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Stories from Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Survivors making new lives in Cape (09/04/07)
Felix Lewis spent the night of Aug. 29, 2005, sleeping in water up to his chest. So did his mother, Lillie Mae Harris, and his then-17-year-old son Felix. Hurricane Katrina had filled his Ninth Ward house with greasy dark water. The next day her grandson, a lifeguard, helped Harris leave to look for help. "We walked that water," she recalled. "It reminded me of the Bible." Eventually they made it to hell -- the sweltering Superdome, where only chaos was in charge...
New program offers peace of mind through p.o. boxes (09/04/07)
Missouri passed new legislation intended to ensure that victims of domestic violence, rape, stalking or sexual assault won't be living in fear of retaliation for reporting such crimes or constantly looking over their shoulders for their assailants...
Police keep eye on turn lanes (09/04/07)
Jackson police have issued a new directive ordering that turn-only lanes be used as they were intended: for turning. According to police, drivers rely on center turn lanes such as those on East Jackson Boulevard as merge lanes for those turning left off a side street or entrance. Such practice is illegal and unsafe, police said...
Local volunteers help with recovery from Midwest flooding (09/04/07)
While Southeast Missouri suffered through drought conditions in late August, states in the northern Midwest were hit by torrents of rain that caused flooding and the loss of homes, businesses and lives in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. The American Red Cross of Southeast Missouri sent volunteers to help with the aftermath of the storms. Two Cape Girardeau County residents and a Stoddard County couple expect to return next week from their volunteer disaster deployment in Wisconsin...
Work in progress (09/04/07)
Jackson High School is the site of a major construction project, but for students, life goes on as normal. As the bell rings, students flood into the main corridor, seemingly unaware of the construction workers on the roof of their new arts complex or of the incomplete steel beams above their heads. The beams will eventually connect most of the six buildings on campus under one roof...
Cape library plans events for month (09/04/07)
The Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library Foundation will hold its annual book sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Members of the organization may attend the 5 to 6 p.m. preview Friday. Anyone may join the group at the door for a minimum of $15. Hardcover books, paperbacks and books on tape are available. Proceeds will benefit special library projects sponsored by the Friends Foundation...
Community digest 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
Elementary student raises money for Sahara An Oak Ridge fifth-grade student, Brittany Amschler, held a cookie sale during recess to help collect money for the Sahara Aldridge Slam-Dunk Cancer Fund during the 2006-2007 school year. She was able to collect more than $250. For more information about Sahara Aldridge, visit www.saharaaldridge.com....
Child advocacy group looks to grow (09/04/07)
Court Appointed Special Advocates, an organization that works in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties to represent the best interests of children in court, is looking to train new members this month. CASA volunteers act as officers of the court, trying to empower children one at a time...
Local teen charged with desertion (09/04/07)
Southeast Missourian Chabresha R. Egson, 19, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested and charged last week with U.S. millitary desertion. Egson attended Central High School, and graduated in 2006. She completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., in March...
At least four Labor Day weekend drownings in Missouri (09/04/07)
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man is dead after a failed attempt to help two girls who got into trouble while swimming in Smithville Lake. The Missouri State Water Patrol says 20-year-old Jorge Hernandez-Garcia drowned late Monday afternoon after going into the lake to help the girls who had stepped into water over their heads. Officers said Hernandez-Garcia went underwater and did not resurface...
Federal government asks Mo. to review failing schools (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal team detailed dozens of problems with Missouri schools in a report last month, both minor infractions and major concerns about underperforming schools. The U.S. Department of Education said Missouri should review every school and district that has not met standardized testing benchmarks more than two years in a row. That is about 200 schools and 167 districts, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
Counselors available after Chesterfield kindergartner dies (09/04/07)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- School counselors are on hand to help grieving students at a Chesterfield elementary school, after a kindergartner was struck and killed crossing the street with his mother in St. Louis. Police are investigating, after reports that the driver may have run the stop sign on Friday. The boy's mother was not hurt...
Teenager killed in small plane crash in Mo. (09/04/07)
UNION STAR, Mo. -- A teenager was killed when the Cessna airplane he was piloting crashed into the backyard of a home in northwest Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said student pilot Waylon Kirtley, 17, of Union Star, was killed when the single-engine plane crashed about 3 p.m. Sunday about two miles south of Union Star. The 1974 Cessna 172M Skyhawk had no passengers and no one in the home was injured, said patrol Cpl. Corey Root...
