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Stories from Monday, December 10, 2012

Analysis: Mo. congressional vacancy avoids partisan pitfalls (12/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There will be no Todd Akin scenario for Missouri Republican Party officials when they meet next year to select a replacement candidate for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. Akin, who was never the first choice of the party's top brass, emerged the victor in a contentious primary last August and two weeks later essentially doomed his campaign when he remarked that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." National Republican Party leaders winced, unsuccessfully pressured Akin to quit and then watched as he was trounced by Democratic Sen. ...
Fruitland chief: Actions of firefighter arsonist 'slap in the face' (12/10/12)
For four months, Dean Riley has been a man consumed. Over sleepless hours, the Fruitland fire chief has analyzed the few short months the two men were under his command. He's puzzled over missed signs, changes in behavior or an ominous offhand remark -- anything that could have served to foreshadow those early morning hours of Aug. 18...
Mother of student killed in scooter accident supports Cape helmet ordinance (12/10/12)
Meg Herndon, a member of the Southeast Missouri State University soccer team, was hit by a truck while driving her scooter Sept. 9. She wasn't wearing a helmet and died Sept. 20 from brain injuries. Since the tragedy, her mother, Cindi Herndon, has supported the ordinance passed by the Cape Girardeau City Council on Nov. ...
Burn bans, pension reform among bills filed early (12/10/12)
New laws that could originate from Southeast Missouri during the upcoming state legislative session range from one that could allow county commissioners to fine those who don't abide by burn bans to another that would require judges to take a harder look at how to handle juvenile offenders who are tried as adults and found guilty...
Proposed tax for Bollinger County library, archive, extension center would expire (12/10/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- In April, Bollinger County voters will be asked to approve a bond issue to erect a building behind the Dollar General store. The building would triple the size of the current library, archive and extension center. Library director Eva Dunn said that she and Donna Aufdenberg of the University of Missouri extension and archive, as well as the county commissioners, tried to project at least 20 years into the future when they planned the proposed building. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Action items Appointments and possible action items...
Charitable birthdays redefine giving (12/10/12)
CRESTWOOD, Mo. -- Marissa Friedmann's mom wanted to go all-out for her daughter's 9th birthday party -- and for good reason. Marissa and her siblings had a tough year coping with their parents' divorce. So last month, her mom, Dawn Friedmann, planned a party in Crestwood to Marissa's exacting specifications...
More Illinois students calling Mizzou home (12/10/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Students from Chicago and the rest of Illinois are increasingly calling the University of Missouri home. The Chicago Tribune reported that Illinois students now make up more than 20 percent of Mizzou's freshman class. That's up from just 6 percent in 2000...
St. Louis central library reopens (12/10/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Hundreds of visitors showed up for the reopening of the Central Library in downtown St. Louis. The library was reopened Sunday after a two-year, $70 million renovation. KMOX reported that library director Waller McGuire opened the doors to the public for the first time since June 2010...
Same-sex couples in Wash. state start wedding vows (12/10/12)
SEATTLE (AP) -- Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state's voter-approved gay marriage law took effect. While numerous weddings were taking place across the state, both private and public, the city hall weddings were the largest public event, with more than 130 couples taking part. ...
Today in History (12/10/12)
Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 10, 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia," David Lean's epic film starring Peter O'Toole as British military officer T.E. Lawrence, had its royal gala premiere in London, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in attendance...
End may be sight for FBI's Hoover building (12/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- Just six blocks from the White House, the FBI's hulking headquarters overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate. The verdict: It's an ugly, crumbling concrete behemoth, an architectural mishap -- all 2.4 million square feet of it...
Hope and fear in same-sex marriage cases at high court (12/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- Gay marriage supporters see 41 reasons to fret over the Supreme Court's decision to take up the case of California's ban on same-sex unions. While nine states allow same-sex partners to marry, or will soon, 41 states do not. Of those, 30 have written gay marriage bans into their state constitutions...
