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Nepotism seems to work at WashU. Risa Zwerling Wrighton, academic advisor to the College of Arts & Sciences, shares a mattress with the university’s chancellor, Mark Wrighton.. She’s now crafting a year-long program on gun violence, prevention and awareness. BTW: the Wrightons are toasting the 20th anniversary of his anointing and now draws an annual $800k.


Forty years ago today, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. He headed the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) with 1,900 local unions in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Speculation still exists about his disappearance: murdered by mafia?; buried under the concrete of a Michigan highway? revenge by a former opponent? Perhaps his children, former Judge Barbara Ann Crancer of St. Louis, and son, current general president of the IBT, James P. Hoffa, will never know.


N.Y. Cardinal Timothy Dolan told Crux: “Islamic State militants terrorizing in the Middle East are a distortion of ‘genuine’ Islam as much as the Irish Republican army was a ‘perversion’ of Catholicism.”:


“Ferguson and the Media” is the topic of a program to be helmed by NPR’s vet broadcaster Michel Martin from 6-10 p.m., March 19 at the Edward Jones headquarters. The Journalism Review event will offer a panel discussion that will include P-D editor Gilbert Bailon.
GEORGE ORWELL: Journalism has become printing what some do not want printed. Everything else is public relations.” 



The recently-redesigned St. Louis archdiocesan website shows 15 faces of Archbishop Robert Carlson’s “Ministry Team Advisors.” All are white and only two are women.


Billionaire Rex Sinquefield might be somewhat nervous these days having plowed big bucks into Catherine Hanaway’s campaign chest in her run for governor next year. She might be hurt by the fallout of Thomas Schweich’s suicide.


Oaklawn horse-racing track in Hot Springs, Arkansas is nearing the completion of an additional $20 million expansion to its gaming area, increasing capacity by 50 percent. Oaklawn is a pioneer of Instant Racing via simulcasts of other races throughout the country. This year, there’ll be $23 million purses. The track was founded in the early 20th century by our town’s Charles Cella’s grandfather and uncle, Charles and Louis Cella. The fourth generation of the family, Louis and John Cella, operate it. (Most racetracks are owned today by corporations.) Oaklawn’s season runs from January until mid-April.


Each time there’s chatter about the fluctuating prices of petrol, I think of those stations which charged 20 cents a gallon many years ago. Among them: Star Service; Sinclair; Conoco; Clark and Site. That was long before BP landed in every neighborhood. Now you know where I’m going – nostalgia – the household word. Is nostalgia,a high-pressure plot to put women back in wedgies and ankle-strap shoes? Antiseptic buildings, bustling by day stone cold by night have replaced dozens of little buildings where mama and papa ran a grocery, Joe had a bar, Sam did the laundry and Gracie had a bookstore. People laughed, loved and rejoiced in a “neighborhood.” Gone, all of them.
WHENEVER I SAW A PRIME RIB on a spit at Medart’s, I thought of Torquemada. Medart’s hamburgers were renown as were those at Hogan’s, Redwood, Vic’s and Parkmoor. So, you remember the cafeterias? There were the Southern in the Missouri Theater Bldg., Pope’s, Thompson’s, Caferata, Salad Bowl and The Forum. Reformed smokers had a glorious past puffing on Herbert Tareyton, Old Gold, Philip Morris, Coffeetone, Wings, Raleigh and Viceroy cigarettes. Ice cream devotees crammed drugstores like Gasen’s, Glaser’s, Goede Igel, Katz and Faber’s that vended Velvet Freeze, Reed’s, Esquire, Green Lea, Pevely and Lady Borden.
If you dare to talk about the past – and our town had a great one – the icy eyes stare at you as if you were some kind of addlehead.


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