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Stories from Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Owners of All Good Grill hoping to gain access to city parking lots (12/16/09)
Just after 11:30 p.m. Friday, the work begins for the owners of the All Good Grill food stand. Two hours later, business at a parking lot near Margarita Mama's picks up considerably as most patrons begin to exit downtown Cape Girardeau bars. Michael Wenderski, 24, and Kennith Evans, 26, visit with customers while serving hot dogs, bratwursts and steak and chicken kebabs...
Missouri House leader makes ethics reform in state government top priority (12/16/09)
Passing a government ethics bill that bars lawmakers from working as political consultants and governors from giving out jobs to sitting legislators will be a top priority in 2010, House Majority Leader Steve Tilley said Tuesday. Tilley, who unveiled an eight-point agenda for new rules governing official conduct, said the issue will be important enough to stall other major bills if the Senate balks at the idea...
Perryville man cited by police for tractor-trailer crash in Southern Illinois (12/16/09)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- A Perryville, Mo., man was cited by the Illinois State Police for improper lane usage for a one-vehicle crash in which a tractor-trailer overturned this morning.
In Federal Court: Cape man sentenced for firearm possession; Cape man pleads guilty to tampering with witness (12/16/09)
The following information was released by the office of acting federal prosecutor Michael Reap for defendants appearing in federal court before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sipple. SENTENCED Age: 34 Residence: Cape Girardeau Charge: Felon in possession of a firearm...
Groups hope to fill empty Cape storefronts with art (12/16/09)
An empty storefront is an ugly storefront -- at least according to those involved in the Downtown Art Window Program. Three Cape Girardeau entities have taken on the task of decorating the empty storefronts along Main Street and Broadway by recruiting artists to display their work in the window space of the vacant buildings...
Kennett High School student charged with bomb threat (12/16/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett High School senior faces felony charges following a report of a bomb threat at the campus earlier this month. According to court documents, on Monday, local prosecutors charged Gage T. Blue, 18, with a class C felony count of making a terrorist threat, in response to what Blue called "a senior prank."...
After a stroke, loss of job, woman needs Christmas generosity (12/16/09)
Ms. O recently had a stroke that has affected her speech and her ability to take care of herself. She lost her job because of the stroke and now lives in the laundry room of her daughter's too-small house. Household cleaning supplies and some bedroom furniture would really make Christmas bright for her, as well as shirts in size large, sweat pants in size large, shoes, size 9 1/2 to 10 and full-size sheets for her bed...
Springfield government, shelter battle over providing for homeless (12/16/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A veterans center that helps the homeless in Springfield is at the center of a controversy between its operator and the city. City Attorney Dan Wichmer recently wrote a letter asking the Rev. Larry Rice not to use the New Evangelistic Center as an overnight shelter, kitchen or free store. Wichmer suggested the center could be closed for up to a year if it became a nuisance...
Ex-aide to Missouri governor cleared of law complaint (12/16/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A fired aide who raised concerns about e-mail deletions in former governor Matt Blunt's office has been cleared of professional misconduct alleged by Blunt's administration. The exoneration for lawyer Scott Eckersley comes more than two years after his firing triggered legal spats over access to public records, defamation and wrongful termination that combined to cost taxpayers about $2 million...
$130M expansion of St. Louis Art Museum gets go-ahead (12/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A $130.5 million expansion of the St. Louis Art Museum is no longer on hold. The noted museum in Forest Park announced the go-ahead for the expansion on Tuesday -- 13 months after weakening credit markets and the sour economy delayed the project...
Illinois town welcomes plan to house Gitmo detainees (12/16/09)
THOMSON, Ill. -- The White House decision to move up to 100 Guantanamo Bay detainees to this dying Mississippi River town has people here seeing dollar signs, not suspected terrorists. Many people in this rural community are hopeful that their willingness to house the prisoners in a nearly empty penitentiary will offer an economic boost -- helping to ease steep job losses and dwindling tax revenue needed to fix roads and pay for schools...
Popularity of texting edging out cell phone calls (12/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- R u kidding me? Americans punched out more than 110 billion text messages in December 2008, double the number in the last month of 2007, as the shorthand communication becomes a popular alternative to cell phone calls. The nation's 270 million cell phone subscribers each sent out an average of 407 text messages in December 2008, according to government statistics released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. ...
