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Stories from Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Prospective candidate bows out of House race (09/18/07)
Retired Air Force officer Wayne Wallingford picked up an endorsement Monday in his bid for the Missouri House when one of his rivals for the GOP nomination stepped aside. Harry Rediger, a retired businessman and member of the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission, withdrew from the race in a letter sent to Holly Lintner, chairwoman of the Republican committee that will make the nomination...
Property owners not happy with district's boundaries (09/18/07)
Alterations in the boundaries of the new commercial district along the East Main Street in Jackson didn't quiet all the controversy. In a public hearing attended by nearly 50 people Monday night, the Jackson Board of Aldermen heard from one property owner who objects to the way the new boundary splits his property. Others who live near the proposed commercial area want to see the buffer zones expanded...
Schools show patriotism to celebrate Constitution (09/18/07)
"You can sing or clap, but there will be no talking. This is solemn," principal Ruth Ann Orr told students Monday at Alma Schrader Elementary. Outfitted in red, white and blue, some waving flags, others waving eagerly to relatives in the audience, students gathered in the auditorium to observe Constitution Day and honor local heroes...
Revised park tax proposal inching forward (09/18/07)
After trimming its wish list from $31 million to $20 million, Cape Girardeau's parks and recreation advisory board found a slightly warmer reception for a tax proposal at Monday's city council meeting. The parks board wants a half-cent sales tax, but added a 10-year limit. The board is looking at spending slightly more than $20 million on parks improvements; $3 million on storm-water abatement projects; and $2 million on replacing park vehicles...
Discussions, music part of library series (09/18/07)
Staff at the Southeast Missouri State University's Kent Library hope it will be a center for scholarship and culture on campus and in the greater community. To make that happen, the library is hosting a series of scholarly and cultural events on a regular basis for the first time...
Briefly 7/18/07 (09/18/07)
Candy maker vows to keep using cocoa butter CHICAGO ­-- The maker of M&M's and Milky Way bars says it would be a mistake to mess with its chocolate. Mars Inc. said Monday it will continue to use 100 percent cocoa butter in its U.S. chocolate products, bucking an industry campaign to allow cheaper vegetable oils to be substituted. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
Nearly two dozen residents at Monday's city council meeting turned a discussion on the traffic light at Independence and Pacific streets into a vote. Despite a series of city studies showing steadily dwindling traffic at that spot since 1973, the city council agreed unanimously to keep the light in place...
Jackson teen shooting case moved to Mississippi Co. (09/18/07)
The court proceedings for Jonathan McClard, the 16-year-old charged with armed criminal action and first degree assault, have been relocated to Mississippi County. Patrick M. McMenamin, McClard's attorney, requested the change of venue from Cape Girardeau County Monday morning in a hearing before Circuit Judge William L. Syler...
Scott City to review dog code (09/18/07)
The Scott City Council will review the city's restrictions against vicious dogs following an incident last week in which a pit bull in the Cloverdale subdivision attacked and killed another animal. A concerned neighbor living in the area where the attack occurred spoke before the council at its Monday night meeting, stressing the need for the city to do something more to stop vicious dogs on the loose before more animals or even children are hurt...
Cairo fire department battles 7 fires in 8 days (09/18/07)
Cairo, Ill. -- The Cairo Fire Department spent the last 30 hours investigating seven "suspicious" fires that broke out in and around Cairo over the course of the past eight days, said Cairo fire chief John Meyer. The most recent fire occurred Sunday around 9:45 p.m. at Beyond the Bay Bar and Grill on U.S. 51 in Future City, Ill...
Joplin flags to fly at half-staff to honor police dog (09/18/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Joplin city flags will fly at half-staff Wednesday to honor the first police dog killed in the line of duty in the city's history. A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. on the front steps of police headquarters for Cezar, a 7-year-old German Shepherd...
Devlin waives arraignment in St. Louis County (09/18/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Devlin has waived arraignment in St. Louis County, pleading not guilty to 71 charges related to the kidnapping and abuse of two eastern Missouri boys in a case that drew international attention, his attorney said Tuesday. Devlin was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of forcible sodomy and kidnapping in the abductions of Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck. ...
Construction ordered stopped on New Madrid Floodway (09/18/07)
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction on the New Madrid Floodway Project, a major flood control project in Missouri's Bootheel. Leaders of small communities prone to flooding there responded with dismay Tuesday...
Motorcycle crash kills retired KC police officer (09/18/07)
RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) -- A motorcyclist killed in a crash in Raytown is identified as a retired Kansas City police officer. Steven Weinberg died Monday when his bike collided with a pickup truck on Missouri 350 at about 5:15 p.m. Police said Weinberg and an 80-year-old female passenger were westbound when the truck pulled in front of them from a cross street...
