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Stories from Friday, August 17, 2007

Court suspends Cooper's law license (08/17/07)
The Missouri Supreme Court suspended former state Rep. Nathan Cooper's law license today citing his guilty plea to two federal felonies. The order came just hours after the court accepted Cooper's late response to its Wednesday demand that he show cause why his license should not be suspended.
Brush fire, traffic light problems along Kingshighway (08/17/07)
Power to traffic lights along South Kingshighway between Southern Expressway and Bloomfield Road was interrupted Friday afternoon by a loose electrical wire that came into contact with a cable wire. Power to 1,065 AmerenUE customers was also briefly interrupted. The incident also caused a minor brush fire near the Southern Expressway and South Kingshighway intersection ...
Multiple bomb threats considered hoaxes (08/17/07)
Cape Girardeau police responded to multiple bomb threats Friday morning, all of them turning out to be hoaxes. The Cape Girardeau police station headquarters, Cape Girardeau Central High School, Central Middle School, Cape Girardeau Montessori School, the post office and the Chateau Girardeau Reitrement Home all received threatening phone calls indicating there was an explosive device planted nearby...
Area woman dies from heat (08/17/07)
The heat wave claimed the life of a local woman Wednesday, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said. The Associated Press reported the deaths of as many as 16 people statewide were blamed on the blistering temperatures. As of Thursday, nine heat deaths had been confirmed; another seven were blamed on the heat but not yet confirmed, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services...
Draft plan for Cape debuts (08/17/07)
Reinventing Cape Girardeau may require opening up the cul-de-sac-heavy northern neighborhoods or building a baseball stadium on the city's south side. Those are just two of the suggestions in the new draft of a comprehensive city plan so big it weighs as much at the latest Harry Potter book...
19-year-old opera major entering senior year at SEMO (08/17/07)
Majhon Phillips' educational experience is vastly different from that of her peers. When other 19-year-olds are still college underclassmen, Phillips, of Jackson, is going into her senior year at Southeast Missouri State University as an opera major, not long after taking classes this summer at a German university...
City names new director for development services (08/17/07)
Ken Eftink has been named Cape Girardeau's new development services director. Eftink's start date is Sept. 17. He replaces Kent Bratton, the city planner who retired July 31. The job is slightly different: It's an expanded department-head position leading divisions for planning, engineering and inspections...
Region briefs 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Humane Society rescues 30 pugs from breeder ST. LOUIS -- The Humane Society of Missouri and other authorities rescue 36 animals believed to be endangered on a breeder's property in southwest Missouri. The group said the owner could no longer care for the animals and voluntarily surrendered them. ...
Blunt in Cape Girardeau to work on Habitat house (08/17/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt will join volunteers from the Cape Area Habitat and Big Brothers Big Sisters to work on a Habitat for Humanity house Saturday in Cape Gir­ar­deau. Also scheduled to be present Saturday are Mayor Jay Knudtson, United Way of Southeast Missouri members, construction suppliers, contractors and current residents of Cape Gir­ar­deau's 26 Habitat homes...
Their first class: Cape opens school year with new preschool program (08/17/07)
Darion Triplett spent Thursday morning demonstrating what the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would call symbolic development and conventional knowledge. Maybe even some fine motor skills. For the 4-year-old, it was just fun cutting his modeling clay into pizzalike slices...
MSSU president announces retirement (08/17/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Julio Leon, president of Missouri Southern State University for 25 years, announced his retirement Friday. "I thank you for 25 wonderful years. Godspeed to each one of you and Missouri Southern," Leon told the faculty Friday...
Nixon launches Web site to track recalls (08/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- To help Missouri consumers keep track of the latest recalls, Attorney General Jay Nixon on Friday launched a new Web site to serve as a clearinghouse. The page brings together detailed information on recalls from the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Envirnmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard...
Lake of the Ozarks party spot off-limits to soldiers (08/17/07)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood are being told to keep away from a notorious party spot at the Lake of the Ozarks. Maj. Gen. Bill McCoy has declared Party Cove off-limits to all military personnel. It's the second time this year -- and since his taking over as commanding general in 2006 -- that McCoy has issued an off-limits order...
Young St. Louis police officer fatally shot; colleagues seek killer (08/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Norvelle Brown was by all accounts the kind of young man a police force seeks out -- a 22-year-old officer who asked to be assigned to the rough area where he grew up, who served as a youth sports coach and a mentor to teens. Earlier this summer he was honored for stopping an armed robbery...
