An employee at a California Taco Bell is shown licking a stack of hard shell tacos and the Irvine, CA-based giant fast-food company is in a snit over the picture surfacing on Facebook and Twitter. Company spokesperson: “. ..although we believe it’s a prank, and the food was not served to customers. . .we are conducting a full-scale investigation and will be taking swift action. . .”
“Watch where you step!” is the mantra by circus folks and Saturday night was no exception at the Circus Flora gala next to Powell Hall. Themed “A Trip to the Moon,” inspired by George Melies’ ground-breaking film of 1902, the concept fit well for the 27th anniversary of Flora. Aside from the one-ring circus production based on the traditional circus arts, it showcased the working partnership of humans and animals with a live band. The ensemble company was graced with the wire-walk of The Flying Walendas. Aurelia Walenda, 28:
“We rehearse two hours a day and stretch daily.” Her dad, Tino: “Our family has been doing this for 55 years and we’re going next to the Circus Hall of Fame in Indiana and then to the Canadian National Expo. I ride the bike on the wire and my daughter stands on my shoulder while my wife, Olinka,does a head-stand on the trapeze. One time, we had a close call working in a train station and had to use forklifts to anchor the wires, because the place was on the National Register of Historical places and we couldn’t use the walls.
The wires couldn’t be tightened enough. They were eventually stabilized.” Hefty Circus Flora donors Erin and John Wright were honored following the reception, dinner and auction. Rita and Joe Carpenter (he was the visionary who first conceived transforming the dormant Fox Theater film palace into a live venue) were on hand as were muscle-bound partners Cameron Earnheart and Matt Schiermeier, who confided they’ve been together for 10 years and are planning a fall wedding in NYC.
On hand were entertainers Jake Wheeler on his flame-throwing tricycle, Leah Wilson and Amy Sprandel, who toyed with a Colombian boa named Tranze. Alexis Tucci was tapped to handle all the entertainment. House managerHarald Boerstler tipped that Flora is a “charity circus” on call by hospitals and fundraising agencies. Ducats for the production and dinner were priced up to $250 each and among the do-gooders were: Nancy and Ken Kranzberg with their daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann andAndy Srenco; Carol and Tom Voss
and Parkway Schools psychologist Andrew Haley with Mollie Ring
“American bankers in London, who have hitherto been reticent on the situation created by the receivership of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, were more inclined yesterday [June 2] to discuss the matter. Their views were varied, but the tendency was to take a moderate view of the difficulty. One said that the incident might exercise a disturbing influence, as the European investor in American bonds does not quite understand the meaning of a receivership. The European investor attributes to it a graver sense than is customary in America. “Anyone who is hunting about for a 7 per cent. [SIC] rate of interest is taking a risk and knows it,” said one investor. The English investing public is well able to discriminate between one bond and another. It is generally observed that the railroad’s earnings are ample to cover its fixed charges.”
St. Louis has telent! Check out this link of Morgan McDonald, 11, daughter of Beth and Shaun McDonald and grandaughter of Rich and Cindy Mueth and John and Renea McDonald:
Sports Illustrated launching its live, half-hour talk shows at 12 noon on weekdays beginning Monday on SI Video. . .Not to be missed: the trailer for “Innocence of Muslims” over YouTube. . .Mo. A.G. Chris Koster has posted the number of vehicle stops in 2012 on his website – amazing!. . .East St. Louis/Belleville’s own Jimmy Connors is front ‘n center with his book, “The Outsider: A Memoir,” in which is recalled his wacky, steel-frame racket and his advice, “Take the ball on the rise”. . .Bravo hot-shot Andy Cohen will host this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in N.Y. For those who came in late, the ex-Clayton resident has rocketed to fame by bringing us “Project Runway” and “Real Houswives”. . .Strange that reporter Ann Rubin’s name remains on KSDK’s website although she hasn’t been there for months. . .St. Louis Archdiocesan staffers now say that Fr. Kevin Hederman is “retired.” Back in 2009, he was tremporarily suspended for child abuse allegations. . .Jallen Messersmith of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. has become the first openly-gay player in men’s college basketball. . .Sarah Palin has forked over $5,000 to Republican Jason Smith’s campaign to fill the seat left vacant by Jo Ann Emerson. . .Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has checked out of rehab where he completed treatment for heroin abuse.
It’s official! Mariah Carey is exiting the Fox show and Nicki Minaj has confirmed her looming exit from “Idol.”
Maurice Drummond is bidding a fond adieu to Fox2 after 10 years as weekend sports anchor/reporter and is headed to KMOV. ..Seattle-based Starbucks will restrict smoking within 25 feet of its storefront beginning June 1. . .Fox’s “Masterchef” garnered more than a hot 5.4 million viewers for Wednesday evening’s episode. . .Bette Midler in her new play, “I’ll Eat You First,” has recouped the original $2.4 million investment since its run began April 24 on Broadway. It runs through June 30. . .The largest private student lender, Sallie Mae, is splitting itself into two different companies to crate a new home for $100 billion of student loans amid concerns that grads are straddled by debt on payments.
According to the National Catholic Reporter, the U.S. bishops’ conference has picked a Jesuit from Kenrick-Glennon seminary to replace Capuchin Fr. Thomas Wienandy as head of their doctrinal office. The conference is headed by St. Louis native Cardinal Timothy Dolan who oversees the New York archdiocese. . .Google has a new inbox designed to automatically organize some of the chaos. It sends emails into five categories, which appear on the top tabs. . .Ford’s new Focus ST.offers a six seconds.. . powerhouse of 252 horsepower is turbocharged that can rocket the car from 0-60 in six seconds. . .
Facebook is introducing “Verified Pages” designed to help people find authentic celebs and other high-profile people and businesses. . .The switch will flip on Sept. 23 to launch Esquire magazine’s network, currently billed as G4. It will kick off with a two-hour special marking the magazine’s 80th anniversary.
Hillary Clinton bests Senators Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in a 2016 matchup in Iowa, according to a new poll by Quinniplac University Polling Institute. . .New Line Theatre’s 23rd season opens Oct. 10 with the musical thriller “Night of the Living Dead” and will be on the boards through Nov. 2. The season includes: rock opera “Rent” (March 6-29) and the regional premiere – direct from Broadway, the new rock musical, “Hands on Hardbody” (May29-June 21). . .Speaking of the offerings this season, it’s plaudits for Webster U student Jerry Mitchell, 53, who tells the N.Y. Times he finally got a degree from there. Now, Mitchell has been nominated for two Tony Awards for choreography and direction of the new Broadway rage, “Kinky Boots”. . .The Greeks have a word for it and it’s “Opa!” Applause for their festival this weekend at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town & Country, where the spiritual leader Father Joseph Strzelecki recalled a recent trip he made to his native Crete “where so many businesses have closed, doctors may be paid in September after no salaries since May.” He said that the “violence is overrated. Newspapers publish in advance where the protestors will be and alert readers to stay away.” Nevertheless, he said it’s now a great place to visit, because merchants are more accommodating. “Look, they can’t print money like we do in the United States,” he added. Among the faces in the buffet lines and outdoors at the souvlaki grills were: Art Liyeos; Andy Karakasis; Kathy Reiss; Clint Glascock; Nicholas Hessler; Dessie Bellos; Greg Kanteres; Tanya Campbell; Vicoria Jenkins; John, Ingrid and Katlyn Carney.