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Orman murder suspect's story revealed through guilty plea (12/30/10)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Samuel Hughes had just seen Ryan Patterson, gun in hand, standing over a dying 15-year-old boy. Now, Hughes was sitting in a car with Patterson, who was pointing the silver revolver at him.
Casino, Redhawks lead list of top news stories of 2010 (12/30/10)
This was a year of big dreams, big money and, of course, big controversy. The year 2010 brought news that a casino would be built in Cape Girardeau, delighting some who saw it as a revenue generator and job creator and disappointing others who worried about gambling addiction and an increase in crime...
Show Me Center getting over slow period with flat attendance (12/30/10)
Things are bustling this week at the Show Me Center. The 66th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament is a big draw, with as many as 20,000 basketball fans expected to fill seats over the event's four-day run. That's a lot of people buying popcorn and soda, meaning a solid concessions take...
Rice, New Life end pursuit of federal building for homeless shelter (12/30/10)
Stymied by a court decision earlier this month, the Rev. Larry Rice and his New Life Evangelistic Center are ending their legal battle over the acquisition of the former federal courthouse building on Broadway. At a news conference this afternoon, Rice told reporters that the homeless assistance organization will not appeal District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's decision on Dec. ...
Casino, parking lot switch places in new Isle of Capri plan (12/30/10)
Isle of Capri is making a major change in its design layout, according to its final development plan filed at city hall.
Missouri gambling revenue for schools falling short by $24 million (12/30/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri schools could face a $24 million funding shortfall because tax revenues from casinos are falling short of projections. The executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission warned the state's budget director of the revenue gap in a letter shortly before Christmas. The document was provided Wednesday to The Associated Press...
Sikeston official say sesquicentennial celebration was success (12/30/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- As Sikeston's sesquicentennial year draws to a close, those who organized and participated in the events marking the milestone are calling it a success. "I think it went great," said Doug Friend, Sikeston's city manager, who helped coordinate the 150th birthday celebration. ...
Footprints in snow lead police to stealing suspect (12/30/10)
DEXTER, MO. -- Footprints in the Christmas Eve snowfall that dusted Dexter helped police catch a local man who is now charged with burglary, stealing, resisting arrest, trespassing and possession of a controlled substance. Dexter Police arrested Danny Hayden Watts, 31, of Dexter, after tracking his footprints over several blocks within the city and finally making the arrest on the roof of downtown building after Watts climbed a radio tower to elude police. ...
Ike Skelton loss named top Missouri story in 2010 (12/30/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In a year dominated by big winners in the November elections, the biggest headline was about who lost. Missouri voters ended the 34-year career of Democratic U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton on Nov. 2, electing Republican Vicky Hartzler after a campaign in which the GOP worked furiously to connect Skelton to an unpopular President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...
VFW seeks to diversify, reaches out to young vets (12/30/10)
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars' post in Leavenworth traditionally was dominated by aged ex-servicemen. But in recent years a revolution has occurred in the Kansas Army town, with a new young leadership transforming the post into a center providing support and entertainment for male and female veterans of all ages and conflicts...
2 challenge KC election for Mo. House seat (12/30/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two losing candidates in a Missouri House race filed a petition Wednesday asking the chamber to invalidate the victory of Democrat John Rizzo and order a new election because of voting irregularities in the Democratic primary...
Authorities probe Christine O'Donnell's campaign spending (12/30/10)
BALTIMORE -- Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation to determine whether failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person familiar with the investigation...
Stocks on track for best December since early 1990s (12/30/10)
NEW YORK -- Stocks finished higher Wednesday as the market continued on pace for its best December in nearly 20 years. The Standard and Poor's 500-stock index -- the market measure used by most professional investors -- has gained 6.7 percent this month. If it closes Friday at this level or higher, it will be the best December return for the index since 1991...
Poll: Baby boomers fear they will outlive Medicare (12/30/10)
WASHINGTON -- The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won't be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their retirement...
