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BBQ Fest kicks off tonight (08/24/07)
Southeast Missourian The 15th annual BBQ Fest kicks off tonight with the showmanship contest at 7:30 p.m. at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. Mac's Smokehouse will have concessions open to 9 p.m., and Port Cape Girardeau will have full bar available. The park closes at 11 p.m...
Blunt sets Feb. 5 for special election to fill House seat (08/24/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt set an election date of Feb. 5 to fill Cape Girardeau's seat in the Missouri House. The 158th District seat became vacant Aug. 14 when Nathan Cooper, a Republican, resigned after pleading guilty to two federal felony counts for immigration fraud...
Mercury rises, record falls (08/24/07)
Southeast Missouri has a new standard by which to judge heat waves. Thursday marked the 29th day that the temperature reached at least 90 degrees, breaking the record set in 1983. Outdoor workers all across the region have had to adjust. Others, however, have had no trouble keeping their cool...
Missouri drops wait for marriage license (08/24/07)
Couples in a fever once went to Las Vegas to get married. More than 30 chapels, no waiting. Now, why bother? Tuesday, Missouri joins some 30 other states that have stopped making couples wait to get a marriage license. Couples have been required to make two trips to the recorder of deeds office, one to apply for the license and another at least three days later to receive the license...
New Hamburg farm chosen for filming national television ad (08/24/07)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- With the engine idle, Tim Essner sat in his pickup truck and waited for his cue. "Truck ready to roll ... and action!" the director yelled through a walkie-talkie radio. Essner sped down the dirt road in his pickup truck, leaving a cloud of dust for the camera to capture. He repeated the drive about 10 times...
Transitional housing project given tax credits (08/24/07)
A Cape Girardeau organization that hopes to build a transitional housing project in downtown Cape Girardeau has been awarded $185,050 in tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced the approval Thursday for Caruthers Street Charities Inc., the name Project Hope operates under as a tax-exempt organization...
Rail bridges privately inspected (08/24/07)
While the details of a recent safety inspection of the Mississippi River bridge at Chester, Ill., will eventually be made public, that's not the case for the railroad bridge crossing at Thebes, Ill. The difference is, highway bridges are funded by taxpayers and subject to government regulations. ...
Citywide yard sale to be held next weekend in Scott City (08/24/07)
The Scott City Chamber of Commerce expects this year's edition of the annual citywide yard sale to be bigger and better than those in the past, said yard sale organizer and chamber member Chaundra Mason. Mason, owner of Paradise Flowers in Scott City, said she hopes for more interest in this year's sale, because the chamber of commerce advertised the event in newspapers outside the immediate area as well as locally. ...
Baby who died in hot car in St. Louis identified (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis police identify the baby who died in a hot car as 7-month-old Sophia Knutsen of Richmond Heights. Meanwhile, authorities say an investigation continues. Sophia died yesterday, apparently after her parents became confused about who was caring for the child. Her father is Russell Knutsen, a medical school research analyst. Her mother is Doctor Beth Ann Kozel, a staff physician at St. Louis Children's Hospital...
Permit issued for Southwest Missouri chicken farm near state park (08/24/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- State regulators have issued an operating permit for a large-scale chicken farm near Roaring River State Park that is opposed by some neighbors. Critics of the chicken houses that will hold over 65,000 birds pledged to appeal the permit...
Sedalia woman dies in house fire (08/24/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A 91-year-old Sedalia woman died in a house fire, authorities said. M. "Lucille" Shepard died of smoke inhalation at her home Wednesday evening, said Pettis County Coroner Robert "Skip" Smith. Firefighters found Shepard in a utility room near a back door after the fire started in a living room between an end table and chair. Investigators haven't determined a cause of the fire...
Change could be costly for some living near Mississippi River (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal remapping process could mean that thousands of Missouri and Illinois residents living along the Mississippi River pay more for flood insurance. Currently, homeowners in areas behind levees protecting against 100-year floods are exempt from having to purchase flood insurance. That may change, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday...
Couple admits robbing Hannibal bank (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An Illinois man and his girlfriend admit in federal court to robbing a Hannibal bank. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway credits what she calls the "brave actions of a customer" in leading to the apprehension of 25-year-old Clarence Waters of Rockville, Illinois, and 21-year-old Shiaji-Shima Skuko Small of Monroe City, Missouri...