Program to provide health insurance for low-income Missourians (09/18/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt said the number of uninsured Missourians could be reduced by nearly one-third under a plan he outlined Tuesday to provide government-subsidized health care to lower-income families. The Republican, speaking at a St. Louis health center, said the "Insure Missouri" plan could provide affordable health insurance to nearly 200,000 Missourians...
Missouri AG: E-mails are public records (09/18/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorney General Jay Nixon's office says government e-mails are public records and must be preserved -- a contrast with Gov. Matt Blunt's staff members, who delete some e-mails they do not consider public records. James Klahr, the attorney general's lead Sunshine Law attorney, sent a message Monday to Missouri media saying: "There should be no debate -- e-mail communications are public records."...
Woman sues for being restrained, shocked at Barry Co. jail (09/18/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A woman who claims she was hog-tied and shocked multiple times with a Taser in a southwest Missouri county Jail has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her civil rights were violated. Melissa A. "Missy" Norman, 41, of Butterfield, claims she was "handcuffed, leg shackled, hog-tied, blindfolded and tasered numerous times," according to a news release issued by her attorneys, John Lewright and Robert Foulke...
Republicans: Commission violated Sunshine Law (09/18/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republicans sued Monday to block a Missouri Ethics Commission action that could require the refund of millions of dollars of campaign contributions collected in excess of the state's recently reimposed limits. The lawsuit by the Missouri Republican Party and a southwest Missouri House member claims the Ethics Commission violated the state's open meetings law last week when deciding how to implement a Supreme Court decision on the contributions...
Poplar Bluff officer faces charges (09/18/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff police officer is charged with stealing, after allegedly taking about $13,000 from a bank account for a police organization. Patrolman Joe Craft, a nine-year department veteran, was fired Friday after he was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Recreation dives underground in Mo. (09/18/07)
BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- Rather than head outside for a recreational adventure, athletes in Missouri can head underground -- to scuba dive, play tennis and, if one man has his way, even try their hand at subterranean ice skating or kayaking. Missouri is often called the Cave State, with an international reputation for its natural marvels. But it's the state's mining history that has created huge manmade caverns that have been recast as underground recreational areas...
Neb. state senator sues God in protest of another lawsuit (09/18/07)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The defendant in a state senator's lawsuit is accused of causing untold death and horror and threatening to cause more still. He can be sued in Douglas County, the legislator claims, because He's everywhere. State Sen. Ernie Chambers sued God last week. Angered by another lawsuit he considers frivolous, Chambers says he's trying to make the point that anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody...
Bush picks retired judge Michael Mukasey as his attorney general (09/18/07)
WASHINGTON -- Three weeks ago, President Bush had never met former federal Judge Michael Mukasey, a sometimes-brusque New Yorker who had scolded his administration's Justice Department at least once. On Monday, Bush made Mukasey his attorney general, turning to an outsider to lead the beleaguered department away from criticism that it is too close to White House politics...
Legal experts question whether Simpson is being singled out (09/18/07)
LAS VEGAS -- News conferences, a slew of felony charges, a perp walk in handcuffs and detention in a holding cell without bail -- it's clear authorities aren't giving O.J. Simpson any celebrity breaks. Police insist such treatment is prudent for a man whose name is synonymous with a slow-speed chase from officers in a white Ford Bronco. ...
Cat, stuck for a week, blasted out of tree with hose (09/18/07)
YONKERS, N.Y. -- A fearful feline that was stuck in a tree for a week, clinging to branches several stories high, was finally blasted to safety with a high-pressure fire hose. Volunteers with an outstretched sheet made the save as the cat -- soaked and hungry but unharmed -- was hosed out of the tree by firefighters Sunday night...
Iraq orders U.S. security firm out of the country in wake of killings (09/18/07)
BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi government announced Monday it was ordering Blackwater USA, the security firm that protects U.S. diplomats, to leave the country after what it said was the fatal shooting of eight Iraqi civilians following a car bomb attack against a State Department convoy...
Pakistan election panel opens way for Musharraf to run as army chief (09/18/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's Election Commission changed the rules Monday to open the way for President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to seek a new five-year presidential term without giving up the powerful position of army chief. Opposition parties decried the move as a brazen violation of the constitution and accused the U.S.-allied leader of trying to bulldoze legal obstacles to his staying in power amid increasing demands for an end to military rule...
Strangers helped each other survive after deadly jet crash (09/18/07)
PHUKET, Thailand -- Stunned by the plane crash, Robert Borland found himself helpless on the floor of the jet with his trousers aflame when a passenger in a yellow shirt helped him out onto the wing. He knows nothing else about the man who probably saved his life...
Notre Dame throws shutout at Central (09/18/07)
Alex Fowler knew the count was 1-2 and there was a standout pitcher ready to deliver. Fowler swung at the pitch from Central's Amanda Nichols and drilled a double over the center fielder's head to drive in a run and help Notre Dame edge Cape Central 3-0 in softball action Monday...
