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Bertrand woman sentenced to prison on drug charge (08/27/08)
A Mississippi County woman was sentenced Monday to prison on a felony drug charge before U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton Tammy K. Abernathy, 45, of Bertrand was sentenced to 70 months in prison on one felony count of possession of five grams or more methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Upon release from prison, Abernathy will be placed on supervised release for a period of three years...
Rep. Emerson speaks on energy, terrorism at Cape Girardeau Lions club (08/27/08)
There are enough Democratic lawmakers ready to vote in favor of opening the outer continental shelf to drilling that an energy bill that includes expanded exploration for oil should pass when Congress returns to work, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said Wednesday...
Chain slips during first attempt to lift tank from Mississippi River (08/27/08)
A chain slipped off the submerged end of a storage tank stuck in the Mississippi River upstream from downtown Cape Girardeau when salvage cranes tried to lift the tank, the tank's owner, Robert Erlbacher, said Wednesday. The attempt to lift the tank took place shortly after 1 p.m. Onlookers on shore reported hearing a loud snapping sound just before the tank settled back into the water...
Cape Girardeau big enough for major, small property owners (08/27/08)
Southeast Missouri State University history professor Steven Hoffman said Cape Girardeau resembles a Monopoly board. But unlike the game, in which one owner eventually buys all the land in the city, Hoffman said Cape Girardeau has several large land owners...
Southeast students unite behind Boyd during performance (08/27/08)
Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University students gathered at the University Center to watch "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday night to see Southeast alumnus Neal Boyd perform. As he did on the first episode of the "America's Got Talent" season, Boyd, a Sikeston, Mo., native, made a big impression with the judges and live audience on the first episode of the show's live semifinals...
Work on removing tank from Mississippi River begins (08/27/08)
The first step in removing the old oil storage tank stuck in the Mississippi River just north of downtown Cape Girardeau will be an attempt to move it to shallower water, owner Robert Erlbacher said Tuesday. Crews from Okie Moore Diving & Salvage Co. ...
Title: Prioritize content to yield résumé success (08/27/08)
Copy: Dear Sam: My résumé is three pages long. How do I condense it without omitting important information? - Cindi Dear Cindi: While I do not know the extent of your career, let's cover some general principles to help determine the appropriate length for your résumé. ...
Southeast experiences Internet access outage (08/27/08)
Southeast Missouri State University experienced Internet accessibility problems Tuesday because of a Charter Communications outage, according to university spokeswoman Ann Hayes. Access was restored by 3:45 p.m., she said. Those on campus could access the university's website and receive intra-campus e-mail, but couldn't visit other websites...
New director takes over at family center (08/27/08)
Several years ago, Michelle Wallace drove by the Cape Girardeau Family Resource Center and saw a building in shambles. No cars were in the lot. She couldn't tell which door was the entrance. Wallace wondered how the center operated. As a young parent coordinator at the New Madrid County Family Resource Center, she was used to seeing such centers bustling with people...
Route 51 drainage repairs scheduled for today (08/27/08)
BOLLINGER COUNTY - Route 51 will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs. This section of roadway is located from County Road 800 to County Road 802. Weather permitting, work will take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m...
DNR puts Chaffee under boil-water order because of lack of chlorine (08/27/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee is under a boil-water order at least through Thursday, according to Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials. The order was issued at 3 p.m. Tuesday after Mike Tate, a DNR water quality specialist, discovered during an unscheduled inspection that the water system had little to no chlorine...
Work on William Street to take place early Thursday morning (08/27/08)
Striping crews will be working on William Street between Interstate 55 and Kingshighway early Thursday morning to improve visibility for motorists along the road in Cape Girardeau. Work is scheduled to take place from midnight to 6:30 a.m. The contracted crews are working during these hours to ease road congestion before the normal business day begins. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-275-6636...
Woman leaves children in car while in Caruthersville casino (08/27/08)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Texas woman decided to take a gamble and now is facing charges of child endangerment. Caruthersville police were called to the Lady Luck Casino at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in reference to a missing vehicle and juveniles. Glennia L. ...
Poplar Bluff police: Stabbing was vendetta (08/27/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Local authorities believe a Poplar Bluff man was carrying out a vendetta when he stabbed another man 10 to 12 times early Tuesday. Steven Wayne Gowen is accused of stabbing Clement B. White. "None of White's wounds were fatal. They were punctures; they did not hit any organs," said Poplar Bluff Police Detective Leigh Raymer...
