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SI NEWHOUSE, MONSANTO, LOU THESZ

In a page one story in The New York Times: “The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. . .the nation has learned much about the socioeconomic differences between black and white in St. Louis.” Headlined: “Race Strongly Influences Mortgage Lending in St. Louis.”

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, might be entertaining a deal with German chemical giant BASF SE, while Bayer has upped its bid to buy the Creve Coeur-based company.

Bill O’Reilly’s sixth book due in September from Holt publishing: “Killing the Rising Sun: How Americans Vanquished World War II Japan.”

CNN’s Gloria Borger: “With this convention, I’m on the air 4 p.m.-1 a.m. No breaks. They’ll put a catheter in me.”

THERE ARE 350 OR SO COUGARS LIRKING IN MISSOURI, according to a study by the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

NEWHOUSE NEWS: The idea of Donald Trump writing an autobiography didn’t originate with either Trump or Schwartz. It began with Si Newhouse, the media magnate whose company, Advance Publications (yesteryear owner of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat), owned Random House at the time, and continues to own Conde Nast, the parent company of the New Yorker which reports: “It was very definitely, and almost uniquely, Sit Newhouse’s idea,” Peter Osnos, who edited the book recalls. GQ, which Conde Nast also owns, had published a cover story on Trump, and Newhouse noticed the newsstand sales had been unusually strong. At one point, Howard Kaminsky, who ran Random House then, wrapped a thick Russian novel in a dummy cover that featured a photo of Trump looking like a conquering hero; at the top was Trump’s name in large gold block lettering. Kaminsky recalls that Trump was pleased by the mockup, but had one suggestion: ‘Please make my name much bigger.’ After securing the half-million-dollar advance, Trump signed the contract.”

HISTORIC JULY 20, 1988, Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential candidate; 1965, 18.18″ of rainfall in Edgarton, MO; 1948, Lou Thesz beat Bill Longson to become NWA wrestling champ; 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was nominated unprecedented fourth term; 1933, the Vatican signed an accord with Adolph Hitler; 1927, Charles Lindbergh began flight to New York on Spirit of St. Louis; 1906, Brooklyn Dodgers’ Mal Eason no hits the Cardinals 2-0.

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY RAY MABUS

Secretary of the Navy since 2009, Ray Mabus, is the only person to have pitched one ball at all 30 major league ballparks. He grew up as a rooter for the St. Louis Cardinals. He recalled, “I was in St. Louis for the dedication of the U.S.S. St. Louis and the Cardinals asked me, ‘Come over and throw out the first pitch.'” Before 45,000 people, he thought, “This is a good way to put a face on the Navy for the American public.”

BATON ROUGE SHOOTINGS

Another shooting of police. This time in Baton Rouge, LA. Three officers are dead and three others are wounded. Tensions have been high in that city since the July 5 shooting of Alton Sterling that led to “Black Lives Matter” protests.

Between July 16-17, 1918, Russia’s Tsar Nicholas Il along with his wife, children, his physician and lead staff was executed by the Bolsheviks. Their recovered remains were re-enterred in 1998 in St. Petersburg. Among his children was the famed Anastasia.

CAIRO, IL RACE RIOTS

Cheers for Boeing as it celebrates its founding at the Museum of Flight!

Jeanne Sinquefield has been honored by Mizzou by tapping her as lead review commissioner of operations as ordered by the state legislature. She and hub, Rex, have been significant donors to the university. (Is there a campus chess club looming?)

HISTORIC JULY 17: 1902, The Orioles forfeit to St. Louis having only five players available to play – then forfeit its franchise to the AL. . .1955, Disneyland opened in Orange County; 1967, Race riots in Cairo, IL. . .1968, The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” debuted in London. . .1974, Bob Gibson became the second pitcher to strike-out 3,000th. . .1981, Lobby walkways at Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency collapsed killing 114.

MONSANTO BEING WOOED

While Bayer’s offer of $125 a share for the purchase of Monsanto, “the price at which Monsanto would be willing to sell is closer to $140 a share, says analyst Brett Wong with PiperJaffray Cos.

HISTORIC JULY 16: 1988, Jackie Joyner-Kersee set women’s heptathlete record of 7.215 points. . .1988, Wayne Gretzky married St. Louisan Janet Jones in Edmonton; 1980, Ronald Reagan was nominated for president at the GOP convention in Detroit; 1964, Barry Goldwater elected presidential candidate; 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated in New Mexico.

LOST AIRLINE LUGGAGE

Lost luggage is down 65 percent since some airlines have begun: placing
bags in individual metal containers by hand; each bag checked in via
Bluetooth; digitalized checking by passengers available on the
whereabouts of luggage.

THE LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY-BASED BAYER HAS RAISED ITS OFFER TO $125 PER SHARE IN ALL CASH FOR THE ACQUISITION OF CREVE COEUR-BASED MONSANTO. IN 2015, BAYER’S REVENUE WAS $537 BILLION

TIM TEBOW

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will speak on behalf of Donald Trump at the GOP convention. . .Trump is expected to announce his running mate tomorrow. . .CBS/New York Times national poll: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in dead heat. . .Supreme Court’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells she was “ill advised” re comments about Trump.

BASTILLE DAY TOMORROW

JULY 14, 1789, Bastille Day, the French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison, symbol of Louis the 14th’s power. Thus began the French Revolution; 1916, St. Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitched all 17 innings in a 0-0 tie vs. Boston; 1959, 117 degrees in East St. Louis; 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination in New York City.

MIZZOU’S RECORD CONTRIBUTIONS

Despite a few turmoils, Mizzou has garnered $171 million in pledges and new cash donations for its “Mizzzou Our Time to Lead” campaign. The figure is up $23.3 million from fiscal year 2015, as first reported by Rudi Keller of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

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