Poll: Action on climate will heat up U.S. economy (12/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- More Americans say steps taken to reduce global warming pollution will help the U.S. economy than say such measures will hurt it. It is a sign the public is showing more faith in President Barack Obama's economic arguments for limiting heat-trapping gases than in Republican claims that the actions would kill jobs...
Obama working to solidify support for health care bill (12/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- After months of turmoil, President Barack Obama called Senate Democrats to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to say it's time to come together and pass legislation embracing a wholesale remodeling of America's health care system...
'A joy to fly': Boeing's 787 jetliner makes first test flight (12/16/09)
EVERETT, Wash. -- Boeing's new 787 jetliner finally got airborne Tuesday, the long-delayed inaugural flight of the world's first commercial plane constructed with half its components made from lightweight composite materials. The sleek jet lifted off from Everett's Paine Field on a flight over Washington state, beginning an extensive testing program to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification...
Police probe alleged sleep aid use at Ohio day care (12/16/09)
CINCINNATI -- Allegations that workers at a church day care put an over-the-counter dietary supplement in candy to help children sleep at nap time are under investigation, police said Tuesday. Springfield Township police Lt. Dave Schaefer confirmed that police are looking into allegations that some workers at Covenant Apostolic Church Daycare in suburban Cincinnati gave melatonin to some children there. He did not give the ages of the children...
Energy-efficient traffic lights can't melt snow (12/16/09)
MILWAUKEE -- Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm -- a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death...
Female veterans face dearth of services, homelessness (12/16/09)
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The $15,000 that former Army Pvt. Margaret Ortiz had in the bank when she left Iraq is long gone, spent on alcohol and cocaine. By the time she found her way to a program run by the not-for-profit U.S. Vets for homeless female veterans in this Southern California city, she'd slept in San Diego on the beach or anywhere she could find after a night of partying. One morning, she woke up behind a trash bin, her pants torn, with no memory of what happened...
Children's swine flu shots recalled; not strong enough (12/16/09)
ATLANTA -- Hundreds of thousands of swine flu shots for children have been recalled because tests indicate the vaccine doses lost some strength, government health officials said Tuesday. The shots, made by Sanofi Pasteur, were distributed across the country last month and most have already been used, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 800,000 prefilled syringes that were recalled are for young children, ages 6 months to nearly 3 years...
'Goodfellas' mobster blames alcohol for arrest at St. Louis area hotel (12/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A gangster-turned-FBI informant whose exploits were the basis of the 1990 Martin Scorsese mob film "Goodfellas" said Tuesday his struggles with alcohol again are to blame for his weekend arrest after a drunken disturbance at a hotel...
Wall Street trade mixed after report of inflation rising (12/16/09)
NEW YORK -- The stock market zigzagged in a tight range Tuesday after wholesale inflation rose more than expected in November, led by a surge in energy costs. The increase likely will be discussed as Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting on interest rates. The Fed is expected to keep rates unchanged when it releases a policy statement following the meeting Wednesday...
House votes against noisy TV ads (12/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- The House has voted to level off the abrupt spikes in volume felt by television viewers during commercial breaks. The bill, approved by a voice vote, is aimed at stopping TV ads from playing noticeably louder than programs. Supporters say the measure would alleviate a common irritation that leads consumers to scramble for the mute button as they watch their favorite shows...
Puerto Ricans arrested in Aflac health insurance scam (12/16/09)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Police have arrested two doctors and at least 42 patients accused of defrauding a major health insurance company, the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico said Tuesday. More than 100 people are accused of defrauding health insurer Aflac Inc. of nearly $1 million by paying two doctors to file false claims, federal officials said...
Swiss geologist stands trial for triggering quakes (12/16/09)
BASEL, Switzerland -- A geologist on trial for causing earthquakes while drilling for hot rocks to produce clean energy said Tuesday he was surprised by the strength of the most powerful temblor. Markus Haering, who designed the geothermal project, rejected allegations that he deliberately damaged properties and said local people knew the risks...
Explosions in 2 major Iraq cities kill 9 (12/16/09)
BAGHDAD -- Car bombs and other explosions ripped through Iraq's capital and a major northern city Tuesday, killing nine people and highlighting once again the apparent ease with which insurgents can slip past security. The explosions in Baghdad and Mosul came exactly a week after suicide bombers killed 127 people and wounded more than 500 in a series of bombings across the Iraqi capital -- three of which appeared to target government buildings...
