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St. Louis has telent!  Check out this link of Morgan McDonald, 11, daughter of Beth and Shaun McDonald and grandaughter of Rich and Cindy Mueth and John and Renea McDonald:

Sports Illustrated launching its live, half-hour talk shows at 12 noon on weekdays beginning Monday on SI Video. . .Not to be missed: the trailer for “Innocence of Muslims” over YouTube. . .Mo. A.G. Chris Koster has posted the number of vehicle stops in 2012 on his website – amazing!. . .East St. Louis/Belleville’s own Jimmy Connors is front ‘n center with his book, “The Outsider: A Memoir,” in which is recalled his wacky, steel-frame racket and his advice, “Take the ball on the rise”. . .Bravo hot-shot Andy Cohen will host this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in N.Y. For those who came in late, the ex-Clayton resident has rocketed to fame by bringing us “Project Runway” and “Real Houswives”. . .Strange that reporter Ann Rubin’s name remains on KSDK’s website although she hasn’t been there for months. . .St. Louis Archdiocesan staffers now say that Fr. Kevin Hederman is “retired.” Back in 2009, he was tremporarily suspended for child abuse allegations. . .Jallen Messersmith of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. has become the first openly-gay player in men’s college basketball. . .Sarah Palin has forked over $5,000 to Republican Jason Smith’s campaign to fill the seat left vacant by Jo Ann Emerson. . .Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has checked out of rehab where he completed treatment for heroin abuse.


GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney just may eclipse President Obama’s haul in Holllywood, when he drops into California this week for two fundraisers tossed by some of the state’s GOP high rollers.  Billionaire investor and philanthropistTony Pritzer, the Hyatt Hotels heir, will have a gathering at a dinner for which tickets go for $50k a couple. Charles Bartlett Johnson, the heir to the Templeton Franklin fortune, along with former Secretary of State George Schulz and ex-gov Pete Wilson are expected to attend.  Co-chairs of the northern California event include Seagate’s Steve Luczo, Meg Whitman,Cisco’s Brian Halla, Dick Boyce, Goldman Sachs’ Brad DeFoor and Romney’s one-time Bain Capital partner Vince Tobkin. . .Little Willard MO played host to a debate on Friday by Republican senatorial hopefuls. The gem of the night:  Sarah Steelman admitted that she sponsored the successful bill to permit concealed handguns the year after Missouri citizens voted against it. . .The lead editorial today in the New York Times blasts the Chamber of Commerce for its ads attacking Sen. Claire McCaskill.  (“Call McCaskill.  Tell her Missouri doesn’t need government-run health care.”)  The organization spent $33 million on elections in 2010, almost all of it backing Republicans. . .Over the past few days, more than St. Louis weather has been hot.  Ex-Cards slugger Albert Pujols has hit four homers in his last six games.  He’s had quite a slump:  through the first 30 games of the season, Pujols was hitting only .190 with just one homer. . .It’s official.  Plaintiff’s lawyers are formally trying to recover $35 million for clergy sex abuse victims which they say were fraudulently transferred from parishes by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan on the eve the archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection. . .Next week, historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss his biography of renowned news anchor and Missourian Walter Cronkite at Maryville University thanks to the sponsorship of Left Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio. . .Our town’s Jamala Rogers, columnist with the St. Louis American and long time activist with the Organization for Black Struggle, has been tapped for an Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship by the Center for Social Inclusion.  It comes with a $25k award and a three-month sabbatical for “renewal”.  . .Drinks are on the house courtesy of FOX 2’s Spencer Koch for the station’s 21st sweep in a row of ratings from sign-on to sign-off as market leader among adults 25-54. . .Mo. AG Chris Koster heads to Columbia, MO at the Stony Creek Inn to conduct a conference on protecting against financial fraud. He’ll be joined by O’Fallon, Mo.-based MasterCard’s leading brass. . .And, yes, that was Sammy Hagar enjoying the good life the other night at Annie Gunn’s.


Were you foreclosed on in the last three years by Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Ally Financial, JP Morgan Chase or Bank of America?  Attorney General Chris Koster’s looking for you.  He’s buying newspaper space hunting for homeowners who could get “principle reduction” and other breaks, thanks to a legal settlement.  “If Missourians don’t claim their benefits, consumers in other states will claim this money for themselves,” Koster warns.


A temporary restraining order against C. Michael Exteriors, Inc., for repeatedly calling consumers on the Missouri no-call list, who had objected to such calls, has been filed by Mo. Attorney Gen. Chris Koster.  Earlier this month, Koster filed a suit against the telemarketing company and its owner.  The lawsuit alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and the Telemarketing No-Call List Act. Koster said the calls were made attempting to sell windows and siding.


The New York Times notes that controversial Catholic priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois, an advocate for ordaining female clerics, will wind up a national speaking tour here in September.  Bourgeois will address the Faithful of Southern Illinois on Sept. 25 at the Hilton Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Also speaking will be Sister Jeannine Grammic, who’s been threatened by the Vatican for her ministry to LGBT communities. . .Mo. A.G.Chris Koster’s office will offer a Sunshine Law workshop Sept. 12 in Jeff City. . .County Police Chief Tim Fitch has upped four gendarmes: Charles Boschert to captain; Jeffrey Burke – lieutenant and Craig Molden and Keith Wildhaber to sergeant. . .Mo. Bap. Med Center prez Joan Magruder has been dubbed one of the top 25 women in healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. . .Lawsuits are flying!  The Lawrence Group, Inc., vs. City Housing Development LLC’s Chris and Mary Goodson for breach of contract set for the court of Circuit Judge Steve Ohmer; Realtor Mary “One: Johnson has been sued by Pulaski Bank for allegedly opening a checking account and refusal to pay the money owed; Trivers & Assciates architectural firm has sued Craig Heller’s Loftworks L.L.C. for breach of contract for services provided for the Louderman Lofts and the Ludwig Lofts; .Amy and Amrit Gill’s Grove Place II has been hit by a suit for property damage on structures located on Gibson Avenue by Osman Omar.


