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Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tony Kushner, screenwriter of the new biopic, “Lincoln,” says that Abraham Lincoln would be a Democrat today.  Kushner: “The Republican Party today has turned into a group of people, who don’t actually believe that government is a good thing. . .Lincoln was a lawyer who had a profound belief in the conviction that government was a great blessing for humanity”. . .As the annual meeting of U.S. Conference of Bishops ends, it marks a win for a current St. Louis prelate, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, who succeeded on a 236-1 vote, of securing passage of the bishops’ first new document in 30 years on preaching, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily.” But New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in what a Religion News Service writer calls an “extraordinary” failure, couldn’t get his colleagues to issue a statement about the economy, and was “obviously disappointed”. . .Even stargazers stay clear of Arris’ Pizza in Springfield, MO when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie go there with their children.  Folks in Pitt’s hometown aver the place shuts down for the night and “their kids raise a ruckus jumping on tables and throwing food at each other.” Brangelina leave their nannies at home and let the kids enjoy themselves.”


It was standing room only at William Woods University in Fulton for the screening of “Deadline In Disaster,” the acclaimed documentary film about how The Joplin Globe staff covered the devastating 2011 tornado while dealing with their own storm losses.  The screening was arranged for the audience of several hundred by Mary Anne Beahon, director of University Relations at William Woods and an associate of the Missouri Press Association, which sponsored the film’s production. “Deadline In Disaster” will receive another public screening this week evening as part of the documentary series during the St. Louis International Film Festival. The screening is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema. Film producers Beth PikeScott Charton and Stephen Hudnell spent months interviewing Joplin Globe staffers and following them on assignments and in their personal lives. One-third of the newsroom staff lost their homes, and a news page designer was among more than 160 people killed in the EF-5 tornado, the deadliest in America since 1947. After the screening, Pike, Charton and Hudnell will be joined for audience q&a by MPA executive director Doug Crews and Globe reporter Emily Younker, who is among those profiled in the film. Screenings on public television are also in the works.


Claire McCaskill legitimately raped Todd Akin!,” mugged Stewart.
Shifting demographics caught Republicans off-guard with Team Obama’s campaign recruiting Chicago behavioral scientists.  They tapped into a new source of voters via a sophisticated data base packed with names of millions of undecided voters and potential supporters. That created “a portrait of shifting voter allegiances.. .The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has forked over $30 million to Mizzou to continue funding operations of the journalism institute bearing his name. . .Key sales figures fell for McDonald’s in October for the first time since 2003.  So, the Oakbrook, IL-based firm is ramping up its advertising for Dollar Meal.  Longtime rivals, Burger King and Wendy’s, meanwhile, are launching new ad pushes, while Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread are flourishing. . .Hats off for Christopher McGraugh who has been anointed by Guv. Nixon as St. Louis associate judge filling the vacancy created by Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer. . .Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper andRobert DeNiro star in “Silver Linings Playbook,” (tonight-Nov. 18) at the Tivoli as the opener of St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).  More than 400 films will be unspooled with 50 countries represented throughout the festival..  More than 100  filmakers including Beau Willimon, recipient of the Charles Guggenheim St. Louis Award. . .Not to be missed – “The Mikado,” which hits the boards at 8 p.m., Friday at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade. . .Dierbergs is being romanced to build a market in Glen Carbon, IL by the Moran Economic Development on behalf of the Premiere RE, Inc.  No businesses have yet been signed for the planned mall on the 328-acre site but establishments are being sought similar to those in Edwardsville.

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