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ANDY PUZDER, FAST FOOD CEO BLOCKS ENEMIES ON TWITTER

The nominee to become secretary of labor is blocking out enemies on Twitter. The Hardee’s and Carl, Jr.’s chief in our town has blocked Mary Kay Henry, topper of the two million-member Service Employees International Union.

BERNIE MIKLASZ HONORED

MORNING 101 ESPN’ER HOST MIKLASZ, has gotten the nod from Radio Ink magazine as one of the “2016 Top Local Sports Talkers in America.”

AARP NOTES THAT, if all picks are approved, Donald Trump’s cabinet would be the oldest ever. Trump, of course, is the most elderly man to ever be elected to the post.

JAN. 19 IN HISTORY: 1955, the board game Scrabble introduced; 1966, the musical “Sweet Charity” opened; 1972, Yogi Berra into the Hall of Fame; 1978, our town’s Judge William Webster appointed head of the FBI; 1991, Eastern Airlines shut down operations.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH SUPER BOWL 50 CAMPAIGN, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STADIUM, DRUG TESTING OF MEDIA

BUD LIGHT will be rolled out in a 60-second TV spot with a new friendship-friendly tagline, “Famous Among Friends,” Budweiser will focus on the company’s co-founder Adolphus Busch, Michelob Ultra will be based on physical fitness and the Busch brand will make its debut on the football classic.

PEE-IN-A-CUP: DONALD TRUMP STAFFERS are whispering that given the President-elect’s vendetta against mainstream media, drug-testing of reporters may be conducted. Refusal may lead to cancellation of their credentials.

ANDY COHEN reaped a major feature in The New York Times magazine. The story of the Clayton native of Bravo fame was sub-headed with: “No one understands our new era of reality-TV populism better than the man who turned ‘Real Housewives’ into an empire.'”

THE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STADIUM BILL has had a renaissance to put a funding question on the April ballot.

SCOTT PRUITT, TISHAURA JONES, REP. JOHN LEWIS

TOWN & COUNTRY-BASED CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS has landed on the list of the 12 most-hated companies, as surveyed by 24/7 Wall Street.

SCOTT PRUITT, TRUMP’S NOMINEE TO LEAD THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY & HIS HYPOCRITICAL PAST

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/14/us/scott-pruitt-trump-epa-pick.html?mtrref=undefined&gwh=1AC4643DA080291875DD8484383026A3&gwt=pay

FIVE OF THE SIX BOOKS BY U.S. REP. JOHN LEWIS have garnered the most sales in the past day on Amazon. That after Donald Trump ranted over Lewis’s statement that he didn’t think Trump is a “legitimate president.”

VIRVUS JONES was feted on his 70th birthday this week at a party hosted by his daughter,St. Louis Treasurer and mayoral hopeful Tishaura O. Jones, Is it an untrumor that Virvus is on her campaign payroll for $5k a month?

RINGLING BROS. & BARNUM BAILEY CIRCUS. after 146 years, will fold its tent in May. How many can remember when “The Greatest Show on Earth” performed at the old Coliseum, the Arena, the Kiel? An old saw: “There was the cannibal who ate a clown and remarked, ‘it tastes funny.'”

SEN.ROY BLUNT & REP.JOHN LEWIS

After Democratic Rep. John Lewis referred to Donald Trump as an illegitimate president,” GOP Sen. Roy Blunt said, “We consider John Lewis a friend and great man. The idea of constantly looking for ways to ilegitimize results of an election, no matter how unhappy you are about it, isn’t the best example we set.”

“EXORCISM”

Alphonso Jackson, onetime head of HUD here, is probably seeing his name pop up in stories about Dr. Ben Carson’s leap to U.S. Secretary of Housing. Jackson was pushed out of office over allegations that he used his position to punish the Philadelphia Housing Authority over a personal vendetta.

William Peter Blatty has died. The author of the best-selling satanic novel and Oscar-winning movie, “Exorcist,” once attended Georgetown University where his classmate was William V. Bidwill, owner of the Arizona Cardinals, formerly the St. Football Cardinals. (The team is now run by his son Michael Bidwill. (Bill Sr.’s wife Nancy passed away in August.) There’s a double St. Louis link to Blatty. The story of a 12 year-old girl who was inhabited by demonic possession was actually a young man who underwent an exorcism at the old Alexian Brothers Hospital (then an affiliate of SLU) on south Broadway. Two of the priests who witnessed the event relayed that information to me. Father Lucius Cervantes was there with Fr. Edward Bowdern. Cervantes said he witnessed the young man screaming. Furthermore, he mentioned that he remained in touch with the possessed who became an airline pilot.

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN MOVING HQ

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan of our town has informed his clergy he is considering moving his archdiocese headquarters out of the building it now occupies in midtown Manhattan in a bid to save money. He also advised about his plan “to correct an “unfair and inaccurate perception of the archdiocese as some bloated and money-grabbing corporation.”

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS MOVING TO L.A.

The NFL San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles to become the
second team of the league there joining the Rams. (Two NFL teams in the
same city happening for the first time in decades.)

JOHN COCHRAN VA MED CENTER EMPLOYEES BUSTED

Ascension Healthcare prez and CEO Bob Henkel is hanging up his hat for retirement. . .Two additional suspects at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis have been arrested on the second indictment relating to a kickback scheme. . .U.S. Senate has taken the first step toward repealing Obamacare with a vote of 51-48. Vote on Friday.

DONALD TRUMP BLASTS CNN

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TO CNN CORRESPONDENT AT WEDNESDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE: “Your organization is terrible. . .Fake news!”

JANUARY 12 IN HISTORY: 1995, Murder trial began against O.J. Simpson; 1991, U.S. Congress gave George Bush authority to wage war on Iraq; 1981, “Dynasty” with Joan Collins premiered on ABC-TV; 1971, “All in the Family” debuted on CBS featuring first toilet flush on television; 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected women’s rights to vote.

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