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Stories from Saturday, June 6, 2009

Group proposes Cape all-accessible park (06/06/09)
Mark Knoderer envisions a day when children and adults of all abilities in Cape Girardeau will have a playground they can call their own. While Cape Girardeau has playgrounds scattered throughout the city, Knoderer said none is geared with ample special equipment for disabled children, forcing some of them to travel as far away as St. Louis, Carbondale, Ill., or Paducah, Ky., to enjoy such playgrounds...
WarChild Riding Group holds rally to raise money for St. Jude (06/06/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A winding gravel road to a farm tucked into the hills between Chaffee and Oran, Mo., will lead the way this weekend to raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. On Al Friga's farm down Scott County Road 248, the fifth annual Rebel Yell Rally began Friday and will be held through Sunday. ...
Area farmers find rain has delayed planting crops (06/06/09)
In a normal year, farmer Mike Bell of Bloomfield, Mo., would have already planted 2,000 acres of corn on his farmland. But this isn't an average planting season for the Stoddard County farmer, who farms with his son, Jeffrey. Because of wet spring, he has 1,100 acres of corn planted. Bell expects he'll face a harvesting date nearly a month late -- late November to early December -- compared to the preferred late October...
Easing traffic in Scott City: First phase of project begun (06/06/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- The first phase of a project to relieve traffic congestion in Scott City is underway, and Scott County commissioners now have a better grasp of the timeline for future projects. During their Thursday meeting, Eric Krapf, a project manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation, presented commissioners with drawings of plans for the project's second phase and updated them on first-phase progress and third-phase plans...
Highway 51 work starts Wednesday; restriping of Highway 34 starts June 15 (06/06/09)
Highway 51 work starts Wednesday Highway 51 in Perry, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties will be reduced to one lane with an 11-foot width restriction at several locations in coming weeks as a state highway contractor widens the shoulder and puts an asphalt overlay on the road. ...
First Friday shuttle to cape art galleries gets positive reviews (06/06/09)
Although it may take months to tell if free transportation between galleries increases attendance at Cape Girardeau's First Friday art events, initial response to the debut of the shuttle service was largely positive. "I think it's a delightful idea," Carmen Robertson said of the shuttle, which was sponsored by the ARound Town Group. Robertson was among Chateau Girardeau residents who rode the shuttle Friday...
Johnson's Shut-Ins' main noncamping uses to reopen today (06/06/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The main noncamping uses for a popular state park are reopening, more than three years after it was damaged in the December 2005 collapse of a mountaintop reservoir. Opening today are the picnic areas, store, interpretative pavilions and many of the hiking trails at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. An orientation center and campgrounds are scheduled to reopen later this year. In 2006, the park was opened to limited day uses...
Motorists save Bonne Terre man from burning car (06/06/09)
BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- Two motorists are being credited with saving an eastern Missouri man who was trapped in his burning car. The highway patrol said 36-year-old Thomas Forbes of Bonne Terre, Mo., was driving a 1991 Buick LeSabre on U.S. 67 on Wednesday when he hit the back of a GMC utility truck. The car caught fire with Forbes trapped inside...
East St. Louis hopes new park draws development, tourists (06/06/09)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- The view of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis skyline is panoramic. But for this struggling city, the debut of a new riverfront park offers a vision of far bigger things. Decades in the making, the 34-acre Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park opening today transformed a once-scrubby patch of riverfront land into a thing of beauty. ...
Eastern Mo. town's immigration law upheld (06/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals panel has upheld a suburban St. Louis town's ordinance prohibiting the hiring of illegal immigrants, a case that could have national implications. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously affirmed a lower court's ruling in favor of the city of Valley Park...
Collapsed mine shaft suspected in Joplin sinkhole (06/06/09)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Environmental specialists and geologists suspect that a collapsed mine shaft caused a sinkhole to open up in the back yard of a Joplin home. The Joplin Globe reported on its website that officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources visited Carrol Allgood's property Friday to investigate the sinkhole that had formed under an aboveground pool...
