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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.

RUSH LIMBAUGH LASHES OUT AT BANE

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.

BRAD LAGER “FAIL” ON CLAIMS OF NRA BLESSING

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?”


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