Health and wellness expo - with Fitness and Wellness Coordinator with Cape Parks and Rec – Christine Paige
Sony Pictures Entertainment recently announced “The Interview” was put back into theaters for a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day. Among theaters airing the much-discussed film starring Seth Rogan and James Franco is Cape Girardeau’s Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine on Christmas Day, with two screenings. According to Wehrenberg’s website, the film also will be shown at 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. today through Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine, except New Year’s Eve, when it will be shown only once, at 9:45 p.m. From its announcement, the film drew ire from North Korea. Sony announced the film would be pulled from theaters in an ordeal that began with hackers leaking private information from Sony and its executives and led to terrorist threats being levied at theaters planning to show the film. The FBI has said North Korea was behind the hacking, although the country has denied that. The entertainment company reversed its decision to pull the film Tuesday after receiving widespread criticism.
A Cape Girardeau County circuit judge has overruled Kenneth Bell’s bid to have statements he made to police suppressed in the murder case against him. Bell, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in connection with the Feb. 7, 2013, shooting deaths of Misty Cole and Shannon James. In a motion filed this summer, Bell’s attorneys, public defenders Cynthia Dryden and Beth Kerry, alleged officers violated Bell’s rights in several ways, including failing to provide him a lawyer before or during his interrogation; subjecting him to “mental, physical and psychological duress” during the interrogation; tricking him into making statements; failing to advise him of his Miranda rights; and continuing to question him after he indicated he wanted to remain silent and have an attorney present. The motion also claimed Bell’s statement was the result of an unlawful arrest made without probable cause. Online court records show Judge Benjamin Lewis overruled the motion to suppress Bell’s statements on Dec. 17. Bell’s case is set for trial Jan. 20.
More than 100 volunteers were out Thursday afternoon to serve a free Christmas dinner hosted by Student Santas. Founder Jennifer Icaza-Gast says it’s all about service. Retired Marine Corporal Leonard Spicer and retired Marine sergeants Ralph Craig and Jim Maevers came prepared to distribute gifts from the Toys for Tots program. The Cape Girardeau detachment distributes toys to more than 2,000 children in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott and Stoddard counties. Over 100 people were fed on this first year which is considered a great success. Icaza-Gast and Lyle Randolph, general manager of Isle Casino Cape Girardeau — which contributed meat, equipment and volunteers to the event — said they learned from the event. Next year there may be a shuttle service and they will serve a bit later in the afternoon.
TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Ryan Roche, a Pennsylvania man who wound up in intensive care after winning an egg nog chugging contest in his office.
Roche was leaving to start Christmas break when a worker persuaded him to join an alcohol-free egg nog chugging contest.
Roche won by chugging the quart of eggnog in just 12 seconds, but hours later he was shaking uncontrollably and felt nauseous.
Doctors believe Roche had aspirated the eggnog to his lungs and was essentially “dry drowning.”
The liquid in his lungs had then started an infection and Roche spent 24 hours in intensive care with a fever, sweats, and chills.
AND THEN THERE’S …..
James Lorne, 40, a British man who was jailed for 28 days after texting a juror a threat as a joke.
Lorne’s friend was serving jury duty when he sent his friend the text: “I know who you are. If you find them guilty, I will find you” as a joke.
His friend didn’t recognize the number and contacted police.
The text was traced back to Lorne, who said he got the idea from the John Grisham film Runaway Jury.
Joke or not, the jury had to be sent away, the defendant was unable to speak to his lawyers for three days, and the juror had to be discharged for fear the stress could have influenced his decision.
OR HOW ABOUT …..
An Italian circus, which is facing possible criminal charges for trying to deceive their audience with two dogs painted to resemble pandas.
The Orfei Circus was accused of painting black patches on two Chow Chows in hopes the customers would believe the pups were actually pandas.
Audience members became suspicious and alerted police.
Investigators said, “Two white puppies, a male and a female of Chow Chow breed, were camouflaged as pandas and shown to the public, particularly children, to take photos demanding payment.”
The Circus’ operating license is currently being reviewed.
(AP) – A second initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri has been filed.
Secretary of State Jason Kander this week announced the petition is open for public comment.
The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow residents to use the drug for medical or recreational use. Missourians also could legally grow the plant if the initiative passes.
Initiative petitions need approval from Kander’s office before they can be circulated to the public. Residents vote on the measures if they receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot.
Another initiative that would allow those 21 years or older to use or grow marijuana also is open for public comment.
The Missouri Public Service Commission says you will have until January 13th to comment on Ameren Missouri’s energy efficiency programs case. The utility filed an application with the PSC seeking approval of the programs and Demand-Side Investment Mechanism under its second Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act filing. The first filing was approved in August 2012 and will conclude by the end of 2015. Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed with the Secretary of the PSC.
Kate, 1 year old Calico, not spayed
Rory, 4 year old Australian Shepherd, super sweet and gentle, not altered