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Stories from Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Board sticks to tax increase (07/17/07)
Members of Cape Girardeau's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board may have just declared a political war. They agreed to take a hard line on a proposed half-cent tax increase during Monday's regular meeting. The money would pay for an estimated $36.9 million in improvements to parks and the city's storm water system...
Police chief resigns (07/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee Police Chief Martin Keys resigned Monday, ending weeks of speculation around Chaffee concerning the embattled chief's job status. Keys submitted a resignation letter to the city council stating his resignation was effective Monday...
Cape Girardeau siblings soak up derby festivities (07/17/07)
Editor's note: This is the first of several stories about a Cape Girardeau sister and brother competing this week in the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. April Little is 13 and her brother, Jordan, is 9. By Peter Wylie Southeast Missourian...
'Hood surfing' leads to injury on Route Y (07/17/07)
By Bridget DiCosmo Southeast Missourian Missouri State Highway Patrol officers responded to a "hood surfing" accident Monday around 8:40 p.m. A 17-year-old Jackson resident was driving eastbound on Route Y when he attempted to climb out and onto the hood of his vehicle. He tumbled off of the car and was hit by another vehicle, said responding Highway Patrol officer Cpl. Perry Hazelwood...
Steele, Mo., man killed in motorcycle accident (07/17/07)
Cape Girardeau police are still investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred early Sunday morning at the corner of College and South Ellis streets. The accident, which claimed the life of Clinton D. Caudle, 50, of Steele, Mo., was reported by a passer-by, who discovered it several hours afterward, police believe. A specific time for the accident has not been determined...
Battle of Cape Girardeau will be topic of presentation (07/17/07)
Scott House will be featured as a speaker for the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Cape Girardeau's meeting Wednesday. House, a retired teacher, will give a slide presentation and talk on the April 1863 Battle of Cape Girardeau. "I've given the presentation a couple times [elsewhere]," he said. "It's probably 25 minutes long. We decided it would be a good idea to, on occasion, have a topic on the history of Cape Girardeau to broaden the horizons."...
Habitat for Humanity to accept surplus building supplies (07/17/07)
Anyone with lumber in good condition, unused floor tile left over from a recent project or a can of paint they never opened now has a place where it will be welcome. The Cape Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore opens Thursday to accept donations of those items and a long list of other surplus building materials, organizers said Monday. ...
Irrigation systems lure copper thieves (07/17/07)
Copper is all around, from the wire taking electricity to light fixtures to the one-cent coins filling jars on a shelf. While the metal may seem abundant, growing scarcity on the world market is making it a target for thieves. Just a little south of Cape Girardeau, in the flat, sandy soil of the Missouri Bootheel, thieves have found a lucrative source for the metal -- the enormous center-pivot irrigation systems that supply vital water to row crops. ...
Missouri to test new passing design for roads (07/17/07)
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) -- Hurry up and slow down. Everyone who has ever driven a busy two-lane road knows this frustration: You wait miles for a break in oncoming traffic to pass a slower vehicle, only to get slowed down again by another caravan of cars and trucks...
Hannibal to upgrade Becky Thatcher home (07/17/07)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- The home of Tom Sawyer's sweetheart is about to get an upgrade. Plans call for spending up to $1.4 million to improve the Becky Thatcher House in Hannibal's historic district. The house sits across Hill Street from the boyhood home of Mark Twain, who based "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and other works on the characters he knew growing up in the northeast Missouri town...
No visible changes at Mo. Capitol after Colorado shooting (07/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It appeared to be business as usual at the Missouri Capitol on Tuesday, the day after a shooting at the Capitol in Colorado. The Capitol Police said they were on heightened alert as a result of that shooting. But there was no outward sign of changes in Jefferson City -- no metal detectors, searches or locked doors...
State eyes site for new park (07/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials are working to open a new state park along the Current River in Shannon County, a state agency said Monday. The Department of Natural Resources said it's working to take over management of land now owned by the Conservation Department. ...
Blunt campaign amasses twice as much money as Nixon's (07/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Gov. Matt Blunt has amassed more than twice as much cash as Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon as they build toward a likely showdown in the 2008 gubernatorial election. Blunt raised nearly $1.7 million during the past quarter, outpacing the $1 million raised by Nixon during the same three-month period that ended June 30, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday...
Therapy dog takes on role as blood donor to fellow canines (07/17/07)
SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. -- Hogan's head tilts sideways, watching the trees and traffic whirl past the window. He quickly loses interest in the world outside. He lowers his head onto the back seat of his family's van, closes his eyes -- one brown, one blue -- and takes a nap...
