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Stories from Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Cape to host storytelling festival in April (10/09/07)
The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping that local storytelling events over the past few years have fostered an interest in the art that will translate into big-event success. Next spring the CVB will sponsor the city's first storytelling festival, to be held downtown April 4 through 6. Four well-known national storytellers -- Donald Davis, willy Claflin, Sheila Kay Adams and Dan Keding -- will be featured, along with five other well-known Midwest storytellers...
Residents weigh in on fields dispute (10/09/07)
The Scott City Council might make a decision as soon as Monday on the fate of the city's relationship with the Youth League. After a special meeting, the eight-member council has plenty of information and opinions to comb through before making that decision...
Getting creative with continuing education classes (10/09/07)
A few years ago, Southeast Missouri State University had the run of the town when it came to continuing education classes. According to Christy Mershon, the assistant director in the office of extended and continuing education, there weren't two health clubs, so the university was the only place to take a yoga class. Galleries downtown didn't offer a variety of pottery or textile classes. Hobby Lobby wasn't attracting as many people to their arts classes...
Dearmont Hall residents sweat out record heat (10/09/07)
There are no less than five fans in Ashley Horton's dorm room. "We have a window fan, and a fan in front of that. I have a fan on my bed and desk. And we have one by our front door," Horton said. "I still wake up in a sweat." Even in October, temperatures have soared to the upper 80s. ...
Correction 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
n The Halloween parade sponsored by Scott City Park Department will be Oct. 20. Information on Monday's Faces & Places page was incorrect. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Meeting set for today for Board of Education (10/09/07)
Meeting set for today for Board of Education The Jackson Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Board of Education office at 614 E. Adams St. There are no action items on the agenda. Assistant superintendent Dr. Rita Fisher will give a presentation about the drama department...
Police investigate fatal car crash near Benton (10/09/07)
Police investigate fatal car crash near Benton BENTON, Mo. -- State police continue to investigate a fatal car crash that occurred Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 just south of Benton. A pedestrian, Dwight Douglas of Lilbourn, Mo., was struck and killed in a single-vehicle accident near the 78 mile marker, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Police responded to the crash at 3:43 p.m. Monday...
Police sergeant to retire after 35 years on force (10/09/07)
Police sergeant to retire after 35 years on force Sgt. Cark Eakins will retire Thursday, ending a nearly 35-year career with the Cape Girardeau police department. The man known to colleagues as simply "the Sarge" will be sorely missed and difficult to replace, said police chief Carl Kinnison. ...
To search for drugs, officers take flight (10/09/07)
Like other Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, state troopers Jim Wilson and Bryan Arnold each carry a Glock service pistol with 46 rounds, and a baton. They each drive a Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor or Chevrolet Impala 9C1, which, like every highway patrol car, comes equipped with a shotgun, an M-16 rifle, a gas mask, road spikes and a giant binder of Patrol rules...
Southern Expressway gets new shoulders (10/09/07)
Southeast Missourian New asphalt shoulders were added to Southern Expressway in a project that began Saturday and was finished Monday. The asphalt shoulders replaced gravel shoulders along the road from Kingshighway to the Cape La Croix Creek bridge, Cape Girardeau public works director Tim Gramling said. The city expects to add asphalt shoulders to the roadway from the creek to Sprigg Street in 2008...
Cape airport board to meet (10/09/07)
Cape Girardeau is on Delta Airline's map. Delta's Web site is allowing visitors to book flights to Cincinnati, scheduled for November and beyond. Bruce Loy, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport's manager, will have the latest details on commercial service -- which will use Delta contractor Big Sky Airlines -- at the city's airport authority board meeting, set for 5 p.m. today at The Drop Zone Airport Restaurant...
Police seize crack cocaine (10/09/07)
Cape Girardeau Police chased down a suspect in connection with an ongoing drug investigation Monday. Two suspects were apprehended in the 900 block of S. Ellis St., said police spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis. Though it was a narcotics investigation, police uncovered enough evidence to secure probable cause, and were preparing to make the arrest when the suspects fled and a foot chase ensued, Hovis said. ...
Mo. infant dies in Simplicity bed not part of recall (10/09/07)
PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Investigators are blaming the death of a 4-month-old girl in southwest Missouri on a Simplicity Inc. bassinet that was not part of a recall last month of 1 million other baby beds from the company. The sheriff's deputy who investigated the case and the coroner in McDonald County said Tuesday that they blame the Sept. 29 death on the design of the bassinet, which was bought at a WalMart store in nearby Fayetteville, Ark...
Devlin pleads guilty of kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck (10/09/07)
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- Michael Devlin pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and attempting to murder young Shawn Hornbeck in 2002 -- the second in a series of expected guilty pleas that will land Devlin in prison for life. Devlin pleaded guilty to six counts, accepting the maximum sentence of three life terms in prison plus 60 years...
