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CEMETERY IN U.CITY DESECRATION COVERED ON PAGE ONE IN TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES

Monica Davey and Alan Binder filed the report headlined, “At Jewish Cemetery Seeking Answers Amid Heartbreak.” The story focuses on Chesed Shel Emeth at Olive and Hanley.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL, LAURA BARRETT, JIMMY CONNORS

Some of the most skilled Post-Dispatch reporters have taken  buyouts including Tim O’Neil and Pat Gauen. You can tell that from today’s P-D website: “Anhueser-Busch” bought the Cardinals in 1953. . .The New York Times says Missouri pol Roy Blunt has “sharp political instincts” and will be “a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee to watch” if/when the panel starts to investigate ties between Russia and Trump and his aides. . .The National Churchill Museum in Fulton now has a much-discussed and previously overlooked manuscript penned by the then-prime minister about extraterrestrials in which he asked, “Are we alone in the universe?”. . .Among those credited with the defeat of Andrew Puzder as would-be Labor Dept. head is our town’s Laura Barrett, topper of Interfaith Worker Justice. Barrett, a veteran community organizer, spent a decade with Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation, the faith-based social justice group where Barack Obama got his early training.

HISTORIC FEB. 21: 1986, Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 and suspended for 10 weeks; 1972, Richard Nixon, first president to visit China; 1431, England begins trial of Joan of Arc.

SIGHTEM AT CHURCH: “Do overs welcome.”

GONE FISHIN’, LOL

ANDREW PUDZER DIVORCE DOCUMENTS

A St. Louis county judge will today hear an argument by the Campaign for Accountability, a left-leaning non-profit, to unseal divorce-related documents of  the abuse charges sealed the day after President Donald Trump tapped Andrew Pudzer for secretary of labor.

OSCARS TIME

Some Marcus-Wehrenberg Theaters in our town will celebrate the Oscars Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 by showing nine best picture nominees. . .Among the Sheldon audience the other night: Phil Saviano, former New England director of SNAP, Judy Collins and David Clohessy.

PRINCESS DIANA DOCUMENTARY, ANDREW PUZDER

Coinciding with her death 20 years ago, a 4-hour, two-night documentary on her life will be aired in August on ABC. . .In a letter Thursday, the AFL-CIO and 127 other groups have asked President Trump to withdraw Andrew Puzder’s nomination for secretary of labor.

BILLIE HOLIDAY IN OUR TOWN

Jazz singer/composer Billie Holiday will converge on our town Feb.16-March 4 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand. Starring Alexis J. Roston as the late artist from her previous turns as the Chicago Joseph Jefferson Award-winner and recently reprising the role to great acclaim at the Milwaukee Rep. Tix: 314-534-1111 or at the Fox.

HISTORIC FEB. 13: 1861, Abraham Lincoln was declared president; 1866, Jesse James held up his first bank in Liberty, MO; 1905, -40 degrees (C) in Warsaw, MO., state record; 1935, Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh infant; 1937, Comic strip Prince Valiant first appeared; 1959, The Barbie Doll was introduced; 1972, “Grease” opened on Broadway; 1974, Pitcher James “Cool Papa” Bell entered baseball’s Hall of Fame. He lived in our town and joined the Negro National League, played for the St. Louis Stars.

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FUTURE

There’s big business in the oddsmaking field throughout the world. Bovada, the online gambling site: President Donald Trump won’t make it through a full term. He’ll either be impeached or he will resign. The bet is off if he dies while in office.

BASEBALL

I’ve never understood why, exactly, but baseball has always had a stronger appeal for writers. One reason may be that baseball is a sentimental game, living in the past and most writers are sentimental slobs. No other sport involves so much standing around to watching the grass grow or spitting. The downgrading of baseball began with the decline and fall of first base. There used to be dazzlers: Joe Torre; Keith Hernandez; Jack Clark; Mark McGwire; Albert Pujols and Bill White. Now, when a manager doesn’t know what to do with some aging rummy, he puts him on first base. I’ve even seen pitchers playing first. True, baseball is slow.

Phil Wrigley was the last to succumb to the nonsense of playing the National Anthem before every game, a brutish idea conceived during World War II to delude the public into regarding a ballgame as “patriotic.”

There’s a mad rush to remodel Scottrade, the Armory and Edward Jones Dome with financial assistance. When will Busch Stadium be in need of updating? For nostalgia, it has replaced dozens of little buildings where mom and pop had a grocery, Jim Mertikas had Grecian Gardens, Shumacher’s Restaurant, Grand Burlesque, the Garrick, a flower shop, Chinatown, the York Hotel and Little Bohemia. Gone, all of them, to where?

SHAUN HAYES & MICHAEL LITZ

Pulitzer Center exec director Jon Sawyer hosted a discussion this week at WashU’s Graham Chapel between ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. While peaceful protests by 15 outdoors continued, the two speakers outlined findings and recommendations in the Middle East Strategy Task Force Report. . .Here we go again! Ex-banker Shaun Hayes and developer Michael Litz pleaded not guilty this week on new charges filed by the feds here. . . Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden have signed up with talent agency CAA. . .Meanwhile Fitch Credit Ratings System warns “Trump is a risk to ‘international economic conditions'”. . .Our town’s George Noory’s syndicated radio show (97.1 fm here) is now heard on 615 stations in North America.

WHY NOT HAVE TATTOOS? For the same reason you don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrarri.

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