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Stories from Saturday, July 26, 2008

Grant to allow Scott County to implement radio system (07/26/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Through a Homeland Security grant, Scott County will begin implementing a radio communications system throughout the county, Sheriff Rick Walter announced Friday. The sheriff's department applied a little more than a year ago for a grant from the Homeland Security Communications Interoperability Grant Program to cover the cost of new car and handheld radios, a second "repeater" for the northern apart of the county and satellite phones for the county's key personnel...
Cape to see sixth river crest above flood stage (07/26/08)
For the sixth time this year, the Mississippi River is expected to crest above flood stage. The National Weather Service is predicting the river to peak at 32.5 feet in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday. Flood stage is 32 feet, but residents probably won't need to start moving to drier land...
Man charged with sexual misconduct involving children (07/26/08)
Lester T. Sladek Jr., 48, of Jackson faces charges of sexual misconduct after allegedly exposing himself to two adolescent girls. The case against Sladek was filed July 18. According to a probable-cause statement by Cape Girardeau County detective Jamie Malugen, the two girls reported a man exposing himself to them as they were walking down County Road 328 in Jackson...
Mayor cites fairness in writing casino letter (07/26/08)
An attempt to influence Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's decision on whether to allow a casino-backed initiative on the November ballot was spurred by a desire to see Cape Girardeau treated fairly and not an endorsement of bringing a casino to town, Mayor Jay Knudtson said Friday...
Homecomers brings together families, food (07/26/08)
Carnival life is in Joe Sutton's blood. Since he began participating in his family's carnival business in the late 1950s, the De Soto, Mo., native has traveled to festivals throughout the South and Midwest. Sutton, along with family members and other staff, has been managing the carnival portion of the 100th annual Homecomers...
Regional beautification group begins litter survey (07/26/08)
Five volunteers from the regional beautification group, Keep Southeast Missouri Beautiful, completed the first round of their routine litter survey Friday. The survey, which focused only on roads in the rural Cape Girardeau County area, was last conducted in 2006...
Two flights make emergency landings (07/26/08)
An American Connections flight from New Orleans to St. Louis was forced to land Friday in Cape Girardeau when a cockpit windshield became severely cracked. Flight 5349 was cruising at about 30,000 feet when the window broke, pilot Stephen Bittman said. The aircraft landed shortly after 8 a.m. It was scheduled to arrive in St. Louis at 8:40 a.m., Bittman said...
State approves Lake of the Ozarks quarry (07/26/08)
State approves Lake of the Ozarks quarry FESTUS, Mo. -- State regulators have approved a mining permit for a limestone quarry to be built next to a Lake of the Ozarks sewage treatment plant near U.S. 54 and the Osage River bridge. Project opponents urged the state to reject the mining permit, fearful that frequent blasting and heavy truck traffic on the gravel road leading to the mine could damage treatment tanks and water lines...
St. Louis police board: The police chief is out (07/26/08)
St. Louis police board: The police chief is out ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis police board announced late Friday that it unanimously accepted police chief Joe Mokwa's offer to retire. Board president Chris Goodson announced after that the chief formally offered to end his 37-year-career with the department. ...
Mo. striving to make welcome center an attraction with mural (07/26/08)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Hoping to make the state's new Welcome Center along Interstate 44 near the Oklahoma border an attraction, transportation officials have asked artists for their ideas for a custom mural. "We want it to be something that people want to get their pictures taken with," said Lori Marble, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Southwest District...
Hulshof begins tour of Mo. businesses (07/26/08)
ODESSA, Mo. -- From a battery maker charging ahead to a plastics plant in hard times, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof heard about Missouri's economic highs and lows Friday as he kicked off a 10-day business tour building up to the primary election...
Gaps in aging levees leave landmarks in D.C. exposed (07/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- Strolling beside the Reflecting Pool with the Lincoln Memorial in the distance, it's easy to overlook a gentle rise in the landscape a few yards to the north. The small berm is part of an inconspicuous levee system designed to protect world-famous museums, the National Archives and federal office buildings from flooding...
