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Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, has reportedly said he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Armitage also served as assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan.

HISTORIC JUNE 18: 1812: War of 1812 began with U.S. declaring war on Britain; 1941, Joe Louis KO’d Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court 5-3, confirmed lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws; 1976, Lou Brock and Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park home runs.


A far-reaching doping conspiracy is blamed for the barring of the Russian track and field team from the Rio Olympics. . .Cardinals has recalled 2nd baseman Kolten Wong from the Memphis AAA. . . Illinois state and house have passed a bill allowing craft distillers to produce 100k gallons a year, up from 35k gallons per license. . .Earlier this month, Bishop Edward Rice was installed as head of the Springfield MO dioceses. Eleven local clerics have, over time, been promoted to bishop. One went abroad: Morgan Casey (Lima, Peru). One stayed in our town, Robert Hermann. Three went to other Missouri dioceses: John Leibrecht (Springfield), Robert Finn (Kansas City), John Gaydos (Jefferson City) and Rice. The rest were sent elsewhere: Michael Sheridan (Colorado), Richard Stika (Tennessee), Paul Sipfel (North Dakota), George Lucas (Illinois, Nebraska) Joseph Naumann (Kansas) and Timothy Dolan (New York).

ONLY CASEY, SNAP SAYS, has not been accused of concealing child sex crimes. And, of course Finn holds a special place in church history: the only U.S. bishop to be convicted for failing to report suspected child porn to police. (Last year, he resigned as head of the Kansas City diocese but a few months ago, he resurfaced and is now ministering to nuns in Nebraska.


THE COWBOY RIDES AGAIN – Former President Bush is preparing to campaign for GOP senators, reports The New York Times: “After eight years of largely abstaining from politics, he is throwing himself into an effort to save the party’s most vulnerable senators, including several whose re-election campaigns have been made more difficult by Donald J. Trump’s presence at the top of the ticket.” His event for Missouri and in support of Sen. Roy Blunt has been set and later he will raise money for Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.


Americans will spend $14.36 billion for the holiday. Each consumer is expected to spend $125.92, according to Prosper Insights & Analytics. Expenditures: 38 percent at department stores; 32 percent online and 26 percent at discount stores. Mother’s Day 2015 – $21.4 billion. . .Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is set for another cycle on HBO. The show last aired in September, 2011. . .Fact: Missouri Head Start teachers in Missouri were paid less than the 2015 poverty level for a family of four. . .New Missouri law will give National Guard and/or Reserve members new to the state immediate in-state tuition.

HISTORIC JUNE 17: 2011, First condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgenders was first issued by the U.N. Human Rights Council; 1994, O.J. Simpson’s notorious car chase in a Ford Bronco eluding murder charges; 1982, President Reagan’s famous speech referring to the “evil empire”; 1972, The “five plumbers” were arrested for burglarizing the Democratic headquarters at Watergate; 1962, Lou Brock’s second to home run into Polo Grounds right center field bleachers; 1961, Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defected; 1946, Southwestern Bell inaugurated mobile phone commercial service in St. Louis.


Monday evening at 6 p.m., hometowner Alvin Malnik, 83, will be honored by the iconic Friars Club at the Sheraton N.Y.C. where he’ll be presented the prestigious “award for philanthropy.” He’ll share the podium with Tony Bennett, who’ll get the entertainment award.

Malnik was raised on the northside’s Cates Avenue and became a grad of Clark School, Soldan High (where we were classmates) and Washington U’s School of Law. Through his savvy, he became a multimillionaire at 31. He became a world-renowned barrister and real estate tycoon. He assembled trophy properties including the building in Miami Beach that has housed his elegant The Forge restaurant for many years. Malnik was literally a pioneer of Miami’s South Beach scene along with holdings far and wide.

In the 1980s he worked with the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia. He and his wife, Nancy, have contributed millions to nonprofits. They live with their children in a 35,000 square-foot oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach – a far cry from his days on Cates Avenue. Of his early days in St. Louis, Malnik recalled, “They were two-fold: One was of deprivation and one of family love.”


Biochemist Dr. Phillip W. Majerus has died here of prostate cancer at 79. He was professor emeritus at WashU’s Dept. of Medicine’s Hematology Division and credited to being the first to theorize that small doses of aspirin regularly can prevent heart attacks and strokes in vulnerable patients. Dr. Majerus taught at WU for 50 years. . .Westwood C.C. is where Elizabeth Brodsky married Zachary Portin. The couple met in 2010 at O’Hare Airport in Chicago while waiting to board a flight to St. Louis. She is the daughter of Roger Brodsky whose late dad, Sol, launched the Frontenac Hotel (now the Hilton Frontenac) and the surrounding village of shops. Part of the family changed their surname to Brod of Brod Dugan paint fame.


Capital Grille chain, that offers a very pricey menu, is set to bow in Clayton. The newest entry in the steak/seafood spectrum will occupy the space at 101 S. Hanley Road, that formerly housed the yucky J. Buck’s which shuttered in October. I’ve been to one of the Capital Grilles in Florida and savored the food. There’s a lesson to learn about J. Buck’s. Never open a dinery with naming rights (usually 6 percent) of sports figures. We’ve had enough disappointments. There were: Musial & Biggie’s; Whitey Herzog’s Restaurant & Powerhouse Night Club; Mike Shannon’s downtown spinoff; Ozzie Smith’s Smith & Slay’s; Dierdorf & Hart’s and Pujols 5. Wanna open a restaurant? Take a tip from Colleen Schoendienst, who successfully owns McDonald franchises.


NHL Board of Governors will meet June 22 in Vegas to make a decision. If
chosen, organizers will have to come up with a fee of $500 million.



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