Justice Clarence Thomas once served as assistant attorney general under Jack Danforth, as an attorney with Monsanto and later joined the Civil Rights Commission under President Reagan. He has weathered strong allegations by Anita Hill and now he’s getting a critique of cribbing for his opinions.
Perk up old timers! Leon Russell will play at the Ready Room on Oct. 17. And tonight (Friday), at the Focal Point in Maplewood, the cleverly-named Foggy Memory Boys (a play on the old “Foggy Bottom Boys” of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs fame).
Former U.S. Senator John “Jack” Danforth, who delivered a blistering homily at Tom Schweich’s funeral following the auditor’s shocking suicide, wrote a check for $10k to Friends of Peter Kinder. In the race for MO. governor, Lt. Gov. Kinder is challenging former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Sen. Bob Dixon and businessman John Brunner, who is expected to announce his candidacy in the coming months, according to Missouri Times.
That’s Frank Scalise wrapping up 43 years of pounding St. Louis pavement to get stories for KSDK. Frank is well-known to St. Louis newsmakers, peering at them through his camera lens. He’s met presidents, congress members, governors, mayors and criminals (sometimes the same people) in his decades covering our town. He’s better known than most of the young reporters he works with now. His work ethic was unmatched and he was the go to guy for the big stories here. Frank’s career spanned the period when he first used film to shoot stories, to using video tape and now using digits on computer discs. He’ll be missed by those he worked with. Frank plans on spending time on Florida beaches.
The conservative group, Missouri Rising, is poised to run digital ads attacking four DemocratIc party members on Facebook and Google in time for Sunday’s Truman dinner in our town. The ads call out Gov. Jay Nixon, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Secretary of State Jason Kander (running for Senate), A.G. Chris Koster (running for governor) – all for ethical lapses.
Mayor Francis Slay and Treasurer Tishaura Jones will join Wells Fargo,NeighborWorks America, and Beyond Housing will announce on Monday a $4.75 million program to increase home ownership. Eligible homebuyers will be able to apply for $15k down payment assistance grants through Wells Fargo’s HomeLIFT program – an initiative effort to help revitalize neighborhoods through sustainable homeownership.
It’s promised not to be a love letter. Due to hit the bookstores in October, “Never Enough: Donald Trump & The Pursuit of Success,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio via St. Martin’s. D’Antonio spent 10 hours of taping with the presidential candidate, children, ex-wives and his high school military academy colonel – among others.
Through Guv. Jay Nixon’s initiative, $5 million will be spent for improvements and rehab to St. Louis Community Colleges. Nixon had bi-partisan support in the General Assembly.