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Stories from Saturday, October 6, 2007

Cape overlook ready for dedication (10/06/07)
A brief ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday to officially dedicate the old Mississippi bridge overlook and park near the River Campus. Doug Leslie, Cape Girardeau's city manager, said dozens of people can take personal pride in the city's new attraction...
Murder suspect to be tried in Alexander Co. (10/06/07)
Michael Fencil, the suspect in a deadly armed robbery that occurred at the Brown Bag Video II Store in McClure, Ill., on July 31, will stand trial in Alexander County. Attorneys for Fencil argued for a reduction of the $1 million bond at a hearing Friday, but it was denied. Requests for a change of venue were also denied, according to court record of the proceedings...
Columbus Day may pass some schools by (10/06/07)
Columbus Day might slip by unnoticed in some area classrooms. "I doubt we mess with that one," Jackson High School principal Rick McClard said. "There are so many days of observance that the state legislature has imposed on schools it's hard to keep up with," said Dr. Mike Cowan, principal of Central High School in Cape Gir?ardeau...
Three fire departments, eight trucks respond to blaze in unoccupied house in Whitewater (10/06/07)
Southeast Missourian A fire broke out early Friday morning at a Cape Girardeau residence on County Road 380 north of Whitewater. It took eight trucks and firefighters from three area fire departments about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was called in at 7:11 a.m., said Whitewater fire chief Garry Moore...
Shuck Recital Hall to host guitar concert (10/06/07)
Southeast Missourian St. Louis native Zane Forshee will perform a classical guitar concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shuck Recital Hall in the seminary building at the River Campus. Forshee is a St. Louis native who studied at Webster University, the Peabody Conservatory and studied under Julian Gray. ...
Copper bracelet class to be held Oct. 13 (10/06/07)
Southeast Missourian The Garden Gallery will hold a class on making copper bracelets from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 with instructor Carol Poole. Class size is limited, and the deadline for registering is Tuesday. Materials will be provided, but participants are asked to bring round-nosed pliers. For more information, call 332-7123...
Empty Bowls returns to fight area hunger (10/06/07)
In 2006, local potter Pam Duncan was inspired to use her talents to combat and raise awareness of hunger in Southeast Missouri. Along with other potters and interested parties, Duncan started the city's first Empty Bowls project, an idea with roots in other places that had never been tried here...
The final tribute (10/06/07)
As the brass notes called out over the cemetery, Jim Foster's granddaughter turned her head to watch the man on the hill play a last salute and goodbye to her grandfather. She kept her red and glistening eyes on the suited trumpeter while taps rang out. At the end of the song she finally turned them back to the flag-covered casket...
State treasurer fires back at attorney general over housing tax breaks (10/06/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican State Treasurer Sarah Steelman cast doubt Friday on Attorney General Jay Nixon's claims that he was kept in the dark on a plan to award additional tax breaks to a development accused of using illegal workers. Steelman said Nixon was absent from all but two of the 28 meetings in the past few years of the Missouri Housing Development Commission, of which both the treasurer and attorney general are members...
Investigation fails to locate source of engineered rice in food supply (10/06/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Federal regulators could not determine how an experimental strain of biotech rice ended up in the commercial food supply, but an investigation suggests it escaped from a university research laboratory. A yearlong U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation found that the genetically engineered rice, which was not approved for human consumption, was grown at a corporate-funded laboratory at Louisiana State University alongside commercial strains of rice that were eventually contaminated in the food supply, according to a report released Friday.. ...
Family: Devlin to plead guilty in kidnap case (10/06/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Devlin, the former pizzeria manager accused of kidnapping two Missouri boys, will plead guilty next week to kidnapping and sexual abuse charges, bringing a sudden end to a massive criminal case that has drawn international attention, a prosecutor and a relative of one of the boys said Friday...
Woman charged for allegedly trying to flush newborn down McDonald's toilet (10/06/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old woman with first-degree assault for allegedly trying to flush her newborn son down the toilet at a McDonald's restaurant after giving birth in the restroom. Ashley Woods of Kansas City was charged Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court. She later turned herself in to police...
Minimum wage to rise to $6.65 (10/06/07)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's minimum wage will rise by 15 cents, starting Jan. 1, to a new rate of $6.65 an hour. The change marks the first automatic adjustment for Missouri's minimum wage since voters passed a ballot measure last year. That initiative raised the basic wage from $5.15 to $6.50 an hour in 2007, with an annual inflationary adjustment thereafter...
