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Stories from Saturday, August 11, 2007

Area firm still awaiting payment for 2005 work on new courthouse (08/11/07)
The federal government expects to spend $62 million for the new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, but a Sikeston, Mo., cleaning company still hasn't seen a dime for $2,600 of work it did nearly two years ago at the job site. The General Services Administration and staff members for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said they will investigate the matter...
Blunt visits Cape Girardeau to see revitalization project results (08/11/07)
The interior of the building at 101 William St. has been gutted. Bare beams and posts stand mute. But later this fall, organizers hope dozens, if not hundreds, of children will be visiting weekly when the Discovery Playhouse begins operations in its new quarters...
The feel of a new firehouse (08/11/07)
Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis stopped by the empty Emerald Street fire station Thursday. He opened the screen door and fiddled with keys while the torn screen and a well-intentioned piece of duct tape on it bounced around. He walked inside, past cracked plaster, grimy walls and a spider web or two, into the small firetruck bay and looked around. He put his hand on the cream-colored tile-faced brick...
Suit seeks to block MOHELA (08/11/07)
Two student loan holders have filed a lawsuit with the help of a Jackson lawyer to block Gov. Matt Blunt's plan to finance college construction projects by taking $350 million from the state's student loan authority. The lawsuit against the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and its officials claims the agency is violating both its state-mandated mission and its financial duty to students by allowing its money to be used for campus construction rather than lower loan rates for its borrowers.. ...
Search warrant ruling applied in local hearing (08/11/07)
Circuit Judge Ben Lewis ruled Friday that the evidence against Dr. Reno R. Cova Jr., a 64-year-old Cape Girardeau physician charged with possession of controlled substances, should not be suppressed. Steve Wilson, Cova's attorney, argued the evidence found during a Feb. 16 police search of Cova's residence was illegally obtained because the warrant violated his client's constitutional rights...
Governor calls for guilty representative to resign his seat (08/11/07)
With a special session looming to handle bills for economic development and bridge repair, Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday said admitted felon Nathan Cooper should resign his legislative seat. If he does not resign by the time lawmakers convene Aug. 20, Blunt said during a visit to Cape Girardeau, Cooper should stay away from the state Capitol...
Local professor to hold book signing (08/11/07)
Dr. Joseph Werne, a professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University, will hold a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble in Cape Girardeau. The book is "The Imaginary Line: A History of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, 1848-1857."...
Cape Girardeau planning and zoning commission action (08/11/07)
Applications n Approved B.A.C. Enterprises LLC request for a special-use permit to construct a single-family residence and a duplex on an existing vacant lot at 1000 N. Frederick St. within an R-4 multifamily residential district. (Ward 1) n Approved Family Video's request to rezone property at 506 West End Blvd./1330 Broadway from R-2 single-family residential district to C-1 local commercial district. (Ward 3)...
Boy, 13, admits raping 6-year-old (08/11/07)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A St. Louis-area boy admitted Friday that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and stomped a 6-year-old neighbor, then left her semiconscious near railroad tracks. Sherman Burnett Jr. was 13 at the time of the attack. Now 15, he pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, first-degree assault, sodomy and attempted rape in the November 2005 attack in Spanish Lake. ...
Tips to keep kids safe around water (08/11/07)
The National Safety Council says drowning kills nearly 3,000 people in the United States annually. The Itasca, Ill.-based group says children 4 and younger have the highest death rate due to drowning. The council says most drowning and near-drowning incidents involving young children happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub...
String of toddler drownings in Mo. put spotlight on water, pool safety (08/11/07)
WARRENTON, Mo. -- The drownings of two toddlers in a family swimming pool prompted officials on Friday to stress the importance of constant vigilance and safety measures around water. Two brothers, Charles and Brandon Kindlesparger, ages 3 and 2, died Thursday afternoon in Warrenton, about 60 miles northwest of St. ...
Child porn cases growing concern for U.S. attorneys (08/11/07)
ST. LOUIS -- As the number of child pornography cases handled by her office continues to grow, federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway sees an equally disturbing trend: The depicted acts themselves are becoming more violent. This week, Hanaway announced indictments against five men in separate cases, bringing to 27 the number of child porn indictments out of her office this year, a pace that would top the record 34 last year...
