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Stories from Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Vick cards go to the dogs...and eBay (08/22/07)
Rochelle Steffen knows the value some superstar athletes' sports cards carry with collectors -- she's been dealing in the trade for years. But when the local artist and college student heard about the dog fighting charges against NFL quarterback Michael Vick, she didn't care how much his cards were worth. She let her 6-year-old Weimaraner Monte and her great Dane puppy Roxie chew them up...
Heat wave ties longevity record (08/22/07)
This year's heat wave tied a record for length this morning when the mercury climbed above 90 at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on its way to a predicted high of 99. At about 11 a.m. the temperature stood at 93. Along with the heat, continued dry weather throughout the region has put many area counties under a "red flag" warning about the potential fire hazard caused by dry grass and underbrush, gusty winds and low humidity. ...
Biodiesel's challenge (08/22/07)
LILBOURN, Mo. -- The tan metal building at the edge of the Lilbourn city limits is nondescript -- just another metal building, this one in the shadow of a water tower with a grouping of large, shiny, vertical metal tanks outside. This is farm country, where corn and bean fields stretch for miles through flatlands; where tractors are as plentiful as cars; and where metal buildings are used to store just about anything. ...
3 charged in Lilbourn robbery (08/22/07)
Three suspects believed to be responsible for the bombing hoax that tied up Cape Girardeau police for hours last week were charged Tuesday in connection with a bank robbery in Lilbourn, Mo. Keith D. Moon, 18, Darnell W. Moon, 19, both of Cape Girardeau, and Lance L. Lewis, 21, of Sikeston, Mo., are being held in the New Madrid County Jail on $150,000 cash bonds. They face charges of armed criminal action and first-degree robbery...
University enrollment goes up by 21 percent (08/22/07)
Southeast Missourian Freshmen enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University shot up nearly 21 percent from last year, according to a preliminary report compiled after Monday, the first day of classes for the fall 2007 semester. There were 1,826 freshmen enrolled to start this week, up from 1,514 at this time in 2006...
Six arrested in Cape Girardeau drug bust (08/22/07)
Cape Girardeau police were alerted to suspicious activity on Rampart Street by a reliable source: police chief Carl Kinnison. Tuesday afternoon, six people were taken into police custody. Because charges were pending, none has been identified by police...
River Campus beech biggest in state (08/22/07)
The massive American beech tree showcased in the River Campus park casts a long shadow. It is the largest of its species in the state, with a circumference of 16 feet and a height of 100 feet. The American beech was part of a tradition for young men attending St. Vincent's Seminary, which operated between the 1843 and 1910 in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 8/22/07 (08/22/07)
Ordinances n Approved 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. n Amended Schedule K of section 26-121 of the city code by placing a yield sign on Third Street at the LaCruz Street intersection...
Volunteer parking task force planned (08/22/07)
Debra Tracy is thrilled the city of Cape Girardeau is forming a task force to study the city's parking ordinance. But she won't be on it. Neither will John Voss. The two city council members pushed to fix the seasonal parking problems experienced by residents living around Southeast Missouri State University. Voss proposed an ordinance increasing parking fines from $10 to $50 but agreed to table the measure in favor of some citywide fact finding...
Biodiesel draws less environmental concern than ethanol (08/22/07)
Compared to another biofuel in the news today, the production of biodiesel has far less impact on the environment. Where ethanol must be carefully regulated for air emissions and water discharge of chemicals that are hazardous to human health, the common biodiesel facility in Missouri today doesn't. And biodiesel production doesn't require huge amounts of water that lead to concerns about depleted natural resources, like ethanol production does...
St. Louis cites seventh heat-related death (08/22/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 74-year-old man found in his home is the seventh St. Louis resident to die from the August heat wave, the city said Wednesday. The victim's name was not released. His body was found Monday. The mayor's office said the man had an air conditioner, but it was turned off...
Devlin arraignment in St. Louis County now Sept. 19 (08/22/07)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Accused kidnapper Michael Devlin will be arraigned on St. Louis County charges Sept. 19, his lawyers said Wednesday. Devlin had been scheduled for arraignment Wednesday, but the procedure was delayed at the request of attorneys Ethan Corlija and Michael Kielty. He will remain jailed in St. Louis County until the arraignment...
New Mo. proposal seeks to ban certain embryotic stem cell research (08/22/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new group is proposing a ballot measure asking Missourians to outlaw a certain form of human embryonic stem cell research. The group Cures Without Cloning has filed the ballot language with the secretary of state's office. The intent is reverse part of a constitutional amendment narrowly approved by voters last year...
