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Ensuring safe spans (08/20/07)
Starting this afternoon, the bridge carrying drivers on Highway 51 from Perry County to Chester, Ill., will get a detailed inspection. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane at times during the work, which Missouri Department of Transportation officials expect to finish Wednesday...
Students, repairmen beating the heat (08/20/07)
Though thunderstorms late Thursday brought slightly cooler temperatures that lasted through the weekend, Cape Girardeau is getting closer to setting a record for consecutive days with temperatures above 90 degrees. The record is 28 days set in 1983. On Sunday, temperatures reached 91 degrees at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, the 25th straight day above 90 degrees from a heat wave stretching back to July...
Family places marker at Lorimier Cemetery (08/20/07)
Old Lorimier Cemetery has roughly 1,500 grave markers commemorating burials. It now has one more. The family of Henry Pape placed a memorial stone in the cemetery in his honor and in honor of the hundreds of other unknown and unmarked graves of the Civil War era. The ceremony was complete with family, friends and a cannon provided by the Turner Brigade. Civil War re-enactors from both the Turner Brigade and the 5th Missouri Calvary Company C fired rifles as a salute...
Verizon Wireless seeks nominations for HopeLine Heroes Award (08/20/07)
The Kansas/Missouri/Southern Illinois Region of Verizon Wireless is currently seeking nominations for its HopeLine Heroes Award in Cape Gir­ar­deau. Local agencies and members of the community are encouraged to nominate a colleague, volunteer, friend or family member who has made a difference in the fight to end the cycle of domestic violence, or who has assisted victims of this tragedy within their community. The deadline is Sept. 15...
SADI to launch capital campaign (08/20/07)
Starting next month, the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence will ask for help from the community to help finance its new facility currently under construction on Rusmar Street. SADI broke ground on the new $862,000 facility at 1913 Rusmar St. ...
Nursing home pageant contest to be held Aug. 29 in St. Charles (08/20/07)
The 27th annual Ms. Missouri Nursing Home Pageant will take place Aug. 29 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles. Fran Clutts, a resident at Heartland Care and Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau, will be a contestant in the Missouri Health Care Association sponsored pageant. ...
Silver-Haired Legislators councilwoman petitions Congress to help elderly (08/20/07)
The National Council of Silver-Haired Legislators held its annual meeting at St. Louis recently, with Lt. Governor Peter D. Kinder as special guest speaker. Kinder serves as the official senior advocate for Missouri. Cory Grah of Marble Hill, Mo., a lifetime member of the council, was one of the many delegates from 27 states who attended the convention. ...
Nature Center's open house informs area educators of free resources (08/20/07)
The third annual Educator Open House held recently at the Cape Gir­ardeau Conservation Nature Center. was an opportunity for teachers to become familiar with all the resources the center has to offer. Conservation educational consultant Bridget Jackson named the three best things the Nature Center had to offer educators: lesson plans, grants and discovery trunks. But she had three more reasons: the educator resource room, Nature Center staff and habitat packs...
Emerson embarking on annual farm tour (08/20/07)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will embark this week on her annual agriculture tour, visiting farms and farm-related businesses throughout the Eighth Congressional District. The tour will give farmers, ranchers and agricultural business operators an opportunity to provide opinions about the 2007 Farm Bill being crafted by Congress, said Emerson, a Republican. It is the 26th annual Emerson Farm Tour as she continues a tradition started by her late first husband...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Appearances n Tom Mogelnicki, Cape County Transit Authority, on bus route changes. n Debby Erlbacher, on the city's liquor ordinance. Consent ordinances n An ordinance to levy the annual city revenue tax; library fund tax; public health tax; Special Business District No. 2 tax for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. Second and third readings...
Community digest 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Auxiliary organizations seek new members ; Parenting support group meets Wednesday; Conservation farming field day demonstration; Cub Scout Pack 36 holds two registration dates; Flea market booth recruitment to help vets; Missouri Arts Council plans bus trip to St. Louis; College High School holds reunion; Steinbeck, Lorimer, Pole family reunion planned
Motorists rescued from Southwest Missouri flooding (08/20/07)
PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. (AP) -- More than 12 inches of rain caused flash flooding in parts of southwest Missouri Monday, damaging homes, washing out roads and bridges, stranding motorists and leaving one town temporarily cut off. The rain began falling Sunday night and kept coming through Monday afternoon. ...
St. Louis graduate student held in Russia (08/20/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis graduate student has been detained in Russia for more than two months, after she bought a few medals and old currency from a street vendor. Customs agents told her the items were contraband when she was trying to leave the country at the end of a brief stay...
