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MAY 25 IN HISTORY

MAY 25, 1895, Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor for sodomy; 1935, Jesse Owens equals or breaks six world records in one hour; 1948, The 30th PGA Championships – Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills C.C.; 1964, Ground was broken for Busch Stadium; 1968, The Gateway Arch was dedicated.

FAKE ORGASMS

HOT FLASH! For men’s ability to recognize when women are faking orgasms, there’s now an orgasm library provided by Bijou Indiscrets containing 100 female voices. Or, rent the romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally.” Remember the deli scene in which Sally (Meg Ryan) with Harry (Billy Crystal) loudly fakes a reaction to an orgasm causing a nearby diner to say “I’ll take whatever she does?”

DOCKET: Licensed professional counselor in our town, Corrine A. Dale, has been hit with an 11-count indictment by a St. Louis /grand jury alleging she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Missouri Medicaid program for falsely billing and receiving payment for services she never provided.

Tax preparer Ricker Brooks, who owns Brooks Accounting Service, has pled guilty to charges involving preparation of false tax returns. Zondra Jones who owns Alliance In-Home Services, reviewed the tax returns that Brooks prepared for her. Jones and Brooks agreed to file the tax returns with overstatements. Jones of Florissant pled guilty last year to related charges and awaits sentencing.

MONSANTO/BAYER AG

The world’s largest seed and farm chemical company will result if
Monsanto agrees to Bayer AG’s offer to buy the Creve Coeur-based firm.
Bayer would pay $122 per share or about 37 percent over Monsanto’s
closing price on May 9 of $89.03. The behemoth business would have its
seed and traits and North
American HQ here.

ZIKA HEALTH CRISIS

The Zika health crisis that affects the newborn is being met slowly by the government. It appears unlikely that the bill will get to Pres. Obama’s desk by June 1. Sen. Roy Blunt expects both chambers to pass stand-alone bills and move to conference. “We’ll resolve it as quickly as we can.” Sen. Claire McCaskill: “It seems to me we should be doing a much more aggressive job.”

BOB DYLAN, MEGYN KELLY, PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY

Today at the Missouri Republican Convention in Branson, Phyllis Schlafly was elected as a national delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She has participated in every convention since 1952. “In Cleveland, I will proudly cast my vote for the next president of the United
States of America: Donald J. Trump,” she said.

FOX NEWS’S MEGYN KELLY’S special, “Megyn Kelly Presents,” drew a paltry 4.8 million viewers and considered a major flop. She has blamed the liberal bias media for it.

THE NEW YORK TIMES ROUNDUP OF 50 ESSENTIAL SUMMER FESTIVALS & EVENTS includes Opera Theater of St. Louis and its repertoire: “Shalimar,” Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Strauss’s “Adriadne Auf Naxos” and Puccini’s “La Boheme.”

MAY 22 in History: 1992, Johnny Carson’s final appearance on the “Tonight Show”; 1976, The Cardinals’ Reggie Smith hit three homers; 1973, President Richard Nixon confessed to his role in the Watergate cover-up; 1954, Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan, was barmitzvahed (coming of age).

DONALD TRUMP, LAUREN BACALL/HUMPHREY BOGART, WOMAN SENTENCED TO 57 MONTH PRISON TERM

This morning on “Fox & Friends,” Donald Trump speculated that Hillary Clinton wants to put her husband in charge of the U.S. economy. “Maybe she just wants to keep an eye on him,” Trump said. . .June 17: The city of St. Louis will hold an industry forum at 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. for members of the local construction industry interested in working on site preparation for the future home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s west campus north of downtown. Site preparations include demolition, abatement, hauling, excavation and other activities. . .Cherri Barton, 30, of St. Louis county has been sentenced to 57 months in prison on charges involving a scheme to defraud elderly victims and credit card issuers of more than $112k before U.S. Dist. Judge Carol E. Jackson.

HISTORIC MAY 21: 1892, The premiere of Leoncavallo’s opera “Pagliacci” in Milan; 1927, Charles Lindburgh landed in Paris after the first solo flight across the Atlantic; 1932, The first transatlantic solo fight by a woman ( Amelia Earhart); 1945, Actors Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married; 1948, Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio hit a cycle (single, double, triple and home run); 1959, The musical “Gypsy” opened on Broadway.

HARRY POTTER

Party time to celebrate the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed
Child” at 10 p.m.-12 a.m., July 30 at Left Bank Books. The book is the
eighth in the Harry Potter series and may be purchased along with the
festivities.

JOPLIN TORNADO ANNIVERSARY

This Sunday, May 22 marks the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic tornado EF5 that devastated much of Joplin, MO., resulting in 158 killed and 1,150 injured. A four and-a-half-hour drive from St. Louis, Joplin has had a rich history – for better or worse. Long ago, Joplin was a lead and zinc mining town that brought riches to settlers. In 1933, notorious criminals Bonnie & Clyde robbed businesses and murdered two law enforcement officers. Since the tornado, that destroyed 485 out of 531 businesses, 90 percent have been rebuilt and an additional 308 have been added. For more info, the new site, “Joplin Rising,” is now accessible. Gov. Jay Nixon will be on hand Sunday to helm festivities.

 

MISSY SLAY & MOLLY HIGGINS MARRIED

We sang “That’s Amore” to the homemade Italian-style dishes at Mia Sorella, where brothers Jamie, Steve and Alexandria Komorek invited us to chow down on the dinery’s Frutti de Mare (fisherman’s soup). The food was exemplary as were the news tips passing around. The Komoreks’ cousin, Mary Melissa “Missy” Slay had married her partner, Molly Higgins, at the Ritz Laguna Niguel Hotel, Dana Point, CA. Missy is the hometown events planner and daughter of Ginny and the late Hank Slay; Molly is employed by the Rams.

MIKE SHANNON’S RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT AUCTION

Charter has closed its deal to acquire Time Warner and Bright House for $65 billion to become the second largest pay TV behind Comcast. . .Google Home is on its way to you. The hardware competitor against Amazon Echo is a smart home device capable to answer questions asked by users. . .The shuttered Mike Shannon’s Restaurant is holding an online auction of equipment. Previews today and for quotes: peggy@bclauction.com. . .QUOTEM: “Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk nine feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.” – Joan Kiburz

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