Co-pilot of plane that dropped Nagasaki atomic bomb dies at age 88 (06/06/09)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Charles Donald Albury, co-pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, has died after years of congestive heart failure. He was 88. Albury died May 23 at a hospital, Family Funeral Care in Orlando confirmed...
U.S. loses just 345,000 jobs in May, raising hopes (06/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Employers throttled back on layoffs in May and cut the fewest jobs in any month since the financial crisis erupted last fall -- raising the brightest hope yet that an economic recovery will take hold later this year. But with companies still reluctant to hire, the nation's jobless rate rose to a quarter-century high of 9.4 percent, and it likely will keep rising into 2010, possibly within striking distance of its post-World War II peak of 10.8 percent...
Lawmakers help negotiate with banks on constituents' behalf (06/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Can't afford your mortgage payment? If the bank won't take your call, your member of Congress just might. Several lawmakers whose districts are drowning in foreclosures are taking unprecedented steps to help people stay in their homes, including picking up the phone themselves to negotiate with banks on behalf of their constituents...
Virginia clinic offers free Botox to job seekers (06/06/09)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Colleen Delsack is a 47-year-old single mother who can't seem to find a steady job, and she worries that her age may have something to do with it. So she joined dozens of other unemployed workers Friday to take advantage of free Botox wrinkle injections offered by a Virginia clinic...
South Dakota rancher wins $232 million jackpot (06/06/09)
PIERRE, S.D. -- If this were a movie, nobody would believe it: A rancher struggling to eke out a living in one of the poorest corners of America claimed one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history Friday -- $232 million -- after buying the ticket in a town by the name of Winner...
New York parking tickets pile up on van with dead driver (06/06/09)
NEW YORK -- A man's decomposing body inside a minivan covered in parking tickets went undiscovered for weeks because the vehicle's windows were apparently tinted and ticketing officers don't normally search cars, police said Friday. George Morales, 59, died naturally from heart disease, the medical examiner's office said Friday. ...
Obama calls Buchenwald a 'rebuke' to Holocaust denial (06/06/09)
WEIMAR, Germany -- President Obama absorbed the horrors memorialized at the Buchenwald concentration camp Friday and said the lesson for the modern world is vigilance against evil, against subjugation of the weak and against the "cruelty in ourselves."...
Notre Dame to play for Class 3 championship (06/06/09)
SPRINGFIELD -- Seniors Austin Greer and Dylan Drury combined for five hits, reached base eight times and accounted for three RBIs as Notre Dame beat Harrisonville 5-1 in a Class 3 state baseball semifinal Friday at Meador Park. "They both had a phenomenal day," Notre Dame coach Jeff Graviett said...
Notre Dame wins state title in baseball (06/06/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Notre Dame Regional High School won a baseball state title this afternoon. The Bulldogs scored 12 runs in the sixth inning to pull away.
St. Vincent reaches Class 1 final (06/06/09)
FENTON -- Forget about dealing with early game jitters. The St. Vincent girls soccer team needed 30 seconds to dent the scoreboard. Emily Cissell fielded a crossing pass in the box and buried a high shot to give the Indians a lead less than a minute into Friday's Class 1 state semifinal against St. Pius X of Kansas City...
Youthful Indians age the opposition (06/06/09)
FENTON -- The St. Vincent girls soccer team stopped worrying about age a while ago. The Indians will try for the Class 1 state championship today with a team that features five freshmen and four sophomores. Those freshmen and sophomores scored three of the team's four goals in Friday's 4-1 victory over St. Pius X of Kansas City in the semifinals...
Young ignores pain, painful memories (06/06/09)
SPRINGFIELD -- Notre Dame starting pitcher Colton Young's arm started to hurt after the fourth inning Friday during the Class 3 state baseball semifinal game against Harrisonville. During the sixth inning, the right-hander visibly was tiring as he surrendered a single and RBI double to begin the frame and walked two batters to load the bases with just one out...
