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Reportedly offered to St. Louis University Museum of Art: works by infamous art forger Mark Landis. A documentary on his work, “Art & Craft.” opens this week in Gotham. BTW Doesn’t SLU have enough tchotchkes in its museum? Meanwhile, the ingenious forger has ways of copying great works of art. He has been diagnosed as schizophrenic  and lives in Mississippi. . .Missouri is one of the few states that do not have any ban on texting while driving. More than 3,300 people were killed in 2012 for distracted driving crashes – #1 cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. . .Washington Post under the provocative headline, “I could be a gay Jesuit Priest – I can’t believe how wrong I was.”  An op ed by Ben Brenkert that references the recent firing of two gay teachers at our town’s Cor Jesu High School.


If you’ve been enjoying the sweeping Ken Burns multi-part documentary, “The Roosevelts,” raise a bully salute to our town’s Jack C. Taylor for helping make it possible. The Taylor family patriarch and billionaire and founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is credited in the opening and closing titles as a major benefactor of the Burns production. The acclaimed filmmaker gives us an in-depth look at not only Presidents Theodore and Franklin, but the independent life of Eleanor. Among the little-known stories: Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest by an attempted assassin while campaigning – and he insisted on going ahead with an hour-long speech before being taken to a hospital.


In what a noted Vatican journalist calls a “decapitation” and “a move without precedent,” Cardinal Raymond Burke – who ran the St. Louis archdiocese for five tumultuous years, “is on the verge of being demoted” from head of the church’s highest court to an “ecclesiastically very modest title” and “an honorary role at the behest of Pope Francis.”  So says veteran church observer, Sandro Magister, who adds “Burke would be completely removed from the curis and be without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.” Late last year, Magister wrote, “Pope Francis “humiliated Burke by crossing him off from among the members of the congregation” and now “seems right at the point of giving the go-ahead for Burke’s second and more grave demotion.”


All hometown heroes: Scott Bakula now starring in the new CBS-TV series, “NICS: New Orleans,” while still insisting that his name is pronounced “Backula” and not “Bakoola”. . .Jon Hamm is voicing the role as Herb Overkill in the movie, “Minions”. . .Kevin Kline stars in “My Old Lady”. . .”Goodbye Girl” winner Marsha Mason is at liberty and the 72 year-old has been a director while selling herbs from her company.



Edwin Pepper Interiors sold inventory of fine furniture yesterday by Atec auctioneers. . . It seems quiet in the St. Louis Catholic world because Arch. Robert Carlson and his priests are at Tan-Tar-A resort at the Lake of the Ozarks this week at their annual “convocation”. . .Thirty-one have applied for County Circuit  judgeship, which is open after Judge Mark Siegel’s retirement. The so-called “non-partisan” Commission will interview all the candidates at October’s-end, but word on the street is that the commission which nominates the “panel” of three to Gov. Nixon, who gets to choose the winner, is certain to include Sandra Farragut-Hemphill, an African-American associate judge, in the three and two whites for the other two spots. It puts Nixon in the position, where, in view of the Ferguson situation,he will have to appoint Judge Farragut-Hemphill who is not considered an exceptional associate judge. The commission will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 22-23 at the St. Louis County Council Chambers to conduct public interviews to select three nominees from the applicant pool for the guv’s consideration. Members of the 21st Judicial Circuit Commission: Chief Judge Angela T. Quigless; Christine Bertelson (former P-D editorial page editor), Matthew J. Rossiter; Rev. Anthony Witherspoon and Richard Wuestling, IV.


Effective Dec. 31, Chris Nicastro will step down as commissioner of state education to spend more time with her family. She writes, “They have been patient, and, as you well know, patience is not a family trait.”



For $2.5 billion, Microsoft has bought the popular video game,
Minecraft, from its Swedish founders. There are reportedly at least 100
million users of the game throughout the world.



SLU has returned to U.S. News and World Reports’ top 100 national universities. . .Mizzou today: officials from the Italian government and the university and a power company are combining research involving priceless Italian artifacts. . .Speakers this year at WashU Student Union are: Kevar Burton of “Star Trek” fame and Michelle Kwan, the Olympic figure skater.
Speaking of higher learning institutions, we’re now being inundated by ad campaigns from accredited universities as well as diploma mills. Think WGU University, U of Phoenix; St. Louis College of Health Careers; Missouri College; Capella. Turning to the 100 year-old and highly respected Central Institute for the Deaf, it now has upped its tuition to $27,000 a year and as little as $10 per month for those whose families cannot afford the big bucks.


the family of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, N.Y., Cardinal Timothy Dolan refuses to release the remains of Sheen’s body from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The archdiocese of Peoria, IL – Sheen’s hometown – wants to bury his remains in a tomb being constructed in its museum. The first American-born male who may reach sainthood, Sheen will also be honored by Peoria’s plan to build a campus in his name surrounding the museum and tomb.
“How the Catholic Church Masterminded the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Debacle” is the title of an explosive article on the Salon blog. The story: “While evangelical Christians ultimately brought down the contraception mandate, they had big help from Catholics.” It continues about a Missouri father who’s looking to keep his daughters from access to birth control.


Susan Levinson with Harlan Levin at Show Stoppers

Susan Levinson with Harlan Levin at Show Stoppers

The St. Louis Show Stoppers musical revue at Clayton HIgh’s theater raised the roof to a rousing presentation of numbers from “Show Boat,” “Gypsy,” “The Pajama Game” and “Meet Me in St. Louis” – all to benefit the Siteman Cancer Center. Directed by Barbara Parker Helmer, the cast included: Vickie Horton; Debbie Burkemper; Mary Schwandt; Walter Schultz; Pepi Parshall; Mike Sander; Marvin Cohen; Ginny Weiss; Niki Newcomb; Barry McClintock; Herb Seidel; Ron Hollander; Margie Hermelin and Stefanie Kluba among others.

Show Stopper's Director Barbara Parker Helmer

Show Stopper’s Director Barbara Parker Helmer

Parker and Monica Burtis at Show Stoppers

Parker and Monica Burtis at Show Stoppers

Show Stopper's president Mike Sander and daughter, Leah Sander

Show Stopper’s president Mike Sander and daughter, Leah Sander


Onward a few blocks away at Giovanni’s Kitchen, a toast to the upcoming (Nov. 9) wedding of Jennifer Csengody to Zach Novetsky, Her parents and sis, Tom, Susan and Dana couldn’t have been more pleased. Nearby, Nancy and Dr. Robert Taxman enjoyed the good life with pals. Bob is a celebrated internist and coronary specialist.

Susan Tom and Dana Csengody at Giovanni's Kitchen

Susan Tom and Dana Csengody at Giovanni’s Kitchen

Dr. Bob and Nancy Taxman at Giovanni's Kitchen

Dr. Bob and Nancy Taxman at Giovanni’s Kitchen


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