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JOHN DUBINSKY OUT AT CORTEX

Hank Webber, exec veep administration at WashU, has been tapped to succeed John Dubinsky as chairman of the Cortex innovation district effective Jan. 1, reports the St. Louis Business Journal.

FIONA APPLE SINGS ANTI-TRUMP VIDEO

Fiona Apple has sung a parody on Tumblr video of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”): “Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire/As he keeps nipping at his foes/They know that Trump is on his way/he’s got black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh.”

ANHEUSER-BUSCH InBev & SUPER BOWL

The Deutsch ad agency is creating the television ads for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Busch and Bud Light debut on the Feb. 3 telecast of the Super Bowl. The brewery has increased media spending for the brands adding 10 weeks of national television time. . .In Pontiac Park, the Soulard Beautification Committee will soon install two iron bench sculptures made by the late Bob Cassilly. (It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for five years.) Kudos to Richard Eason. Alan Jankowski and Molly’s owner Luke Reynolds (who found the sculptures wrapped in plastic in Cassilly’s studio). . .Branson, MO-based Ride the Ducks International, that made the duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle, has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order. . .Retired Post-Dispatch scribe Robert Kelly is now an instructor at SIUE. . .The latest New Yorker magazine profiles Ritchie Torres of the NYC City Council. A product of public housing (who heads the Council’s housing committee), he’s the youngest elected official in the city and the first openly gay pol to win at the polls in the Bronx. Gracing the wall of his office: a large photo of our town’s Pruitt-Igoe. . .Just so you know: Vinyl records are making a big comeback in parts of the nation outselling digital downloads.

GOV. JAY NIXON & MEDICAID

Today, Gov. Jay Nixon restricted $51 million in Medicaid and other spending to make nearly $4 million available to support schools, law enforcement, higher education and mental health.

PEARL HARBOR: 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECEMBER 7, 1941

“The attack would happen on a Sunday morning, a time when most sailors would be sleeping. . .Waves of carrier-launched Japanese dive-bombers would drop from the skies, unloading torpedoes and bombs that would sink destroyers and demolish airplanes, forever ending America’s naval presence in the Pacific.” – Bill O’Reilly/Martin Dugard “Killing the Rising Sun”

At 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a savage attack on the U.S. Naval base in Pearl Harbor leading to our country’s entry into World War II. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,178 wounded in what President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Dec. 7, “the date which will live in infamy.”

August 6, 1945, the bulbous 8,900-pound atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped from the B-29 (Enola Gay) on Hiroshima. New York Times editorial: “Yesterday, man unleashed the atom to destroy man, and another chapter in human history opened, a chapter in which the weird, the strange, the horrible becomes the trite and obvious. We clinched victory in the Pacific, but sowed the whirlwind.”

CREVE COEUR FITNESS

Add another fitness operation to Creve Coeur with the prep for Bill Koman, Sr.’s at the 11623 Olive Blvd. space previously occupied by FedX. The spot is next door to Carmen and Frank Gabriele’s Il Bel Lago restaurant. New Year’s Eve reservations at Il Bel Lago are sky rocketing with featured 9 p.m.-1 a.m. entertainment by Al Ox & Friends.

EYES OF NATION ON FERGUSON

MSD BONDS

Scheduled for pricing this week: St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District’s
$150 million of wastewater system improvement revenue bonds – Morgan Stanley

BEST USED LUXURY CARS

College ain’t what it used to be. Just so you know: St. Louis University’s Pius Library is where students, during finals, can get free massages Dec. 5-9. . .B & G Foods’ Snapshot and Instagram accounts will see the Jolly Green Giant do triceps on the Gateway Arch. . .Our town’s two-time Tony Awardee Kevin Kline, 68, set for an April 5 Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s play, “Present Laughter”. . .Jimmy Kimmel has signed to host the 89th Oscars ceremony on February 26 via ABC, which pays $75 million to air the show. More than a disappointed 34 million viewed the show last year, hosted by Chris Rock. . .Consumer Reports hails best used luxury cars: Mercedes Benz E class 2009; Acura RDX 2011; Lexus RX 2010.

DR. BEN CARSON TO LEAD HUD

Dr. Ben Carson named chief of the Department of Housing & Urban Development by president-elect Donald Trump. He’s the same Carson of whom Trump said during the campaign, “Carson has a “pathological temper.”

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