Devlin pleads guilty to charges (10/09/07)
UNION, Mo. -- Facing "overwhelming evidence" against him, Michael Devlin admitted Monday to kidnapping young Ben Ownby -- accepting a life sentence during the first in a staccato series of expected guilty pleas for the abduction and sexual abuse of two boys held captive in Devlin's apartment...
Possible human skull found in park (10/09/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two men who were fishing in a Jackson County park found what appeared to be a human skull, authorities said Sunday. Deputy Ronda Montgomery, of the Jackson County sheriff's department, said the skull was found about 3 p.m. Sunday in the Little Blue River and appeared to be that of a small adult or child...
Candidate proposes unit to enforce Sunshine Law (10/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney general candidate Jeff Harris wants to create a special Sunshine Law unit within the office as a way to boost enforcement of Missouri's open records and meetings law. The proposal, however, would not eliminate what some Sunshine Law experts believe is an inherent conflict of interest by allowing the same office to both pursue violations of open government laws and represent the state agencies accused of breaking them...
2 U.S. scientists, 1 Briton share Nobel in medicine (10/09/07)
NEW YORK -- As a child in Italy during World War II, he lived for years on the streets and in orphanages. Six decades later, as a scientist in the United States, Mario Capecchi joined two other researchers in winning the Nobel Prize in medicine. Their work led to a powerful and widely used technique to manipulate genes in mice, which has helped scientists study heart disease, diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis and other diseases...
U.S. explored radiological weapon for assassinations (10/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- In one of the longest-held secrets of the Cold War, the U.S. Army explored the potential for using radioactive poisons to assassinate "important individuals" such as military or civilian leaders, according to newly declassified documents obtained by The Associated Press...
Rising grain, energy prices increase grocery bills (10/09/07)
NEW YORK -- This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. By next year, it could be 56 cents. It's enough to make you cry in your cornflakes. The forces behind the rise in food prices -- China's economic boom, a growing biofuels industry and a weak U.S. ...
Deputy flew into rage after being rebuffed (10/09/07)
CRANDON, Wis. -- A young sheriff's deputy who opened fire on a pizza party and killed six people reportedly flew into a rage when he was rebuffed by his old girlfriend, and others at the gathering called him a "worthless pig." A longtime friend told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that 20-year-old Tyler Peterson came to his door in the hours after the rampage and calmly explained what he had done...
Sprint Nextel CEO Forsee steps down as board grouses over results (10/09/07)
NEW YORK -- Sprint Nextel Corp.'s board pushed out chairman and chief executive Gary Forsee on Monday, complaining over the cell phone carrier's financial results, which have lagged since the Sprint-Nextel merger engineered by Forsee. "It is the right time to put in place new leadership to move the company forward in improving its performance and realizing corporate objectives," board member Irvine Hockaday said in a company statement...
Division of Jerusalem takes center stage in Israeli debate (10/09/07)
JERUSALEM -- Two senior Israeli politicians, including the prime minister's closest ally, talked openly Monday about dividing Jerusalem, signaling a possible shift in Israeli opinion about one of the Mideast's most contentious issues. The dispute over Jerusalem has derailed negotiations in the past, and the latest comments come at a time when Israeli and Palestinian teams are trying to agree on principles guiding future peace talks...
Car bombs kill some 2 dozen in Iraq (10/09/07)
BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber drove his truck into a police station north of Baghdad on Monday, crumbling the squat concrete building and damaging a nearby school in the deadliest in a series of blasts that killed at least 24 people across Iraq. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks in the capital and two northern areas. But they bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida in Iraq, which has promised an offensive to coincide with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan...
British prime minister to cut his troops to 2,500 in Iraq next spring (10/09/07)
LONDON -- Britain will halve its remaining troop contingent in Iraq next spring, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Monday. A British official later said they could not guarantee that any troops would remain in Iraq by the end of 2008. Brown, under fire over his decision not to call an election for this year, said Britain would lower troop levels to 2,500 by mid-2008 and redeploy logistics staff to neighboring states. ...
Inquest jurors walk into tunnel where Princess Diana's car crashed in Paris (10/09/07)
PARIS (AP) -- The roar of Paris rush hour died down, giving way to eerie quiet. With traffic halted, jurors in a British inquest ventured by foot into a dark underpass and came to a halt before the scarred, dented pillar where Princess Diana's Mercedes crashed 10 years ago...
Jackson spikers sweep (10/09/07)
Jackson swept Fredericktown 25-10, 25-14 at home Monday in high school volleyball action. Megan Spooler recorded four kills, two aces and eight digs for the Indians, who improved to 12-6-1. Chelsea Olson had 18 assists and seven digs, while Ashley Soemo added nine kills, five digs and one ace...
