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TWITTER TUMBLED

The company, co-founded by our town’s Jack Dorsey, has had a sluggish user growth, drop in advertising revenue which lowered the forecast. Shares dropped more than 13 percent as of yesterday.

MACY’S NEW LINE WITH LADY GAGA & ELTON JOHN

The limited edition of Macy’s exclusive fashions of duds and accessories will be touted by the two headliners. Tagged “Love Bravery,” for inspiration and also to benefit the stars’ charities: Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.

“GAME OF THRONES” HITS NEW RECORD

Sunday night’s airing of the sixth season premiere on HBO drew a
whopping 10.7 million viewers. That figure includes streams.

IRS SCAM PHONE CALLS

Even after the tax deadline, consumers are complaining about fraudulent phone calls from scammers. who threaten over a tax debt that “must be paid immediately” or federal officials will be at their doors within 24 hours, according to A.G. Chris Koster. Consumers: Don’t give out personal or financial information on the phone. The IRS never phones.

GEORGE NOORY COMING HOME

Local Planned Parenthood leaders are honoring Vivian Zwick, who served on the organization’s national board and has been involved in reproduction rights work since the 1970s. Zwick’s turning 99 years-old, as is Planned Parenthood itself.
“GEORGE NOORY COMES HOME LIVE” will take place at 7 p.m., June 18 at Lindenwood University. FM NewsTalk 97.1 is presenting the program that will include guests ufologist Stanton Friedman, rock historian R. Gary Patterson and the station’s Mark Klose and Mark Farley. Interviews and discussions on extraterrestrials, UFO’s and panormal phenomena will follow.
April 27 in history:1989, Beijing students took over China’s Tiananmen Square; 1979, George Harrison released “Love Comes to Everyone”; 1940, Heinrich Himmler established Auschwitz concentration camp; 1937, U.S. Social Security made its first benefit payment.

DATEBOOK

2018 – St. Louis University’s bicentennial; 2017 – Muny’s 100th
anniversary; 2017 – The St. Louis Blues hockey team played its first
game at the beloved “old barn” Arena (1967-1994).

ELITE PRIVILEGES

In the age of privilege, not everyone is the same. There’s a degree of economic and social stratification unseen in America since the days of Teddy Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan and the rigidly separated classes on the Titanic a century ago, according to the New York Times. Elite guests get special privilege at airports, on airlines. hotels and restaurants. Washington University economics prof Steven Fazzari: “You go where the money is.”

ANN WAGNER VS. CLAIRE McCASKILL

A Senate bid for Ann Wagner in 2018? The Missouri Republican, Bush family loyalist and former top Republican National Committee official is said to be mulling her next steps even with the 2016 presidential race still underway. The Hill’s Scott Wong: “. . .while no decisions have been made, several Missouri GOP insiders say the most likely possibility is that Wagner runs for the Senate seat now held by Democrat Claire McCaskill.” “She’s immensely beatable,” Wagner said of McCaskill, “but we’re going to take it one election cycle at a time.”

WALTON INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION

The Walton Family Foundation has stopped funding Chicago charter
schools, one of Walton’s biggest investments – $7 million in grants.
Part of the foundation’s plan is to spend more than $1 billion over the
next five years to expand “educational opportunities.” Walton makes
state-level investments in Missouri among other states.

STAN HERZOG BACKS TED CRUZ

Trusted Leadership PAC, the main vehicle for seeking unlimited donations to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has received $1 million from Herzog Contracting, the Missouri road paver whose boss, Stan Herzog, previously backed Scott Walker. Another million came from Richard Uhlein, the Wisconsin shipper who also backed the Wisconsin governor.

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