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WALMART GETS LOW GRADES ON SURVEY

Consumer Reports: A survey of 27,208 readers rank Walmart at the bottom of the food chain and “you don’t have to settle for limp produce, helpless help and long checkout lanes”. . .Rush Limbaugh (KMOX) headed for another cochlear implant. . .Tomorrow, Cardinal Timothy Dolan on CBS’ “Face the Nation”. . . “The Changing Role of the Daily Newspaper in Today’s Opt Out Society” is the topic Wednesday at an SIU-Carbondale confab. . .Forty-five percent see Hillary Clinton unfavorably, according to a new Fox News poll. . .The Goo Goo Dolls heading June 29 to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
 

RAMS ON 101 ESPN

Turnabout. And now, it seems the Rams will be on 101 ESPN.

RAMS LEAVING 101 ESPN

The Rams have resigned from 101 ESPN. . .In a thought-provoking post on the Catholic Moral Theology website, SLU prof Julie Hanlon Rubio writes today of how “the severed link between faith and compassion is driving people away from religion.” Rubio teaches courses in ethics and is the director of the M.A. program in theology. . .Hillary Clinton has chosen the monicker for her new memoir/pageturner  – “Hard Choices” – due out June 10.  Meanwhile, daughter Chelsea is preggie. . .At the touch of a button, Firefly, a new marijuana vaporizer, can get one buzzing.  The pipe allows the user to inhale vapor and not smoke and may  be slipped into a pocket.

THOMAS LAKIN ON THE TOWN

Giovanni Gabrielle, Thomas Lakin, Kristopher Lakin

Giovanni Gabrielle, Thomas Lakin, Kristopher Lakin

That’d be former E. Alton, IL lawyer and major Demo fundraiser, Thomas Lakin, making the rounds with his son and budding political pollster Kristopher Lakin. They dined at their favorite restaurant, Giovanni’s on The Hill.

JON HAMM & MERCEDES-BENZ

“Family man” and GOP State Rep Charles “Chuck” Gatschenberger has been sued for divorce by his wife, Donnette Lynn Gatschenberger. isn’t he the one who compared car shopping to getting an abortion?. . .Prominent letter to editor of The New York Times by Tobias Winright, assoc. prof of theological ethics and health care ethics, about SLU’s associate degree for prison inmates and life termers who lack access to quality education. . .Jon Hamm at the New York International Auto Show, where he helped unveil the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMC coupe. Hamm, who does the voiceover for the car’s television campaign,  was widely quoted as saying, “I finally got to do one of these unveils.”

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN MILESTONE

Happy anniversary to hometown boy made good.  Five years ago today, the one-time Father Timothy Dolan and Bishop Timothy Dolan of St. Louis became head of the New York archdiocese.

NOSTALGIA

As many readers settle down to sleep tonight, it was on this evening in 1912 that the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg off Newfoundland causing the deaths of 1,500 people. Hard days for nostalgia. If you dare to talk about the past – and St. Louis had a glorious one – the icy stares at you as if you were some kind of addlehead. So you remember once there were giants here whose achievements were solid. To name a few: Leif Sverdrup; Frankie Muse Freeman; Oscar Rexford; Ed Schnuck; Buzz Westfall; Cong. Lenore Sullivan; Larry Roos; Robert Hyland; Charlie Claggett; Jack Minton; Raymond Tucker; Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.; T.S. Eliot; Arthur Holly Compton; Dizzy Dean; Edgar Queeny; Harry Caray; Fannie Hurst; Henry Armstrong; Wiliam Burroughs; Harriett Woods; Barry Commoner; Daniel Boone; Scott Joplin; Miles Davis; Katharine Dunham; Eugene Field; Elston Howard; Irma Brombauer; Marlin Perkins; Dred and Harriett Scott; James Symington; Kay Thompson and Helen Traubel. Some couldn’t care less about who lived here – and who have no time to remember who Tennessee Williams was.

FULTON STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL

Gov. Jay Nixon has inked the Parsons Brinckerhoff consulting firm – with offices in our town – to serve as lead designer for the rebuilding at Fulton State Mental Hospital. It will begin without necessary delays, said Nixon.

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