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TODD AKIN AGAIN

Almost two years have passed since Republican Todd Akin uttered two words, "legitimate rape." Since then, he has continued to enrage people.The comment caused him to lose a bid to unseat Demo.Sen.Claire McCaskill. Nowadays, Akin looms large as we approach midterm elections. This year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says on its website, "The Republican war on women is back and it's even more appalling then ever," according to a report in The New York Times.

JON HAMM

“Mad Men” star Jon Hamm joins Kerry Washington and NBA all-star Kevin Love in public service announcements-  with President Obama – to stop sexual assaults on campus. The spots are tagged, “It’s On Us”. . .Via a new fed. program, nearly 300 charter, public and non-public schools are participating in the Eligibility Community Provision providing free breakfast and lunch meals. . .Mizzou School of Journalism has reaped a $10 million check to up the salaries of faculty members.

COR JESU FIRING OF GAY TEACHERS

Reportedly offered to St. Louis University Museum of Art: works by infamous art forger Mark Landis. A documentary on his work, “Art & Craft.” opens this week in Gotham. BTW Doesn’t SLU have enough tchotchkes in its museum? Meanwhile, the ingenious forger has ways of copying great works of art. He has been diagnosed as schizophrenic  and lives in Mississippi. . .Missouri is one of the few states that do not have any ban on texting while driving. More than 3,300 people were killed in 2012 for distracted driving crashes – #1 cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. . .Washington Post under the provocative headline, “I could be a gay Jesuit Priest – I can’t believe how wrong I was.”  An op ed by Ben Brenkert that references the recent firing of two gay teachers at our town’s Cor Jesu High School.

KEN BURNS’”THE ROOSEVELTS”

If you’ve been enjoying the sweeping Ken Burns multi-part documentary, “The Roosevelts,” raise a bully salute to our town’s Jack C. Taylor for helping make it possible. The Taylor family patriarch and billionaire and founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is credited in the opening and closing titles as a major benefactor of the Burns production. The acclaimed filmmaker gives us an in-depth look at not only Presidents Theodore and Franklin, but the independent life of Eleanor. Among the little-known stories: Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest by an attempted assassin while campaigning – and he insisted on going ahead with an hour-long speech before being taken to a hospital.

POPE FRANCIS TO DEMOTE CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE

In what a noted Vatican journalist calls a “decapitation” and “a move without precedent,” Cardinal Raymond Burke – who ran the St. Louis archdiocese for five tumultuous years, “is on the verge of being demoted” from head of the church’s highest court to an “ecclesiastically very modest title” and “an honorary role at the behest of Pope Francis.”  So says veteran church observer, Sandro Magister, who adds “Burke would be completely removed from the curis and be without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.” Late last year, Magister wrote, “Pope Francis “humiliated Burke by crossing him off from among the members of the congregation” and now “seems right at the point of giving the go-ahead for Burke’s second and more grave demotion.”

SCOTT BAKULA, MARSHA MASON, KEVIN KLINE, JON HAMM

All hometown heroes: Scott Bakula now starring in the new CBS-TV series, “NICS: New Orleans,” while still insisting that his name is pronounced “Backula” and not “Bakoola”. . .Jon Hamm is voicing the role as Herb Overkill in the movie, “Minions”. . .Kevin Kline stars in “My Old Lady”. . .”Goodbye Girl” winner Marsha Mason is at liberty and the 72 year-old has been a director while selling herbs from her company.

 

COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE JUDGING, EDWIN PEPPER INTERIORS AUCTION

Edwin Pepper Interiors sold inventory of fine furniture yesterday by Atec auctioneers. . . It seems quiet in the St. Louis Catholic world because Arch. Robert Carlson and his priests are at Tan-Tar-A resort at the Lake of the Ozarks this week at their annual “convocation”. . .Thirty-one have applied for County Circuit  judgeship, which is open after Judge Mark Siegel’s retirement. The so-called “non-partisan” Commission will interview all the candidates at October’s-end, but word on the street is that the commission which nominates the “panel” of three to Gov. Nixon, who gets to choose the winner, is certain to include Sandra Farragut-Hemphill, an African-American associate judge, in the three and two whites for the other two spots. It puts Nixon in the position, where, in view of the Ferguson situation,he will have to appoint Judge Farragut-Hemphill who is not considered an exceptional associate judge. The commission will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 22-23 at the St. Louis County Council Chambers to conduct public interviews to select three nominees from the applicant pool for the guv’s consideration. Members of the 21st Judicial Circuit Commission: Chief Judge Angela T. Quigless; Christine Bertelson (former P-D editorial page editor), Matthew J. Rossiter; Rev. Anthony Witherspoon and Richard Wuestling, IV.
 

CHRIS NICASTRO TO RETIRE

Effective Dec. 31, Chris Nicastro will step down as commissioner of state education to spend more time with her family. She writes, “They have been patient, and, as you well know, patience is not a family trait.”

 

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