Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Its Wednesday

Its time for OUT TOWN!
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Republican John McCain said Wednesday he wants to delay Friday's debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama and temporarily put aside their partisan campaign to resolve the nation's financial crisis.
McCain's announcement came after the two candidates held private talks about joining forces to address the Wall Street meltdown. The Obama campaign said the Democrat initiated the talks, but McCain beat Obama to the punch with the first public statement calling for the two to rise above politics in a time of crisis.
McCain said the Bush administration's plan seemed headed for defeat and a bipartisan solution was urgently needed.

McCain said he would put politics aside and return to Washington Thursday to focus on the nation's financial problems after addressing former President Clinton's Global Initiative session in New York. McCain said he wants President Bush to convene a leadership meeting in Washington that would include him and Obama.
Obama is still pressing on to have the debate.
Before Mccain's plea, Democrat Barack Obama studied and practiced privately with aides in a Florida hotel Tuesday in the first of three days of intense preparations for his upcoming foreign policy debate with GOP rival John McCain.

The debate is supposed to be held at the University of Mississippi (and amid a possible KKK protest near the school accoridng to the Tom Joyner Morning Show Wednesday) With Mississippi firmly in the McCain column, Obama went to Florida, a nearby battleground state, to prepare — at the luxury Biltmore golf and spa resort in Coral Gables.

Among the staff helping are senior advisers David Axelrod, Anita Dunn and Robert Gibbs, with Washington lawyer Greg Craig playing the role of McCain. Craig, a foreign policy expert and member of President Clinton’s impeachment defense team, also played President Bush in John Kerry’s preparations in 2004.

One goal was to be to make sure Obama gets to the point quicker than he tended to in the primary debates, an aide said. The often loquacious Illinois senator has been delivering snappier soundbites recently on the campaign trail at the encouragement of his campaign advisers.

Obama is planning to venture outside the hotel to get local media coverage while he’s in Florida. He began his visit with a press conference, has a rally planned for Wednesday, and aides say other outings to meet locals are possible.
With the late breaking newz, we dont know if the debate will go on or not, but we are sure we will know whats really goin on. Or is this anotha strategy in McCain's camp to make himself look good now that polls were showing Obama was gaining momemtum again in the polls. Hmmm.
On a local tip, Absentee balloting for the November 4th election begins in Missouri today, it begins in Illinois Thursday. Meanwhile, St. Louis County election officials are still processing at least 20 thousand new voter registrations, including two thousand that came in Monday.
Chemical spill in Millsatdt Authorities were evacuating people near Millstadt tonight after a tank containing anhydrous ammonia at a farm services corporation was found to be leaking.
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department was releasing few details, and it could not be immediately determined the number of people being evacuated.
Deputies said they responded to the area of Floraville Road and South Jefferson Street, which is outside Millstadt's city limits, but did not release where the leaking tank is located.
Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Hines said patrons of a tavern across the street from the leak and residents from nearby houses were being evacuated.
"We're evacuating, just to be on the safe side," Hines said.
The ammonia is used for fertilizer.

St. Louis County police on Friday said 44-year-old Donald Keith Giammanco of Florissant has admitted to a string of 12 bank robberies in the St. Louis area. He was arrested after a robbery on Thursday at a Commerce Bank branch in south St. Louis County.
Giammanco is charged with four counts of first-degree robbery, and other charges are likely.
The robber was dubbed the "Boonie Hat Bandit" because he twice wore a military-style "Boonie" hat during robberies. He always wore nice clothing — police say that allowed him to blend in with the crowd at the bank.
Authorities say Giammanco got away with more than $100,000 in the robberies. The money he took from the latest robbery was recovered after police stopped his car.

Saint Joan of Arc school was put on lockdown for about 20 minutes this week as police chased robbery suspects near school grounds, school and police officials said.
No one was hurt at the elementary school at 5821 Pernod Avenue near Hampton Avenue, principal Deborah DaLay said. The school was locked down from shortly before 9 a.m. until about 9:20 a.m., DaLay said. The exterior doors of the school already were locked when police informed school officials of the search outside. Students were ordered out of sight and classroom doors were locked as part of "intruder alert" procedures even though no one ever entered the school.

A bus driver has been suspended for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to students.Paul Tandy, a spokesman for the Parkway School District, said the driver is a man in his 20s who is under investigation by the Chesterfield Police Department.
The bus driver works for First Student, which is under contract with the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Program to provide transportation. His route was for students attending Parkway Central High School.Tandy said the district was notified about 1:30 p.m. Thursday that a girl, 15, had received text messages from the driver. He was immediately pulled from the route when the district complained to the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Program.
-- A jury convicted Town and Country lawyer Eric Tolen this week of 37 criminal counts involving sex acts with teenage boys between 1995 and 2007.

The jury of four men and eight women in St. Louis County Circuit Court deliberated about 13 hours over three days before returning its verdict, acquitting Tolen of one count and convicting him of 37. The defendant, 47, a former assistant U.S. attorney, looked down at a legal pad as Judge John Ross read the 38 verdicts at 12:35 p.m. Tolen showed no emotion throughout the 15-minute reading. The trial that began with opening statements on Sept. 4

In all, the jury found Tolen guilty of statutory sodomy involving five teenage boys, and one count of tampering with a witness, one of the teens. The witnesses testified generally that the defendant first hired them to do odd jobs around his home in Olivette before 2000 and at his home in Town and Country after that. Then, they said, they had agreed to sex acts -- either performing oral sex on Tolen or allowing him to perform anal sex on them -- in exchange for gifts from Tolen such as bicycles or motorcycles or cigarettes. All of the victims testified reluctantly, and all of them had changed or altered their stories at one time or another, prompting Williams to argue before the jury that their testimony could not be believed.
Prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh argued that Tolen had preyed on troubled teens and had lured them into his sexual life with gifts. The jury apparently believed all but one boy, who claimed he had rebuffed Tolen's sexual advances. The jury found Tolen not guilty of that count of attempted statutory sodomy. Tolen is in jail in lieu of $1.2 million in bond. He was initially free on bond last year until he was re-arrested on the tampering charge.
Police alleged that Tolen had coached the boy on what to say at a court hearing in Edwardsville in an unrelated custody matter and the youth had then recanted his initial allegations against Tolen. The teen had spent the five nights before that hearing in five different motels with friends of Tolen, Alizadeh said, after Tolen had written out questions and answers for him for the Edwardsville hearing. Tolen had a general law practice with offices in Overland. Among his clients were a former mayor of that city and a faction of the St. Charles City Council. Tolen faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on two counts and a maximum of seven years on each of the other 35.

EXCLUSIVE: According to a reliable source to OUTTOWN who was at the trial the alledged victim was drunk and others gave conflicting testimony and the DNA did not match the crime. It was sensed from our source that the trial will automatically go to appeals. The boyz tried to blackmail Tolen for 10 grand or the alleged victim would cry rape after mowing Tolen's grass at his home in Town and Country. Tolen allegedly refused to give the victim the money . The victim also allegedly said in court he couldn’t remember if Tolen sexed him because he had consumed a controlled substance before coming to court. The lawyers are demanding a retrial. DAYYYYYYYYYYYYAM! Talk about fucked up!