Five acquaintances of woman accused of cutting baby from womb testify at her trial (10/06/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day after a Missouri woman was killed and a baby cut from her womb, her accused killer was showing off the newborn as her own, much to the surprise of several acquaintances. Five women testified Friday that Lisa Montgomery and her husband, Kevin, seemed ecstatic about the new baby girl. The women, who lived or worked in Montgomery's hometown of Melvern, Kan., said Montgomery showed no signs of trauma or being upset, and had answers for all their questions about the birth...
Man questioned in fatal shootings of armored car guards in Philadelphia (10/06/07)
PHILADELPHIA -- Investigators searching for a robber who fatally shot two armored car guards servicing an ATM brought in a man for questioning Friday, police said. The suspect was arrested in northeast Philadelphia on a warrant in an unrelated case, but was being questioned about the robbery, Sgt. Anthony McFadden said...
Topps closes business 6 days after beef recall (10/06/07)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Topps Meat Co. on Friday said it was closing its business, six days after it was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history and 67 years after it first opened its doors. The decision will cost 87 people their jobs, Topps said...
Rice orders new security rules for embassy convoys in Iraq (10/06/07)
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered federal agents on Friday to ride with Blackwater USA escorts of U.S. diplomatic convoys in Baghdad to tighten oversight after a shooting in which private guards are accused of killing 13 Iraqi civilians...
Tiny, tail-mounted video cameras observe crows bending twigs into tools to seek food (10/06/07)
WASHINGTON -- Mounting tiny video cameras to the tail feathers of crows, researchers discovered that the birds use a variety of tools to seek food, and even make their own tools, plucking, smoothing and bending twigs and grass stems. "We observed a new mode of tool use that was not known before. We saw them use tools on the ground, using a little grass stem to poke and fish into nests," researcher Christian Rutz of England's University of Oxford said in a telephone interview...
Bush: U.S. 'does not torture' terror suspects (10/06/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush defended his administration's methods of detaining and questioning terrorism suspects on Friday, saying both are successful and lawful. "When we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we're going to detain them, and you bet we're going to question them," he said during an Oval Office appearance. ...
Mystery 'tin whiskers' ruin electronics, stoke debate over anti-lead regulations (10/06/07)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- They've ruined missiles, silenced communications satellites and forced nuclear power plants to shut down. Pacemakers, consumer gadgets and even a critical part of a space shuttle have fallen victim. The culprits? Tiny splinters -- whiskers, they're called -- that sprout without warning from tin solder and finishes deep inside electronics. By some estimates, the resulting short-circuits have leveled as much as $10 billion in damage since they were first noticed in the 1940s...
Pakistan's high court muddies political waters on eve of presidential election (10/06/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan can go ahead with its presidential election, but the winner can't be declared -- at least not for a while, the country's Supreme Court said Friday. It said the results of Saturday's ballot could not become official until it decided whether President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was eligible to stand for re-election while retaining his dual post as chief of the army...
U.N. envoy urges Myanmar to start talks with Suu Kyi (10/06/07)
UNITED NATIONS -- The chief U.N. envoy to Myanmar urged the country's military rulers on Friday to strive toward democracy and quickly start talks with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The U.S. warned it will press for sanctions if the junta does not act...
U.S. airstrikes kill 25 in Iraq (10/06/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. airstrikes killed at least 25 people Friday after troops met a fierce barrage while hunting suspected arms smuggling links between Iran and Shiite militiamen. The military described the dead as fighters, but village leaders said the victims included children and men protecting their homes...
Oran takes liking to fall ball, reaches final (10/06/07)
ORAN -- Senior Cassie Graviett loves her first taste of district play. Graviett and her Oran teammates are playing in the district softball tournament for the first time after the Eagles switched this year from playing in the spring to playing in the fall, when the Missouri State High School Activities Association holds its tournament...
Seckman holds off Jackson in district final (10/06/07)
Seckman senior pitcher Holly Brown stood in the circle feeling a little anxious with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of the Class 4 District 1 title game against Jackson on Friday evening. Her team was leading by one run and she had a full count on Indians No. 9 hitter Jessica Pitts with two runners on base...
Central's Ford-Pingel secure third trip to state tournament (10/06/07)
Sarah Ford and Lindsey Pingel are headed back to the state tennis tournament. The Central doubles team blew past its competition in the district tournament Friday to earn its third straight trip to the state tournament. Ford and Pingel defeated Eureka's Kelsey Ferguson and Shannon Ferguson, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinals. They then teamed to beat Parkway South's Danielle Poe and Stephanie Krieger, 6-1, 6-1, in the finals...
