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Stories from Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Judge grants delay in Cooper sentencing (10/02/07)
Former state Rep. Nathan Cooper won a week's delay in his sentencing but a federal judge rejected his request for a longer postponement. In an order handed down Monday, U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton set Oct. 26 for Cooper's sentencing on two federal felonies for immigration fraud. Cooper had asked for a 30-day delay from the original Oct. 19 sentencing date, which conflicted with the beginning of a trial involving Cooper's attorney, Joel Schwartz of St. Louis...
First Friday greets two new locations this month (10/02/07)
Two new locations will enter the First Friday art walk this week -- the Community Counseling Center and Lang Jewelers. The Community Counseling Center (CCC) will exhibit about 20 paintings created by people who use the center's counseling services, called "consumers" within the CCC culture...
Cost may outweigh program's benefits (10/02/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Commission has already begun looking for ways to tighten its budgetary belt before a law enforcement sales tax expires next year. The first casualty might be a proposed random drug testing program. Commissioners began exploring the implementation of a random drug testing program for all of the county's approximately 100 employees, with a plan of implementing the policy in the fall. ...
Speaker: Alcohol is not the answer (10/02/07)
Someone lying on the floor bleeding with a bone sticking out of his leg will ask for help. No one makes fun of him for crying or denies that he needs to go to the hospital. It's dramatic, but that's the image speaker Ross Szabo gave to Southeast Missouri State University students Monday night when he gave his presentation, "Mixed Drinks, Mixed Emotions."...
Early morning fire destroys Cairo grocery store (10/02/07)
Cairo, Ill. -- A fire broke out at Gerald Junior and Julian's Inc. Grocery Store and Snack Bar, early Monday morning, making it the eighth blaze in the city since Sept. 8. A dispatcher at the Cairo police department said the fire was reported around 3 a.m. Monday, though Cairo fire chief, John Meyer, could not be reached Monday for comment...
County gets bids for planned tax assessment system upgrade (10/02/07)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners received bids Monday on software intended to hold personal and real estate property information. The bids ranged from $560,000 to $1.4 million. The upgrade would be part of a major overhaul of the software systems used by the assessor's and collector's office. Resident billing or assessment will not be affected...
Pedal plans (10/02/07)
On Saturday, hundreds of bicyclists are expected to participate in the annual Tour de Cape. The tour is an opportunity for Cape Girardeau to showcase its city to bicyclists from a wide region. Closer to home, the cycling community has concerns about safety and access issues. But there are at least two camps who have philosophical differences on how the city should improve two-wheel transportation...
Several minor injuries in accident involving Mo. school bus (10/02/07)
HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (AP) -- Six St. Louis-area middle school students and their bus driver were taken to a hospital Tuesday with minor injuries Tuesday after the bus ran into a ditch to avoid hitting a car stopped in traffic. Jefferson County Sheriff's Capt. Ralph Brown said the accident happened about 7 a.m. near High Ridge. The bus was carrying 21 students, ages 11 and 12, to Northwest Valley Middle School...
St. Louis man dies after shootout with police (10/02/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An 18-year-old St. Louis man has died after a shootout with a plainclothes police officer. The suspect is identified as Kendrick Alexander. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon. Detectives saw a man chasing another man and firing shots. The detectives approached in an unmarked sport utility vehicle and announced their presence. Police say that's when the suspect began shooting at the officers...
Fraternities cultivate new image (10/02/07)
NO PLEDGES: Sigma Phi Epsilon is one of several fraternities at the University of Missouri-Columbia that have eliminated pledging. Members say the change reduces the risk of hazing and has helped restore the original ideals of campus Greek life. BALANCED MEN: The Sig Ep program, known as the "Balanced Man" initiative, includes yoga classes, wine tastings, documentary film screenings and other activities designed to encourage personal growth...
From yoga classes to opera, some fraternities cultivating new image (10/02/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The basement of the Sigma Phi Epsilon house at the University of Missouri-Columbia is filled with familiar fraternity icons, from its well-worn pool table to the stacks of "Kill Bill," "Gladiator," and other violent movies on DVD. The smell of stale beer is unmistakable...
