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Stories from Tuesday, June 26, 2007

ROAD ALERT: Work impacts Highway 61, Route CC (06/26/07)
Southeast Missourian Sections of two local roads will be reduced to one lane by MoDOT work Wednesday and Thursday. A section of Route CC from Route C to the end of state maintenance on Route CC will be reduced to one lane from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday as crews seal the pavement...
SEMO graduate killed in Iraq (06/26/07)
A Southeast Missouri State University graduate died over the weekend in Iraq. U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel P. Riordan, 24, of St. Louis was killed Saturday in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle, according to information released by the Department of Defense. Riordan was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas...
Men rescue woman trapped in ditch (06/26/07)
KELSO, Mo. -- Ken LeGrand knew something wasn't right when he saw steam rising from a ditch on County Road 311 Sunday night about 8:30 p.m. Lightning from the thunderstorm that had just passed couldn't have started a fire in the wet straw lining the road, he said...
Inmates use batter to cover hole in wall (06/26/07)
Inmates in the Scott City Jail used a mixture of pancake batter and toothpaste to disguise a hole chiseled in the mortar of an interior wall, officials discovered Saturday. The inmates were able to remove a block, allowing a female inmate to slide through into an adjacent cell housing a male inmate, according to Scott City police chief Don Cobb...
Virtual school filling up (06/26/07)
Missouri's new virtual school has only a few free slots still open, but more students can still take classes if they pay tuition, says the director of the online education program. Starting Monday, parents could sign up their children to take elementary or high school classes for the cost of tuition. ...
Emerson shows her support for group after touring facility (06/26/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said she wanted to do anything she could to help the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence find additional funding. So Emerson helped prepare a mass-mailing for the network's 10th anniversary dinner after a tour of the facility at 69 Doctor's Park on Monday...
Corrections 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
In a story about the Marquette Tower in Monday's paper, James and Pat Allen, owners of Celebrations Catering, also own Marquette Restaurant. According to Tom Meyer, leasing agent of Marquette Tower, the Christo and Terri Chriss of Gatherings Catering had to give up their spot in Marquette in 2006 due to Terri Chriss' health concerns. ...
Students heading to Girls State (06/26/07)
Eight students from the area were selected to attend Girls State this summer. Chosen were Notre Dame Regional High School students Megan Hodges, Kelsey Gaines and Libby Buchheit, Cape Girardeau Central High School students Andrea Horrell, Laura Lusk and Heather Deisher; Sara Blattel of Delta High School; and Jennifer Miinch of Meadow Heights High School...
Public forum set for today to discuss underage drinking (06/26/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A public forum on the problem of underage drinking will be held tonight in Sikeston, part of an effort by a drug-free coalition to discourage parents from hosting parties where alcohol is served to minors. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Clinton Building at the Sikeston recreational complex...
Warrant sweep in Illinois leads to 14 arrests (06/26/07)
Illinois State Police District 22 and the Alexander County Sheriff's Office arrested 14 people in a warrant sweep in Cairo and Thebes, Ill. In cooperation with the Alexander County Housing Authority, the U.S. Marshall's Office and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the sweep concentrated on alleged drug dealers and users, people known to be wanted in Alexander County and persons on the housing authority ban list who are not authorized to live in public housing, according to Alexander County Sheriff David Barkett.. ...
Cameras rolling on 'Fire Lily' (06/26/07)
Victor Kantchev has a vision for a new industry in Cape Girardeau. This industry won't make consumer goods or provide services -- it's all about entertainment. Kantchev, Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theater and Dance chairman Dr. Kenn Stilson and a cast and crew of about 30 are about halfway through a 3 1/2-week shooting schedule for "Fire Lily," a film Kantchev hopes will provide the spark to jump-start a Midwestern film movement...
Mo. court limits locations of McDonald's food poisoning lawsuits (06/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court says the families of two children who suffered E. coli infections can sue McDonald's only in the counties where they ate. The two children became ill in July 2001 after eating hamburgers at McDonald's restaurants in Webster and Taney counties in rural southwest Missouri. But their families sued McDonald's in Jackson County, where Kansas City is located...
Mo. appeals court overturns conviction in road-rage killing (06/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state appeals court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a man serving an 18-year prison sentence for helping his father kill a driver who had yelled at them when their truck veered into his lane. In overturning the conviction of Thomas M. Brown Jr., a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District found the prosecutor had offered what amounted to unsworn testimony during closing arguments when she commented on a defense witness...
Gas station clerk killed in Pacific, Mo. (06/26/07)
PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) -- A gas station clerk was shot and killed in eastern Missouri, discovered dead by a customer Tuesday. Pacific Police Chief Jim Brune identified the clerk as Kevin Henderson, 42, of Pacific. A customer at the MotoMart gas station and convenience store went inside to pay for gas around 3:15 a.m. The customer found Henderson on the floor, with blood around his head, Brune said...