Redhawks will wage Steak & Beans World Series over coming weeks (10/09/07)
The start of the Southeast Missouri State baseball season is more than four months away, but fans will be able to get an early look at the Redhawks seven times over the next several weeks. Southeast begins its annual Steak & Beans World Series at 3 p.m. Thursday at Capaha Field. The seven-game intrasquad series is part of the Redhawks' fall workouts...
Three men charged in murder of Bradford (10/09/07)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Three men were charged with murder on Monday in the shooting of a football player on the University of Memphis campus during an attempted robbery, authorities said. Police said there were rumors around campus that Taylor Bradford, 21, had won more than $3,000 at a nearby casino the night before police found him Sept. 30 in his car, which had crashed into a tree a few blocks from his campus apartment...
Temple may miss Oklahoma game (10/09/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri may be without its leading rusher Saturday when the 11th-ranked Tigers play No. 6 Oklahoma, coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. Tony Temple, a two-year starter for Missouri (5-0, 1-0 Big 12), sprained an ankle in Saturday's 41-6 win over Nebraska. He won't practice until Wednesday or Thursday, and a decision on his availability for the Oklahoma game will be made later this week...
Redhawks face OVC contender after open week (10/09/07)
Southeast Missouri State ended what was basically the first half of its season with a game against a nationally-ranked team. The Redhawks, after a week off, begin the second half of their season with a contest against another nationally-ranked squad...
Cuban wants to buy Cubs, be billionaire bleacher bum (10/09/07)
CHICAGO -- Mark Cuban says that if he succeeds in buying the Chicago Cubs, he'll be a billionaire bleacher bum. The Internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner, known for noisily cheering on the Mavs and berating NBA officials from courtside, reiterated strong interest Monday in owning the Cubs and insisted he'd be rooting them on from a much more distant vantage point...
Indians end Yankees' season, possibly Torre's reign in NY (10/09/07)
By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Once Grady Sizemore hit a leadoff home run, the Cleveland Indians were headed to the AL championship series while the New York Yankees were braced for a showdown with their boss. Paul Byrd and the Indians bullpen closed out New York 6-4 in Game 4 on Monday night, completing the third straight first-round debacle for the Yankees, one that might cost manager Joe Torre his job...
Rams' futility nears record level (10/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- One more loss, and the 0-5 St. Louis Rams will match the worst start in franchise history. They can't seem to catch a break, either. "You go, 'Why us?"' tight end Randy McMichael said. "It just seems like everything that can go wrong for us is going wrong for us."...
Cowboys stun Bills (10/09/07)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Dallas Cowboys scored nine points in the final 20 seconds Monday night, with Nick Folk's 53-yard field goal as time expired giving them an improbable 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, after being intercepted five times, drove Dallas (5-0) 80 yards and hit Patrick Crayton with a 4-yard TD pass with 20 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion try failed when Jabari Greer stripped Terrell Owens of the ball in the end zone...
Jones surrenders five medals from 2000 Olympics (10/09/07)
Her reputation is gone and now so are Marion Jones' Olympic medals. Jones gave back the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics on Monday and agreed to forfeit all other results dating back to Sept. 1, 2000, further punishment for her admission that she was a drug cheat...
Nap time: Research looks at toddlers' sleep patterns (10/09/07)
Anyone who has cared for toddlers knows many mysteries lurk in the 2- and 3-year-old brain. One of the biggest mysteries concerns their sleep. Missouri State law requires day cares give toddlers a two-hour nap time each day. "At this age -- 4 to 4 1/2 -- they start to outgrow it," said Niki Siebert, a teacher at Cape Girardeau Montessori School. She said as long as the children lay down and are quiet, the staff does not always make them sleep, though the nap is beneficial...
Events planned for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (10/09/07)
Today n Dig for Life Kick-Off Night, 7 p.m. at Houck Field House. Southeast Missouri State University volleyball athletes "dig" for breast cancer prevention, detection and education. Team members secure pledges per dig -- a volleyball term -- which are then tallied throughout all of October's home matches...
Blood drives 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
Monday n Chaffee Elementary School, 408 Elliot Ave, Chaffee, Mo., from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday n Saint Francis Medical Center, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Health calendar 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
Calendar Today n Diabetes self-management support group: "Know Your ABCs": From 1 to 2 p.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital in the Generations Center. Learn how better management of A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol can control risk and slow the progress of heart disease. For more information or to register, call Southeast's Diabetes Center at 339-0121...