Former KC councilwoman convicted in mortgage fraud case (08/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Kansas City councilwoman was found guilty of mortgage fraud Thursday when a federal jury agreed that she intentionally misrepresented information on home loan applications. Saundra McFadden-Weaver was convicted on all counts -- one charge of conspiracy and six charges of wire fraud. She said she was surprised by the verdicts but is prepared for whatever comes next...
CEO defends Ameren at Taum Sauk hearing (08/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- AmerenUE chief executive officer Tom Voss told the Missouri Public Service Commission on Thursday that the utility has launched new safety programs since the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse, but has not changed a bonus system that critics say favors keeping plants running over closing them for safety concerns...
Skelton says Iraq political system has 'turned to worms' (08/17/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton said Thursday that Iraq's political system "has turned to worms" and warned that insurgents could launch a massive offensive ahead of a critical progress report by U.S. officials...
Kansas City man arraigned Thursday in death of wife thrown from balcony (08/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man accused of throwing his ailing wife off their fourth-floor balcony was arraigned Thursday on charges of second-degree murder. Stanley J. Reimer, 51, appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court to hear the charge in the death late Tuesday of Criste Reimer, 47...
Kinder apologizes for suggestion Democrats like 'dumb animals' (08/17/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder apologized Thursday for suggesting Democrats are like "dumb animals" -- a partisan jab that he said ran contrary to his role as Missouri's No. 2 executive. Kinder's original remarks, made Wednesday night to a gathering of Pettis County Republicans, caused a bit of a stir as hundreds of Democrats and Republicans mingled with each other Thursday at the Missouri State Fair's generally cordial political ham breakfast...
Bush's daughter Jenna to be married (08/17/07)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Is a White House wedding in the works? Jenna Bush, one of President Bush's twin daughters, is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend, Henry Hager, the White House announced Thursday. Asked if the two were getting married in the Rose Garden, Sally McDonough, press secretary for first lady Laura Bush, replied: "They have not set any details, date or place."...
Padilla, 2 co-defendants convicted of helping Islamic extremists (08/17/07)
MIAMI -- Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted Thursday of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to clamp down on terrorism...
Rate for Army suicides hits 26-year high (08/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Ninety-nine U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year, the highest rate of suicide in the Army in 26 years of record-keeping. Nearly a third of the soldiers who committed suicide did so while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to a report released Thursday. ...
Wall Street wants Feds to cut rates (08/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Financial markets to Federal Reserve: Cut rates ... now. With worries about credit taking the Dow Jones industrials down by sometimes hundreds of points a day the past few weeks, investors seem to be trying to force the Fed into giving them the interest rate cut they want -- and well ahead of the Fed's next meeting Sept. 18...
Iraqi leaders forge new political alliance (08/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's political leaders emerged Thursday from three days of crisis talks with a new alliance that seeks to save the crumbling U.S.-backed government. But the reshaped power bloc included no Sunnis and immediately raised questions about its legitimacy as a unifying force...
Help rolls in as death toll rises to 450 from Peru earthquake (08/17/07)
ICA, Peru -- The death toll rose to 450 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru's southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets walked like ghosts through the ruins. Dust-covered dead were pulled out and laid in rows in the streets or beneath bloodstained sheets at damaged hospitals and morgues. ...
Israel, United States sign military aid deal to counter Iranian influence (08/17/07)
JERUSALEM -- The United States offered Israel an unprecedented $30 billion of military aid over 10 years on Thursday, bolstering its closest Mideast ally and ensuring the state's military edge over its neighbors long into the future. The package was meant in part to offset U.S. plans to offer Saudi Arabia advanced weapons and air systems that would greatly improve the Arab country's air force. Israel has said it has no opposition to the Saudi aid...
Hurricane Dean takes aim at islands in the Caribbean (08/17/07)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Islanders went door-to-door Thursday to warn neighbors of Hurricane Dean, which spun toward the Caribbean packing 100 mph winds and threatens to strengthen into an extremely dangerous storm by next week. The first hurricane of the Atlantic season is expected to pass over St. ...
Area sports digest 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Southeast soccer openswith exhibitions The Southeast Missouri State soccer team will take the field for the first time with an exhibition match 7:30 p.m. today at Missouri-St. Louis. On Saturday, Southeast plays at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The match begins at 7 p.m...
Tigers absorb late hit at skill positions (08/17/07)
Central football coach Lawrence Brookins may have some skilled positions to fill after last year's playoff run. Brookins said at Thursday's picture day at the high school that leading receiver George Hamilton III relocated to Tampa, Fla., with his mother and sister, while the only player in school with significant experience at quarterback did not come out for the team...
Goodell says Vick not overshadowing upcoming season (08/17/07)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Roger Goodell wants to talk football. Michael Vick keeps getting in the way. The NFL commissioner, making a tour of training camps, raved about Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli and his players after visiting them Thursday. He spoke to them mostly about their responsibilities as players...
