aiming in the right direction. Then he launched his 3-wood down the fairway and went back to work...
Two shots remain for elusive OVC win (02/26/09)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has two more chances to break the nation's longest current losing streak. Southeast finishes its turmoil-filled season with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference road games, tonight at Tennessee State and Saturday at Austin Peay...
Women remain in hunt (02/26/09)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has a chance to avenge two early-season losses this week. If the Redhawks are successful, they could be in line to earn a first-round home game for the eight-team Ohio Valley Conference tournament. That reward goes to the top four finishers...
Area digest (02/26/09)
Herren, Smith win Mardi Gras 5K Chris Herren and Sandy Smith won the overall titles at the Mardi Gras 5K Walk/Run hosted by the Notre Dame FCCLA. Herren won the men's title in 15 minutes, 34 seconds, while Smith covered the course in 19:38. @z_agate_no tab_no indnt_bld ld:Mardi Gras 5K walk/run...
Area calendar (02/26/09)
Baseball n Cape youth league: The Cape Girardeau Noon Optimist Youth Baseball League will conduct registration at Nearly Perfect Shoes in Cape Girardeau. Registration will be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The league is for players ages 5 to 15, with ages determined as of April 30, 2009. Info: Percy Huston, 278-6763...
Study finds cutting calories counts most in dieting (02/26/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn't matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years. However, participants had trouble staying with a single approach that long and the weight loss was modest for most...
The challenge of owning 100 things (02/26/09)
Feb. 26. 2009 Dear Patty, During my most recent haircut, a man who wishes I'd allow him to put mousse in my hair just once asked if he'd told me about completely changing his life. I didn't think so. Race had read a Time magazine story titled "How to Live with Just 100 Things." The 100 Thing Challenge is the brainchild of another man who wanted to unclutter his life...
"Vagina Monologues" raise awareness about violence toward women (02/26/09)
In the mid-1990s a play hit the stage that shocked audiences and put a spotlight on women, body image and violence against women. It put a spotlight on the vagina. Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" has been performed on hundreds of stages since 1998. On March 5, V-Day, community members and students in Southeast Missouri will put on their seventh yearly performance of the play at the Rose Theatre...
Restaurant recommends: Bayou Bar & Grill (02/26/09)
A piece of New Orleans found it's way to Fruitland. No alligators crawl around the Bayou Bar & Grill, on County Road 532, but the food screams in cajun. The staples like gumbo, crawfish dishes and Po'Boys fill the menu, but SE Live got the recommended dishes from manager Lou Truska and Bill Wooten, who owns the Bayou with wife Linda Wooten...
Good bets 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
Performing arts Symphony series The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra plays "Lincoln Portrait," with narration by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the "Afro-American Symphony" by William Grant Still. Where: Bedell Performance Hall When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday...
Eastwood gets special Cannes award (02/26/09)
PARIS -- Clint Eastwood received a special top Cannes Film Festival honor Wednesday -- three months before this year's festival opens on the Riviera. Festival President Gilles Jacob presented Eastwood with the special Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, at a private ceremony at the chic Parisian restaurant Le Fouquet's...
Artifacts 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
Museum accepting pieces for juried show SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Depot Museum will accept art for the 25th annual Bootheel Regional Judged Art Show from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29 and 2 to 6 p.m. March 30 at the Depot Museum. Artists 18 and older living within 75 miles of Sikeston may submit original, appropriately framed art, wired for hanging, measuring no more than a total of 48 inches in any direction. ...
Southeast Symphony performs patriotic pieces for Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration (02/26/09)
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the man who preserved the union and who is considered by American historians to be among the greatest U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln. In honor of the 16th president, the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus will host the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sara Edgerton, will play Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" with narration by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder...
Review: 'Gomorrah' a stripped-down look at mob (02/26/09)
Two cocky Italian teenagers run around their dilapidated Naples neighborhood, melodramatically riffing on "Scarface" lines to each other: "Now it has to be ours, the whole world. Miami, all of it." They're certainly no more over-the-top than Al Pacino. But this is the closest director and co-writer Matteo Garrone comes to any sort of traditional, Hollywoodized depiction of mob life in "Gomorrah."...
