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Stories from Friday, October 12, 2007

Dry weather cuts into area soybean yields (10/12/07)
The drought continues in Southeast Missouri, and as farmers harvest their soybeans, they're finding out just how much the dry conditions affected their crops. Some Bootheel farmers are getting yields of only five to 15 bushels per acre on their nonirrigated fields, said University of Missouri Extension agronomist Jeff House, a soybean specialist. In a good year, those farmers would be getting more than 25 bushels per acre...
Southeast offering ghost hunting class (10/12/07)
A little girl named Jessica was playing near the coal shaft of a house on South Sprigg Street when she fell down the chute and burned to death. "It's a story that's been around for a while," said Christy Mershon, assistant director at the office of extended and continuing education at Southeast Missouri State University...
Field trip a 'springboard' for writing, science (10/12/07)
Some of the children had never ridden a school bus before. Others asked kindergarten teacher Mary Ann Lewis if the llamas in the petting zoo area were statues. Hayleigh Biggerstaff had never picked a pumpkin from a vine. "Did you know you can eat the seeds?" Hayleigh asked...
No-go on groceries, church told (10/12/07)
Today is grocery day at Christ Church of the Heartland. Between 100 and 150 families are expected to pick up boxes of food sent from Georgia-based Angel Food Ministries. On Wednesday, members of Cape Girardeau's planning and zoning commission praised the program for helping needy families. Then the commissioners voted to deny the church's request for a special-use permit to continue the four-year-old program...
Sinkhole causes problems for city, businesses along South Sprigg (10/12/07)
Broken gas lines. A collapsing road embankment. A quarry filling with water. Those are the symptoms of an aggravating sinkhole problem along South Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau that city officials will try to address by bringing federal agencies, elected officials and businesses together next week...
Fall colors likely muted this year (10/12/07)
Don't expect to see a lot of vibrant fall colors this year. And when the colors do come, don't expect to see them for long. The drought Southeast Missouri has experienced dating back to last year is the reason, said A.J. Hendershott, regional supervisor for outreach and education with the Missouri Department of Conservation. ...
Cape Girardeau Barnes & Noble features St. Louis writer at book signing (10/12/07)
Dreams, ideas, art history, the American West. It all inspired and encouraged St. Louis native Allan Richard Shickman to write his first novel. "Zan-Gah, a Prehistoric Adventure" hit the shelves this year. The primary audience is around age 11, but Shickman said adults can read and enjoy the book...
Hospital asks for Lacey Street (10/12/07)
Southeast Missouri Hospital wants its smoking ban to include Lacey Street. To accomplish that, the hospital wants the city of Cape Girardeau to give up the street and its sidewalks from Sunset Boulevard to Broadway. The hospital's request is in a Sept. 25 letter from attorney Al Spradling III to city manager Doug Leslie...
Boy caught with pellet pistol on bus (10/12/07)
By Bridget Dicosmo Southeast Missourian A 10-year old Cape Girardeau public school student who allegedly fired a pellet gun on the school bus was cited and referred to juvenile court for unlawful use of a weapon. A school resource officer was called to Cape Girardeau Middle School around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of the juvenile having discharged a pellet pistol on the bus...
Senators demand more answers from VA about doctor's hiring (10/12/07)
CHICAGO -- Sens. Dick Durbin and Barack Obama say their own investigation raises serious questions about Veterans Affairs claims that officials couldn't have known about a surgeon's troubling history before he was hired at a Southern Illinois VA hospital...
Hanaway not running for attorney general (10/12/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway said Thursday that she will not run for Missouri attorney general next year, citing a commitment to her current job and family. Hanaway, a Republican, had strongly considered entering the race. Instead, she intends to remain the U.S. attorney in eastern Missouri until a new president takes office in 2009...
Protective custody considered for Michael Devlin's safety in prison (10/12/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The state is considering placing Michael Devlin in protective custody because of the nature and high visibility of his crimes, a Department of Corrections spokesman said Thursday, while new details of Devlin's confession emerged that showed he was suicidal...
Audit faults Mo. student loan agency for wasteful spending (10/12/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An audit of Missouri's student loan authority depicts it as flush and loose with cash, rewarding executives with luxury perks and wasting money on buildings, parties and no-bid contracts. Officials at the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority acknowledged most of the problems highlighted in the report released Thursday by State Auditor Susan Montee. But they said the troubles were in the past, and the agency has righted itself for the future...