N.J. governor, New York City mayor feel heat after blizzard (12/30/10)
NEW YORK -- With many streets still unplowed, New Yorkers are griping that their billionaire mayor is out of touch and has failed at the basic task of keeping the city running, while New Jersey's governor is taking heat for vacationing at Disney World during the crisis...
American Airlines jet goes off runway in Wyoming (12/30/10)
JACKSON, Wyo. -- An American Airlines jet went past the end of a snowy runway while landing at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport on Wednesday, but no one was injured and the plane was not damaged, officials said. Airline spokesman Ed Martelle said Flight 2253 from Chicago "had a long rollout" when it landed at 11:37 a.m. Wednesday. The plane came to rest on a hard surface and did not go off into grass or brush, he said...
Man playing real-life version of 'Frogger' hit by SUV (12/30/10)
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger." Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck at around 9 p.m. Monday...
BP's oil spill costs look manageable 8 months later (12/30/10)
NEW YORK -- As the Gulf oil spill gushed out of control, BP's financial liabilities seemed big enough to sink the company. No more. Cleanup, government fines, lawsuits, legal fees and damage claims will likely exceed the $40 billion that BP has publicly estimated, according to an Associated Press analysis. But they'll be far below the highest estimates made over the summer by legal experts and prominent Wall Street banks, such as Goldman Sachs, which said costs could near $200 billion...
Calif. dispensary sparks food drive with free pot (12/30/10)
SOQUEL, Calif. -- A California medical marijuana dispensary has raked in food donations with a unique offer: free pot. The Granny Purps dispensary offered a complimentary marijuana cigarette for every four cans of food a patient brought in this holiday season. Each patient was limited to a maximum of three cigarettes a day...
Yarn named 2010's top lie wasn't original (12/30/10)
MILWAUKEE -- The winning entry in a liars' club contest may have been the best but it wasn't original. David Milz, 49, of Bristol, was named the top liar of 2010 with this line: "I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met."...
Palestinians target Israeli settlements in U.N. resolution (12/30/10)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinians plan to ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to declare Israeli settlements illegal and demand a halt to their construction, officials said Wednesday, in a high-stakes gamble aimed at increasing pressure on Israel...
Attack over prophet cartoons thwarted (12/30/10)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Police in Denmark and Sweden said they thwarted a terrorist attack possibly hours before it was to begin Wednesday, arresting five men they say planned to shoot as many people as possible in a Copenhagen building housing the newsroom of a paper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad...
False alarm over parcel sent to U.S. Embassy to Vatican (12/30/10)
ROME -- Bomb squad teams were dispatched to the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican on Wednesday after it reported a suspicious package -- but it was a false alarm, police said. Embassies in Rome have been on high alert for a week after anarchists mailed package bombs to at least three embassies in the Italian capital. Two exploded, injuring the people who opened them...
S. Korea seeks N. Korea disarmament progress in '11 (12/30/10)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president said Wednesday that urgent progress must be made next year in dismantling North Korea's atomic weapons program ahead of a key anniversary that could spur Pyongyang to bolster its nuclear capabilities...
Neighbors put Ivory Coast military option on hold (12/30/10)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- West African leaders blinked in their showdown with Laurent Gbagbo on Wednesday, taking a military intervention off the table for now so negotiations can continue with the incumbent leader who refuses to hand over power in Ivory Coast...
Christmas tournament: Jackson slays Central (12/30/10)
Tyler Rhodes is a key member of the Jackson basketball squad although he sometimes gets overshadowed by his taller and higher-scoring teammates. Not Wednesday night. Rhodes picked a big stage to hit the biggest shot of his high school career. Rhodes, a 6-foot senior guard, swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 45 seconds left against Central...
Christmas tournament: Notre Dame rides Tolbert's 40 past Advance (12/30/10)
Advance never solved Notre Dame's big man. Senior Jacob Tolbert muscled his way around the basket and even flashed his range, helping the Bulldogs put away a Hornets squad that refused to go quietly. Notre Dame advanced to the fifth-place game with Wednesday's 87-71 victory at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament...
