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HALLOWEEN, 2016: More than 170 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year spending an average of $82.93, most of which will be spent on costumes. The most popular: Batman; “Star Wars” characters, witches and animals, according to the National Retail Federation.

HISTORIC OCT. 1: 1979, Pope John Paul ii made his first visit to the U.S. and in 1999, he came to our town and visited with President Clinton and then-Archbishop Justin Rigali at the National Guard hangar at Lambert; 1974, Watergate cover-up trial began in D.C.; 1962, Johnny Carson hosted his first “Tonight Show”; 1946, 12 World War II Nazi criminals were sentenced to death by hanging in Nuremburg and in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T car.

HERE ‘N THERE: Now that the Frankfurt au Main, Germany-based Deutsche Bank appears in shambles, where does it leave Lee Enterprises, Inc., parent of  the Post-Dispatch? Deutsche was among the lenders to Lee for its purchase of the paper. Among Deutsche Securities’ problems are possibly being fined by the U.S. for $14 billion for re-selling faulty mortgage-backed securities and struggling with negative interest rates. . .Home of the 4-inch-high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, N.Y.C.’s iconic Carnegie Deli will fold at year’s end. A short hop away, its longtime competitor, the Stage Deli, did a folderoo almost four years ago. Two venerable dineries enjoyed by many St. Louisans – gone. To be fortified on your next trip to Concrete City, you can always pack deli goods from Pumpernickles or Protzel’s.

SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AT WASHU 8 P.M., OCT. 9, IMPLICATION FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

A new twist for the debate: Prospective voters at home and in the audience may submit and vote on questions asked of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (PresidentialOpenQuestions.com). . .Depending who wins the election, investment guru Andrew Zatlin figures what will be the most sought-out products: Drones, made by Elbit Systems and Northrop Grumman and an area of defense that is rising; Big Tobacco has the necessary capital to manufacture cannabis if it becomes legal (largest producer – Altria MO). . .Energy by ExxonMobil; Smith & Wesson could rush out guns. . .#1 Case on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court: Columbia Inc. vs. Pauley. The case centers on a Missouri program that gives schools money to buy recycled tires to resurface playgrounds. The Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources has denied that request citing state constitutional policy prohibiting public funding supporting churches. . .Ian Mackie, 39, of Ballwin has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on child enticement charges by U.S. Dist. Judge Rodney W. Sippel. . Selwyn Raab’s new book out Oct.10 – “Five Families: The Rise, Decline and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires,” covering dons, capos, killers from Luciano, Genovese, Gambino, Gigante, Gravino to John Gotti.

SCOTTRADE & SUITOR

Look for the privately-held Scottrade Financial Service, valued at $4
billion, to be wooed by Omaha-based TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

KEVIN KLINE, LEE ENTERPRISES, HILLARY & DONALD

Hometowner/actor Kevin Kline, winner of two Tony awards, is headed back to Broadway in Noel Coward’s comedy, “Present Laughter”. . .Canadian-based BlackBerry is shutting down the phone business after a 14-year run of making handsets. . .Another donation: $1.63 million going toward construction of Mizzou’s new football facility. . .WashU will offer sociology major and minor. . .Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 percent since the debate, according to Politico. . .STOP THE PRESSES! Today in Scottsdale, Arizona, Post-Dispatch owner Lee Enterprises will provide a review of its local audiences, digital sales and financial update before the Deutsche Bank Leveraged Finance Conference.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH InBev & SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev shareholders have agreed to acquire SABMiller in a
$100 billion deal.

JOHN GOODMAN ON BROADWAY

Affton, MO’s John Goodman is heading to Broadway in “The Front Page.” He told Fashion Wire Daily: “The more you work the more strangers think you’re their best pal. Worst thing ever happened was getting famous.”

TWITTER’S JACK DORSEY & DISNEY

Our hometown Twitter connection, Jack Dorsey, currently sits on the Disney board. Now, it’s been trumpeted that Disney is stepping up to the plate to bid on acquiring Twitter.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE RATINGS

Last night’s Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton drew a massive audience of 45.3 million viewers excluding cable channels. That figure from Nielsen ratings included NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. NBC had the highest of the four with 16.6 million viewers.

ARNOLD PALMER, IRS, STAN MUSIAL

Google and Verizon are eyeing acquiring Twitter, whose stock has spike. . .Meanwhile, Twitter has seen 800 million monthly visitors. . .The New York Times has endorsed Hillary Clinton. . .Golf’s superstar Arnold Palmer, who captured 62 PGA tournaments, died at 87, reminding us of December, 2015 in St. Louis when he was presented the Musial Achievement Award. He reminded the audience of the many times that Palmer and Stan Musial crossed paths. . .Note: It’s been 75 years since Musial made his debut in the major leagues with the Cards at Sportsman’s Park. . .HISTORIC SEPT. 27: 1968, The Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson had his 13th shutout of the year; 1953, St. Louis Browns played the team’s last game in Sportsman’s Park losing the 100th game; 1942, Cardinals won the NL pennant in the last game of the season. . .The IRS has chosen four tax debt collectors to begin collecting from taxpayers who owe money but whose accounts are no longer being worked on directly by the federal agency.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY AWARDED $23 MILLION

WashU has been awarded $23 million from the National Science Foundation for forming a cell research center.

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