Bulldogs not stranded for long (06/06/09)
SPRINGFIELD -- The top of the first inning was a disappointing one for the Notre Dame offense, which failed to score despite loading the bases with just one out against Harrisonville starting pitcher Landon Teal. Teal retired Mark Hagedorn and Jeremy Essner on groundouts to end the early threat...
Cape Legion tops Bluff in Charleston tourney (06/06/09)
The Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons American Legion baseball team defeated Poplar Bluff 9-5 in the Charleston tournament Friday night. Levi Felter picked up the win as Cape improved to 1-1 in pool play and 4-1 overall. Felter allowed four hits in five innings, striking out seven and walking two. Tyler Glidewell relieved and allowed one hit over the final two innings...
Capahas encounter first loss (06/06/09)
The Plaza Tire Capahas suffered their first loss of the season Friday night. But the host Capahas had their chances. Plaza Tire stranded 13 runners, including the bases loaded in both the eighth and ninth innings. That failure to capitalize led to a 7-4 victory for the Valmeyer (Ill.) Lakers, who improved to 5-2 while dropping the Capahas to 1-1. The teams meet in a 1 p.m. contest today at Capaha Field...
Rockies' nine-run avalanche buries Cards (06/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Jorge De La Rosa ended a six-game losing streak to start the season and had his first RBI on a bases-loaded walk in a breakway nine-run seventh inning in the Colorado Rockies' 11-4 win over St. Louis on Friday night. Dexter Fowler homered for a 2-0 lead in the sixth and drew a bases-loaded walk one at-bat after the .056-hitting De La Rosa's free pass in the Rockies' biggest inning of the year. ...
Cardinals place Lohse on 15-day DL (06/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career Friday with a forearm injury after he had to leave his latest start early. The Cardinals are going with 12 pitchers for the time being, with infielder Tyler Greene recalled from Class AAA Memphis...
Calvin Crown could be spoils at Belmont (06/06/09)
NEW YORK -- A Cajun, a cowboy and a tough little gelding have teamed up to make this Triple Crown season one to remember. In today's Belmont Stakes, Cajun rider Calvin Borel will be reunited with trainer Chip Woolley's Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in an attempt to become the first jockey to win the Triple Crown on different horses...
Federer scratches way into title match (06/06/09)
PARIS -- Sentimental favorite Roger Federer did not quite follow the script Friday at the French Open. He decided to go for high drama. Striving to complete a career Grand Slam, Federer came from behind twice in the semifinals to beat big-serving Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4...
Understanding Islam: Abbey Road Christian Church holds program on the history and beliefs of Islam (06/06/09)
Tuesday nights at Abbey Road Christian Church in Cape Girardeau, chairs in the sanctuary hall will be filled, but not to hear a sermon. Instead, members of the church and the community will be learning about Islam and reaching for understanding along with local Muslims...
Religion calendar 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
Gospel singing The Gloryroad Travelers of Mounds, Ill., and the Liberty Boys of Kentucky will perform. Where: Shiloh Baptist Church, Villa Ridge, Ill. When: 7 p.m. today Missions story Steve and Easy Stilson share the story of their mission experience with United Methodist churches and members in Mozambique...
Living peaceably (06/06/09)
I have had the privilege of officiating weddings. (Sometimes when the mother or the mother-in-law comes into the room the privilege ends). Every couple who gets married has to apply for a marriage license. It is a well-decorated document, but I'm convinced it's missing something. ...
Reflections: Sifting out what's good (06/06/09)
Summer is here again. You experience high temperatures, humidity and bugs. It all goes along with more idealistic dreams of what the season might bring. You may visualize scenes of boating, wearing lighter clothing, walking in the warm summer sun, and you picture vacations filled with bliss. You've forgotten the unpleasant and choose to remember only the good...
