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RET. ST. LOUIS POLICE COL. JAMES J. HACKETT & THE BOBBY GREENLEASE KIDNAP/MURDER

Dec. 30 on the Discovery Channel: “A Crime to Remember,” the Greenlease kidnap/murder case that wound up in our town where the abductors were found. (Ret.) St. Louis Police Col. James J. Hackett is featured in the show in which he filled in the blanks. The case became the subject of books authored by Carl Baldwin and later, John Heidenry. Backstory: Six year-old Bobby Greenlease was kidnapped  from the Kansas City estate of his dad, a multi-millionaire auto dealer, and was later found murdered. The largest ransom in U.S. history had been offered for his return. The abductors, Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Brown Heady, were arrested at a CWE hotel. They were later executed. The show traces the complex investigation and the whereabouts of the missing ransom money.

NORTH KOREA RESPONSE, SUPER BOWL XLIX, BROWN & CROUPEN

Super Bowl XLIX package: A pair of tickets in NFL’s new “Touchdown Club”
at the end zone, a hospitality suite and four nights at a luxury hotel –
$20,000. One ticket in the “Touchdown Club” on the south end zone
bleachers: $7k (parking not included). . .North Korean Foreign Ministry:
“The U.S. should bear in mind it will face serious consequences in case
it rejects our proposal” for a joint investigation into the Sony hack. .
.The Post this week had an insert showing the best lawyers in our town
and apparently Brown & Croupen wasn’t mentioned in any category. Looks
as though the “winningest lawyer” in history has met its demise.

AG CHRIS KOSTER & CRAMMING VIOLATIONS, AMAZON LAUNCHES ONE-HOUR DELIVERY, COLLEGE RATINGS

Amazon debuts today its one-hour delivery service – Amazon Prime Now – for $99 a year. Among the available items the company features in ads are: fishbowl of condoms; pimp chalice; emergency underpants and handcuffs. . .At the same time, ratings of more than 4,000 two-year and four-year colleges will be released by the U.S. Dept. of Education and is called “a draft,” offering students and families the biggest bang for the buck. . .MO Attorney General Chris Koster announced today the settlement by 49 states with T-Mobile USA, Inc. to pay $90 million for penalties and restitution for alleged cramming violations. Missouri consumers will get refunds of $283,244 . .John Haskins, managing editor of The New York Times magazines, will address his alma mater at commencement exercise of journalism grads. An overall total of 2,570 degrees will be awarded throughout the university.

CARDINAL TIM DOLAN’S MOVE TO SILENCE VICTIMS

Three priests have written to Pope Francis seeking an investigation into the Milwaukee archdiocesan bankruptcy. One of their concerns, a controversial move by then-Archbishop Tim Dolan to put $57 million into a cemetery trust fund he admitted “was to provide improved protection of these funds from “any legal claim and liability.” The intent of the bankruptcy proceeding for church officials “to exhaust silence and slander victims as well as to serve as a warning to others,” the letter asserts.

JOAN RIVERS ON CHRISTMAS

The late comedienne Joan Rivers said in 2013 that what she wanted most for Christmas was “a guy.” She cracked, “My recent ones were so fragile that instead of an MRI, we just held them up to the light. They turned every mattress into a waterbed.”

MAYOR FRANCIS SLAY LEADS THE WAY

A formal order that will require St. Louis’ municipal court judges to take in account a municipal violator’s ability to pay when deciding the appropriate punishment. Led by Mayor Francis Slay and entered today by Presiding Judge Gordon Schweitzer, the order gives judges the direction and ability to exercise discretion in determining the fine payment and payment schedule for a municipal violation.

MARGARET VANDEVEN UPPED TO COMMISSIONER

Dr. Margaret Vandeven gets stripes as the new Mo. Commissioner of Education. Predecessor Dr. Chris Nicastro retires Dec. 31.

SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL TAKES AIM AT EDITORIAL, EMERSON’S GIFT TO HARRIS-STOWE, TOP 10 RELIGION STORIES

Sen. Claire McCaskill takes a shot at the editorial page of the N.Y. Times re “Military Sexual Assault Unresolved.” She wrote: “You don’t mention 36 reforms that recently became law to protect victims and hold military commanders accountable, or a new slate of reforms in this year’s defense bill. You also don’t mention that rape is a vastly unreported crime anywhere it occurs and not just in the military”. . .Ferguson-based Emerson has given $500k to Harris-Stowe State U. via a STEM scholarship. . .The Columbia MO-based Religion News Writers Association has issued its “top ten” religion stories of the year. Number 8 on the list: “Faith-based groups help lead peaceful protests against racial injustice in Ferguson, MO.”

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