Expedited trial to be sought by attorneys in Devlin case (07/17/07)
POTOSI, Mo. -- Attorneys for Michael Devlin said Monday they will request an expedited trial in the Shawn Hornbeck kidnapping case, one that they say would begin within six months of the request. Attorneys Ethan Corlija and Michael Kielty appeared briefly in Washington County court, where Judge Kenneth Pratte approved a change of judge. The case was assigned to Judge Sandy Martinez...
Programs provide health care to uninsured workers (07/17/07)
NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeremy Eden was in pain, physically and mentally. The 28-year-old had been told that he needed surgery to treat severe pain from diverticulitis, a digestive disorder in the large intestine. Because his job didn't provide health insurance, but paid him enough to make him ineligible for Medicaid, Eden couldn't afford the colonoscopy...
Man shot, killed outside Colo. governor's office (07/17/07)
DENVER -- A man carrying a gun and declaring "I am the emperor" was shot and killed Monday outside the offices of Gov. Bill Ritter by a member of the governor's security detail, a spokesman said. Ritter was not injured. ...
Police: Teens taped attacks on homeless; planned to post them online (07/17/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Four teenage boys were arrested for investigation of a series of attacks on homeless people that they recorded on their cell phones' video cameras and planned to post online, police said Monday. The three 17-year-olds and one 15-year-old shot plastic pellets from a pistol, threw smoke bombs and even a bicycle at the men in several attacks this month, police Lt. Paul Vernon said...
Mass. woman sues IRS over denial of tax deduction for sex-change (07/17/07)
BOSTON -- After a tormented existence as a father, a husband, a Coast Guardsman and a construction worker, a 57-year-old suburban Boston man underwent a sex-change operation. Then she wrote off the $25,000 in medical expenses on her taxes. But the IRS disallowed the deduction -- ruling the procedure was cosmetic, not a medical necessity -- in a potentially precedent-setting dispute now before the U.S. Tax Court...
IHOP agrees to acquire Applebee's for about $1.9B (07/17/07)
GLENDALE, Calif. -- IHOP Corp., best known for its blue-roofed pancake restaurants, said Monday it has agreed to buy the bar-and-grill chain Applebee's International Inc. for about $1.9 billion in cash. The move comes as Wall Street analysts are expecting a difficult second-quarter earnings season in the restaurant sector as soaring commodity costs are hurting restaurant profits and consumers facing high gas prices are thinking twice about going out for a meal...
Britain to expel four Russian diplomats (07/17/07)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Gordon Brown's new government ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats Monday over the Kremlin's refusal to extradite the key suspect in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB spy -- Britain's first use of the sanction in more than 10 years. ...
Triple bombing kills more than 80 people in Iraq (07/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- A triple bombing, including a massive suicide truck blast, killed more than 80 people Monday in Kirkuk, the deadliest attack yet in the oil-rich northern city. The bloodshed reinforced concern that extremists are heading north as U.S.-led forces step up pressure around Baghdad...
Joint Chiefs weighing troop strategies for Iraq, chairman says (07/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military is weighing new directions in Iraq, including an even bigger troop buildup if President Bush thinks his "surge" strategy needs a further boost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday. Marine Gen. Peter Pace revealed that he and the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are developing their own assessment of the situation in Iraq, to be presented to Bush in September. ...
Quake kills 8, causes radioactive leak (07/17/07)
KASHIWAZAKI, Japan -- The ground heaved Monday morning, buckling highways in northwest Japan and swaying buildings far away in the capital. Word quickly spread of collapsed homes and ruined roads. News out of the world's most powerful nuclear power station wasn't so fast. First came a report of a fire at an electrical transformer at the plant. Hours later, officials announced that radioactive water had leaked from one of the reactors and spilled into the Sea of Japan...
Pakistan works to save deal with tribal leaders (07/17/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani officials struggled Monday to salvage a peace deal meant to contain militants near the Afghan border and urged tribal elders to halt violence surging across the northwest. ...
Area sports digest 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
Southeast baseballsigns another player The Southeast Missouri State baseball program continued to add to its recruiting class for next season as junior college pitcher Todd Strahlendorf has signed a national letter of intent. Strahlendorf, a right-handed pitcher from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, was 3-4 with a 2.57 ERA as a sophomore this year. He struck out 67 in 77 innings...
