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ANDREW PUDZER DIVORCE DOCUMENTS

A St. Louis county judge will today hear an argument by the Campaign for Accountability, a left-leaning non-profit, to unseal divorce-related documents of  the abuse charges sealed the day after President Donald Trump tapped Andrew Pudzer for secretary of labor.

OSCARS TIME

Some Marcus-Wehrenberg Theaters in our town will celebrate the Oscars Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 by showing nine best picture nominees. . .Among the Sheldon audience the other night: Phil Saviano, former New England director of SNAP, Judy Collins and David Clohessy.

PRINCESS DIANA DOCUMENTARY, ANDREW PUZDER

Coinciding with her death 20 years ago, a 4-hour, two-night documentary on her life will be aired in August on ABC. . .In a letter Thursday, the AFL-CIO and 127 other groups have asked President Trump to withdraw Andrew Puzder’s nomination for secretary of labor.

BILLIE HOLIDAY IN OUR TOWN

Jazz singer/composer Billie Holiday will converge on our town Feb.16-March 4 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand. Starring Alexis J. Roston as the late artist from her previous turns as the Chicago Joseph Jefferson Award-winner and recently reprising the role to great acclaim at the Milwaukee Rep. Tix: 314-534-1111 or at the Fox.

HISTORIC FEB. 13: 1861, Abraham Lincoln was declared president; 1866, Jesse James held up his first bank in Liberty, MO; 1905, -40 degrees (C) in Warsaw, MO., state record; 1935, Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh infant; 1937, Comic strip Prince Valiant first appeared; 1959, The Barbie Doll was introduced; 1972, “Grease” opened on Broadway; 1974, Pitcher James “Cool Papa” Bell entered baseball’s Hall of Fame. He lived in our town and joined the Negro National League, played for the St. Louis Stars.

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FUTURE

There’s big business in the oddsmaking field throughout the world. Bovada, the online gambling site: President Donald Trump won’t make it through a full term. He’ll either be impeached or he will resign. The bet is off if he dies while in office.

BASEBALL

I’ve never understood why, exactly, but baseball has always had a stronger appeal for writers. One reason may be that baseball is a sentimental game, living in the past and most writers are sentimental slobs. No other sport involves so much standing around to watching the grass grow or spitting. The downgrading of baseball began with the decline and fall of first base. There used to be dazzlers: Joe Torre; Keith Hernandez; Jack Clark; Mark McGwire; Albert Pujols and Bill White. Now, when a manager doesn’t know what to do with some aging rummy, he puts him on first base. I’ve even seen pitchers playing first. True, baseball is slow.

Phil Wrigley was the last to succumb to the nonsense of playing the National Anthem before every game, a brutish idea conceived during World War II to delude the public into regarding a ballgame as “patriotic.”

There’s a mad rush to remodel Scottrade, the Armory and Edward Jones Dome with financial assistance. When will Busch Stadium be in need of updating? For nostalgia, it has replaced dozens of little buildings where mom and pop had a grocery, Jim Mertikas had Grecian Gardens, Shumacher’s Restaurant, Grand Burlesque, the Garrick, a flower shop, Chinatown, the York Hotel and Little Bohemia. Gone, all of them, to where?

SHAUN HAYES & MICHAEL LITZ

Pulitzer Center exec director Jon Sawyer hosted a discussion this week at WashU’s Graham Chapel between ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. While peaceful protests by 15 outdoors continued, the two speakers outlined findings and recommendations in the Middle East Strategy Task Force Report. . .Here we go again! Ex-banker Shaun Hayes and developer Michael Litz pleaded not guilty this week on new charges filed by the feds here. . . Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden have signed up with talent agency CAA. . .Meanwhile Fitch Credit Ratings System warns “Trump is a risk to ‘international economic conditions'”. . .Our town’s George Noory’s syndicated radio show (97.1 fm here) is now heard on 615 stations in North America.

WHY NOT HAVE TATTOOS? For the same reason you don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrarri.

IVANKA TRUMP, LARRY RICE, “DEATH OF A SALESMAN”

Longtime anti-poverty advocate Larry Rice may launch his bid to run for St. Louis mayor. . .Newest member of the St. Louis Civilian Oversight
board: Aaron Banks, an associate at Thompson Coburn. He’ll rep Wards 7, 8 and 9. . .Aldi is targeting a remodel and expansion of its 1,300 stores by 2018. . .Kellyanne Conway’s promotion of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line at Nordstroms has blitzed the media. (Nice going for a White House official on our tax payroll.) On CNN this morning, Sen. Roy Blunt was on the hot seat about the matter. He consistently waffled about the issue saying, “But what’s the question?”

HISTORIC FEB. 10: 1959, an historic tornado struck our town killing 19 and injuring 265; 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against intervention in Vietnam; 1949, Arthur Miller’s landmark play, “Death of a Salesman,” bowed on Broadway; 1942, Glenn Miller earned his first gold disc from selling a million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

IN OUR TOWN

Well, there are a thousand viewpoints in this viewtiful city – and a view is only sacred to him/her who has one and is in danger of losing it. F’rnstnce, the immigration ban. Perhaps Canada will accept those who are banned from the U.S. President Trump’s pick for labor secretary Andrew Puzder, who has come under fire for employing an undocumented employee. Think the media is exhausted from reporting on the administration’s attacks on them? Seems they are reporting for the ages. The ages 4 to 12. Analyses of Super Bowl television commercials are like flies surrounding garbage. Finally, there’s Civic Progress that rules over the wards in St. Louis. They never visit the wards. They know more about Syria, Iran and Iraq than they do about the wards. Some of its members can’t understand the fuss about a soccer stadium. They can’t see anything wrong with a device that takes you where you’re going as fast away from the wards as possible – no matter how much beauty was sacrificed in the process.

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