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Elbert Walton, the erratic and just-suspended barrister, is identified in news reports as a former state rep who once got in trouble advising a county ambulance district. Few seem to recall, however, that 25 years ago he was considered a “shoo in” to become the city’s top prosecutor.  He was the sole African-American running against several credible white hopefuls, including Jack Garvey, Nels Moss and Ed Sweeney. But in a shocking upset, Dee Joyce Hayes prevailed, becoming the city’s first female Circuit Attorney.
CONGRATS: Missouri’s Jenni Pinkelman who won Politico’s first ever NCAA basketball “Playbook Poll.”
Mary Grace Cusumano, who was honored on her 90th birthday at Kemoll’s. She is the matriarch of the venerable restaurant.
ARCHBISHOP Robert Carlson’s testimony in the trial of an accused predator priest this week marks the first time a local bishop – sitting or retired, archbishop or auxiliary bishop – has been forced to answer questions in court about alleged child molesting clerics. (The only other civil trial in this archdiocese was back in 1999 against Fr. James Gummersbach, jurors found for the victim.)
BLUNT SHRUGS: Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, an appropriator and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee, said Tuesday that it was “helpful” to take a look at Nav Canada’s private air traffic control service while on a trip with Chao and Shuster last week. When asked what he thought about the Canadian system, Blunt replied, “Well, I knew what they were doing, but visually it’s always better to see it.”
BIG MONEY AT EVERY TURN – MAKING AMERICA GREAT, a non-profit group aligned with big GOP donor Rebekah Mercer, is dropping six figures on a digital advertising campaign to both tout President Trump’s administration’s accomplishments and pressure senators to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The ad has gotten boosted spending in Missouri  – a market where a Demo senator faces re-election in 2018.


The “border adjustment tax,” part of the House reform proposal, could
cost the average family $1,700 the first year if it’s enacted. Ernest
and Young analyzed the extent which a 20 percent destination-based tax
on imports – $350 alone for clothing.


CNN BREAKING NEWS AT 4 P.M., MONDAY: U.S. REP. (R)  Ann Wagner on human trafficking said that the websites “should be sued.” MO. A.G. Josh Hawley got kudos for his “first of its kind” proposals (see below). “We made good on campaign promises,” said Hawley.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF LAW has beckoned its first female dean, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky.


MO. A.G. JOSH HAWLEY ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: He proposes to combat the crimes by prohibiting the use of businesses as “fronts” for trafficking, debt bondage illegal and for new civil and criminal penalties on trafficking.
CARDINALS’ ADAM WAINWRIGHT chosen as one of the prospects by “MLB Central” hosts for an October AL/NL Cy Young.
FOREIGN COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS coming here has been made harder by the Trump administration. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services is changing the way the agency will process their visa applications. The lottery begins today for companies to apply for the 2018 visas.


Our town’s Onder Law Firm has filed 13 complaints (1,000 claims) against Monsanto alleging that Roundup weed killer has caused non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
TRUMP UNIVERSITY: A U.S. DIST. COURT has settled with some 3,700 students of Trump University for 90 cents on the dollar of what they invested in the fraud. The final settlement is $25 million.


CARDINALS EXPECTED TO hit $318 million in the upcoming season to add to the robust tourism in the region and predicts three million fans. . .Dates: 5-7 p.m., April 27, St. Louis University Museum where a portrait of former president Father Lawrence Biondi will be unveiled followed by a pouring., hosted by president Fred Pestello and Dr. Fran Pestello. . .U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions on Friday at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse to speak on violent crime. . .Kennett, Missouri’s own composer, singer Sheryl Crow in her new album, “Heartbreak Away,” has lyrics: “the president is sweating” while “Russia is blowing up the phone”. . .Futuristic hopes at St. Louis University that the Billiken mascot will be redesigned into a combination of Shrek and White Castle.
SATURDAY IS APRIL FOOL’S DAY: 1932, Debbie Reynolds was born; 1929, Louie Max introduced the yo-yo;  1946. Weight Watchers was founded; 1961, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye were married; 1975, Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer; 1986, world’s oil dipped below $10 a barrel.


