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Stories from Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holiday home tour benefits Lutheran Family and Children's Services (11/29/09)
The 22nd annual Holiday Home Tour will offer something for everyone, whether they go to get ideas for a remodel or to admire the holiday decor. Lutheran Family and Children's Services is holding the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour, along with the Hope for Families Golf Tournament in May, will provide the majority of funding for LFCS programs...
Jackson couple injured in 4-car accident (11/29/09)
A Jackson couple was injured Friday evening in a four-car accident in Jefferson County, Mo., according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Jolene A. Hancock, 31, was driving with Christopher W. Hancock, 34, and a 10-year-old boy in their 2009 Toyota Tundra when they stopped on the right shoulder of Interstate 55 near the 188.6 mile marker, a patrol accident report said...
Sisters wish for dolls, Dora the Explorer (11/29/09)
Catrice is 2 1/2 years old, and her sister is 8 months old. They both love cuddling with baby dolls and teddy bears. Catrice adores watching Dora the Explorer and would like to have Dora toys and some play ponies. Her sister also loves Dora, and some toddler educational toys would help her have a wonderful Christmas this year...
Streets closed to parking for Parade of Lights (11/29/09)
Police will close sections of downtown Cape Girardeau during today's annual Christmas parade. According to a news release from Sgt. Kevin Orr of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, parking will be prohibited beginning at 2 p.m. on the following sections of the city:...
One injured in three-car crash in Cape Girardeau (11/29/09)
A three-car accident Friday afternoon in Cape Girardeau sent a man to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Not so jolly package causes Tenn. Capitol evacuation (11/29/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A package for Tennessee's governor turned out not too jolly for staffers at the Capitol. Safety Department spokesman Mike Browning says officials evacuated the building for almost two hours Wednesday when the mail room found a package addressed to Gov. Phil Bredesen that contained moving parts...
Geneva police use tear gas on WTO protesters; 14 arrested (11/29/09)
GENEVA -- Police with water cannons fired tear gas and rubber bullets Saturday to separate violent demonstrators from a protest opposing a meeting of top world trade officials, but the hooded "black bloc" activists were able to cause damage before 14 were arrested, spokesmen said...
Bernanke makes case for strong Federal Reserve role on banks (11/29/09)
NEW YORK -- The chairman of the Federal Reserve is concerned that congressional efforts at financial reform could weaken the central bank's ability to handle future crises and may politicize monetary policy. Fed chairman Ben S. Bernanke made the comments in an Op-Ed piece to appear in today's Washington Post. His current four-year term expires Jan. 31...
Recession sends senior citizens to food pantries (11/29/09)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Older Americans who were raised on stories of the Great Depression and acquired lifelong habits of thrift now find themselves crowding soup kitchens and food pantries in greater numbers for the first time after seeing retirement funds, second jobs and nest eggs wiped out by recession...
Woman sees image of Jesus on her iron (11/29/09)
METHUEN, Mass. -- A Massachusetts woman who recently separated from her husband and had her hours cut at work says an image of Jesus Christ she sees on her iron has reassured her that "life is going to be good." Mary Jo Coady first noticed the image Sunday when she walked into her daughter's room...
Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch (11/29/09)
SAN LUIS, Colo. -- A creepy string of calf mutilations in southern Colorado has a rancher and sheriff's officials mystified. Four calves were found dead in a pasture just north of the New Mexico state line in recent weeks. The dead calves had their skins peeled back and organs cleared from the rib cage. One calf had its tongue removed...
Caged 'cavemen' on display at zoo (11/29/09)
WARSAW, Poland -- Visitors to Warsaw's zoo are being greeted by two Homo sapiens peering out from a cage -- humans in animal skins trying to spark interest in man's caveman ancestors. Organizer Maria Mastalerz says the weeklong "performance" aims to attract interest in a play, "Caveman," showing in the Polish capital. But she says it also carries a message that humans today are not all that different from their prehistoric ancestors...
Russia: Bomb caused train crash that killed 26 (11/29/09)
UGLOVKA, Russia -- A powerful homemade bomb sent a high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train careening off its tracks, Russian officials said Saturday, killing at least 26 people in what officials consider an act of terrorism. The head of Russia's Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov, said experts found pieces of an explosive device that detonated around 9:30 p.m. ...
Pakistani president turns over nuclear authority (11/29/09)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's president relinquished command of its nuclear arsenal to the prime minister, a political ally, and signaled he was ready to shed more power as he faces growing pressure to resign. The move came as an amnesty protecting President Asif Ali Zardari and thousands of others from graft charges expired Saturday, risking political turmoil that could distract the U.S.-allied nation from its fight against the Taliban and other militants near the Afghan border...
