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TELEVISION SCENE

Observing the television scene over a balmy week, many can attest missing so many anchors and reporters like Dick Ford, Karen Foss, Jennifer Blome, Cindy Preszler, Julius Hunter, Dan Gray, Patrick Emory, Max Roby, Leah Ericson, Charles Jaco, Debbie Fabian, Herb Humphries, Tom O’Neal, Robin Smith and John Auble. The old-timers think the newcomers are ruining television, despite a new crop who constitute my favorite professionals. There is even something to be said about dreadful on-air personalities: bumbling Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN; Kelly Jackson of KSDK who should spare viewers her hokey ad libs ; the sometimes ignominious co-host with Mandy Murphey on KTVI, who swallows his words. Vet reporter Betsey Bruce remains a refreshing treasure on KTVI. Great news from CBS-TV: Jane Pauley will succeed Charles Osgood on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

As for new faces, there are a few who should become network quality. F’rnstance: KSDK’s Jacob Long, Michelle London, Jennifer Meckles and Mike Rush; KMOV’s super weathercaster Meghan Danahey and reporter Brian Feldman and KTVI’s Shawndria Thomas.

THE MONDAY NIGHT FIGHT (FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE) & HIGH ANXIETY: We’ll learn more about the Clinton and Trump Foundations, “stop-and-frisk,” Trump’s Kremlin ties, Trump bringing Gennifer Flowers? and what will the fact-checkers have to say?

 

 

YAHOO’S STOLEN ACCOUNTS

MO Attorney General Chris Koster along with 35 other A.G.’s have filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone, a drug to treat opioid addiction, alleging the company schemed to block generic competitors and caused purchasers to pay artificially high prices. . .The Lawrence Group and Fuill Moose Industries are seeking about $20 million in TIF from the city for their proposed midtown $340 million City Foundry project, that would contain a food hall, offices and apartments. The site is just east of Ikea. . .What-the-hell-is-this? Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by the L.A. Times in an editorial: “Electing Donald Trump could be catastrophic for the nation”. . .Meanwhile, four-in-one white Evangelicals are supporting thrice-married Trump “because he is not Hillary Clinton,” according to Pew Research. . .In 2004, 500 million Yahoo user accounts have been hacked including names, email, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, passwords and security by a “state-sponsored actor.” Protect yourselves and change passwords on multiple sites that contain sensitive info such as health, financial and credit card data.

BALLWIN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD CHARGES

Darrin Landes, 46, of Ballwin has pled guilty to wire fraud charges in U.S. District Court involving his scheme to sell sporting events tickets, but not delivering them to the purchasers after they sent payments to him. According to court documents, from September 2015 to July 2016, he also offered to sell tickets to the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the 2016 Masters golf tourney and Cardinals games. He frequently did not have tickets to sell and sometimes sold accommodations to hotels, resorts and/or homes.

Glamorous Shirley “Mama” Drury was espied at Sam’s Club, off Manchester, nibbling on a hot dog sandwich while selecting fall flowers. She said she hoped to bring them to husband Charles Drury, who has been hospitalized for a week due to cardiac issues. If you came in late, Charles is the founder of Drury Inns. . .U.S. News & World Report has released this year’s college rankings and WashU has dropped four points to 19th from 15th last year. Globally, WU ranks 34th. . . HISTORIC Sept. 23: 1806, Lewis & Clark returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest; 1979, Legend Lou Brock stole 938th and final base of his career.

STATE SEN. ERIC SCHMITT

Republican rising star/State Sen. Eric Schmitt, on his swing through Missouri this week. proclaimed as a result of the Boeing sale of 80 passenger jets to Iran’s state airline, it should disqualify the company from getting state tax credits or investments. The 41 year-old Schmitt is an alum of DeSmet High and SLU. . .Apple Inc. is in the wings to buy the British Formula One Team and parent McLaren Technology Group for about $1.4 billion. Interesting, since Apple is in the throes of launching its own self-driving car.

HISTORIC SEPT. 22: 1985, Cards won nine of 10 games and each pitched by a different player; 1973, “A Little Night Music” opened on Broadway; 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof” opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theater for 3,242 performances; 1945, Stan Musial got five hits off five consecutive pitchers; 1927, Gene Tunney beat Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title; 1862, President Lincoln decreed he’ll free slaves in all states by Jan. 1.

STERLING K. BROWN

Las Vegas-based billionaire and devoted GOPer Sheldon Adelson is backing away from loading Donald Trump’s campaign treasury with cash and moving money to back Senatorial/Congressional candidates. . .Former President George H.W. Bush will vote for Hillary Clinton, according to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the late Robert Kennedy and former Maryland lieutenant governor. She posted that on Facebook with a photo of her shaking hands with Bush. . .Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown is on a roll. The St. Louis Country Day School and Stanford U. grad is featured in three upcoming movies: “Whiskey Tango Fox Trot”; “Marshall” and “Spaceman.” His recent television roles: “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” and “This Is Us”. . .The U.S. Secret Service is in town to prepare a sweep of the area around WashU before the Oct. 9 Presidential Debate “due to increased threats across the world.” Nearby residents will have to show an ID to be checked against a roster each time they enter or leave the area, metal detectors will be in place, backpacks will be examined, Big Bend Blvd. will be closed between Forsyth Blvd. and Forest Park Parkway and there will be a no-event policy Oct. 4-12.

ST. LOUIS-BASED ISLE OF CAPRI HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY RENO-BASED ELDORADO RESORTS, INC. FOR $1.78 BILLION

BARBARA PIERCE BUSH HEADING TO WASHU

The elder daughter of Laura and former Prez George W. Bush will speak on Nov. 13 at Washington University’s Graham Chapel, funded by GlobeMed, a student non-profit organization promoting global health equity.

“DID THIS MISSOURI DEMOCRAT JUST MAKE THE BEST CAMPAIGN AD OF THE 2016 ELECTION?: JASON KANDER’S TAKE ON GUNS”

That’s the title in Adweek magazine’s lead article in this week’s edition. For Missouri Secretary of State and Democrat Jason Kander’s current television spot, Adweek magazine’s editorial board has hailed it as “a remarkable new campaign and the best in the 2016 election.” It is in response to opponent Sen. and Republican Roy Blunt’s attack on Kander’s take on the issue of guns.

PLAYWRIGHT EDWARD ALBEE DEAD AT 88

We were often straphangers on the same subway car headed to midtown Manhattan. Once, we had coffee together at Cock Full O’nuts. Edward Albee was the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes: “A Delicate Balance”; “Seascape” and “Three Tall Women.” His play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” was snubbed for a Pulitzer, but the production has often been mounted at St. Louis theaters. He had written 30 plays in his lifetime and his oft-quoted remark: “All plays, if they’re any good, are constructed as correctives.” Albee is also remembered for helping to establish off-Broadway venues.

RATINGS ON CARS

Based on overall score, here are Consumer Reports’ “Disappointments of
the Year:” Smart For Two city cars; Chevrolet Spark; Nissan Sentra and
Toyota Tacoma.

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