Scott County Central romps to Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament title (12/30/10)
Otto Porter scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the Braves to the third consecutive tournament title.
Notre Dame dominates Oran in fifth-place game (12/30/10)
Notre Dame forced 32 turnovers and raced to a 63-36 win over the Eagles.
Charleston knocks off Central for third place at Christmas Tournament (12/30/10)
Greg Tuck scored 28 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to propel Charleston to a 68-64 win.
Chaffee claims Christmas Tournament consolation title (12/30/10)
The Red Devils defeated Oak Ridge 55-49 to win finish ninth at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament.
Christmas tournament: Scott County Central stiff-arms Charleston (12/30/10)
Charleston gave Scott County Central a solid run for its money Wednesday night but could not keep the Braves from reaching another championship game at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. The Bluejays did the same thing last year, providing the Braves' biggest challenge on their way to the 2009 title...
Christmas tournament: Oran converts late to eliminate Leopold 64-57 (12/30/10)
Oran picked a good time for a good spurt Wednesday. The Eagles outscored Leopold 7-0 over the final minute and a half to defeat the Wildcats 64-57 in a fifth-place semifinal at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. "We've had trouble with not playing consistent," Oran's Jon Morrow said. "Right now we're playing in spurts, which is a lot better than we have been doing. Right now we're just trying to complete a whole game."...
Christmas tournament: Chaffee dumps rival Scott City (12/30/10)
Chaffee coach Josh Govreau didn't prepare much of a pregame speech before his team's consolation bracket semifinal at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament Wednesday. "We knew we were going to come out with intensity playing Scott City -- a chance to go to that fourth day playing your rival at the Show Me Center," Govreau said. "I told them before the game I shouldn't have to come in here and say anything to get you motivated, and I didn't."...
Christmas tournament: Oak Ridge's early flurry buries Bell City (12/30/10)
Oak Ridge stomped on Bell City early and never let up. The Blue Jays opened a 25-point lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 77-33 victory Wednesday in a consolation bracket semifinal at the Southeast Missourian Christmas tournament. "That was the game," Bell City coach Nate Wills said about the first quarter. "We weren't ready to play. Oak Ridge, give them a lot of credit, they came out, put a lot of pressure on us and we didn't respond well."...
High school roundup: Perryville boys reach hoops tourney semis (12/30/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast women to host struggling Lindenwood-Belleville (12/30/10)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will be favored to end its three-game losing streak today. Southeast coach John Ishee figures getting that accomplished is a necessity before the Redhawks face what could be the top squad on their schedule...
Mustangs snap Southeast men's winning streak (12/30/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak end Wednesday night. Southeast held an early lead but played from behind most of the way as Southern Methodist University from Conference USA handed the Redhawks a 71-59 loss in Dallas...
Showing their spirit: Perryville High School cheerleaders (12/30/10)
They may be young and their ranks depleted, but the Perryville High School varsity cheerleading squad is talented and driven, according to their coach. The team now numbers 11 cheerleaders, down 10 from the beginning of the year, and eight of the members are freshmen. Meet team veteran Kelsi Barron and rookie Makenda Lukefahr. They share their thoughts on cheerleading, high school and life...
who's neXt 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University: -- From staff reports ...
Hooked on Science: How much sugar is in a can of soda? (12/30/10)
It that time of the year when we all make a New Year's resolution. Is your resolution to cut back on soda? If so, here's an experiment that might encourage you to keep that resolution. STEP 2: One teaspoon of sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. Therefore, divide the grams of sugar in your soda by 4.2 grams to get the number of teaspoons. For example, if the can contains 28 grams of sugar, divide 28 by 4.2. That would equal 6.7 teaspoons of sugar...