Obama seeks $634B for health care (02/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is asking Congress to raise taxes on the wealthy and cut Medicare costs to provide health care for the uninsured while making the just-enacted $400 tax cut for most workers permanent. In his first budget blueprint, Obama proposes setting aside $634 billion over the next decade to expand government-subsidized health coverage -- a little more than half the money needed to ensure every American gets care...
Obama taps third Commerce pick (02/26/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama introduced former Washington governor Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession. "I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times. But I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right. And Gary is the right man for this job," Obama said...
Jean Whitaker (02/26/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Our dear Jean Ann Whitaker, 73, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. She was born Sept. 24, 1935, in Hartville, Mo., daughter of I.W. "Buster" and Emogene Fuge. She married Ronnie Whitaker June 9, 1957. Survivors include her husband; a son, Steven Whitaker and daughter-in-law Karen of Chaffee; a grandson, Bret Whitaker of Blacksburg, Va.; and a granddaughter, Stefanie Whitaker of Jonesboro, Ark...
Carol Haertling (02/26/09)
Carol Lois Haertling, 74, of New Wells passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 25, 1934, in Farrar, Mo., daughter of Rudolph and Louise Weibrecht Lorenz. She and Ruben Haertling were married Aug. 25, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Mo...
Rodger Porter (02/26/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rodger A. Porter, 56, of Elsberry, Mo., formerly of Perry County, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 11, 1952, in St. Charles, Mo., son of Lloyd J. and Lenora C. Head Porter. Porter was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War...
Births 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
Sanders Daughter to Richard Earl and Jessica Lynne Sanders Jr. of Advance, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:07 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Name, Brianna Lynne. Weight, 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Sanders is the former Jessica Handley, daughter of Larry and Joan Handley of Belleville, Ill. She is a manager at National Asset Recovery Services. Sanders is the son of Ruth Sanders of Advance. He is a salesman with Quality Metal...
Police report 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Charles A. White, 48, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of assault and failure to drive on rthe ight half of the roadway. n Christopher W. Heberlie, 32, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance...
Fire report 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 5:41 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Ellis Street. n At 8:15 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of North Henderson Avenue. n At 10:10 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street...
Out of the past 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
25 years ago: Feb. 26, 1984 An open house is held at St. Mary's School to mark the 25th anniversary of Flavian Lappe as custodian of the school and cathedral. John H. Cochran III, a Cape Girardeau native, has been named president of the Bank of Illmo in Scott City in preparation for the planned acquisition of the bank by Financial Bancshares Inc., a Missouri multibank holding company...
Grown-up storytime (02/26/09)
Storytime was always my favorite time. Grab a blanket, close my eyes and pretend I could see the characters and run through the scenery. I could sit back and watch the story play out or pretend to be a lead character. Too often in this world stories get shoved into the toy box and hauled out to the curb during the spring cleaning between childhood and adulthood...
'Sweet Charity' at River Campus (02/26/09)
A love story for the eternally optimistic is a good way to describe "Sweet Charity." The big musical production opened Wednesday at the Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus and runs through Sunday. The 50-member cast with 250 costumes from the 1960s make the story of a dancer's quest for true love come alive...
Highway 34: Drive with caution (02/26/09)
Highway 34 from Jackson west into the Ozarks where it ends near Van Buren, Mo., has always tested the mettle of motorists. Its curves and hills require alertness and attention to speed. Construction at the Highway 34-72 intersection on the western edge of Jackson has added to the obstacles for traffic. ...
Local recruiting would be boost (02/26/09)
When four local high school teams can fill the Show Me Center, it would be to Southeast Missouri State University's advantage to recruit more local athletes, especially in basketball. It would generate a lot more local support, and the students could live at home. It would be a lot less expensive for Southeast...
Speak Out 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
Saving the future THE situation is not complicated but obvious for any open-minded observer. The Republicans realize, as do most of the people of the world, that they have destroyed not just our own economy but the economies of the world. If Barack Obama can manage to repair the damage, the Republican Party is toast and will never be in power again. ...
Prayer 2/26/09 (02/26/09)
For answers to life's hard questions, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
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