In a move to reverse fortunes on a season that looks lost already, the 0-3 Rams announced today Trent Green will take over as starting QB from Marc Bulger. reports the
St. Louis Rams have benched quarterback Marc Bulger. Quarterback Trent Green will start in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. With the Rams off to a 0-3 start this season and owner Chip Rosenbloom's desire to shake up the team in some manner, many figure head coach Scott Linehan will be the odd man out in St. Louis. For the time being, it appears as if Bulger is the scapegoat for the team's early-season struggles. It seems to be a desperate move by a coach aware of his lack of job security.

Looks like the St. Louis Cards are out of the wild card race.

The criminal trial of Lori Drew, accused of helping cyber-bully a St. Louis area teen Meagan Meier in 2006 who then killed herself, was postponed today amid new questions about the case.

During Tuesday’s hearing in Los Angeles, U.S. District Judge George Wu asked both sides for more information about several issues surrounding the case.

The trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 7. No new date has been set while both sides check their schedules, the U.S. attorney's office said.


Brentwood Police arrested a pair of brothers Monday and charged them with second-degree robbery and resisting arrest.
According to police, the robbery took place at 8:40 a.m. in the 2300 block of South Hanley Road.
The suspects, Scotty Coleman and Joseph Coleman, allegedly stole three bank bags containing cash and checks belonging to the victim.
Police said both suspects fled officers from the 8100 block of Manchester Road and were eventually caught after brief foot chases.
Authorities said they're investigating whether or not the two men had coordinated and planned the robbery well in advance.

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee said Monday that her office will begin a comprehensive audit of the St. Louis Police Department next month, after the governor pushed for a deeper look at police finances.Gov. Matt Blunt asked for an immediate, all-encompassing audit after a Post-Dispatch investigation found that a towing contractor withheld $700,000 owed to police and the city.The St. Louis Police Board had previously asked Montee to audit the police department's towing contract. Blunt asked her office to dig much deeper.

Montee had planned for a complete audit of the St. Louis police to begin late next year. But starting late next month, she said, staff members will be redirected from an audit of St. Louis city government "so we can get into the police department sooner."The Post-Dispatch reported last week that the contractor, St. Louis Metropolitan Towing, had shortchanged the city and police by $700,000 over two years. It's unclear how much more the contractor owed because complete records don't go back further.Metropolitan Towing was already at the center of a federal investigation of its ties to police, after revelations that the company provided free use of cars and sold others at deep discounts to the daughter of Police Chief Joe Mokwa. The chief was forced to retire.The Post-Dispatch investigation has also found that the tow lot and department had a system of impounding cars that at times preyed on vulnerable people, who could do little as the private company eventually sold their cars.

Residents prodded the City Council and representatives of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District with pleas for help at the first council meeting since recent floods destroyed many of their belongings and made their homes uninhabitable.

Many who spoke in the two hours of discussion Monday night said their homes had been swamped by the River Des Peres and they had no flood insurance because they were not in the flood plain. Even those with insurance said they face insurmountable bills and obstacles in the cleaning, including a shortage of Dumpsters and dangerous fumes and odors.

The city condemned about 275 properties in the aftermath of the storm, but nearly all of the condemnations have been lifted. City officials said the condemnations were to protect residents from potential electrical or other hazards or the lack of utilities.

Mayor Joe Adams led the packed council chambers in a moment of silence to remember two residents, Willie Johnson and Louise Bryant, who perished in the flood.

The man charged with killing eight people during a two-state rampage in June said in a jailhouse interview Tuesday that he cooperated in his arrest because his family feared he'd be killed if a manhunt continued.
Speaking out for the first time, Nicholas Sheley told The Associated Press he also cooperated in his July 1 capture in Granite City because he wants a quick trial.
Sheley, who was arrested as he smoked a cigarette outside a bar, said he knew he was the subject of a manhunt because he'd seen newspaper accounts of the case and had talked to his family.
"I played a part in my capture," Sheley said from behind a glass window at the Knox County Jail.
"Not only that, but it was also concerns for my family. They were stressed out and worried and concerned over the fact that the police might want to kill me."Sheley is charged with bludgeoning to death six people in Illinois and two people in Missouri. Knox County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in one slayin.

A police chase through a downtown Metrolink tunnel delayed trains for a few minutes last week.
The pursuit took place between the Stadium station and ended with an arrest about 3:20 p.m. near the 8th & Pine station, police and Metro officials said. No one was hurt.

The chase started after two men were seen breaking into cars in the area of 9th Street and Clark Avenue. Police arrested one man upon arrival, but the second man ran to the Metrolink tracks and led officers through the train tunnel before he was taken into custody, police said.

Metrolink trains, which were not in the immediate area at the time, were delayed about six minutes until the tracks were safely cleared.

Four young lives were lost in one unthinkable crash Friday night, when a car fell off the Poplar Street Bridge. All four victims had ties to East St. Louis City Hall, so a prayer vigil Monday night was a cry not just from families, but from a community, looking for something to lean on. "Deliver us from this grief," prayed one pastor during the vigil. "Give us the strength."And they stood in a circle of strength, with their hands linked in prayer, thinking of the victims: 31 year old Anthony Brooks, the son of an East St. Louis firefighter and nephew of a school board member; 33 year old Harry Hollingsworth the third, the son of the Democratic Precinct Committeeman in East St. Louis; 20 year old Tramell Jackson, the grandson of a city councilmember and son of a firefighter; and 31 year old Thurmon Mumphord."All the young men were very close," said Walter D. Hill, a member of the Hollingsworth family. "All the families are very close too, and we're feeling the pain with each other." East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks helped organize Monday night's vigil. Four men were killed Friday night on the westbound lanes of Interstate 64-55-70-in an accident that authorities initially said was caused by excessive speed.

Three of the victims are related to civic leaders in East St. Louis.
The accident occurred near Eighth and Trendley streets when a gray Mercury Marauder carrying the four victims struck a vehicle in front of it, burst into flames and then flew off the roadway. It landed underneath the collector-distributor lanes that lead to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The victims were Anthony N. Brooks, Harry Hollingsworth III, 33, Tramell Jackson, 20, and Thurmon Mumphard, 31, of East St. Louis.
Brooks was the nephew of Lonzo Greenwood, who is president of the East St. Louis District 189 school board. Brooks was taken to St. Louis University Hospital, where he later died, St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said.

Hollingsworth was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. at the scene. His death was the result of massive head injuries, Stone said. He was the son of Democratic Precinct Committeeman Harry Hollingsworth.Jackson was the grandson of Councilman Eddie L. Jackson.
"The victims were traveling too fast for conditions, and the traffic in front of them had slowed down," Illinois State Police Trooper Ralph Timmins said. "They hit the back of the car in front of them, went underneath the car, then traveled off the interstate and-burst into flames. The car ended up underneath the highway."
Two of the victims were ejected, Stone said.
It was not immediately known who was driving. Police did not know where the victims had been or were going.
Timmins said the case is still being investigated by state police and East St. Louis police.


