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2008-07-20 03:00:25

By Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 20--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri attorney general's office Friday asked a judge to appoint a special assistant attorney general in the pending lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt over e-mail records. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Richard Callahan recently dismissed the suit, ruling that the plaintiff, former Missouri Highway Patrol chief Mel Fisher, did not have standing. Fisher was appointed last year by Attorney General Jay Nixon to...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

By Scott Lauck Ten-day window left for AG to join case A lawsuit over the e-mail policy of Gov. Matt Blunt might be doomed after a Cole County judge on Friday dismissed the suit on procedural grounds. In a brief order issued a day after he heard arguments in the case, Judge Richard Callahan said former Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Mel Fisher lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. Fisher, who had been appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon as an independent investigator,...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 11--JEFFERSON CITY -- Attorneys on Thursday argued two motions in a lawsuit over access to e-mails from the governor's office, but a Cole County judge took no action in the hearing. In one motion, lawyers for Gov. Matt Blunt argued for dismissal of the lawsuit. In the other, an attorney representing The Kansas City Star and two other media outlets sought to join the case to compel the governor's office to release previously requested...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

A Cole County judge was urged Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit over the state e-mail retention policy of Gov. Matt Blunt's office. Blunt's lawyer, John Holstein, a former state Supreme Court judge who is now in private practice, argued that there was no provision in state law for the lawsuit brought in the case. The suit was filed in May by Mel Fisher, a former superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who was appointed as an independent investigator in the matter. A lawsuit filed...

2008-06-26 06:02:52

By Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald Jun. 26--KEY WEST -- Just before Mike DeMar realized he found a rare and priceless treasure, he thought the 385-year-old gold chalice from a wrecked Spanish fleet was a far more common item. "I thought I was digging a beer can that the metal detector hit," said the 20-year-old treasure diver, who happened upon the object just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. 'I couldn't see any gold until I pulled it out. The sediment cleared away. The gold started to shine. Time...

2005-08-25 09:09:25

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Fla (Reuters) - Hundreds of millions of dollars in silver bars, emeralds and gold chains have already been recovered from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, sunk during a Florida Keys hurricane in 1622. But the mother lode of treasure discovered by Mel Fisher two decades ago may not have finished yielding its fortunes, his heirs believe, and there may be more to come. "It's still a trail of gold," said Mel Fisher's son Kim, 49, chief executive of...

2005-08-24 07:56:20

By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Fla (Reuters) - Hundreds of millions of dollars in silver bars, emeralds and gold chains have already been recovered from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, sunk during a Florida Keys hurricane in 1622. But the mother lode of treasure discovered by Mel Fisher two decades ago may not have finished yielding its fortunes, his heirs believe, and there may be more to come. "It's still a trail of gold," said Mel Fisher's son Kim, 49, chief executive of...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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