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CHIPOTLE SURPASSES MC DONALD’S

Chipotle has surpassed McDonald’s in sales growth, according to
MediaBistrosAgencySpy. Meanwhile, McDonald’s promises to add
“sustainable beef” and more fruit and veggies to its menu. It will also
remodel restaurants and offer WiFi.

ST. LOUIS REGIONAL CHAMBER PULLS ALL STOPS FOR ITS GALA

Chris Miller, Beth Keseriauskis

Chris Miller, Beth Keseriauskis

More than 1,200 attended the 177th annual event at the Peabody to learn of the Chamber’s successes and strategy to inspire a greater St. Louis and throughout the 15-county, bi-state region. Joe Reagan, prez and CEO, pointed out that “we can impact economic growth and make our region a more attractive place to live, work and invest.” Reagan, a refreshing leader since the exit of his predecessor Dick Fleming and his palaver. It was announced that Suzanne Sitherwood, prez and CEO of the Laclede Group, has been elected as the first woman ever to chair the organization. Frankie Muse Freeman was presented with the 2014 Right Arm of St. Louis Award and guests were entertained by Shirley King, daughter of Blues legend B.B. King. Among the crowd:   savvy Post-Dispatch scribe Lisa Brown and editorial page editor Tony Messenger.

 

 

LARRY MATYSIK HONORED, LAURA BARRETT IN HUFFINGTON POST, CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO RETURN

Oops! The St. Louis Review inadvertently suggests we may see dueling bishops next month. The paper notes that, “in honor of the Feast of St. Louis,” the archdiocese will host a mass by Bishop Edward Rice on Aug. 23 and a mass by Archbishop Robert Carlson on Aug. 24 – both at the cathedral, both at 5 p.m. Now retired Cardinal Justin Rigali will be back in town for one of those masses. . . How about this shot at the local paper from a New York Times sign in the front window of World News in Clayton: “The Finest Journalism in Missouri” on Sale Here”. . .As nail salons go, “Nail Me Good” on Lindbergh in Hazelwood may have the best monicker in town. . .Shake hands with former Wrestling at the Chase announcer and promoter Larry Matysik, who has been awarded the Jim Melby honor at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo, IA.. . .Our town’s Laura Barrett is on Huffington Post extolling progressive criminal justice reforms in largely “red” states, including Guv. Jay Nixon’s recent signing of the bi-partisan “Ban the Ban” bill. That new legislation, supported by Metropolitan Congregations United here and a similar group MORE2 in Kansas City, ends the ban on food stamps for anyone jailed on drug convictions. Barrett, who’s with Gamaliel, also predicts Wisconsin will become the “next state to jump aboard this encouraging bandwagon. 

DENNIS & JUDY JONES & THEIR SUPERYACHT

Our town’s Dennis and Judy Jones paid $34 million for their new superyacht.  Selt-indulgence you think? Well, yes, except they have donated $34 million for charity since 2000 to help the neediest here to get an education, get healthy, get a new start, have underwritten financial aid for children, the homeless, drug addicts and $500k to Ranken Tech and St. Patrick Center. The Joneses reaped $3.4 billion when they sold their Jones Pharmaceuticals to King Pharmaceuticals. Of their new superyacht, Dennis told The New York times, “It’s the ultimate for people who want the ultimate.”

WORLD SERIES REMATCH

The Cardinals are teaming up with Bank of America to offer a special
World Series rematch $9 ticket promo. During the sale, fans can purchase
tickets to the upcoming three-game series with the Boston Red Sox on
Aug. 5-7. Ducats go on sale tomorrow. This marks the first time the
Cardinals and Red Sox face off since dueling in the 2013 World Series.

BOONE HOSPITAL IN COLUMBIA, MO

Trustees of Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO will break ground this a.m. for a $20 million south medical campus. It will be the first phase of development to become home to four medical buildings. Trustees have already leased some of the center to BJC HealthCare in the main building, reports Jodie Jackson, Jr. of the Columbia Daily Trib. But other space will be leased to local providers and physicians.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE

Have they not heard of the separation of church and state in South County? Starting Aug. 4, outside the Mehlville school district headquarters on Lemay Ferry, Faith Lutheran Church will hold a “week of blessings” at which they’ll “pray over” each of the local public schools, according to ads for the events. . .On a lighter South County note, Mehlville firefighters from District Engine House #6 recently rescued two baby ducklings that had gotten separated from their mom and six siblings while the group was crossing Telegraph Road one evening. The unfortunate duo had fallen through a sewer grate but were re-united with their family without injury. . .”Great Homes & Destinations” in The New York Times: A Richardsonian Romanesque mansion on Portland Place with six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms – offered at $1.7 million by Steven Lange and Stephanie Oliver. . .Facebook ad revenue in the second quarter up 67 percent and year-over-year – almost $2.7 billion. . .David Gregory may be out of “Meet the Press” as early as November, but he and wife/attorney Beth Wilkinson will remain in D.C. They’ve just inked a contract for a $5.4 million house in the Berkley nabe.

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON’S PAL A SEX ADDICT

Just released Catholic church files show that years ago, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted he was a sex addict. Carlson admits becoming the twice-accused child molesting cleric’s “close friend” and spiritual advisor too. The documents show that Carlson’s involvement in clergy sex cases go back to 1997. The records are available at AndersonAdvocates.com.

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