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JACK DORSEY’S TWITTER & SQUARE

Bishop DuBourg High grad Jack Dorsey should be beaming these days. Twitter, which he co-created and co-founded, now has 271 million active users with hundreds of thousands more who don’t announce themselves. There may be a change: filtering what users see rather than serving them every message. Revenue grew 129 percent year over year and $277 million in the last quarter. Dorsey is currently CEO of Square, Inc., valued at $3.2 billion.

WANTED: A CATHOLIC CARDINAL

“As the St. Louis and Detroit archdioceses have declined in significance,” the yet-to-be-named replacement for Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George is “likely to be the only Cardinal in America’s midwest region and “the most important appointment made by Pope Francis.” So opines Michael Sean Winters in a piece called, “Wanted: a shepherd for the Windy City” in the most recent issue of UK-based Tablet, an international Catholic publication. No one knows who is advising the Pope on major appointments, Winters claims, in part because “When the Pope shook up the Congregation of Bishops last December, he removed the most conservative Americans, Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Justin Rigali,” both formerly of our town.

AB InBev MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL TO EXPAND VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN, CLIPPERS SALE APPROVED

Sorkis Webbe, Jr. out as manager of the golf clubs?. . .A-B InBev brand is expanding its two-day Made in America Festival with a three-month campaign focused on branded video and social media tagged, “Made Underground. . .A-B InBev has new neighbors as barley growers in China, Brazil and France. . .VA Hospital crisis: “The biggest problem is absenteeism,” offered a high-placed employee. . .Public Religion Institute Poll: 69 percent of those surveyed believe U.S. authorities should treat undocumented Central American children entering the U.S./Mexican border as refugees. . .The L.A. superior court has approved Shelly Sterling’s deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. . .Martha Stewart Living reports the first profitable quarter since 2008.

“BELLEVILLE” FILM BEGINS RUN AT WEHRENBERG THEATERS

The film, “Belleville”, shot in part here, will have a full schedule of
showings beginning Sept. 5 at all Wehrenberg Theaters.

$15HOUR RALLY

More than 70 fast-food workers from our town went by charter bus to Addison, IL, near the McDonald’s HQ, to protest with 1,000 others and are anxious to reach their goal of $15-an-hour wage increase for the 4 million fast-food workers with McDonald’s, Burger King and others. Signs at the rally: “We are worth more!”‘ The rally is being underwritten in part by the Service Employees International Union. The workers pointed out that CEO’s of those largest companies are each earning $10 million-a-year. They were reminded of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s advice during the Depression: “You have to stay in this $15 fight until it’s a reality. When you raise people’s wages, it raises the standard of living and increases purchasing power.. .the whole country will be blessed.”

VIRGINIA MINOR IN HALL OF FAME?

The Missouri chapter of NOW, the National Organization of Women, and the Missouri Women’s Network Exchange Fund are working to raise $10k to place a bust of Virginia Minor in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capital. Minor led the fight for women’s suffrage in our state.

CHIPOTLE SURPASSES MC DONALD’S

Chipotle has surpassed McDonald’s in sales growth, according to
MediaBistrosAgencySpy. Meanwhile, McDonald’s promises to add
“sustainable beef” and more fruit and veggies to its menu. It will also
remodel restaurants and offer WiFi.

ST. LOUIS REGIONAL CHAMBER PULLS ALL STOPS FOR ITS GALA

Chris Miller, Beth Keseriauskis

Chris Miller, Beth Keseriauskis

More than 1,200 attended the 177th annual event at the Peabody to learn of the Chamber’s successes and strategy to inspire a greater St. Louis and throughout the 15-county, bi-state region. Joe Reagan, prez and CEO, pointed out that “we can impact economic growth and make our region a more attractive place to live, work and invest.” Reagan, a refreshing leader since the exit of his predecessor Dick Fleming and his palaver. It was announced that Suzanne Sitherwood, prez and CEO of the Laclede Group, has been elected as the first woman ever to chair the organization. Frankie Muse Freeman was presented with the 2014 Right Arm of St. Louis Award and guests were entertained by Shirley King, daughter of Blues legend B.B. King. Among the crowd:   savvy Post-Dispatch scribe Lisa Brown and editorial page editor Tony Messenger.

 

 

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