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Stories from Sunday, June 29, 2008

Improvements planned for downtown Sikeston (06/29/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- In late August, Sikeston will start a number of improvements to its downtown area. Funded in part by a Missouri Transportation Enhancement grant, the project will include new concrete crosswalks and sidewalks, period street lighting, street furniture and landscaping along Front Street and a portion of North Kings¿highway and Front to Center streets...
Fruitland firefighters make water rescue (06/29/08)
An unidentified man was rescued from the Mississippi River by Fruitland firefighters Saturday night. The man had been fishing, according to Fruitland firefighter Ken Fauerbrunn. "He'd turned his boat over some way or another. He was stranded out about 300 feet in the backwater, right at Neeley's Landing," Fauerbrunn said. "The river's over the banks, and it's got all up into the trees. When his boat flipped over, he was able to grab onto some trees and hold on."...
Dexter plans annual July Fourth fireworks display (06/29/08)
DEXTER, Mo. --Dexter is adding a little "boom" to its annual fireworks display this year with a new pyrotechnical contractor and the promise of a bigger-than-ever fireworks show. Other area fireworks displays include one at Bloomfield, Mo., and one at Lake Wappapello, Mo...
Marble Hill, Mo., races provide icy fun (06/29/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The air at Pellegrino Park filled with shrieks and squeals of delight Saturday afternoon. The Marble Hill park drew dozens of children and adults for the second annual ice block races. Carolyn Sawyers of Glenallen, Mo., brought her sons, Jon, 11 and Chris, 6...
Nixon campaigns in Cape Girardeau (06/29/08)
Attorney General Jay Nixon, campaigning for governor, called for change in the state government at a meet-and-greet event Saturday held at a residence near the Dalhousie Golf Club. "You do not have to accept the way things are when you get in," Nixon said. "You can actually run for change, and you can change things."...
Tips on unsolved '54 murder still come in (06/29/08)
For 15 years, what's left of the Bonnie Huffman homicide case file has sat in a cardboard box underneath Sgt. Eric Friedrich's desk in the criminal investigations office at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. Old, dog-eared police memoranda and dozens of yellowed polygraph transcripts are the only remaining keys to the unsolved murder...
600 letters, 6,400 miles (06/29/08)
After 38 years of correspondence, Tina Dohogne of Chaffee, Mo., and her pen pal Michiko Yajika of Kawagoe, Japan, have grown close despite the 6,443 miles between them. Accounts of their happy and sad times centered on love, holidays, family, war, the Kobe earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the New Madrid fault and the flood of 1993. ...
Rodeo inspires Sikeston man to enter country music contest (06/29/08)
SIKESTON — Sikeston may have its own country star in the making, thanks to a little inspiration from the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Andrew Powell is competing in "The Next GAC Star" contest, a competition created by the cable country music channel Great American Country...
Club news 6/29/08 (06/29/08)
Oak Ridge FCE The Oak Ridge Homemakers FCE Club met June 17 at the home of Melva Floyd. Jean Rehak, president, presided over the meeting. Marilyn Retherford mentioned she had been reimbursed for the purchase of the Day of the Family books for newborns...
St. Louis archbishop to be first American to head Vatican tribunal (06/29/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Archbishop Raymond Burke, whose outsized personality tangled with celebrities and politicians over Catholic teaching, was named Friday as the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court. The move for Burke, a church law expert, is likely to elevate this most outspoken of conservative U.S. bishops, to cardinal. The supreme court is traditionally headed by a cardinal...
As river rushes into Mo. town, residents file out (06/29/08)
WINFIELD, Mo. -- A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river. About 300 National Guard soldiers worked nearly 20 hours to try and build a levee around a cluster of 100 homes in the flood plain after the river ripped through the Pin Oak levee there early Friday. ...
BMW's latest a 'sport activity coupe' (06/29/08)
The 2008 BMW X6 is not a sport utility vehicle -- at least according to the people at BMW. Officials at the German maker of sporty luxury cars, who have insisted for years that their high-riding, all-wheel-drive X3 and X5 models are sport activity vehicles -- not hated SUVs -- want the new X6 to be known as a sport activity coupe...
Va. bride gets beverage company to sponsor wedding (06/29/08)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A bride's unusual effort to raise funds online for her wedding has led to a decidedly unconventional result -- corporate sponsorship of her special day. Pinched for cash, Virginia Beach hairdresser Kelly Gray went on eBay to offer a spot in her bridal party to the highest bidder. But when the auction was over Wednesday, the winner was not a woman eager to wear taffeta, but a representative of Dr Pepper Snapple Group...