In other East Side News, two male teenage cousins of a mentally challenged East St. Louis woman police said was restrained and beaten for three years were charged Tuesday afternoon with aggravated battery.
Davion Cutler, 17, of 441 N. 22nd St., and a 16-year-old juvenile both were charged with aggravated battery to a physically disabled person. Cutler, who is accused of striking the woman on the back with an extension cord. He was in police custody Tuesday afternoon, and was being held on $50,000 bail.

The juvenile also is in custody.
Police said they expect to seek charges against adults in connection with the case.
Police said the 34-year-old East St. Louis woman who has a mental capacity of a 6-year-old, was living with a now deceased aunt at the N. 22nd Street house. She was found inside the home along with several children.
Police said the woman was denied food and medical attention on a regular basis and weighed under 100 pounds. She had been severely beaten and her body contained numerous sores when she was found by police, they said.
The children, who range from 6 to 13, have been turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Detective Michael Floore confirmed that the children have never been to school.
The aunt, who died of a heart attack Sept. 18, told the teenagers to beat the woman because she thought the woman was poisoning her and mixing her medications, police said.
Police learned about the abuse case when officials from a St. Louis hospital contacted them,
Police Chief Michael Baxton said. The woman's right leg had to be amputated, and she listed in stable condition Tuesday, police said.

It was a big week for hip-hop and R&B as new releases from R&B crooner Ne-Yo, St. Louisville hitmaker Nelly and Miami mouthpiece DJ Khaled all debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Top 200.
Ne-Yo led the pack, landing at the number 2 position with his third solo album, Year of the Gentleman.
Coming in right behind Ne-Yo at number 3 is Midwest superstar Nelly. Brass Knuckles, the rapper’s first release since 2004, sold 83,800 discs during its first week on the charts. The album features cameos from a slew of rappers including T.I., Rick Ross, LL Cool J, Usher, Fergie, Ciara, Akon and R. Kelly, among others. In related news, Nelly began his Brass Knuckles tour in Dallas earlier this week at the House of Blues. Given that Nelly’s latest album, Brass Knuckles, was delayed a few times before finally being released last week, it was altogether fitting that it took the rapper nearly 90 minutes to make it to the stage Monday night.

According to the Star Telegram, As if to make up for lost time, Nelly plowed through 10 songs in roughly half an hour. In keeping with hip-hop live performance tradition, they weren’t complete songs but were just enough to get the crowd singing along before he stopped and moved on.

The aim of the evening, Nelly said, was to give the crowd "a good understanding of Brass Knuckles," and to that end, he performed a handful of tracks from the stylistically diverse record. He sprinkled in a few of his other, bigger hits — the R&B slow jam remodel of Ride wit Me was cute — and generally roamed the stage, the host of a rowdy yet controlled blowout.

Nelly brought out protege Avery Storm for a few songs (Storm contributes to a track on Brass Knuckles whose title we cannot share in a family newspaper) and frequently floated in the background while his hype men perched on the stage’s edge, riling up the enthusiastic crowd.
While the set was energetic — deadline arrived before its conclusion — there was something missing, something that kept the night from being the electrifying experience Nelly so clearly wanted it to be (he repeatedly — and profanely — thanked Dallas for its unwavering support). His laid-back, slightly slurred style, which works well on record, just doesn’t have the same oomph in person.

WOW, can they really be honest how they feel about Nelly?

A Pennsylvania travel agent is accused of stealing more than $179,000 from the St. Louis Zoo Friends Association. The president of World Travel Vignettes, based in Abington Township, Pa., allegedly took money that members of Zoo Friends paid to her company for an African safari and spent it on business debts, pharmacy visits and Home Shopping Network purchases, authorities said. The Zoo Friends Association contracted with the company to arrange a 12-day safari to Kenya and an optional six-day trip to Tanzania for 38 people, said police and zoo officials. About three weeks before the trip was to depart, the association learned that the travel agency had not paid the African tour company hired to lead the safari.The trip went forward last year after the Zoo Friends Association made up the difference with its own funds, said Dr. R. Eric Miller, senior vice president at the St. Louis Zoo.

The Zoo Friends Association money is separate from zoo funds, Miller said, and tax money was not affected.Zoo money can only be used for animal support and care and related operations. Zoo Friends Association money comes from zoo memberships and Zoo Parent programs, Miller said. "We take this extremely seriously," Miller said. "We pride ourselves on being good stewards of our money. In fact, the only thing we care about more is the animals. For someone to do this, we're appalled."Frances C. Balshan, 66, of Elkins Park, Pa., was charged Sept. 11 with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, deceptive business practices and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, according to the Montgomery County prosecutor's office and court records. Balshan was arraigned Monday in Montgomery County, northwest of Philadelphia.

Walmart says a woman who is the subject of an age discrimination suit against the company was fired for violating a company policy. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in St. Louis alleged age discrimination in a lawsuit against the nation's largest retailer filed Monday in federal court. The EEOC says 67-year-old Yvonne Loskot was fired from the retailer's De Soto, Missouri store in 2005 because she was too old and made too much money. Loskot, who had worked for Walmart for 10 years, earned $18 an hour as a certified optician. The suit seeks reinstatement, back pay and damages. Daphne Moore, director of Walmart corporate communications, says Walmart employs more than 350,000 people over the age of 50. She said she couldn't release personnel details, but said the woman was fired when she violated a company policy. She says Walmart would review the complaint and respond appropriately.


Mayor of Florissant loitering ordinance It starts small – kids just hanging out after school, with no specific plan in mind. But local leaders say it grows big in no time. In Florissant, they want to say no loitering for those who like to linger. The mayor says it's becoming more and more of a problem in residential areas and this ordinance would help police better protect those who feel intimidated.

In other city news, the city of Pine Lawn, no sagging law is being challenged for possibly being unconstitutuional. Lawmakers have recently enacted legislation to clean up crack from the streets, and that doesn't mean the drug. The new statutes outlaw exposure of underwear over low-hanging pants, a ban that primarily targets youths who dress according to hip-hop culture.
If the ban is successful, officials will have made sure that the Missouri state motto—the Show Me State—won't refer to underwear. Officials who enacted the ban, including Mayor Sylvester Caldwell, indicate that the idea for the ban came up when developers wondered how the town could improve its reputation and raise its standard of living. According to Caldwell, Alderwoman Mary Gray and Alderman James Brooks, the message is about cleaning up a public eyesore as well as changing attitudes. According to the law, youths who violate the law face a fine of up to $100, and their parents could be fined as much as $500 or face up to 90 days in jail.

However, not everyone is behind the buttock-covering legislation. The ban is drawing fire from some critics who suggest that it may go so far as to violate constitutional rights. In addition to a possible violation of First Amendment rights, a ban on low-riding pants might also run into trouble under the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause.