Planned Parenthood challenges new Mo. abortion law (08/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood sued Monday seeking to strike down a new Missouri law that it claims could eliminate abortion services in large parts of the state by subjecting clinics to stringent state oversight. The federal lawsuit asks a judge for an injunction preventing the law from taking effect Aug. 28 and seeks a ruling that it infringes on a constitutional right to abortion...
Birds, animals perish in house fire (08/20/07)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Muffled cries from inside a house fire in eastern Missouri apparently were coming from a talking parrot. The state fire marshal's office is investigating a Friday house fire that killed 70 to 100 birds, four dogs and at least two cats...
Navy yanks teen's ROTC scholarship (08/20/07)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- An eastern Missouri teen thought her college tuition was taken care of when the Navy presented her with a mock check for $180,000, but the Navy has now rescinded the scholarship, saying she can't be an ROTC student because of an old back injury...
Firefighters extinguish blaze on rail bridge over Ohio River (08/20/07)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- A fire on a railroad bridge that connects Illinois to Kentucky left firefighters with a conundrum. Surrounded by the Ohio River, the rescuers couldn't get enough water to the 50 flaming crossties on a bridge near Harrah's Metropolis Casino that connects Paducah and Metropolis, Ill...
Missouri tax increase raising ire in Kansas (08/20/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Early one August morning 144 years ago, Missourian William Quantrill and hundreds of armed men descended on Lawrence, Kan., killing almost 150 residents and causing $2 million in damage to their homes and businesses. Relations between Missourians and Kansans never have entirely recovered, although their rivalries these days typically are settled with college footballs and basketballs...
Zero trans fat doesn't always mean zero when it comes to food labels (08/20/07)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stroll the aisles of any grocery store and you're sure to spot labels declaring "zero grams trans fat" on the front of snack foods, cookies and crackers. But does zero really mean there's NO artery-clogging fat inside? Maybe, maybe not...
Meatpacking remakes rural U.S. towns in new immigration frontier (08/20/07)
DODGE CITY, Kan. -- This is the home of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, of Boot Hill and the Long Branch Saloon, of cattle drives, buffalo hunters and the romance of the American West. But that's the Dodge City of yesteryear. Today, downtown has Mexican restaurants and stores more reminiscent of shops south of the border than Main Street Kansas. The city of 25,176 even has a new nickname: "Little Mexico."...
Scientists around the world in race to create artificial life (08/20/07)
WASHINGTON -- Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of "wet artificial life."...
Poll: Happiness for America's youth often means family, faith, belonging (08/20/07)
NEW YORK -- So you're between the ages of 13 and 24. What makes you happy? A worried, weary parent might imagine the answer to sound something like this: Sex, drugs, a little rock 'n' roll. Maybe some cash, or at least the car keys. Turns out the real answer is quite different. ...
Extending Iraq buildup would be tough for Army (08/20/07)
WASHINGTON -- Sapped by nearly six years of war, the Army has nearly exhausted its fighting force and its options if the Bush administration decides to extend the Iraq buildup beyond next spring. The Army's 38 available combat units are deployed, just returning home or already tapped to go to Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, leaving no fresh troops to replace five extra brigades that President Bush sent to Baghdad this year, according to interviews and military documents reviewed by The Associated Press.. ...
Nation briefs 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Utah miners may be entombed in mountain HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Six coal miners caught in a cave-in are probably dead and may forever be entombed in the still-quivering mountain, officials conceded Sunday, all but abandoning the unflinching optimism they've maintained publicly for nearly two weeks. ...
Astronauts leave station, inspect their ship one final time (08/20/07)
The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With Hurricane Dean considered hardly any threat to Mission Control, Endeavour's astronauts left the international space station a day early and inspected their ship one final time Sunday to make sure it's safe for re-entry...
Immigration activist who sought sanctuary in church arrested in L.A. (08/20/07)
LOS ANGELES -- An illegal immigrant who stayed in a Chicago church for a year to avoid separation from her 8-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, was arrested Sunday and was being processed for deportation. Elvira Arellano, who arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday after leaving her sanctuary to campaign for immigration reform, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. ...
Hurricane Dean pummels Jamaica as Category 4 storm (08/20/07)
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Hurricane Dean pummeled Jamaica on Sunday with gusting winds and torrential rains that blew the roofs off homes, caused landslides and flooded roads. The prime minister made a last-minute plea for residents to abandon their homes and head for shelter. But many residents ignored the call, while tourists holed up in resorts with hurricane-proof walls...