News of the weird 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Police : Man shot mower that wouldn't start MILWAUKEE -- A 56-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski has been charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed. ...
Scalia takes stage to tell lawyers how to win (07/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- It was a pretty good crowd for a summer Friday morning at the Kennedy Center. From stage right Justice Antonin Scalia entered. He walked over to a stool and took his seat with a music stand before him, a bottle of water nearby. Scalia, unplugged? No. The conservative justice and his book-writing sidekick, Bryan Garner, were to deliver more than four hours of advice about how to make cases to judges...
Tarantulas, snakes, and fire ants lurking in Texas floodwaters (07/26/08)
EDINBURG, Texas -- South Texans eager to salvage what they can from waterlogged homes struck by Hurricane Dolly have another problem: The floodwaters they're slogging through are laced with stinging fire ants, snakes and tarantulas. "You don't want to wade in this water," state Health Services commissioner David Lakey said during a visit Friday to the Rio Grande Valley. "You don't want to play in this water. You want to stay out of this water."...
First ships crawl down Mississippi after oil spill (07/26/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- The first of 200 ships idled by a massive oil spill began crawling down the Mississippi River on Friday after the Coast Guard reopened the waterway to traffic, but it could be days before all of the ships are cleared. A 100-mile stretch of the river was shut down Wednesday when a barge split open in a collision with the Liberian-flagged tanker Tintomara. ...
Mississippi River island for sale (07/26/08)
LITTLE ROCK -- A not-for-profit land conservation group is in negotiations with an unnamed Arkansas state agency to sell a 1,500-acre island in the Mississippi River for use as a camping, hiking, fishing, recreation and bird-watching spot, a group official said Friday...
Scientists release findings of study on northern lights (07/26/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Scientists have exposed some of the mystery behind the northern lights. On Thursday, NASA released findings that indicate magnetic explosions about one-third of the way to the moon cause the northern lights, or aurora borealis, to burst in spectacular shapes and colors and dance across the sky...
FDA clears U.S. jalapenos in salmonella outbreak (07/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- Only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico are implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak, the government announced Friday in clearing the U.S. crop. The Food and Drug Administration urged consumers to avoid raw Mexican jalapenos and the serrano peppers often confused with them, or dishes made with them such as fresh salsa...
World news in brief 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Unexplained explosions kill 5, wound 20 in Gaza GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A powerful explosion ripped through a car on a busy Gaza City beach Friday night, killing a Hamas field commander and three other people, security officials said. It was the third unexplained blast of the day in this coastal territory after a relatively calm period since Israel and the Islamic militants of Hamas agreed on a cease-fire last month. ...
Qantas jet lands with big hole in fuselage (07/26/08)
MANILA, Philippines -- The 346 passengers were cruising at 29,000 feet Friday when an explosive bang shook the Qantas jumbo jet. The plane descended rapidly. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling as debris flew through the cabin from a hole that had suddenly appeared in the floor...
Deadline for Karadzic to appeal passes amid efforts to stall his extradition (07/26/08)
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The deadline passed late Friday for Radovan Karadzic to lodge a formal appeal against his handover to the war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands, with the ex-Bosnian Serb warlord's lawyer refusing to confirm that he had taken that step...
Southeast women's basketball 2008-09 schedule (07/26/08)
@z_agate_no tab_no indnt_bld ld: 2008-09 schedule Nov. 8 -- Maryville (exhibition), 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 -- Missouri State, 7 p.m. Nov. 18 -- Central Arkansas, 7 p.m. Nov. 21 -- Arkansas-Little Rock, 7 p.m. Nov. 25 -- at Florida State, TBA Nov. 28 -- Indiana State, 7 p.m...