Police: Woman attacks karaoke singer (08/11/07)
SEATTLE -- A woman attacked a karaoke singer belting out Coldplay on Thursday night, telling him he "sucked" before she pushed and punched him to get him to stop singing, bar staff said. The man was singing "Yellow" when it happened. "It took three or four of us to hold her down," bartender Robert Willmette said...
Mine rescuers looking for signs of life come up empty-handed (08/11/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- The effort to find six coal miners caught in a cave-in took a disheartening turn Friday when a narrow hole drilled more than 1,800 feet down into the earth yielded no sounds of life and barely any oxygen. The drill entered an area where the miners were thought to be working at the time of Monday's collapse. Mine officials had earlier though their drill had simply hit a sealed, abandoned area of the mine that had little oxygen...
Three men killed after plunging 500 feet down air shaft at Indiana coal mine (08/11/07)
PRINCETON, Ind. -- A group of people being carried in a construction bucket plunged 500 feet down an air shaft at a coal mine Friday, and three men died, authorities said. All other people at the site have been accounted for, said George Zugel, director of safety and health for Frontier-Kemper Constructors Inc., which is building the 550-foot vertical ventilation shaft at the Gibson County Coal mine in southern Indiana...
Divers find another body in bridge collapse, bringing death toll to at least 8 (08/11/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Divers found another body Friday in the wreckage of the interstate bridge, bringing the death toll from last week's collapse to at least eight. The latest body was found about noon. The pace of recovery has quickened since Navy divers joined an effort led by local dive teams for most of the first week...
Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend (08/11/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Summer's annual meteor shower promises to put on a dazzling show when it peaks this weekend -- provided you're far from city lights. With no moon in sight to interfere with the Perseid meteor shower, skygazers can expect to spot streaking fireballs late Sunday into dawn Monday regardless of time zone. Astronomers estimate as many as 60 meteors per hour could flit across the sky at the shower's peak...
Endeavour docks with international space station; gouge found on shuttle belly (08/11/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour's belly soon after the shuttle docked with the international space station Friday, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank a minute after liftoff. The gouge -- about 3 inches square -- was spotted in zoom-in photography taken by the space station crew...
More and heavier trucks taking toll on bridges, roads (08/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- Just like Americans themselves, the nation's roads and bridges are carrying much more weight today. Added to an aging and deteriorating highway system, it means more safety problems, delays and repair costs for drivers, experts said. In just a decade, from 1995 to 2005, the weight load on urban highways increased by half. Since 1970, the weight carried on rural highways has gone up nearly 7 1/2 times, according to Federal Highway Administration statistics...
Washington, D.C. pants plaintiff doesn't want to pay opponents' attorney fees (08/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- A judge who lost a $54 million lawsuit against his former dry cleaner is fighting the cleaners' attempts to collect attorney fees from him. Roy L. Pearson filed an opposition to the defendants' motion for attorneys' fees Friday, saying he shouldn't have to pay the $82,907.50 that the Chung family owes to defend themselves against his 2005 lawsuit...
SEC probes Wall Street banks to determine exposure to mortgage turmoil (08/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is examining major Wall Street banks to determine their vulnerability to home-loan defaults, two people familiar with the accounting inquiry said. The people, who declined to be identified by name because the inquiry has not been publicly disclosed, described the examination as a routine part of the SEC's oversight authority and said it involved Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and several rival investment banks...
Stock market ends week with mixed finish after Federal Reserve adds third dose of liquidity (08/11/07)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street closed out a difficult week with a mixed finish Friday after the Federal Reserve injected billions of dollars into the banking system to calm markets torn by worries about evaporating credit. The Dow Jones industrials, down more than 200 points during the session, ended with just a 31-point deficit and managed to post a gain for the week...
Rudy Giuliani evokes Catholic upbringing as he campaigns (08/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- Rudy Giuliani evokes his Catholic upbringing as he campaigns for president, yet he refuses to say whether he is a practicing Catholic. When a voter asked this week if he is a "traditional, practicing Roman Catholic," Giuliani insisted his faith should be private...