Alexander anticipates bigger role in offense (08/17/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After a productive freshman season, Danario Alexander is at the top of the depth chart for Missouri wide receivers. Alexander had 15 catches for 251 yards and a touchdown in 2006. In preseason practice, he's turning heads while working at the No. 1 spot at the H-receiver position...
Nebraska athletic director joins faction calling for early signing period (08/17/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson has joined those calling for an early signing period for national letters of intent in college football. Many coaches, noting recent trends in recruiting, have said there should be an early signing period for recruits who choose their schools months in advance of the traditional February signing day...
Vick still negotiating for plea agreement (08/17/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Vick and his attorneys were still negotiating with federal prosecutors Thursday, hoping to strike a deal on a plea agreement, according to a lawyer familiar with the case. The lawyer spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because of the ongoing discussions...
Hall expects to see action vs. Chargers (08/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Dante Hall is eager to play his first game with a new team, even if it is the preseason. But the veteran return man has his limits. Hall, who missed the St. Louis Rams' preseason opener with a hamstring injury, said Thursday he's scheduled to play the first half Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers. He expects to play some at wide receiver...
Reid, McNulty share lead at The Tradition (08/17/07)
Mike Reid and Mark McNulty shot 6-under-66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in The Tradition, the Champion Tour's fourth major of the year. David Edwards was a stroke back, and Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw and Bruce Summerhays shot 68s at the Crosswater Golf Club in the high desert of central Oregon...
Cooperative Giambi escapes punishment from Selig (08/17/07)
TORONTO -- Jason Giambi escaped punishment from commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday because of the Yankee slugger's charitable work and cooperation with baseball's steroids investigator. Selig, speaking on the second and final day of an owners meeting, called this an "appropriate decision."...
Redbirds sweep series with wilting Brewers (08/17/07)
MILWAUKEE -- The way things are going for the Milwaukee Brewers right now, even Yadier Molina is a power hitter against them. Molina hit two home runs and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-0 Thursday, completing a three-game sweep and closing to within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central lead for the first time since April 20...
Artifacts 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Southeast press set to release new book ; Metal show coming to Main Street Bar; Red House to host arts and crafts day Saturday; Mem Shannon tickets now on sale; -- From staff reports
Everyone's a critic: 'Daddy Daycamp' (08/17/07)
Two stars (out of four) "Daddy Daycamp" is a failed attempt at a second version of the first movie, "Daddy Daycare." First, the directors failed to cast the original actors in this movie, and although Cuba Gooding Jr. is a great actor, he is not Eddie Murphy. ...
A sneak peek at the River Campus (08/17/07)
After all the waiting, the River Campus -- aka the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts -- is finally set to open its doors to students on Monday. Now, the people Southeast Missouri State University exists to serve -- its students -- will get their shot at learning in an environment school administrators say is as state-of-the-art as possible with the millions of dollars available. Here's a peek at those River Campus facilities students will use to perfect their performing arts skills...
Drinking is good for you - coffee, that is (08/17/07)
Anyone who drinks coffee at any of the many fine gathering places around here knows that's where all the best thinking occurs. If you don't believe it, just ask any of the coffee drinkers. I was at my usual coffee-drinking spot one morning this week with the usual coffee drinkers, and we were talking about the usual coffee-drinking topics...
I'm sorry, Mr. Shivelbine (08/17/07)
OFF Magazine has caused quite a stir, again. I'll give you some context. First, a primer on OFF Magazine for those of you who don't know what it is. OFF is a monthly entertainment-based publication, created right here in the pristine setting of the Southeast Missourian offices. ...
Record crowd attends vigil for 30th anniversary of Elvis' death (08/17/07)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Visits to Elvis Presley's grave Thursday brought back teenage memories for fans paying their respects on the 30th anniversary of his death. "I can't describe how I feel about him because I've loved him since I was a teenager," said Katie Brown of Crittenden, Ky. "When I would hear him sing, I'd go into like a trance and nothing else around me mattered."...
Jay-Z crowned hip-hop's cash king by Forbes.com (08/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Jay-Z wins all around, says Forbes.com. He's got Beyonc on his arm -- and more millions than 50 Cent and Diddy. The rap icon, aka Shawn Carter, is No. 1 on the site's list of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings," based solely on 2006 income. He banked an estimated $34 million, Forbes.com said Thursday...
Mystery visitor to Poe's grave revealed (08/17/07)
BALTIMORE -- The legend was almost too good to be true. For decades, a mysterious figure dressed in black, his features cloaked by a wide-brimmed hat and scarf, crept into a churchyard to lay three roses and a bottle of cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe...