All about green: Business world sees potential profits in joining global warming battle (08/20/07)
LONDON -- Big business fears that the fight against climate change will cost billions are now giving way to a different view: Green can be the color of money. The United States, Europe and Japan are locked in a frantic race to cash in on the exploding business of saving the planet. London has become the center for the multibillion-dollar market in carbon emissions, attracting investors who trade carbon dioxide allowances...
Official: Afghan police free female German captive seized Saturday (08/20/07)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan police freed a female Ger­man hostage from a Kabul neighborhood and arrested a group of kidnappers early today, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. The 31-year-old aid worker was freed during a raid in the western part of the capital not far from the restaurant where she was seized Saturday while dining with her husband, Zemary Bashari said. The woman's husband was not abducted...
Israel says it will turn away Darfur refugees (08/20/07)
JERUSALEM -- Israel said Sunday it will no longer allow refugees from Darfur to stay after they sneak across the border from Egypt, drawing criticism from those who say the Jewish state is morally obliged to offer sanctuary to people fleeing mass murder...
Canadian prime minister to assert Arctic claim in summit with Bush (08/20/07)
MONTEBELLO, Quebec -- Canada's prime minister is expected to assert his nation's claim to the fabled Northwest Passage through the warming, resource-rich Arctic at talks with President Bush starting today. Canada claimed the passage in 1973, but competition to control the Arctic has intensified with global warming. ...
Relatives outraged at no word of miners (08/20/07)
XINTAI, China -- Distressed family members shouted and scuffled with guards after a third day without word on 172 miners trapped in a flooded mine in eastern China, where rescue crews began pumping water Sunday. Paramilitary police and emergency crews plugged a breach in a dike that burst Friday after heavy rains, flooding the Huayuan Mining Co. ...
Softball powers reload (08/20/07)
Notre Dame softball coach Jeff Graviett will be without his top offensive player this fall, junior leadoff hitter Paris Burger, who tore her ACL and meniscus while playing basketball July 28 and will spend the next four months recovering. "When I did it, I was so upset because I knew that there was something seriously wrong and I knew I wasn't going to be able to play," said Burger, who underwent surgery last Monday and must exercise the knee for 10 minutes of every hour she is awake. ...
2007 high school softball preview capsules (08/20/07)
Central Tigers Last year's record: 15-13 Returning Starters: Amanda Nichols, jr., pitcher; Sirena Watkins, sr., pitcher; Jenna Matthews, sr., infielder; Casey Popp, sr., infielder; Mia Russell, sr., outfield. Top Newcomers: Victoria Schabbing, soph., infield; Tori Ourth, soph., infield; Kayla Bredekant, soph., outfield; Jamie Hillier, jr., catcher; Taylre Scott, soph., catcher; Jennifer Willette, jr., infield; Cara Parkinson, jr., outfield; Lilli Robinson, jr., outfield...
Team's string of birdies proves the difference (08/20/07)
When a two-man golf team finds itself trailing by three or four shots in the final round of a tournament, it's not a bad idea for one of them to go by the name of Stalker. That is Stalker, as in stalking pins, stalking birdies and stalking the lead...
Scott wraps up Parapan Games (08/20/07)
Cape Girardeau's Susan Beth Scott added another silver medal Saturday at her first Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Scott took the silver in the 50-meter freestyle. She finished with seven medals at the Games -- one gold and six silvers...
Rams use preseason to prepare Leonard (08/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Conserving Steven Jackson for the regular season serves two purposes for the St. Louis Rams. Last year's NFL leader in combined rushing and receiving yards is fresh for the games that count, and his rookie backup, second-round pick Brian Leonard, is getting a lot of work. While Jackson had a ceremonial start in Saturday night's 30-13 loss to the Chargers, lining up for the first play and then heading for the sideline, Leonard got 19 touches...
Rain washes out Cards vs. Cubs (08/20/07)
CHICAGO -- Sunday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs was postponed following a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning. A makeup date was not immediately announced. The game was scoreless. Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, who agreed to a five-year, $91 million contract Friday, retired all nine batters he faced...
Rain postpones race to today (08/20/07)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A steady rain Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race until today. With more rain in the forecast, though, there was the possibility that the drivers would not get on track again until Tuesday morning -- or even later...
Ochoa captures second straight win (08/20/07)
Lorena Ochoa won the Canadian Women's Open for her second straight victory and fifth of the season, closing with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory over Paula Creamer. The top-ranked Mexican star, coming off her first major victory two weeks ago in the Women's British Open at St. Andrews, had a 16-under 268 total on the Royal Mayfair course in Edmonton, Alberta. She earned $337,500 for the victory...
