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WORLD SERIES REMATCH

The Cardinals are teaming up with Bank of America to offer a special
World Series rematch $9 ticket promo. During the sale, fans can purchase
tickets to the upcoming three-game series with the Boston Red Sox on
Aug. 5-7. Ducats go on sale tomorrow. This marks the first time the
Cardinals and Red Sox face off since dueling in the 2013 World Series.

BOONE HOSPITAL IN COLUMBIA, MO

Trustees of Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO will break ground this a.m. for a $20 million south medical campus. It will be the first phase of development to become home to four medical buildings. Trustees have already leased some of the center to BJC HealthCare in the main building, reports Jodie Jackson, Jr. of the Columbia Daily Trib. But other space will be leased to local providers and physicians.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE

Have they not heard of the separation of church and state in South County? Starting Aug. 4, outside the Mehlville school district headquarters on Lemay Ferry, Faith Lutheran Church will hold a “week of blessings” at which they’ll “pray over” each of the local public schools, according to ads for the events. . .On a lighter South County note, Mehlville firefighters from District Engine House #6 recently rescued two baby ducklings that had gotten separated from their mom and six siblings while the group was crossing Telegraph Road one evening. The unfortunate duo had fallen through a sewer grate but were re-united with their family without injury. . .”Great Homes & Destinations” in The New York Times: A Richardsonian Romanesque mansion on Portland Place with six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms – offered at $1.7 million by Steven Lange and Stephanie Oliver. . .Facebook ad revenue in the second quarter up 67 percent and year-over-year – almost $2.7 billion. . .David Gregory may be out of “Meet the Press” as early as November, but he and wife/attorney Beth Wilkinson will remain in D.C. They’ve just inked a contract for a $5.4 million house in the Berkley nabe.

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON’S PAL A SEX ADDICT

Just released Catholic church files show that years ago, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted he was a sex addict. Carlson admits becoming the twice-accused child molesting cleric’s “close friend” and spiritual advisor too. The documents show that Carlson’s involvement in clergy sex cases go back to 1997. The records are available at AndersonAdvocates.com.

NORMANDY SCHOOL DIST. TRANSFER POLICY

The State Board has reversed its previous transfer policy and will allow
more students to transfer. In June, the Board voted to prohibit students
who did not attend Normandy High in 2012-2013 from transferring in
2014-2015.

DAVID GREGORY’S CONTRACT WINDING DOWN

Time is running out, according to David Gregory’s contract as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” television’s longest-running show in the U.S. In the last half of the year, the show was down an amazing 43 percent in ratings. In the second quarter of 2014, the show fell to third place behind CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.” “Meet the Press” ratings began its decline following the death of Tim Russert. Who could succeed Gregory? Chuck Todd might become the heir as could “Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie.

DAVID ROBERTSON HONORED

Tonight at NYC’s Carnegie Hall, St. Louis Symph maestro David Robertson will conduct the orchestra of the National Youth Orchestra in its debut at the iconic venue. At a run-through, a cake was brought onto the stage rocking Robertson back on his heels as members of the orch honored the maestro with “Happy Birthday!” – his 56th.

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MATT HATHAWAY, MARTIN SIGILITTO ON “AMERICAN GREED”

St. Louis is the focal point for the next two episodes of “American Greed” on CNBC. Tomorrow night’s episode highlights the U.S. Fidelis auto warranty matter and stars ex P-D reporter Matt Hathaway. Also featured is Thompson Coburn lawyer David Warfield, who repped the creditors committee. A week from tomorrow, it’s “Bishop” Martin Sigilitto’s turn. (Many of his victims were members of the Racquet Club – so does anyone care?)

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