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PRESIDENT JEB BUSH?

Former Fla. Guv Jeb Bush making the rounds on the right coast to ramp up interest in a presidential bid. He’s meeting with Dems, Republicans and independents in private homes of top Wall Street types, according to NYC sources.

IN OUR TOWN

I’ve lived in this city, man and bore, for most of my wasted life. I am now ready to concede that nothing is permanent here except change. The other day, I drove around town, mentally ticking off the changes. From 1869 to early 1950s there was a Chinatown downtown, bounded by Seventh, Tenth, Walnut and Chestnut Streets. Commonly known as “Hop Alley,” the neighborhood was home to more than 300 Chinese Americans. In 1966 the area was cleared for Busch Stadium. The newer Chinatown later sprouted in University City. In the old days we were just a short sprint away from long-gone favorites. There were: Jim Mertikas’  Grecian Gardens; The Orient; The Washington Restaurant; American, Orpheum, Loew’s State and Ambassador theaters. The latter was located in a building that housed the HQ of Skouras Theaters, headed by Spyros Skouras, who later helmed 20th Century Fox. He married the cashier at the Pageant Theater on Delmar Boulevard. Before the building was demolished, we could still see the Skouras brothers’ steam room. Brands gone in our town: Bell Telephone, Union Electric, A&P, Food Center and Aunt Heidi’s. Beer lovers guzzled Hyde Park, Griesedieck, Falstaff and Stag. We had Raskas, Green Leaf and Pevely dairies. We played cork ball in the alleys near ashpits and dined at Henrici’s, Van Horn’s,Trader Vic’s, Teutenberg’s, Blue Top, Edmond’s, Jeremiah’s and Bevo Mill.
To stay contemporary, you must see beauty in the cunning curve of highway 64/40 and the future in a high-rise whose walls are already beginning to crack.

JACK DORSEY’S TWITTER & SQUARE

Bishop DuBourg High grad Jack Dorsey should be beaming these days. Twitter, which he co-created and co-founded, now has 271 million active users with hundreds of thousands more who don’t announce themselves. There may be a change: filtering what users see rather than serving them every message. Revenue grew 129 percent year over year and $277 million in the last quarter. Dorsey is currently CEO of Square, Inc., valued at $3.2 billion.

WANTED: A CATHOLIC CARDINAL

“As the St. Louis and Detroit archdioceses have declined in significance,” the yet-to-be-named replacement for Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George is “likely to be the only Cardinal in America’s midwest region and “the most important appointment made by Pope Francis.” So opines Michael Sean Winters in a piece called, “Wanted: a shepherd for the Windy City” in the most recent issue of UK-based Tablet, an international Catholic publication. No one knows who is advising the Pope on major appointments, Winters claims, in part because “When the Pope shook up the Congregation of Bishops last December, he removed the most conservative Americans, Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Justin Rigali,” both formerly of our town.

AB InBev MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL TO EXPAND VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN, CLIPPERS SALE APPROVED

Sorkis Webbe, Jr. out as manager of the golf clubs?. . .A-B InBev brand is expanding its two-day Made in America Festival with a three-month campaign focused on branded video and social media tagged, “Made Underground. . .A-B InBev has new neighbors as barley growers in China, Brazil and France. . .VA Hospital crisis: “The biggest problem is absenteeism,” offered a high-placed employee. . .Public Religion Institute Poll: 69 percent of those surveyed believe U.S. authorities should treat undocumented Central American children entering the U.S./Mexican border as refugees. . .The L.A. superior court has approved Shelly Sterling’s deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. . .Martha Stewart Living reports the first profitable quarter since 2008.

“BELLEVILLE” FILM BEGINS RUN AT WEHRENBERG THEATERS

The film, “Belleville”, shot in part here, will have a full schedule of
showings beginning Sept. 5 at all Wehrenberg Theaters.

VIRGINIA MINOR IN HALL OF FAME?

The Missouri chapter of NOW, the National Organization of Women, and the Missouri Women’s Network Exchange Fund are working to raise $10k to place a bust of Virginia Minor in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capital. Minor led the fight for women’s suffrage in our state.

CHIPOTLE SURPASSES MC DONALD’S

Chipotle has surpassed McDonald’s in sales growth, according to
MediaBistrosAgencySpy. Meanwhile, McDonald’s promises to add
“sustainable beef” and more fruit and veggies to its menu. It will also
remodel restaurants and offer WiFi.


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