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Brenda Smith, mother of Terrance Hendricks, alleges that the St. Louis circuit judge was asleep most of the time, when he heard the trial of Hendricks, who was sentenced to life for robbery, assault, burglary and three counts of armed criminal action in a 2009 botched-up burglary. . .Civil rights activist, former NAACP attorney and nonogenarian Frankie M. Freeman will be honored with the NAACP’s highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, during its convention July 28 in Los Angeles. Instituted in 1914, the award recognizes an African-American for “outstanding and noble achievement during preceding years.” Freeman has dedicated her life ‘s work to the civil rights movement. . .Carl Hente’s 14-acre Schmittel’s Nursery in Maryland Heights has beckoned Shonda Lucks as its landscape designer and exec assistant over that one and the nursery in Troy, Mo. Veep Scott Egelhoff, Lucks and Hente have begun gearing up for trucks-load of locally grown trees and shrubbery as well as booking entertainers for the late spring and summer. Mo. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel opened up 1,200 safe deposit boxes received from 100 banks after they have had no contact after five years with the owners. The unclaimed property is sold at auction after two years and proceeds are held indefinitely for owners. Most unclaimed property contains cash, stocks and bonds from abandoned accounts. . .To satisfy the long lines of hungry and patient customers at her Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe in U. City, owner Jill Segal is planning to bow evening hours. For now, she
greets customers at daily lunch and unparalleled brunch on Sundays. Her talented top toque? Dana Holland, former chef at Mirasol.


With his wife, Susan, close at hand in the ballroom of the Sheraton Westport, Urban League chief Jim Buford
exuded over his recent trip to Israel when he opined, “Israel needs to exist and there are 22 Arab countries that are determined not to allow it to do so.”  Turning to the immigration bill, he said that he is opposed to it, because it’s profiling and “we shouldn’t judge how people appear. And, besides, the national Urban League office is also in opposition to it.” Buford, the $220,000 a-year president and CEO of the St. Louis league, confided he was a Republican, while working for former Gov. Kit Bond in the 1980s, but has since switched to become a stalwart Democrat. “I once worked with President Obama, since the league also covers St. Clair (Illinois), and I feel he’s making a change and people don’t like change,” he said.  Buford has raised the current budget to $20 million from $1.75 million when he was appointed to his post 25 years ago.

Seen here ‘n there were: civil rights lawyer, the 93 year-old beloved Frankie M. Freeman with her daughter and son-in-law, Shelbe and Ellis Bullock; Bryan Thomas, president of the Urban League Professionals; mistress of ceremonies Darlynn Bosley, wife of former mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr,; Rebecca M. Barnes, guild president; Brenda Clayton-Davis, brunch chairwoman.

Musical chores before and during the brunch were capably handled by “Lady Jazz” Mae Wheeler, the Hazelwood High Jazz ensemble and The Jazz Edge group.


While Jim Buford, honcho of the St. Louis Metropolitan Urban League (UL) held the
attention of the 1,200-member audience at the Millenium Hotel, Marc Morial, the UL’s  national prez, took a shot at the U.S. Congress.  Morial pushed President Obama‘s concept of a vote up or vote down on the Health Care Reform bill and then called the lack of action by Congress “troubling.”  Meanwhile, local pols lined up to glad-hand Morial on the 100th anniversary of the New York-based UL. Hizzoner Slay spoke of Morial’s insightful leadership skills, when the two were colleagues with the Conference of Mayors. Morial was then mayor of New Orleans. Slay proclaimed the month of March as “The National Urban League’s Empowering Communities and Changing Lives” month.  Not to be outdone, Charlie Dooley and Alvin Parks did their ceremonial pitches after which Mark A. Kern, chairman, St. Clair County, mused, “I will proclaim it the national Urban League of the Century,” which got a rousing cheer.  Awards were presented for accomplishments in helping people in the African-American community to:  the Rev. Michael T. Jones; Cheryl Heard of Racial Harmony; Citi Corp., Faye Robinson and Habitat for Humanity.  The city unit of the league welcomed to its board Thomas Irwin of Civic Progress at which time some hisses were heard.  On hand for the gambol were:  Col. Bill and Cheryl Young; Susan Buford; U.L. chairman and former Veiled Prophet Stephen C. Jones; Emily Pitts; Melanie DeLeo; Frankie M. Freeman; the Rev. E.D. Shields; Katherine Osborn; Johnny Furr; Dr. Karl Wilson; John and Emma Moten, Jr.,; Henry Givens; Zelema Harris; Dennis Golden; Debra Denham; Christine Chadwick; the Rev. Sammie Jones; Metro Evening Whirl’s Gentry Trotter and St. Louis American’s Donald Suggs. After he was introed to revenue collector Greg F.X. Daly, Morial joshed, “Hey, I don’t owe any taxes.  I’m all paid up!”  And, head table guests eyeballed what some described as a 5-carat diamond ring on St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green‘s finger.  Word was that she recently got hitched to businessman Melvin Hayes.

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