Nixon using state car for personal, political trips (10/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon is using his state vehicle for political purposes without reimbursing the state. Although Missouri law prohibits government vehicles from being used for private purposes, Nixon's office justified the practice Monday by saying the Democratic attorney general is always on duty -- even when campaigning for governor...
Breckenridge joins Missouri Supreme Court (10/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Judge Patricia Breckenridge questioned attorneys frequently and assertively Tuesday as she heard her first arguments as the newest member of the Missouri Supreme Court. First up on the docket for Breckenridge and her six other colleagues was an appeal from a man sentenced to 100 years in prison for raping a stepdaughter. ...
Ten Commandments sculptor killed in Mo. tractor accident (10/02/07)
AURORA, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri man known for his giant stone sculpture of the Ten Commandments is dead after falling under his tractor. James Luce, 49, reportedly fell off his tractor Monday as it moved and was struck by a rear wheel. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Luce was pronounced dead at the scene on his property along Route K, north of Aurora...
Conscientious achievers may be less prone to Alzheimer's disease (10/02/07)
CHICAGO -- A surprising study of elderly people suggests that those who see themselves as self-disciplined, organized achievers have a lower risk for developing Alzheimer's disease than people who are less conscientious. A purposeful personality may somehow protect the brain, perhaps by increasing neural connections that can act as a reserve against mental decline, said study co-author Robert Wilson of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center...
Presidential hopefuls announce fundraising results for the summer (10/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama raised more than $19 million this summer for the presidential primaries, holding his lead for now in the race for campaign cash though still trailing Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in national polls. Fred Thompson, the GOP newcomer, has collected more than $11.5 million since June when he began exploring a run, Republicans familiar with his fundraising said Monday...
Wis. duck hunter shoots alligator (10/02/07)
FARMINGTON, Wis. -- Ed Long thought he was shooting at a snapping turtle, but got a surprise when he pulled his trophy from the Milwaukee River: a 4-foot-long alligator. Long had been in the river Saturday hunting for ducks. "At first, I thought it was a turtle tail," he said. "The it turned and came back at me. I seen the eyes come out of the water, but my brain didn't click. This is Wisconsin. There's not supposed to be gators in Wisconsin."...
Dow hits record high as credit fears wane (10/02/07)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street began the fourth quarter with a huge rally Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close. Stocks were buoyed by a growing belief that the worst of the credit crisis has passed. The Dow rose 191.92, or 1.38 percent, to 14,087.55, surpassing its closing record of 14,000.41 set in mid-July. The blue chip index rose as high as 14,115.51 to eclipse its previous intraday high of 14,021.95 set July 17...
Survey: Generation X wakes up and smells the money (10/02/07)
Remember when Generation X was a bunch of slackers? So last millennium. A new survey suggests the demographic that smelled like Teen Spirit has finally embraced the American Dream. According to the survey, sponsored by financial services provider Charles Schwab, 64 percent of Gen Xers (people born between 1965 and 1980) say their top priorities include family, homeownership and financial security. ...
Illinois middle school bans hugs between students (10/02/07)
OAK PARK, Ill. -- If you need a hug, you won't get it at Percy Julian Middle School. Principal Victoria Sharts banned hugging among the suburban Chicago school's 860 students anywhere inside the building. She said students were forming "hug lines" that made them late for classes and crowded the hallways...
Putin puts his name on parliamentary ticket (10/02/07)
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise announcement, opened the door Monday to becoming Russia's prime minister and retaining power when his presidential term ends next year. The popular Putin is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in the March presidential election, but has strongly indicated he would seek to keep a hand on Russia's reins after he steps down...
Delta blanks Perryville 8-0 (10/02/07)
Bobcats pitcher Kendra Burnett allowed two hits, struck out nine and walked two to help the Delta softball team knock off Perryville 8-0 on Monday. Amanda Seabaugh went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Bobcats (12-8). Emma Littge struck out one and walked two to take the loss for the Pirates...
