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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.


Emmy Award winner Ed Asner performed before a full house in his one-night performance of “FDR” at the Florissant Civic Center Theater. Asner, who portrayed Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Show” and later as the tough city editor in “Lou Grant”, dined at Hendel’s Market on Tuesday night with stage manager Ron Nash, Florissant Mayor Bob Lowery and his wife Carole, Keith and Mary Schildroth, John and Mary Grib, Tom and Rachel Schneider, Lora and Pat Click, Hank and Frieda Bruemmer, the Rev. Ed Stanger and Gary Gaydos. Asner recalled he was well acquainted with our town because his sister once served as a buyer with Stix, Baer & Fuller department stores. He was fascinated with the Lowery family, that dad and three sons were police officers.


Vince (Bommarito) has been offered the chance to move to the Cheshire from downtown,” said Bommarito’s brother-in-law Kevin McGinnis, who was among Musial’s pals at the luncheon, hosted by auto magnate Bill SuntrupRay Barrett lamented the current value of his 1,000 acres in Forristell, Mo., which he bought in the 1970s for $1,000 an-acre. “Three years ago, the land could have brought $10,000 an-acre and now it could probably fetch $6,000 an-acre,” said Barrett. Seated across from him was retired Creve Coeur police chief Bill “Cowboy” Kisling, who got into a discussion with Barrett about Florissant Mayor Bob Lowery.  “I wrote to Lowery explaining what a fine mayor he is and asked why he doesn’t fold up the tent already,” said Barrett. “When he got my letter, Lowery phoned me and began screaming.  At the end of the conversation, Lowery said, ‘My wife says the same thing.'” Others on hand at the party were Ed Thornton, Jeff Musial and Dave Dolan.


The most half-hearted tribute on former KSDK reporter Mike Owens‘ farewell tape on Saturday night came from Florissant’s Bob Lowery. Given the grief Owens inflicted on the prickly mayor over the years, you would have thought Lowery could have bid farewell with more enthusiasm.

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