St. Louisan killed in Iraq (06/26/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis Army lieutenant was among four soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq, the Defense Department said Tuesday. The St. Louis man is 1st Lt. Daniel Riordan, 24. He and three others died Saturday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Taji. They were based at Fort Hood, Texas...
Mayors: St. Louis water is the best (06/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Raise your glass and celebrate. A glass of tap water, that is. The U.S. Conference of Mayors decided Monday that St. Louis has the best-tasting city water in the nation. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's office said more than 90 U.S. cities submitted tap water to be judged on taste, clarity and aroma for a competition...
Missouri judge orders murder suspect held without bond (06/26/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A suburban Chicago man accused of killing his wife and three children was ordered held without bond Monday, while Illinois officials prepared their case to have him returned to face murder charges. Christopher Vaughn, 32 -- wearing an orange jail uniform, handcuffs and leg irons -- said nothing during the brief hearing, during which St. Charles County Associate Judge William Lohmar revoked a $1 million cash bond set earlier...
Blunt signs law encouraging renewable energy targets (06/26/07)
WESTON, Mo. -- Missouri electric companies now have targets to shoot for in increasing their use of renewable resources, such as wind or solar power, to generate electricity. Gov. Matt Blunt on Monday signed into law legislation encouraging, but not requiring, utilities to curb their use of fossil fuels over the next 13 years...
State funds green-light new crime lab (06/26/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Southwest Missouri will get the state's second major crime lab as planned, after Gov. Matt Blunt announced Monday that his administration will spend $400,000 to cover a funding gap. Blunt and Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said the $5.9 million lab, due to open in October 2008, will benefit the entire state by reducing the time it takes to analyze evidence for investigations and trials. ...
Report: Fox appointment legal (06/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- A legal opinion finds that President Bush did not break the law when he made a recess appointment of St. Louis businessman Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium. The Government Accountability Office says Fox can continue to serve in the post but cannot draw a government salary...
Doubts have been raised over guilt of Missouri man executed in 1995 (06/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- To the very end, convicted killer Larry Griffin shouted his innocence to the world -- through court filings, in pleas to the governor and to nearly any reporter willing to listen. None of it helped. Griffin, strapped to a white gurney, was executed by injection...
Supreme Court shows conservative shift, ruling 5-4 in major cases (06/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court liberated corporate and union political spending, limited students' speech and shielded the White House faith-based program from legal challenge Monday in 5-4 rulings that pointed up the court's shift to the right. President Bush's two appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, were front and center. ...
Fast-moving wildfire destroys 220 homes (06/26/07)
MEYERS, Calif. -- A growing army of firefighters launched an aggressive attack Monday to corral a forest fire that had destroyed more than 200 buildings in less than a day and forced about 1,000 people to flee neighborhoods near the southern edge of Lake Tahoe...
Researchers working to reproduce Neanderthal DNA (06/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Researchers studying Neanderthal DNA say it should be possible to construct a complete genome of the ancient hominid despite the degradation of the DNA over time. There is also hope for reconstructing the genome of the mammoth and cave bear, according to a research team led by Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany...
One killed, 66 injured in charter bus crash on Interstate 65 in Ky. (06/26/07)
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A tour bus carrying members of an extended Alabama family home from a reunion veered off a southern Kentucky highway early Monday and slammed into an overpass, killing one person and injuring 66 others. State police said the driver apparently dozed off shortly before 3 a.m., while most of the passengers were asleep. The bus veered off Interstate 65, struck an earthen embankment and rammed a concrete bridge pillar about 75 miles north of Nashville, Tenn...
Judge rules for dry cleaner in $54 million suit over missing pants (06/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- No pair of pants is worth $54 million. A judge rejected a lawsuit Monday that sought that amount by taking a dry cleaner's promise of "Satisfaction Guaranteed" to its most litigious extreme. Roy L. Pearson became a worldwide symbol of legal abuse by seeking jackpot justice from a simple complaint -- that a neighborhood dry cleaners lost the pants from a suit and tried to give him a pair that were not his...
Hotel bomber kills U.S.-allied sheiks; 46 dead after wave of bombings in Iraq (06/26/07)
BAGHDAD -- A stealthy suicide bomber slipped into a busy Baghdad hotel Monday and blew himself up in the midst of a gathering of U.S.-allied tribal sheiks, undermining efforts to forge a front against the extremists of al-Qaida in Iraq. Four of the tribal chiefs were among the 13 victims, police said...
Retired woman saves self after taxi driver dies (06/26/07)
BERLIN -- A resourceful 78-year-old retiree saved herself and others from possible serious injuries Monday after her taxi driver suddenly died of a heart attack on the highway, police said. The man was driving the woman on Germany's autobahn near the northern city of Luebeck when he suddenly died, and the car careened into a guard rail...