Alleged Kennett burglar arrested after foot chase (08/27/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett police officers arrested a 22-year-old Kennett man for allegedly burglarizing two homes Sunday. At about 2:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the residence of Rebecca Jewell to investigate a possible burglary. According to a report filed by the Kennett Police Department, when officer Philip Caldwell arrived, Jewell said she had been awakened her dogs barking and noticed a screen had been pushed in and a door had been unlocked...
Nell Holcomb School Board to consider raising property tax rate (08/27/08)
The Nell Holcomb School Board will consider raising the tax rate by 4.2 percent at a 6 p.m. meeting today. The proposal from district officials would increase the operating levy from $3.08 to $3.21 per $100 of assessed valuation. A resident with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $609.90 in district taxes this year, a $24.70 increase over last year...
Mo. laws allow big donors, target drunk boaters (08/27/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri politicians may soon be awash with money. Boaters, however, may need to think twice before washing down another alcoholic drink. A new law taking effect Thursday in Missouri will repeal the state's campaign contribution limits -- allowing candidates to accept big checks for the November elections...
Mo. county posts meth lab seizures online (08/27/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Savvy home buyers and residents have long taken it on themselves to do a little amateur sleuthing, checking on the quality of schools, crime rates -- even searching the Internet to see if a sex offender lives in the neighborhood. Now, a law enforcement agency outside of St. Louis is providing a new piece of information for the public, identifying where it's finding materials linked to illegal methamphetamine production...
2 US military men indicted on bribery charges (08/27/08)
CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed bribery and conspiracy charges against two U.S. military personnel and several contractors that operated in Afghanistan. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. It alleges that Major Christopher P. West of Chicago and Sergeant Patrick W. Boyd of Rockledge, Florida accepted $90,000 from two different companies to arrange Department of Defense contracts worth more than $1 million...
Mo. GOP gubernatorial candidate outlines health-care plan (08/27/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof outlined a long-awaited health plan Tuesday that seeks to expand coverage to the uninsured by making it easier for them to buy private insurance plans. Hulshof said his "bold initiative" could help low-income parents who were cut off from Medicaid three years ago, as well as small businesses that can't afford health insurance for their employees. ...
Federal official: Colo. men no 'true' threat to Obama (08/27/08)
DENVER -- A group of suspected drug users arrested in Denver this weekend with methamphetamine, guns and bulletproof vests made racist threats against Barack Obama but posed no true danger to the presidential candidate as he accepts the Democratic nomination here this week, federal authorities said Tuesday...
Charge dismissed against Seattle woman who registered dog to vote (08/27/08)
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- A judge has decided that a suburban Seattle woman who registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix to vote has spent enough time in the legal doghouse. Jane Balogh had been charged with making a false statement but entered into a plea agreement last year. A King County judge dismissed the charge Monday after Balogh showed that she had paid $240 in court costs and completed community service...
Clinton endorses Obama at convention (08/27/08)
DENVER -- Hillary Clinton summoned millions of voters who supported her in the primaries to send Barack Obama to the White House Tuesday night, declaring in a Democratic National Convention speech that the man who defeated her "is my candidate and he must be our president."...
Colleges confront campus shootings through survival training program (08/27/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of colleges across the nation have purchased a training program that teaches professors and students not to take campus threats lying down but to fight back with any "improvised weapon," from a backpack to a laptop computer...
Number of uninsured drops; poverty steady (08/27/08)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people without health insurance fell by more than 1 million in 2007, the first annual decline since the Bush administration took office, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Incomes edged up for the middle class while poverty held steady...
Immigration officials: Nearly 600 workers detained in Mississippi plant raid (08/27/08)
LAUREL, Miss. -- The largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history has caused panic among Hispanic families in this small southern Mississippi town, where federal agents rounded up nearly 600 plant workers suspected of being in the country illegally...
Airliner hijacked, flies from Darfur to Libya (08/27/08)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Hijackers in Sudan's Darfur region seized a jetliner carrying nearly 100 people, including local Darfur officials, and forced it to land at a World War II-era airfield in the heart of the Sahara Desert in neighboring Libya, officials said...
Russia recognizes independence of two Georgian provinces (08/27/08)
MOSCOW -- Russia bucked the West on Tuesday by recognizing the independence claims of two Georgian breakaway regions, and U.S. warships plied the waters off of Georgia in a gambit the Kremlin saw as gunboat diplomacy. The announcement by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ignored the strong opposition of Europe and the United States, and signaled the Kremlin's determination to shape its neighbors' destinies even at the risk of closing its doors to the West...