Missouri student fighting deportation (08/22/07)
ON HER OWN: Gonzalez's parents were deported to Costa Rica two years ago, but she has been granted three one-year deferments. DREAM ACT: The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, would allow about 50,000 undocumented students who entered the country before age 16 the chance to become permanent residents if they attend college or enlist in the military, but it is considered a long shot to pass Congress this year...
Supreme Court overturns death penalty in Cape woman's murder (08/22/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Southeast Missouri man facing two death sentences got one of them lifted Tuesday by the state Supreme Court because it had been imposed by a judge. The Missouri Supreme Court resentenced Andrew Lyons, 49, to life in prison for the September 1992 murder of Evelyn Sparks, of Cape Gir-ardeau, who was the mother of his girlfriend...
Appeals court upholds ban on Bible distribution to fifth-graders (08/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling that prohibited the distribution of Bibles to grade school students in a southern Missouri school district. At issue was a long-held practice at South Iron Elementary School in Annapolis, 60 miles west of Cape Girardeau, in which Gideons International representatives came to fifth-grade classrooms and gave away Bibles. ...
Time running out for Missouri student fighting deportation (08/22/07)
WASHINGTON -- When immigration reform legislation collapsed in the Senate earlier this year, 21-year-old Marie Gonzalez saw her hopes of living the American dream fade away, too. Absent a dramatic turnaround in Congress, the Missouri college student turned immigration activist will be deported to Costa Rica next year to join her parents in a bittersweet reunion...
Attorneys general urge federal crackdown on energy drink claims (08/22/07)
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Beverage companies that sell alcoholic energy drinks were harshly criticized Tuesday by more than two dozen state attorneys general who want federal officials to examine the ingredients and marketing of the drinks they say are aimed at underage customers...
Law sheds light on what drug companies spend on advisers (08/22/07)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A groundbreaking Minnesota law is shining a rare light into the big money that drug companies spend on members of state advisory panels who help select which drugs are used in Medicaid programs for the poor and disabled. Those panels, most comprised of physicians, hold great sway over the $28 billion spent on drugs each year for Medicaid patients nationwide. ...
Gouged space shuttle Endeavour lands safely in Fla. (08/22/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth safely Tuesday, ending a nearly two-week orbital drama that centered on a deep gouge in the shuttle's belly and an early homecoming prompted by a hurricane. The gouge looks only slightly worse than it did in orbit, said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's space operations chief. The exposed felt material, the last barrier before the shuttle's aluminum frame, did not char, he said...
Officials clear way for debris removal from collapse site (08/22/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- With all the victims believed to have been recovered, federal investigators gave state transportation officials clearance Tuesday to pull away the concrete deck of the collapsed interstate bridge. The cleanup and rebuilding steps kicked into a higher gear a day after divers pulled the body of construction worker Gregory Jolstad from the Mississippi River, about three weeks after the eight-lane bridge fell Aug. 1...
Florida fugitive found skinny dipping in Hudson River in upstate New York (08/22/07)
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- A Florida fugitive was captured Monday after authorities found him skinny dipping in the Hudson River, police said. An officer found a car Sunday night at a park site in upstate New York that closes at dusk. Police spotted clothing and a wallet in the car and began a search, eventually moving to the water...
Midwest, Plains residents try to recover from flooding, storms blamed for 20 deaths (08/22/07)
RUSHFORD, Minn. -- Across southeastern Minnesota, surreal sights greeted the weary residents who returned to water-logged homes hoping to retrieve pets or medicine. Orange Xs marked buildings that had been searched for survivors. Canoes lay in the streets. At a campground in Houston County, picnic tables hung from trees...
Arm-wrestling game recalled in Japan after arms are broken (08/22/07)
TOKYO -- Lose a game of chess to a computer, and you could bruise your ego. Lose an arm-wrestling match to a Japanese arcade machine, and you could break your arm. Distributor Atlus Co. said Tuesday it will remove all 150 "Arm Spirit" arm wrestling machines from Japanese arcades after three players broke their arms grappling with the machine's mechanized appendage...
Hurricane Dean heads toward Gulf of Mexico oil installations (08/22/07)
FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico -- Hurricane Dean swept across the Yucatan peninsula Tuesday, toppling trees, power lines and houses as it bore down on the heart of Mexico's oil industry. Glitzy resorts on the Mayan Riviera were spared, but vulnerable Mayan villages were exposed to the full fury of one of history's most intense storms...
