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Of human interest: KSDK, Channel 5′s Mike Bush and his wife, Claudia, have become grandparents of Ashton Bush, who was Baptized this week. The Bushes joined Channel 5 sportscasting journalist Frank Cusumano and his wife, Monique, at the Cusumano family-owned Kemoll’s (now in its 88th year). Mike will be toasted on his 30th year at the station come July. Frank has been reporting sports there for 21 years. And, the affable Cindy Preszler has been forecasting weather for only 16 years. At another table, aging hipster Gus Torregrossa, who once vended athletic apparel at his Gus’s Fashions in downtown, lamented that Michelle Vitale, daughter of Millie and the late/notorious John Vitale, is sadly homeless. . .Kel Nagle, who quashed Arnold Palmer’s attempt to win his third straight major tournament, has died in his native Australia at 94. In 1965, after four rounds of the U.S. Open at our town’s Bellerive C.C. , the star golfer won the 18-hole playoff. . .Popular KMOX host Charlie Brennan challenged his immense audience this week: “Name two governors of other states who spent part of their childhoods in St. Louis.” The answer: Pete Wilson of California and Ted Kulongoski of Oregon. Brennan revealed that he once tried to get Kulongoski on his show but he was rebuffed. Kulongoski said it was too painful to talk about his childhood, spent at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in south city. (At least three child sex abuse lawsuits – one involving Fr. Alex Anderson – have been filed against the home.). . .Forgot to mention in a previous item, that the Broadway Oyster Bar & Restaurant is among the top grossing eateries here. . .A toast to Dianne (nee Breckenridge) and Ray Barrett, who has been crowned chairman at the SmartMouth Corp., which turns out tooth paste, mouth washes, gum and mints. He also remains chairman of global Biomedical Systems, which he founded. Ray is a holder of a number of patents that include a futuristic technology “that may revolutionize the golf industry.”
SUPER BOWL XLIX SPORTSBOOKS report that the Seattle Seahawks are the underdog while the N.E. Patriots at 1-to-2 point favorites.
DEFLATE-GATE cookies are now on sale in Boston!


Seated Monique and Frank Cusumano Standing Mike and Claudia Bush

Seated Monique and Frank Cusumano
Standing Mike and Claudia Bush


U.S. Dist. Judge Rodney W. Sippel has sentenced Jack Frison, Sr. 66, of Frontenac to 24 months imprisonment for the sale of counterfeit goods and DVD’s at his Frison Flea Market in Pagedale.



U.S. Dist. Judge Rodney W. Sippel has sentenced Jack Frison, Sr., 66, of Frontenac to 24 months imprisonment for the sale of counterfeit goods and DVDs at his Frison Flea Market in Pagedale.
FOOTBALL FANS are talking up David Leonhardt’s “Playing it Too Safe in the Super Bowl,” in which The N.Y. Times’ sportscribe says statistics show most coaches have hurt their team’s chance of winning an NFL title “by being too eager to punt in the biggest football game of all.” Tom Landry, Marv Levy, Mike Tomlin and Lovie Smith and perhaps the most surprisingly,” Bill Belichick have all made this error, Leonhardt argues. And Rams coach Mike Martz made one of the three worst punting decisions in the last 15 Super Bowls in 2001, when he opted “not to go for it in the second quarter when trailing the underdog Patriots by four points.”
JUST IN TIME for the summer nuptials planning. The archdiocese says the most popular Catholic churches for weddings in our area: St. Francis Xavier (a.k.a. the “college church” at SLU), the Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Joseph in Cottleville, Immaculate Conception in Dardenne Prairie,St. Ambrose, St. Peter in St. Charles, Assumption in O’Fallon, St. Cecilia, St. Charles Borromeo and the Old Cathedral downtown.
MEA CULPA! Among the most important listings in the Missouri Lawyers Weekly awards for “Legal Champions” are SLU Law School professors in the legal clinic – John Amman, Brendan Roediger and Susan McGraugh.
Amecia Wallace and the Charlies rocked Beale on Broadway last night to a surprisingly packed house for a Thursday.