DeLong earns OVC honors (10/02/07)
Southeast Missouri State's Karleigh DeLong is the Ohio Valley Conference co-offensive player of the week for volleyball, the league announced Monday. DeLong, a sophomore outside hitter, led the Redhawks with 51 kills, 10 blocks and seven aces last week while producing two double-doubles in three matches...
Redhawks have open date following physical loss (10/02/07)
Considering how physical Saturday's game was, Southeast Missouri State coach Tony Samuel figures the Redhawks' open date comes at exactly the right time. The Redhawks and two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois waged a hard-hitting affair that saw the Panthers pull out a 31-16 win...
Hot prep recruit commits verbally (10/02/07)
As the older brother of the reigning Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, Carl Reed says he knows a thing or two about OVC basketball. And Reed said he will be surprised if the player who gave Southeast Missouri State a verbal commitment Monday is not the 2008-09 OVC freshman of the year...
NASCAR's rulings create confusion in Kansas (10/02/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is unlike any other sport, and accepting that is essential to analyzing the events at Kansas Speedway. With a fluid rule book and an arbitrary policing system, what's right one week can be wrong the next. A car part that sails through inspection for two seasons can suddenly be deemed illegal...
American discus great Oerter dies at age 71 (10/02/07)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Al Oerter, the discus great who won gold medals in four straight Olympics to become one of track and field's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s, died Monday of heart failure. He was 71. Oerter died at a hospital near his Fort Myers Beach home, wife Cathy Oerter said. He dealt with high blood pressure since he was young and struggled with heart problems, she said...
NFL Patriots rout Bengals, improve to 4-0 (10/02/07)
CINCINNATI -- Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the New England defense had its way in a 34-13 victory Monday night over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots (4-0) remained one of the NFL's four unbeaten teams. New England is off to its best start since 2004, when it won the Super Bowl for the third time in four years...
Battered Rams will stay with Bulger (10/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The winless St. Louis Rams added several players to an already lengthy injury list Monday. Quarterback Marc Bulger, nursing two broken ribs and coming off the first sub-50 percent passing day of his career, was not one of them. Coach Scott Linehan on Monday had no thought this week of resting Bulger, who has thrown four interceptions, totaled 230 yards passing and produced zero touchdowns the last two weeks while operating behind an injury-riddled line. ...
Rockies' Holliday claims NL batting crown (10/02/07)
NEW YORK -- The National League batting race went to extra innings. Matt Holliday went 2-for-6 in Monday's tiebreaker playoff game and maintained his .340 batting average. He came into Monday's game three points higher than Chipper Jones' mark for Atlanta...
Beaten Birds (10/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa has managed for 29 seasons, long enough that he trails only Connie Mack and John McGraw on the career victory list. Over all that time, this year might have been his low point. It's been a walk on hot coals since before spring training. Whether it's enough heartache and adversity to convince La Russa to walk away after 12 years and seven postseason appearances, the St. Louis Cardinals will soon find out...
Rockies rally for wild wild-card berth (10/02/07)
By ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press DENVER -- Matt Holliday raced home on Jamey Carroll's shallow fly ball, capping a stunning, three-run rally in the 13th inning against Trevor Hoffman and leading the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 9-8 on Monday night for the NL wild card...
New research links drinking, breast cancer (10/02/07)
Heavy drinking significantly increases the risk of developing breast cancer, and even moderate drinking -- just a glass or two of wine with dinner every night -- can make women more vulnerable to the disease, according to research by Kaiser Permanente doctors...
Pink power: Survivors, organizations observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month (10/02/07)
Flossie Leggett will celebrate her sixth anniversary of being cancer free on Oct. 12. She considers herself "one of the lucky ones." Her form of breast cancer required no chemotherapy or radiation, something she attributes to early detection. Her October anniversary corresponds to the nationally designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign that strives to encourage women to get regular checkups and mammograms and to perform self-examinations...
Health calendar 10/2/07 (10/02/07)
Briefly International Walk/Bike To School Day is Wednesday Wednesday has been declared Walk/Bike to School day, according to the Missouri Bicycle Federation. In the United States, International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. ...
