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Shaun Hayes may have taken down another bank – Excel Bank now Simmons Bank.  Hayes was the largest stockholder and used the bank for himself and Michael Litz.  So goes three banks and counting: Sun Securities; Truman and Excel – you kidding me?. . .Apple has introduced a 7.9-inch iPad Mini tablet. ..Monday’s presidential debate broke all Fox News ratings with 11.5 viewers topping all its cable competition. . .In the DC Comics’ “Superman” (due in comic book stores today), the man of steel’s alter ego, Clark Kent, resigns from the Daily Planet and is speculated to be creating a blog similar to Huffington Post/Drudge Report. . .Yesteryore St. Louis Symph maestro Leonard Slatkin will take to the podiums special guest pianist at 7 p.m., Jan.14 for The Chamber Music Society at the Sheldon. . .Syndicated radio guy George Noory will intro Georgio Tsoukalos at 7 p.m., Sunday at the Sheraton City Center Hotel. Both Georges have worked together on The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens”. . .The Grove remains the most edgy, creative, diverse and inclusive part of town where seven new storefront businesses have blossomed.  Among the newbies: Sameem Afghan Restaurant; Urban Breath Yoga; O’Shay’s Pub; Layla Lebanese; SoHo Restaurant and Lounge; City Boutique and Joyia Tapas.


So, Rush Limbaugh, advance man for Peter Kinder, has lashed out at the movie, “Dark Knight Rises” on his blabathon.  He said the movie’s villain, “Bane,” is part of the “anti-Romney conspiracy”. . .”A tide of anger has been swelling,” since Mizzou disclosed plans to shutter its publishing house,” reads a report in The New York Times.  It has stoked arguments over the university’s priorities and is fueling an escalating national debate over the necessity of university presses and future in the digital world. . .The Taubman Prestige Outlets Chesterfield will feature a dog-friendly shopping environment and will generate employment of 1,200 people, points out the company’s Steve Kieras.  He reminded us that groundbreaking will take place at 10 a.m., July 25. . .Looking for pain relief at Walgreens?  The company’s 7,900-plus sites will be offering an app that a user can pull up a store’s floor plan and search for a product.  A pin will drop onto the map to show which aisle it’s in.  The project is a result of the chain’s teaming up with our town’s Aisle411. . .The City of Chesterfield has $250k to drop on celebrating its 25th anniversary, raising eyebrows everywhere. . .Everyone seems to be mum on the future – if there’s any – of the status of the Phi Chapter of Sigma Alph Mu fraternity at WashU, which has lost national and local recognition. “An ongoing investigation. . .has been turned over to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office,” says the U. . .With the spate of electrical accidents, that have recently occurred this past month, Brooke Schoene, local owner of the national electrical franchisor Mister Sparky, recommends a number of safety tips available including:  “know where the fuse boxes and circuit breakers are located in your home and how to shut them off in case of emergency” (that’s news to the columnist). . .”London 2012: NBC, Facebook have struck Olympics partnership and will include the occasional use of a “Facebook Talk Meter” on tv to reflect online buzz,” reads a flash. . .Hometowner Brad Schiff, heir to yesteryear news anchor Steve Schiff, has struck gold in his job as director of animation for Leica Entertanment in Portland.  His new movie, “Paranorman,” is set for release next month.


In his rush to the right, GOP lieutenant governor candidate Brad Lager has been caught exaggerating the positive ratings he received from the National Rifle Association.  In a TV ad that was still up Thursday on YouTube, Lager claims he has the NRA’s highest rating, an “A-Plus.”  The NRA reserves that rating for those who have the strongest pro-gun voting records,sponsors of pro-gun legislation. But the NRA confirms Lager’s actual rating is a more pedestrian “A,” not the “A-Plus” that is coveted by conservative candidates.”  Lager’s opponent in the Aug. 7 primary, Lt. Guv. Peter Kinder, has been endorsed “A-Plus” by the NRA in every race he’s run since 2000.  Kinder also co-sponsored versions of Missouri’s concealed weapons law since 1997, nearly a decade before Lager came to Jeff City.  Kinder was Sen. President Pro Tem when tghat chamber overrode then-Guv. Bob Holden’s veto of the legislation.  Kinder even dispatched a chartered plane to bring back a traveling senator to gather enough votes to override Dem. Holden back in 2003. “Kinder is one of the NRA’s oldest and best friends in the Missouri Capitol,” says a GOP statehouse insider.  “if Lager is misrepresenting his NRA rating to get conservative votes, what else is he going to make up?”


Asian component suppliers for Apple are preparing for mass production of the tablet whose screen would be smaller than that of iPad, beginning in September. In 2011, Apple had 62 percent global tablet market share with its iPad. . .The big-screen portrait of Princess Diana has been re-dubbed, “”Diana” from “Caught in Flight,” which stars Naomi Watts in the title role.  The love story of Diana reveals her empowering relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan.