In response to the new legal statutes, constitutional scholar Neil Richards is unsure if they are legitimate: "People have a right to express their identity through speech and action. On the other hand, municipalities have a vague power to control the health, safety and welfare of citizens. The question is what is motivating these laws? ... What is so threatening about it?"

First Amendment scholar David Hudson, Jr., says, "This is an arbitrary regulation that infringes on individual liberty. Applying this outside of a public school environment is simply beyond the realm of proper government regulation."

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last week it was reported that KTVI Fox2 is moving their operations out of the city and to the West Port facility of KPLR. KTVI boss Spencer Koch is meeting with folks at KPLR today to talk about their place in the two stations’ merger of operations, which will also result in KTVI moving to KPLR’s offices in Maryland Heights.

For months, everybody has known this was happening; Local TV LLC/Oak Hill Capital, which bought KTVI from Fox, has a deal with Tribune (which owns KPLR) to manage the two companies’ stations jointly. KPLR’s recent shift of its newscast to 7 p.m. was clearly part of the plan, although nobody was saying so at the time.

In St. Louis, the deal just announced is a ”shared services arrangement.” In addition to becoming roommates in KPLR’s digs (which are newer and much nicer than KTVI’s; they even have a gym), the stations will combine news operations.

Unfortunately, but inevitably, jobs will be lost. The whole point of shared operations is cost-saving. A similar deal (that one a “local marketing agreement”) was announced in Denver between Tribune and Local TV LLC stations.

In other media changes news, Radio’s WMVN Movin’ 101 is moving on.
Bonneville St. Louis radio group announced today the Hot AC station, which programs artists such as Fergie, Nickelback, Rihanna, Pink, Beyonce, Daughtry, and Black Eyed Peas, will switch to a sports talk format Jan. 1. The upcoming 101.1 FM Sports Talk will feature a mixture of local on-air talent, new talent, and big names from ESPN Radio.
And in other media changes, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said it has eliminated 18 jobs as it copes with declining advertising revenue and increasing newsprint costs.
The job cuts, announced Thursday, are in human resources, production and newsroom management.

"Like many businesses across the country, we continue to feel the economic challenges, including consecutive newsprint increases over the past 13 months," Kevin Mowbray, the newspaper's publisher, said in a statement.

He said the paper would "continue to provide quality products and services for our audience, which continues to grow in print and online."
The Post-Dispatch employed approximately 1,100 people as of Sept. 30. In March, the newspaper said it would eliminate 31 positions. None were in the newsroom.
Last August, the newspaper extended offers of voluntary early retirement. About 60 staffers accepted the offer, including reporters, photographers, editors, columnists and production workers.


Leaders of St. Louis' African-American community are planning an ambitious voter outreach project before November's general election.
The Call to Oneness campaign ultimately wants to double the number of African-American voters locally who cast ballots in the presidential election. It's launching a series of voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote rallies to accomplish that goal.
A Call to Oneness co-founder Eric Rhone said the campaign may duplicate efforts by other organizations, but has one key difference -- "the 10,000 volunteers that we're going to put on the streets, in the neighborhoods, going house to house, block to bloc, precinct to precinct, neighborhood to neighborhood, to ensure people come out to vote," he said.
Large voter registration drives in other cities have come under scrutiny for fraudulent or duplicate cards. A Call to Oneness has worked with the Secretary of State and the city's Board of Elections to make sure that doesn't happen here, Rhone said.
The city's Democratic director of elections says she has received a phone call from a group that is part of A Call to Oneness.
The group by law must be nonpartisan. It's focusing its efforts in North St. Louis city and county, which Rhone said will probably help Democrats. But it's up to the presidential campaigns to get each vote, he said.

St. Louis ranks 43rd on a list of the top 50 most expensive cities for daily parking rates, according to a new ranking of U.S. and Canadian cities.

On average, drivers in St. Louis pay $12.25 for daily, 12-hour parking, according to the National Parking Association's first review of parking rates in the United States and Canada.
San Diego ranks as the most expensive for daily parking at $41. Drivers in Kansas City, Mo., Indianapolis, Springfield, Mass., Queens, N.Y., and Phoenix pay the least for daily parking at $11.50.
For first-hour parking rates, St. Louis ranks 21st with $7.50, compared to the most expensive, Century City, Calif., with $16. Motorists in Tulsa, Springfield, Mo., Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, Bellevue, Wash., and Arlington, Va., pay the least for the first hour of parking at $4.
For monthly rates, New York City is the most expensive among 50 cities with $479; St. Louis did not make the list. Milwaukee was the cheapest for monthly rates of $115.
The National Parking Association, based in Washington, D.C., is an international network of thousands of parking industry leaders and professionals.

The Thunderbirds were rocketed through the skies over Scott Air Force Base last weekend during Airpower Over the Midwest.
The annual air show put on by Scott drew in excess of last year's numbers -- 75,000 for both days -- because of the presence of the Air Force squadron of F-16s known for its precise aerial formations.
Tens of thousands packed the hangars and walked the tarmac to see the fixed-wing crafts, displays and military hardware, then line up their lawn chairs and blankets along the flight line to watch military and civilian daredevils spin, soar, plummet and wing walk in the wild blue yonder.
With a mix of both civilian and military aircraft in the air and on the ground, the Boeing Dreamlifter was displayed for the first time. It is a modified 747-400 passenger jet that can haul more cargo by volume than any aircraft in the world.-Its job for Boeing is to pick up and deliver from around the world supplies that go into the creation of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at its assembly location in Everett, Wash.-
This year's air show theme, Airpower Over the Midwest, is tied to the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Visitors can see a special traveling exhibit about the historic event.

R&B crooner Keith Sweat is coming to St. Louis. Along with Bel Biv DeVoe,and Sisqo with Dru Hill, Sweat, whose syndicated radio shwo Sweat Show can be heard on Majic 104.9, will hit the stage at the Scottrade Center Oct. 3. singing and dancing in the aisles!

Keith Sweat, long been renowned as a true master of the slow jam. He has compiled five straight #1 R&B albums, a dozen top ten R&B singles which include seven #1’s and four top-five pop singles. He began to dominate the urban music landscape with his triple-platinum debut Make it Last Forever, produced his first #1 “I Want Her”. Other #1 singles include “Make You Sweat”, “(There You Go) Tellin' Me No Again” from New Jack City, and “Why Me Baby” (featuring LL Cool J). Keith, an avid performer, has had three decades of success and continues to wow audiences.
Prolific performers Keith Sweat, Bel Biv DeVoe and Sisqo with Dru Hill will play all their classic, ground-breaking hits in one unforgettable night!Tickets can be purchased at the Scottrade Center Box office, all ticketmaster locations,, or charge by phone 314-241-1888. (SEE OUT 471 for more on this concert)

ST. Louis model mogul Kimora Lee Simmons’s First Season of her DVD ,”Life in the Fab Lane: Season 1” will be out on DVD Oct. 5. It will be released at the time of the 3rd season of her reality show. Produced by Lionsgate, the 154 minute DVD will have episodes and never seen before footage of the hit reality show. In unrelated news, a few weeks ago, Simmons closed New York Fashion Week, celebrating 10 years for the Baby Phat brand.
According to New York Post, the show started almost an hour late and was held until Andre Leon Talley from Vogue arrived. New York Post, cites that the show launched with a puzzling start with safari-style dresses and pantsuits but quickly took a fabulous turn with grossly oversized "python" backpacks, super stretchy spandex cropped jumpsuits, two Pocahontas-style brown leather vests with dangling leather tassels and a gold cut - out monokini under a sheer pastel caftan Front row friends included Maxwell, BFF Serena Williams, Simmons’ hubby Djimon Hounsou and Aubrey O'Day. We are sure all this action will be filmed on her new season of Life in the Fab Lane.

