Today the U.S. Conference of Bishops’ administrative committee ends in D.C. (St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is on the panel.) And Cardinal Timothy Dolan will head a news conference about Syria tomorrow afternoon. . .The Lafayette Park Conservancy is restoring the park’s Revolutionary War Gun Monument with the help of two city businesses: Hibdon Hardwood and Marty, Wally and Jacob Hauck’s Zymo Sculpture Studio. It’s the only Revolutionary War monument west of the Mississippi. The work will not be completed, however, in time for the Oct. 6 Civil War re-enactment in the park. . .US News and World Report’s survey of Missouri colleges and universities 2014 rankings based on graduation rate, ratio of quality to price and amount of programs offered: among the top 50 – Webster University; Truman State in Kirksville and Rockhurst in Kansas City. . .One Jefferson City figure who isn’t intimidated by threats of Rex Sinquefield’s minions getting him a primary election opponent is Sen. Majority Leader Ron Richard, Republican of Joplin. He says colleagues should vote their consciences. Columbia Daily Trib’s statehouse bulldog Rudi Keller got what Missouri Scout’s Dave Drebes calls the quote of the week from the impending legislative veto session which starts at noon today. Keller had this pearl from Richard about intimidation tactics by Sinquefield’s well-paid cronies hoping to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253 on taxes: “There’s a lot of that stuff goes on, but when there’s actually efforts going on saying, ‘Vote for this or you’re going to have a primary,’ you know what i would say? Bring it on big boy.’” Rex has showered more than $2.4 million on his allied groups’ efforts to override HB253, an effort that appears to be losing steam despite the abundant rain of Rex shekels.