Sen Tom Dempsey of St. Charles used former senator and now Judge Jack Goodman from southeast Missouri to swear him in as Prez Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate. Speaker Tim Jones used JudgeDan Pelican of St. Charles to swear him in. Odd for Dempsey to not ask a hometown judge to do the honors. Some speculated that the Speaker selected Dan since he is very conservative. . .A website listing the ten “biggest wins and losses in historic preservation” last year cites the two St. Louis “victories” – the AAA building on Lindell and the “flying saucer” building on Grand. . .Meanwhile, local architect, fan and bloggerChris Naffziger of St. Louis Patina notes that “Someone has begun to set fire in vacant houses (in the Benton Park nabe), which has now gutted at least four buildings.