- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
A story with a truly happy ending
Under the specter of war, with the economy in a tailspin and as our terrorist threat level was raised to orange, dropped to yellow and then boosted again, one news story shone through to amaze and uplift us.
Elizabeth Smart, taken from her family's home in Salt Lake City nine months ago, was home again.
This was the happy ending that was all but unheard of. Decades of painful media reports have taught us that 14-year-old girls abducted at knifepoint typically don't come home alive. Parents cling to hope until some grisly clue to their child's true fate emerges.
No, the news wasn't all good.
Elizabeth's captors, a homeless, married couple, stand charged with aggravated sexual assault along with aggravated burglary and kidnapping. Investigators say the husband took her as his second "wife."
But Elizabeth is home now with parents, siblings and extended family who love her dearly. The whole world wants her to recover physically and emotionally from her ordeal. She is in a place where that can happen.