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RAMS & OTHER SPORTING EVENTS LURE ILLICIT SEX TRAFFIC

An uptick in illicit sex traffic has alarmed the Los Angeles Police
Dept. and the F.B.I. over the upcoming Rams season where the action
takes place. There’s a meet-and-greet in the hotel lobbies from where
vice detectives usher the women and girls into a room. They are ordered
to reveal the identities of their pimps. The Rams kickoff at the new
Coliseum on Sept. 14 is where the gendarmes have already laid their
groundwork.

FORD TO MANUFACTURE DRIVERLESS CAR

No steering wheel, no gas pedal, no brake pedal and no driver! Ford will begin selling the car by 2021, according to the Detroit automaker.

JOSEPH PULITZER

On August 17, 1904, the first Joseph Pulitzer wrote his will in which he would donate $1 million to establish the revered Pulitzer Prizes on the recommendations of a board. He also included an endowment of $2 million to Columbia University for establishing a School of Journalism. Pulitzer was owner of the Post-Dispatch and the New York World. Born of Jewish parents in Mako, Hungary, his descendants joined the Episcopal Church. At 17, he arrived in our town via a railroad boxcar, totally penniless.

“FUN HOME” MUSICAL COMING TO THE FOX

The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” set for
a run at the Fox Theater Nov. 15-27.

SEN ROY BLUNT’S LOW APPROVAL RATING

NRA BACKS BLUNT: With the  Missouri senate race tightening, the National Rifle Association is swooping in to help Republican incumbent Sen. Blunt, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s agriculture subcommittee. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, director of the NRA’s lobbying arm, traveled to Missouri to campaign with Blunt last week, according to the Joplin Globe, and addressed him in a letter. The NRA’s PAC also gave $4,950 to Blunt in March. Polls show that Blunt leading his Democratic opponent, Jason Kander, by just three points. Blunt also has an abysmally low 31-percent approval rating, including backing from less than half of Republicans.

SIUE PLAUDITS

The University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville ranks 54th among 1,300
colleges nationally for having the lowest student loan debt, according
to LendEDU.

AMY SCHUMER & SETH ROGEN

Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen argue in the latest TV spot for Anheuser-Busch’s Bud LIght that anyone across the gender spectrum can drink the brand.

NELLY PERFORMS WITH THE SYMPH

Nelly will perform with the St. Louis Symphony at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 3 in a program titled “A Night of Symphonic Hip-Hop.”

ONE NATION TV AD BLITZ

ADDED AIRTIME: Hillary Clinton’s campaign surrogate Sen. Claire McCaskill said on “Fox News Sunday” that Donald Trump had closer ties to the Islamic State than President Obama. . .Major outside Senate TV coming to Missouri and North Carolina. The Conservative group One Nation will begin airing ads in the two key Senate states that haven’t seen as much outside spending as others. The ads will begin next Monday for 10 weeks. . .Megan Ellyia Green, St. Louis alderwoman and Bernie Sanders delegate. told the New York Times that she feared Democrats were squandering “our New Deal moments by not focusing voters’ attention more intensely on the issues that powered enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders.”

HISTORIC AUG. 16: 1992, The 74th PGA Championship at Bellerive C.C Nick Price shot a 278; 1976, St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo); 1969, Woodstock Rock Festival began; 1964, The Cardinals’ Curt Flood got eight straight hits in a doubleheader.

HILLARY CLINTON GETS BRIT BOOST

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: ”Things will change between now and November, of course, but what seems most plausible from the current standpoint is a landslide for Hillary Clinton, and with it the triumph of complacent neoliberal orthodoxy. She will have won her great victory, not as a champion of working people’s concerns, but as the greatest moderate of them all, as the leader of a stately campaign of sanity and national unity. The populist challenge of the past eight years, whether led by Donald Trump or by Bernie Sanders, will have been beaten back resoundingly. Centrism will reign triumphant over the Democratic party for years to come. This will be her greatest accomplishment. The bells will ring all over Washington, D.C.”-The London Guardian

HISTORIC AUG. 15: 1620, The Mayflower set sail from Southampton with 102 pilgrims; 1939, “Wizard of Oz” premiered at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater; 1965, Beatles played to 55,000 at Shea Stadium; 1988, Bill Clinton confessed to Hillary about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

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