Review: Poshard didn't plagiarize, should update dissertation (10/12/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University's president didn't plagiarize parts of his 1984 doctoral dissertation but should revise it to conform with current academic standards, a review panel said Thursday. Glenn Poshard also should keep his job, the panel said...
Infants' cold medications pulled from market due to potential health risks (10/12/07)
WASHINGTON -- Drug makers on Thursday voluntarily pulled children's cold medicines off the market less than two weeks after the government warned of potential health risks to infants. Over-the-counter medications aimed at children younger than 2 are being removed from store shelves because of rare instances of parents overdosing young children, a trade group that represents the drugs' manufacturers said. The group said parents should no longer administer these medications...
Some worry air traffic control failure at Memphis may signal bigger danger (10/12/07)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Ron Carpenter and his fellow air traffic controllers were busy keeping more than 200 airplanes on course over seven states when their communication system crashed. Suddenly they couldn't talk to pilots or call for help. "Somebody just pulled out a cell phone," Carpenter said. "Then everybody else says, 'Hey, that's not a bad idea.'"...
Ohio school gunman had troubled home life (10/12/07)
CLEVELAND -- Asa H. Coon took abuse, gave abuse, exchanged curses with his mother and said he chose to worship shock rocker Marilyn Manson instead of God. He was the subject of a neglect case when he was 4 and often went to school looking a mess. None of that explains why the 14-year-old walked down the hallway of his school Wednesday with two guns and started shooting, wounding two students and two teachers before killing himself. ...
Motorola introduces nine new mobile phones, hopes to spark turnaround (10/12/07)
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- Motorola Inc., badly in need of hit products to spark a turnaround, announced nine new handsets Thursday that the cell-phone manufacturer said will be available this quarter. Among them is a luxury version of the Razr2, the latest successor to its once top-selling line. The Razr2 V8 is being touted as a potential holiday gift with gold-plated accents, snakeskin texture, ultra-slim design and storage of up to 1,000 songs, among other features. It costs $250 to $300...
At least 2 killed in bombing at famous Muslim shrine in northern India (10/12/07)
NEW DELHI -- A bomb exploded at a famous Muslim shrine in northern India on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding 17 others ahead of one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar, police said. The blast at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a 12th-century Sufi Muslim saint, took place just after dusk as hundreds of men and women broke the daily fasts they observe during the holy month of Ramadan...
Afghanistan closes 2 private security firms in crackdown, eyes others (10/12/07)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Echoing a growing problem in Iraq, Afghan authorities are cracking down on lucrative but largely unregulated security firms, some of which are suspected of murder. Two private Afghan security companies were raided and shut down this week, and a dozen or so more contractors -- including some protecting embassies -- would be closed soon, police and Western officials said Thursday...
U.S.: 15 civilians killed in Iraq raid (10/12/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. troops backed by attack aircraft killed 19 suspected insurgents and 15 civilians, including nine children, in an operation targeting al-Qaida in Iraq leaders northwest of Baghdad on Thursday, the military said. An initial airstrike struck a "time-sensitive target," killing four insurgents in the Lake Tharthar area after intelligence reports indicated senior members of al-Qaida in Iraq were meeting there, according to a statement...
Negotiator: Bush should hold out for accord before Mideast conference (10/12/07)
JERUSALEM -- President Bush should not convene his planned Mideast peace conference next month if Israel and the Palestinians have not achieved an agreement in advance, a Palestinian negotiator said Thursday. Israel has been pressing for a vaguely worded document that would gloss over the toughest issues still outstanding -- borders, Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees. ...
Turkey threatens repercussions over U.S. genocide resolution (10/12/07)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey, which is a key supply route to U.S. troops in Iraq, recalled its ambassador to Washington on Wednesday and warned of serious repercussions if Congress labels the killing of Armenians by Turks a century ago as genocide. Ordered after a House committee endorsed the genocide measure, the summons of the ambassador for consultations was a further sign of the deteriorating relations between two longtime allies and the potential for new turmoil in an already troubled region...
Egyptian plane catches fire at Istanbul airport after making emergency landing (10/12/07)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- An Egyptian plane carrying 163 people to Poland caught fire Thursday after making an emergency landing at Istanbul's international airport, a government official said. One passenger was slightly injured. The fire in the Egyptian plane owned by AMC Airlines was extinguished, and there was no loss of life, said the official at the state agency in charge of airports. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to talk to the media...