Suicide bombing blast near former VP home in Kabul (12/16/09)
KABUL -- A suicide car bomber struck Tuesday near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel favored by Westerners, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens in one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. Afghan police officials said the target of the bombing had not been confirmed. ...
Israeli police officer beaten, injured by West Bank settlers (12/16/09)
JERUSALEM -- Angry settlers beat and seriously injured a female Israeli police officer Tuesday, police said, as she tried to enforce a government ban on new housing construction in Jewish West Bank settlements. It was the most serious clash between settlers and authorities since the building restrictions were imposed last month. Settlers have vowed to defy the orders and have confronted government inspectors, scuffling with them...
Passengers bear brunt of British Airways strike battle (12/16/09)
LONDON -- Recession-weary passengers lashed out at British Airways PLC workers Tuesday as the carrier began last-ditch legal action to avert a Christmas cabin-crew strike that threatens to ruin holiday plans for about a million travelers. Faced with the possibility that the bulk of its planes will remain grounded at the busiest time of the year, the loss-making airline applied to the High Court for an injunction to prevent the planned 12-day walkout that is due to start Dec. 22...
U.S. counting on cows to reduce gas emissions (12/16/09)
COPENHAGEN -- The United States is counting on cows to save the planet. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an agreement with the American dairy industry Tuesday to reduce the industry's greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, mostly by convincing farmers to capture the methane from cow manure that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere...
Doublin's lone bucket lifts Meadow Heights (12/16/09)
PATTON, Mo. -- Dustin Doublin couldn't have picked a better time for his only basket of the game. Doublin, a Meadow Heights junior reserve, put back an offensive rebound with 2.4 seconds left as the Panthers knocked off visiting Delta 52-50 on Tuesday night...
SCC awarded top seed for Christmas tournament (12/16/09)
Defending Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament champion Scott County Central has been awarded the top seed for this year's tournament at the Show Me Center. The Braves will begin their quest for a sixth title when they play in the tournament's first game against No. 16 Kelly at 9 a.m. Dec. 26...
Thomas, Elam help Oak Ridge to victory over Bell City (12/16/09)
Brett Thomas scored 22 points and Caleb Elam added 20 to help the Oak Ridge boys basketball team knock off host Bell City on Tuesday. The Blue Jays clamped down on defense in the third quarter as they emerged with the 71-59 win. Oak Ridge went 20 of 26 (77 percent) from the free-throw line...
Redhawks kick returner will not return to team next season (12/16/09)
The Southeast Missouri State football team will no longer have the services of one of the Redhawks' all-time elite return specialists. Jacob McKinley, who ranks among the top kickoff return men in school history, recently decided to leave the program...
Area digest 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
Central freshman Chelsea Vinson won the Missouri girls 14- and 15-year-olds division of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Vinson, 15, finished with a total combined distance of 260 feet, 11 inches, which ranked 16th. It was the second consecutive year that she won the state title...
Trade of Cy Young winners could be completed today (12/16/09)
NEW YORK -- The blockbuster trade sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee to Seattle could be completed today, and it's become a four-team swap that involves Toronto shipping a prospect to Oakland. The Blue Jays would send Halladay and $6 million to the Phillies for three minor leaguers: catcher Travis d'Arnaud, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor...
Oshie lifts Blues to 4-3 win (12/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal with 4:58 to play, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday night for only their sixth victory in 18 home games. David Backes had a goal and assisted on Oshie's sixth goal for the Blues, who beat the NHL's top road team after honoring Brett Hull on his recent Hockey Hall of Fame induction in a pregame ceremony...
Ingram, McClain lead six Alabama AP All-Americans (12/16/09)
NEW YORK -- Alabama will bring a lineup powered by All-Americans into the BCS national championship game. The top-ranked Crimson Tide had six players, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, voted to The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday -- more than any other school...
Rams release guard Incognito (12/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Richie Incognito was released Tuesday by the St. Louis Rams, two days after coach Steve Spagnuolo benched the temperamental offensive guard for the second half of a loss at Tennessee. "As with all other personnel moves, this is what we felt was in the best interest of the team at this time," Spagnuolo said in a statement. "We appreciate Richie's efforts and we wish him the very best."...
