Thanks to Tim Fitch’s County Police, we have gotten word there’s new synthetic drug identified as “N-Bomb” or legal acid being purchased by detectives on the N Squad. Police say it’s a very potent synthetic hallucinogen that’s killing people across the country. N-Bomb is legal acid, a derivative of mescaline, but has a more potent and deadly effect than its predecessors. . .The New Yorker has a fascinating profile of Apollo Robbins, a professional pickpocket turned performer who grew up in Springfield, MO. . .Has attorney John Temporiti joined Rex Sinquefield? That’s the word around the County Courthouse cracker barrel. . .Police officers helped Fr. Tom Donovan of the Springfield,IL. diocese get out of handcuffs and a gag he said he was “playing with” when he got stuck. The diocese is headed by Bishop Thomas Paprocki who said last fall that voting for Democrats “makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy” and that the principal force behind pedophile priest cases was “none other than the devil”. . .Ken Hackett, a close ally of N.Y. Cardinal Tim Dolan, is in the running to be America’s next ambassador to the Vatican, according to the National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen. Another possibility is Chicago Cong. Dan Lipinski. . .BTW – Catholic representation on Capitol Hill has reached an all-time high with 163 members of the new 113th Congress identifying themselves as Catholic.. . .Among the 10 states raising minimum wage rates this year, Missouri’s base is the lowest. . .Scott Miller writes his New Line Theater Off Line will present on Jan. 19 “Some Songs & Shit” on the stage of the Kranzberg Arts Cabaret. . .”Aladdin,” the musical that had its premiere last summer at the Muny, is slotted for a Spring, 2014 opening at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater. ..Ada Louise Huxtable, the respectable and sometimes bitchy architectural scribe for many years at the N.Y. Times and the WSJ, has died. Can you remember when the Pulitzer Prize was split in 1969 between her for criticism and the Post-Dispatch’s Marquis Childs for commentary?. . .