Actor comedian David Spade is the father of a baby girl born last week in Missouri to Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace, the actor's rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. "David and Jillian have been in close contact throughout her pregnancy and he plans to go see the baby during his first break from shooting Rules of Engagement," Spade's rep, Meredith O'Sullivan, tells PEOPLE. The actor, 45, announced in January that he had a
brief relationship with Grace, and if proven to be the child's biological father, he would accept responsibility. The baby was born Aug. 26. No other details, including the baby's name, were provided.

Congrats goes out to St Louis native actor John Hamms whose show “Mad Men” won Best Drama at the 60th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. However, he lost out to Lead Actor in a Drama to Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad.”

Congrats also go to Laurna Godwin and her business partner, Jessica Perkins, who are just back from D.C., where they received the National Black MBA Association (NBMAA)-Wells Fargo Entrepreneur Excellence Award for their company, Vector Communications. They received the award — and a $5,000 check — during the MBA association's conference. Godwin said Friday that Vector was selected from a nationwide pool and evaluated based on business performance, innovation, growth and personal service to the community. This is the second year that Wells Fargo & Co. and NBMAA have honored African-American entrepreneurs. Also honored at the conference were Earl Graves Sr. of Black Enterprise for entrepreneurship and Colin Powell for leadership. Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a special guest at the event.

St. Louis native and NBA SUPERSTAR LARRY HUGHES had a GOING BACK TO CAMP PARTY last Sunday at Sunday Night Shindig at Lush. Hosted by Rapper Murphy Lee, all of his fam and friends we hear turned out to wish the Chicago Bullster well. Or will he still be a Bull? According to Yahoo!
Sports, at least three sources mentioned in the last week that the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat had held some serious conversations about a blockbuster trade centering around Ben Gordon and Shawn Marion.

The rumor had Chicago signing and trading Gordon, along with Larry Hughes and possibly Joakim Noah, to Miami in exchange for Marion and point guard Marcus Banks.

On paper it looks as if this move could help both teams, but this isn't the sort of move the Bulls would make considering Shawn Marion's contract is up at the end of the season. They'd happily move Larry Hughes for that talent and that contract, but giving up Noah and Gordon for a guy that could vamoose after a season is a little too risky for Bulls GM John Paxson.

Adopted St. Louisan actress Niecy Nash we hear is engaged. According to, they had EXCLUSIVELY learned that I Love New York 2 castmate and Mr Romance winner Randy "Wood" Richwood proposed to actress Niecy Nash last week - and Niecy said yes!! In unrelated news, her Fox TV Show Do Not Disturb is not doing well in the ratings.

Majic 104.9’ BJ the DJ is doing his thing in the STL area. Beside his gig at Majic, he has two new events through his promotions company 30 and Over. One is House Party at the Starlight Room inside the Lights on Broadway, 8344 N. Broadway, Admission is $10 drink Specials til 9 p.m. The other is St Louis Star Search every Wednesday at the Twilight Room Lights on Broadway. Doors at 7 p.m. Contest at 9 p.m. Talent Categories are dance, singing, comedy, poetry instrumentals. cash prizes for registration are more info 314.712.1083 Admission $5 $8 after 9 p.m.

Two St. Louis female acts are doing their thang in R&B . One is St. Louis trio SOSY. The teen group was spotlighted at this year’s SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors & Composers) music presentation at the 11th Annual Atlantis Music Conference held at the CW Music Complex located in Atlanta. The conference also offered an array of educational symposiums and sessions. Sosy performed at The Loft. They are currently working with St. Louis producer James Glasco on their second CD. To hear a few of their CD snippets go to:

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The second is 2004 American Idol contestant Aloha who just rleased her new single, "Now or Never," a politiclaly -charged single off her upcoming CD. She is also on a roll on the local stage. This weeknd she will perform at the next Eye Candy party (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) and she will host Anthony Robinson's fashion show at his crib in October (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW). LAst weekend, she also wowed them at the
Twlight Room last weekend as an opening act to Lalah Hathaway. To check her new video go to (To check out a review of her show go to OUT 469)

Nite Owl and Wildmann will perform at the Pageant. Oct. 4

The Ozone Teen Center, that will cater to teens aged 13 to 18, will have its grand opening this Friday, located at 5700 Old Collinsville Rd in Fairview Heights. The opening will be hosted by 100.3 The Beat's Hypeman Dwight Stone.

We didnt know Savor closed it s doors a few months back! We are LATE!

Two STL stars celbrated their b-days last wekeend, model Mykel at Rockstar and DJ Soundz at the Venue (Go TO OUT 470 for the coverage)

And lastly, two prominent St. lousians died last week. Former State Rep. Sherman Parker was declared brain-dead Thursday night after suffering a brain aneurysm. Missouri Republican Party Communications Director Tina Hervey confirms Parker was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he was declared brain-dead at approximately 8:50 pm Thursday night.
Parker was elected to the Legislature in 2002 and represented the 12th District in the Missouri House of Representatives until 2006, when he unsuccessfully challenged Congressman Todd Akin in the Republican Primary in 2006. Parker's organs are being donated.

In lieu of flowers or plants, the family has asked that you make donationsto his daughter Alexandra Parker’s college fund.
Please send savings bonds or checks to:PO Box 410334St Louis, MO 63141
Sherman’s viewing will beFriday, September 26th 2008 from 8:30 - 9:30am at:
Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc.7302 West Florissant Ave.St. Louis, MO 63136
Funeral and burial will follow.
After the burial, a repast will be atNubia Cafe5860 DelmarSt Louis, MO 63112

The other was Ms. Angela Scott a.k.a. Kreamed Koffee. Last Saturday friends, loved ones, and others whose lives were touched by her lively life and the experience of knowing her gathered at a little spot located directly behind Ujamaa Maktaba Bookstore; Being that Angela was from and born in a littleplace called Coffee, Mississippi the event took place here in Saint Louis, MO. For those of you who are able to attend, We Love You! and for those who are unable...We Love You! just as much.The Services for Angela Scott were not public. Angela's wishes to be cremated were grantedand took place the day after her passing.

IN the MIA FILE--What happeend to socilaite Tiffani Blackmore?