Italian priest cancels nuns' beauty pageant (08/27/08)
ROME -- An Italian priest backtracked from his idea to organize an online beauty pageant for nuns, saying Tuesday he had been misunderstood and incurred the protests of the faithful and local religious authorities. The Rev. Antonio Rungi had thought of the beauty contest to give nuns more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour. ...
U.N. alleges U.S.-led attack killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan (08/27/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In a stark warning to U.S. forces, the Afghan government said it will try to regulate the presence of U.S. troops and their use of airstrikes, while the U.N. on Tuesday announced that "convincing evidence" exists that an American-led operation killed 90 civilians...
Cardinals place Barton on 15-day disabled list (08/27/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Brian Barton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right side muscle Tuesday. Barton, selected in the Rule 5 draft last winter, is hitting .269 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 130 at-bats. He was injured beating out a bunt for a single during a career-best three-hit game Sunday...
Jackson tennis nets second straight sweep (08/27/08)
The Jackson girls tennis team improved to 2-0 with a 9-0 sweep of Poplar Bluff on Tuesday afternoon. "I have eight seniors, including five of the top six," Jackson coach David Brummel said. "I think the experience of playing up [on varsity] to this point is paying off. They know this is it, and they're trying to make their point this season, but they're taking it one match at a time and they have a good work ethic."...
DeLong way from home: Californian establishes herself among OVC's best (08/27/08)
Karleigh DeLong came a long way to play volleyball for Southeast Missouri State. The Californian has not regretted that decision one bit. "I'm very happy with my decision," DeLong said. That's understandable, considering the junior outside hitter ranks among the Ohio Valley Conference's top players and is also regarded as a model teammate...
Redhawks enter as defending OVC co-champs (08/27/08)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team returned to Ohio Valley Conference prominence last year. Southeast captured its first OVC regular-season title since 2000 as the Redhawks shared the crown with two other squads. Thanks to winning 12 of their final 13 regular-season matches, the Redhawks posted a 20-12 overall record and a 15-5 OVC mark...
Southeast men's basketball team will play Iowa, Kansas St. (08/27/08)
The 2008-09 Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will certainly not ease into the season. Southeast's schedule, which was released Tuesday, features three of the first four games on the road against teams from major conferences. The Redhawks open the season Nov. 14 at New Mexico, followed by contests at Kansas State on Nov. 16 and Iowa on Nov. 25...
Brewers extend lead (08/27/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Finally, Ben Sheets had the upper hand against the St. Louis Cardinals. He picked a perfect time to best a team that has given him fits, beating them in a game with postseason implications. Sheets worked six scoreless innings in a 12-0 victory Tuesday night that provided some breathing room for the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL wild card race...
Baseball to use instant replay on 'boundary calls' (08/27/08)
NEW YORK -- Replay ball! Umpires will be allowed to check video on home run calls starting Thursday after Major League Baseball, guardian of America's most traditional sport, reversed its decades-long opposition to instant replay. "Like everything else in life, there are times that you have to make an adjustment," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said following Tuesday's announcement. ...
Ivanovic avoids history-making loss (08/27/08)
NEW YORK -- Ana Ivanovic raised her racket, ready for an easy overhead slam in what was shaping up as an easy match. Then she somehow spiked the ball right into the net from just a few feet away. Out of whack lately because of an injured right thumb, the world No. 1 was suddenly out of sorts. Ivanovic recovered in time Tuesday to avoid becoming the first top-seeded woman to lose in the first round at the U.S. Open, rallying past Vera Dushevina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4...
Jets announce PSL plan that ranges up to $25,000 (08/27/08)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets announced a personal seat license plan that will cost some season-ticket holders between $4,000 and $25,000, but spares thousands of upper-level seats from the new fee. The PSL plan was announced for the Jets' new 82,500-seat stadium the team will share with the New York Giants. The stadium is scheduled to open in 2010...
'Slow food' movement gains some momentum with U.S. consumers (08/27/08)
BOLINAS, Calif. -- Trailing Alice Waters through a Marin County garden, watching her gather fragrant pea blossoms and lemon verbena, it is easy to believe the tide is turning against America's mac-and-cheese culture. In this wealthy rural enclave, there are no Starbucks or Wal-Marts. It is home to uber-eco rancher Bill Niman; small farms are nestled into hillsides; the shelves of the co-op are stocked with local, organic greens...
'Arrowhead Fred' takes on many roles at nature center (08/27/08)
Fred Bollinger, a Cape Girardeau Conservation Campus Nature Center volunteer, has been a working with the center since it opened in 2005. He helped develop the center's exhibits and is the kind of person who enjoys doing whatever is needed, regardless of the task...
