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Stories from Friday, June 22, 2007

County holds off on war memorial OK (06/22/07)
When Rodger Brown sat down before the Cape Girardeau County Commission on Thursday, he knew opposition was growing to his grand vision of a large memorial to veterans and their families in the Common Pleas Courthouse Park. A group of prominent downtown business owners and others interested in historic preservation had written a letter to the commissioners questioning the choice of location and the lack of public discussion of the proposal. ...
Murder suspect from KC arrested in Cape (06/22/07)
A Kansas City gang member wanted on murder and kidnapping charges was arrested Wednesday through a joint effort by FBI agents and Cape Girardeau police officers. Antwan Silky Wooden, 21, was arrested without incident around 5 p.m. at 256 S. Benton St., Apt. 2, according to Cape Girardeau police spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis...
Area veterans leave for D.C. 'Honor Tour' (06/22/07)
The Jackson Municipal Band and a color guard joined family and community members to give local veterans of World War II a warm send-off Thursday before they embarked on a tour of Washington, D.C. Tour leader Rob Callahan of Marble Hill, Mo., and 31 veterans boarded a tour bus at First Midwest Bank in Jackson to catch a flight in St. Louis. Callahan organized the all-expenses-paid "Honor Tour" for veterans to view the National WWII Memorial...
Teachers use 2,000-year-old method to determine Earth's circumference (06/22/07)
Science teachers in a summer physics class at Southeast Missouri State University relied on shadows Thursday to calculate the Earth's circumference during the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The low-tech calculations were pioneered more than 2,000 years ago by Greek mathematician Eratosthenes...
County commission approves final list of roads to be paved (06/22/07)
By the end of next year, 35 miles of Cape Girardeau County gravel roads will have a new hard surface, the Cape Girardeau County Commission decided Thursday. The list of roads, which has been slightly revised since the County Road and Bridge Advisory Board submitted its initial proposal in May, includes 6.15 miles for asphalt paving and 10 miles for chip-and-seal paving this year. ...
SEMO holds grand opening for business incubator (06/22/07)
Southeast Missouri State University's new business incubator will help launch new businesses and create jobs, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt said Thursday at the opening of the facility. "Supporting Missouri entrepreneurs and encouraging new business opportunities is central to fostering a good economic environment," the governor said...
Kelly Elementary School to receive playground grant (06/22/07)
Kelly Elementary School is in line to receive a $30,000 grant from the federal government that will help make the school's playground safer for students. Earlier this month the State Interagency Council for Outdoor Recreation recommended the school for the grant awarded by the National Park Service...
String of burglaries has Cape police on watch (06/22/07)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has issued an advisory due to an unusual number of burglaries that have occurred in recent weeks. According to a statement released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department on Thursday, most of the burglaries have targeted businesses, with money being the primary item stolen. The police say owners and employees can reduce their vulnerability by checking security measures, such as making sure locks, lighting and alarms work properly...
Interchange work could close I-55 lanes (06/22/07)
Southeast Missourian Traffic between mile markers 101 and 103 on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County could be periodically reduced to one lane over the next few weeks as construction on the East Main Street/LaSalle Avenue interchange ramps continues. The ramps are being constructed on the interstate's northbound side and will serve as roads for diverted traffic to be routed over until November, as construction progresses...
Route CC to be reduced to one lane (06/22/07)
Southeast Missouri A section of Route CC in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane while crews seal the pavement. The section is from Route C to the end of state maintenance. The work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. A bridge on old Route 61 leading to the Diversion Channel boat ramp in southern Cape Girardeau County is closed for deck repairs. ...
Highway 72 reopens after accident (06/22/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- A section of Highway 72 in Bollinger County reopened at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, almost 12 hours after a tractor-trailer carrying explosive chemicals overturned five miles east of Patton. The 10-wheeler had three compartments separating a 56 percent solution of acetic acid, which is found in vinegar, and two oxidizing agents that, although stable separately, could cause a small explosion when combined, according to Marble Hill Fire Department chief Jim Bollinger. ...
Disaster practice (06/22/07)
The earth shook. Communication towers twisted and fell. Roads cracked, and two major buildings caught fire. That is what authorities were told Tuesday at the beginning of a state-run, three-day earthquake exercise designed to test the reaction and preparedness of the region in the wake of a major earthquake...
Former Mo. congressman Hungate dies (06/22/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- William Hungate, a former federal judge and Missouri congressman who introduced an article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, died Friday at age 84, his family said. Hungate, who was living in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country, suffered complications from a June 6 surgery after he had a blood clot to the brain, they said...
Crayfish, three-toed box turtle designated as state symbols (06/22/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although somewhat slow and shy, the box turtle and crayfish have risen to the top of their classifications as the newest official state symbols. Legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Matt Blunt designates the three-toed box turtle as the official reptile of Missouri and makes the crayfish, also known as the crawfish or crawdad, the official state invertebrate...
