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SORKIS WEBBE, JR. & DR. STEVE BANDER BOND; KSDK’S REVOLVING DOOR; CARDINAL TIM DOLAN FOR POPE?; JOPLIN TORNADO DOCUMENTARY

The Missouri Press Association has commissioned the production of a documentary on the devastating Joplin tornado and how the Joplin Globe covered it while coping with the death of a newsroom staffer and one-third of the newsroom left homeless.  Premieres are being booked for unspoolings in Columbia and Joplin. . .Steady as they go: Leslie Fever, owner of Bella Capelli salon in Webster Gr., and entrepreneur Sorkis Webbe, Jr. But, that’s not the item. Webbe is now operations chief for St. Luke’s nephrologist Dr. Steve Bander’s two golf courses. Under the flag of B Golf Management. Webbe oversees the Quail Creek course near St. Anthony’s Med Center and Sunset Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center. . .Channel 5, where the new hire was doing an Internet talk show on how to find a job. . .apparently, it worked for him. Thinking about Ava Erlich,who leads the recruiting team and oversees the intern program, who wanted the job, is spitting nails. Particularly since her son, Alex Freedman, was knocked out of the running for the KMOX sports promotion spot.  Now, he’s heading for Florida to try as a sportscaster.  The station’s “Information Management Team”: Missy Glassmaker to become managing editor; Sam Zeff, evening executive producer.  On another front with Manchester, N.H.’s WMUR News 9 and former KSDK staffer Mike Garrity, who helped rescue a woman who nearly drowned in the violent waters in Cabo San Lucas. He and co-worker Adam Sexton were recently honored at a ceremony by the U.S. Coast Guard.  Great honor for the guys who have made a living covering breaking news. . .It was a loss for barrister Gerald Noce, who represents the Marianists, a religious order that runs Catholic schools.  Noce had sought a writ from an appeals court to stop a civil lawsuit against Brother William Mueller, who worked at Vianney and Chaminade in the 1960s and 1970s. Mueller, who now lives in Texas, has been accused of sexually violating more than 50 students in three states, often drugging them first.  Word is that Clayton lawyer Ken Chackes will file the first abuse case this week against Brother Louis Meinhardt, a teacher who spent 30 years at Chaminade. . .It wasn’t just the Italians, who were smitten with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of Ballwin.  The Irish Echo in NYC, a weekly that bills itself as “The USA’s Most Widely Read Irish-American Newspaper,” editorializes that perhaps Dolan is “high up in the ladder” to succeed Pope Benedict.” Among Dolan’s assets, the paper says: “He is a doctrinal conservative who is not shy when it comes to defending the church’s positions” and “is relatively youthful at just 62,” and “sits atop a branch of the church that is crucial to its present and future prosperity.” But, “it’s Dolan being an American that may be an obstacle to any hopes that his admirers have for an elevation to the highest office in the church.”

FREEMAN BOSLEY, JR. TAKES SHOT AT OBAMA

L TO R - Henry Givens, Belma Givens, Thelma Cook, Sydney Bosley, Freeman Bosley, Jr., Cong. William Lacy Clay, Jr., Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder

L TO R - Henry Givens, Belma Givens, Thelma Cook, Sydney Bosley, Freeman Bosley, Jr., Cong. William Lacy Clay, Jr., Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder

The first African-American St. Louis mayor, Freeman Bosley, Jr., now a practicing lawyer, Whirl columnist and KATZ radio host, criticized President Barrack Obama as Bosley accepted honors at the dedication of the final eight buildings of which was the Bosley’s Residence Hall and dining facility.  He said,  “And, what’s going on with Pesident Obama?  I wish the president had a team like ours. I wish he had a Darlene Green, Peter Sortino, Robert Henry. I wish the president had people who will stand up for the people with courage, conviction and commitment.” Bosley also challenged the college students to leave a legacy of something positive after graduation. Sole GOP’er on hand was Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who took credit along with H-S’s Henry Givens, who fought for a name-change of the college to a university.  “There was significant opposition, because everyone didn’t want to see Harris-Stowe expand,” Kinder pointed out. Later, Bosley quipped, “i don’t care what my critics now say of us – we’ve got a buliding named after us.  I just hope no one shows up late at night looking for Freeman Bosley.” Among those on hand were: U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan; Greg F.X. Daly; Thelma Cook; Dr. James and Donna Knight; Rev. Earl Nance; Judge Jimmie and Stacy Edwards;Rep. Tishaura Jones; lobbyist Rodney Hubbard.

