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TRANSGENDER PERSON TO SPEAK THIS WEEK IN PHILLY

The first transgender person to speak at a Democratic or Republican convention will be Sarah McBride, who will be onstage this week in Philadelphia to boost the first woman presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

LADY GAGA & OTHERS TO CHEER CLINTON-KAINE

Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Shailene Woodley have descended on the City of Brotherly Love to cheer Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine during the Demo convention.

AXL ROSE GUNS N’ ROSES

AXL ROSE DEJA VU: About 25 years ago in July 1991 Axl Rose with Guns N’ Roses leaped off the Riverport Amphitheater stage into the crowd and attacked a St. Louis fan with a camera. Photos had been prohibited. Axl commented, “Well, thanks for the lame-ass security. I’m going home.” That sparked a riot. On Saturday night at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, during his and the group’s concert, 30 people were arrested for charges ranging from drug possession and lewd conduct. One woman was charged with assaulting a police officer.

MISSOURI AND MINIMUM-WAGE HIKES

“If you really understand Islam, you understand why the Catholic Church should be really afraid of it.” So writes the ever-controversial Cardinal Raymond Burke, formerly of our town, in his newest (and perhaps ironically titled) book “Hope for the World.”

FIGHT FOR $15 TO HOLD CONVENTION: Low wage workers with the Fight for $15 movement will gather next month in Richmond, VA. to highlight the movement’s ties with other activists seeking rights for undocumented immigrants and and protesting police violence against African Americans, reports the Washington Post’s Jim Tankersley. “Organizers say the issues of racial and economic justice increasingly overlap,” Tankersley writes. “They note that more than half of black workers and three in five Latinos earn less than $15 an hour, according to the National Employment Law Project. They are seeking to cast recent minimum-wage battles in racial terms, including votes by predominantly white state legislatures in Missouri and Alabama to block minimum-wage hikes adopted by majority-black city councils in those states.”

REV. WILLIAM BARBER II, president of the North Carolina NAACP and the social justice group Repairers of the Breach, told Tanikersley that issues of race and economics cannot be disconnected. He called it “fusion politics.”

TOM VILSACK, VERIZON, ST. LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR,

Verizon is on the brink of snapping up Yahoo’s core internet businesses. Yahoo has more sites than others excluding Google and Facebook. AT&T had been a suitor. . .”No to Mr. Monsanto as Vice President,” tweeted citizens4gmolabeling. Many progressives are in a snit over the possibility of Tom Vilsack being named vice presidential nominee on the Demo ticket. Vilsack, the longtime Secretary of Agriculture, has helped broker a bill that Bernie Sanders created against requiring of genetically engineered food. . .Historic July 23: 1904, the ice-cream cone was created by Charles Menches during the World’s Fair in St. Louis, that thrust our town into the global spotlight; 1968, race riot in Cleveland where 11 citizens and three cops were killed; 1973, Ozark Airlines plane was knocked out of the air by lightning over St. Louis, 36 die.

CLEVELAND AND BEYOND

Had you noticed that Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned more than Donald Trump’s during the GOP Convention? The Trump family, centerpieces of the convention, applauded themselves. Ted Cruz sledgehammered Trump withholding an endorsement. Cruz on Thursday said, “I’m not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.” There were: marshalls at all incoming flights; combat troops in boots; private planes were detoured; news from a study at the University of Penn. that Harry Potter fans are less likely to vote for Trump; nary a word about tomorrow’s 220th anniversary of Cleveland’s founding by Gen. Moses Cleavland. (The name of the city was spelled that way.)

MEANWHILE: Beginning Monday, some regional Walmart Supercenters will offer consumers the ability to order merchandise online for same-day pickup and free loading. . .WashU’s Med Center researchers are targeting sensory neurons that may help treat itching; “Les Miserables” is headed for a TV mini-series with the BBC; the 2017 Infinity OX30 is getting raves for its luxury. Nostalgic note that on July 22, 1922, The Cardinals were in first place and marked the first time both teams were in first place.

MEGYN KELLY – ROGER AILES

In 21st Century Fox’s investigation of Roger Ailes whom the Murdochs have decided to fire, Megyn Kelly said that Ailes made “unwanted sexual advances” toward her.

SI NEWHOUSE, MONSANTO, LOU THESZ

In a page one story in The New York Times: “The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. . .the nation has learned much about the socioeconomic differences between black and white in St. Louis.” Headlined: “Race Strongly Influences Mortgage Lending in St. Louis.”

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, might be entertaining a deal with German chemical giant BASF SE, while Bayer has upped its bid to buy the Creve Coeur-based company.

Bill O’Reilly’s sixth book due in September from Holt publishing: “Killing the Rising Sun: How Americans Vanquished World War II Japan.”

CNN’s Gloria Borger: “With this convention, I’m on the air 4 p.m.-1 a.m. No breaks. They’ll put a catheter in me.”

THERE ARE 350 OR SO COUGARS LIRKING IN MISSOURI, according to a study by the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

NEWHOUSE NEWS: The idea of Donald Trump writing an autobiography didn’t originate with either Trump or Schwartz. It began with Si Newhouse, the media magnate whose company, Advance Publications (yesteryear owner of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat), owned Random House at the time, and continues to own Conde Nast, the parent company of the New Yorker which reports: “It was very definitely, and almost uniquely, Sit Newhouse’s idea,” Peter Osnos, who edited the book recalls. GQ, which Conde Nast also owns, had published a cover story on Trump, and Newhouse noticed the newsstand sales had been unusually strong. At one point, Howard Kaminsky, who ran Random House then, wrapped a thick Russian novel in a dummy cover that featured a photo of Trump looking like a conquering hero; at the top was Trump’s name in large gold block lettering. Kaminsky recalls that Trump was pleased by the mockup, but had one suggestion: ‘Please make my name much bigger.’ After securing the half-million-dollar advance, Trump signed the contract.”

HISTORIC JULY 20, 1988, Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential candidate; 1965, 18.18″ of rainfall in Edgarton, MO; 1948, Lou Thesz beat Bill Longson to become NWA wrestling champ; 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was nominated unprecedented fourth term; 1933, the Vatican signed an accord with Adolph Hitler; 1927, Charles Lindbergh began flight to New York on Spirit of St. Louis; 1906, Brooklyn Dodgers’ Mal Eason no hits the Cardinals 2-0.

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY RAY MABUS

Secretary of the Navy since 2009, Ray Mabus, is the only person to have pitched one ball at all 30 major league ballparks. He grew up as a rooter for the St. Louis Cardinals. He recalled, “I was in St. Louis for the dedication of the U.S.S. St. Louis and the Cardinals asked me, ‘Come over and throw out the first pitch.'” Before 45,000 people, he thought, “This is a good way to put a face on the Navy for the American public.”

BATON ROUGE SHOOTINGS

Another shooting of police. This time in Baton Rouge, LA. Three officers are dead and three others are wounded. Tensions have been high in that city since the July 5 shooting of Alton Sterling that led to “Black Lives Matter” protests.

Between July 16-17, 1918, Russia’s Tsar Nicholas Il along with his wife, children, his physician and lead staff was executed by the Bolsheviks. Their recovered remains were re-enterred in 1998 in St. Petersburg. Among his children was the famed Anastasia.

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