Voice recognition technology nabs drug kingpin (08/11/07)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A reputed leader of Colombia's biggest drug cartel radically altered his facial appearance with repeated plastic surgeries. But his own words gave him away, thanks to advanced voice recognition technology that has become a key tool in the war against drugs and terrorism...
U.S. praises Iraqi forces as pilgrimage to Baghdad ends with little violence (08/11/07)
BAGHDAD -- A car bomb killed at least eight people in a northern Kurdish area Friday, but Baghdad remained largely calm with a driving ban still in effect and thousands of Shiite pilgrims headed home. U.S. military officials praised the performance of Iraqi security forces during the pilgrimage Thursday, which saw hundreds of thousands of Shiites march to a northern Baghdad shrine, undisturbed by any major violence...
Asian monsoon death toll surpasses 2,000 (08/11/07)
NEW DELHI -- The death toll from this year's calamitous South Asian monsoons had surpassed 2,000 by Friday after a wild storm hit Pakistan's largest city. India asked doctors to cancel vacations and rushed food and medicine to flooded regions where disease has stricken thousands...
Milk prices at record highs as Asians consume more dairy (08/11/07)
PARIS -- Got milk? Well, you're going to need more cash these days to get it. Growing appetites for dairy in Asia and limited worldwide supply are among a number of factors driving prices of the dairy drink to record highs. In China and elsewhere in Asia, chains such as McDonald's and Starbucks are introducing unfamiliar taste buds to cheeseburgers and lattes, increasing the region's demand for dairy...
Remains recovered of U.S. airman shot down in World War II (08/11/07)
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The remains of a U.S. airman whose plane was shot down over Hungary in World War II have been recovered from wreckage left unexcavated in a rural area for 63 years, American and Hungarian officials said Friday. The remains of Staff Sgt. Martin F. Troy were found among the wreck of a B-24H Liberator bomber in the village of Nemesvita, about 110 miles southwest of the capital Budapest. They will be returned to the United States, officials said...
After earning award from NBC World Series, Capahas manager Bolen reflected on tournament success, players' behavior (08/11/07)
Jess Bolen won some kind of award from the National Baseball Congress. But he was not exactly certain of the official title. No matter. Bolen is just proud of his Plaza Tire Capahas' seventh-place finish in the NBC World Series and his players' behavior during their week-plus stay in Wichita, Kan...
Southeast briefs (08/11/07)
Track and fieldstaff adds Perry Candace Perry, who competed in track at Southern Indiana and Indiana University, has joined Southeast Missouri State's track coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Perry, an NCAA Division II outdoor long jump champion in 2005 while at Southern Indiana, will assist head coach Joey Haines with the sprinters and jumpers...
Area digest (08/11/07)
Scott County opensWorld Series with loss The Scott County Cal Ripken Baseball 12-and-under all-star team lost its opening game at the World Series in Van Buren, Ark. Scott County, which came into the tourney 10-0, lost to Bridgewater, N.J., 10-4 on Thursday...
Dodgers squeak by St. Louis on late HR (08/11/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The offense-starved Los Angeles Dodgers tried James Loney in the third slot for only the fourth time all season. He looked right at home there. Loney's two-run, ninth-inning home run off Adam Wainwright snapped a scoreless tie and the Dodgers held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night...
Centenary celebration Chaffee Catholic church celebrates 100 years (08/11/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. --St. Ambrose parishioners in Chaffee have spent this year celebrating the church's 100th anniversary. So far they've enjoyed special dinners and entertainment; a new church directory is in the works with photos from the past and present. They've gathered for a picnic with former and present members...
Church briefs 8-11 (08/11/07)
Briefly Benefit concert planned for next week in Jackson Julie Walker and Friends will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at New McKendree South Campus in Jackson. The music is acoustic folk and other genres; admission is free. A love offering will be taken to benefit a local charity...
Cooling the heels of a grudge (08/11/07)
It's hot. For a lot of us, when the days are this hot, the traffic lights seem to be a lot longer and checkout lines a lot slower. These are the days when ice cream sales and tempers are high. Often when tempers flare we say things we don't mean and do things we don't intend to do, cross those we love and disregard those we don't. The dog days of summer often present a unique opportunity to practice the art of forgiveness...