Republicans stick with Blunt's plan for economic development (08/24/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Republicans deferred to Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday, endorsing the economic development package he outlined while refusing to even allow discussion on various Democratic efforts to tinker with its details. Democrats decried majority Republicans for using heavy-handed tactics, claiming lawmakers were ceding their constitutional power to make laws to the executive branch and reducing the special legislative session to a sham...
Ill. mine amasses infractions, fines (08/24/07)
GALATIA, Ill. -- An Illinois mine run by the company that co-owns the Utah coal mine where six workers are trapped had more safety-related fines in the first half of this year than all of Illinois' 10 other underground coal mines combined, according to a published report...
Governor OKs most of budget (08/24/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- After 23 days, Illinois finally has a state budget -- or most of one. Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the roughly $60 billion budget into law Thursday, except for $463 million that he called "special pet projects and other spending that we simply can't afford."...
Study: Mo. not in compliance with voter registration laws (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A new report from voting rights activists criticizes Missouri state agencies for allegedly ignoring a federal voter registration program. The report claims that state agencies do not comply with the so-called "Motor-Voter" law, which requires agencies to offer voter registration to clients...
Baby found dead in car parked at St. Louis medical school (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A 7-month-old baby was found dead in the heat of a parked car Thursday on a parking lot at the Washington University School of Medicine, authorities said. The child's parents are a doctor and a medical researcher at the university. Their names and the child's name have not been released...
Researchers induce out-of-body experiences for studies (08/24/07)
WASHINGTON -- The stories seem strange but riveting. A heart attack victim recalls floating in the air, watching paramedics revive him. A surgical patient remembers hovering, watching the doctors operate. Such widely reported out-of-body experiences have long been the territory of theology, philosophy and scary movies...
Two firefighters injured by falling equipment at troubled WTC building (08/24/07)
NEW YORK -- Part of the scaffolding surrounding a condemned skyscraper at the World Trade Center site fell Thursday, injuring two firefighters, fire officials said. It was the same building where two other firefighters died in a blaze last week. The demolition work on the former Deutsche Bank skyscraper had been suspended after Saturday's fire, but workers were still busy Thursday removing toxic debris from its remaining 26 stories...
Army secretary rules out extending Iraq deployments (08/24/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Army's top civilian leader said Thursday he sees "no possibility" of extending soldiers' 15-month Iraq tours, reflecting concern about mounting strains on soldiers and their families as well as an emerging expectation that the troop buildup in Iraq can be reversed next year...
Senate announces plans for review of mine safety (08/24/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Even as crews began a last effort Thursday to find six trapped miners, lawmakers in Washington launched separate reviews of whether the mining that preceded the thunderous cave-in was too aggressive. As a drill bored a sixth hole into the side of a mountain, Sen. Edward Kennedy, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, demanded a litany of documents from the Labor Department about the Crandall Canyon Mine and its operators...
Remains of last Russian czar's heir may have been found (08/24/07)
MOSCOW -- The remains of the last czar's hemophiliac son and heir to the Russian throne, missing since the royal family was gunned down nine decades ago by Bolsheviks in a basement room, may have been found, an archaeologist said Thursday. Bones were found in a burned area in the ground near Yekaterinburg, the city where Czar Nicholas II and his wife and children were held prisoner and then shot in 1918...
Jackson softball posts win over Kennett (08/24/07)
The Jackson softball team improved to 2-0 this season with its victory over Kennett on Thursday. Jessica Tuschhoff struck out nine batters to help Jackson pick up the 6-1 road win. Kelci Kieth went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs, a stolen base and a home run, while Brittany Feeney had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs, one RBI and four stolen bases for the Indians...
Area teams will have artificial start at jamborees (08/24/07)
The St. Vincent football program hasn't stepped on an artificial surface to play football since its victory in the 2004 Class 1 state championship football game at the Edward Jones Dome. The Indians will take to the FieldTurf in Hillsboro tonight with a very good reason...
No jam for Rams: Scott City opts for scrimmage instead of usual jamboree (08/24/07)
Scott City football coach Ronnie Jones does not subscribe to the theory that you have to hit an opposing player or two this week to be ready for next week. Senior lineman Eric Lutes agrees. The Rams will not be going to a jamboree tonight, as its first-year coach instead opted for a Thursday night scrimmage billed as "Meet the Rams."...
Area sports digest 8/24/07 (08/24/07)
Jones wins tourney at Cape Girardeau C.C. Marlena Jones took first place in the handicap tournament Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. Mary Ann Vogelsang was second, followed by Betty Michel. There was a five-way tie for fourth place between Mary Ellen Bean, Edna Ruth Fischer, Priscilla Kirby, Deb Mealy and Janet White...