Newcomer Maroth shines in Cards' 11-inning loss to Mets (06/26/07)
By BEN WALKER The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Shawn Green and the New York Mets were more than glad to see the end of Mike Maroth. Bamboozled by Maroth's slow stuff, Green hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning against Russ Springer to beat St. Louis 2-1 on Monday night in the Cardinals' first visit to Shea Stadium since winning Game 7 of the NL championship series last October...
Area sports digest 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
Worley takes flagin sprint race Tommy Worley won the Sprint Car division at Saturday night's races at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark in Benton, Mo. Jeff Hall Jr. won Modified; Greg Gross finished first in Purestreet; Troy Medley claimed the Sportsman division; and Adam Brown took the flag in Cruisers...
Federer opens in classic form (06/26/07)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Roger Federer came onto Centre Court at Wimbledon dressed like a player from a bygone era. He then played like his usual modern-day great self. The top-ranked Swiss star began his bid for an Open era record-equaling fifth consecutive Wimbledon title Monday by beating Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on a cool and wet opening day at the All England Club...
Send drivers home to stop cheating (06/26/07)
When six crew members were thrown out of the Daytona 500 for cheating it was suggested that NASCAR start suspending drivers as part of the penalty process. Jimmie Johnson was aghast at the idea. The defending Nextel Cup champion said he has no idea what crew chief Chad Knaus does while building his race cars. And even if Johnson were privy to such information, he has no control in how his Chevrolets are constructed...
Former world champ Benoit found dead with wife, son; murder-suicide suspected (06/26/07)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and son were found dead Monday and police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. Detective Bo Turner told television station WAGA that the case was being treated as a murder-suicide, but said that couldn't be confirmed until evidence was examined by a crime lab...
White Sox GM: Guillen's job is safe (06/26/07)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The struggling Chicago White Sox may change their roster through trades before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. One thing that won't be changing is Ozzie Guillen's managerial style. Two seasons after guiding the White Sox to the 2005 World Series championship, Guillen is getting votes of confidence from team officials. Support also is coming from other managers, including Atlanta's Bobby Cox and the Cubs' Lou Piniella...
Bears cut ties with troubled Johnson (06/26/07)
CHICAGO -- Tank Johnson was released Monday by the Chicago Bears, who are "embarrassed" by the defensive tackle's legal troubles and say he "compromised the credibility" of the team. Johnson was waived three days after he was pulled over by police in Arizona. He already had been suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 season for violating probation on a gun charge. He spent two months in jail and was released in May...
Red beard at heart (06/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Spiezio stopped dyeing his wispy soul patch St. Louis Cardinal red a few weeks ago, satisfying the demands of superstitious teammates thinking a fashion makeover might help halt one of the team's many slumps. But only for a short time. The distinctive look that sported legions of imitators, male and female, young and old, during the team's drive to a World Series championship last fall is back...
When the bullies move to cyberspace (06/26/07)
BREMERTON, Wash. -- Like many teens, 15-year-old Phar West has harnessed the technologies her generation uses to communicate: instant messaging, texting, MySpace posting, blogging and hosting Web pages. The Kitsap County ninth-grader, with a soft smile and red curly hair, has a Web site of her poetry, art and stories. She even invites others to contribute their own works...
Learning briefs 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
Graduations n Colin McLain of Cape Gir­ardeau graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., with a bachelor of arts degree in international relations. n Arkadia DeLay, daughter of Cecelia and John Boos of Cape Girar­deau and Ken DeLay of Denver, graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. She resided in New York for the past seven years. She now lives in St. Louis...
Make your own hovercraft (06/26/07)
Here's how to build a saucer looking craft that actually floats above a flat surface and accelerates to a constant speed. Ingredients 1/2 inch particle board Heavy sheet of vinyl 1/4 20 bolt with a washer Tupperware lid Shopvac or similar blower Instructions...
Family fond of fake ferns (06/26/07)
Four ferns hang from metal hooks on our back porch. "Are they real?" a friend asked recently. I had to confess that they were artificial ferns. Plastic is an amazing substance. But I was thrilled that my friend had to ask the question to be sure. My wife, Joni, and I don't have a green thumb between us...
Opal Harris (06/26/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Opal Harris, 95, of Benton died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Feb. 15, 1912, in Ravenden Springs, Ark., daughter of Owen and Vi Wells. She and Leslie M. Harris were married in 1935. He died in 1983...