National award-winner Tom O’Neal will retire in July from FOX2 News. He has been co-anchor/reporter on weeknights.  With 40 years experience in broadcast, O’Neal will be sorely missed. “His dedication to his craft is legendary,” said the station’s Prez and GM Spencer Koch. O’Neal’s successor is Vic Faust, who comes here from Detroit.


The glutenous haven, 801 Chophouse in Clayton, is across the street from
where Luciano’s once stood in the cavernous space near Marriott’s Ritz
Carlton. It will soon be occupied by 801 Fish for those not seeking a
carnivorous carnival. But for chop and steak lovers, can anyone attest
to the quality of yesteryear steakhouses? We had Ruggeri’s on The Hill,
the original Tenderloin Room at the Chase and the magnificent prime rib
of beef at the old Cheshire.
Speaking of eateries, it came as news from a wholesale food vendor that
the top grossing restaurant in 2014 was Annie Gunn’s at $7 million and
the runner up – the three Sugarfire stops at $6.5 million.


Flak and blogger Scott Talley has penned a laudatory look at our town’s Dick Gregory (and compares him, unfavorably with Bill Cosby). Talley’s piece, “The great Dick Gregory and a case for keeping it real,” claims that the comedian/satirist/health advocate “declined invitations to appear on the “Tonight Show” hosted by Jack Parr until the show agreed that he could sit on the sofa after his stand-up performance and actually talk to Parr,” making Gregory “the first black guest to be granted the honor”. . .Let the mud-slinging begin! Former south city alderman Tom Bauer has sent an early negative campaign mailer blasting incumbent Scott Ogilvie. It charges that against the wishes of neighbors, Ogilvie backed “an Apted brothers’ Clayton Avenue high-rise plan” and a tax break for the Cheshire hotel.
MISSOURI LAWYERS WEEKLY has named “the 2015 best newsmakers behind the news.” The honors will be presented at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Here are a few:
Lawyer of the Year: Gay marriage, MO death penalty, Ferguson: Missouri ACLU legal director Tony Rothert
Influential lawyers: County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch; Mayor Francis Slay; U.S. Dist. Judge Ronnie White; State Sen. Jolie Justice, Rep. Stan Cox and Eric Jennings
Plaintiff’s attorney with the most reported verdicts/judgments: Daniel Thomas (Independence)
Defense attorney with the most reported verdicts/judgments Bradley Hansmann (Brown & James)
Some of the lawyers securing the largest reported defense verdicts/judgments in the state: Karrie Clinkinbeard and Lynn Hursh (Armstrong Teasdale); Kenneth Bean and Bobbie Moon (Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard); Kenneth Brostron (Lashly Baer); James Bennett; Gabriel Gore; Jennifer Aspinall and Megan Heinsz (Dowd Bennett) and Roger Denton, Kristine Kraft, Ashley Brittain-Landers (Schlichter Bogard & Denton).


During the martinis, the wines, the coffee and cognacs, the pressure becomes too intense for those who must use a bathroom. No luck, because there are long lines, forced to hold their noses in the outdoors construction site potties or find a bush. Now, Webster Groves entrepreneur Gregory Haug has a solution with his Posh Event Cottages. They are actually luxury restroom trailers with faux wood floors, porcelain plumbing fixtures, air conditioning, LED lighting, music, candles and fresh flowers.
Now that the Budweiser ads have a follow up to last year’s “Puppy Love” titled, “Lost Dog,” has been revealed, here are a few more: “Ted 2,” which will have N.E. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as a potential sperm donor touting the film for Universal Pictures; in a Kia Sorrento commercial, Pierce Brosnan of James Bond fame plays himself realizing his agent’s idea for his next role is out of the box. BTW: Last year’s Bud ad garnered 56 million views on social video advertising.
Super Bowl XXXIV – 15 years ago – the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16.


Listen to Dad – he knows! Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is expected to announce his candidacy for state governor on or about Wednesday. Schweich is a Republican and grad of Harvard Law School. He is a conservative financial author and commentator and the son of a Jewish dad, Jules Schweich, who ran the air shows at some of the earliest V.P. Fairs on behalf of his former employer Famous-Barr. Meanwhile on Wednesday, former U.S. Navy SEAL Eric Greitens is rumored to be heading for Jeff City for support from lawmakers for his gubernatorial bid. Greitens, also a Republican, was raised Jewish.


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