Chinese officials attempt to silence angry families of trapped miners (08/22/07)
XINTAI, China -- Officials increased the pressure on the distraught families of 181 trapped miners Tuesday, deploying riot police, threats and money to silence their angry demands for answers to what caused the disaster. The Huayuan mine flooded Friday, trapping 172 workers underground. Nine others are missing in a nearby mine run by a different company...
OVC's shortest player provides spark for Redhawks (08/22/07)
Molly Davis, the shortest volleyball player in the Ohio Valley Conference, admitted with a smile Tuesday that she's not quite as tall as advertised. "I'm 5-1 1/2, but I go by 5-2," said the Southeast Missouri State sophomore during media day at Houck Field House. "It's what I am with my shoes on, and it sounds better."...
Jackson tennis defeats Bluff to collect first win of season (08/22/07)
After losing its season opener earlier this week, the Jackson girls tennis team earned its first victory Tuesday, defeating Poplar Bluff 8-1. Chelsea Jones, Maura Neader, Ellyn Beil, Alison Keiper and Raechel Batz all won their singles matches for the Indians. Jackson's only loss was by No. 1 Erinne Haff, who was defeated by Morgan Allen 8-3...
Southeast volleyball 2007 schedule (08/22/07)
Aug. 24 -- vs. Ohio State, 4 p.m.& Aug. 25 -- at Ball State, 11:30 a.m., vs. Maine, 4 p.m.& Aug. 31 -- at North Florida, 6 p.m.$ Sept. 1 -- vs. Weber State, 9:30 a.m., vs. Texas-San Antonio, 3 p.m.$ Sept. 7 -- at St. Louis, 7 p.m% Sept. 8 -- vs. Connecticut, 1:30 p.m., vs. IUPUI, 4:30 p.m%...
Southeast volleyball hopes to build on strong finish to 2006 season (08/22/07)
A somewhat up-and-down 2006 Southeast Missouri State volleyball season nearly ended on a total upswing. The Redhawks, after barely slipping into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the sixth and final seed, made it all the way to the championship match...
Lyles to play professional basketball (08/22/07)
Lachelle Lyles failed to land a spot in the WNBA. But the former Southeast Missouri State star is still going to play professional basketball. Lyles recently signed a contract with a team in Sweden. She leaves Oct. 22, with the squad's first game set for Oct. 28...
Falcons left dealing with Vick fallout (08/22/07)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons are hurt and confused. They're struggling to comprehend how the guy they knew as a star on the field and a friend in the locker room could have gotten himself into this much trouble. At least the uncertainty is gone. The players who once lined up with Michael Vick know he's gone -- and probably never coming back...
Wilkins will kick off his preseason Friday against the Raiders (08/22/07)
ST. LOUIS -- After sitting out the first two preseason games, Jeff Wilkins will be on the field Friday when the Rams play the Raiders in Oakland. Plans are for Wilkins to handle all kickoffs and place-kicking chores. The 14-year veteran nicknamed "Money" by former coach Mike Martz for his consistency and ability to perform under pressure devised a training camp regimen in which he doesn't kick until Game 3 of the preseason...
Kurt Busch wins rare Tuesday race in Michigan (08/22/07)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kurt Busch is staying out of trouble these days, no longer making waves as a NASCAR bad boy. After Busch won for the second time in three races, prevailing in a rare Tuesday NASCAR event after two days of rain postponements at Michigan International Speedway, he gave most of the credit for the change of attitude to team owner Roger Penske...
Chiefs give extension to holdout RB Johnson (08/22/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Holdout running back Larry Johnson agreed to a six-year contract extension and joined the Kansas City Chiefs for practice Tuesday, surprising teammates who broke into scattered cheers when he jogged unannounced onto the field. "Lar-ry! Lar-ry," many players chanted. They had already been practicing for about 45 minutes when No. 27 suddenly appeared in their midst and began running plays...
Vick could stillface state charges (08/22/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Vick's legal troubles might not end with his guilty plea to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. The NFL star still faces the possibility of prosecution in state court, where the punishment could far exceed the maximum five years in prison that he could get from U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson...
Good or bad, Midwest is frozen pizza capital (08/22/07)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- If you live in the Midwest, chances are you've got a couple frozen pizzas at home. And probably a few more on your shopping list. You might even be chewing a mouthful of one now. The odds are good because the typical Midwesterner ate frozen pizza 22 times last year -- a rate nearly double the national average of about 13 times a year, according to a study by a New York market research firm...
Home briefs (08/22/07)
HOME Q. I have oil spots on my driveway that I can't get rid of for anything. I have used cleaners from hardware stores, cat litter, pressure washing and more. What can I do? A. You might try muriatic acid (pool acid). Muriatic acid comes in both liquid and powdered form. ...