Eating French (10/09/07)
Having recently spent a month in France, I have come to the conclusion that the French are sneaky. They eat three-course meals with gorgeous sauces, drink red wine constantly, have no apparent shame availing themselves of those sinful French pastries, pat and cheeses and yet still remain -- by American standards -- thin. And rarely will you see those French guys or gals sweatily jogging down the boulevard; they just walk about looking stylish...
Osbournes to auction furniture, art, collectibles (10/09/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are doing some housecleaning. The 58-year-old rocker and his wife are selling art, furniture and collectibles from their homes in Malibu, Beverly Hills and England. The Nov. 30 auction will also feature items from their MTV reality show, "The Osbournes," including son Jack Osbourne's black leather bedroom furniture and a cast-iron crucifix that adorned Ozzy's den in various episodes...
Norman Koen (10/09/07)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Norman Gene Koen, 76, of Mound City died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill. He was born May 1, 1931, in Mound City, son of Rollin and Ella Lee Haron Koen. Koen was a former chief of police in Mound City, and was pastor of Word of Life Center and Campground...
Ruby Routon (10/09/07)
Ruby Mae Routon, 86, of Scott City died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girar-deau. She was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Falls City, Neb., daughter of Emmett and Amanda Barnhardt Snodgrass. She and Teddie LeRoy Routon were married July 19, 1935. He died Sept. 30, 1978...
Debra Pauly (10/09/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Debra A. Pauly, 50, of St. Louis died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at her home. She was born May 16, 1957, in Perryville, daughter of Thomas J. and Johanna H. Unverferth Welker. She married Leonard Pauly Jr. Pauly was a member of Life Christian Center...
Bettie Shreeman (10/09/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bettie L. Shreeman, 78, of Perryville died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 6, 1929, in Poinsett County, Ark., daughter of Thomas D. and Flossie Ruhman Perry. She and John F. Shreeman were married in May 1948. He died Aug. 9, 1991...
Alice Shrum (10/09/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Alice M. Shrum, 82, of Sedgewickville died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville, Mo. She was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Perry County, daughter of Louis C. and Carrie E. Holiday McClure. She and Ellis E. Shrum were married Jan. 5, 1952. He died July 21, 2001...
Douglas Segraves (10/09/07)
Douglas Lemay Segraves, son of R.H. and Katherine Lou Phillips Segraves, was born April 10, 1949, in Pocahontas, Ark., and departed this life Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at his home in Van Buren, Mo. He had attained the age of 58 years, five months, and 26 days...
Births 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
Buhs; Hinze; Brugman; Burckhardt; Parker
Cape/Jackson fire report 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
n At 6:13 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of Green Acres Street. n At 8 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block of Locust Street. n At 9 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Whitener Street. n At 12:38 a.m., emergency medical service at Themis and North Benton streets...
Cape/Jackson police report 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
Arrests; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
A study commissioned by the Open Sundays Committee, which is pushing for repeal of the Sunday sales laws in Cape Girardeau County, indicates that allowing retail stores to be open on Sunday would create jobs, increase tax revenue in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, increase county tax revenue and would increase general economic activity throughout the county by almost $20 million...
Missouri teachers support school choice (10/09/07)
By Justin P. Haukeand Dave Roland When the Missouri General Assembly reconvenes in January, true education reform should be at the top of its agenda. Missourians, parents and teachers alike have suffered from continual public school decline as the legislature has pumped more and more money into districts. ...
City cycling (10/09/07)
It is one indication of the level of bicycling activity in Cape Girardeau that there are two cycling groups with ideas for improving safety and access to city streets and trails. By law, bike riders have the same right to use city streets as motorized vehicles, but the plain fact is that vehicles and bikes don't mix well on many narrow roadways...
A big lift for a soldier overseas (10/09/07)
To the editor:Since I cannot possibly thank each one of you, I thought I could say a heartfelt thank you here. Because of you, my husband, Staff Sgt. Rod Styer, was picked as SHE magazine's sexiest man of Southeast Missouri. You do not realize how you touched that soldier's heart to know that he is thought of even though he is thousands of miles away in Iraq...
Tax burden should be on the rich (10/09/07)
To the editor:Saturday's editorial cartoon about a 156 percent cigarette tax increase for children's health care exemplifies the consistent hypocrisy of the Wall Street Journal-lite Opinion page. I too find it ridiculous that rudimentary social-justice legislation can only have a chance if funded by taxes on cigarettes, the lottery and casinos. ...
Speak Out 10/9/07 (10/09/07)
Laying the groundwork; Driving consideration; Pay to Play; Cancer awareness; Channel students; It's a sure sign; Great Science Day; Switch to plastic; Ban candy, too; Another first; Outstanding band; Absent teachers; Case for expulsion; Mandated misses; Jackson statue; Early education; Brain and economics; Fight for right; Proudly Serving; Frivolous lawsuits; Indian pride; Right-wing group; Making discoveries
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