Well, whadya know! Facebook has added same-sex marriage icons for its timeline feature. . .Noted Vatican observer John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter says American clerics have unprecedented power now in the Vatican. But this isn’t just an American moment, he says, “but a St. Louis moment: (new Vatican PR man) Greg Burke is a St. Louis native, Cardinal Raymond Burke, who heads the Vatican’s highest court, is a former archbishop of St. Louis. Throw Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York into the mix, another St. Louis native who’s the Vatican’s go-to guy in the States, and you’ve got a strong Roman footprint for the “Gateway to the West.” Even if “the Vatican remains an Italian village,” Allen writes, “these days it feels increasingly like one nestled on the Upper East Side of New York, or perhaps the suburbs of St. Louis, where one can always hear some American-accented English wafting through the air alongside the dulcet tones of il bel paese”. . .In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, new Vatican spinmeister Greg Burke discloses that he quietly became an Italian citizen a few weeks ago. Burke grew up, the newspaper reports, “in an Irish-German St. Louis neighbourhood and he studied at the city’s Jesuit high school (either SLU High or DeSmet)”. . .John Hoffman’s “Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter” cites “the attempt of the mayor and city administrator tries to control coverage of city issues” and reports that “. . .one high-ranking city official described improved reporting of hot issues in the city was suddenly “tattle tailing”. . .Look for Toys R Us to bow Ice Age boutiques next week to exhibit more than 50 new licensed toys and vido games tied to the July 13 release of the fourth installment of the movie franchise, “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” in 3-D. . .The city of Joplin could have 99 FEMA concrete shelters for the future if its proposal is passed to use them as temporary housing units. . .That was Webster University management and poly sci prof James Brasfield in The New York Times opining on what’s next for President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act. “It might be difficult for a Romney administration to come back and say, “Oh we really like some parts of A.C.A., we are not going to repeal them,” Brasfield maintains. . .Lego, Kibbles ‘n Bits, the movie, “Mirror Mirror” and other advertisers are tieing their ads to a Selena Gomez virtual makeover game and positioning their brands nearer the hearts of tween girls. The gender-specific version of the theory are getting positive results targeting the tweens with “advergames” and video ads that roll before an online game starts. . .Blogger Steve Patterson notes that 196 years ago, a new municipality, North St. Louis, was founded. A Pennsylvania man with innovative ideas about city planning, Maj. William Christy, set its southern boundary line at Madison Street and helped establish a boatyard to attract steamboat landing instead of farther downstream. And a ferry made regular runs between North St. Louis and Alton. Just 24 years later, however, the municipality was absorbed in St. Louis. . .On the surface, one could never tell that Arch Coal had beaucoups layoffs from the sight of its treasurer Jim Florak enjoying a sumptuous lunch at Il Bel Lago with Regional Bank’s Michael Jones, Sheri Faulkenberg and John Holland. “Yes, I’m the treasurer like Tim Geitner,” joshed Jim. . .Here’s to best wishes for Chuck Halpern’s Columbia Auto Repair on its 25th anniversary on The Hill. . .The gossip in Florissant has come to a close over the departure of Bob Lowery from the mayor’s office. Seems he’ll now have to pay to rent the two-story cabin in Sunset Park.