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Stories from Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Two GOP members plan to seek nomination (09/11/07)
At least two Republicans will publicly compete for their party's nomination to run in the special legislative election Feb. 5. Harry Rediger, a retired manager of J.C. Penney Co.'s Cape Girardeau store, and Wayne Wallingford, a retired Air Force officer and executive with McDonald's of Southeast Missouri, said Monday that they will pursue the GOP slot on the ballot. ...
Attendance suffers over soggy weekend (09/11/07)
Last weekend's rains had quite a dampening effect on Cape Girardeau's big weekend of entertainment, reducing numbers at the SEMO District Fair and the River City Music Festival. But organizers said things could have been worse. The SEMO District Fair opened Saturday, when scattered showers threatened the entire first day of the event -- a threat that lingered on Sunday. ...
'We have to remember' Sept. 11 (09/11/07)
Silence. Remembrance. Vigilance. Action. These are just four ways Americans respond to the Sept. 11, 2001, anniversary. Six years ago, nearly 3,000 people, including 400 emergency responders, died as a result of air attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania...
Different faiths, same goal (09/11/07)
While government officials continue to debate national policies on immigration, area religious leaders tried to provide guidance on personal policies of acceptance at the Interfaith Immigration Forum held in Cape Girardeau Monday night. About 100 people came to Centenary United Methodist Church to hear Catholic, Methodist, Muslim and Hindu perspectives about immigration. ...
Marching to the fair (09/11/07)
Mark Freed blew a few tentative notes into his tenor saxophone while standing near Capaha Park's flagpole Monday evening. The Scott County High School senior was excited about being in his fourth SEMO District Fair parade. "We work to show all of Southeast Missouri how good we are," he said. With no football team, Scott County High's band relies on parades...
Reptilian oddities rear their heads at fair (09/11/07)
Two heads are better than one when it comes to attracting visitors to Fred Lally's tent at the SEMO District Fair. Lally set up shop this week at the fair grounds to display his exhibit of several reptilian oddities including a piar of two-headed turtles, a two-headed western diamondback rattlesnake and a two-headed albino black rat snake named Golden Girls...
Rose Bed Inn to host benefit sock hop (09/11/07)
The Rose Bed Inn, 611 S. Sprigg St., will host a benefit event this weekend, the Sock Hop, to benefit the Cape Area Family Resource Center. The event will feature food, door prizes, a silent auction, antique car show and music and art from local performers and artists. ...
Firefighters called to two unoccupied buildings (09/11/07)
Cape Girardeau firefighters battled two blazes in unoccupied buildings early Monday morning. The first fire broke out at 728 Good Hope St. around 4:55 a.m., said fire captain Brian Shaffer. A newspaper delivery person alerted the fire department that flames were visible on the west side of the two-and-a-half story wooden building. ...
Mo. police officer suspended after exchange on video (09/11/07)
ST. GEORGE, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis police sergeant is on unpaid suspension, accused of threatening a driver who caught the exchange on video camera. The recording, posted on Google Video and YouTube on the Internet, brought more than 300 protest calls to St. George Police Chief Scott Uhrig. "I was very displeased when I saw the actions on the video," Uhrig told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Tuesday's edition. "My officers are not trained and taught to act like that."...
McCaskill to give up donations related to Hsu (09/11/07)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday joined the growing ranks of lawmakers who are giving up campaign donations linked to disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu. The Missouri Democrat said she made the decision over the weekend, as the cloud of suspicion has grown surrounding contributions from donors connected to Hsu...
Joplin police corner suspected K-9 shooter in garage (09/11/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Police had a suspected armed robber at bay in a garage Tuesday and were negotiating for his surrender after the suspect shot and injured a police dog during an early morning chase. Joplin police said officers surrounded the unidentified male suspect after he was spotted hiding in an abandoned garage...
Baby taken in carjacking found safe at St. Louis hospital; father killed (09/11/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 10-month-old girl was found safe at a St. Louis hospital Tuesday morning, several hours after a carjacker shot and killed the child's father then stole his SUV with the girl still strapped inside. St. Louis County police spokesman Rick Eckhard said Ivory Roach was found in good shape at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The stolen 2000 Lincoln Navigator was also found at the hospital...
Groups want Blunt chief fired for remark about Mexican workers (09/11/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some Hispanic groups called for Gov. Matt Blunt's chief of staff to be fired Monday for a remark they say was offensive but that the governor's office says has been misinterpreted. Blunt's chief of staff, Ed Martin, remains on the job. But a state employee offended by his comment has resigned...
