“Bob Costas got his pink eye from botched Botox,” reports the New York Post. Furthermore, the report says, “This isn’t the first time he’s had it.” NBC Sports has vigorously denied that he developed the infection from a Botox procedure. The prime time Olympics host took a six-day absence after coming down with viral conjunctivitis in both eyes.
Missouri has signed its first-ever trade agreement with the province of Ontario, said Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon during a meeting in the Canadian province. Ontario bought $3.2 billion in Missouri goods last year and the Guv. said, The global marketplace is getting flatter and more competitive and that’s why we take a proactive approach to increasing exports and investments.”
A Missouri Lawyers Weekly headline proclaims: “Archdiocese shows Greensfelder the door,” replacing its long-time lawyers in sex cases with Gerard Carmody of Clayton and a Colorado-based firm. . .If you believe the Associated Press’ Rome bureau, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn has replaced St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson. The error came in a story today about Pope Francis’ latest comments about sexual abuse. “Three months after the Vatican announced a commission of experts to study best practices on protecting children, no action has been taken, no members appointed, no statute outlining the commission’s scope approved,” reports the AP. “Francis hasn’t met with any victims, hasn’t moved to oust a bishop convicted of failing to report a problem priest, and on Wednesday insisted that the church has been unfairly attacked on abuse using the defensive rhetoric of the Vatican from a decade ago.”
Budweiser-sponsored six-part series, before FIFA World Cup, premieres on March 25 via FOX SPORTS. Titled “Rise as One”. . .WashPost ABC poll: Six in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage. . .Missouri Dept. of Conservationist officials are celebrating 25 years of “Stream Teams,” the statewide effort by hundreds of volunteers who clean and monitor water quality on rivers. . .Our town’s barrister Ken Chackes, long known for repping child sex abuse victims on this side of the river, has reached a six-figure settlement with the Massac School Dist. in a case involving former teacher, Darryl Bentson.
St. Louis Symph’s music director David Robertson’s contract has been extended through the 2017-2018 seasons. . .Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel’s contract extension: $3 million a year. . .Hip resurfacing replaces hip replacement, according to WashU Medical Center. . .Babe Ruth’s original contract with the Yankees now yours for $1.45 million. “The Bambino” 1922-1924 contract: $52,000 per season. . .A labor rally will be held 9 a.m., March 26 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jeff City, where all union members may come together with the Missouri State Building & Construction Trades to talk with local legislators. . .”If Proposition G does not pass on April 8, elementary class sizes will exceed 30-35 students.” So predicts Lindbergh Schools supe Dr. Jim Simpson. The ballot measure would add $6.65 a month to the average owner of a $200k home. Meanwhile, Lindbergh High is celebrating an all-time mark of 11 National Merit Finalists in its senior class, which tops the 2012 record of nine students. . .It won’t be a Mardi Gras-size crowd, but St. Louis lefties and folk lovers will gather this Friday for the Phil Ochs Tribute in Maplewood. Ochs was an American protest or topical songwriter and singer known for his wit, humor, humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics who wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums, according to volunteers at Focal Point, the beneficiary of the concert. Featured artists: Michael Berg; Edward Burch, Ray Gude, Corey Saathoff and Wayne Schell.
Charles Jaco agreed to leave KTVI last week, and it may have been a Twitter tweet that put him out the door. Jaco was a reporter and show host of the eponymous “Jaco Report.” In several of his postings, it appears Jaco angered some members of the Freedom of the Road Riders, a motorcycle group that pushes for change in the Missouri motorcycle laws, like making helmet-wearing optional. Apparently, he called members of the group “meth heads” in a tweet and was called out on that by some members and he issued an apology. This all happened around Feb. 19. A few days later, he was back on Twitter, announcing he was leaving FOX2 and was going to write a book, even though it is said he has read very few of them, books that is. Perhaps Jaco is best-known among friends for leaving the office of Manuel Noriega sporting the former Panamanian strongman’s wristwatch. Jaco covered Noriega’s ouster and toured the leader’s office. Nice memory.
Unpredictably off her game, Ellen DeGeneres was too long, boring and self-involved in hosting the Academy’s annual awards. She provided an endless string of wince-inducing moments. The show was badly directed and poorly produced. The best speeches: Lupita Nyongo and Jarad Leto. Overall, the show’s rating was 4 percent over 2013.