New Mexico court refuses man's obscene name change (06/29/08)
SANTA FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico appeals court on Friday ruled against a Los Alamos man who wanted to change his name to a phrase containing a popular four-letter obscenity. The man appealed after a state district judge in Bernalillo County refused his request to change his name to "F--- Censorship!"...
S.C. teen struck, killed by Six Flags roller coaster in Ga. (06/29/08)
AUSTELL, Ga. -- A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said. Six Flags officials are uncertain why the unidentified 17-year-old from Columbia, S.C., scaled two six-foot fences and passed signs that said the restricted area was both off-limits and dangerous to visitors, spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a news release...
Ill. town hosts 436 Elizabeths (06/29/08)
ELIZABETH, Ill. -- The world's most famous Elizabeth didn't show, but about 400 others did. The northern Illinois community of Elizabeth tried Saturday to set a world record for the largest Gathering of Elizabeths. Women with Elizabeth in any part of their name were allowed in; one participant has Elizabeth as a last name...
Berkeley tree-sitters hanging on 18 months after start of protest (06/29/08)
BERKELEY, Calif. -- In December 2006, protesters angry about campus expansion plans clambered into the branches of a threatened oak grove at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, Democrats have chosen their first black presidential candidate, the housing market has taken a dive and gasoline prices have boomed...
U.S. officials try faux speed bumps to slow drivers (06/29/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Cathy Campbell did a double-take and tapped the brakes when she spotted what appeared to be a pointy-edged box lying in the road just ahead. She got fooled. It was a fake speed bump, a flat piece of blue, white and orange plastic that is designed to look like a 3-D pyramid from afar when applied to the pavement...
Smoke and ash threaten health in fiery Northern California (06/29/08)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities. Health advisories urging residents to stay indoors to limit exposure to the smokey air were issued Saturday from Bakersfield north to Redding, a distance of nearly 450 miles...
Obama, McCain court Hispanic votes at elected officials' meeting (06/29/08)
WASHINGTON -- Presidential rivals John McCain and Barack Obama on Saturday vied for the support of Hispanics, beginning a four-month courtship with a pivotal voting constituency by vowing to remake immigration policy. "I come from a border state, my dear friends. I know these issues," McCain told Hispanic elected officials. The Republican senator from Arizona said overhauling the country's broken immigration system, not just securing its borders, "will be my top priority."...
Pakistan hits Taliban hideouts (06/29/08)
KHYBER AGENCY, Pakistan -- Pakistan's newly elected government launched the first major assault against militants in the country's volatile northwest on Saturday, destroying a militant leader's headquarters and shelling suspected hideouts of other fighters...
Scientists: Nothing to fear from European atom smasher (06/29/08)
MEYRIN, Switzerland -- The most powerful atom smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August. But some critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists' wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot, dead clump?...
President Bush calls for more penalties against Zimbabwe (06/29/08)
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe came under threat of further sanctions Saturday as President Bush said the U.S. was working on new ways to punish longtime leader Robert Mugabe and his allies following the widely denounced presidential runoff election. Earlier Saturday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the U.S. plans to introduce a U.N. resolution as early as this week seeking tough measures against Zimbabwe...
Gitmo's days numbered; tough choices ahead for next U.S. president (06/29/08)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- This was a sleepy Navy outpost before the U.S. began using it to hold prisoners in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks -- and it may soon become one again. The Bush administration's main rationale for holding terrorism suspects without trial vanished when the Supreme Court ruled June 12 that they have certain legal rights. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have both called for the detention center to be closed...
World news in brief 6/29/08 (06/29/08)
Al-Qaida in Iraq says it was behind Anbar attack BAGHDAD -- An al-Qaida front organization claimed responsibility Saturday for a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 people -- including three Marines -- as the U.S. military stepped up pressure on extremists in northern Iraq.The Islamic State of Iraq posted the claim on a militant Web site, saying the bomber blew himself up among a gathering of the "heads of apostasy" -- a reference to U.S.-backed Sunni tribal leaders who were attending a meeting Thursday in Karmah, 20 miles west of Baghdad. ...