Events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (10/02/07)
Today n Bosom Buddies: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at HealthPoint Plaza. This support group is for any woman who is dealing with or has had breast cancer. n Turning Point: A Series for Breast Cancer Survivors, every Tuesday until Nov. 13, is a monthlong series of programs designed for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year. Programs will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at HealthPoint Plaza. Call the Generations Center at 651-5825 to register or for more information...
Britney Spears temporarily loses custody of her 2 sons (10/02/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears was ordered Monday to surrender custody of her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline. Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled that Federline will take custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, beginning Wednesday "until further order of the court."...
Scalpers smiling, parents steamed over 'Hannah Montana' tickets (10/02/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Forget The Police, Justin Timberlake or Bruce Springsteen. The undisputed hottest concert ticket of the year is for 14-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" TV show. Fans are so desperate for seats to her 54-date tour, kicking off later this month, that venues have sold out in as little as four minutes and scalpers are getting four to five times the face value -- creating a torrent of complaints from frustrated parents...
France honors artistic achievement of The Police (10/02/07)
PARIS -- The Police, fresh off a reunion concert in Paris, received a French award for their contribution to the arts Monday. French Culture Minister Christine Albanel honored the rock trio of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers as chevaliers of the Order of Arts and Letters at a Paris ceremony...
Ronald Elfrink (10/02/07)
Ronald Lee Elfrink, 51, of Eureka, Mo., died in a motorcycle accident Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, in Jefferson County, Mo. He was born April 27, 1956, in Bismarck, Mo., son of Omer and Althea Brandon Elfrink. Elfrink was a certified public accountant. Survivors include two sons, Joseph Elfrink of St. Charles, Mo., Michael Elfrink of St. Louis; his father; three sisters, Wanda, Deborah and Regina Elfrink; a brother, John Elfrink, all of Cape Girardeau; and three grandchildren...
John Blaylock (10/02/07)
John R. Blaylock, 77, of Jackson died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Sandler (10/02/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert H. Sandler, 84, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his home. He was born June 2, 1923, in Perry County, son of Harry and Elsie Hornberger Sandler. He and Vera Hoehne were married Nov. 18, 1950. Sandler was a buyer for Shell Feed and Supply in Lutesville and Perryville, and worked in maintenance at Gilster-Mary Lee. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church...
Albert Schlenker (10/02/07)
Albert William Schlenker, 77, of Scott City died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Cape Gir-ardeau, son of John and Earmel I. Hartle Schlenker. He and Joan Morrill were married Jan. 27, 1951, at Fornfelt...
Births 10/2/07 (10/02/07)
Fischer; Bartels; Sander; Kilby; Limbaugh; McGee
Cape/Jackson fire report 10/2/07 (10/02/07)
n At 6:43 p.m., an emergency medical service at 300 N. Park Ave. n At 6:35 a.m., an emergency medical service in the 2000 block of Broadway. n At 7:25 a.m., an emergency medical service in the 1800 block of Stoddard Street. n At 11:17 a.m., a grass fire at Interstate 55, mile marker 99...
Cape/Jackson police report 10/2/07 (10/02/07)
Arrest; Thefts
Out of the past 10/2/07 (10/02/07)
Most pharmacies in Cape Girardeau are removing all Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules from their shelves as a result of the deaths of five people in suburban Chicago, who took capsules that contained cyanide. Cape Girardeau's controversial abortion ordinance, technically in effect for about a day and a half this week, was put on hold yesterday by a federal judge who granted a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of the regulation...
Flu shots (10/02/07)
In a turnaround from recent years, there are ample supplies of vaccine going into the flu season. The more than 132 million doses available is the most ever produced in the U.S. Thanks to the availability of the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the shots for anyone who wants to avoid a week of misery...
Speak Out 10/2/07 (10/02/07)
Positive approach; Ethanol's negatives; Difficult times; Dark park; Traffic snarl; Good impression; Concrete barriers; MoNOT; MoDot's ears are open; Be positive; No pool parts?; Chaffee police; Let the Guard do it; Money for pools; Great little fair; Does not compute; Medical monopoly
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