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FORMER STATE SEN. MAIDA COLEMAN

Great news from Guv. Jay Nixon that former State Sen. Maida Coleman has gotten the stripes to serve on the Missouri Public Service Commission replacing Robert Kenney.

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WEATHERBIRD CAFETERIA FUTURE

Can it be true? With the closing of the Post-Dispatch’s Weatherbird
cafeteria in the paper’s building, word is that Lee Enterprises is
seeking St. Patrick’s Center restaurant training operation to run the
dismal dinery. If that’s true, it would essentially mean that the
homeless would then be feeding the journalists.

MONSANTO’S CURTAIN OPENED

A four-day journalism program sponsored by AARP was attended by 20 journalists from around the country. It was a National Press Foundation all-expenses-paid fellowship including a nine-hour trek through Monsanto’s Research Campus in Cheserfield and to meet “a c-suite” team of execs. Then came a panel of “unbiased” conventional farmers and to hear from Monsanto COO Brett Begemann “larded with bushels of spin,” as Jesse Hirsch wrote on his Eater blog. “The word Monsanto can prompt a knee-jerk flash of emotions – likely anger or disgust,” he continued. “They are notoriously secretive and combative with journalists, a PR strategy that has helped perpetuate the ‘evil empire’ meme.
 

HARPER LEE’S “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” VS “GO SET A WATCHMAN”

Former N.Y. Daily News and Post-Dispatch critic Eric Mink:
“Sometimes – not often, to be sure – it seems to me that a work of art can become something bigger, something more, something that even the artist who created it no longer has the right to mess with. ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is one of those rare creations, in my judgement, and I fear that publication of ‘Go Set A Watchman’ –  a 60 year-old rejected draft manuscript by ‘Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee – may end up damaging the hallowed status of ‘Mockingbird’ in our shared culture.”

JULY 31 IN HISTORY

On July 31, 1997, the Oakland A’s traded first baseman Mark McGwire to the Cardinals. He admitted in 2010 of using performance-enhancing drugs a large part of his career and now serves as hitting coach for the L.A. Dodgers. 1972: Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic vice-president candidate. 1934: Cardinals defeat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings.

CARDS & FOX SPORTS MIDWEST PACT

The Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest have signed an agreement for TV
rights to run 15 seasons – 2018 through 2032). The pact includes a
second floor studio facing Busch Stadium and naming rights sponsorship
of Fox Sports Midwest Live! restaurant and entertainment venue in
Ballpark Village. The agreement could bring $1 billion to the team. The Cards would have a minority stake in the network.

HAPPINESS IS. . .

Happiness is:
Rams season ticket holders are getting news that the team’s “Season Ticket Member Experiences” program is now being offered on iPhone or Android mobile phone. “This program,” reads the notice, “delivers memorable St. Louis Rams experiences to members at training camp and during Rams home games.”
Happiness also is. . .
A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the first bite of broasted chicken at Frank & Helen’s in U. City, a perfect BBQ at Sugar Fire, the Brahms First by the Symphony, browsing through Macy’s without being tailed by a black-adorned employee, lighting your cigarette while the doctor on the phone tells you your lungs are fine, living just behind your means and getting away with it, Gov. Jay Nixon being named Ambassador to Ruritania, watching on YouTube the documentary of “The Golden Girls,” an airline that’s cheap, fast and on time, a weekly pseudo society magazine without the mug shots of Maxine Clark, Marilyn Fox, Mike Neidorf, Tim and Kim Eberlein or Trish Tobin.
Still getting a kick out of being a St. Louisan.

MICHAEL SAM

Michael Sam, the Mizzou gridder who didn’t make the NFL roster, is expected to play Saturday in Calgary with the Montreal Alouettes. The first openly-gay player drafted by an NFL team – the Rams in 2014 – Sam has signed a two-year contract with the Canadian team.

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