HAROLD GIBBONS & THE TEAMSTERS, RUPERT MURDOCH TABLOIDS & TV, OBGYN TED MIMLITZ HAS A NEW PRODUCT

Scribe Gordon Burnside is writing a book on the life of iconic labor leader and Teamsters boss Harold Gibbons. That’s the word from Gibbons’ son and attorney, Larry, who dined with his partner, Polly Burtch of Webster University at Protzel’s Deli in Clayton.  Larry recalled his dad’s friendship with Jimmy Hoffa of whom Gibbons was believed to be the likely heir. “Hoffa never drank or smoked,” began Larry. “He would come to our house and enjoyed conducting a contest of push-ups, which he did with one hand. Harold and dad’s friendship with Frank Sinatra led to the Rat Pack’s performance in 1965 at Kiel Auditorium to benefit Dismas House.” (The Rat Pack consisted of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sinatra.) Gibbons was vice-president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which he helped research and submit a plan for the desegregation of schools as well as serving as a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. Harold is also credited with helping to create the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where its archives contain Gibbons’ papers. He died in 1982 at the age of 72.

DR. TED MIMLITZ & JIM HOFFMAN HAVE NEW CALLING CARDS

An OBGN Dr. Ted Mimlitz and his colelague, Andy Wolf have created a new product coming soon on your supermarket shelves. It’s call ManDip, which they’ve already begun filling orders for 50 Schnucks Stores.  “We’re entering an industry that neither of us have ever worked in,” said Mimlitz.  Grocers’ predictions have it that the “chip and dip” product, containing spicy sausage and cheese, will become a mega-hit, according to Mimlitz. . .Then, there’s Jim Hoffman of Clean Market Design, which markets, designs and procures renewable energy systems for electrical contractors exclusively. One of the systems – a 10kw is being installed on the roof of Birkel Electrical in Chesterfield.  “Mike Birkel’s company will be the first electrical contractor in Missouri to get the renewable energy system installed on the roof, which will cover one-third of his current electrical requirements,” said Hoffman.

RUPERT MURDOCH SAGA CONTINUES

The Beacon online paper’s editor Margie Freivolgel had some interesting comments in her weekly newsletter on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and the scandal that’s sweeping Great Britain and the world.  She wrote, “. . .many newsrooms are similarly chasing eyeballs.  Crime and celebrities occupy a growing share of news budgets while public-spirited coverage shrinks. Like Murdoch’s British tabloids, his Fox News operation caters to a particular point of view. This blurring of lines between opinion and reporting can be lucrative, and it’s caught on.  Even the New York Times in its newly redesigned Sunday Review intermingles columnists and reported analysis”. . .Ed Martin continued his crusade as declared candidate for Congress having raised $245k in the last eight weeks.  He claimed that he has a 22 percent lead over Ann Wagner, the only declared candidate. . . The Rev. Nickolas Eugene Pinkston, who was arrested on child porn charges, is the third sexually troubled cleric who has worked at St. Ambrose Church on The Hill.  The others: Father Darrell Mitchell and Father Nicholas Volker. . .Following an almost 30-year career with the St. Louis Archdiocese, Frank Cognata has landed as chief development officer for Sisters of Mercy Health System. His colleague is newly-arrived Nancy Schnoebelen. . .

NANCY SCHNOEBELEN and FRANK COGNATA

DIVORCE COURT SANS JUDGE JUDY

Penny Schneithorst is in divorce proceedings with Jim Schneithorst, Jr., this week in the court of County Circuit Judge Thomas Prebil.  Penny is the heiress to the St. Louis Parking Pohrer family; Jim is the developer and restaurateur. Penny is repped by Joyce Capshaw; Jim’s lawyer is Alisse Camazine. Busch heir and polo player David von Gontard and his wife Lisa have been summoned this week to the court of St. Louis Circuit Judge Mike Mullen to get separate mail. Lisa’s barrister is Alisse Camazine; David’s is Alexandra Hart.

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