Southeast women's basketball to visit MU (07/26/08)
A home game with Missouri State, along with road contests at Missouri and Florida State, highlight Southeast Missouri State's 2008-09 nonconference women's basketball schedule. The 29-game regular-season slate, which includes 18 Ohio Valley Conference contests, was released Friday...
Capahas collect another pitcher, 27th victory (07/26/08)
As if the Plaza Tire Capahas didn't have enough pitching -- here comes James Leigh. Leigh, one of Southeast Missouri State's top starters this year, made his Plaza Tire debut Friday night against the visiting Fairview Heights (Ill.) Redbirds. The left-handed Leigh dominated the Redbirds during a perfect two-inning relief stint, striking out five of the six batters he faced as the Capahas posted a 5-2 victory...
A single word that haunts the psyche can lead to paranoia and self-destruction (07/26/08)
There is a two-syllable word that haunts many of us. It creeps through the hallways of our hearts and souls. We often do not even know from where it stems, where it is going or where it finds its value. We are each at some point in life haunted in our psyche and lingering within our hearts is that word: failure...
Religion briefs 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Women's club to meet for 'prayer connection' Christian's Women's Club will meet for a "prayer connection" from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Elks Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Red Star Baptist Church activities planned Sunday school at Red Star Baptist Church begins at 9:30 a.m.; worship services are at 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Bible study is at 2 p.m. Monday, and prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 335-3381...
New Orthodox group holds meeting in Cape area (07/26/08)
A small group of Christians intends to establish a permanent mission in the Cape Girardeau area. The group of Antiochian Orthodox Christians has been worshipping with visiting priests in private homes and other temporary places, and now feels ready to reach out to the community and seek a permanent location, said the Rev. ...
The truth will set you free (07/26/08)
"What is truth?" (John 18:38) The question of Pontius Pilate remains relevant to every period in history. Ours is a world where truth claims are made routinely without reference to credible sources. Passion alone seems to be what counts to an alarming number of folks. If such passion is clearly labeled as opinion, there is no difficulty. However, when passion is represented as an empirical truth claim, it is a disservice to all...
'Watchmen' aims to answer typical superhero films (07/26/08)
By SANDY COHEN The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Zack Snyder is standing inside a 9,000-pound, tanklike metal pod in the center of the crowded Comic-Con floor. He nonchalantly points out the features of the Owl Ship, a real-life version of the flying vehicle from the award-winning graphic novel "Watchmen."...
Paparazzi, guards fight at Jolie chateau (07/26/08)
PARIS -- It sounds like a scene from "Fight Club." French police say camouflaged paparazzi who managed to get onto the grounds of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's chateau in southern France on Thursday fought with the Hollywood couple's guards. Both the paparazzi and the couple's head of security confirmed the confrontation but gave widely different versions of events...
Reports show improvement for economy, housing market (07/26/08)
WASHINGTON -- After weeks of negative reports, the economy got some more positive news Friday. Wall Street, which suffered a large drop Thursday, managed a modest gain. Oil prices hit their lowest point since early June, and gas fell to a seven-week low. Military spending helped boost big-ticket factory orders in June, and new home sales fell less than expected...
OSHA to fine sugar company $8.7 million (07/26/08)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Federal officials said Friday that Imperial Sugar Co. should face fines of more than $8.7 million for violations at two plants, including a Georgia facility where an explosion killed 13 people. The fines would be the third-highest in the history of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's nearly 40-year existence. They include $5 million for the explosion near Savannah on Feb. 7 and $3.7 million for the plant in Gramercy, La...
S&P downgrades Northwest, United and American airlines (07/26/08)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Standard & Poor's downgraded the debt of some of the nation's largest carriers on Friday, saying high fuel prices are likely to cause heavy losses this year at American, United and Northwest airlines. S&P airline analyst Philip Baggaley said that in general, carriers face "perhaps a bit greater risk of liquidation," although he quickly added, "We think the airlines we've reviewed here are large and viable airlines."...