Reyes gets slammed again (08/24/07)
Josh Willingham homered twice with a career-best six RBIs, including a grand slam in the third inning, helping the Florida Marlins stop an eight-game losing streak with an 11-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. Albert Pujols was 0-for-3 with a popup, line out to center and groundout, ending his streak of homering in a career-best five consecutive games when he was lifted after the sixth. Pujols' RBI streak also ended at seven games, during which he drove in eight runs...
Tigers conduct final scrimmage before opener (08/24/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel gave most of his starters the day off Thursday in the Tigers' final scrimmage before their season opener Sept. 1 in St. Louis against Illinois. Seven starters sat out on offense and four on defense. The list of idled players included quarterback Chase Daniel, running back Tony Temple and the tight end tandem of Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker...
Cubs acquire Monroe from Tigers (08/24/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Craig Monroe quickly found himself back in a pennant race Thursday when the Detroit Tigers traded the slumping outfielder and cash to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Despite hitting only .222 before Detroit designated him for assignment last Friday, Monroe was productive against left-handed pitching. That's how Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to use him...
USTA hires security firm to prevent gambling scandal (08/24/07)
The U.S. Open hired a security firm run by a former New York City police commissioner, set up a whistle-blower hotline and is taking other steps to make sure it doesn't wind up with a gambling scandal. In the wake of a recent betting investigation in tennis and a former NBA referee's admission he gambled on games he officiated, the U.S. Tennis Association decided "to see if there's something more that we can do," USTA senior director of communications Chris Widmaier said Thursday...
Wie readies for dorm life, Safeway Classic (08/24/07)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Michelle Wie is all about the drama. No, not when it comes to golf. She's looking forward to her first year at Stanford and getting assigned recently to the freshman dorm. "I think I would be missing out on college life if I didn't stay in the freshman dorm," she said. "I think that's where all the drama happens, everything happens."...
Major difference (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS -- It's no mystery to Brendan Ryan why he's been a much better hitter with the St. Louis Cardinals than in the minor leagues. The rookie middle infielder has pushed his way into regular playing time at three positions on a team that's back in the hunt for another postseason appearance. Ryan, 25, was batting .348 with four home runs in 89 at-bats, impressive numbers with surprising power given his .272 average with only one homer in 323 at-bats for Class AAA Memphis...
Pujols attempts to play through hamstring injury (08/24/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols showed St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa he could play under control in 2003, avoiding cutting loose with throws from left field to prevent blowing out his elbow. So La Russa has no doubt that Pujols, who felt one side go numb from a high hamstring injury Wednesday night, can be just as careful now. The Cardinals' star was in the lineup and batting third Thursday against the Florida Marlins with orders to take it easy on the basepaths...
Raiders plan to audition third QB vs. Rams (08/24/07)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- For most teams, the third exhibition game is the chance to give the starters their most time on the playing field during the preseason. The Oakland Raiders are still figuring out who that will be at the most important position on the field heading into the third preseason game against the St. Louis Rams tonight...
Author inspired by Jewish childhood in Cape Girardeau (08/24/07)
Harry Samuels hasn't lived in Cape Girardeau for almost 60 years. But his experience growing up in Cape Girardeau's small Jewish minority has served as a lifelong inspiration for the Memphis, Tenn., businessman -- an inspiration he didn't even realized had shaped him so much until he compiled a history of Cape Girardeau's Jewish community for the Memphis Historical Society several years ago...
Everyone's a critic: 'The Invasion' (08/24/07)
One star (out of four) "The Invasion" has, to say the least (I will try), an interesting story line. The premise of the movie, another alien invasion, is not a new concept. The writers used the same concept from years past and gave it a new twist: The aliens invade via a germ passed to next person by bodily fluids. ...
Artifacts 8/24/07 (08/24/07)
Blue Man Group to perform in Carbondale; Arts council to feature river art, photography; MercyMe to perform at Black River Coliseum; Arts council accepting arts, crafts applications; Fair accepting entries for art, photo contests; Jackson to host classic rock, Motown concert; Thurman will have solo show in September; Hiway Rodders host car show in Perryville; -- From staff reports
Thanks for tomatoes (08/24/07)
It's too early for Thanksgiving, but there's no time like the present for giving thanks, especially to all those generous gardeners who have shared the bounty of this year's tomato crop. In spite of the recent heat wave, the tomatoes keep arriving. ...