Gynecologist: New abortion rules not medically necessary (09/11/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A gynecologist says new regulations that the state is proposing for abortion clinics are not medically necessary and would not ensure the safety of women. Dr. Paul Blumenthal from Stanford University testified for Planned Parenthood on Monday in a federal hearing on the group's lawsuit opposing the standards...
Architects testify on cost of new abortion facility regulations (09/11/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two abortion providers in Missouri would have to spend between $500,000 and $1.3 million to comply with regulations contained in a new law governing the clinics, according to testimony at a federal hearing Monday. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and a private practice doctor are challenging the law, which was to take effect Aug. 28. They have asked U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith to issue a temporary injunction stopping implementation of the law...
Comments about stem-cell research scrutinized (09/11/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Gordon Lamb, interim University of Missouri president, is drawing both criticism and praise for condemning a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban a form of embryonic stem-cell research. Last week, Lamb said the proposed amendment to ban somatic cell nuclear transfer could permanently destroy research efforts at state universities and private labs...
Missouri getting 2 new Army National Guard battalions (09/11/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Army National Guard is getting two new battalions that should increase its total force by almost 900 soldiers. The National Guard said Monday that a new 810-soldier infantry battalion will be headquartered in Kansas City, with regional rifle companies located in Boonville, Carrollton, St. Louis and Perryville...
5 men found guilty in Chicago mob trial (09/11/07)
CHICAGO -- A federal jury found five aging men guilty Monday in a racketeering conspiracy that involved decades of extortion, loan sharking and murder aimed at rubbing out anyone who dared stand in the way of the ruthless Chicago mob. The verdicts capped an extraordinary 10-week trial that laid bare some of the inner workings of The Outfit...
Skelton to Petraeus: Justify continued presence in Iraq (09/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, a self-described country lawyer, wasted little time Monday getting to the heart of the debate over continued U.S. presence in Iraq. "Are we merely beating a dead horse?" he asked Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of the war, and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker...
Petraeus outlines troop withdrawals; gets chilly response from anti-war Democrats (09/11/07)
WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. general in Iraq outlined plans Monday for the withdrawal of 30,000 troops by next summer, drawing praise from the White House but a chilly reception from anti-war Democrats. Gen. David Petraeus said a 2,000-member Marine unit would return home this month without replacement in the first sizable cut since a 2003 U.S-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein and unleashed sectarian violence...
Police: Robber licked woman's toes, then fled (09/11/07)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A man who robbed a woman of her keys and cell phone took off her shoes and licked her toes, police said. Commander Kevin Casper called the attack "weird sexual behavior." The 24-year-old woman was leaving work around 1 a.m. Saturday when the 27-year-old suspect approached her and demanded her keys and phone, authorities said...
NYC firefighters, Giuliani to share stage (09/11/07)
NEW YORK -- Once again, the city will pause for four moments of silence to mark the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people. Family members will lay flowers where the twin towers fell, and the names of victims will be read. But much will be different on the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11, after tense arguments about where to hold the ceremony, whether a presidential candidate should be allowed to speak and if it's still fitting to put on such a large-scale commemoration...
Report: Arkansas schoolchildren not gaining weight (09/11/07)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas schoolchildren appear to be holding their own in the battle against bulge. Body mass indexes released Monday in the nation's first state to track the numbers showed 20.6 percent of schoolchildren tested last school year were overweight and 17.2 percent were at risk for being overweight. That's about the same as the year before...
Wendi Zickfield, Cape Central High School (09/11/07)
Charity Huff recently began her first real season as head coach of the Central volleyball team after spending last fall on maternity leave. And she said her new position has been made easier by strong returning Tigers players, such as Wendi Zickfield, a 6 -foot-1 junior middle blocker and outside hitter...
Scott City softball shuts out Dragons (09/11/07)
Emily Essner went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double to help lead Scott City past host Ste. Genevieve 2-0 in softball action Monday. Essner also pitched seven innings, striking out eight batters. Macy Heisserer went 2-for-3 and added a double for the Rams (4-8)...
Area cycling enthusiasts to witness race (09/11/07)
John Dodd uses basketball to explain the significance of the Tour of Missouri. "It's like having Michael Jordan come play basketball in your driveway," he said. The Tour of Missouri bicycle race, which starts today, features 15 elite teams and some of the top competitors in the sport. The 2007 Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, will compete for the Discovery Channel team. Dodd, who owns Cycle Werx in Cape Girardeau, plans to attend the time trial in Branson on Thursday,...
