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Stories from Monday, October 1, 2007

'Big River' sometimes muddied by controversy (10/01/07)
In 1884 Mark Twain published a novel called "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," about a poor, abused white boy, his flight from his home and his friendship with a runaway slave named Jim. That novel would later be called the first great piece of American literature by none other than Ernest Hemingway, but it would also face its share of criticism for its unflinching look at a society in which slavery (the book is set in 1849) was a key institution. ...
Mower racing a hit with Flood Fest crowd (10/01/07)
Commerce, Mo. -- Pitting sputtering lawn mowers against one another as they race around a dirt track may not be the most obvious way to commemorate a town's resilience. But when competitors fight for the lead on machines going 40 mph and use strength and skill to stay on their mowers without losing their balance, resilience is a word that comes to mind...
First big show (10/01/07)
The seats are finally in the Bedell Performance Hall, making what once looked like a giant cave appear much closer to what it really is: the brightest, shiniest gem of the River Campus' modern, pricey performing arts facilities. "It's looking like a real auditorium now," River Campus interim director Dr. Gary Miller said Thursday...
Community briefs10/1/07 (10/01/07)
Cape Girardeau County AARP to meet today The Cape Girardeau County chapter of AARP No. 4041 will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church at Broadway and Caruthers Avenue. There will be a 20th anniversary celebration and entertainment...
Hanson completes U.S. Navy basic training (10/01/07)
Navy Seaman Recruit John A. Hanson, son of Bonnie S. and Jack A. Hanson of Perryville, Mo., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Hanson is a 2007 graduate of Perryville High School...
Jackson girl wins title (10/01/07)
Local Pre-Teen America Scholarship and Recognition Program winner Sophie Park, 9, left, of Jackson, was the winner of the recent 2007 Pre-Teen Missouri Scholarship and Recognition Program, junior category. Beside her, from left, was first runner-up Rachael Rose Koehler, 8, of Jackson; second runner-up Briann Christine Evans, 9, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; third-runner up Madison TenEyck, 9, of Lewistown, Mo.; and fourth-runner up Lourie Anne Johnson, 9, of Grand Pass, Mo. ...
Breast cancer fundraiser set for Saturday (10/01/07)
"Pretty in Pink," the first breast cancer fundraiser held at Style Stop Lifestyles, will be held Saturday to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month. Style Stop Lifestyles, 3812 E. Jackson Blvd., in Jackson, has worked the color associated with breast cancer -- pink -- into every aspect of its fundraising agenda. ...
Parenting classes planned in Jackson (10/01/07)
Parenting classes will begin Tuesday at North Elementary in Jackson. The four-week class will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to all parents in the district. The first session will be on family strengths and the last on nutrition. Parents can choose the topic for the middle two sessions. Classes will be led by the social work department...
Community cuisine 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
Annual church supper planned for Sunday Trinity Lutheran will hold its annual church supper from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Trinity Lutheran School Building. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, chicken and dumplings and all the trimmings. Children younger than 6 eat free. Call 824-5080 for more information...
Man's energy-saving home leads to $0 electric bill (10/01/07)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Many people might like to have an electric bill that reads zero on the line where electric use is listed. Jeffrey Ward actually does. The Farmington resident has taken total control of his energy bill in a big way with the installation of three solar panels in the backyard. He has achieved not just zero electric use, but he actually generates more power than he needs and feeds it back to the city, which purchases it from him at cost...
Rare spasm-induced heart attacks in children researched by doctors (10/01/07)
CHICAGO -- Beth Meter is a cardiac nurse who has seen plenty of heart attacks, so when her son complained of sudden crushing chest pain that spread to his arm, she was certain he was having one. Doctors at first didn't believe her. That's because her son had just turned 13...
Vacancies common on Mo. state boards (10/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There's been a lot of aging since the last generation of appointees joined the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging. And the Missouri Horse Racing Commission has essentially been put out to pasture. Though there are moves to revive both, those two government groups are symbolic of the lagging resident involvement on Missouri's many boards and commissions...
Avon calling -- in baritone (10/01/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- This Avon rep wears a hard hat and carries a pile of company catalogues to his day job on a construction site, encouraging the men to buy their ladies a little something. Perfume and lingerie are his top sellers. Oh, and he won't go a day without the women's wrinkle cream...
Man proposes marriage on side of demolition derby car (10/01/07)
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Marriage proposals have been displayed on billboards, announced on scoreboards and even written into newspaper crossword puzzles. Kevin Weaver's engagement to Karen Slusser got off to a smashing start. He painted his proposal on a car and drove it in a demolition derby...
Public schools offer single-gender classes (10/01/07)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- David Chadwell believes boys and girls can get through the awkward middle school years better when they're separated, learning in classrooms tailored to the learning styles of each gender. As the country's first and only statewide coordinator of single-gender education, Chadwell is helping to make South Carolina a leader among public schools that offer such programs. ...