Mo. wineries expect tiny yield after freeze, birds (09/04/07)
ST. JAMES, Mo. -- A combination of the Easter freeze and increased losses of fruit to birds has left Missouri's wineries predicting a tiny harvest this year and big economic losses. Vineyards across the state are reporting 85 to 100 percent losses of certain types of grapes, while the overall loss is estimated to be around 60 percent...
Congressional help unlikely for those with bad mortgages (09/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- Want government help to get out of a bad subprime mortgage? Don't look for Congress to come to your rescue anytime soon. Lawmakers have lots of ideas and plans -- as well as hearings to share their concerns and assess blame -- but there's no consensus on how to stop the foreclosures. The only thing everyone has agreed on is that something must be done...
Subpoenas, use of state secrets privilege a trend group finds troubling (09/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- Government secrecy by almost any measure is expanding and little is being done to stop it, according to a coalition of 67 organizations favoring greater openness. From classified information to the president's use of the state secrets privilege, the lack of disclosure should be a growing concern to the public and the Congress, said Patrice McDermott, director of OpenTheGovernment.org, which compiled a report using mostly the government's own figures...
Study: Men date who they see, not who they say (09/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- Science is confirming what most women know: When given the choice for a mate, men go for good looks. And guys won't be surprised to learn that women are much choosier about partners than they are. "Just because people say they're looking for a particular set of characteristics in a mate, someone like themselves, doesn't mean that is what they'll end up choosing," Peter M. Todd, of the cognitive science program at Indiana University, Bloomington, said in a telephone interview...
Serial crank caller ties up 911 lines in San Francisco area, sends police on wild goose chases (09/04/07)
VALLEJO, Calif. -- A serial crank caller using a donated cell phone has plagued 911 with nearly 2,000 fake emergency calls over the past six months, tying up dispatchers and sending police and firefighters on wild goose chases, authorities said. A man identifying himself as Nomar has reported himself the victim of everything from a drug overdose and a possible heart attack to robbery and attempted suicide. ...
Bush makes surprise visit to assess the war, political progress (09/04/07)
AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- President Bush, briefed by U.S. military commanders and Iraqi leaders, said Monday some American forces could be sent home if security across Iraq improves as it has in Anbar province, a former hotbed of Sunni insurgency. But the president, flanked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, did not say how many troops could be withdrawn or how soon...
Iraqi PM expects favorable marks in next week's progress reports (09/04/07)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister said Monday he expects the U.S. ambassador and military commander to give his government favorable marks when they report to Congress next week and predicted passage of a law soon that could return more Sunnis to government jobs...
Tourists try to escape from Hurricane Felix (09/04/07)
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Planes shuttled tourists from island resorts in a desperate airlift Monday as Hurricane Felix bore down on Honduras and Belize. But thousands of Miskito Indians were stranded in a swampy jungle where the Category 4 storm was expected to make landfall...
Central claims third in ND SoccerFest (09/04/07)
Central posted a 1-0 overtime win against Sikeston to win the consolation bracket in the Notre Dame SoccerFest on Saturday. Brooks Osburn scored the goal on an assist from Jesse Lawrence two minutes into overtime. Central (2-1) plays Hazelwood West today at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton...
Corrections 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
n A photo caption on Page 5B in Sunday's edition of the Southeast Missourian identified Notre Dame soccer player Ryan Willen only by number and not by name. n In Saturday's edition of the Southeast Missourian, an interception by Malden's Derek Earnhart against Scott City was incorrectly recorded to have taken place in the end zone. Earnhart made his interception of Caleb Estes' pass on the 2-yard line. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Redhawks QB receives OVC award for opener (09/04/07)
Facing a team from the Big East Conference failed to faze Southeast Missouri State quarterback Victor Anderson. Anderson, a junior, was one of the few bright spots for the Redhawks in their 59-3 loss to the University of Cincinnati on Thursday. He was rewarded for his effort by being named the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week for the first week of action...
Area sports digest 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
Kiefner places first in weekly golf outing Luanne Kiefner took first place in the Cape Girardeau Country Club's weekly women's golf outing. Helen Ruth Towns finished second while Kathy Morris was third and the medalist. Rust wins men's golf association tournament...