A fishy dish (08/22/07)
As promised from last week, I have several fresh whitefish recipes for you to try and add to your recipe collections. I pulled all of these recipes from the cookbooks I purchased while on our vacation to the Great Lakes area. The fish was so fresh and delicious we had fish nearly every evening cooked in a variety of ways. Enjoy!...
Brown lawns lie dormant, not dead (08/22/07)
I have written about lawn seeding several times, but the subject still seems to be on the minds of many gardeners. I am writing this column Sunday. Even today I have had three individuals mention the problems they are having with their lawn. It is "dead." Or "It is so brown it is dead." Or "The only thing growing in my lawn is weeds."...
MTV Networks, RealNetworks, Verizon announce new music service (08/22/07)
SEATTLE -- Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks and digital media company RealNetworks announced Tuesday a digital music joint venture that will compete with Apple's dominant trinity of the iTunes store, iPod player and iPhone. MTV will merge its Urge music service into the Rhapsody offering from RealNetworks Inc. The new offering will be accessible on computers and music players and integrated with Verizon Wireless' VCast multimedia service for cell phones...
Agnes Schott (08/22/07)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Agnes Ruth "Duck" Schott, 82, of Ste. Genevieve died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Ste. Genevieve Care Center. She was born April 11, 1925, in Perryville, Mo., daughter of Thomas and Evelyn Tucker Elder. She married Michael B. Schott Jr., who preceded her in death...
Melvin Schlichting (08/22/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Melvin W. Schlichting, 84, of Anna died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born June 30, 1923, at Wittenberg, Mo., son of Karl and Marie Mangels Schlichting. He and Frances Deming were married Feb. 7, 1948, in Anna. She died Aug. 16, 2002...
Eddie Phillips (08/22/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Eddie Merle Phillips, 66, of Thebes died Monday, Aug. 20, 20007, at his home. He was born Feb. 20, 1941, in Paducah, Ky., son of Jesse and Anna B. Wilson Phillips. Phillips was a retired farm laborer. Survivors include a sister, Bernice Range of Jamestown, N.Y., and a brother, Ralph Phillips of Thebes...
Margaret Aldridge (08/22/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Margaret Elizabeth Aldridge, 87, of Decatur, Ill., formerly of Cobden and Anna, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at Fairhaven Christian Home in Decatur. She was born Sept. 7, 1919, in Cobden, daughter of Thomas and Nellie Hankla Aldridge...
Harold Sietman (08/22/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Harold "Bud" Sietman, 79, of Oran died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 13, 1927, at Oran, son of Henry B. and Anna Marie Swingler Sietman. Sietman was a retired self-employed farmer. He was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church and St. Joseph Sodality...
Don Weeks (08/22/07)
Don Green Weeks, 71, of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, surrounded by his family, following a battle with cancer. Don was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Harrisburg, Ark., son of Herman and Alona Weeks. He and Vi Dunaway were married July 4, 1966, at Branson, Mo...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/22/07 (08/22/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage
Cape fire report 8/22/07 (08/22/07)
n At 7:24 a.m., an alarm sounding at 211 St. Francis Drive. n At 7:38 a.m., a medical assist in the 1000 block of South Ellis Street. n At 1:36 p.m., a special alarm in the 400 block of Broadview Street...
Out of the past 8/22/07 (08/22/07)
The annual homecoming of Trinity Methodist Church at Delta, also known as the "Little German Church," is celebrated; a basket dinner is served at noon, and a worship service follows, with the Rev. Ralph Lester of the Church of God of Prophecy at Delta as the guest speaker...
Inspiring summit (08/22/07)
Recently Wendy and I flew to Chicago to visit our daughter Holly, her husband (who is our family's corporate business attorney) Rich Payne, and three of our 12 grandchildren (Reagan, Robyn and Morgan). The major timing for the trip centered on Willow Creek Church's leadership summit. Rich and Holly are active with this church and its mission, which motivated them to move to the Chicago area years ago...
Top gymnasts (08/22/07)
In the gymnastics world, the word "amplitude" is used when a gymnast performs a skill bigger or better than other gymnasts. So we shall borrow from the gymnast glossary to describe the Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics team. The Redhawk women displayed impressive amplitude when it was announced last week that the team had the top grade-point average in the nation. A perfect 10, if you will...
Speak Out 8/22/07 (08/22/07)
Paying for repairs; No difference; Hot and cold; Delightful show; Safety bump; Taking it back; Not a good idea; Still have to win
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