Search for Fossett continues on basis of radar analyses of aviator's flight (10/01/07)
LAS VEGAS -- Teams on the ground and in two aircraft kept up the hunt for millionaire aviator Steve Fossett on Sunday after a new analysis of radar data provided fresh optimism. The formal aerial search by the Civil Air Patrol and the Nevada National Guard had ended Sept. 19 after more than two weeks of scouring a rugged area of deserts and mountains twice the size of New Jersey...
Interstate Bakeries reaches agreement with one of two unions (10/01/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Interstate Bakeries Corp., the bankrupt maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder Bread, said late Friday it had worked out contract modifications with one of the two unions representing a majority of its 25,000 employees. The Kansas City-based company said the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union had begun having its members vote to ratify the changes, which included health and welfare concessions and changes to the company's distribution network.. ...
IHOP CEO faces another tough order to buy, rejuvenate Applebee's (10/01/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Julia Stewart took over at pancake house operator IHOP Corp. more than five years ago, she faced the widespread belief she had just doomed her career. "I always kind of smile because when I first came here everybody said, 'Oh, the family dining category is dead and you've gone to work for a dying category and a dying chain,"' said Stewart, the Glendale, Calif.-based company's chairwoman and chief executive...
Stone-skipping record broken by Pennsylvania man (10/01/07)
FRANKLIN, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man cast a stone that skipped on water a whopping 51 times, shattering the old world record of 40. Russell "Rock Bottom" Byars' feat happened July 19, where the Allegheny River meets French Creek in Franklin, about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh. He estimated his stone traveled about 250 feet...
High-priced student loans could fuel backlash (10/01/07)
The near doubling in the cost of a college degree the past decade has produced an explosion in high-priced student loans that could haunt the U.S. economy for years. While scholarship, grant money and government-backed student loans -- whose interest rates are capped -- have taken up some of the slack, many families and individual students have turned to private loans, which carry fees and interest rates that are often variable and up to 20 percent...
A.G. Edwards stockholders approve merger plan (10/01/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A.G. Edwards, Inc. stockholders on Friday voted to approve a merger plan with Wachovia Corp. to form the second-largest retail brokerage firm in the nation. The St. Louis-based financial services holding company said the transaction is expected to close around Oct. 1...
Money and age are drawing men to the personal care products business (10/01/07)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- This Avon rep wears a hard hat and carries a pile of company catalogues to his day job on a construction site, encouraging the men to buy their ladies a little something. Perfume and lingerie are his top sellers. Oh, and he won't go a day without the women's wrinkle cream...
U.S. lobbyists gird for fight with proposed gun treaty (10/01/07)
UNITED NATIONS -- Britain, Japan, Australia and others are pushing for an unprecedented treaty regulating the arms trade worldwide, in a campaign sure to last years and to pit them against a determined American foe, the National Rifle Association. In what U.N. ...
U.S., Iraqi forces kill 60 fighters in weekend battles (10/01/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters in intense battles over the weekend, with most of the casualties believed to have been al-Qaida fighters, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Embassy, meanwhile, joined a broad swath of Iraqi politicians -- both Shiite and Sunni -- in criticizing a nonbinding U.S. Senate resolution seen here as a recipe for splitting the country along sectarian and ethnic lines...
Improvised satellite won first space race (10/01/07)
MOSCOW -- When Sputnik took off 50 years ago, the world gazed at the heavens in awe and apprehension, watching what seemed like the unveiling of a sustained Soviet effort to conquer space and score a stunning Cold War triumph. But 50 years later, it emerges that the momentous launch was far from being part of a well-planned strategy to demonstrate communist superiority over the West. ...
Central netters split matches (10/01/07)
The Central girls tennis team won its first match against Parkway Central and dropped a second contest to Parkway West on Saturday. The Tigers' record now stands at 13-3 in dual matches. Central 7, Parkway Central 2 Singles No. 1 -- Sarah Ford (C) def. Yelena Levina, 2-6, 6-1, tiebreaker 10-5...
Redhawks unleash nine goals on EKU in lopsided OVC win (10/01/07)
RICHMOND, Ky. -- The Southeast Missouri State soccer team capped off its opening Ohio Valley Conference weekend of play with a bang. Southeast set a school record for goals in an OVC match as the Redhawks routed host Eastern Kentucky 9-0 Sunday afternoon...
Former MU players power Tri-City in Slam-Fest final (10/01/07)
As a native of Southern Illinois who grew up not far from Cape Girardeau, Bobby Edwards had played in Slam-Fest before. But the fact Edwards now lives in Columbia, Mo., likely helped the team he put together win the championship of Slam-Fest 2007 on Sunday at Indian Park...