OUTTOWN has found two lost ones: The first is Freeman Bosley Junior Show's Darion Phelps who was on the radio show last Sunday co-hosting with guset host Eric Rhone and the secnd was rapper Louis Balck who contacted us via e-mail Wednesday and said, " I was flattered when I saw my pic on your MIA file a while back. I am interested in doing an interview with you so that I can let the people know what I've been up too. I have a new single called "Mean Muggin" that can be heard on this link--- . It is the first song and it has been blazing through the city. My album is coming out in december."

BLIND BITZ. Which nightspot had crushed ice in the sink of the men’s bathroom?

EVENT BITZ Power Stiletto Entertainment Presents POWER NETWORKING WEDNESDAY: POWER SUIT AWARD TO FRED & HARRY OF 1ST FRIDAYS Where: POSH, 408 North Euclid Avenue When: Wednesday September 24th
From 7-11pm Ambiance: Mature Networking and Conversation
Free Food and Free Admission! Thank you for your continued support!Sheraine Gilliam and Daraisha CosbyFounders of Power Stiletto EntertainmentVisit us at:

Happy Hour at Friends......A Meeting Place 716 N Compton Ave September 25, 2008-6:00pm (314) 605-4722

Ameren UE Gateway Football Classic Weekend Sept 25-27. Go to or 314.621.1994 for more info

The St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi presents Gateway Classic Kickoff/Happy Hour, Thurs. Sept. 25 at Kappa Kastle, 500 Vandeventer Ave, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 door. Biz and Dress casual, buffet, full service bar included with Tix. Info: Kevin Triggs 314.652.3360


STRESS FREE FRIDAYS, :Friday, September 26, at 5:00pm Location: The Jazz Spot Street: 400 Washington (Washington and Broadway) Contact Info Phone: 1314-5887866. Join us this Friday, September 26, 2008 as Stress Free Fridays RE-VISITS (due to popular demand) The Jazz Spot...if you missed attending SFF at The Jazz Spot last Friday, then you really missed out...ask someone that was there...enjoy 2 for 1 drinks, 1/2 priced appetizers and the great sounds of the musical group "Pieces of the Family" as they will have you dancing all over the place...remember, you can park on the Missouri Athletic Club parking lot for a nominal fee...**THE OWNERS OF THE JAZZ SPOT just informed me that there WILL NOT be a cover charge, so there is no excuse as to why you cannot stop by to see what all of the hoopla is...Stress Free Fridays at The Jazz not miss out...ARE YOU READY?There will be a VOTER REGISTRATION table at Stress Free Fridays this Friday at The Jazz Spot, 400 Washington Avenue. If you or someone that you know has not registered to vote, then this is an opportunity that you do not want to not be ashamed, just register to vote...the November election will be here before you know it.

SYGU and Soul Stylz present FOR HER Nuvo Official City Wide Launch Party. Music provided by St.Louis own DJ Reminise, as for our V.I.P guest you will enjoy an ambiance of your own in our Nuvo V.I.P Lounge. "FOR HER" will be an unforgettable atmosphere of comfort, style, and elegance as well as a perfection of service. "Nuvo" celebrates nightlife in its modern simplicity, making it the perfect escape For Her Friday September 26th · 10pm - 3:00am at NECTAR LOUNGE 2001 Locust.. St.Louis MO · 63103 *RSVP For Free Admission until 11PM by clicking above or at *Please consider bottle service and early arrival as a means to guarantee a great experience. For bottle service please contact 314.497.3861 or forher@soulstylz.comDRESS CODE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!!Dress code restrictions are at Soul Stylz discretion and pertain not merely to articles of clothing, but more importantly to style and execution.

SYNERGY We are hosting a SATC DVD release party this Friday September 26 at Mandarin- join us for movie-themed cocktails and door prize giveaways including DVDs and fabulous gift bags. No cover with RSVP to
Club LURE (Formerly Club ISIS) 1204 Washington Ave
Call Brian at 314.488.6050 for Table Reservations
It is Time To Party! No Standing Around Allowed!LADIES, FREE ADMISSION UNTIL 11pm COME OUT AND ENJOY 2 DJ's AND 1 HOT SPOT


The men of 1st Friday (Fred Finley and Harry Michel) will have its Grand Opening Weekend of their new spot Exo located on 3146 Locust, The grand opening is at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, with special guest Chico DeBarge.


Harry Michel
Fred Finley
OPENING WEEKEND OF EXO. 8 p.m. Charlie Chan on the 1s and 2s , Stylish Attire. INFo: 314.397.6728 or

FreeTime members Roy Robinson, Adrian Saddler and Daryl Freirson


Join Pro Jocks (Tossin Ted) & The Platinum Group for the Official After Party of the Gateway Classic, "The Midwest Old School Greek Party"-Sat Sept 27 @ Phyllis Wheatley Bldg. Sat. Sept 27, (2711 Locust) 9p-1:30a. There will be special invited guests along with the City's Top Mover's & Shaker's. Tickets just $15 at the door.

NY Saxophonist Mel Holder, Larry Rodgers and Dj G @ The Holy Grounds, 301 E. Main Belleville, IL, 7 p.m. Sept 27.


Top Choice Productions presents Rickey Smiley and Friends Gateway Comedy explosion Gateway Classic Weekend, hosted by Anthony Anderson Sept 27 at the Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton, St. Louis, doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m., $67.50 to $37.50 Info: 314.546.8081 or 314.601.2913

Fall Asian Couture and Cultural Event, Saturday, September 27, 2008 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Show begins at 8:00 PM Hosted by Mandarin Lounge 44 Maryland Plaza. You are invited to join us for a unique evening of fashion featuring Asian designers from the U.S. This program will include talented Asian-American fashion designers whose designs will include evening and formal dresses, urban wear, and traditional barongs. A silent auction will also be included with proceeds benefiting the Aure Foundation and partnership program with Gawad Kalinga, Appetizers will be offered and a cash bar. General admission $15 at the door, $10 in advance; VIPs $50. For more information or to RSVP, please call 314.726.3117+++

This Classic weekend start it off right at the September Eye Candy party, it is the '2 IS BETTER THAN ONE CLASSIC KICKOFF EDITION.' Everybody's 2 for 1 admission to 12am and 2 for 1 Jack Daniels drinks til 12am! (please remember to drink responsibly). We are picking 2 Eye Candy Models this month, YES, 2 Eye Candy Models and celebrating Miss 0ct. 06 and Miss April 07 Eye Candy Models' birthdays!The night kicks off with a FREE happy hour from 5pm to 9pm with a live performance from Aloha and Brad Young. The winner of the Eye Candy competition will recieve $500 CASH and a PR package from MPAC which includes: picture and bio in The St. Louis American and, a free photo shot, featured on MPAC TV and a chance to be in the Eye Candy Calender!
Ladies must register before 11pm and be at least 21 years of age. At the September Eye Candy Party, we will be giving away tickets to the Jack Daniel's classic tailgate party on Saturday, September 27th at the Sky Box Sports Bar & Grill. Start your gameday off right at this private tailgate party featuring Jack Daniel's cocktails, a live DJ and the King of the Grill BBQ Contest on Sky Box's Outdoor Patio and VIP Deck. (Must have a ticket for this exclusive event.)
Friday, September 26th The Loft night club will be a night to remember! DJ Sir Thurl will be on the one's and two's and will keep the party rocking until 3:00 in the morning setting off your Classic weekend. It's a party not a pageant! For birthday, booth and bottle service contact 314.226.5777 or log onto