Where have all the prophets gone? (08/11/07)
It is said that many, if not most, college students will change their majors five times before settling on a vocation to carry them throughout their lives. Even after choosing a career path, quite a few will make job adjustments before midlife. None, it is certain, will willingly choose to be prophets. Consultants, maybe, but not prophets...
Concerts planned in Chicago, D.C. and Morocco bring together musicians bridging myriad cultures (08/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- An ensemble of musicians normally separated by oceans and thousands of miles will perform together later this month for the first time, having until now composed music layer by layer with sound files exchanged over the Internet. Their goal: Show how the arts can bridge diverse cultures -- even among people who have never met in person before coming together on stage...
Rev. Kenneth Grass (08/11/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Rev. Kenneth E. Grass, 78, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at the Apostle of Charity Residence at St. Mary's Seminary in Perryville. He was born May 27, 1929, at Perryville, son of Joseph Henry and Ida Minerva McClure Grass...
Lewis Bowen (08/11/07)
Lewis Edward Bowen, 95, of Millersville died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar­deau. He was born May 2, 1912, in Savannah, Tenn., son of Thomas Young and Mary Elizabeth Turner Bowen. He and Kathleen Hunt were married April 16, 1928. She died March 9, 1944. He then married Ida Mae Bowers Sept. 1, 1945. She died July 28, 1990. He and Barbara Jean Mayberry were married in 1991. She died Dec. 21, 2003...
Grover Duniphan (08/11/07)
McGEE, Mo. -- Grover E. Duniphan, 67, of McGee died Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 1, 1940, at McGee, son of Leonard and Clara Prince Duniphan. He and Wilma Payne were married Oct. 12, 1960, in St. Louis. Grover had worked at Ralston Purina, and was a member of Zalma Masonic Lodge...
Jerry Smith (08/11/07)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Jerry W. Smith, 69, of Morley died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at Wappapello, Mo. He was born July 13, 1938, at Whitewater, son of Willard Wayne and Billie Marie Birkman Smith. He and Janet Garner were married Sept. 14, 1963. Smith was a graduate of Delta High School. He retired as a ground serviceman with Trans World Airlines in St. Louis. He was a member of Morley Baptist Church...
Erna Shell (08/11/07)
Erna L. Shell, 87, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Fred W. and Cora Ruppel Pohlman. She and Irwin Shell were married April 9, 1939, in Oak Ridge. He passed away Nov. 29, 2000...
Fire report 8/11/07 (08/11/07)
n At 4:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of Green Acres Drive. n At 7:01 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2400 block of Erna Street. n At 8:51 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Village Drive. n At 9 p.m. motor vehicle accident at Merriwether Street and South Plaza Way...
Police report 8/11/07 (08/11/07)
Arrests; Arrests
Out of the past 8/11/07 (08/11/07)
About 100 women and two men turned out at the Arena Building last night to learn how to defend themselves against attackers; instructors were police training officer Lt. Leonard "Dale" Ratliff and patrolman Robert E. McCoy Jr., who holds a black belt in karate...
Immigration truth (08/11/07)
By Rod Jetton Over the last several weeks I've been writing about the steps Missouri can take to curb the flood of illegal immigrants. This series has generated a lot of feedback, mostly positive but some negative. I wanted to conclude my look at illegal immigration by answering some of the criticisms that have been aimed at my views on this issue...
Sales-tax holiday (08/11/07)
When the idea of the sales-tax holiday was introduced a few years ago, it was surrounded by much debate. Many wondered whether the idea would be detrimental to city and county coffers. Last week in Cape Girardeau, stores were filled with back-to-school shoppers hoping to take advantage of the 7.5 percent tax relief on items such as clothes, supplies, computers and software. ...
Speak Out 8/11/07 (08/11/07)
Where can she go?; No-win situation; Power grab; Blogging in Iraq; Bigger majority; Fudged question; Oxymoron?; Good orientation; Circular taxation; Highway waste; Correct spelling; Cleanup walkers; Thanks for medicine; Thanks for response; Country of values
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