Iranian lawmaker: Iran could leave nuclear treaty (11/29/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A conservative Iranian legislator warned Saturday that his country may pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty after a U.N. resolution censuring Tehran -- a move that could seriously undermine world attempts to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons...
High school roundup: Central wins season opener in Pepsi Showcase (11/29/09)
All the local high school action from Saturday that was reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast women shoot for another upset win at home (11/29/09)
Although the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has struggled lately, the Redhawks' most recent home game resulted in an upset of Southern Mississippi. Southeast coach John Ishee believes the Redhawks will need an even stronger performance to pull off another upset today...
Redhawks drop first two games in tournament (11/29/09)
The first two games of the Basketball Travelers Classic were not kind to Southeast Missouri State. Southeast was routed by host Illinois State 93-53 on Saturday night in Normal, Ill., after the Redhawks opened the four-team event with Friday night's 67-44 loss to St. Bonaventure...
MU's Ressel kicks game-winner against rival Kansas (11/29/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The 117th version of the Border Showdown was arguably the wildest in the nation's second most-played rivalry. No. 118 topped it nearly every way. Missouri tackled Todd Reesing for a safety with 2:39 remaining and Grant Ressel hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Tigers a 41-39 win over Kansas on Saturday in another wild rivalry game at Arrowhead Stadium...
Tigers suffer first loss in tourney (11/29/09)
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- David Gonzalvez scored 18 points to lead Richmond to a thrilling 59-52 win over Missouri on Saturday night to clinch the South Padre Island Invitational. Gonzalvez gave the Spiders (6-1) the lead for good with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with a little more than four minutes remaining...
Valle falls to Penney in Missouri Class 1 championship game (11/29/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Keagan Prather's 7-yard touchdown run with 5:40 to play gave Penney its first state title, as the Hornets rallied to defeat perennial power Valle Catholic 21-17 in the Class 1 Show-Me Bowl. Prather's game-winning score was set-up by Dylan Chatwick's 49-yard run, which gave the Hornets (14-0) a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line. Prather took it in on the next play for his second touchdown of the game. He also scored in the first half to give Penney a 14-0 halftime advantage...
SIU runs past E. Illinois 48-7 (11/29/09)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Eastern Illinois learned the hard way: You just don't score first against Southern Illinois. After giving up a touchdown, the Salukis ran off 48 straight points Saturday to whip the Panthers 48-7 in the opening round of the FCS playoffs...
Winless Nets could match NBA record (11/29/09)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- All that stands between the New Jersey Nets and an NBA record for futility to start the season is the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets dropped their 16th straight game to open the season, moving within one of matching the worst start in NBA history with a 109-96 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night...
NFL players often prone to fumbling personal finances (11/29/09)
Danan Hughes endured a lot of crushing hits during six years in the NFL. The hardest blow of all, though, came at the end -- when he went from mega-paycheck to no paycheck. Hughes grossed over $1 million as a wide receiver and special teams player for the Kansas City Chiefs, including close to $400,000 in each of his final two seasons. But when he retired in 1999, he took a three-month internship at a local bank that paid nothing...
Bulger may have played his final game in St. Louis (11/29/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Some in St. Louis wonder if Marc Bulger has played his last game with the Rams. The quarterback says it's too early to speculate about his future. Bulger will miss at least three weeks and could be out for the remaining six games with a fractured left shin bone. He was on crutches Friday at practice and said there will be plenty of time to determine if he is back in 2010...
Jackson's availability is uncertain vs. Seahawks (11/29/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson bulldozes his way downfield, more than half of his yards coming after contact. The 235-pound running back punishes tacklers. Backup quarterback Kyle Boller will start in place of injured Marc Bulger today against the Seahawks, but Seattle coach Jim Mora is worried about the guy taking the handoffs...
Bertuzzi lifts Red Wings past Blues (11/29/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Todd Bertuzzi beat Chris Mason high with a backhander in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and St. Louis' Andy McDonald also scored in the tiebreaker, both in the first round...
Davydenko upends Federer in semifinals (11/29/09)
LONDON -- Top-ranked Roger Federer was eliminated from the ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the semifinals. Federer, who was broken three straight times in the first set, came within two points of winning while leading 5-4 in the third set. But Davydenko held on and then broke Federer to take a 6-5 lead before serving out the win...