Abortion just as common where it's legal as where it's not (10/12/07)
LONDON -- Women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, according to research published today. In a study examining abortion trends from 1995 to 2003, experts also found that abortion rates are virtually equal in rich and poor countries, and that half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe...
High school football capsules 10/12/07 (10/12/07)
Poplar Bluff (3-3) at Jackson (6-0) Last year's meeting: Poplar Bluff 17, Jackson 10. Notes: Jackson coach Carl Gross said Poplar Bluff did well shutting down his team's run game last year with 11 defensive players within five yards of the line of scrimmage. ...
ND boys, Central girls win SEMO meet (10/12/07)
Logan Davis set a course record to help the Notre Dame boys claim the SEMO Conference title by 42 points over runner-up Central on Thursday in Benton, Mo. Davis finished in 16 minutes, 9 seconds to edge second-place finisher Travis Blalock of Poplar Bluff by 8 seconds. ...
The long run in mind (10/12/07)
Adam Zweigart remembers watching the athleticism of former Jackson star Mario Whitney and the quick linemen leading his way. "I've been coming to these games since about fourth or fifth grade," Zweigart said. "I was out here listening -- out here in the stands watching with my dad and I was just kind of watching [Whitney] and seeing what he did. He had good offensive linemen."...
Jackson strikes early in 2-0 win (10/12/07)
Jackson senior Robbie Martin used his speed to create a scoring chance, then relied on his moves to finish the play. Martin streaked down the side, beating his defender then cut to his right, toward the goal. He deked Central goalie Clayton Uptain and buried the shot to give the Indians an early lead. Jackson added another goal and held on for the 2-0 victory in boys soccer action Thursday...
Central falls at home to Fort Zumwalt North (10/12/07)
Central had a few highlights Thursday night. But continuing the pattern of this struggling season for the Tigers, their opponent had the majority of them. Fort Zumwalt North spoiled Central's homecoming with a 45-19 rout in front of about 350 fans at 10,000-seat Houck Stadium...
Schuerholz steps aside as Braves' GM (10/12/07)
ATLANTA -- John Schuerholz stepped aside as general manager of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday to become team president after assembling teams that won a record 14 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series championship. Schuerholz, who turned 67 last week, remains second in command to chairman Terry McGuirk. ...
Prized rookieJohnson has fractured foot (10/12/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A hairline fracture in his right foot forced St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Erik Johnson out of the home opener. But the first overall pick of the 2006 draft had to be talked out of the lineup. The Blues don't expect to be without Johnson for long judging from that enthusiasm. It'll hinge on pain tolerance and whether he'll be able to jam his foot into the skate...
Rockies open series with 5-1 road victory (10/12/07)
PHOENIX -- Jeff Francis and the Colorado Rockies rolled right past the Arizona Diamondbacks -- and their rowdy fans. Francis outpitched Brandon Webb and the Rockies won the NL championship series opener 5-1 on Thursday night in a game interrupted when fans angered by an umpire's disputed interference call threw objects onto the field...
Who's next? (10/12/07)
ACHIEVEMENTS n Mary Grace DeLine of Cape Girardeau has been named a Presidential Ambassador at Southeast Missouri State University. She is the daughter of Smith and Mary Ann DeLine and graduated from Central High School in 2005. n Casey Hinkebein of Jackson has been named a Presidential Ambassador at Southeast Missouri State University. She is the daughter of Janell and Ennis Hinkebein and graduated from Jackson Senior High school in 2006...
neXt:The next generation, covered now (10/12/07)
--- By Christina Chastain The space above Cherokee Trails on Broadway has been a hot spot for teens for decades. In the early 1920s, it was the Ideal Hall -- one of the most popular dance and jazz spots in Cape Girardeau for teens and college students. Owned and operated by Jim Brodtman, the Ideal Hall attracted bands like The Hot Hops and jazz musician Jess Stacy...
Science experiment: Frightening fog (10/12/07)
Halloween is just around the corner and over the next few weeks, you will discover some spooky science experiments that you can try at home. You never know these experiment might scare you into loving science! Ingredients Dry Ice Hot water Bowl Gloves...
Miss Kitty lands in a pool of butter (10/12/07)
Several of you have asked about Miss Kitty. Let me assure you that she is fine. If anything, Miss Kitty is better than fine. A friend of ours had a particularly good way of describing the good fortune of rescued pets. She owned a dog that was spoiled beyond belief. (Aren't most pets?) Our friend, who had the most beautiful Virginia drawl, once said of her dog: She fell on her you-know-what and landed in a pool of butter...
