Ex-”Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is penning a book about his Jewish faith and due out in 2015. . .Judge Judith Scheindlin has wordsmithed “What Would Judy Say?” Her previous books include “Don’t Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It’s Raining.” Scheindlin’s show, “Judge Judy,” remains the No. 1 rated program on daytime TV – nearing its 20th year. . .Grand opening on Sept. 23: Center for Diversity & Inclusion” at WashU. On Aug. 25, Starbucks bows in W.U.’s Bauer Hall.
While on maternity leave, P-D reporter Christine Byers tweeted: “Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in (Ferguson) shooting.” P-D editor Gilbert Bailon: “She’s not involved in the Ferguson coverage while on leave.”
Post-Dispatch editorial editor Tony Messenger was debriefed by CNN this ayem. Remarkable as ever, he stood out as a credible source for the network. Messenger opined on the racial divide in the shooting of Michael Brown and the riots that ensued: “There’s a lack of leadership. The governor has not had a strong performance.” CNN host: “Public officials seem to be tippy-toeing around this case.”
Mike Tenholder, heir to yesteryear travel dynamo, Tom Tenholder, will marry Robyn Jones in October. “Thought this would be a change of pace with some pleasant news,” opined Mike. . .The disciplinary counsel is trying to get Lawrence J. Fleming disbarred again. The case is now before the Supreme Court. . .A chart in the latest issue of the St. Louis Review showed among the Catholic high schools in our town, Priory and Villa Duchesne, are the most expensive ($20,000 and $19,450) and Valle and St. Vincent the least ($3,200 and $3,900). Meanwhile, new principals and assistant principals are on board at Cardinal Ritter (Tamiko Armstead), DeSmet (Trevor Bonat, Joseph Klug), Rosati-Kain (Elizabeth Goodwin), St. Dominic (Matthew George), St. Francis Borgia (Fr. Kevin Schmittgens, Rob Struckhoff), Urseline Academy, (Lisa Williams) and Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill (Sr. Donna Collins). . .Pope Francis, in an airborne news conference en route home from Korea, hinted that he too may eventually consider resigning like his predecessor Pope Benedict did, according to authoritative Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo. . .That was ex-St. Louis mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr. on NPR’s “All Things Considered” yesterday afternoon defending his high-profile client Dorian Johnson who was with Michael Brown when Brown was killed in Ferguson.
Whazat? Jim Trenary of the famed Trenary Automotive Group has fired his son Tyler Trenary for alleged excessive tardiness coming to work and sales meetings. Tyler now serves Plaza Jaguar. On Jim Trenary in a recent St. L. Biz Journal interview: “He never really wanted his sons to get into the car business because it’s tough”. . .Half of today’s NY Times op ed page deals with the Ferguson situation. One piece, “Black Town, White Power,” is authored by ex-State Sen. Jeff Smith. And columnist Charles Blow weighs in too, who notes that “The discussion about issues in the black community too often revolves around a false choice” system bias OR poor personal choices. In fact these factors are interwoven like the fingers of clasped hands. . .Our town’s Mark Hyman has a 92 year-old Packard and the collector/car dealer is entering it in the Mazda Raceway Laguna (Calif.). . .A Kansas City judge upheld a $1.1 million award to 42 clergy sex abuse victims in an unprecedented “breach of contract” case against Bishop Robert Finn, who hails from our town. The suit charged Finn violated a 2008 settlement which included non-economic abuse prevention commitments. The only other case in the U.S. is a pending one against the Jesuits over the alleged abuse of a student by Fr. Daniel C. O’Connell, a former St. Louis University president. . .Tongues still wag about KSDK’s apology for showing the video of the Ferguson Police officer’s home in a 5 p.m. newscast. The station then pulled the video of the home on future newscasts and its website.
Forty-eight media organizations from The Associated Press to The New Yorker to Fox News sent a letter to the Ferguson Police to protest the police dept.’s treatment of reporters and asked for complete transparency regarding Michael Brown’s death. . .Poor Archbishop Robert Carlson can’t get a break. Even aging rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent pillories Carlson in a recent blog post under the headline “Are You A Gullible Stooge or Real American?” Nugent compares the prelate to the IRS (“They both believe the American public is full of gullible idiots”) and calls Carlson “a fraud, liar, punk.” Nugent’s tirade ends with advice to parishioners: “Any Catholic who fails to step forward and condemn such evil is no better than Muslims who don’t speak out against the evil of the so-called honor killings. Silence is complicity and equally guilty as all hell”. . . A near-perfect copy of Action Comics #1 about Superman hit $1.6 million at auction.