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Tweet from the Missouri Republican Party on Twitter: “Looks like John Hancock & Co. are finally focusing on the opposing party rather than internecine GOP warfare.”

HOWARD JOHNSON’S NOW A MEMORY

Remember when the nation and particularly our region was dotted with Howard Johnson dineries? Of the hundreds only three survive today, one of which has posted a closing notice. The orange rooftop Howard Johnson’s flourished here. One of them was on LIndbergh Blvd. a few blocks north of US 64. K.C. Masterpiece remodeled it and opened and shuttered it within a few years. Restaurateur Wade DeWoskin took it over and re-tagged it “Wade’s: A Gathering Place.” He supplemented the menu with signature seafood dishes from his Port St. Louis, which once operated at various times in Gaslight Square and then in Clayton. For a short time, Wade’s became a hotspot until critic Joe Pollack wrote a devastating review headlined, “Come Back, Howie.”

JON HAMM OUT OF ALCOHOL ABUSE PROGRAM

Just before the premiere of the “Mad Men” last season, Jon Hamm checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. for alcohol abuse. He has completed a 30-day rehab program. His people told TMZ: “With the support of his longtime partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, they have asked for privacy and sensibility going forward.

KSDK STAFFERS: THEY’RE MAD AS HELL AND CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

FROM ONE OF THE STATION SOURCES:
“At least 10 people here including an anchor are planning to leave the station. The general manager treats us like idiots. He likes to take pictures and instructed the web department to move a breaking story off the web page and substitute with shots he took of the Arch. He asked the graphic artist to remove his entry for an Emmy Award so that he could enter a promotion he wrote. He instructed the news director to stop having “First Weather,” because he doesn’t like a weathercaster. No one yet has accepted the job as news director since Mike Shipley was ousted last September. And recently, a KSDK staffer involved in a Ferguson protest was allowed to be interviewed by the competing KTVI.”

MARK WRIGHTON AT STEAK ‘n SHAKE, APPLE’S NEW PRODUCT, MIDWEST ROOFING HIT WITH CRIMINAL CHARGES

WashU Chancellor Mark Wrighton and “the perfect order at Steak ‘n Shake; double steakburger with lettuce, regular fries and a side of extra pickles. . .the hamburgers are really lean meat. My wife doesn’t support my eating habit like this,” he told Student Life’s Noah Jodice. . .Apple is launching later this year new TV hardware offering a flood of apps and games, the ability to control your entire smart home and live streaming service with 25 channels. . .”Storm chasers are an ever-present and persistent source of consumer fraud,” said A.G. Chris Koster after he and Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch filed criminal charges against Christopher Isaia, owner of Midwest Roofing.

JOE TORRE RE ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Joe Torre, who played with the Cardinals from 1969-1974 and now serves as exec veep of MLB, says he chats with Alex Rodriguez frequently. “Last week, I was over in the Yankees’ camp. . .Obviously, what Alex did was wrong. He admits there’s nothing left for him to do but to play baseball”. . .The Nine Network’s Arts in America traces the Arts in America’s career of Alvin Ailey.  American Dance Theater’s principle dancer Antonio Douthit-Boyd and his spouse, Kirven Douthit-Boyd are coming here so Antonio can become COCA’s director of dance. . .Sixty-four percent of our nation now believe the U.S. is heading down the wrong track, according to a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

PAUL BLAKE & “BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL” GOES TO THE BIG SCREEN

Paul Blake, erstwhile producer at The Muny and lead producer of the Broadway hit show, “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical,” along with his team, have struck a deal with Sony Pictures to do a film adaptation of it. The film version will be produced by Tom Hanks and his partners.
THE T.V. STARRER “Mad Men,” featuring our town’s Jon Hamm as Don Draper, heads to the seventh and final season on April 5 with the split season episode, “Severence.” Already hailed: “A richly rewarding, wholly excellent work of fiction.”
TODAY IN HISTORY 240 YEARS AGO THIS DAY (3/23) PATRICK HENRY DECLARED to the Virginia Provincial Convention: “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

 

MSD TO HIT CUSTOMERS WITH WHOPPING BILL

Your next bill from the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) will reflect an increase not charged on previous bills. The “adjustment” is based on a “miscalculation” by the Missouri American Water (MOAM), the provider to MSD. The bill you’re about to receive – and it’ll be a whopper – covers May, 2013 through October, 2014. The letter from MSD director of fiinance, Janice M. Zimmerman: “We sincerely regret this occurred and apologize for any inconvenience.”
 

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