Southeast: NCAA graduation report fails to tell whole story (10/06/07)
Southeast Missouri State received the kind of unflattering national publicity that it doesn't target when the NCAA released graduation rates Wednesday. But Southeast athletic director Don Kaverman said the public should not come to the conclusion that the university's academic situation is in disarray...
Pickering notches 24th shutout in win over Govs (10/06/07)
The Ohio Valley Conference's all-time leader in shutouts added to her total Friday. Lindsay Pickering has enjoyed few nights with so little action -- not that she was complaining. Pickering was called on to make five saves -- all of them fairly routine -- as Southeast dominated play during a 2-0 home win over Austin Peay...
Revved up (10/06/07)
It's a guy thing. Men from the area invite other men to drop by the Osage Community Centre to look at the newest cars, trucks and motorcycles, eat some free barbecue and learn about Jesus. Two area religious organizations are joining together in what they call an RPM Rally. The Men's Fraternity and Promise Keepers want men to find the connections they have with each other -- be it an interest in things with motors and wheels or a desire to live a better life...
Briefly (10/06/07)
Saint Francis to celebrate feast day To raise the awareness of social justice in the community and to honor the life of St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis Medical Center will again host the Feast Day of St. Francis on Sunday at the Saint Francis Conference Center on the Medical Center campus from 1 to 5 p.m. ...
Losing arguments and finding the way (10/06/07)
There are few people who travel throughout their entire lives knowing without a doubt why they were put on Earth. There are fewer still who go to bed lost and somehow overnight have an epiphany of purpose and direction. Typically, understanding personal mission and purpose is directly linked with the pain of discovering what you are not good at...
Bringing down walls takes cooperation (10/06/07)
Bazaar. What a strange word. It's a word that has Italian, Turkish and Persian roots. Originally, a bazaar was understood to be a market set up along a street in Far East with various shops and stalls. In some parts of the world, that notion of bazaar continues to exist. ...
'Halo' creator splits from Microsoft (10/06/07)
SEATTLE -- Bungie Studios, the "Halo" video game developer acquired by Microsoft Corp. in 2000, is once again operating as an independent company, Microsoft said Friday. The software maker will maintain close ties with privately held Bungie LLC and own a minority stake in it, the companies said...
Mary Nenninger (10/06/07)
Mary G. Nenninger, 97, of Charlotte, N.C., died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, in Charlotte. She is formerly of Cape Girardeau. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Leroy Cato (10/06/07)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Leroy W. Cato, 70, of Puxico died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 29, 1936, at Zalma, son of Harrison and Dorothy Swick Cato. He and Betty Bowling were married Nov. 10, 1956, at Brownwood, Mo. Cato was a retired heavy equipment operator with Delta Asphalt. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Asherville, Mo...
Births 10/6/07 (10/06/07)
Tanner; Barks; Clark; Lord; Gruenewald; Young; Lane; Hahs; Coppaway; Wulfers; Brune; Welker; Kennedy; Hayes
Police report 10/6/07 (10/06/07)
Arrests; Jackson: Summonses; Arrests
Fire report 10/6/07 (10/06/07)
n At 6:40 p.m., a grass fire at mile marker 94 on southbound Interstate 55. n At 6:40 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Benton Street. n At 7:20 p.m., a fire alarm at 2852 Independence St. n At 8:17 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1600 block of North Spanish Street...
Out of the past 10/6/07 (10/06/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Court has endorsed Proposition B which, if approved by voters, would increase Missouri's motor fuel tax by four cents and increase license fees; the additional revenue would be used for repair and improvement of state roads and bridges...
Correction (10/06/07)
Friday's story about the Reynolds House should have stated that the reason changes to the home must be approved by the city of Cape Girardeau's historic preservation commission is because the building is listed on the Local Landmark Register, according to historic preservation consultant Terri Foley. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error...
Faith and works (10/06/07)
If you were out and about last Saturday in Cape Girardeau and several other Southeast Missouri communities, there's a good chance you ran into someone in a yellow shirt doing an act of kindness. As many as 900 people from several churches participated in an event called "40 Days of Community," an outreach program organized by La Croix Church. The event was based on the writings of Rick Warren, author of many Christian books, including "The Purpose-Driven Life."...
Speak Out 10/6/07 (10/06/07)
Parents are teachers; Not easy to serve; Rumble strips; Blackwater solution; Still counting; No time left; Dying isn't funny; Thanks for help; Politicians' lies; Real terrorists; Initial test only; Speeding patrolman; Personal use; Deadly illegals; Stoplight timing; Teachers absent
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