The Journal of the American College of Cardiology describes University of Missouri researchers’ study suggesting that statins, the cholesterol-lowering meds, may actually block some of the fitness benefits from exercise. . .Pastors from the Ignite Church in Joplin were in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday ”to be able to empower the people,” said one of the ministers. (The devastation there came the day before the second anniversary of a tornado that leveled one-third of Joplin). . .Tablets may overtake Smartphones as a major shopping device by 2017. Nearly three-fourths of mobile retail sales will be tablets with 125 million people using them for purchases. . .Atheist/comedian Ricky Gervais, no fan of prayers for victims of the disastrous Oklahoma twisters, and would prefer donations: “Prayers for something, but not doing anything to make it happen, has the same effect as writing to Santa and not letting mummy read the letter”. . .
On June 6, a train will roar from Chicago into born-again Union Station by the complex co-owner Bob O’Loughlin and railroad devotee Ed Boyce. Union Station was where 22 railroads came and went and during the 1940s 100,000 people were clocked streaming into the treasured station. With the ongoing remodeling of the stataion, O’Loughlin said he’s poised to stage live shows in the Great Hall. Philanthropic as ever O’Loughlin attended Monday’s Assistance League golf tourney and dinner at Meadowbrook C.C. where $150k was raised to support the non-profit agency (that has no salaried
employees). President-elect Vicki Kearney got kudos from well-wishers including: outgoing prez Sandy Johnson; the event’s chair and co-chair Susie Tendler and Gail Schultz. Peter Benoist was credited for organizing the duffers.
They’re gone now along with the impending closure of Macy’s downtown store. We’re talking about Nugent’s, Famous-Barr, Scruggs Vandervoort & Barney, Stix, Baer & Fuller, Garlands, Kline’s, Sonnenfeld’s, Cunningham’s, Werner-Hilton, Richman Bros., Bond’s, National Shirt Shop, Lane Bryant, Boyd’s, Wilkinson’s, Wolff’s, Stacy Adams, Red Cross Shoes, Birdie’s Hat Shop, Kresge’s; Schneider Millinery – all of which wove the fabric of a booming downtown St. Louis. There were the popular restaurants over those years: Trader Vic’s; the Orient; Rio Room; the Forum; Tunnelway; Max Carl’s; the Pines; Grecian Garden’s; Miss Hulling’s; the Washington Cafe; the Holland Bldg. Cafeteria, Tutenberg’s and F&E Sandwich Shop. There were the burlesque houses: Garrick, Grand and Harry Wald’s World, where he was overheard to say, “That stripper is great except for two little things.” Merchants prospered. Long gone are Central Hardware, C.E. Williams Shoes, Greenfield’s Poultry and a bevy of hardware stores. Saloons had their doors propped open, and bartenders kept running out of Tom Collins mix in this normally vodka, scotch town. The old Union Market building remains and houses a Drury Inn and the wonderful Jf Sanfilippo’s Ristorante. The naked downtown district is shrinking to small town size.
Reinsurance Group of America is poised to build a 405,000 square-foot facility in St. Louis County with capital investment of $140 million and it will become its world HQ. . Another family member has gone to another level. Longtime Globe-Democrat investigative reporter Bob Teuscher died last night. Following his G-D career, Teuscher went on to become a prominent member of the Better Business Bureau. . .Hizzoner Francis Slay dropped in for a visit at Chackles, Carlson and Halquist at a reception for the firm’s new office in the Frisco Bldg. The firm moved to the city from Clayton. . .Keep your eyes on the sky this week at the new Budweiser Designate a Driver Blimp to kick off the brewery’s 17-week summer tour. The blimp will fly over festivals, outdoor celebrations and sporting events in 25 cities, including over the Chelsea FC vs. Manchester City soccer match at Busch Stadium on Thursday, encouraging adults to drink responsbily.
Fashion icon Genya Human: “A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his dad as to when they could discuss his use of the car. Dad said he’d make a deal with his son if he brought up his grades from a C to a B average, study his bible and get his hair cut. The boy thought for a moment and decided to settle for the offer. After about six weeks, his father proudly said that while he observed the boy bringing up the grades and observed he’s studied the bible, but disappointed the son’s hair was not cut. The boy said he’d been thinking about that and noticed his studies of the bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair and Moses had long hair and strong evidence that Jesus had long hair. Dad to son: ‘Did you notice that they all walked everywhere?’”
Richmond Heights native Ryan Fogle, 29, flew out of Moscow on Sunday for the U.S. Fogle was the accused American spy for the CIA and was the third secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. . .Treasurer Clint Zweifel will announce a new education initiative partnership with the Jewish Federation tomorrow re unclaimed property worth $750 million for more than 4.4 million accounts. . .WashU researcher Jeffrey Gordon in the spotlight of the national media for his work on malnutrition in mice. He found that the mice which were fed the children’s typical diets and could not metabolize nutrients and he concludes that it takes more than calories to cure malnutrition. . .Hostess to guest: “Is that a tan?” Guest: “Yes. Either that or my liver’s going.”