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TRUMP UNIVERSITY

Class action lawsuit against the university in which plaintiffs’ lawyer seeks a trial in July or August. The claims allege the clients “were promised an actual university with which Donald Trump was involved” and false advertising and unfair competition.” Plaintiffs are seeking a court trial with or without a jury. After all, Trump said in a deposition that he is “dying to go to court on this case.”
WEHRENBERG THEATERS’ St. Charles Cine 18 will unveil in May 100 percent heated leather recliners upgraded to suite seats. The company’s Town Square 12 Cine in Dardenne Prairie, MO has lowered ticket prices across the board.

ERIN go BRAGH! (IRELAND FOREVER!)

More than 51 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday devoted to the fifth century Bishop St. Patrick, who was carried off to Ireland as a slave. Americans will spend an estimated $4.4 billion that covers 13 million pints of Guinness, according to WalletHub.com. So, raise your pint of Guinness and down all that corned beef and cabbage before the snow is expected to arrive here on Saturday.
GAY GROUPS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade after they had been banned up until a few years ago. The major groups, Irish Queers and Lavender & Green, will be front ‘n center, while the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue says, “It’s contemptible.”
ON MARCH 17, 1953, BILL VEECK said he’d sell the St. Louis Browns for $2.4 million.

Coming & Going

Dana Carvey is set to headline the June 18 Barnes Hospital Foundation gala. The 60 year-old comedian is an original SNL cast member and identified with his “The Church Lady” breakout character.
TERRY BAER, son of the late Pat and J. Arthur “Cubby” Baer, II, former head of Stix, Baer & Fuller – now Dillard’s – has died of complications from heart surgery. He was on life support for several weeks. Terry, always greeted with smooches and embraces by society cream puffs, owned Blacktie Missouri, an online wrap of social events in photos. He was beloved by all.

MARCH 15 IN HISTORY

1988, NFL’s Cardinals moved to Phoenix from St. Louis; 1971, CBS-TV drops the curtain on “The Ed Sullivan Show”; 1956, Lerner & Loewe’s musical “My Fair Lady” bows on the stage of Broadway’s Mark Hellinger Theater for 2,715 performances; 1956, “Whipper” Billy Watson beats our town’s Lou Thesz to become National Wrestling Alliance champ.

DONALD TRUMP WINNER IN FLORIDA ACCORDING TO POLL

NBC/Marist poll: John Kasich holds on to lead in Ohio; Donald Trump beats Marco Rubio with 43 percent of the vote in Florida in winner-take-all and awards 99 delegates.
H&M SPORTS athletic gear to sponsor Caitlyn Jenner‘s “I Am Cait” E! reality show with the sports wear’s official saying, “Everything is possible in sports and in life.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1960, NFL’s Chicago Cardinals moved to St. Louis.

HILLBILLY

Now Donald Trump is ramping up attacks on Bill Clinton, who’s stumping for Hillary.

DUFF’S TO SHUTTER

They’re going fast nowthe great restaurants we loved so much.  Thanks to George Mahe of St. Louis magazine, we’ve learned that Duff’s in the CWE will shutter at month’s end.  Established in 1972, Duff’s was part of the fabric from which the Central West End spirit was born to become famous around the country.  Duff’s ranked high among many of its neighboring establishments: Optique, Warfield Shop, Polk’s China & Linens, Vasia Shop, Saks, Montaldo’s, Lockhart’s, the original Bissinger’s, Kean’s Pharmacy, Herbie’s, Balaban’s, the Park Plaza Drug Store with a bountiful line of food at the counter and Potpouri.

DR. PATRICIA WOLFF: “INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR”

I felt like a character in an Antonioni film, walking across the endless marble passageway in the lobby of the Four Seasons and into a sterilized elevator rising to the top floor for the World Affairs Council tribute to Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), represented by Dr. Patricia Wolff.  Wolff, a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at WashU’s School of Medicine, founded MFK in her frustration from watching malnourished Haitian children needlessly die. So, the organization began to produce highly-nutritious food products in that country. Estimates are that MFK has saved the lives of 70,000 children. A cocktail reception preceded the dinner program emceed by KMOX’s Charlie Brennan and World Affairs Council prez Deepak Kant Vyas presented the award to Wolff.  Her husband, SLU Law Dean Michael Wolff, greeted the donors that included: Kris Parsons, huddled with Dr. Warren Rosenblum, who hailed that Pulitzer Prize-winner and the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott will soon visit our town to huddle with former colleagues who worked at the Post-Dispatch.

 

MARY BAKER: GONE

We are the survivors: we lived through the week, a fugue of joy and despair, hope and tragedy.  One person who did not survive, the co-owner of the long-gone Al Baker’s Restaurant in Clayton, Mary Baker.  The outpouring of love is apparent in all who knew her.  Like a Grecian goddess, she swept with her husband, Al, throughout the dining mecca and was always on hand to greet diners and imbibers with a smile and curiosity asking each about the well-being  of their families.  As the end approached, she carried on with dignity and courage.  We”ll miss Mary.

THE DOCKET RESTAURANT TO BOW IN SLU LAW SCHOOL BLDG

 The Docket will soon take on a new meaning for Saint Louis University School of Law students, faculty and staff as well as downtown’s legal and business communities. This fall an aptly named café and bistro will open on the ground floor of SLU LAW’s new home at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., in the heart of downtown’s civic and judicial center. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant, operated by the award-winning Palo Alto-based food service group Bon Appétit Management Company in partnership with Saint Louis University, will offer quick breakfasts and lunches with a more leisurely dinner service. The design of clean modern lines paired with a rustic farmhouse sensibility will feature an open kitchen and both communal and casual seating, with 110 seats inside and 72 outside, weather permitting. “We envision The Docket as place for the legal and civic community to gather alongside SLU LAW students, faculty and staff,” said Dean Michael Wolff. “The concept Bon Appétit has put together perfectly embodies the idea of our integration into the downtown community.” Bon Appétit Management Company focuses on chef-driven cafés set at corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues that develop relationships in the communities they serve, specifically through the use of local foods and sustainable practices.  They currently operate an award-winning program at Washington University and are set to open a new restaurant on July 1 at the St. Louis Art Museum. The menu at The Docket will focus on small plates, pizzas, pastas and rustic entrees featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and skilled from-scratch cooking. A wood-burning oven and grill will be the heart of the space serving a steady stream of pizzas, flatbreads and earthenware casseroles.A notable hallmark of the restaurant is also The Docket’s bar. It will feature everything from fresh-squeezed juices and house-made aqua frescas to craft brews and signature cocktails made with local spirits, with the focus on carefully made, handcrafted beverages.

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