Manatees paddle to warm water to escape Florida chill (12/30/10)
APOLLO BEACH, Fla. -- People aren't the only ones in Florida who don't like cold weather. Manatees -- those giant aquatic mammals with the flat, paddle-shaped tails -- are swimming out of the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters and into warmer springs and power plant discharge canals. On Tuesday, more than 300 manatees floated in the outflow of Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station...
neXt up 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
What's happening this weekend
Society's happiness is in the pursuit, not in the bottom line (12/30/10)
Dec. 30, 2010 Dear Julie, One of the places I've explored in California is like a magical kingdom surrounded by seven bulbous hills and the Pacific Ocean. People fill the town square because no cars are allowed. Those people seem to have a lightness about them, as if they're perfectly happy doing whatever they're doing...
Making holiday memories at regional destinations (12/30/10)
It's the eve of New Year's Eve. It's Thursday. So why are you reading this column today instead of Friday? If you paid attention last week, there was no Friday paper. There won't be a Friday paper again this week. Holidays are important to newspaper folks too...
Debra Sides (12/30/10)
Debra L. Sides, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Ussery (12/30/10)
Charles E. Ussery, 45, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 11, 1965, in Cape Girardeau, son of Laverl and Lana Lunsford Ussery. Charles was a towboat pilot and truck driver 25 years...
Lorine Buchheit (12/30/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lorine V. Buchheit, 101, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Aug. 24, 1909, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of August and Theresa Leible Schnurbusch. She and August N. Buchheit were married May 19, 1931, at Apple Creek, Mo. He preceded her in death March 16, 1972...
Births 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
Son to Chris and Amy Moore of St. Louis, 4:56 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Name, Nolan James. Weight, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Moore is the former Amy Arteme, daughter of Jim and Margaret Arteme of Benton, Mo. She is a dietitian/instructor at St. Louis University. Moore is the son of Jim and Kathy Moore of Cape Girardeau. He is a teacher and coach with the Rockwood School District, and a real estate investor...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following information. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police/fire report 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Stoddard County prosecuting attorney expects to file charges today in connection with a cockfight which reportedly took place Saturday afternoon in a shed south of Advance, Mo.; 24 people, including three juveniles, were issued summonses during the raid...
'Auld Lang Syne' (12/30/10)
This weekend we will celebrate the beginning of a new year. And the song that many will sing as the clock strikes midnight New Year's Eve is "Auld Lang Syne." Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot,...
Don't treat us like children (12/30/10)
A couple of weeks ago, I sat in with a band at Buckner's in downtown Cape Girardeau. At 10 p.m., Buckner's breaks out the ashtrays and becomes a smoking establishment. When the smoking started, I did not notice a mass migration of patrons leaving. As a matter of fact, business picked up considerably. There were even some nonsmokers bumming cigarettes from smokers -- the proverbial "I only smoke when I drink" crowd...
Speak Out 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
THIS is concerning Rep. Roy Blunt, Republican from the 7th District. I noticed in your paper that he has been reported as not voting in almost all measures brought up before Congress. I was wondering, has he ever voted on anything, for or against it?...
Prayer 12/30/10 (12/30/10)
O Lord, as we prepare for a new year, may our focus be on you. Amen.
Tea Party Validity (12/30/10)
The quality of our lives, is often reduced to, pluses and minuses. We hear, "I'm having a bad day" or "This is a good day." Many times have I heard, "The more things change, the more they stay the same?" Also, "What goes around comes around. Peculiarly, that is a mathematical equation. Is it coincidence, at this time, Science has succumbed, to its own weight?...
Christmas Morning at Papa Tom's (12/30/10)
Trenton raves about the Nerf machine gun his Daddy got for him.
MedAssets donates to SEMO Food Bank's BFF Program (12/30/10)
The employees of MedAssets in Cape Girardeau, Missouri collected 253 pounds of canned food items to help fight hunger in Southeast Missouri during the month of December. The donated items will be used to support the BackPacks For Friday (BFF) program which is a program that meets the needs of hungry children and their families on the weekends...
1st Presbyterian Church Bell being installed in 65 (12/30/10)
It's been almost exactly 45 years since this bell was installed in the "new" First Presbyterian Church next to The Missourian on Broadway. The bell was originally used to call out the volunteer fire department and to announce jailbreaks.
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