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SOCCER IN ST. LOUIS

Harris-Stowe boasts of the largest freshmen and transfer student enrollment in its history: 600, up from 452 in 2015.
Sen. Roy Blunt is ahead of Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander by only five points, according to a Monmouth University poll.
A Major League Soccer stadium is being eyed for an area west of Union Station, where I-64 and Market Street is located. Business leaders and sports types have already banded as investors.
FILM PRODUCER/DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORESE’S next mob hit is based on the book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.

PARKS COLLEGE

Walgreens clinics in the St. Louis area will now provide birth control pills at all 25 clinics. They are operated by SSM.
A Missouri proposal to raise cigarette tax for early childhood programs can stay on the Nov. 8 ballot as ruled by the judge.
HISTORIC AUGUST 27, 1927, Oliver Parks opened Parks Aviation, now known as Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and owned by St. Louis University.

RETIREMENT WOES

So, which high school did you attend? Such ennui. What about which grammar school you attended? If it was the Susan Blow, you might wish to be reminded that it was the first publicly-financed kindergarten in the U.S. on Aug. 26, 1873.
RETIREMENT PROGRAMS GETTING WORSE. The Congressional Budget Office’s report that Americans aged 50-64 saw their wealth from about $250k in 2007 and less than $200k by 2011 and continued to face about $150 k in 2013 – a 40 percent drop.
UPSHOT’S PREDICTION: Democrats have 60 percent of retaking the Senate.

RYAN LOCHTE’S LOSS

Sad news that Shannon Vincel, daughter of Anita and the late Gary Vincel, had passed away following a battle with breast cancer. The backstory, according to a family intimate: “While waiting for the hospital’s shuttle, a guy bashed her head with a hammer. He ran away and was never captured”. . .The Centene Charitable Foundation has dropped $500k to sponsor the St. Louis Symph’s Feb. 8-11 tour of Spain. Maestro David Robertson will lead the orchestra into Valencia, Oviedo and Madrid. . .Embattled Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has lost sponsor Speedo USA and other retailers as well. . .NBC’s ”Today” show has parted company with co-host Willie Geist in the third hour. He will continue on the Sunday edition. His daily chores will be permanently held by Billy Bush as co-host.

DONALD TRUMP BEING CUT OFF?

Our town’s Danny Meyer, founder of NYC’s Union Square Hospitality Group’s Gramercy Tavern in the Flatiron district, continues to reap kudos for the restaurant on its 22nd anniversary. “A certain style of service – cheerful, wholesome, engaging, proactive, the servers are the sort you’d be comfortable leaving children with,” noted The New York Times.

A GOP debate among operatives looms as to whether it will soon be time to cut Donald Trump off and redirect resources to Congressional lawmakers.

HISTORIC AUG. 22: 1956, Elvis Presley began starring in a movie for the first time (“Love Me Tender”); 1911, Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, but was recovered in 1913; 1901, Cadillac Co. was founded.

EDDIE BAUER STORES HACKED

Eddie Bauer Stores, including the ones at the St. Louis Galleria and
West County Center, may have been compromised via credit and debit cards
during the first six months of 2016.

THE BEATLES IN OUR TOWN

FIFTY YEARS AGO ON AUGUST 21, 1966: The Beatles performed at Busch Stadium during a heavy rain that convinced Paul McCartney they should quit the tour. More than 23,000 people heard them. Among the supporting acts was The Ronettes.

DONALD TRUMP’S DEBT

Companies owned by Donald Trump have about $650 million in debt. His fortunes depend deeply on many financial backers including the Bank of China. An office building in Manhattan, of which he’s part owner, carries a $950 million loan, reveals an investigation by The New York Times.

HISTORIC AUG. 21: 1983, “La Cage Aux Folles” musical opens at N.Y.C.’s Palace Theater for 1,761 performances; 1987, Hawaii became the 50th state; 1897, Oldsmobile began operations as a GM Corp. division; 1851, The first Lincoln-Douglas debate.

JULIE A. FISH OF ELLISVILLE INDICTED

Happy birthday to Hope, Arkansas’ Bill Clinton on his 70th birthday!. . .NBC’s Olympic coverage ratings have done a flip to an average of 26.6 million viewers compared to the 32 million at this point for the 2012 London games. . .Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a mobile app tagged “America First”. . .Julie A. Fish of Ellisville has been indicted on bankruptcy fraud by making false statements regarding the value of her assets. She was indicted by a federal grand jury. . .

ADOLPH HITLER ELECTED

Donald Trump’s appointee as campaign guru, Stephen Bannon, head of right-leaning Breitbart News, had plowed in millions from investments in the “Seinfeld” sitcom and a string of motion pictures.

HISTORIC AUG. 19: 1934, Adolph Hitler was elected Fuhrer of Germany (95% of the vote); 1951, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sent Eddie Gaedel to pinch-hit. Gaedel was 3’7″ feet tall; 1967, The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” went to #1 and at the 1984 GOP convention in Houston, Ronald Reagan was nominated for president.

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