Making a case for baskets (08/27/08)
When it comes to corralling clutter, few storage solutions are better (or more appealing) than baskets. "They're so versatile," said Maryland-based designer and shop owner Dennese Guadaloupe-Rojas, "and they provide a nice visual element as well...
A blend of original end-of-summer dishes (08/27/08)
It is always fun to dine with a friend and engage in good conversation and good food. In a recent lunch with my friends Cheryl Mothes and Rick Hetzel, they fixed a Gardenburger BBQ Riblet (veggie riblet) that was really good. It is a soy protein product in barbecue sauce. Vegetarian products have come such a long way in the past few years. I thought you might like to try this low-fat, convenience entree that's also high in protein and fiber. Look in the vegetarian section of the grocery store...
Review: 'Frozen River' a gripping slice of life (08/27/08)
When the two women first cross the river together -- in the dead of winter, in a rickety Dodge Spirit -- Melissa Leo's character, Ray, says what the audience is thinking: "This is so ... stupid." Well yes, it is, considering that each time she and Misty Upham's Lila drive across the rugged, icy expanse that separates Quebec and the Mohawk Indian Reservation of upstate New York, they have illegal immigrants stowed in the trunk -- men and women from China and Pakistan willing to take this risk themselves for the possibility of a better life.. ...
Neal E. Boyd moves on to the next round, but threats are on the horizon (08/27/08)
Was there really any doubt?After a performance Tuesday on "America's Got Talent" that brought judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff, and the entire live audience in Los Angeles, to their feet, Neal E. ...
Bollywood's 'Hari Puttar' film sparks lawsuit (08/27/08)
MUMBAI, India -- Let's see Hari Puttar get out of this one. Bollywood producers set to release a film called "Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors" are working to fend off a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. that claims the movie title hews too closely to their megafamous boy wizard franchise...
Spears not slated to perform on VMAs (08/27/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears won't perform on this year's MTV Video Music Awards, according to her manager. "Contrary to media reports, Britney was never slated to perform on this year's VMAs," Larry Rudolph, Spears' manager at Jive Records, said in a statement. "She's in the middle of recording her next album."...
Marvin Wallace (08/27/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Marvin "Buddy" Wallace, 88, of Sikeston died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell, Mo. He was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Sikeston, son of James F. and Ida Mae Smith Wallace. He and Ida Oliver were married Oct. 1, 1938, at Benton, Mo. She died Dec. 19, 2007...
Maude Skelton (08/27/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Maude Ellen Skelton, 85, of Sikeston died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at her home. She was born May 6, 1923, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Frank and Laura Poole Barker. She and John Skelton Jr. were married June 11, 1939. He died Sept. 18, 1988...
Virgil Jones Sr. (08/27/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Virgil Ivan Jones Sr., 89, of Sikeston died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 30, 1919, in Okolona, Ark., son of William Ivan and Stella Robertson Jones. He and Sarah Gwendolyn Frazier were married Nov. 11, 1939, in Cape Girardeau...
Sevella Brooks (08/27/08)
Sevella "Imogene" Brooks, 80, of Jackson died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Monticello House. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
John Rhodes (08/27/08)
John B. Rhodes, 62, of St. Charles, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles. He was born July 26, 1946, at Crump, son of Barney and Freda Schrader Rhodes. He and Sandra Herschbach were married June 13, 1987. Rhodes attended Crump School and graduated from Delta High School in 1964...
Harold Hargan (08/27/08)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Harold D. Hargan, 77, of Mounds died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 19, 1931, in rural Mounds, son of Loal Alfred and Lora Johnson Hargan Sr. He and Doris Ikola were married July 8, 1955, at Mound City, Ill...
Helen Balsman (08/27/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen S. Balsman, 93, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. She was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of August and Mabel Dormeyer Sander. She and Weldon Balsman were married Oct. 26, 1936, in Perryville...
Ellis Walther (08/27/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ellis E. Walther, 78, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 7, 1929, at Altenburg, Mo., son of John and Emilie Ehlers Walther. He and Susie Wallek were married Oct. 26, 1954...
Clarisse Chism (08/27/08)
Clarisse L. Chism, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Arbors at Auburn Creek. She was born Nov. 28, 1920, at Edina, Mo., daughter of Herbert and Adelaide Lueders. She and Dr. Harold E. Chism were married March 7, 1942, a union that lasted more than 50 years...