Samuel attributes mistakes to growing pains (09/11/07)
Tony Samuel has said all along that he considers his second Southeast Missouri State football team to be talented, with experience the only missing ingredient. The Redhawks' coach hasn't wavered from that belief through two games, including Saturday's unimpressive 38-17 win over Southwest Baptist...
Kinder sees Tour of Missouri become reality (09/11/07)
Peter Kinder laughs at questions about him competing in the Tour of Missouri bicycle race, which starts today. "A lot of people have asked me, 'Are you going to be in this race?'" Kinder, Missouri's lieutenant governor, said. "The answer is, 'No, I'm not a professional. I'm a Sunday afternoon amateur, at best.'...
Cuba's Dominguez wins first stage of Tour of Missouri (09/11/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ivan Dominguez of Cuba broke out of a tight clump of riders and won the first stage of the inaugural Tour of Missouri on Tuesday. In near-perfect weather conditions, the cast of international riders made the 85-mile circuit beginning and ending in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza district without incident...
The final broadcast (09/11/07)
It seems like the last big ride should come on a majestic Alpine pass or on the cobblestones of the Champs-ElysDees. Instead, the team that won the Tour de France eight times in nine years and made Lance Armstrong a folk hero is sending its top stars to a low-key race in Missouri...
Bengals win opener (09/11/07)
CINCINNATI -- Steve McNair's interception -- his fourth gaffe of the game -- set up Carson Palmer's fourth-quarter touchdown pass, and the Cincinnati Bengals' suspect defense pulled off a goal-line stand Monday night that preserved a 27-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens...
Cycling terminology (09/11/07)
A guide to cycling's more specialized terminology to help follow the upcoming Tour of Missouri race:bonk: total exhaustion caused by lack of adequate food during a long race. bonus sprints: races within the race; points awarded for first three finishers...
Rams lose Pro Bowl OT Pace for season (09/11/07)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder suffered in the season opener Sunday. The injury is Pace's second season-ender in two games, after tearing his left triceps last November. Coach Scott Linehan said this one could be career-threatening...
Doctor: Everett will likely be paralyzed (09/11/07)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills' Kevin Everett sustained a "catastrophic" and life-threatening spinal-cord injury and his chances of regaining a full range of body motion are very small, an orthopedic surgeon said Monday. "A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," Dr. Andrew Cappuccino said, one day after performing a four-hour operation on the player. "I believe there will be some permanent neurological paralysis. ... A full neurological recovery was bleak, dismal."...
Chiefs may change kicker for Week 2 (09/11/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Justin Medlock appeared to be on his way out to make way for Dave Rayner as kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were disgusted enough with Medlock, a rookie they drafted in the fifth round out of UCLA and handed the job, that they were talking about a contract with Rayner on Monday. Medlock was inconsistent during an 0-4 preseason for Kansas City and missed a 30-yard attempt at the end of an exhausting 15-play drive in the first quarter against Houston on Sunday...
Cubs rip sinking Cards on 'day off' (09/11/07)
CHICAGO -- The Cubs will gladly pardon the interruption of their 10-game trip. Chicago got 17 hits during a one-game stopover at Wrigley Field, helping Ted Lilly win his 15th game and beating the St. Louis Cardinals 12-3. "It is weird," said Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who homered twice and had four hits. "We were supposed to be in Houston having a day off today, and we're here playing a game in Chicago."...
Learning briefs 9/11/07 (09/11/07)
GRADUATIONS n Jenna Leet, daughter of Dr. Greg and Vicki Leet, graduated Magna Cum Laude in May, 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She was on the Chancellor's Honor Roll and involved in the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha...
Acing the ACT (09/11/07)
Tests, for a lot of students, are feared. Some students' hearts race, some sweat, some even cry or fake illness. What might happen when that test determines their future? The test is the American College Test, or the ACT. It is a nationally accepted college admission exam that consists of four parts: English, math, reading and science, and takes about three hours to complete. There is also an optional writing portion that takes an additional 30 minutes...
Film canister rockets (09/11/07)
Have you ever wanted to create your own rocket? You can and it's easy! Ingredients Film canister with snap-on lid Soda, Alka-Seltzer® tablet Safety goggles Paper towel Instructions STEP 1: Fill the film canister halfway full with water. STEP 2: Place an Alka-Seltzer tablet in the film canister and quickly turn the canister so the top is on the surface and wait for your rocket to take off...
