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CORINTHIAN COLLEGES CAN’T CUT IT

Effective today: Once one of the nation’s largest chains of for-profit
colleges, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is shutting down and leaving 16,000
students in the lurch. The closure potentially costs the U.S. Dept. of
Education more than $10 million. At its peak, Corinthian operated more
than 120 colleges with 100,000 students.

MIZZOU SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM’S GIFT

Timothy Blair, a California-based millionaire, has gifted the School of Journalism at Mizzou with $1 million to support education on LGBT issues. The Mizzou school is the first to advance eduction of students on the role media have played in reinforcing stereotypes and shaping new understanding. .  . Crystal, a site that helps a user understand how best to communicate with emails. Pick a subject and Crystal will slurp up all public data from around the web and provide a detailed report on your preferred style of communicating. . .Making the rounds: Wanna take a summer travel tour to the Arctic? Seven days and no nights.

SLU STRATEGIC PLAN

The Student Government Association (SGA) of St. Louis University is poised to welcome its new president for the school year 2015-2016, Jay Bryant. The bow tie-wearing Bryant along with the student body and faculty await the university’s early-May release of its strategic plan for the future.

ADAM WAINWRIGHT DISABLED

Cardinals left-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright has been put on a 15-day disabled list with an injury to his left Achilles and left ankle during his at-bat Saturday.

GOV. JAY NIXON OFFICE RE CRITICAL AUDIT

The governor’s wife, Georgeanne Nixon, and four members of the staff went on a one-day float trip that cost $1,300!! Said one staffer: “The last time we floated the Current River, it cost $25 for rental of a canoe, maybe $15 worth of gas to get there, and a cooler full of beer and sandwiches. Where did they float? Down the Mississippi on the River Queen? That would cost that much”. . .IBEW Local 4 officials have met with Gannett reps of KSDK. “Despite our repeated attempts at providing Gannett with flexibility for work asssignments, which they demand, they were unwilling to compromise on any issue in their offer,” writes a member of the union negotiating committee. Still, no contract with KSDK. . .Congrats to women barristers who will be honored by The Missouri Lawyers Media recognizing them for their demonstrated leadership, integrity and quality of justice at the upcoming ceremonies. Among them: Virginia Fry (Woman of the Year); Annette Heller; Susan L. McGreevy; Laura Frame; Zoe Linza; (Enterprise Award); Claire Botnick; Taylor Jensen; Mary Hershewe; Kristen S. Johnson (Leaders of Tomorrow); Lucy T. Unger; Sally I. Heller; Elaine Koch (Litigation Practioner Award); Laura Hauber; Teresa Hensley (Public Service Practitioner Award); Kendra R. Howard; Megan McCurdy (Rising Star Award). . .From Olympics to E! network, Bruce Jenner will chronicle his life as a transgender woman in an eight-part series beginning 8 p.m., July 26. It will mark his first time speaking publicly about his sex change.

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THE U.S. AT WAR

The U.S. is involved in five wars: Ukraine; Yemen; Iraq; Afghanistan and Syria. Peacetime – especially on those clear days when you could see forever – now  but a faded memory. Americans, with our superior experiences, figure to win all of them. Segue: “The Star Spangled Banner” should never be replaced by “America, The Beautiful.” But a lot of people complain that the song isn’t stirring enough and some feel that the ending (“And crowned thy good with brotherhood,” etc.) is a little too -  you know – democratic?”)
DURING WAR TIMES of the past, there were rationing, shortage of tires, posters of Uncle Sam that read “I want you!,” ammunition plants, five-star mothers, blackouts, air raid wardens, draft cards and V-Mail. There were “pin-up girls” like those of Jane Russell, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth and Ann Sheridan. New movies around World War II: “Gone With The Wind”; “Casablanca”; “Meet Me in St. Louis”;  “Now Voyager” and reruns of the Andy Hardy series with Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland or Ann Rutherford.
Where else did you find people driving around with their tops down and heaters on, wearing sunglasses with their jackets and shivering in line to buy a Velvet Freeze ice cream cone? There was the St. Louis Browns’ Ken Williams, the first Major League player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season. Where else could you get a hot-buttered martini? Only in our town.

 

FERGUSON & HARASSMENT OF PAPARAZZI

This week, after a California appeals court granted permission, several media groups filed an amicus brief in support of a freelance photographer who was charged with stalking Justin Bieber on an L.A. road violating a 2010 law to crack down on paparazzi’s dangerous habits. Freedom of the Press, Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations warn that overzealous police might exploit the law to punish the photographers. They point to arrests of journalists in Ferguson show how the California law could provide a legal tool for the harassment of news gatherers.

FERGUSON ARSONIST PLEADS GUILTY

Before U.S. Dist. Judge John Ross, Antonio Whiteside, 26, of the county pled guilty to arson this morning for starting a fire inside the Ferguson Supermarket on Nov. 24. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250k.

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