Ankiel powers Cards to sweep (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel homered for the second time in three days to snap a sixth-inning tie, capping a huge weekend series by the former pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Braden Looper allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings and Aaron Miles added an RBI double in the sixth as the Cardinals finally broke through against Bronson Arroyo. Looper (12-10) is 7-1 with an NL-best 1.74 ERA in day games and 4-9 with a 6.52 ERA at night...
U.S. wins Americas tourney (09/04/07)
LAS VEGAS -- LeBron James put a record finish on the Americans' dominance in the desert. James scored a team-record 31 points, and the United States beat Argentina 118-81 on Sunday to win the FIBA Americas championship. Dwight Howard made all seven of his shots and scored 20 points, and Carmelo Anthony added 16 points for the Americans, who were never challenged while winning 10 games in 12 days and will head to Beijing next summer as one of the gold medal favorites...
Earnhardt is only possible late addition to Chase field (09/04/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The championship race is so tight and so tense, tempers are boiling. Car owners have nearly come to blows. Accusations of dirty driving abound. This, however, is the IndyCar Series, its final month full of bickering and blocking. All of which is a tremendous buildup for Sunday's season finale in Chicago, where Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will attempt to hold off Scott Dixon and teammate Tony Kanaan for the title...
Steinhauer captures LPGA State Farm Classic (09/04/07)
Sherri Steinhauer held off a late charge by Christina Kim on Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the LPGA State Farm Classic. The 44-year-old Steinhauer, who led after every round, finished at 17-under 271 for the four-day tournament at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill...
Mulder, Maroth return to rotation (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder will rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation for the first time in more than a year Wednesday, just in time for the stretch drive. Manager Tony La Russa said Sunday he's not sure what to expect from the left-hander, who had rotator cuff surgery in September 2006. But he thought it was worth taking a shot with a man who had been the winningest pitcher this decade before being injured...
Martinez records 3,000th strikeout, victory in return from shoulder surgery (09/04/07)
CINCINNATI -- Pedro Martinez's comeback was vintage -- a victory and a little history, too. Back on the mound for the first time in almost a year, the right-hander got his 3,000th career strikeout Monday and led the resurgent New York Mets to a 10-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds...
Quarterfinals appearance eludes Blake (09/04/07)
NEW YORK -- James Blake certainly had his chances to avoid another fifth-set disappointment. Seven times, he was two points away from victory Monday at the U.S. Open. Three times, he was a single point away. Blake failed to convert all three of those match points, then played about as poorly as he did all day in the final-set tiebreaker and lost 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4) to No. 10 Tommy Haas in the fourth round...
Mickelson fends off Tiger's late charge (09/04/07)
NORTON, Mass. -- Phil Mickelson is back on his game, and it was good enough to take down Tiger Woods. Going head-to-head with Woods for the first time in 18 months, Mickelson buried the world's No. 1 player on the front nine and held him off down the stretch Monday to close with a 5-under 66 and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots...
Haslett expects better defense (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- After an encouraging preseason showing, Jim Haslett is expecting better things from the St. Louis Rams defense after a disappointing 2006. The Rams are coming off an 8-8 season in which the defense ranked 23rd overall and next-to-last against the run, allowing 145.4 yards rushing per game...
Dr. Paletta: Encarnacion's eye injury the worst he's seen to a baseball player (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The damage a foul ball did to Juan Encarnacion's left eye was the worst the St. Louis Cardinals' medical director has ever seen to a baseball player. Dr. George Paletta was not optimistic Sunday that the outfielder will regain full vision after his frightening injury and resume his career...
St. Louis places Steussie on IR (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams placed offensive lineman Todd Steussie on injured reserve Saturday, two days after he broke his left foot in the team's final preseason game. The move was made after team medical personnel revised their estimate for Steussie's recovery, which had initially been six to eight weeks. The Rams now believe he'll be out at least eight weeks...
Pirates pound on Wells, Cardinals (09/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The last two times Ian Snell has beaten the Cardinals on the road, he's knocked them back to .500. This time, it really had to hurt for St. Louis. Snell threw seven scoreless innings to end a six-game road losing streak since winning in St. Louis on April 16, and the Pittsburgh Pirates halted a five-game losing streak, routing the Cardinals and starting pitcher Kip Wells 11-0 on Monday...