St. Louis salutes Brett Hull for Hall of Fame induction (12/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Three years after the St. Louis Blues retired Brett Hull's No. 16 jersey, they honored him again for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. "They're probably sick of seeing me," Hull said Tuesday night before a ceremony that also honored his Blues dream team. "But I love being back. This is probably the last time I'll be on that ice, and it's going to be a great feeling...
PGA Tour looks to fill void left by Tiger (12/16/09)
The sudden roar from three holes away was enough to make Rory McIlroy turn his head. The cheer was for a birdie, no doubt. And it was loud enough so thousands of people had to be watching. McIlroy quickly deduced, along with everyone else behind the third green at Doral, that such a reaction could be for only one player...
Steelers on wrong side of 'fine line' (12/16/09)
PITTSBURGH -- Saying the Super Bowl champion Steelers' 6-7 record "hacks you off," coach Mike Tomlin channeled one of the most oft-used phrases by predecessor Bill Cowher to explain the team's five-game losing streak. "In this league, there's a very fine line between winning and losing," Tomlin said Tuesday. "The line is not so fine when you're playing dominant ... But when you're not playing dominant, we've got to find a way to make significant plays at correct moments."...
Gifts that cost less, mean more (12/16/09)
If ever there has been a year to give a homemade holiday gift, this is it. The economy's in the dumps and budgets are tight. Gift-givers have to be more creative than ever if they want to delight their friends and family with something unusual. Meanwhile, business is booming in the world of homemade crafts. ...
Recipe Swap: Church offers cookbook, recipes for holidays (12/16/09)
What could be a better last-minute Christmas gift than a new cookbook? The First Free Will Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau can help with that. The new cookbook they have just released contains 228 recipes and is full of great favorites and new recipes for you to try. ...
Elizabeth Friedrich (12/16/09)
Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Friedrich, 77, of Whitewater passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of John W. and Sophia L. Neumeyer Deneke. She and Harl E. Friedrich were married May 12, 1957, at Zion Methodist Church in Gordonville...
Verntasia Moore (12/16/09)
Verntasia Zykira Haynes Moore, 4, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at Opportunity Church of God in Christ in Charleston, Mo. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery near Charleston...
Helen Knight (12/16/09)
Helen Wolfe Knight, 86, formerly of Scott City, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in Port Arthur, Texas. A graveside service will be at noon Thursday in Lightner Cemetery, with the Rev. Oliver Clavin officiating. Arrangements are by Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Scott City...
Mary Snow (12/16/09)
Mary Welman Snow, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born June 8, 1913, in Morley, Mo., daughter of W.C. and Phronia Huddelson Welman. She and R. Bruce Snow were married Nov. 3, 1935. He passed away in 1978...
Ann O'Connell (12/16/09)
Ann P. O'Connell, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 3, 1914, in Bell City, Mo., to Lawrence and Eve W. Adkins Reed. She and Elmer W. O'Connell were married in 1950 in Cape Girardeau. He died Nov. 28, 1987...
Charles Moit Sr. (12/16/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Charles Wayne Moit Sr., 62, of Chaffee died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 27, 1947, at Chaffee, son of the late Hettie Ria Moit. He and Paula Crump were married June 25, 1977...
Births 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
Son to Scott and Sarah Essner of St. Louis, St. Anthony's Medical Center, 11:39 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. Name, Cameron Patrick. Weight, 5 pounds. Mrs. Essner is the former Sarah Hausafus, daughter of Walter ad Sharon Hausafus of Dow, Ill. Essner is the son of Jerome and Beverly Essner of Kelso, Mo...
Police report 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Burglary Thefts Miscellaneous The Jackson Police Department released the following item. Miscellaneous...
Fire report 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
First Baptist Church of Jackson premieres a new Christmas pageant titled "And the Word Was Made Known," written by Jean Schweain, church organist; she is also a music teacher in the Jackson School District. Scout leaders congratulated each other during the formal dedication yesterday of the new Southeast Missouri Council Boy Scouts of America Service Center, 3000 Gordonville Road...
The speech Obama should have given (12/16/09)
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America and citizens of the world: I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations -- that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. ...
Future worries (12/16/09)
I cornered a businessman in St. Louis over the weekend and asked the question probably heard before: "How's business?" With honesty not always afforded to a stranger, he told me that his business was "off" slightly from the past but that his current sales were not his prime concern. He said he was afraid of what lies ahead...
