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CINCO DE MAYO

Guv. Jay Nixon has vetoed $456 million cut to public schools. . .This fall, Mizzou will have the smallest freshman class since 2006. . .Tesla shares have dropped since Consumer Reports released an article reporting the car maker’s Model X faces quality issues. . .Tomorrow, Cinco de Mayo:

Cherokee Street, where a parade, folkloric dancing, about 10 Mexican restaurants will be serving up chips and salsa, tacos and fajitas. Celebrants will raise their glasses and drink margaritas in honor of Donald Trump’s losing matchup with Hillary Clinton. The holiday, btw, is not celebrating Mexico’s independence day, as some believe, but commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.

FORMER SEN. CONRAD BURNS

Former GOP Sen. Conrad Burns is dead at 81. He served three terms. Born and raised in Gallatin, MO, Burns studied animal science and journalism at Mizzou. Burns once worked for Ozark Airlines. He fell out of grace since he was linked to Jack Abramoff, who was the high-profile lobbyist convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges.

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS HERE; JUDGE MEREDITH GARLAND, AL CAPONE

An evening with actress Olympia Dukakis at 8 p.m., May 12 at the Sun Theater. She’ll be doing monologues on Tennessee Williams’ works with Williams specialist David Kaplan. . .A mixed-use building on the Spruce & Ninth Streets parking lot next to Busch Stadium is in the works. . .Last week, Dennis Hastert, the GOP ex-House Speaker, was sentenced and admitted that he molested boys. Now, Illinois lawmakers are moving to lift the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual abuse and sex crimes against children. A hearing is set for tomorrow. . .President Obama has praised Supreme Court nominee Judge Meredith Garland, while urging Congressional Republicans again to grant him a hearing and vote. He reportedly spoke to outlets from states with Republican Senate incumbents including Sen. Roy Blunt. . .Look for a mixed-use building to rise on a parking lot next to Busch Stadium. It is the lot at Spruce and Ninth Streets. . . Oddsmakers on Saturday’s 142nd Kentucky Derby have it that thoroughbred prodigy and undefeated three year-old colt Nyquist will win.

LOOKING BACK: The 2014 Mets set the record for the longest hitless streak by a major league pitching staff to start a season when Jenrry Mejia grounded out to second, making the New York hurlers, collectively, 0-46 since opening day. The dubious mark, previously established by the 1914 St. Louis Browns, will be extended to 64 at bats before Jacob deGrom, in his first major league at bat, singled off Yankee right-hander Chase Whittley.

MAY 4 IN HISTORY: 1969, Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens swept the St. Louis Blues in four games; 1953, Ernest Hemingway won a Pulitzer Prize for “Old Man & The Sea”; 1932, Al Capone was convicted of federal income tax evasion and sent to an Atlanta prison; 1927, The first balloon flight – over Scott Field, IL; 1626, American Indians sold Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons.

 

PROF. AVIS MEYER

DONALD TRUMP AT FT. WAYNE RALLY: “We can’t allow China to rape our country. . .it’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”. . .White House Correspondents Dinner leftover: Barack Obama:Jake Tapper left journalism to join CNN”. . .Five honorary degrees at the May 20 WashU commencement excercise: U.S. Rep. John Lewis; Paula Kerger, prez and CEO of PBS; Staffan Normark, Swedish physician and infectious disease researcher; Euclid Williamson,  founder of Target H.O.P.E. The fifth? Surprise! Stephen Brauer, chairman and CEO of Hunter Engineering, with his wife, Camilla, have dropped gazillions of bucks on the university including the cost of the 150k sq. ft. Brauer Hall School of Engineering on the Danforth campus.

Prof. Avis Meyer is stepping down after more than 42 years as editor and mentor to the staff of UNews, the St. Louis University student newspaper. “His St. Louis University legacy will live on for decades to come,” reported the paper. “He laid the cornerstone of SLU journalism.” There was also controversy. Over the years, SLU then-president Fr. Lawrence Biondi singled out Meyer for his failure to properly censor negative comments about him. Biondi reportedly tried to get Meyer to leave. He punished faculty members who supported Meyer. I knew Meyer when we both worked at the Post-Dispatch. He was and is a truly brilliant journalist.

LOOKING BACK: MAY 3
1971, Nixon administration arrested13,000 anti-war protesters in three days. 1948, Pulitzer Prize awarded to Tennessee Williams; 1944, “Meet Me in St. Louis” musical opened on Broadway; 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Gone With the Wind”; 1923, First non-stop transcontinental flight New York-San Diego.


MAYOR FRANCIS SLAY FOR JUDGESHIP?