The City by the Bay’s Stone & Youngberg has been bought by St. Louis-based Stifel Financial. . .Very few candidates have filed for Mo. Supreme Court Mike Wolf’s seat. . Sarah Dick, a state assistant attorney general, will serve as coordinator between the American Disabilities Act and Chris Koster’s office. . .Columbia, Mo.’s popular Chevy’s Fresh Mex abruptly shuttered yesterday, three days after its franchise owner,T&J Restaurants filed for Chapter 11 this week.  T&J operates seven Chevy’s restaurants in our town. . .Former Ambassador to Belgium and Republican heavy Sam Fox said, “We’ve already raised $1.2 million through June for Mitt Romney.”  (Romney is the GOP front-runner for nomination as president in the 2012 election).  With Fox was his wife, Marilyn, who was celebrating her birthday, along with interior designers Lenore and Edwin Pepper, who were toasted on their 58th wedding anniversary.  BTW.  Some observers noticed that Sam might have undergone a few nips and tucks along the way.  Earlier in the evening, it was a quick stop at the Life Skills’ golf tourney auction and dinner at Meadowbrook C.C.  That’s where Clayco exec Judy Alexander-Weber said her boss, Bob Clark, and his children are in Africa where they hope to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. She was huddled with Jeanne Sellenschuetter and Wendy Sullivan, president of Life Skills, who said the auction/dinner fetched more than $300,000 from the sold-out event at which 450 guests attended.



The Missouri Supreme Court upheld an order barring an apartment leasing website from accepting money for tenant referrals without a real estate license. . . Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his key priorities today to be included in a comprehensive job-creation package that will be introduced during a special legislative session in September. Six priorities he outlined for the inclusion in the comprehensive, bi-partisan package are: the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act to spark economic growth in essential, next-generation scientific and technology industries; Complete Missouri to cut red tape for businesses and make the state’s economic tools more effective and user friendly; Foreign Trade Incentives to make substantial investments in infrastructure around Lambert Field to make Missouri a hub for international exports and the sale of American-made goods; incentives for the development of high-tech, next generation data centers to create IT jobs; Tax Credit Reform to sharpen the state’s existing economic tools and provide funds to pay for additional incentives and resources to pay for critical disaster-recovery priorities. . .Meanwhile, Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Alivio Foundation, Inc., based in Puerto Rico and Steve Blood of Georgia, for allegedly fraudulently soliciting donations through the internet to help victims of the May 22 Joplin tornado. Following the tornado, Koster said that Alivio began soliciting donations through a PayPal link on its website and through the online donation conduit, Crowdise, to aid victims, St. Peters Apostle Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Neither the church nor Catholic Charities had ever heard of Alivio.


Members of the St. Louis Police Dept. saw a huge Marine helicopter doing double duty as a weed whacker earlier this week upon landing on Chestnut Street, just east of Fourteenth Street.  The pilot clipped some trees, and now, the Marines  will be able  to show how a helicopter’s rotor, the big blade on top, can be replaced in the field.  Too see it, you’d have to make plans to see the work at night, which is when the change-out will take place. Members of the corps and equipment are here for a week-long publicity campaign. . .A recent visit by a Gannett official at KSDK was a dismal happening based upon the station’s morning news block ratings fall below those of KTVI, according to an on-air Channel 5 personality.  Add to that, the station has lost a number of familiar faces, who have felt their wages were less than acceptable. Among them: Cordell WhitlockFrank Wiley and John Fuller. . .Channel 5 expects to air a segment on the life of mortgage maven Ray Vinson at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, helmed by our town’s syndicated broadcaster George Noory and Nancy Pasternak. . .Look for local high-end stores and boutiques to begin vending Jennifer Lopez-labeled line of fragrances, “Light and Lively”. . .At 7:40 a.m., tomorrow (Wed.) the Better Business Bureau prez and CEO Michelle Cory will face the cameras of “The Today Show”to talk about the Adkinson indictments and consumers experiences with US Fidelis. . .Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against John’s Butcher Shopee in Overland and Festus for fraudulently selling ground beef and sausages that contain ground organs including cow hearts.


Chris Koster has settled with Beverly Hills Pharmacy’s Christopher Geronsin, Inc., which resolves allegations of the St. Louis pharmacy’s Medicaid billing practices between 2006-2010.  The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit alleges that the pharmacy helped as many as 200 Medicaid recipients meet their spend-down requirements and then improperly submitted claims to Medicaid for reimbursements, which contained incorrect dates of services. . .Koster has also sued Orem, Utah-based company Pinnacle Security, LLC for defrauding Missouri consumers by fraudulently selling home security products and services in St. Louis county and other areas of the state. Koster cautioned consumers, that representatives would approach those who had existing home security systems and falsely represented that they were there to upgrade the systems. Pinnacle made numerous, bogus promises such as telling
consumers their monthly bills would not increase, along with other allegations.


Folderoos in west St. Louis county include Growler’s Pub; Dick Blick Art Supply in Clayton will move Jan. 1 to the Loop and the former Heavenly Ham on Olive Boulevard has locked its doors. . .Interesting sightem at Il Bel Lago:  Mo. Attorney Gen. Chris Koster with Pulaski Banks’ general counsel Kevin King taking a breather before Koster was to address a law enforcement group at Monsanto.

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