'Hanoi Hilton' jailer says he'd vote for McCain (06/29/08)
HAIPHONG, Vietnam -- John McCain has an unusual endorsement -- from the Vietnamese jailer who says he held him captive for about five years as a POW and now considers him a friend. "If I were an American voter, I would vote for Mr. John McCain," Tran Trong Duyet said Friday, sitting in his living room in the northern city of Haiphong, surrounded by black-and-white photos of a much younger version of himself and former Vietnam War prisoners...
Jackson Babe Ruth splits doubleheader with Farmington (06/29/08)
Jackson Babe Ruth splits doubleheader The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth team split a doubleheader with Farmington on Saturday. Jackson won the first game 15-6, while Farmington won the second game 7-5 in 10 innings. Bryant Steffens tossed a complete-game victory in the first game for Jackson (16-8) to improve his record to 4-1. Steffens also collected three of Jackson's 15 hits. Ryan Bass had four hits, Garrett Fritsche and Bret Steffens both added two hits...
Newcomer leads hunt for Women's Open title (06/29/08)
EDINA, Minn. -- Stacy Lewis was walking up the 16th fairway Saturday afternoon at Interlachen when she saw a leaderboard and turned to her father, who was carrying her bag in her professional debut. "Hey," she told him, bumping his arm. "I'm tied for the lead in the Open."...
Venus sidesteps Wimbledon's upset trend (06/29/08)
WIMBLEDON, England -- No slow start for Venus Williams this time. After struggling in tight first sets in her opening two matches, the defending champion dispatched Spanish qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 7-5 Saturday to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon...
Cards end KC's spell behind rookie Boggs (06/29/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The deeper he gets into his first big league season, the better Mitchell Boggs seems to pitch. Working his way out of some tough spots early, the rookie right-hander went six innings Saturday night, allowing four hits and one run and leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over a Kansas City team that had won 11 of 12...
Window window everywhere (06/29/08)
Four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths on more than an acre allows plenty of room for a growing family. The home is in the Jackson School District with easy access to Interstate 55. A wraparound front porch with vinyl railing and brick floor is offset by a full circular driveway. A second-story arched window with paned panels is repeated on the reverse side...
Father, daughter set out on a trip of a lifetime (06/29/08)
Julie Langenfeld has been planning this trip for seven years. The car has been waiting longer. Now, the 16-year-old Cape Girardeau native has the license to make her 10,000-mile dream trip a reality. She's headed out with her dad, Mark Langenfeld, on a father-daughter road trip across the continental United States in a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE. ...
Tom Steimle (06/29/08)
Tom Steimle Tom Steimle, 57, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Monday, June 9, 2008, at his home. He was born July 1, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, son of Richard and Eva Steimle. Tom was a sales manager most of his life in Missouri, Texas, New Hampshire, Georgia and Kansas. The last six years he was an airport shuttle driver at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo., where the friendships he developed with his clients brought him some of his happiest years...
Mildred Hileman (06/29/08)
Mildred Hileman JONESBORO, Ill. -- Mildred L. Hileman, 84, of Jonesboro died Friday, June 27, 2008, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born July 5, 1923, in Balcomb, Ill., daughter of Calvin and Jessie Smith DeWitt. She and Hollie Hileman were married April 29, 1942, in Jonesboro. He died in 1990...
James Coomer (06/29/08)
James Coomer James "Drew" Coomer, 62, of Scott City died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born April 26, 1946, in Advance, Mo., son of James Robert and Berdean (Moore) Coomer. He and Charlotte "Sue" (May) Coomer were married Dec. 31, 1974, in Scott City...
Donna Bennett (06/29/08)
Donna Bennett THEBES, Ill. -- Donna F. Bennett, 66, of Thebes died Saturday, June 28, 2008, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Eftink (06/29/08)
Clyde Eftink ORAN, Mo. -- Clyde William Eftink, 73, of Oran died Friday, June 27, 2008, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. He was born March 26, 1935, in Oran, son of William George and Christine Josephine Nance Eftink. He and Verneda Kluesner were married April 30, 1955...
Lorene Irwin (06/29/08)
Lorene Irwin SWANSEA, Ill. -- Lorene A. Irwin, 84, of O'Fallon, Ill., died Friday, June 27, 2008, at the Rosewood Care Center in Swansea. She was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Messler, Mo. Lorene was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and retired from Travelers Insurance as the supervisor of the automobile department...
Brown - Deimund (06/29/08)
Aimee Elizabeth Brown became the bride of Joseph Daniel Deimund May 10, 2008, at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Mike Malone performed the ceremony. Pianist was Wilma Schnare of St. Charles, Mo. Parents of the couple are James and Crystal Brown and Sonny and Joyce Deimund, all of Cape Girardeau...
