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MICHAEL BROWN: “AN ANIMAL” THAT WAS PUT DOWN, WRITER FIRED

The Charleston Daily Mail has fired editorial writer and columnist Don Surber over his blog posting calling Michael Brown “an animal” that was put down.

JENNIFER BLOME’S FORMER PARAMOUR DAVE KEISER OUT AT KSDK

Longtime KSDK assignment desk asst. Dave Keiser has been unceremoniously fired by the station’s news director Mike Shipley. Shipley himself announced recently he’s leaving as well with many assuming Shipley was also fired. Keiser was let go for allegedly running afoul of the corporate social media policy, which prompted many of Keiser’s co-workers to immediately start deleting their many posts that also violated the company policy. Keiser worked the early-early morning shift and is the longtime paramour of former Channel 5 anchor Jennifer Blome. Will the last one OUT please turn off the tower lights?

PAT BUCHANAN LAMBASTS POPE FRANCIS

Halloween? Howzabout a popular get-up? The Monica Lewinsky masquerade replete with beret, cigar, fright wig and knee pads.

Ironically, on the same day New York City newspapers warn of impending parish closures, St. Louis magazine prints excerpts from “A Boy From Ballwin,” Christina Boyle’s new book about Cardinal Tim Dolan. Those who want to know why churches are closing, a new book, “Why We Walked Away,” which presents the stories of 12 of the 18,000 American priests who left active ministry in the Catholic church in the last several decades. It’s reviewed today by Michael St. Thomas at Crux.

“Can you be more Catholic than the Pope? The American arch-reactionary Pat Buchanan thinks so.” So writes Paul Vellely in The Independent, lambasting the ex-Globe Democrat scribe for taking a shot at Pope Francis for allegedly sowing “confusion among the faithful” by refusing to defend the unchanging truth of Catholicism. The ex-GOP presidential hopeful goes even further, claiming the pontiff may be “speaking heresy” which would imply that Francis is “not a valid pope.” The controversy stems from the recent meeting in Rome at which some in the hierarchy tried to make the church more welcoming to gays and divorcees.

Premiere baseball writer Roger Kahn’s newest, “Rickey & Robinson,” gives a fresh and detailed account of the aborted major league baseball strike in 1947. The issue wasn’t money, but the presence of the first black pro ball player, Jackie Robinson, and the worrisome prospect of others to follow in his footsteps. Though launched by Dixie Walker of the then-Brooklyn Dodgers, among the plan’s ringleaders were Cardinals Enos Slaughter (of North Carolina), Marty Marion (of South Carolina) and Terry Moore of Alabama. The surreptitious plot was inadvertently leaked by Cards’ team physician Dr. Robert Hyland.

NBC’s “Meet The Press” with Chuck Todd has plummeted to #3 in the Sunday morning ratings dwarfed by ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

THREE-DOT JOURNALISM

HUD funding of a $2.5 million grant will provide St. Louis a lead remediation to an additional 180 City families.Ninety-nine years ago, writes historian Michael Beschlosss writes a story with the headline “Politics often accompany Presidents in the World Series.” That’s when a sitting president  – Woodrow Wilson - attended a World Series game.  Calvin Coolidge, FDR , Ike, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Busch followed. Hoover saw the Cardinals in Philly in 1939. But the Prohibition-backing prez was razzed by fans shouting “We want beer!”Back in the late sixties, the super group, Cream, (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) did a commercial for Falstaff Beer. Bassist and lead singer Jack Bruce died over the weekend.

 

 

DARREN WILSON/MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING

Daily Mail Online: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted  for the Michael Brown shooting, according to a reliable source.

SHAUN HAYES OUT OF JAIL

Reviewing Sandra King’s case against Shaun Hayes, he just paid $30k to get out of jail with two checks drawn on an account of Fordyce Brown Enterprises, LP. The ownership is the nebulous Michael E. Kohn, Esq, a tax lawyer who’s listed as the agent. No partner names are available. Kohn pleaded guilty July 17, 2002 to tax fraud and obstruction of justice. “He was corruptively endeavoring to obstruct IRS laws.”

STEVE STENGER VS. RICK STREAM

In light of last week’s Seattle-school shooting, some are prodding County Exec hopeful Steve Stenger to do more to highlight his opponent’s harsh pro-gun positions.  While a state rep, Rick Stream pushed to let 19 year olds carry concealed weapons, urged teachers to bring guns to schools and prosecute officials, who try to enforce federal gun laws in Missouri.

DANIEL O’CONNELL TRIAL POSTPONED

Judge Phil Heagney has postponed the case against ex-SLU prez Daniel O’Connell set for trial next week. The Jesuit priest reportedly sexually violated a 20 year-old female student.


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