Science experiment: Make an explosion from vinegar and baking soda (09/04/07)
What happens when you mix vinegar with baking soda? It creates a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas that can create a fun explosion. Ingredients 1/2 cup of vinegar 1/4 cup of warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda Zip-top plastic sandwich bag...
Restaurant succumbs to obstacles (09/04/07)
A little more than a month ago, I featured two women with big plans and what seemed to be a solid friendship in a story about their new little restaurant on Broadway called Nehemiah's. Several alert readers have noticed the quick demise of the restaurant and asked what happened...
Former football star Barbergets new career: journalism (09/04/07)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "In some ways it's a loose term, but, yes, I think I am," former NFL running back Tiki Barber says about his new label -- journalist. "I think a journalist is someone who tells stories, and I do it in my own way and with my own voice. It's a different kind of challenge than what I've faced my entire life being an athlete."...
People on the move 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
Gardner named member of Cape law firm; Edward Jones promotes Bagwell to administrator; CASA gets new executive director; Kneer receives new title, duties at newspaper
NARS keeps employees happy with benefits, opportunities (09/04/07)
Employers can boast about how much they do for their workers, touting amenities and benefits they say keep employees happy. But to know whether the words have substance or are just a snow job, the best people to ask are the workers themselves. And at Cape Girardeau's newest big employer, it seems there's substance to the sales pitch...
Building an alternative battery: Reclusive green-tech startup whispers a eulogy for the battery (09/04/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Millions of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year. Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in the filing that sounded like a death knell for the internal combustion engine. An Austin-based startup called EEStor promised "technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries," meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas and Houston without gasoline...
Nellie Fox (09/04/07)
Nellie Fox, 101, of Buncombe, Ill., died at 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at City Care Center in Anna, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
Anna Elias (09/04/07)
Anna W. "Billie" Elias, 89, of Cairo, Ill., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barkett Funeral Home of Cairo.
Claude Deckard (09/04/07)
Claude L. Deckard, 75, of Perryville, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 19, 1931, in Belleville, Ill., son of Claud and Susan Schaller Deckard. He and Alice F. Maxin were married Sept. 18, 1954. Deckard worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections at Menard Correctional Facility in Chester, Ill. ...
Sarah Rusher (09/04/07)
Sarah Alice Rusher, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1931, in Forman, Ill., to William Tell and Inez Anna Carpenter Wood. She married Jack Dale Rusher Sept. 7, 1955, in Oak Lawn, Ill. He died May 18, 1991...
Shirley Wadlow (09/04/07)
Shirley Ann Nabe Wadlow, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Sun­day, Sept. 2, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born May 5, 1942, in Telluride, Colo., to Earl Gus and Erma Clara Exler Nabe. Wadlow graduated College High School in 1960, where she was an officer in the National Honor Society, and attended Southeast Missouri State University for two years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She married I. Clyde Wadlow Jan 1, 1971, in Cape Gir­ar­deau...
Francis Street (09/04/07)
Francis E. "Bud" Street, 92, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at 4:30 a.m. at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Gir­ar­deau. He was born July 11, 1915, in Commerce, Mo., to the late John Edward and Emma Isabel Reagan Street. ...
Cape/Jackson police report 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Jackson: Property damage
Cape fire report 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
n At 7 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Frederick Street. n At 7:36 p.m., a grass fire at 842 Karau St. n At 8:46 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 200 block of South Hanover Street. n At 9:23 p.m., a vehicle fire at the 92 mile marker of Interstate 55 north...
Out of the past 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
An area chemical solvent distributor has applied to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a hazardous waste storage permit which would allow the company to store nearly 400 55-gallon drums of used chemical solvent; Southern Chemical Reclaiming Inc. would construct a storage facility two miles northwest of Scott City on Nash Road...
Secret ethics? (09/04/07)
The Missouri Ethics Commission has been given a task it never wanted: to decide what should happen to campaign contributions given earlier this year before the state's new law that removed caps was struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court. The commission plans to tackle this issue, perhaps before its next regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 4...
Speak Out 9/4/07 (09/04/07)
Unsafe for cyclists; Relentless attacks; Talented children; Too much spending; A large thorn; Where's the barbecue?; Climate changes; Same corn prices; Rebuilding New Orleans; Planted chemicals?; Immoral minority; School supplies; They were dogs; Trash raider
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