Red Sox expand their reach in sporting world through Fenway Sports Group (08/20/07)
BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox executive Mike Dee receives almost a dozen calls during an hourlong lunch at a Fenway Park restaurant, and this is the one that really gets his attention:~ Team owners are branching into other business ventures. One of the ballclub's owners went fishing the previous day, with great success...
Developments in north Cape may spur more (08/20/07)
Anyone traveling on North Kingshighway going past Mount Auburn Road can't miss noticing that a lot of space is being prepared for development. And enough people who read my blog and comment on this column noticed that even I was prodded into going out and taking a look. The new building for Casa Mexicana, a restaurant owned by Paducah, Ky., entrepreneur Israel Delapaz, will be ready to open within the next 45 days, said Gary Helwege, developer of the site just north of the intersection...
Fantasia defies cynics with debut in 'Purple' (08/20/07)
NEW YORK -- After it was announced that Fantasia would take over the lead role in the Broadway musical "The Color Purple," she recalls her co-stars as being warm, friendly and supportive. Still, she knew in the back of their minds that they had doubt about her casting...
People on the move 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Brokerage firm names area man to board; Area man completes sales, marketing training; Jackson hair, tanning studio adds to staff; Former banker starts consulting service; Doctor joins Cape urology practice; Wood & Huston Bank hires loan officer; Southeast Missouri Hospital hires Bliss
With a future in doubt, CDs mark 25th (08/20/07)
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany. An engineering marvel at the time, today they are instantly recognizable as compact discs, a product that turned 25 years old Friday -- and whose future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital downloads...
Area homeowners squeezed by adjustable rate mortgages (08/20/07)
In July, 19 separate legal advertisements were published for foreclosure sales in Cape Girardeau County. This past Wednesday, there were nine more. Of those 28 advertisements, 25 were notices for the default on mortgage loans issued since 2001. While none of the homeowners named in the ads would speak about their circumstances when contacted, the time period involved corresponds to the period when mortgage companies were making many risky loans. ...
Thelma James (08/20/07)
Thelma B. James, 80, of Pevely, Mo., formerly of Lutesville, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Louis. She was born July 10, 1927, at Sturdivant, Mo., daughter of James Hardin and Elizabeth Fisher Walker. She and Nathan James were married Dec. 24, 1946, in Lutesville...
LaFayette McCoy (08/20/07)
LaFayette McCoy, 88, of Benton, Mo., died Sunday Aug. 19, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
William Winter (08/20/07)
William S. Winter, 89, of Cairo, Ill. died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Cairo, son of William and Margaret Strong Winter. He was married to Patricia Lyman Parks. Winter was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Cairo, where he served as church treasurer for many years and was also a member of the church vestry. ...
Larry Harris (08/20/07)
Larry E. Harris, 59, of Jackson, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 12, 1948, in Petoskey, Mich., son of Bruce and Kathryn Warren Harris. He and Joyce Riney were married June 17, 2001, in Jackson...
Charles Bixler (08/20/07)
Charles L. Bixler, 73, formerly of Canalou, Mo., and a resident of Cape Girardeau, died at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 24, 1933, at Steele, Mo., to the late Roy Lee and Addie Elizabeth Hampton Bixler. He was educated in the Canalou school system...
John Ostendorf (08/20/07)
John H. Ostendorf, 98, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 9, 1909, in Cape Girardeau County, the son of John B. and Cecelia (Millering) Ostendorf. He and Marie F. (Heisserer) Ostendorf were married May 31, 1961 at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau...
Cape fire report 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
n At 8:09 p.m., a box alarm at 415 S. Sprigg St. n At 8:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of Middle Street. n At 9:32 p.m., a river rescue at the Mississippi River. n At 10:29 p.m., a motor vehicle accident in the unit block of South Kingshighway...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Arrests; Arrests
Out of the past 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Presiding Cape Girardeau County Court Judge Gene E. Huckstep expresses disappointment at the amount recommended by Gov. Kit Bond from the first phase of the statewide bond issue for the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority; just $34,500 was included in the bond package for the port...
Pool safety (08/20/07)
If you have children who have been staying indoors during the recent heat wave, there's a good chance cabin fever has set in. It's still hot, but the young ones are begging to go outside and play. One of the few safe outdoor activities these days is swimming or wading in the backyard pool...
Speak Out 8/20/07 (08/20/07)
Big bump; Ethanol blues; City hall parking; Less tax, more money; Don't lump together; Will miss the column; Parks proposals
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