Sunday's NFL results/Week 4 (10/01/07)
Packers 23, Vikings 16 MINNEAPOLIS -- Brett Favre was as good as ever, becoming the NFL's career leader in touchdown passes with a couple of vintage third-down zingers to help Green Bay stay unbeaten. Favre was the obvious difference in Sunday's victory by the Packers (4-0), who hung on against the pass-deficient Minnesota Vikings (1-3)...
Chase field thrown unexpected curves at Kansas Speedway (10/01/07)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Greg Biffle scored his first victory of the season Sunday -- even though his car ran short on fuel before crossing the finish line -- in a wild race that jumbled the Chase for the championship standings. The Chase field imploded at Kansas Speedway, where rain and impending darkness cut the race short by 85 miles. Seven of the 12 Chase drivers finished 30th or worse, and defending Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson reclaimed the points lead...
U.S. defeats International team by five (10/01/07)
MONTREAL -- The United States won the Presidents Cup. Mike Weir gave Canada quite a consolation prize. The Americans won enough of the singles matches Sunday to capture the Presidents Cup for the second straight time. That didn't stop the relentless cheers that rocked Royal Montreal on a spectacular autumn day, especially when Weir won the final two holes to beat Tiger Woods and send his country home feeling like a winner...
Scrambled: Rams tumble to 0-4 (10/01/07)
IRVING, Texas -- When Tony Romo began chasing a snap that flew over his head, two thoughts raced through his mind. "Don't give up a touchdown," he said, "and don't get killed." After making things worse by knocking the ball farther away, Romo finally grabbed it 33 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Yet instead of falling on the ball or throwing it away, Romo took off running...
Redhawks fell short of upset, but held own vs. EIU (10/01/07)
No, the Southeast Missouri State football team did not pull off a major upset Saturday night. But at least give the Redhawks some credit. One week after squandering a 14-point third-quarter lead and losing at unimpressive Samford, Southeast stood toe-to-toe with the Ohio Valley Conference's top squad and made Eastern Illinois sweat most of the way...
Alumni speak of their real-life experiences (10/01/07)
The Harrison College of Business Executive Forum last Monday drew about 350 students and guests to a discussion of business issues and career strategies at Southeast Missouri State University. The forum, held each semester, featured three alumni who have established themselves as leaders in their fields. The purpose of the forum is to present real-world experiences to supplement the academic studies of the business students, said Gerry McDougall, dean of the business college...
Stars join Clinton for youth activism talk in New York City (10/01/07)
NEW YORK -- After getting hundreds of pledges to tackle the world's problems at his philanthropic summit this past week, former president Bill Clinton did what any good host would: He threw a party. Music, celebrity and politics mixed Saturday night at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, where Clinton was joined by Bono, Chris Rock, Shakira and Alicia Keys for a roundtable discussion on youth activism...
Extension offers course on eBay auctions (10/01/07)
The University of Missouri Extension office for Cape Girardeau County is offering a course in selling items on the eBay auction site at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at 684 West Jackson Trail in Jackson. The class will include detailed instructions in setting up eBay and PayPal accounts and posting items for sale. ...
People on the move 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
Bank of Missouri adds two to board of directors; Glenn joins governor's administration; Missey joins realty firm; Fish completes class; Farmer receives 'Women of Distinction' Award; Three achieve AST degrees at Jackson firm; Heise, Lowes honored at state bar meeting
Albert Schlenker (10/01/07)
Albert William Schlenker, 77, of Scott City, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
McElroy; Phipps; Smith; Maurer; Baker; Moore; McGee; Birk
Cape fire report 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
n At 4:29 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3400 block of Lowes Drive. n At 6:10 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Sprigg Street. n At 1:34 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of College Street. n At 1:51 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrests; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
A Japanese manufacturer of agricultural feed grain additives has announced that it will establish its first U.S. facility in Cape Girardeau; a ground-breaking ceremony for Kyowa Hakka Kogyo Co. Ltd's. plant on Nash Road will be Oct. 14. National Democratic leadership was portrayed yesterday by Vice President George Bush as being out of ideas for solving the country's problems and of resorting instead to personal attacks on President Reagan; Bush, here to boost the re-election campaign of Republican Rep. ...
Hear, hear (10/01/07)
By Peggy Noonan You don't want to judge Christ by Christians, someone once said. He is perfect, they are not. In a similar way you don't want to judge capitalism by capitalists, or the legitimacy of democracy by the Democrats, or the vitality of our republic by the Republicans. You have to take the thing pure and in itself, while allowing for the flaws and waywardness of its practitioners...
On the trail (10/01/07)
When Meriwether Lewis noted the beauty of Louis Lorimier's daughter in his journal on Nov. 23, 1803, he likely had no idea that it would be a talking point for historians some 200 years later. Cape Girardeau is a town that loves its history, dating back to its establishment in the late 1700s and with Lorimier regarded as the city's founder. ...
Speak Out 10/1/07 (10/01/07)
Recovered dog; Saving America; Center is safer; Waste of money; Excessive force; Vote on smoking; Ticked off; Lousy host; Pool issues
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