Hot City Theatre presents The play Killing Women THRU October 4th, 2008Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 8PMSATURDAY MATINEES - 3PMSundays - 7PM The Kranzberg Arts Center (in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Building), 501 North Grand Ticket prices: General Admission - $25Senior (62+) - $20Student Rush - $15
Please go to the following link: for more details


This is just a reminder of the Sister Circle this Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm at the West End Community Center located at 724 N. Union. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Shante "LIFE" Davis



DANTES IS OFF THE CHAIN!!! COME SEE US ON THURSDAY NIGHT!! BOOK YO BDAY PARTY WITH US!! PACKAGE INCLUDES:CAKE, BALLOONS AND CHAMPAGNE. And starting next Thurs. (Oct. 2) they are having the “Ms. So Right for the Night” contest - in collabs with the new Mo Tre single - featuring local celebrity judges……….. Pick up an Evening Whirl on Mondays and check out Mocha Latte’s column COFFEE TALK!



Mocha's daughter need yawl help. ST LOUIS CHARTER SCHOOL is having a fundraiser. You can shop online at The group receives profit from the sale and the seller will receive prize credits. Enter the seller ID below to begin.Seller: sydney cowinsSeller ID: cha4822Thank you for your support.If the link above does not work, please use the following link and enter the seller ID:


SPRING INTO FITNESS... CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE OR CALL 314-831-7505 Please tell them Mocha Latte' referred you. The Next MVP Boot Camp Starts September 9th!" ONLY 89 BUCKS!!

Writer, poet, singer, musician. Te’ V. Smith is a talent worth seeking out! From his humorous and playful yet educational political and social songs to his mind and soul challenging poetry he has amazed crowds from Kentucky to Paris France. An accomplished jazz pianist and soul writer his debut onto the national scene came mid 2007 when he joined the legendary “Roots” for a 5 city tour sharing the gift of word through poetry and song. With a strong following on the poetry/spoken word circuit Mr. Smith is sure to continue to push the envelope, raise the bar and change lives. Other credits include: The Washington Post’ 100 most influential writers of the next generation 1997 ; Guest youth poet at le deil with Saul Williams and Ani Difranco 2000; featured on BET’s Lyric Café 2006; guest performer for Floetry’ “Floetry remix Tour” 2007; and featured artist on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam 2007 HEAR HIM SHARE HIS LIFE at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/TEVSMITHContact Mocha Lattte if you want to book him.

For more info on these items and events, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Robert Plant & Alison Krauss concert at the Fox Theatre on June 19th has been RESCHEDULED to September 24th. Update: Due to a change in schedules, the previously announced planned additional September 25th performance will not be added and the filming of the performances will now not take place. Tickets for the June 19th performance will be honored at the September 24th show. If you have purchased tickets to the June 19th performance and are unable to attend on September 24th, please contact MetroTix at 314/534-1111.

R&B singer Maxwell’s 8 p.m. Oct. 15 concert at the Fox Theatre, The long missing-in-action singer’s tour is meant to tide fans over while they continue waiting for his upcoming “Black Summers’ Nights” trilogy. Jasmine Sullivan of “Need U Bad” fame will open the show. Tickets are $39.50-$69.50, available at MetroTix outlets,, 314-534-1111, and at the box office

DAVID BYRNE “Songs of David Byrne And Brian Eno” Saturday, October 18 • 8PM Fox Theatre $52.50 A limited number of Gold Circle Seats are also available.
Fox Concerts & The Pageant present CARDINALS Featuring Ryan Adams, Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein, Jon Graboff & Brad Pemberton Friday, October 3 • 8:30PM LIVE at the Fox Theatre! $35 & $30
An Evening with JACKSON BROWNE Sunday, October 19 • 7:30PM LIVE at the Fox Theatre! $57.50, $52.50, $ 47.50, $42.50 A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available .
NEW: THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW PERFORMSPINK FLOYD’S ‘THE WALL’FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS, PINK FLOYD’S LEGENDARY ROCK OPERA ‘THE WALL’ TO BE PERFORMED LIVE IN ITS ENTIRETY!Friday, November 7 • 8 pm &Saturday, November 8 • 8 pmLIVE at the Fox Theatre!$49.50, $44.50, & 39.50Concert preview on KETC/Channel 9On sale date to be announced soon+++

20th Anniversary Tour
Wednesday, November 26 • 8 pm
LIVE at the Fox Theatre!
$53, $48 & $43
A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.

On-Sale Information:
Tickets on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 am!
Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,
MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.
Order tickets online at

NEW: THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC OFMANNHEIM STEAMROLLERBY CHIP DAVISFriday, December 5 • 8 pmSaturday, December 6 • 2 pm & 8 pmFabulous Fox Theatre$52.50, $47.50, $42.50, $37.50A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available. THE 2008 EDITION OF THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SPONSORED BY AMERENUE AND PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS RETURNS TO THE FOX THEATRE DECEMBER 11-28, 2008! SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 27 AT 10AM! ST. LOUIS, MO / September 2, 2008 –
Fox Associates have announced that tickets for the much anticipated return engagement of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring the Rockettes will go on sale to the public on Saturday, September 27. Members of the world-famous Rockettes will be on hand to greet ticket buyers at the Fox Theatre box office at 10am. All MetroTix outlets, charge by phone at 314/534-1111 and will also open at that time. Ticket prices range from $29.50-$69.50 depending on performance date and seat location; a performance schedule is attached. Sponsored by AmerenUE, Dance St. Louis will present this return engagement of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 38 dazzling performances. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 314/535-2900. For more information, visit

THE U.S. Bank Broadway Series Shows and Specials: Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE, October 21-November 2, 2008; Curtain times for the U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 26 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, October 30 at 1 p.m.
Nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE opened on December 1, 2006 at the Broadway Theatre where it ran for over two record-breaking years. It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love. Michael Kuchwara, the Associated Press described THE COLOR PURPLE as “a roof-raising story of triumph.” And Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine said, “[it is] a soaring, epic tale. It made a joyful noise in my heart.” Elysa Gardner from USA Today raved, “Pure heart! It celebrates the inspiring relationships of faith and love, a Broadway hit!”

As on Broadway, the first North American Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE is directed by Gary Griffin. THE COLOR PURPLE features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award®-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and choreography by Donald Byrd. The original creative team of Tony Award®-winner John Lee Beatty (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Tony Award®-winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations) and Kevin Stites (Music Supervisor) was reunited for the tour.
The first North American Tour is produced by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Quincy Jones, Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci & Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent Presenters Network, Lowy Family Group, Stephanie McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan Kallish, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Asnes & Adam Zotovich and Todd Johnson. The original cast recording is available on EMI/Angel Records, and THE COLOR PURPLE: A Memory Book of the Broadway Musical (Avalon/Carroll & Graf) is available in bookstores now. Ariel Investments is a proud sponsor of THE COLOR PURPLE.