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to air four shows from Baghdad (06/06/09)
NEW YORK -- Stephen Colbert will broadcast four shows next week from Baghdad, where he says he'll be "Bob Hoping" it for the troops. Colbert arrived at the former Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory on Friday. For weeks, he's promoted the trip on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," but because the military urged caution, he has only trumpeted a vague trip to "the Persian Gulf."...
Carradine death may be accidental (06/06/09)
BANGKOK -- Police are speculating that accidental suffocation, not suicide, may have caused the death of American cult actor David Carradine, whose body was found in a hotel closet in the Thai capital with a rope tied to his neck, wrist and genitals...
Maldetta Hinkle (06/06/09)
Maldetta Hinkle, 98, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the home of her son in Cape Girardeau following an extended illness. She was born on Jan. 13, 1911, in Mount Pleasant, Ill., to Earl and Verdie Osman Miles. She married Loren Hinkle on Sept. 24, 1927. He preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 1983...
Mary Ann Frank (06/06/09)
POMONA, Calif. -- Mary Ann Frank, 49, former resident of Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau, died June 3, 2009, in Pomona Valley Hospital at Pomona. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Covina, Calif., and burial will follow at 4 p.m...
Gwen French (06/06/09)
Gwendolyn Elizabeth "Gwen" French, 94, died at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2009, at West Ridge Place in Sikeston, Mo. Her husband, Morris French, preceded her in death in 2002. Other survivors include one daughter, Belinda Underhill; one son, Fred French; and one sister Jean Harrell...
Beverly Call (06/06/09)
Beverly A. Call, 72, of Oak Ridge died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born April 26, 1937, in Smackover, Ark., the daughter of George and Beth Saxon Burns. She and Lawrence Ralph Call were married April 3, 1982, in Wheaton, Ill. He preceded her in death Dec. 15, 2002...
Births 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
McIntosh; Rosborg; Rivera
Fire report 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following call Friday:...
Police report 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assaults; Thefts; Burglary; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Assault; Thefts; Burglary; Miscellaneous; Cape Girardeau County: DWIs; Arrests
Out of the past 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
25 years ago: June 6, 1984 A total of 27 people, all charged with sale or possession of various controlled substances, had been arrested by 11 a.m. in what law enforcement officials say is the biggest drug bust in Cape Girardeau County history; the busts center on a drug ring in Cape Girardeau...
Reducing the noise (06/06/09)
Cape Girardeau residents bothered by loud noises when they are trying to sleep at night frequently complain that police don't do enough to enforce the city's noise ordinance. But municipal court records indicate otherwise. Judge Teresa Bright-Pearson recently increased fines for noise violations to $100, including court costs, up from the $80 generally assessed for first-time offenders...
Killing is not pro-life position (06/06/09)
The shooting death of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas, has shocked his family, friends and the residents of Wichita. It has also shocked the pro-life movement. The killer clearly wanted to send a message, and he did just that. This action, however, sends the wrong message. ...
An interrogation challenge (06/06/09)
The recent letter from John Rice inspires me to respond to him as I have others, including Geraldo Rivera. First, there is not a consensus that waterboarding is torture. Webster defines it as the infliction of extreme pain. Second, I will make the same offer as I have to the others. ...
Advice to Rice: Seek a vote (06/06/09)
I am appalled but not at all shocked at the resistance to Larry Rice and his ideas for the federal building on Broadway. Cape Girardeau residents -- which include Bible-thumpers and political figureheads -- need to grow up. We can have new liquor licenses issued, but we can't help the homeless or use the river as a means to create new jobs and growth for the area. We can't put some sins over other sins and choose what we like because our city council doesn't like it...
Speak Out 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
Dog messes; Weedy median; Homeless contact
Prayer 6/6/09 (06/06/09)
For fair weather on a weekend, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Little Wren (06/06/09)
This little Wren lives in the bush by My front door, and now has little tweeting babies in the Wren house there.
Ruffled Seagull (06/06/09)
This Seagull looked a bit battered from the rough weather that had been in the Gulf of Mexico over the Memorial Day weekend 2009, this photo was taken on Pensacola Beach Florida.
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