Holding rank (09/11/07)
Well, I did it. I, yes I, Christina Chastain, am a senior. The year I have been waiting for since kindergarten has arrived. The embarrassing memories of freshman year are long since forgotten, and the maze of hallways in Central High School has been conquered...
Oscar winner Jane Wyman, former wife of Reagan, dies (09/11/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Jane Wyman, Oscar winner and former wife to president Ronald Reagan, died early Monday at her Palm Springs home, son Michael Reagan said. Wyman's age was listed as 93 in several reference books, however other sources, including the official family Web site, say she was 90...
Caroline Hefner (09/11/07)
Caroline Louise Hefner, 87, of Delta died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Nov. 27, 1919, at Bell City, Mo., daughter of George and Nellie Mae Smith Brinkman. She and Prentice Paul Hefner were married Nov. 22, 1930. He died July 29, 1972...
Kimberly Hiten (09/11/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kimberly Ann Hiten, 42, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 30, 1965, at Liberty, Texas, daughter of James "Buck" and Kay Winfield Watts. Hiten was employed at Schemel Stables. She was of the Catholic faith...
Jerry Lipps (09/11/07)
Jerry Lee Lipps, 77, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at his residence. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dr. James Bruening (09/11/07)
Dr. James T. Bruening, 58, of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Henry Cooper (09/11/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Henry F. Cooper, 85, of Sikeston died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Clearview Nursing Center. He was born March 11, 1922, in Pontotoc, Miss., son of Oscar William and Mattie Benjamin Cooper. He married Elvada Winders, who preceded him in death. He and Maggie Dunnegan were married Oct. 12, 1946, in Piggott, Ark. She died Sept. 17, 1995...
Ernest Faulconer (09/11/07)
Ernest Wesley Faulconer, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., son of Waid Finis and Illma Curtie Bench Faulconer. He and Ina Mae Kennedy were married May 8, 1948, in Pocahontas, Ark...
Fonnie Jones (09/11/07)
Fonnie W. Jones, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Fountainbleau Lodge. He was born Sept. 7, 1912, in Whitewater, son of Wilson T. and Ethel D. Smith Jones. He and Emma Jean "Teenie" Webb Jones were married April 5, 1931, in Jackson. She died March 10, 1986...
Michael Crabtree (09/11/07)
Michael C. Crabtree, 57, of Scott City died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital North in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 28, 1949, at Cape Girardeau, son of Gilbert John and Ruby Viola Sanders Crabtree. He married Darla K. Miles July 7, 2003, at Benton, Mo...
Cape fiire report 9/11/07 (09/11/07)
n At 6:27 p.m., a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 block of South Sprigg Street. n At 11:44 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Bloomfield Street. n At 1:57 a.m., emergency medical service at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 4:55 a.m., a structure fire in the 700 block of Good Hope Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 9/11/07 (09/11/07)
Arrests; Arrest
Out of the past 9/11/07 (09/11/07)
John Glenn -- astronaut, U.S. senator, and Democratic presidential hopeful -- is the keynote speaker at a breakfast fund-raiser for Democratic 8th Congressional candidate Jerry Ford of Cape Girardeau. The question of whether the so-called "Blue Law" ban against Sunday sales should be lifted will be decided by Cape Girardeau County voters in the November election; the Open Sundays Committee has collected substantially more than the 2,015 signatures of registered voters necessary to put the issue on the ballot.. ...
9-11 (09/11/07)
Six years ago, most Americans in the East and Midwest were well into their morning routines when they first heard that a jetliner had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Soon, millions of us were glued to the closest television set we could find and watched in horror as another jet hit the other tower. And we listened in disbelief as we heard about yet another crash at the Pentagon in Washington and of a fourth hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania...
Honor Tour (09/11/07)
Recently, 30 World War II veterans from Southeast Missouri made an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. They saw some of the usual sites, but the main attraction for this group was the new World War II memorial. It was a wonderful and humbling experience for the vets, mostly in their 80s...
Ban cell phones like smoking (09/11/07)
To the editor:Recently there's been a lot of concern about cell phones and the high percentage of accidents because someone is using a cell phone. I've finally convinced my children that cell phones are dangerous in any situation. We like to think we're in control, but truthfully we're not...
Speak Out 9/11/07 (09/11/07)
Consignment shopping; Cell phone danger; Animal rights; Driving with guns; Rain at last; Driving rules; Marquee signs; Behind the scenes; Average weather
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