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His only sponsorship deal so far is with Visa. However, SocialScience’s tool, Networked Insights & Affinity Ranks and chose Adidas topping the list of brands that would benefit most from pursuing the openly-gay Rams player. Among them: Coach; Nike and Netflix.


The Viacom-owned cable channel BET has handed out a series starring hometown rapper Nelly with Keyshina Cole. The untitled project picked up six half-hour episodes.


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan to host an interfaith gathering of city leaders in the wake of Eric Garner’s July 10 death during a Staten Island arrest. Cardinal Dolan’s message: “Religion and faith are powerful agents to what is good and unifying in the spirit.”


The long fight for sanity is nowhere near victory. All we can do is hope. The City of Ferguson is in despair following the shooting death of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. Wandering lost in the electronic maze  – radios crackling, TV sets ghost-lighting riots through the long night, incoherent eye-witnesses, the strained voices of broadcasters. As always the case in times of paramount tragedy, the electronic forces were magnificent – especially the team at KMOX. The words of eye-witnesses, “I’m not sure how many shots there were. The echoes, the ricochets – ” It was like the shot that rang out in Memphis, when amid the gloom, lone newsboys who stood on downtown corners and shouted a cry not heard for years, “Extra. . .Extra. . .read all about it. . .”  The good citizens of Dallas in November, 1963, “It could have happened anywhere.” They were right.


The event raised more than $470k Saturday night at the Four Seasons Hotel. The corporate community stepped up with their hearts and soles for the Independence Center and its mission to provide quality comprehensive services for adults living with severe and chronic mental illness.

JUDGES FAVORITE: Cynthia Mercer of Mercy; Michael Fitzgerald
(Major Brands) and Senzo Makhaye
FIRST PLACE: Warner Baxter
(Ameren) and Lucy Fitzgerald
(Thompson Coburn) and Angie Brooks
and Senzo Makhae

Gallery of celebs of another kind:


United States Attorney Richard Callahan said today that for the fiscal year 2013, his office had collected $11,448,830 in criminal and civil actions during the year.  Of this amount, $10,113,957 was collected in criminal actions and $1,334,873 was collected in civil actions. In addition, $11 million also assisted partner law enforcement agencies in the Eastern District of Missouri in collecting an additional $8,442,329 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2013. Forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013.  The more than $8 billion in collections in FY 2013 represents nearly three times the appropriated $2.76 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period


Ellen Soeteber and Jerry Berger

Ellen Soeteber and Jerry Berger

A few nights ago, I walked out in the sunshine – almost 80 degrees – in Ft. Lauderdale – to dine with Ellen Soeteber and her spouse, Dick Martins, on their upcoming 40th wedding anniversary. Soeteber, retired editor of the Post-Dispatch, has jumped into the volunteer mode and gardening tropical flora. They sent their holiday greetings to all their friends in our town. . .U.S. Fed. Dist. Court has “judicially enforced several Internal Revenue Services summonses” for quondam real estater Michael Litz to appear in determining the corporate tax liabilities of his Eighteen Investments, Inc. The IRS, via U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan,  has directed Litz to provide books, records, papers and other data that are relevant to the investigation from 2009-2013. . Litz has snubbed the summonses. . .”I’m J.B. Bernstein – I’m a sports agent,” says our town’s Jon Hamm in the new trailer for the movie, “Million Dollar Arm,” in which his character has the “Mad Men”-like confidence. The sports drama movie, which bows May 16, has Hamm as an agent, who is shocked when his client signs with another. . . Nike is poised to outfit U.S. athletes for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with slick silver and fleece. . .Ever wonder who in the U.S. may be among the very first to learn the latest goings-on in the Vatican? It could well be a Ballwin man, Matthew Sherry, who translates scoops and articles by one of Rome’s long-time premiere Vatican observers, Sandro Magister, who writes for the well-respected Chiesa news. . .A Delaware jury has awarded $2.4 million to a man who was sexually assaulted as a child by Marist Brother Damian Galligan, who now lives in a retirement facility in our town and reportedly is quite wealthy, according to news reports. . .Online tracking, a burgeoning technology: Some stores now have software that tracks smartphones and knows when you entered the store, where you went, whether you bought something or if you stopped at another shop. . .


Friends from near and far gathered Friday afternoon to surprise barrister Michael “Wood” Smallwood on his “30th 30th” birthday at OB Clark’s in Brentwood.  The soiree hosted by the honoree’s baby sister Mallory Smallwood Dierkes featured cameos by Judge Mark Neill;  Wood’s 1976 SIU Soccer NCAA runnerup teammates Kent Hendrickson, Mark Kiesewetter, Tom Donovan and Hadley Keoller; SLUH classmates Tim O’Neill, Barry Burke and Tom Morehaus; ESPN’s Bill McDermott; Pasta House’s J. Kim Tucci; “Mr. Guy” Tom Neusel; former AB general counsel fly fisherman extraordinaire Mark Boback; Restoration Contracting’s Gary Sextro; barristers James E. Godfrey and Stephen Koenig; financial advisor/t.v. personality Kim Ellis; L.S.U cheerleader Delaney Smallwood and her cousins U of Evansville’s Kate and Colleen Dierkes.  When darkness fell Wood and entourage matriculated to the Holiday Party of the Year organized by Business Bank’s Potter Varley in the Ritz Carlton Hotel lobby where they were joined by Butch Bernard, Kat Foley, Diversified Foam’s Stanley Safron and hundreds of Potter’s “closest friends”.  The “Longest Night of the Year” festivites extended into Saturday morning only after Wood and company descended en masse on the 801 Chop House for the new hot-spot’s “soft” opening.  ”Chop” GM Ian Rockwell and company smoothly handled the  masses including Soft Surroundings’ Grant & Michelle Williams; BARcelona’s Frank & Eloise Schmitz; Kurt Diekman and Lisa Duham; and Laguna Beach resident and St. Lous ex-pat David Koester, who the next morning got an unsolicited 7:30 a.m. “wake-up call” from the normally efficient Ritz staff.

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