Climategate: Who are the 'deniers' now? (12/16/09)
By E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN The Kansas City Star A couple of years ago, supporters of global warming theory began referring to skeptics as "deniers" -- implying that anyone who doubted climate change should be lumped with Holocaust deniers. Now the shoe is on the other foot, thanks to the eye-popping e-mail dump that hit the Internet recently and quickly became known as "Climategate." The response of much of the global-warming "community" has been ... denial...
Cemetery records (12/16/09)
As interest in family roots continues to grow, the Cape Girardeau County Archives Center in Jackson becomes a more valuable resource. The center houses county records. Death records in the archives date back about a century. Earlier information is provided by headstones on graves in the county's more than 200 cemeteries...
Speak Out 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
I travel Bloomfield Road almost daily. The problem there is not the road as much as the human error. People drive too fast and are careless. No matter how wide the road is, unless people use some prudence in their driving you will not improve the situation...
Prayer 12/16/09 (12/16/09)
Hear our wishes, O God, and grant those favors we should receive. Amen.
Goldwing Chapter makes up food baskets for 15 famlies this Christmas. (12/16/09)
On Dec 12 the local GWRRA, Goldwing Road Riders Assoc. made up food baskets for 15 families. Each family received 3 large boxes of food plus gifts for any child in the family. Every year the Chapter has a Poker Run to fund the food supplies. Riders from all over the state plus riders from Illinois come to help make the poker run a success. ...
Lockheed C-130 Hercules @ KCGI (12/16/09)
A Lockheed C-130 Hercules touches down during pattern work at KCGI. Flying out of Little Rock, Arkansas, the big transport made several close-in circuits and practice approaches to our 28 & 10 runways. In the photo, you can see that the Hercules has a noticeable tilt toward the camera. This is to compensate for a strong, Northerly crosswind, which if allowed to go uncorrected, would drift the plane off the South side of the runway...
Tommy Sowers demands that Rep. Jo Ann Emerson reveal details of taxpayer-funded junkets (12/16/09)
Rolla, MO (December 16, 2009)- Congressional candidate Tommy Sowers today demanded that Representative Jo Ann Emerson release details on a taxpayer-funded trip to Scotland that included fine dining in "decadent" restaurants, sightseeing and spa visits...
"A Night of Christmas Music" at New McKendree Church (12/16/09)
Come celebrate Christmas with an evening of Christmas music this Sunday night at New McKendree Church (Jackson)! The program is from 6-7:30 in the sanctuary at the High St. Campus (225 S. High St.). This year's program includes performances by our children and youth as well as all of our church's other excellent music groups (Love Handbell Choir, Chancel Choir, South Campus Worship Team). ...
Scott City 3rd grade GIVES (12/16/09)
My daughter is in Miss. Cartwright's 3rd grade class at Scott City Elementary. I received a letter last week that instead of doing the normal routine of exchange a boys gift with a boy and girls gift with a girl, the class ASKED the teacher if they could donate their gifts to the children at St. ...
Holiday Store at Jefferson Elementary (12/16/09)
Students at Jefferson Elementary shop at the Holiday Store using good behavior tickets to "buy" presents for their family. Volunteers help students wrap their presents. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers that make the Holiday store possible...
GWRRA Chapter I local Goldwing Chapter made 15 Christmas baskets for those that are missed by other charities. (12/16/09)
Chapter members gathered to help make up the 15 Chrstmas baskets, which consisted of three big boxes full of food for each family and gifts for any child in the family.Each year the Chapter has a poker run to help earn money to supply the baskets with enough food for most families for week or so...
waiting for Santa (12/16/09)
Bailey's been a good girl all year long and has put on her Chrsitmas scarf and is waiting for Santa.
Bank of Missouri and Jefferson Elementary (12/16/09)
Jefferson Elementary thanks the Bank of Missouri for their generous support. Jefferson especially thanks them for the new digital bulletin board pictured. Thank you once again for being a great partner in education!
Shepherds Sheep And A Savior (12/16/09)
Thanks to Emily Rosenbalm and Glenda Sheffer, who directed this year's Children's Musical at Calvary UPC in Jackson. The kids did a fantabulous job!
Jeffeerson Elementary and Coldwater Creek (12/16/09)
Mr. Mark Cook and Ms. Jamie Jones accept a donation from Coldwater Creek. Jefferson thanks Coldwater Creek for there generousity.
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