Our town is in full motion. Children bubbling over about upcoming vacations along slanty side streets. Bodies moving along near the Gateway Arch, the bells of the Old Cathedral floating over them like golden clouds. Steel flowers growing out of deep dark holes. How will they look in September? New paint, new signs and the sun probing the decaying recesses of the Art Museum where memories stir in dark corners. The spring sun shines bright on the ugliness of a city, as well as its beauty. The touching faces of people who’ve known too many winters. The lonely people sit in still areas of Forest Park, staring at nothing. At Miss Sheri’s cafeteria, every other seat is taken for the lonely would rather sit alone than rub elbows with someone as far away as they.
From your car you can see streets closed for reconstruction and paving, a thousand cars making detours, landscapers hobbling along in their well-worn vans and every spring time a new batch of street signs proliferate the way trees used to.
MARKET STREET is the street of broken dreams, of frozen screams, of strangers rubbing elbows – a million miles away from the Convention & Visitors Commission that tries desperately to portray in its ads the Muny, Opera Theater, the Zoo, Anheuser-Busch and all that kitchy-koo. In a city that in too many ways is like a small town, blessedly impersonal. It’s teeming with St, Louisans you’ll never get to know. Market is wide, long, stubborn, unregenerate and a brute with a dead end. But, what a history!
THERE’S PEABODY OPERA HOUSE yearning for Edward Jones, Centene or World Wide Tech to buy naming rights. There’s City Hall occupied by Mayor Francis Slay, who nixed another term in office – presumably for a judgeship (influenced by Joyce Aboussie and Sen. Claire McCaskill). Union Station, where there’ll probably be a successor to Six Flags. During its heyday, Union Station housed Fred Harvey’s with the “Harvey Girls” servers in their high-starched collars. Nearby, the Olympia Theater stood. It became the launch of Skouras Brothers theater chain. There was the original American Theater and Hotel, created by Louis Cella, great-grandad of the Cella dynasty. One block west of it was the Grand Opera House.
WALK ALONG MARKET STREET you become just another face in the crowd that takes you at face-value. It might not be the real St. Louis, but it’s real.

 

MCCARRAN-WALTER ACT & MUSLIMS

Donald Trump has been criticized for suggesting the U.S. should limit or temporarily suspend the immigration of certain ethnic groups such as the Muslims. The selective immigration ban is already law, according to the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952. Since the Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, technically, should they be refused immigration?

EX-CON’S RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Keith Judd, 57, who was imprisoned for 15 years, had scraped together $2,500 to run for president. He’s already gotten onto ballots in Louisiana, MO. He accuses President Obama of raging “war on people.”
REMEMBER THE TV CONTEST “Match Game?” It ran on NBC beginning in 1962. Then in 1973-1979. Now, Alec Baldwin will host a revival of the show beginning in the summer on ABC.
MAY 1 IN HISTORY
2011, Prez Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed. 1991, Ricky Henderson broke Lou Brock’s record with his 939th steal. 1906,Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania was being prepared for the launch and later sunk by a German u-boat’s torpedo. 1986, Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap. 1971, Amtrak RR began. 1961, Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for “To Kill a Mockingbird.” 1947, Radar for airplanes was first demonstrated. 1943, Food rationing began in the U.S. 1941, “Citizen Kane,” directed and starring Orson Welles, premiered. 1939, “Batman” comics hit the street. 1931, The Empire State Building opened in NYC. 1920, Babe Ruth hit his first homer out of Polo Grounds. 1863, The Confederate congress passed a resolution to kill black soldiers.
DU QUOIN, IL. STATE FAIR (about 86 miles from our town) has booked country music star Jamey Johnson (“In Color” & “High Cost of Living”) for Sept. 2. Hit pop-rock band of the 1990s, Sugar Ray, will close out the fair on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

 

SNAPCHAT VS FACEBOOK

Snapchat is going head-to-head with Facebook. Snapchat now has 10
billion videos viewed each day. The photo-and-video sharing app has 60
percent of daily users cranking out Snapchats everyday.

DONALD TRUMP’S ENDORSEMENT BY MIKE TYSON BLASTED BY CARLY FIORINA

THE FINAL OF FOUR WHO PARTICIPATED IN A SCHEME TO FILE FALSE CLAIMS FOR FEDERAL TAX REFUNDS was sentenced today by U.S. Dist. Judge Rodney W. Sippel. They fraudulently got refunds of $335k. Among the defendants from St. Louis: Keith Hobb, 50, and Jermaine Irons, 42.
IF PLAYWRIGHT TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WERE ALIVE TODAY, he’d be somewhat embarrassed. One of the foremost playwrights in the 20th century, he’d see a food truck wandering the streets of St. Louis offering Williams’ “inspired menu.” Slide Piece Food Truck will offer: “Small Cheese Warnings” (beef with cheddar); “A Slider Named Desire” (beef and fontina cheese); “Lamb on a Hot Tin Roof” (spicy lamb); “Sweet Bird of Youth” (fried chicken); “Summer and Smoke” (pork steak) and “Suddenly Last Summer” (mozzarella with pepperoncini). Born 105 years ago, Williams attended Soldan and U. City High and Mizzou. He rose from obscurity to resounding success with his play, “The Glass Menagerie.”
OPRAH WINFREY’S NEW SERIES IN JUNE ON HER STRUGGLING OWN NETWORK:
“Greenleaf,” a 13-episode series about a family at the center of a Memphis megachurch on which she plays a recurring role.
SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU,” A film to hit theaters on Aug. 19 about a young Barack and Michelle Obama on their first date.
DONALD TRUMP’S ENDORSEMENT BY MIKE TYSON
“You know, all the tough guys endorse me,” Trump said. Carly Fiorina in Indianapolis blasted Trump for calling Tyson tough, referring to when the boxer was convicted of rape in the 1990s, in Indiana.
DATEBOOK
April 30, 1972, “Arthur Godfrey Time” ended a 27-year run on radio; 1939, The first public television (NBC/RCA) demonstration at New York’s World’s Fair with President Roosevelt; 1904, The Louisiana Exposition (World’s Fair) opened in St. Louis and the ice cream cone made its debut; 1789, George Washington inaugurated as first U.S. president.
 

 

HUSCH BLACKWELL MERGER

Our town’s Husch Blackwell is poised to merge with Milwaukee firm Whyte
Hirschboek Dudek, with a combined gross annual revenue of $346 million.
That would place the new firm among the top 100 grossing law shops in
the U.S., according to the St. Louis Business Journal.


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