From the Pulpit: Preaching, teaching & serving (11/29/09)
The Rev. Darius Edward Wentz, 39, is the new pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau. He became the church's pastor in August and moved here in October. He spends time getting settled and unpacked in his family's new home. "I look forward to making new friends and getting involved in the community," Wentz said. ...
Pet of the week (11/29/09)
Pet name: Apollo, a red Doberman Owner: Mara Coy FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Getting treats ...
Saxony freshman reaches rank of Eagle Scout (11/29/09)
Jason Krueger, a freshman at Saxony Lutheran High School, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Krueger is a member of Troop 8, sponsored by the Trinity Lutheran Men's Club of Cape Girardeau. Krueger is the son of Jason and Heather Krueger of Cape Girardeau. His Eagle project was constructing three benches and a border with mulch for the chin-up bars at Trinity Lutheran School of Cape Girardeau...
Jackson Junior High Cheerleaders deliver Halloween treats to pediatric wards (11/29/09)
On Oct. 31, while most teenagers were preparing for their own tricks for Halloween, the Jackson Junior High Cheerleaders stuffed treat bags and delivered them to the pediatric wards of Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center. "When I was in second grade, I was stuck in the hospital over Halloween, and a couple brought their child in to deliver a treat bag to me," said team captain Lacie Robinson. ...
FYI (11/29/09)
The Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board is looking for volunteers to help review the operations of the city of Cape Girardeau to determine where environmental changes are needed and how to make the city government greener and sustainable. For more information, contact Heather Brooks at 339-6320 by Friday...
Former meth addict now giving back through ad campaign, counseling work (11/29/09)
MALDEN, Mo. -- People can -- and do -- recover from meth addition. Such is the case with former Malden, Mo., man Josh Palmer. Palmer, who got involved with methamphetamine at the age of 17, is now clean and sober and helping others, after having his life spiral out of control...
Adopt Drucella (11/29/09)
Drucella is a beautiful 1 1/2-year-old calico cat. She is friendly and enjoys playing ball. Drucella is spayed and up-to-date on shots. For more information, contact Safe Harbor at 243-9823. ...
Adopt Rico (11/29/09)
Rico is a 4-month-old heeler/Labrador mix. He is incredibly sweet. For more information, contact the Humane Society at 334-5837. ...
Christmas on parade (11/29/09)
Although there are many reasons area groups and businesses will participate in this year's downtown Parade of Lights, they possess a common desire: to give back to the community at Christmastime. A local chapter of the Harley Owners Group, also known as SEMO HOG, has participated in float-building for the parade for more than the 10 years Steve Floyd has been a member...
Why do we dream of a White Christmas? (11/29/09)
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Bing Crosby didn't have to dream of a white Christmas -- he could bank on it. The crooner was from Spokane, a city that is among the most likely to have a white Christmas each year. According to weather experts, Spokane has a white Christmas about 70 percent of the time...
Spiritual food (11/29/09)
I am suffering from the post-Thanksgiving blahs. Honestly how many ways can you eat leftover turkey? Turkey sandwiches, turkey kebab, turkey Creole, turkey casseroles and on and on, like you are repeating lines from "Forrest Gump." Don't get me wrong, sometimes that turkey sandwich packs more of a punch than the original bird in all its glory. And having more than enough is a tremendous blessing. But really...
Communion as a political weapon (11/29/09)
When I'm asked to officiate a wedding, my standard modus operandi is to ask the bride and groom if they wish communion during the service. In United Methodist circles, communion is optional at weddings and most couples turn down the offer. If they do wish communion, my only rule is this: It must be made available to everyone who comes. It's not just for the bride and groom or the full wedding party. It's offered to all in attendance...
A foxy little squirrel (11/29/09)
One day last week I sat near the base of a large old poplar tree and watched the squirrel pictured here travel across the ground from an adjoining hill to the small log immediately in front of me. He did not see me until he was almost ready to jump on me. He purred and fussed quietly as I photographed him...
Tips for holiday wine shopping (11/29/09)
When shopping for wines this holiday season, don't automatically assume that a higher price means higher quality. Consumer Reports' tests found that some higher-scoring wines have been among the least expensive. The wines CR tested have run the gamut of varietals, blends and vintages. Finding an excellent wine that's also affordable -- say, less than $20 -- is difficult, but not impossible. In past tests, CR has identified very good wines that cost as little as $8...