Larry Moore (06/26/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Larry Eugene Moore, 65, of Dallas died Friday, June 22, 2007, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was born March 19, 1942, in Macomb, Ill., son of Morris Clifford and Marjorie Louise Alton Moore. He was raised by an uncle and aunt, Verl and Opal Payne of Chaffee. He and Frances May Lindsey were married July 21, 1975, in Springfield, Mo...
Myrtle McCormick (06/26/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Myrtle M. McCormick, 96, of Cabot, Ark., formerly of Marble Hill, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Cabot Manor Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 24, 1910, at Hahn, Mo., daughter of Carria M. and Bertha A. Shell Null. She and Willard Wiseman were married May 29, 1926. He died March 1, 1974. She and the Rev. Hersel McCormick were married Feb. 3, 1979. He died July 9, 1993...
Elvis Kirby (06/26/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Elvis Ray "Bud" Kirby, 68, of rural Thebes died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 15, 1939, in Gale, Ill., son of the Rev. Robert Ray and Pansy Prater Kirby. He and Kathryn Knupp were married Oct. 14, 1960, in Thebes, Ill...
Irene Popp (06/26/07)
Irene E. Popp, 95, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau. Born April 26, 1912, in Vicksburg, Miss., to John and Ida Hammett Henderson, she married John W. Popp Jan. 20, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo. They made their lifetime home in Cape Gir­ar­deau...
Ralph Montgomery (06/26/07)
Ralph Montgomery, 82, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Jackson, passed away at Capital Region Medical Center Monday, June 25, 2007. He was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Broken Arrow, Okla., son of Virgil William and Thelma Wilson Montgomery. On May 11, 1946, he was united in marriage to Helen Krebs Montgomery, who survives at the home...
Births 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
Wrigley; Spooler; Shy; Niswonger; Hutson; Luttrull
Cape/Jackson fire report 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
n At 5:05 p.m., emergency medical service to the 600 block of South West End Boulevard. n At 5:50 p.m., emergency medical service to the 2000 block of Pear Tree Court. n At 6:13 p.m., a line down in the 500 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 6:33 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 400 block of North Kingshighway...
Cape/Jackson police report 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
Thefts; Property damage; Assaults; Miscellaneous; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
The Missouri Department of Conservation is investigating the cause of a fish kill on Goose Creek east of Jackson Friday; all the fish in a three-quarter mile stretch of the creek were killed. James Glass Co., which has been located on old Highway 61 South in Cape Girardeau, has moved to its new and more spacious quarters at 2321 Bloomfield Road; the company, which installs automotive glass and plate glass, is headed by Joe David James II...
Hats off to Dalhousie… and to Rush Limbaugh for putting Cape Girardeau in the spotlight (06/26/07)
One of the great sporting events in the history of Cape Girardeau was the three-day American Junior Golf Association tournament, which concluded Thursday with the winner carding a 67 in his final round (the lowest in competitive course play) at the now nationally acclaimed Dalhousie Golf Club. The tournament drew 144 teenage girls and boys (almost all headed for college golf scholarships and some to eventually become big names on the national golf circuit) from the entire United States.. ...
SIU secrecy (06/26/07)
The legal battle in which the Anna Gazette-Democrat is seeking a copy of employment contracts at Southern Illinois University looks like a battle between David and Goliath. In this case, however, the weekly newspaper is representing the public's right to know how its tax dollars are being spent. If an Illinois appellate court sides with the university, it will be sanctioning unwarranted government secrecy...
Quick response keeps vets cool (06/26/07)
To the editor:Early in the afternoon of a hot, humid June 1, a major power failure cut off all electricity to the Missouri Veterans Home near Center Junction in Cape Girardeau. Though we have emergency power generators, the motor on one of these overloaded, further limiting our power supply. A lengthy power failure can be a matter of life and death for many residents in our facility...
Memories of little Jackie Connell (06/26/07)
To the editor:The June 20 sports section sported a photo of proud father Jack Connell watching talented son Jack Connell Jr. prepare to tee off. This stimulated a memory enjoyed by those of us who are too old to do anything physical. I remembered little Jackie Connell on the practice green at the Egyptian Country Club. He was barely old enough to walk. His golf bag stood taller than Jackie, but he was able to choke up enough on his clubs to make some amazing chip shots...
Let's have tax breaks for seniors (06/26/07)
To the editor:My wife and I recently went to Pensacola, Fla., for a vacation. While we were there I met a retired man from Georgia. He asked me if Missouri gave a tax break to senior citizens. I told him I didn't think so and asked what he meant. He said in Georgia when a property owner reaches the age of 62, the school tax is dropped from his property-tax bill. The man said his property tax was around $1,500 a year, and when he turned 62 his property tax dropped to $350 a year...
Speak Out 6/26/07 (06/26/07)
More tax revenue; No payroll tax; Tax hit for seniors; Go faster, use more fuel; No water park; Destroyed embryos; No such thing
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