Kielhofner pitches Oran past Delta (09/18/07)
Callie Kielhofner pitched a six-hitter to lead Oran past Delta 6-2 in softball action Monday. Kielhofner struck out four, walked one and allowed one earned run. Amanda Williams went 3-for-3 to lead the Eagles (9-2) offensively. Taylor Smith had three hits for Delta (7-7). Kendra Burnett allowed six hits and just two earned runs. She struck out eight and walked two...
Correction (09/18/07)
Because The Associated Press initially reported incorrectly that the Discovery Channel team won the Tour of Missouri, the incorrect winning team appeared in a headline and story on Page 1B of Monday's sports ection. Team Slipstream-Chipotle won the inaugural team title. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Redhawks prepare for first OVC contest (09/18/07)
So far, so good for Southeast Missouri State, which has won two of its first three games. But the contests will now begin to take on added importance as the Redhawks open Ohio Valley Conference play Saturday night against Samford in Birmingham, Ala...
Mulder may have tests on shoulder (09/18/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder might have additional tests on his surgically repaired left shoulder after struggling in all three starts this month. Trainer Barry Weinberg said Monday that an MRI exam could be scheduled for Mulder, who was to be examined later in the day by St. Louis team physician Dr. George Paletta. Mulder, 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA, experienced discomfort during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs...
Penguins, Sabres to play outdoor game (09/18/07)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Sidney Crosby will show off his passing skills at the same place Jim Kelly did for years -- in front of shivering fans at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium. It'll be pucks instead of footballs and the home team will be the Sabres and not the Bills...
Redskins defeat Eagles 20-12 (09/18/07)
PHILADELPHIA -- Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell converted several big plays and got plenty of help from Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley and an opportunistic defense in Washington's 20-12 victory Mondy night over the Philadelphia Eagles. The surprising Redskins, coming off a 5-11 season, are 2-0 and tied with Dallas atop the NFC East, which Philadelphia was expected to dominate...
Rams dig hole at home with 0-2 start (09/18/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Only two games into the season -- a pair of dispiriting home losses -- the St. Louis Rams already are in a precarious position. The frustration is starting to show, too. Running back Steven Jackson stormed off the field after a failed late fourth-quarter drive in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the 49ers and gave coach Scott Linehan such an earful that running backs coach Wayne Moses had to restrain him...
Another 'Year of the Tiger' (09/18/07)
ATLANTA -- Four victories in his last five starts is proof enough that Tiger Woods is more dominant than ever, especially considering he won those four tournaments by a combined 20 shots and shattered tournament scoring records in consecutive weeks...
Tour of Missouri gives cycling a needed boost (09/18/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Two months after cycling's latest rash of doping scandals, the Tour of Missouri played to huge, enthusiastic throngs last week. It's proof, cycling officials say, that those who have sounded the death knell for the sport after repeated Tour de France woes, went a bit overboard. Thousands of fans lined the streets of St. Louis on Sunday for the final day of the inaugural six-stage race, a scene that had been repeated across the state...
Getting the skinny on Lipodissolve (09/18/07)
A judge in Kansas ruled Thursday to allow doctors in the state to continue the practice of injecting patients with a fat-melting chemical that takes up to an inch of unwanted fat off of the treated area. The lawsuit was brought against the State Board of Healing Arts, which regulates doctors in Kansas, by a St. Louis-based company that trains physicians in Lipodissolve -- the injection procedure...
Health news 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
Brain balloon to fly over Cape Girardeau The "World's Largest Brain" hot air balloon will be inflated Friday in Capaha Park to increase public awareness about the brain and its functions. The anatomically correct hot air balloon is a part of Southeast Missouri Hospital's celebration of a tradition of excellence in neurosciences and is sponsored by the hospital's Regional Brain and Spine Center. ...
Blood drives 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
Today n Mount Auburn Christian Church in Cape Girardeau, from 3 to 7 p.m. n Thomas Kelly High School in Benton, Mo., from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday n St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Health calendar 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
Today Birth order studies: A Self-Concept Workshop: from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tim Thompson, educator and communicator and Scott County Central Elementary principal, will speak about birth order and the traits of each, family dynamics, career paths chosen by these birth orders and more. This workshop delves into first-born children through fourth- and later-born children. For more information, call Generations at 651-5825...
An American in Paris (09/18/07)
I told everyone that I was taking a "sabbatical" in Paris. As soon as I was snuggled into my window seat on Air France, I began to wonder why I needed to describe my monthlong stay in France in such exalted terms. In truth, I was really just wanting to defy the benchmark of turning 60 by doing something I had always wanted to do as a younger man -- live in Paris -- if only for a month. ...
