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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.”


This is the most fruitful and self-indulgent time of the year, when the worst our town can get is better than anyplace else. Lindbergh Boulevard was jammed with the hard bumper crop of the affluent society driving past the Williams-Sonoma home furnishings building, that resembles a White Castle, and into Plaza Frontenac.  The mall was first conceived by the beloved George Capps, who, with sons Ken and John, reaped a fortune when it was sold.  Some shoppers had that vague Ladue aura.  Matrons, who looked like they stepped out of the windows of Lane Bryant, were shopping; college students  with shaven heads looked like they just had lobotomies. The bartender at Cardwell’s was a mordant observer of women still wearing wedgies and ankle-strap shoes. Neiman-Marcus dining room manager Lucy Bommarito exchanged holiday sentiments with the customers seeking one more serving of the signature chicken salad and popovers. Customers at Bissinger’s played “remember when Mavrakos was the leading candy maker?”  Fiercely loyal, narrow-minded Tea Party members incensed liberals at a counter at Saks Fifth Avenue, where employees expressed their sorrow at losing former store manager Kurt Rosenketter, who was upped to gm of the Chevy Chase, MD Saks.  Ken Miesner‘s floral and antique shop was warm, snug and enchanting.  The columnist swiveled his head cautiously to gaze at the gallant old-timers of the A-list strutting along the corridors to strengthen their frail bodies. For some there is so little joy in this joyous season.  One of them is a man, who was outed by Quest Diagnostics for having the HIV-positive condition.  Quest dodged a bullet last week in a four-day civil trial in the City of St. Louis presided over by Judge Dennis Schaumann.  The firm was accused of violating the man’s privacy by faxing information to his workplace about his medical condition.  Quest argued that it thought it was just following doctor’s orders.  The plaintiff was represented by Ken Chackes and Bridget Halquist and the company was represented by Constantine Passodelis of Pittsburgh.  David Clohessy, who knows the victim, said the disclosure of the man’s HIV status revealed a secret he had been trying to keep for 20 years.

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