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Diploma mill? The Federal Trade Commission is investigating the Apollo Education Group, parent of the University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit higher education institution. Can the FCC topple the university that has campuses on North Broadway and in Maryland Heights? Stand by!. . .”Communities like Ferguson – which received harsh criticism in the wake of last year’s protests for a largely white police force over a majority black city – are less the exception than the rule,” according to Politico’s Mayors Survey. . .Vegas oddsmakers on 2015 World Series: Cardinals 12/1; Rockies 150/1; Cubs 12/1; Royals 8/1. . .Tomorrow, Aug. 2: 1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee set a record for heptathlon (7161 pts); 1961 Cardinals beat the Toronto Argonauts 36-7 in Toronto; 1776 Formal signing of the Declaration of Independence. . .Cardinal William Baum was buried yesterday. He once ran the Springfield, MO Catholic diocese before rising through the church hierarchy to be Washington, DC archbishop. Attending the funeral was another, more widely known ex-Springfield bishop, the now-infamous Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned his post as head of the Boston archdiocese in the wake of abuse and cover up scandals. It was only Law’s second trip back to the states from Rome since he stepped down. (The second prelate to resign over the crisis was also from Missouri: KC Bishop Robert Finn).



Aug. 1, 1936: The Summer Olympics was opened in Berlin by Adolph Hitler. The official Nazi Party newspaper called for Jews and “black people” to be disallowed participation. Threatened by a boycott, Hitler relented and allowed all ethnicities to participate. African-American Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the long jump much to the anger of Herr Hitler.
Aug. 1, 1972: The first article exposing the Watergate scandal by Woodward and Bernstein broke in the Washington Post.
Aug. 1, 1960: The Chubby Checker single “The Twist” was recorded.


Ballwin’s own N.Y. Cardinal Timothy Dolan dropped a bombshell on prez hopeful Donald Trump through his submission to the New York Daily News. Dolan’s missive is both “incoherent and a defamatory political hit piece,” says Fr. Marcel Guarino.  Wrote Dolan: “Trump is the revival of nativism, an organized white Protestant antagonist toward the Catholic immigrant.” Guarino continued, “Dolan is not known for his intellectual depth but his aides should consider reading over his public statements to spare American Catholics some embarrassment.”
TERRY SCHNUCK, a successful Broadway producer and 1980 grad of St. Louis University Law School, is the second SLU law grad to make it big on Broadway. The first? David Merrick, SLU law class of 1937.
TED SIMMONS, BOB FORSCH, CURT FLOOD, GEORGE KISSELL will be inducted into the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame at 2 p.m., Aug. 15 at the Fox Sports Midwest Live in Ballpark Village.


State Sen. Bob Dixon, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, isn’t talking much about what he would to do if elected. Instead, the senator from Springfield has kept alive publicity about the five years he once publicly said he spent as a homosexual man before an unspecified religious experience in October, 1988 prayed him straight. In a 50-minute interview with his hometown paper, The Springfield News-Leader, Dixon said he was abused as a 9 year-old. But he now backs away from earlier statements blaming the abuse for his former gay orientation and sexual “confusion.” On Wednesday, Dixon said that while childhood abuse caused his sexual “confusion,” he doesn’t believe abuse turns people gay. “Do I think child abuse makes people gay? The answer is no,” Dixon told the paper. He also clarified this earlier comment: “I have put the childhood abuse, and the teenage confusion behind me,” he said in a prior statement, adding: “What others intended for harm has resulted in untold good. I have overcome, and will not allow evil to win.” On Wednesday, Dixon said the comment on “evil” referred only to child abuse and was not an indictment of homosexuality. Dixon has opposed marriage equality and declined to say where he stands on legislation that would keep Missourians from being fired just because they’re gay.


Help is on its way for victims of sexual harassment in government and private industries to understand their rights and personal options. The idea was hatched by Sen. Claire McCaskill and Alissa Hembree, who quit working for State Sen. Paul LeVota. He will resign Aug. 23 over allegations of harassment.


Great news from Guv. Jay Nixon that former State Sen. Maida Coleman has gotten the stripes to serve on the Missouri Public Service Commission replacing Robert Kenney.


Can it be true? With the closing of the Post-Dispatch’s Weatherbird
cafeteria in the paper’s building, word is that Lee Enterprises is
seeking St. Patrick’s Center restaurant training operation to run the
dismal dinery. If that’s true, it would essentially mean that the
homeless would then be feeding the journalists.


A four-day journalism program sponsored by AARP was attended by 20 journalists from around the country. It was a National Press Foundation all-expenses-paid fellowship including a nine-hour trek through Monsanto’s Research Campus in Cheserfield and to meet “a c-suite” team of execs. Then came a panel of “unbiased” conventional farmers and to hear from Monsanto COO Brett Begemann “larded with bushels of spin,” as Jesse Hirsch wrote on his Eater blog. “The word Monsanto can prompt a knee-jerk flash of emotions – likely anger or disgust,” he continued. “They are notoriously secretive and combative with journalists, a PR strategy that has helped perpetuate the ‘evil empire’ meme.

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