Obama maintains standing with Cuban-Americans (12/10/12)
MIAMI -- The door for travel to Cuba cracked open during President Barack Obama's first term. Cuban-Americans can now visit family on the island as often as they like. Americans can travel legally as part of an academic or religious trip. Perhaps it's for this reason that Obama's standing with the Cuban-American community in Florida stayed largely steady on Election Day, even though the modest openings with Cuba have riled some of South Florida's more conservative exiles. ...
Obama and Boehner meet to discuss takes on 'fiscal cliff' (12/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impending "fiscal cliff," the first meeting between just the two leaders since Election Day. Spokesmen for both Obama and Boehner said they agreed not to release details of the conversation, but emphasized that the lines of communication remain open...
Chinese company wins bid for battery maker A123 Systems Inc. (12/10/12)
NEW YORK -- Bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems Inc. on Sunday said it will sell most of its assets to the U.S. arm of Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp. for $256.6 million. Wanxiang America Corp. won an auction conducted under the supervision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...
Draft constitution divides Egypt (12/10/12)
CAIRO -- President Mohammed Morsi is unlikely to worry if Egypt's Islamist-leaning draft constitution passes by only a small margin in a referendum Saturday, since he and his backers tout his 51 percent election victory in June as a "popular mandate" that is beyond any challenge...
Chavez faces new cancer battle, surgery in Cuba (12/10/12)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was heading back to Cuba on Sunday for a third cancer surgery after naming his vice president as his choice to lead the country if the illness cuts short his presidency. Chavez's Saturday night announcement cast a shadow of uncertainty over the country, and his supporters poured into city plazas across the nation to pray for his recovery from what appears to be an aggressive type of cancer...
South Africa at crossroads as Mandela hospitalized (12/10/12)
JOHANNESBURG -- Inside a Catholic church that once served as a major rallying point for anti-apartheid activists, the image of a gray-suited Nelson Mandela appears in a stained-glass window that also features angels and the cross. Worshippers here prayed Sunday for the hospitalized 94-year-old former president, who remains almost a secular saint and a father figure to many in South Africa, a nation of 50 million people that has Africa's top economy...
Charleston tops seeding for Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament (12/10/12)
If Southeast Missouri State basketball coach Dickey Nutt could have his way, his roster would be full of homegrown talent. That's what he told a room full of high school coaches at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament seeding meeting Sunday evening at the Show Me Center...
St. Louis scores late TD for third straight win (12/10/12)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The St. Louis Rams, unbeaten in their division, are starting to show they can win anywhere -- including cold and wet Buffalo -- to stay in the playoff race. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford capped a 14-play, 84-yard drive with a 13-yard pass to Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds left in a 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday...
Both Southeast squads enter open stretch at .500 (12/10/12)
Both Southeast Missouri State basketball teams have a break from game competition this week during final exams. Each squad took its initial final of sorts -- on the court -- as Southeast hosted its first doubleheader of the season Saturday night...
‘Skyfall,' ‘Guardians' duel for box-office win (12/10/12)
LOS ANGELES -- James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays. According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony's Bond tale "Skyfall" took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend...
People on the move 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors installs new officers The Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors installed new officers Nov. 30 at its 60th anniversary banquet. The following real estate agents were installed: board president Elizabeth McFerron of Exit Realty-Thomas Meyer Associates, vice president Tina McMahon of McClanahan Real Estate, secretary Katherine Devor of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty, treasurer Kenneth Kiefer of Realty Executives of Cape County, local directors Liz Lockhart of River Bend Realty and Wendy Marberry of Realty Executives of Cape County, state directors Wanda Duncan of Realty Executives of Cape County, Debbie Thurman of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty and David E. ...
Talking Shop with Michael Davis of Melo-Dee Guitars (12/10/12)
Michael Davis is a retired Methodist pastor whose love of music and guitar-making led him to start a business, Melo-Dee Guitars. Davis handcrafts guitars from scratch, and sees music as a way of sharing life with others. Q.: Tell us about yourself and your business....
