Showtime will end “Masters of Sex” in its upcoming fourth season which concludes with the marriage of hometowners/sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Furthermore, the cable net is awaiting a green light for the final “Shameless” eighth season. . .The Missouri Board of Education has upgraded accreditation status of the Riverview Gardens School Dist. . .Sen. Claire McCaskill is expected to join the Senate Finance Committee. The Missouri Democrat would take the slot left open after incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opted to leave the panel to serve in leadership. . .On the subject of Donald Trump’s alleged conflict of interests, McCaskill told the media, “It’s not a good idea of the president of the United States to be calling a head of state at the same time trying to get a favor for their golf course?”. . .St. Louis County legislator Sam Page says Kansas City is slated to join the St. Louis effort to create a county-by-county PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) that quilts together the entire state.
“WHOSE STREETS,” a documentary on the uprising of the Ferguson aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, will be the opener at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 19-29. The production includes video of the people in Ferguson. . .The hottest item in the eBay auction: The recalled commemorative issue of Newsweek magazine that was set to be released with the cover of “Hillary Clinton: Madam President”. . .In a downtown courtroom, KC barrister (and Southwest Baptist College trustee) Rebecca Randles asked our town’s Judge Moriarty to keep alive Tom Viviano’s civil case against Fr. Charles M. DeGuire and St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson. The suit alleges the priest molested a child and that church officials could have stopped it. DeGuire worked at churches in U. City, Perryville and near Jefferson City.
WILLIAM CAFARELLA, 42, general manager of West County Honda, has been indicted on multiple charges involving his scheme to obtain more than $395k in fraudulent proceeds from the dealership causing the firm a $1.8 million loss.
Former Sen. Jim Talent said Wednesday he’s interested in serving President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. “I would be very interested in doing something inside of government,” Talent said. “I have had some discussions with the transition.” The Missouri Republican was considered a top contender to lead the Pentagon had Mitt Romney won the presidency in 2012 and has been mentioned as possible Defense secretary for Trump. Speaking at the Foreign Policy Initiative’s forum, he gave Trump’s plans to build up the military high marks. “I’m going to support the plan inside or outside of government,” Talent said.
Steven Watts, prof of history at the University of Missouri, has authored a new book, “JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier” in which he writes, “It was culture as much as politics that pushed him forward.”
NBC “TODAY SHOW” TALKER MATT LAUER will glom $20 million a year via his newly extended contract through 2018.
This day in history, Nov. 30: 1835, author/lecturer Samuel Langhorne Clemens (“Mark Twain”) was born in Florida, Missouri. At age 4, his family moved to Hannibal. He became a pilot on a steamboat along the Mississippi River traveling from St. Louis. Later in life he wrote “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which had become known as “The Great American Novel.”
The head of the Vatican Court is reportedly issuing “an ominous warning” to Cardinal Raymond Burke – formerly of our town – that he may be stripped of his title for allegedly causing “grave scandal.” Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto says Burke and two of his colleagues are creating “a grave disorientation and great confusion” among the faithful over Pope Francis’ recent document about marriage, called “Amoris Laetitia.” If the pontiff won’t address the questions Burke is raising, the controversial cleric has said he and other cardinals may seek an extraordinary measure – a formal act of correction of the pope. (Francis denounces critics of his papal exhortation as fixated on “legalisms.”)
He was the first legally blind and Jewish judge. For 18 years he served as exec director of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. The state’s Appellate Judicial Commission will select three candidates to fill the vacancy and the governor will select one. Teitelman was one of the most gregarious and caring person to serve on on a bench. He had a ravenous appetite and could be seen almost daily at Miss Hulling’s gorging food and sharing a laugh with the lawyers at the round table. Among his fans were Circuit Attorney Brendan Ryan, federal judge Bob Kingsland, Chief of Police Gene Camp, County Exec Buzz Westfall, lawyers Gene Walsh, Charles Mogab, Dick Hughes, Tom and Jim Hullverson and Jerry Raskas.
St. Louis University law professor William Johnson has been named dean of the School of Law. He succeeds the current dean, Michael Wolff, who was a judge and former general counsel to the late Gov. Mel Carnahan. Wolff got the braids as dean in 2013.
WHY GUNSHOT VICTIMS HAVE REASON TO LIKE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUCH AS KENNETH BERRY SHOT NEAR ST. LOUIS
TODAY IN HISTORY, 1861: The Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputed secession from the Union.
The worst St. Louis can get is still better than any place else. Right? Twenty-eight F/A-18 Super Hornets made in our town bought by Kuwait. . .SIUE Computer Science is offering high schoolers an opportunity to experience programming and the university is offering the same tuition to Missourians as it does for Illinoisans. . .Chad Rose, assistant prof of MU special education, says that children with disabilities are not developing adequate social skills to combat bullying as they mature. . . Local GOPers got a shock learning that Donald Elect’s inaugural tix are tagged at $100k each for the cheapest seats. (BTW, the Donald is meeting tomorrow with former rival Mitt Romney). . .Newsome twosome: Jack Brandt and Ladue News former model, Joan Quicksilver, have checked into One McKnight Place. . .Dentist to the stars Dr. W. Dean West hoisted the bubbly at Pepe’s Apartment 2 in honor of his wife, Mary, on her natal day. . .Peggy and Jerry Ritter doing the rounds at Dierbergs for holiday feedbags. . .”Judge” Joe Murphy has moved into his mom’s house while recuperating. . .Wehrenberg Theaters’ swan song offering a Dec. 16 opening at first-run theaters with long-awaited “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. . .Future odds to win Super Bowl L Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, CA. have the Rams at $5,000 (50-1). . .In her new book, “Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins,” she takes a shot at our town’s “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm. She assesses him, “I’m suggesting he’s one of those hot guys who’s mildly funny but actually thinks he’s comedian-level funny.”