Tips for holiday wine shopping (11/29/09)
When shopping for wines this holiday season, don't automatically assume that a higher price means higher quality. Consumer Reports' tests found that some higher-scoring wines have been among the least expensive. The wines CR tested have run the gamut of varietals, blends and vintages. Finding an excellent wine that's also affordable -- say, less than $20 -- is difficult, but not impossible. In past tests, CR has identified very good wines that cost as little as $8...
Homemade cookbook can make meaningful gift (11/29/09)
If your personal economy is still in recovery, you may be looking for ways to dial back the holiday budget. This do-more-with-less routine may be wearing a little thin these days, but it actually has some emotional resonance at holiday time. Well, before the most recent economic downtown/recession/depression, you may have entertained the thought that the winter holidays have gotten out of hand. ...
Have a backup plan for those 'disaster' dinners (11/29/09)
DEAR SARA: What do you do when dinner doesn't go as planned? We stick to a strict meal plan. However, we've run into problems with it sometimes when something goes wrong and it can't be fixed. For example, if the meat for the meatballs is bad and I don't know it until an hour before dinner, then I don't have a meal for that night. ...
Joseph Brugger (11/29/09)
Joseph C. Brugger, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with the Rev. Donny Ford officiating...
Carolyn Hunt (11/29/09)
*** Carolyn Hunt Carolyn Hunt, 63 of Scott City died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Reece Ware (11/29/09)
Reece Ware, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Greater Dimension Ministries in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at noon Monday. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Cape Girardeau...
Ruth Blakemore (11/29/09)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Ruth C. Blakemore, 94, of Olive Branch died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Reynoldsville, Ill., to Henry and Alice Belcher Kinder. She married Joe Blakemore on Oct. 31, 1936. He died Sept. 2, 2008...
Peggy Strayhorn (11/29/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Peggy Strayhorn, 73, of Perryville died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie, Mo. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery...
James Eachus (11/29/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James Robert Eachus, 84, of Scott City died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Woodland Hills in Marble Hill. He was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Morley, Mo., to Arthur and Amanda McDonough Eachus. He married Elizabeth Amelia Peterson on May 4, 1946. She preceded him in death Sept. 12, 1987...
Robert Welker (11/29/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert L. Welker, 91, of Perryville died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. He was born June 25, 1918, at Perryville, son of Glenton and Bertha Dunker Welker. He and Elba M. Gibbar were married April 19, 1941, at Brewer, Mo. She preceded him in death Jan. 23, 2003...
Mary Lou Grant (11/29/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mary Lou Grant, 82 of Columbia passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mary Lou was born April 16, 1927, to Grover Cleveland and Dona Thaxton Fulbright in Millersville...
Ivalea Bates (11/29/09)
Ivalea M. Bates (nee Brandes), age 73, fell asleep in Jesus on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at her residence in St. Louis County. Mrs. Bates was born and raised in Uniontown, Mo. Beloved wife of the late Doyle W. Bates; dear mother of Donald W. Bates and Susan M. ...
Annis Heuer (11/29/09)
Annis Lee Heuer, 90, of Cape Girardeau went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Randles, daughter of William H. and Ethel E. Seabaugh Godwin. She and Herbert H. Heuer were married in 1940 at Springfield, Mo. He died in March 1974...
Fire report 11/29/09 (11/29/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:...
Police report 11/29/09 (11/29/09)
DWI; Theft
Out of the past 11/29/09 (11/29/09)
Members of the Cape Girardeau City Council and the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents meet in a joint session on the university campus to review plans for the multipurpose building; project architects present plans that call for a 136,800-square-foot arena with seating for as many as 8,000 at a cost of about $14 million...
Season of lights (11/29/09)
Thanksgiving is the holiday that signals the start of the Christmas shopping season, and it marks the observance of many other holiday traditions in our area. At 5 p.m. today, the Old Town Cape Girardeau Parade of Lights will make its way from West End Boulevard along Broadway to Main Street and east to the front of Hutson Furniture, where the store's animated window display, a longtime tradition, will delight hundreds of visitors during the holiday season. ...
Individual responsibility (11/29/09)
"Soak the rich" is a simplistic notion. Even though Luke 12:48 says "to whom much has been given, of him shall much be required," in the spirit of Thanksgiving it suggests individual responsibility from top to bottom. It would seem that participation to the comparative individual supply would be the rational course for members of an orderly democratic republic...
Speak Out 11/29/09 (11/29/09)
*** Chaffee teens; *** Black eye; *** Expired plates; *** Move mailboxes; *** Policy changes; *** Providing food; *** Not racist; *** Appreciating vets
Prayer 11/29/09 (11/29/09)
For mercy and justice, and understanding, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
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