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One reason for dining on your birthday at a chain restaurant may not result in the staff singing “Happy Birthday To You.” Warner-Chappell Music may demand royalties if someone cellphones/videos the performance and notifies the company which will demand payment. Holding this song for private royalties is about as dumb as the NFL forcing grocers during Super Bowl week to advertise “stock up for the Big Game,” because the NFL might sue them for using the trademarked name Super Bowl in their ads, opines hometowner D.J. Fone. . .Gerald and Pamela Brink of Mehlville have been involved in several shady limited liability corporations that were established to protect them and their various businesses dating back 20 years. They are now linked to three corporations that are a front for adult book stores, a sex boutique and internet cafe they own in Rolla, MO. Last July, they opened the Internet Cafe where they ran an online gambling operation. They were busted on Aug. 29 and indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 13 on felony charges of promoting gambling in the first degree and for possession of gambling devices. The case is pending in St. Louis County Circuit Court. Prior to this they had been arrested for selling bath salts and other banned hallucinogens. . . Gene Marks in the N.Y. Times: “St. Louis’s tech start-up scene is exploding and cities around the country hunt for the same magic”. . .Also in the Times, our town’s Thomas Schlafly, Sr.: “If St. Louis is going to prosper in the 21st century, we need to attract and welcome talented people who have numerous options in deciding where to work and live”. . .Anheuser-Busch InBev ranked #1 in beverages on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies”. . .The Spanish School (TSS), an elementary program of the St. Louis Language Immersion received the 2012 Excellence in Spanish School Award from the Education Office in Spain.
“Now, as I look at 2016 and think about who is best to lead the country forward, I’m proud to announce that I am ready for Hillary,” wrote McCaskill and posted at ReadyforHillary.
In January, for the first time ever, a United Nations panel will question Catholic officials on how and whether the Vatican is honoring an international children’s rights treaty. And this week, in Geneva, that panel will hear from two SNAP leaders, including David Clohessy of St. Louis, who argues that the church hierarchy continues to hurt and endanger kids. On Wednesday, Clohessy and SNAP’s Barbara Blaine will meet for three hours with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child Committee.
On its website, Apple has released data regarding the almost 5,000 number of national security requests it has received. Apple has now joined Facebook and Microsoft in releasing the info. The company says the most common forms of requests came from “police investigating robberies” and other matters such as missing children and trying to prevent suicides.
Attorney General Chris Koster said he has filed suit against a St. Louis business and its owner for numerous violations of Missouri’s no-call law. Koster filed the lawsuit against Pure Air Inc., doing business as Air Duct Cleaning, and its president, Noach Palatnik. Koster said the Attorney General’s Office has received more than 1,000 complaints about unwanted calls from Pure Air since March. The lawsuit alleges that Pure Air used automated “robo-calls” to make thousands of calls to residents in the St. Louis area. Many consumers asked the company to stop calling them, only to receive dozens more robo-calls. In at least one instance, a company representative told a consumer that it was not subject to Missouri’s no-call law.. Missourians place their phone numbers on our no-call list for a very simple reason – they do not want to receive annoying, unwanted calls,” Koster wrote. “We will continue to take action against companies that ignore Missouri law.” Koster is asking the court to stop the company from making any calls to Missourians on the no-call list and for penalties of $5,000 for each violation that occurred, in addition to paying for the costs of the investigation and prosecution of the case.
U.S. Ambassador to U.N. John Bolton will be the featured speaker at 7:30 a.m., Monday at the St. Louis Club during a fundraiser for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich. . .Marquee superhero Superman takes off for an estimated $125 million over the three-day weekend in its north American bow of “Man of Steel”. . .The Domain of Columbia (Mo.) is one of the newest student living structures with more to follow based upon the booming Mizzou freshman population that has risen up more than 28 percent since 2007. . . .It’s a shift from tradition. The Deaconess Foundation is beginning to fund more efforts that address systemic causes of social problems. The credit largely goes to Rev. Starsky Wilson who has pastored inner city churches and been a community organizer. Also on his team: Elizabeth George, formerly with WashU social work school. . .A memorial tribute concert for the late broadcaster Ross Gentile will be held at 3 p.m., Sept. 8 in the Meridian Ballroom on the campus of SIUE. Free parking on the lot.
The U.S. premiere of “Set My Hands to Heal” is set for 4:30 p.m., Saturday.It’s a moving documentary about Dr. Ann Maganaro, a local nun and physician who started a health clinic in Guarjila during the violent Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s. Before that, Maganaro co-founded a Catholic Worker House and homeless shelter here. The film, shown on the 20th anniversary of Maganaro’s deathin conjunction with a fundraising dinner for the Interfaith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) Three of Maganaro’s sisters and IFCLA director Marilyn Lorenz traveled last week to Guarjila for the movie’s world premiere.