A lump of coal this Christmas (08/24/07)
The past three Christmas seasons have been a magical time at the Show Me Center. Each of those years, one of the biggest visual and sound spectaculars in the country visited the venue, bringing a little Christmas entertainment magic to a place where concerts, especially of this sort, are not an everyday occurrence. But this year the Christmas magic will not visit the Show Me Center, as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra apparently has no plans to perform here...
At the theaters (08/24/07)
New at the theaters: 'Balls of Fury'; 'Mr. Bean's Holiday'; 'The Nanny Diaries'; 'Resurrecting the Champ'; 'September Dawn'; 'War'; STILL PLAYING: 'Becoming Jane'; 'Bourne Ultimatum'; 'Daddy Daycamp'; 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'; 'The Invasion'; 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'; 'Knocked Up'; 'No Reservations'; 'Ratatouille'; 'Rush Hour 3'; 'The Simpsons Movie'; 'Stardust'; 'Superbad'; 'Transformers'; 'Underdog'
Ringo Starr talks about his new album, aging and staying current in the rock scene (08/24/07)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Forget "When I'm 64." Ringo Starr has that age in his rearview mirror. But the 67-year-old ex-Beatle still has the musical drive and looks of a rock 'n' roller half his age. And he acts it, too. Seated in a swank hotel room in Beverly Hills, Starr looked slender in a blazer and slim-fit jeans flecked with blue pen scratches...
Earlene Meystedt (08/24/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Earlene Meystedt, 71, of Anna died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Carrier Mills Nursing Home in Carrier Mills, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Ernest Cutright (08/24/07)
Ernest Lee Cutright Sr., 65, of Montgomery City, Mo., died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo. He was born June 24, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, son of Delzie and Hazel Jones Cutright. He and Ruth Horwitz were married Feb. 15, 1964, in Cape Girardeau...
Catherine Reynolds (08/24/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Catherine Irene Reynolds, 87, of Cobden died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at City Care Center in Anna, Ill. She was born July 2, 1920, in Alto Pass, Ill., daughter of Marion and Florence Horstford Milton. She and Esta Esko Reynolds were married June 3, 1939, in Jackson. He died Feb. 22, 1984...
Pauline Bumgardaner (08/24/07)
PERKINS, Mo. -- Pauline Bumgardaner, 88, of Perkins died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Brown (08/24/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary Kathleen Brown, 78, of Cairo died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Springfield, Mo., daughter of Leo and Ellen Beland Baudino. She married Charles W. Brown Sr., who died in 1985...
Jesse Kutz (08/24/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jesse S. Kutz, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 22, 1920, at Biehle, Mo., son of Henry and Rosa Dosenbach Kutz. He and Mary L. Pingel were married April 22, 1946, at Biehle...
Ilda McDowell (08/24/07)
Ilda McDowell, 96, of Fruitland died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 4, 1911, in the Dogwood community, daughter of Lawrence Monroe and Ella Heuer Shaner. She and Robert Lee McDowell were married Dec. 31, 1931...
Births 8/24/07 (08/24/07)
Trankler; Pool; McCoy; Williams; Widner; Mackins; Putz; Thomasson; Allen
Cape/Jackson police report 8/24/07 (08/24/07)
Arrests
Out of the past 8/24/07 (08/24/07)
A raging fire believed to have been caused by an exterior neon sign destroyed the once popular Purple Crackle Club in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., yesterday; damage to the night club is put at $700,000 to $800,000 by its owner, Clyde "Bud" Pearce Jr., who says it likely would cost $1 million to rebuild...
Heat safety (08/24/07)
Breaking records is more fun when the statistics involve sports rather than a heat wave. But a heat wave is what has been lingering over Southeast Missouri for nearly a month. The record for the longest string of days with temperatures 90 degrees or about -- 28 days set in 1983 -- was matched Wednesday. However, these records have only been kept since 1960. Thursday was a scorcher near 100 degrees, and the forecast for today and into next week is for more of the same...
Speak Out 8/24/07 (08/24/07)
We've got it; Ethanol's toll; Not so smug now; Some solution; Deserves worse; Not so funny; Still a thug; Dangerous skateboarding; Praise for teachers; Amazing production; Using the children; The rapture; Construction speeding; Caught by the camera; Frequent stops; Praying doctor
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