After scooping the world’s media (including the N.Y. Times) by hours on the News Corp.’s plan to split up,  this columnist decided to turn to “soft news.”  What could be more fun that bringing up the name of W.C. Fields, the iconic comedian?  Years before he was to appear as Captain Andy in “Showboat” at the Muny, where he hid bottles of hootch in the trees, he grew up poor and sleeping huddled in doorways in all weather.  It got to the point he could only relax and sleep in a barber chair, so he would splurge on hot shaves.  By the time he was a headliner in vaudeville, Fields found that though his wallet was now full, his nights were devoid of sleep because he could only get comfy in a barber chair, or stretched out on a pool table.  Such is the restful luxury of an old-fashioned barbershop shave with hot towels, rich hot lather and straight razor honed on a leather strap. At swanky Alexandra Salon inside the lobby of the Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas, an old-fashioned shave costs $65, plus tip.  There’s better value and great service right here in St. Louis that would do W.C. Fields proud: At Mark LaPlante’s Blades on Washington Avenue, between Tucker and Eleventh Streets, the price for a lovely hot shave is just $19, plus tip for skilled shavers.  A third-generation stylist, Mark is approaching the third anniversary of opening Blades.  His dad, Jack, opened LaPlante School of Hairstyling in 1968.  Back then, barbers-to-be-trained in hot lather shaving used a straight razor to remove lather ever so gently from balloons.


More than the termperature may be sticky next month when local beekeeper Jane Sueme, owner of, addresses colleagues from across the U.S. at a three-day conference of beekeepers July 12-14 at UMSL. . .Stickhead Lacrosse, Missouri’s only lacrosse and field hockey store, has changed its name to Stickstop.  No one will be surprised to learn that it’s located in Frontenac. . .St. Louis’ MarketVolt, owned by Tom Ruwitch, and Wilson Monnig Creative, owned by Melissa Wilson, has struck a partnership.  That on the heels of Wilson Monnig’s recognition at IABC’s Bronze Quill Award with Monsanto, Reliv International and Savvis.


Panera Bread Company has picked a Chicago firm, Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago, as its new creative agency. . .On Friday, a discussion of our town’s local TV newscasts will happen at the James J. Eagan Civic Center in Florissant. Participants include former anchors Dick Ford, Julius Hunter, Don Marsh and Laurie Waters. . .Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley recently set up a Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on the state’s transportation needs.  In the coming weeks, that body, chaired byRod Jetton and Bill McKenna, will be holding public meetings.  But blogger Steve Patterson points out that the first meeting, set for this afternoon in Chesterfield, isn’t accessible by public transit.  He also notes that most panel members “represent businesses/industries that profit from keeping Missouri locked into the auto culture”. . .The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum reminds us that this weekend is the 85th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight.  The museum houses Lindbergh’s memorabilia and a reproduction of the Spirit of St. Louis’ cockpit.


Tina Niemann surrounded by her family

Then over to Kemoll’s to greet Tina Niemann, her husband, Jack, and their family.  Niemann, grand dame of realtors, enthused she has had her best year of sales ever.  Meantime, newlyweds Meghan and Robert Meurer 

Meghan and Robert Meurer

real estate development chief for the White Company, were still swooning over their honeymoon in Jamaica.  On Sunday, sister and brother, Elizabeth and Peter McLaughlin, were sharing with the columnist her classroom project at John Burroughs.  With photos and text by Elizabeth, the title is “How To Enjoy An Oreo.”  One noteworthy tip: “Spread on an Oreo a good amount of peanut butter. . .Enjoy it while watching ‘The Parent Trap. . .when there’s nothing to do on a Friday night. . .when you hit the wall trying to finish an English project.”  Their parents are Stephen and Dr. Carol McLaughlin.

Elizabeth and Peter McLaughlin


Were you foreclosed on in the last three years by Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Ally Financial, JP Morgan Chase or Bank of America?  Attorney General Chris Koster’s looking for you.  He’s buying newspaper space hunting for homeowners who could get “principle reduction” and other breaks, thanks to a legal settlement.  “If Missourians don’t claim their benefits, consumers in other states will claim this money for themselves,” Koster warns.


If you’re curious how petty the conflicts can sink on college campuses, consider some of the childish grievances called into the University of Missouri’s anonymous complaint and compliance hotline last year. Such as this one, which is still pending in the ivory towers: “Allegation that a UM System employee sent negative information to an external party about an individual’s spouse at the time when the external party was considering the spouse for a volunteer position.” Meee-OW! The Columbia Daily Tribune’s higher education reporter Janese Silvey got records of the anonymous hotline complaint reports and resolutions through a Missouri Sunshine Law request, which is probably like pulling teeth with the secretive university culture.

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