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“. . .We better start preparing for a visit by the Holy Father at the end of next September. . .am confident he’ll spend a day with us,” proclaimed New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. . .Nominees for St. Louis County circuit judge: Judges Sandra Farragut-Hemphill; Mary Elizabeth Ott and Thomas J. Plunkert as designated by the 21st Circuit Judge Commission. Names will be submitted to Guv. Jay Nixon to choose a winner. . .A boon to the GOP! Five Democrats – all old enough for Medicare – not in the running for another term in the U.S. Senate.


From a Racquet Club source: “Shaun Hayes’ membership was suspended this morning”. . .Since Sunset Hills aldermen voted to pursue impeaching embattled Mayor Mark Furrer a week ago, they’ve gotten some blow-back from residents. Ald. Dee Baebler was pulled over twice by police in June for expired license plates. In fact, one of the traffic stops was posted on YouTube by constituent Kathy Tripp, a Furrer supporter. Tripp also secretly tape recorded.


WashU Law School profs Kathy Goldwasser and Peter Joy presided over an audience at a “teach-in” after reviewing the Michael Brown shooting. They concluded: “the chances of Police Officer Darren Wilson being brought up on federal charges for his role in the shooting were “slim to none,” as noted by the university’s Student Life. . .Frank Mankiewicz has died at 90 in Manhattan. He was press secretary to Robert Kennedy’s campaign for a run to the White House. Also, he was strategist for early primary successes of George McGovern and Tom Eagleton as vice president under McGovern. . .The race for St. Louis Recorder of Deeds is heating up as Jennifer Florida mails out a large, slick piece headlined “When Sharon Carpenter sold out taxpayers, she spared no expense.” Florida attacks the long time 23rd Ward fixture for alleged “nepotism,” “bid-rigging,” “misuse of public funds,” spending $100k with “the son of her top aide” on office renovations and “leaving the office in shambles”. . .Webster University’s inaugural Sham Film Festival opens with “some of the funniest, most creative short films from filmmakers in St. Louis “and around the world” focused on mockery, spoofs and satire.” Even the titles are funny: “Good Cop, Cat Cop,” “60 and Pregnant,” “Helen Killer” and “The Real Truth Behind the Real True Story: Donnie Miller.”



As part of a settlement agreement, Twin Cities Catholic officials released names of 17 priests with “substantiated claims of abuse” against them. Among them: Fr. Edward Beutner who worked at SLU in the 1970s and Fr. James Porter who was at a church treatment center here.


St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce has taken to social media in a nascent attempt to thwart efforts to turn her so-called “county” office into an arm of city government. Under archaic laws, there are “county” offices in St. Louis, which is a city and a county. The job of circuit clerk has been changed from a “county” job to being appointed and there’s a push to do that to all the county offices: collector; license collector, recorder; treasurer; sheriff and circuit attorney. Each is a patronage office.
In the current recorder race, the independent incumbent, Jennifer Florida, says she supports turning the office into a city agency from a patronage office. All the other county office holders are opposing her, hoping to keep their jobs. Pushing hard is Joyce, who told her social media followers that she runs an office with hiring based on merit. However, she doesn’t hire through the city’s civil service commission. The civil service commission has set rules and policies for hiring that Joyce doesn’t follow.
In fact her office hiring is very political. She’s had Democratic committeemen and committeewomen on her payroll. A couple of her recently fired lawyers were either the daughter or daughter-in-law of local sports figures who didn’t go through the civil service commission. And most recently, she hired two Democrats. Demo operative Jack Coator is on Joyce’s payroll. During law school, he worked for the Democratic Central committee and Bryan Wahby, whose wife is in the mayor’s office.
Another new hire, Steven Roberts, the son of businessman Steven Roberts, who ran unsuccessfully for state representative.
While Joyce insists she’s running a merit based office, the facts indicate otherwise.


“If you want to prevent another Ferguson, vote in Georgia.” That message was on flyers circulated in that state to encourage black voters to cast their ballots in the midterm elections. . .Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” has sold a wowie 600k copies. . .The St. Louis Country Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Y’all come to the $135 per ducat party and for reservations (314) 994-0011.


The curtain is coming down on The Shaun Hayes Follies, a series of bank and financial shenanigans Hayes has been involved in during the last several years. Like Al Capone, whom the feds could not indict for murder, racketeering and bootlegging and was finally brought down on various charges including income tax evasion. Hayes, similarly, was not brought down by all of the bank and securities fraud he allegedly committed, but rather by failing to pay child support to the tune of $91,940. Unfortunately, for hm, Hayes does not have a Get Out of Jail Free card. He was arrested outside of the Panera Bread at Plaza Frontenac. He cooled his heels at the St. Louis Co. Justice Center and ordered to pay bond for the same amount of monies before being released.
This may be the end of a once stellar banker who founded Allegiant Bank and then sold it to PNC Bancorp for $500 million. Hayes also had a controlling interest in another bank he drove into bankruptcy, Great Southern Bank, and was an investor and director of Truman Bancorp, another financial institution he helped bring down because of numerous bad loans, double pledging of assets and securities fraud.
It’s unknown at this time if the feds will indict Hayes on criminal charges of bank fraud and securities fraud which are the same charges filed against him in federal court by Bonhomme Investment Partners, LLC and Cella Funds, LLC. On Sept. 14, the federal complaint filed by Bonhomme was amended 
to include directors of Truman Bancorp for their complicity on the same charges. They are: Marvin Cherry; Dr. Sherwyn Wayne; Irvin Davis; Carmelo Natoli; Daniel Slavin; Raymond Saleeby and others.
Hayes was also an investor and director of The Hamptons Condo Association in the Lake of the Ozarks, a company founded by Paul Vogel, who was recently indicted on charges of stealing $2.5 million from investors via Martin Siglitto’s Ponzi scheme.


Legendary apparel designer and Dominican-American Oscar de la Renta died at his Connecticut home at 82. He has been credited for work on clothes for our town’s Lotsie Busch, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton; Jackie Kennedy; Laura Bush and the wedding gown for Amal Alamuddin for her marriage to George Clooney.

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