Spears gains once-a-week overnight visit with her sons (10/12/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears won modified visitation rules Thursday that allow her two boys to spend one overnight a week with her, and the pop star's attorney requested her mother become the required court-appointed monitor. Spears made a surprise appearance in court after Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon held a morning hearing on her emergency request to expand visitation but declined to rule. ...
Erma Statler (10/12/07)
Erma Leona Statler, 98, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home...
Larry Menz (10/12/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Lawrence C. "Larry" Menz, 66, of Sikeston, formerly of New Hamburg, Mo., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at his home. Nunnelee Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge ofarrangements.
Flora Arbuckle (10/12/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Flora Mae Arbuckle, 87, of Anna died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at City Care Center of Anna. She was born June 30, 1920, at Buncombe, Ill., daughter of Ira M. and Florence Stokes Williams. She and Walter J. Arbuckle were married Dec. 24, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, and he preceded her in death...
Jess Brown (10/12/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jess W. "Cheesy" Brown, 87, of Anna died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2007, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born March 18, 1920, in McClure, Ill., son of Clovis and Stella Goodman Brown. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3455 and Disabled American Veterans...
Frankie Caudle (10/12/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Frankie Edward Caudle, 76, of Barnhart, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. He was born June 27, 1931, in Caruthersville, Mo., son of Alfred and Irene Wilbanks Caudle. He and Marie Lee Hall were married Sept. 11, 1954...
Betty Sadler (10/12/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Betty Sadler, 78, of Anna died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at her home. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Molly Lowes (10/12/07)
Molly May Lowes, 76, of Jackson died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at her home. She was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Jackson, daughter of Milton Otis and Ruth Penny Kurre. She and Joe K. Lowes were married July 11, 1954. He died May 23, 1996. Lowes was a graduate of Jackson High School. She was a bookkeeper 15 years with Jackson School District, retiring in 1989. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson and Presbyterian Women's Group...
Patricia Huffman (10/12/07)
Patricia Fay "Patty" Huffman, 38, of Jackson died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 25, 1968, in Burlington, Iowa, daughter of Aulcey Fedrick and Genice Silman Huffman. Huffman was employed by Gilster-Mary Lee at McBride, Mo. She was of the Baptist belief...
The Rev. David Allen Sr. (10/12/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Rev. David Reginald Allen Sr. died Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Allen was the former pastor of Saint James AME Church in Cape Girardeau. At the time of his death he was pastor at Gregg Chapel AME Church of St. Louis...
Cape/Jackson police report 10/12/07 (10/12/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrest; Theft; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
cape fire report 10/12/07 (10/12/07)
n At 3:57 p.m., in the 1000 block of Silver Springs Road n At 10:13 p.m., a citizen assist in the 500 block of South Sprigg Street. n At 11:22 p.m., emergency medical service at 3265 William St. n At 6:57 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Benton Street...
Out of the past 10/12/07 (10/12/07)
ROLLA, Mo. -- With the exception of how to achieve a balanced budget, the third debates between the candidates for the 8th District congressional seat last night produced no new issues; Republican Rep. Bill Emerson called for a constitutional amendment for a balanced federal budget, while his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Jerry Ford, contended a balanced budget can't be legislated...
Corps to blame for halt to floodway project (10/12/07)
By Rob Henderson This is in response to the op-ed column "Lack of flood control is unacceptable" by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson regarding a federal judge's decision to halt work on the St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project. Ms. Emerson,...
Lindsey's science (10/12/07)
The trends are all around us: American students are being bested by students around the world when it comes to science and math. What to do? One man in Cape Girardeau isn't satisfied with doing nothing. Jason Lindsey, a meteorologist at KFVS12, hopes his efforts will raise interest in science. Lindsey also hosts the station's Heartland Science Lab with students participating in experiments that are fun. And sometimes messy...
Kind strangers come to the rescue (10/12/07)
To the editor:On a dark and stormy night I locked my keys in my car at Food Giant. For Cape Girardeau residents this may be no big deal. However, I live in Indiana, work in Southern Illinois and was in Cape for the better gasoline prices. Everything I needed was in my locked car. So here I was: nameless, homeless, penniless and panicked...
Speak Out 10/12/07 (10/12/07)
Free to choose; Political history; Listen to the show; Great job in Jackson; Three great things; Perfect candidate; Food prices at stake; Poor street condition; Paying dividends; Great big photos; Comics tell stories
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