Ed Spane (07/26/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Ed L. Spane, 52, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, beloved husband of Jan Spane (nee Martin), dear father of Dustin Spane of Huntsville, Ala., dear stepfather and father-in-law of Chris (Gail) and Greg Glockengieser of St. Louis, dear son of Kenneth and Betty Lou Spane of Advance, Mo., dear son-in-law of Mary and the late Frank Marten of St. ...
Byrcha Stevenson (07/26/08)
Byrcha Allen Stevenson of Jackson died peacefully in her sleep at her home with her family around her, Thursday, July 24, 2008, at the age of 99. She was born Aug. 19, 1908, to Linder Birch Allen and Myrtle Maud Hartle Allen in Burfordville. The family later moved to Cape Girardeau in 1927. In 1928 she married Clyde Boone of Jackson. He died in an accident a few weeks after their marriage en route to Missouri University, where he was a graduate architectural student...
Eva Childress (07/26/08)
Eva E. Mott Childress, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Feb. 3, 1912, at Morley, Mo., daughter of Alonzo and Mary R. Kernell Mott. She married Jessie C. "Fod-Rod" Childress, who died in 1992...
Lester Jeffrey Jr. (07/26/08)
Lester Laman Jeffrey Jr., 58, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lester Laman and Ala Mae Leaman Jeffrey Sr. Jeffrey served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from October 1969 to October 1971 and again in the Army from December 1977 to March 1982...
Herbert Holzum (07/26/08)
Herbert A. "Hub" Holzum, 69, of Chester, Ill., passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at St. Ann's Healthcare Center in Chester. He was born to the late Edward and Josephine B. Vandeven Holzum on Oct. 24, 1938, in Leopold, Mo. Hub married Mary C. "Connie" Cushman on Aug. 23, 1958, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester...
Births 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Koenig Son to Jeremy Shawn and Cassadena Lea Koenig of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:48 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Name, Jacob Tyler. Weight, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Koenig is the former Cassadena Eaker, daughter of Paul Dean and Janice Eaker of Grassy, Mo. She is employed at Rushing Marine Service LLC. Koenig is the son of Ron Koenig of Jackson. He is employed by Dutch Enterprises...
Fire report 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 5:05 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of North Clark Avenue. n At 5:17 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Frederick Street. n At 5:53 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of North Clark Avenue...
Police report 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Derrick D. Tucker, 24, 29 S. Sprigg St., was arrested on suspicion of careless and imprudent driving, driving while intoxicated and no operator's license...
Out of the Past 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
25 years ago: July 26, 1983 Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Herman "Bob" Gribler asks Circuit Judge Stanley A. Grimm to empanel a jury to look into the death of Deborah I. Manning. After a record-breaking six consecutive days of 100-degree-plus temperatures in the area, it almost felt like someone turned on an outdoor air conditioner yesterday; the high temperature recorded at the municipal airport was 86 degrees...
Homecomers (07/26/08)
Homecomers turned 100 this week. Jackson's annual festival is a staple of the community, and the name seems to suit the event just fine. It's a week that people know they can come back to town and visit people they have not seen in a while. This year's festival had more nostalgia, being the 100th anniversary. ...
The logic of the Second Amendment (07/26/08)
To the editor: It has been charged that the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing the Washington, D.C., ban on handguns was "a case of judicial activism" and even an offense against logic. This simply is not the case. The "well regulated militia" clause is indeed a type of qualification. It is an affirmation...
Fireman provides great send-off (07/26/08)
To the editor: I would like to thank the battalion chief at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department for his assistance July 19 while my daughter and I were in Cape Girardeau. Sarah had recently graduated from Southeast Missouri State University, and we were in town to help her move when she had car trouble...
Speak Out 7/26/08 (07/26/08)
Poetic philosophy What's the big deal when all is said and done? Throw away your old self. Let's all be one. And in time we'll see the vast majority Are still dominated by an inbred minority. You've heard the world's flat, now round, all that jive...

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