Kelley - Underwood (06/29/08)
Katlyn Shay Kelley and Tyler Scott Underwood were married Nov. 3, 2007, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. David Hulshof performed the ceremony. Soloist was Casie Janet of Cape Girardeau. The bride is the daughter of Tim and Sandy Kelley of Cape Girardeau. The groom is the son of Charlene Underwood and Scott Schetter of Cape Girardeau. He was raised by his grandparents, Don and Elsie Caldwell of Dutchtown...
Kutz - Sweet (06/29/08)
Janice Kay Kutz and Anthony Allen Sweet were united in marriage May 3, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville, Mo. The Rev. Joseph S. Williams performed the ceremony. Music was by Mimi Kinnison and family of Perryville. Offertory gifts were presented by Ronald and Michael Kutz, brothers of the bride. Mass servers were Mark Kutz, nephew of the bride, and Brandon Roth...
Trotter - Beasley (06/29/08)
Gary Lee and Christine Petzoldt of Jackson and David and Peggy Trotter of Florissant, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheryl Renea Trotter, to Jonathan Scott Beasley. He is the son of William and Christy Beasley of Jackson. Trotter is a 2002 graduate of Jackson High School. She is a teller at First Midwest Bank in Jackson...
Flatow - Miller (06/29/08)
Carlton and Sandra Flatow of Clovis, N.M., announce the engagement of their daughter, Siobhan Lynne Flatow, to Kyle Vincent Miller, both of Clovis. He is the son of Wendell and Linda Miller of Cape Girardeau and Donna Fee of Jackson. Flatow is a graduate of Clovis High School and Clovis Community College. She is employed at the Java Loft in Clovis...
Clements - James (06/29/08)
Frank James and Steve and Diane Boyer of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Elyse Clements, to Nickolas Lee James. He is the son of Bill and Dina James of Doniphan, Mo. Clements is a 2003 graduate of Bayless High School, and is completing the nursing program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is employed at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis...
Hosp - 25 years (06/29/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hosp of Jackson observed their 25th wedding anniversary June 25, 2008. Hosp and Robyn Welker were married June 25, 1983, at First Baptist Church in Jackson, by the Rev. Ray Epps. Hosp is employed at Procter & Gamble. The couple has two sons, Adam and Drew Hosp...
Bradshaw - 50 years (06/29/08)
Mr. and Mrs. Pernell Bradshaw of Delta celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception May 31, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Delta. Host was their daughter, Tammy Simminger. The couple was married June 7, 1958, in East Carondelet, Ill...
Ryan - 30 years (06/29/08)
Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan of Cape Girardeau observed their 30th wedding anniversary June 24, 2008. Ryan and Carolyn Job were married June 24, 1978, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Job and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Ryan, all of Cape Girardeau...
Police report 6/29/08 (06/29/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n Andy B. King, 38, 2544 Bridlepath Court, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n James A. Baker, 19, 1462 Price Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to signal...
The greatest challenge imaginable: Raising upstanding children (06/29/08)
Dear Dr. Dobson: What has been your greatest challenge as a father? What did you learn from it? Dear Reader: Raising healthy, well-educated, self-disciplined children who love God and their fellow human beings is, I believe, the most challenging responsibility in living. ...
Fresh parents still being broken in (06/29/08)
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues. HE SAID: The good folks on the copy desk were poking fun of Callie and me a few weeks ago, as it seemed every one of our columns dealt with baby poo. Or the lack thereof, as it were. Feeling that you might be tiring of the, er, substance of our columns, we veered off the baby talk for a while to discuss other things...
Helping the police (06/29/08)
Summer weather brings more outdoor activities -- and more criminal activities as well, according to crime statistics. Property crimes, thefts and drive-offs from self-service gas stations all increase during the summer. One way to combat crime is for residents to call suspicious activity to the attention of police. At a recent Neighborhood Connections meeting in Cape Girardeau, an officer discussed ways to assist police when calling to report such activity,...
Speak Out 6/29/08 (06/29/08)
Running a red light I'M LEAVING the Jackson Wal-Mart and waiting for the stoplight to turn green so I can turn left onto Jackson Boulevard. My light turns green, and a convertible goes barreling through a red light. What is stopped at the red light facing the opposite direction? A highway patrolman in his patrol car. ...
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