Government sues doctor over fatal drug doses (06/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- An eastern Missouri doctor was sued in federal court Thursday on allegations he prescribed powerful drugs that contributed to eight patients' deaths. The lawsuit seeks to fine Dr. Seth Paskon of Potosi and to limit his ability to prescribe drugs...
Gene therapy shows promise for easing Parkinson's (06/22/07)
NEW YORK -- An experimental treatment for Parkinson's disease seemed to improve symptoms -- dramatically so, for one 59-year-old man -- without causing side effects in an early study of a dozen patients. The gene therapy treatment involved slipping billions of copies of a gene into the brain to calm overactive brain circuitry...
Buick adds 2008 Enclave crossover SUV (06/22/07)
Pack up the family in Buick's newest model and head out on a summer road trip. Up to eight people ride comfortably inside the quiet and roomy interior of the Buick Enclave. No one will miss the passing scenery because seats in this crossover sport utility vehicle sit up nicely from the pavement and provide good views out...
AMA seeks to declare video game addiction a disorder (06/22/07)
CHICAGO -- The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars. The culprit isn't alcohol or drugs. It's video games, which for certain children can be as powerfully addictive as heroin, some doctors contend...
14 American troops killed in multiple attacks (06/22/07)
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military said 14 American troops have died in multiple attacks, including five killed Thursday in a single roadside bombing in Baghdad. Elsewhere, a suicide truck bomber struck the Sulaiman Bek city hall in a predominantly Sunni area of northern Iraq, killing at least 16 people and wounding 67, an Iraqi commander said...
U.S. envoy makes surprise trip to N. Korea to jump-start disarmament (06/22/07)
SEOUL, South Korea -- International efforts to shut down North Korea's nuclear program took a surprise turn Thursday when the United States altered course, sending a key American official to Pyongyang for direct talks with the communist country. Assistant secretary of state Christopher Hill, Washington's chief nuclear envoy to North Korea, was the highest-level U.S. official to visit the North Korean capital since October 2002...
Aggressive approach pays off (06/22/07)
Dalhousie presented a stiff challenge that few golfers could solve, which led to an array of strategies among the leaders in the final round. There were only seven rounds under par during the three-day AJGA Dalhousie Junior Championship, and three of them came during the final round Thursday. Ty Spinella, the boys champion, said he didn't care how tough the course had played, he planned to attack during the final round...
Birdie chip wins tournament (06/22/07)
Katie Sylvan's chip shot flopped onto the 18th green and started rolling. And rolling. It didn't stop until it dropped into the middle of the cup for a birdie. When it did, a gigantic smile appeared on her face and the crowd gathered around the hole roared with excitement...
The 17-year old Texan broke the competitive course record (06/22/07)
Ty Spinella is a home-schooled 17-year-old from Texas. Thursday he schooled the field -- and the golf course -- to run away with the title in the AJGA Dalhousie Junior Championship. Spinella's only regret after his record-setting round of 5-under-par 67 that resulted in a 54-hole score of 4-under 212 and a seven-shot victory?...
North Carolina reaches final series (06/22/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- North Carolina powered its way back to the College World Series finals, hitting four home runs to support Adam Warren and two relievers in a 7-4 victory over Rice on Thursday night. The Tar Heels beat Rice twice in two days to win their bracket for the second straight year. They will play defending champion Oregon State in only the second finals rematch in the CWS' 61-year history. Arizona State and Southern California met in 1972 and 1973...
Ludwick earns some redemption with homer (06/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Ludwick bears some responsibility for the longest game of the season in the major leagues, striking out as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. Better late than never, he did something about it. Five innings later, he rewarded the few thousand fans from a sellout crowd who stuck around for Wednesday night's marathon 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Ludwick led off the bottom of the 14th inning with his first walk-off home run...
Reyes fails to repeat success (06/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Anthony Reyes was at the top of baseball last October, pitching eight brilliant innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over Detroit in the World Series opener. Since then, he's 0-8. "He's trying to do the right things," Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "Hopefully before long he'll get it all together."...
Everyone's a critic: 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' (06/22/07)
Three and a half stars (out of four) Usually sequels don't do much for me, but "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" made this one happen. the Silver Surfer was a personal comic book favorite of mine as a youth, and I was nearly crushed when the film introduced him as a world destroyer. Say it ain't so. The quirky, powerful superheroes, distracted by fame and a tabloid wedding, find the world in turmoil by natural anomalies...
Still Haggard after all these years (06/22/07)
In his four-plus decades in country music, Merle Haggard has more than established himself as a legend and an icon. Who doesn't know the stories about his youth spent in and out of jail and his encounter with Johnny Cash at San Quentin? Even approaching his 70s, Haggard is still making the same kind of traditional country that made him who he is, most recently teaming up with Ray Price and Willie Nelson for the aptly titled "Last of the Breed."...
Artifacts 6/22/07 (06/22/07)
July 4 celebrations set for Cape, Jackson The annual Libertyfest Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Cape Girardeau, featuring live music and guest speakers at Themis and Spanish streets stage. A fireworks display will light up the sky beginning around 9:30 p.m. ...