Jackson hires Martin as AD (07/17/07)
John Martin knew he eventually wanted to leave teaching and coaching for the administrative side of education. That the transition will take him to his alma mater only adds to his excitement. Martin was recently named the athletic director at Jackson High School, where he will also serve as assistant principal...
Conceicao to play in Pan Am Games (07/17/07)
Former Southeast Missouri State women's basketball standout Tatiana Conceicao played on some age-group national teams in her native Brazil when she was a youngster. But these days Conceicao can officially stamp herself as one of the premier players in a nation that ranks among the world's best for women's basketball...
New Madrid pair aims for eighth Lassies title (07/17/07)
There has certainly been no shortage of excitement in the past three Lassies Classic golf tournaments. After the 2004 and 2005 tournaments went to extra holes to determine the champions, last year's event was decided by one stroke after a big-time rally...
Mild to wild (07/17/07)
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- It was wicked one minute, wonderful the next. The rain and wind were so strong Monday morning at Carnoustie that Tiger Woods and Rod Pampling didn't even bother with umbrellas, and Woods took off his glove when he lost feeling in his ring finger. By the afternoon, Henrik Stenson sat on the side of the practice range trying to decide which sunglasses to wear...
Ballesteros retires from competition (07/17/07)
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- Seve Ballesteros officially retired from competition Monday, ending a charismatic career filled with five major championships, a record 50 victories on the European Tour and a fighting spirit that reinvigorated Europe in the Ryder Cup...
Gibbs teammates building rivalry (07/17/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Denny Hamlin refused to quietly take teammate Tony Stewart's criticism, it marked a rare occasion of a young driver not rolling over for the two-time NASCAR champion. And sending word through the media that he didn't appreciate being publicly blamed for their accident in Daytona showed that Hamlin has the confidence -- or ego -- to go toe-to-toe with his teammate. ...
Looper returns to win columnin 5-3 triumph over Marlins (07/17/07)
MIAMI -- It was a good return to Florida for Braden Looper. Chris Duncan and Adam Kennedy homered to back Looper, who won for the first time in seven starts as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Marlins 5-3 on Monday night. Looper (7-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs. His last win came May 24, against Pittsburgh...
Poll: Race a factor in rooting for Bonds (07/17/07)
When it comes to rooting for Barry Bonds to become the home run champion, one factor stands out: race. An AP-Ipsos poll released Monday showed 55 percent of minority baseball fans want Bonds to set the record, while only 34 percent of non-Hispanic white baseball fans hope he passes Hank Aaron's record...
Conjuring up the Harry Potter story - so far (07/17/07)
When last we left boy wizard Harry Potter, he was, as usual, in grave peril, but -- also as usual -- facing it bravely. If you haven't read the series, here's the story so far: BOOK ONE: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" For 10 miserable years, Harry Potter, a bespectacled, tousle-haired orphan, has lived with his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley. ...
Learning briefs 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
graduations, honors n Jennifer Diebold and Justin Lusk, both of Cape Girardeau, graduated in May with doctor of pharmacy degrees from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. n Brad Main of Cape Girardeau recently graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., with a bachelor of arts degree in political science...
Science experiment: Make your own toothpaste at home (07/17/07)
Did you know that all you need are a few things from the kitchen and you can create some homemade toothpaste? Ingredients Plastic cup Stir sticks Calcium carbonate (crushed antacid tablets) Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) Sweetener Food coloring Flavoring...
Harry Potter to get a dairy makeover for fair (07/17/07)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sarah Pratt is a wiz with butter. Just ask her next subject, Harry Potter. The character will get his likeness carved in the stuff and be placed in a refrigerated glass case next month at the Iowa State Fair, next to the traditional butter cow. ...
Questions need answers in final Potter book (07/17/07)
NEW YORK -- J.K. Rowling has kept us waiting for a LONG time. But finally, with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" -- the last in her popular series -- there should be some answers to many questions. Here, in no particular order, are some threads that readers would LOVE to see tied up:...
Appetite for Endurance: Vintage Guns N' Roses, Nirvana among best-sellers from '80s and '90s (07/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Much of the rock 'n' roll and pop canon is well established. Buying the albums of '60s and '70s acts like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley is akin to a rite of passage for any young music fan. These are the artists that baby boomers love to keep buying, and with whom seemingly every teenager at some point experiments. (Remember A.J. hearing Bob Dylan for the first time in the "Sopranos" finale?)...