Ann Layton (08/27/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ann L. Layton, 60, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at her home. She was born Aug. 15, 1948, in Perryville, daughter of William and Lillian Bey Schweiss. She and Marion Layton were married Nov. 9, 1968, in Perryville. Layton was a sales assistant at Guyot Lumber Co. She was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and served as an eucharistic minister...
The Rev. Douglas Scott (08/27/08)
The Rev. Douglas Scott, 78, of Scott City died at Southeast Missouri Hospital, Aug. 24, 2008. He was born March 31, 1930, in Ecorse, Mich., son of Douglas G. and Hazel Casler Scott. He married Dolores Russom Nov. 9, 1953, in Washington, D.C. Survivors include his wife; a son, Greg Scott of Duncannon, Pa.; two daughters, Diane Hercher of Naperville, Ill., Cindy Busby of Maeystown, Ill.; two brothers, Harold Scott of Clovis, Calif., Gordon Scott of Covina, Calif.; two brothers-in-law, Junior Russom of Scott City, Jimmy Russom of Delta; three sisters-in-law, Wanda Rhymer, Brenda Morris and Linda Stevens, all of Scott City; and eight grandchildren.. ...
Ruth Versheldon (08/27/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth A. Versheldon, 92, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville. She was born Sept. 20, 1915, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of August and Amelia Buerck Zoellner. She and William J. Versheldon Sr. were married March 17, 1933. He died Feb. 6, 2003...
Virginia Conley (08/27/08)
Virginia Lee Conley, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Arthur J. and Ella Louise Schwab Job. She and Richard E. Conley were married July 20, 1949, in Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 8/27/08 (08/27/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 4:26 a.m., a box alarm at 2206 W. Cape Rock Drive. n At 5:34 a.m. emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Pioneer Drive. n At 5:57 a.m., a fire alarm at 244 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Police report 8/27/08 (08/27/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Two subjects were in custody pending filing of formal charges on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, possession of crack cocaine, no financial responsibility, no operator's license, no seat belt and failure to display two head lamps...
Out of the past 8/27/08 (08/27/08)
25 years ago: Aug. 27, 1983 A broken fuse mount at a Missouri Utilities substation in Cape Girardeau is blamed for a power failure and brownout for several hours Thursday night that dimmed lights to about 300 business and residential customers along Mount Auburn Road and just west of the city, including West Park Mall...
Governor sets record straight (08/27/08)
Missouri (let alone the U.S.) is shaping up to be a highly competitive, hard to predict political race leading up to the election Nov. 4 (11 weeks from now). Recent Missouri polls show McCain up over Obama by an average of 6 points (+11 in one instance). ...
Roads and sinkholes (08/27/08)
The emergence of more than 20 sinkholes in South Cape has been somewhat disconcerting, causing the closing of part of South Sprigg Street to through traffic since January. Last week, the road was reopened, and the city deserves plaudits for carefully taking care of the problem...
Show impresses with hard work, talent and support (08/27/08)
To the editor: Regarding Mike Dumey and his group of young singers and their presentation of "Sing, America, Sing," each and every time I attend Mike Dumey's presentations, I am so impressed with the high quality that I feel compelled to once again extend my praise and gratitude. ...
Speak Out 8/27/08 (08/27/08)
Obama mudslings, too OBAMA'S RUNNING ads criticizing McCain for talking negative toward Obama but Obama, about all he's talking about is negative things against Bush. Now, where's the fair balance? If he can talk about people, why can't somebody else? All he's trying to do is gather votes...
Annie (08/27/08)
Annie was a shelter dog, her favorite activity is couch napping...(or hiding her sister's "bones" under the bed where she can't reach them...)
Sophie Striking a Pose by the Pool! (08/27/08)
Sophie loves to dress up! She doesn't like it when you take her clothes off and wants them right back on when you do! She knows her part in the bedroom closet. Sophie has her very own basket full of fashionista items! Even though she likes dressing up, she doesn't act girly. She also likes protecting her home by barking and jumping at other doggies on TV. Maybe she wants to be a Big TV Star! She could be chased by the doggerazzi!...
Melvin Leroy & Sophie Lane (08/27/08)
Meet Melvin Leroy and his sister Sophie Lane. They're 10 months old. Melvin is long like a basset and Sophie looks a little lab-ish. (We haven't told them they might have different daddies.) Despite their combined weight of 135 lbs., they prefer to sit on the same lap. Their other hobbies include wrestling, soap-eating, dragging me down the sidewalk and stealing TP out of my bathroom vanity to shred all over my backyard...
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