Civic pride (06/22/07)
Although the water-park craze started in the 1950s, we still can't decide if it's one word or two. All of the trade organizations I can find that cater to operators of water parks prefer the one-word "waterpark." But other spelling guides insist it's "water park." The Webster's New World College Dictionary on my desk (2001 edition) doesn't have either a "waterpark" or a "water park" entry...
Fed up with slow fill-up (06/22/07)
Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1998 Nissan Altima, and every time I put gas in the car, the nozzle clicks off, or the gas splashes back out like it's full. What is causing this? It is so irritating! I have to pump gas into the car slowly, then stop and wait, and then slowly pump some more. I have taken it to the dealer and they said they didn't find anything wrong with it. What do you think the problem is?...
Malaysian students forced to return stolen Homer Simpson statue (06/22/07)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two college students believed to be over-exuberant fans of "The Simpsons" stole a life-sized figurine of Homer Simpson from a cinema, but police tracked them down and forced them to return it Thursday. "This case has been solved," Mazlan Mansor, police chief of Malaysia's central Petaling Jaya district, told The Associated Press...
At the theaters (06/22/07)
New at the theaters: '1408'; 'Evan Almighty'; 'Live Free or Die Hard'; 'A Mighty Heart'; STILL PLAYING: 'Disturbia'; 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'; 'Knocked Up'; 'Mr. Brooks'; 'Nancy Drew'; 'Ocean's 13'; 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'; 'Shrek the Third'; 'Spider-Man 3'; 'Surf's Up'; 'Wild Hogs'
Woody Allen to direct LA opera: 'I have no idea what I'm doing' (06/22/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Woody Allen, directing an opera? In Los Angeles? It will happen in September 2008, according to Placido Domingo, general director of the Los Angeles Opera. The New York-based filmmaker will make his operatic directorial debut with the opening event of the LA Opera's 2008-2009 season...
Malaysian students forced to return stolen Homer Simpson statue (06/22/07)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Two college students believed to be over-exuberant fans of "The Simpsons" stole a life-sized figurine of Homer Simpson from a cinema, but police tracked them down and forced them to return it Thursday. "This case has been solved," Mazlan Mansor, police chief of Malaysia's central Petaling Jaya district, said...
Curtis Martin (06/22/07)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Curtis O. Martin, 51, of Frohna died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in the emergency room at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born May 15, 1956, in Perry County, son of Joseph and Alma Faye Murray Martin. Survivors include a half sister, Ethel Blanchard of Rolla, Mo...
Novalene Hann (06/22/07)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Novalene Hann, 69, of Dexter died Thursday, June 21, 2007, at the home of a daughter in Dexter. She was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Alco, Ark., daughter of Ervil O. and Chloe Chadwick Branscum. Hann lived in Stoddard County many years, moving to Dexter in 1966...
Terry Baxter (06/22/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Terry Mark Baxter, 55, of Columbia died Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at his home. He was born April 22, 1952, in Vallejo, Calif., son of Leo and Dorothy Boyd Baxter. He and Janet Sue Kramme were married May 18, 1974. Baxter had been a network administrator at the AmerenUE Nuclear Power Plant since 1982. He was president of Callaway Plant Association several years...
Dr. W.A. Williams Jr. (06/22/07)
Dr. W.A. Williams Jr., 72, a native of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at his home in Wichita, Kan. He was born Jan. 19, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, son of Pearl and Willis Williams Sr. Dr. Williams was a compassionate physician who dedicated his life to helping others during his 40-year medical career. ...
Terry Miller (06/22/07)
Terry Wayne Miller, 65, of Thomaston, Ga., died Thursday, June 21, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, son of George and Mary Miller. Mr. Miller was formerly employed with GaDOT, where he worked in the right-of-way department 34 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the U.S. Team Roping Association. He will be greatly missed by Indian, his faithful horse of 22 years...
Cape/Jackson fire report 6/22/07 (06/22/07)
n At 8:01 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of Bessie Street. n At 8:56 a.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Marlin Drive. n At 2:13 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of William Street. n At 4:39 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of South Sprigg Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 6/22/07 (06/22/07)
Arrests; Theft
Out of the past 6/22/07 (06/22/07)
Cape Girardeau police have positively identified the woman whose slain body was found in the bedroom of a William Street home yesterday as Mildred Wallace, 65; she was a secretary at the Marquette Co. plant and was active in numerous civic and club activities...
Correction 6/22/07 (06/22/07)
Due to a source error, the Southeast Missourian incorrectly reported Thursday the status of Windy Bar Island in the Mississippi River north of Cape Girardeau. The island is in private hands and off limits to the public, but the owners are in negotiations to sell the island to the American Land Conservancy...
Teen drinking (06/22/07)
Stories about minors who participate in drinking parties come and go. But these stories are generally written only when law enforcement officers step in. There are countless such gatherings for teenagers that never make headlines. In almost every case, these parties involve adults, sometimes young adults and sometimes parents of the partying teens. ...
Speak Out 6/22/07 (06/22/07)
Gender voting; Familiar words; Water park support; No money for weeds; Wasted justice; Listening to parents
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