WASHU has hired Anthony Azama as director of athletics after serving as senior associate athletics director at Columbia University. . .About 32 Democrats are poised to snub Neil Gorsuch as President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. Former veep hopeful Tim Kaine has also announced he will ditto. Gorsuch has pencilled in a visit to our town. . .U.S. Dist. Judge Henry E. Autrey has sentenced Daniele Keith Steele to seven years in prison. Steele of Rolla had pleaded guilty of a fraud scheme involving trading in foreign currencies and soliciting more than $2 million from 20 investors. . .Activist Frankie Muse Freeman has gotten the nod for Honorary Doctor of Letters from the SIUE commencement exercise committee. . .
it seemed like newly-elected St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts had a difficult time recalling where he parked his car. The new sheriff, with the car replete with his name painted on the side, was in front of 41 South Central Ave. Tuesday morning.  Then there was a trio of lovelies looking at a copy of Sports Illustrated (swimsuit edition) at World News. “There is no way she’s a size twelve,” exclaimed one of the blondes as she tossed the magazine back into the news rack. And awaiting commuters at the Metro Garage were Proposition P flyers in support of the ballot measure on their windshields.
 HISTORIC 1882: 135 Years ago the Brown Stockings got charter membership in the American Baseball Association. The team was owned by some beer barons including Chris von der Ahe. The Brown Stockings eventually became the St. Louis Cardinals.
MARCH 30: 1943, our town’s Cella family  became original investors in the landmark Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!”; 1970, Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” was released; 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinkley, III.


The GOP’s embarrassing health care defeat in Washington wasn’t just a setback for Donald Trump and House Republicans. It’s also a black eye for Missouri’s  Eric Greitens who was one of ten governors who threw their weight behind the unpopular measure in the waning days of the debate.
MISSOURI IS ONE OF SIX STATES where the centrist People for the American Way is running a television and digital ad campaign urging viewers to call their senators to block Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. The ad features Jeff Perkins, the father of a student with autism whose lawsuit Gorsuch denied.
IN MEMORIAM: Hometowner Jean Rouverol, dead at 100. She was an actress and playwright who turned out movie epics and then was blacklisted. Upon her return to the U.S. in the 1960s from Mexico, she wrote “Autumn Leaves” and a number of soaps. Her mom, Auriana Rouverol, created the Andy Hardy character.
Donald Robert Hunstein, famed photographer dead at 88 in Manhattan. A WashU grad, he bought a Leica and later became an a major force behind Columbia Records, shooting images of his pal, Bob Dylan and other celebs.



BOYCOTTING YouTube: Walmart, PepsiCo and Starbucks have pulled their ads from YouTube based on “repugnant videos.” Others have previously spiked ads are Johnson “& Johnson, Volkwagen and AT&T. . .MULTIPLE DRUG STORES IN YOUR NABE? Little wonder because there are 67,000 in the U.S., more than the number of McDonald’s, Taco Bells, KFC’s, Wendy’s or Dunkin Donuts. . .PAGING THE AUTHORS: 7 p.m., April 3, John Farrell of “Richard Nixon” will be at the County Library on S. Lindbergh; 5:30 p.m., April 7, Chelsea Clinton (“It’s Your World”) Left Bank Books; 7 p.m., April 19, Rick Ankiel (“The Phenomenon”) Left Bank Books; May 23, Scott Turow (“Testimony”) at Maryville.
1911, Tennessee Williams; 1940, Nancy Pelosi; 1941, Bob and Barclay Pleger; 1944, Diana Ross; 1973, Marshall Faulk.
Many can recall the catchline “White on the Bottle, Pink on the Cheeks!” It was used in all marketing of yesteryear’s Pevely Dairy. Now the last vestige of the company will vanish when the dairy’s long dormant building on the southwest corner of Grand at Chouteau will vanish to become part of SLU’s portfolio. Founded by the Kerckhoff family in 1887, the dairy’s mascot was Pinkie Pevely and it was touted all over the old structure and in the media. Bandleader Russ David presented his “Pevely Playhouse Party” from there and was aired on Channel 5. Pevely was but one of the many dairy companies that competed in our town that included Meadow Gold, St. Louis Dairy, Quality Dairy, Esquire, Reed’s, Velvet Freeze and Borden’s.

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