Virginia Girard (09/18/07)
Lillie Virginia Girard, 84, of Winchester, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at West County Care Center in Winchester. She was born Nov. 29, 1922, at Fornfelt, daughter of John Matthew and Grace Lillian Ireland Barnes. Girard was a clerk at McDonnell Douglas. She moved from Scott City four years ago, and was a member of Illmo United Methodist Church...
Doris Davis (09/18/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Doris Rose Davis, 73, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at Union County Hospital. She was born Oct. 11, 1933, at Anna, daughter of John E. and Verna Edmonds Houghlan. She and Charles O. Davis were married March 8, 1958, at Anna. He died Sept. 29, 1974...
Diana Bundy (09/18/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Diana K. Bundy, 60, of Paducah, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, Ill. The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home...
Dorothy Vickery (09/18/07)
Dorothy Ann Vickery, 77, of Ironton, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, in Ironton. She was born May 21, 1930, in Kirkwood, Mo., daughter of Benjamin and Catherine Gibbons Comfort. She and Newland S. Vickery were married Sept. 23, 1948...
Cherryl Taylor (09/18/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cherryl F. Taylor, 61, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at her home. She was born June 16, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Arthur F. "Jim" and Esther I. Dickman Klaus. She and Samuel M. Taylor were married Dec. 29, 1990...
John Allen (09/18/07)
John W. Allen, 78, of Jackson passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at his home. He was born April 8, 1929, in Stilwell, Okla., son of the late Edward W. and Eva (Carlisle) Allen. He and Francisca Alfar were married Dec. 26, 1952, in the Philippines. John was a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a radioman and engineer...
Roy Holmes (09/18/07)
Roy L. Holmes, 75, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girar-deau. He was born Oct. 20, 1931, in St. Louis, son of Charles B. and Myrtle L. Knotts Holmes. He and Shirley Hartle were married Nov. 6, 1954, in Jackson...
John Cauble (09/18/07)
John Lee Cauble, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Dec. 15, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of James O. and Georgia O. Baggwell Cauble. He and Karen Michele Dennis were married Feb. 23, 2007, in Scott City...
Leonard Adams (09/18/07)
Leonard Miles Adams, 85, of Jackson died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Shawneetown, son of Arthur Z. and Carrie Mae Dambach Adams. He and Anna Elizabeth Eftink were married April 19, 1947. She died Oct. 14, 1997...
Births 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
Kempfer; Miller; Schoen; Nothdurft; Taylor; Brown; Worley; Wahlers
Cape/Jackson fire report 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
n At 7:37 p.m., emergency medical services in the 2800 block of Independence Street. n At 9:33 p.m., emergency medical services in the 400 block of Broadway. n At 8:27 a.m., emergency medical services in the 2400 block of Veterans Drive. n At 10:26 a.m., emergency medical services in the unit block of North Hanover Street...
Cape police report 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
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Out of the past 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
The Union soldier atop the fountain in Courthouse Park looks as fresh as the day he assumed his post in 1911, thanks to a lot of volunteer labor provided primarily by the Cape Girardeau Fire Department; the restored fountain's new recirculating pump was switched on yesterday...
Reading disconnect (09/18/07)
There is an alarming trend among high school graduates entering Missouri's public colleges and universities. More than one-third of them are having to take remedial course work in English, math and reading, which means they must pay to learn what they should have been taught before they left high school...
Turn solution: More stoplights (09/18/07)
To the editor:Regarding comments about no merging from the turning lane of East Jackson Boulevard: We have to admit that East Jackson is a dangerous fiasco, but we can't blame the police. They are doing their job and preventing accidents. The Missouri Department of Transportation and Jackson designed the highway for convenience and access to businesses and institutions, which it serves well. ...
Smoking issue affects our rights (09/18/07)
To the editor:I was disappointed that the heart of my concerns were not expressed in Friday's article "Smokers leaving butts in woman's yard." My concerns stemmed around the fact that smoking is a legal activity on public sidewalks and that Southeast Missouri Hospital has no right to be advising smokers they must leave public property...
Lipke offers help, seeks prayers (09/18/07)
To the editor:With the current vacancy in the 158th District, I want to offer my assistance to anyone in my neighboring district who may need help with a constituent issue or a matter involving state government. If you need to get in touch with me or need assistance on any matter, please contact Judy Schepers in my Jefferson City office at (573) 751-6662 or by e-mail at scott.lipke@house.mo.gov. You can also contact Lauri Spain at my local office at 335-0706...
Speak Out 9/18/07 (09/18/07)
Leave Keys alone; Biased reporting?; No compassion; Dogs at the fair; Shuttle buses included; Worthless stock; Work for respect; Give blood; We need a plan; Put them in jail; Bearing arms; De facto commander
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