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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.”

ON THE DOCKET

On Feb. 2, Judge Barbara Wallace in St. Louis county will hear arguments in former Kirkwood resident Bryan Bacon‘s child sex abuse case against long time former St. Louis Catholic school teacher Brother William Mueller.  Five years ago, Mueller was first sued as an alleged sexual predator.  Since then, dozens have accused him of bizarre child sex crimes in three states and 23 lawsuits against him have settled for $4 million in 2007.  Bacon settled for six figures with Mueller’s former employer, the Marianists.  But, Bacon continues to pursue legal action against Mueller as an individual.  Mueller taught at Vianney, Chaminade and St. Mary’s high schools here. A week later, Cardoza law professor, author and FindLaw columnist Marci Hamilton, a former clerk to Sandra Day O’Connor, will argue before the Eastern District of the Court of Appeals on behalf of two women who say they were molested as kids by the Rev. William Poepperling.  Hamilton maintains that Missouri is one of only three states where the “archaic legal rulings” enable church officials to essentially escape liability in most cases for negligent hiring, retention and supervision of staff, even when they hire or keep known of suspected predators on their payroll.


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