At the theaters 7/17/07 (08/17/07)
New at the theaters: 'Becoming Jane'; 'The Invasion'; 'Last Legion'; 'Superbad'; STILL PLAYING: 'Bourne Ultimatum'; 'Bratz'; 'Daddy Daycamp'; 'Hairspray'; 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'; 'Hot Rod'; 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'; 'Knocked Up'; 'No Reservations'; 'Ratatouille'; 'Rush Hour 3'; 'The Simpsons Movie'; 'Stardust'; 'Transformers'; 'Underdog'
Studio plans remake of Bruce Lee classic 'Enter the Dragon' (08/17/07)
HONG KONG -- Bruce Lee's classic 1973 film, "Enter the Dragon," will be remade by Warner Bros. The remake, to be titled "Awaken the Dragon," will be written and directed by Kurt Sutter, producer of "The Shield" TV series. It will be released by Warner Independent Pictures...
Paris Hilton causes frenzy with clothing-line launch in Los Angeles (08/17/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Police and city workers were called in to handle the crowd and a lane of traffic was closed as Paris Hilton unveiled her clothing line Thursday at a trendy boutique. The heiress, author, singer, perfume designer and reality-TV star unveiled the line at Kitson, a boutique known for its celebrity clientele...
Alexys Buckingham (08/17/07)
Alexys Isabell Buckingham died shortly after birth Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis. Survivors include her parents, Lance Preston Buckingham and Kayla Richelle McKee of Scott City; a brother, Shayne Buckingham of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Paige Buckingham of Austin, Texas; paternal grandparents, Robert Buckingham of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Judy Buckingham of Scott City; maternal grandparents, Jeff Williams of Olive Branch, Ill., and Bill and Gayla Goins of Poplar Bluff, Mo.. ...
Evaline Cloninger (08/17/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Evaline Cloninger, 77, of Advance died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 29, 1929, at Whitewater, daughter of Henry and Louella Wren Fisher. She married Adam Wesley Cloninger, who died in April 1981...
Glen Richards (08/17/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Glen Raymond Richards, 56, of Easton, Pa., formerly of Mounds, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Triumph Hospital in Easton. He was the son of Justice and Francis Richards. Richards was in the bakery business 36 years. He worked for Lewis Brothers in Anna, Ill., until it closed, and was employed by Stroehmann Bakery...
Ruth Bender (08/17/07)
Ruth A. Bender, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Charles Ochs (08/17/07)
Dr. Charles Winston Ochs, 74, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, after an extended illness. He was born March 7, 1933, in Cape Gir­ar­deau, son of Henry Augustus and Lucille Gladish Ochs. After graduating from Washington University in 1954, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1956, and graduated medical school at Tulane University in 1958. He earned a master's degree from the University of Rochester in 1961...
Luther Arnold Jr. (08/17/07)
Luther Lee Arnold Jr., 80, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born March 27, 1927, at Qulin, Mo., son of Luther and Anna Johnson Arnold. Arnold served his country 23 years in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. He also taught shop classes at Chaffee High School. Later he was a friendly shuttle bus driver for Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Births 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Farrow; Winters Morriss; Bollinger; Carter; DeBrower; Yount
Cape fire report 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Cape Girardeau Fire Department n At 3:40 p.m., a still alarm at 620 Good Hope St. n At 4:41 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Highway 74 and Kings­highway. n At 4:51 p.m., an assist at 1000 Merriwether St. n At 5:27 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of North Sprigg Street...
Cape police report 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Property damage
Out of the past 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
A 52 percent increase in Cape Girardeau County's August sales tax check was the result of an $11 million state accounting error; Cape Girardeau received $40,000 more than it should have received. The reported disappearance of "Big Jim," the 18 1/2-foot python missing in Cape Girardeau since July 24, has prompted the city council to look into adopting an ordinance that would ban the ownership of pets that aren't natural to this area...
Correction 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Due to a source error, the Aug. 15 police report should have read that Edward L. Allen, 32, of 31 N. Henderson Avenue, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. Melinda Salvatore was the reporting party...
Keep your cool (08/17/07)
Sixteen deaths across Missouri have now been attributed to the current heat wave, including the death of a woman at Trail of Tears State Park this week. When warnings about hot weather go out, they need to be heeded. Health officials are serious when they say extremely hot weather can cause illness or death...
Speak Out 8/17/07 (08/17/07)
Show compassion; Asset builders; Destructive OSHA; Cleaning house; Pesky mosquitoes; Prompt delivery; Pets and hot weather; Clothes for seniors
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