Shows in hostile locations capture public's interest (07/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Few sane people want to visit a storm-tossed Bering Sea or Canada's Northwest Territories in January. Experiencing them from a comfortable chair in front of a flat-screen television, however, is all the rage. Shows about adventure seekers in forbidding lands are among the hottest on cable television. "Deadliest Catch," about crab fishermen off the Alaska coast, is Discovery's most popular show, while "Ice Road Truckers" is setting ratings records for The History Channel...
Joseph Koelzer (07/17/07)
Joseph Lonnie Koelzer, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 16, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Betty Stortz (07/17/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Betty M. Stortz, 75, of Perryville died Monday, July 16, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 13, 1932, at Perryville, daughter of R. Dwight and Golda Probst Smith. She and Jerry Stortz were married Sept. 8, 1951, in Perryville. Stortz had worked in the cafeteria at Perryville High School. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Eastern Star Chapter 338, and charter member of Perry County Sportsman's Club Auxiliary...
Shelley Sparks (07/17/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Shelley Ann Sparks, 35, of Marble Hill died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home...
Aaron Stewart (07/17/07)
Aaron David Stewart, 19, of Scott City died Monday, July 16, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 15, 1988, in Cape Gir­ar­deau, son of Michael Dale and Laura Jane Sandvos Stewart. Stewart was a 2007 graduate of Scott City High School. He was employed by Michael Stewart Construction in Scott City, and was a member of Father's Arms Fellowship...
Robert Bridges (07/17/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Robert Bridges, 61, of Sikeston died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his home. He was born April 19, 1946, in Cottage Hills, Ill., son of Orvile and Gladys Arnold Bridges. He and Dianne F. Wiegand were married Nov. 14, 1966, in Alton, Ill...
Esther Schmidt (07/17/07)
Esther M. Schmidt, 94, of The Lutheran Home, formerly of Jackson, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Gir­ar­deau. She was born July 31, 1912, in Altenburg, Mo., daughter of Rudolph and Anna Verseman Lohmann. She and Arnold E. Schmidt were married Oct. 30, 1937. He passed away Dec. 7, 1990...
Katie Tanner (07/17/07)
Katie Tanner, 19, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 13, 2007, at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born Aug. 10, 1987, in Cape Girardeau. Katie is survived by her loving parents, Norman and Jeannie Drury Tanner of Cape Girardeau; five sisters, Angie Glueck, Tammy Glueck, April Glueck (Jeff) Bonham, Casey Glueck and Tabitha Tanner, all of Cape Girardeau; grandparents, Charles and Shirley Drury Sr. of St. Louis; and great-grandmother, Hazel Luebbers of Cape Girardeau...
Margaret Painter (07/17/07)
Margaret Painter of Orlando, Fla., was born in 1922. She was the daughter of John and Armilda Crawford Heacker Jack of Knoxville, Tenn. She died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at her home. Margaret is survived by four children, Karen Elizabeth Painter of Orlando, John B. ...
Births 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
Thele; Kesterson; Griffin; Bruce
Cape fire report 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
Cape Girardeau Fire Department n At 10:14 p.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of Alta Vista Drive. n At 12:56 a.m., emergency medical service at the intersection of Benton Hill Road and Bloomfield Street. n At 9:34 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1700 block of New Madrid Street...
Cape police report 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
Investors in a unique walnut-producing operation that recently began in Bollinger County are given the opportunity to tour the walnut farm to see first-hand the trees that are expected to produce some healthy profits in years ahead; the 215-acre farm, located between Dongola and Zalma, Mo., is operated by Superior Walnut Plantations Inc...
Correction 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
n There will not be an Alateen meeting Wednesday at the Regional Library in Perryville, Mo. Information in Sunday's edition was incorrect. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Lawmakers in college (07/17/07)
A new law that prevents public universities from denying jobs to state legislators because they lack a graduate degree makes legislators look bad for a couple of reasons. First, the law is unnecessary. Public universities already do hire professionals to teach courses regardless of the degrees they have. Almost anybody can be hired to be an adjunct professor. That includes legislators...
Threats, carrots for Scott County sales-tax extension (07/17/07)
To the editor, I would like to debunk some arguments being presented by Scott County commissioners Jamie Burger and Dennis Ziegenhorn regarding their never-ending quest for a sales-tax extension. Presiding Commissioner Burger strikes first with the proverbial dead-horse threat of "cuts to government services" unless the voters approve an extension on a tax that was originally intended in 2000 for the construction of a new jail...
Speak Out 7/17/07 (07/17/07)
Pool realities; Bring them home; Obey the subpoenas; City fees; Memorial for veterans; Blame it on wages; Speed limits and fuel; Passing dust; Chinese products
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