Regional unemployment down, retail sales holding (12/10/12)
The third quarter brought good economic news to Southeast Missouri as unemployment in the region fell slightly and retail sales continued to hold their own. The Southeast Missouri State University quarterly Business Indicators report was released last week by the Southeast's Center for Economic & Business Research...
David Blackburn (12/10/12)
VIENNA, Mo. -- David W. Blackburn, 53, a resident of Vienna and a native of Sikeston, Mo., passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Ill. David was born Jan. 12, 1959, in Sikeston, Mo. He was the son of William Robert Blackburn and Doris Virginia Redden Blackburn. David was united in marriage to Angela Marie Persinger Large on July 31, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Vienna. She survives...
Bernadean Tidwell (12/10/12)
Bernadean Francis Tidwell, 80, of Jackson passed away Dec. 9, 2012, at the Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 18, 1932, in St. Louis, daughter of Andrew and Doshia Lollar Terry. Bernadean was a seamstress at Thorngate for 22 years. She was a member of Grace Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Advance, Mo...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police report 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
Attorney Joseph Russell has apparently scrapped plans, at least for now, for development of an office building on Broadway opposite Capaha Park; neighborhood residents had expressed concern about the proposed project. With Sam Hirsch as his new campaign manager, Democratic congressional candidate Wayne Cryts is making a county-by-county tour of the 8th District, designed to touch base with supporters in his 1986 campaign and to search out new support...
Dave Hale (12/10/12)
Longtime auctioneer Joe David "Dave" Hale died late last month. Hale, 75, was an interesting character who had many interests, including auctioneering, horses and exotic animals. Hale's obituary, which ran in the Dec. 2 Southeast Missourian, listed many accomplishments, including his auctioneering career that began while in high school. ...
Speak Out 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
I was in downtown Cape Girardeau the other day taking a leisurely walk down the riverfront. By the time I parked, I had a panhandler ask for money. Within 10 minutes I had two more approach me. A couple years ago this was unheard of. I guess this was a welcome to Obama's America...
Prayer 12/10/12 (12/10/12)
O Heavenly Father, may daily speak of your faithfulness and gift of salvation. Amen.
Slumberland Furn. donates beds to local families! (12/10/12)
This holiday season, Slumberland Furniture is working to provide families in need with new beds through its annual Making Homes for the Holidays program. On Monday, December 10th, Slumberland loaded up 20 mattress & box spring sets, frames, sheets & homemade quilts & distributed them to local families in need. Slumberland worked with Love Inc. in finding those families in need...
CHS Tiger Swimmers honored (12/10/12)
Cape Public Schools Board of Education, at its November board meeting, recognized the accomplishments of the Cape Central High School Tiger Swimmers, who recently competed at the state swim meet at St. Peters, MO. Pictured with Board Vice President Kyle McDonald, left, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. ...
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson visits VIP (12/10/12)
In October, U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson visited VIP Industries in Cape, taking a tour of the sheltered workshop and visiting with the employees. Upon entering the workshop, the employees immediately recognized the Congresswoman and began yelling their greetings across the room. Emerson visited with each employee, shaking hands, posing for photographs, and taking a genuine interest in the type of work the employees produced...
Slumberland Furn. donates beds to local families! (12/10/12)
Slumberland Furniture loaded up 20 mattress & box spring sets, frames, sheets & homemade quilts on Monday, December 10th. These will be donated to local families in need. Love Inc. helped with finding those families in need. Mayor Harry Rediger, Slumberland owner Jack Ford, Love Inc. C.E.O. John McGowan & members of the Cape West Rotary are pictured here before the loading began...
Beautiful Christmas lights (12/10/12)
Christmas lights at 3815 Hopper Road in Cape Girardeau.
Santa picture (12/10/12)
Gracie & Santa 2012
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