Single tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE at the Fox Theatre box office, online through, MetroTix charge by phone at 314/534-1111 and all MetroTix outlets. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 314/535-2900. Ticket prices range from $27-$68 depending on performance date and seat location. For more information, visit
THE COLOR PURPLE is a U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation and sponsored by American Airlines. Upcoming: SWEENEY TODD, November 14-16, 2008CATS, November 28-30, 2008 LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical, January 20-February 1, 2009 ! ; The Rep presents SPRING AWAKENING, February 10-22, 2009; CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, March 17-29, 2009; Dance St. Louis presents STOMP, April 3-5, 2009HAIRSPRAY, April 24-26, 2009Dance St. Louis presents RIVERDANCE, May 1-3, 2009; A CHORUS LINE, May 12-24, 2009RENT, June 2-7, 2009MARY POPPINS, AUGUST 13-30, 2009; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, September 23-October 17, 2009

Keith Sweat. Bell Biv Devoe. Sisqo with Dru Hill , Fri. Oct. 3 at the Scott Trade Center. For tix and more info : 314.241.1888

FASHION@4246Time: Doors Open @ 5pmShow Starts @ 6pmTicket: General Admission $25 I VIP $35 The Fashion ShowFASHION @ 4246 join developers, engineering groups, fashion enthusiast, media personalities, local celebrities and special guest to launch the first annual charitable fashion show on Saturday, Oct. 4th at 5pm. The show will feature premier designers and the freshest designer collections for the fall, benefitting the dedication of Construction Careers Center. Guest will enjoy complimentary hors d’oevres and beverages. FASHION@4246 partners with various corporate and community-based sponsors to promote the educational advancement of the art of design through the collaboration of fashion, the construction field, and architectural industry.Hosted by Recording Artist Aloha Mischeaux

.“A Little Bit of Jazz with your Breakfast" & a Speechless Auction. The purpose of this fundraiser is to honor, recognize and raise funds to lighten the burden of low income women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer. Sat., October 11, 2008, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Holiday Inn—Airport, 4505 Woodson Road St. Louis, MO 63134 $20 per ticket. For more information please contact a member of Geri’s Heart or Roxanna Parker at 314.646.0819+++
SpokenVizions PresentsŠThe 1st Annual POETS AGAINST LUPUS Benefit Concert. Join SpokenVizions Entertainment Group, LLC on Saturday, October 18th, 2008 as we bring awareness and culture to you with a night of poetry, music, and Lupus information. Featuring some of the hottest poets in St. Louis. Floyd Boykin Jr. Ms. NterpretationChill Da Player El ThoughtQueeniBee Derek BrownBrother Ting SymmetryXplicit What do you know about Lupus? ³Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys.² - Lupus FoundationLocation: Legacy Books & Café, 5249 Delmar Blvd (check address)Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show time is 7pm (PROMPTLY).Tickets available starting on September 7th, 2008at are $10 at the door. $5 of each ticket sold will be donation to the Missouri Chapter of the Lupus Fundation Of America. For more information, please e-mail us at or call us at 314-517-8764. Also, we are running an internet campaign to raise money. Visit and make your donation today. Sponsored by Legacy Books & Café, First Civilization, Hot Box Virtual Club STL, and The Midi Room.


Cabaret St. Louis is coming in October. The inaugural Cabaret St. Louis fall lineup will include Fran Landesman, Steve Ross, Sylvia McNair, Lee Lessack and Tony Sandler. Performances will be held at The Sheldon, Kranzberg Arts Center, The Gaslight Theatre plus additional venues. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale at all MetroTix locations.

FRAN LANDESMAN returns to her roots October 22-25 at The Gaslight Theatre. The legendary proprietess of Gaslight Square’s Crystal Palace presented such artists as Barbra Streisand, The Smothers Brothers and Elaine May. But outside of St. Louis, Ms. Landesman is most well known for her own songs and shows. Spring Can Hang You Up The Most and The Ballad Of The Sad Young Man became standards and were recorded by Elle Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and Sarah Vaughn. Fifty years later, accompanied by her son Myles, and around the corner from the old Crystal Palace, this top songwriter and cultural icon will treat St. Louis to an evening of storytelling and song. Tickets for Fran Landesman are $35.

The smartest of the smart set and St. Louis favorite, STEVE ROSS, returns with his latest work, “To Wit: Ross on Wry – Funny Songs Throughout The Ages,” October 1-4 at the new Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center. Ross is no stranger to St. Louis, as he has performed many times at The Grand Center Cabaret, Cabaret in The Savoy Room and St. Louis Muny. After Ross’s 2004 St. Louis appearance, Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX Radio wrote, “The fact is, Mr. Ross has a breezy elegance on stage that’s reminiscent of Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Cole Porter and, above all, the late and much lamented Bobby Short.” Tickets for Steve Ross are $40.

Cabaret at The Sheldon will host Grammy Winner SYLVIA MCNAIR October 16-17 for two performances only. A beloved performer at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ms. McNair has segued from opera to the Great American Songbook, the music with which she feels most at home. Now, instead of singing V'adoro pupille on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, she's singing Embraceable You to rave reviews. Of McNair's Algonquin Oak Room debut, Rex Reed wrote, "Her phrasing is exemplary. Her modulations are inspired. I could get used to this kind of ecstasy." Tickets for Sylvia McNair are $45.

LEE LESSACK’S lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. His tribute to Johnny Mercer, “Too Marvelous For Words,” runs October 29-November 1 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. As we celebrate the centennial of Mercer, Lessack is the perfect match for this romantic of songwriters. Billboard Magazine calls his singing, "Cabaret romanticism of a high order." Tickets for Lee Lessack are $30.

TONY SANDLER finishes the CSTL Fall season November 13-14 at The Sheldon with “Chevalier-Maurice & Me.” This show is neither caricature nor impersonation, but a heartfelt homage to this widely-admired entertainer. It has been the subject of a PBS special and DVD, and contains the charm and savoir faire that Maurice himself brought to film and stage. Tickets for Tony Sandler are $40.Tickets for all five Cabaret St. Louis performances go on sale Tuesday, September 2 at 10 a.m. at all MetroTix locations. To charge by phone call 314-534-1111 or online at Memberships available by calling 314-726-1616. For more information, visit ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
HELP-BITZ. (NEW)Teddy Blackett needs help with sponsors for his website. He emailed OUTTOWN and he wrote: “ Hey folks As most of you know i have my website up and running, is still in its infancy stage and appreciate all of your support. One of my goals is to eventually bring St. louis top notch events for FREE (or for as little as possible). To do this i will need major sponsors, and the 1st step is to get my email list full grown.PLEASE TAKE A SECOND AND GO TO AND SIGN UP. IT TAKES LESS THAN 30 SECONDS (yes i timed it fa real)”>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

St. Vincent Home for Children has agreed to allow S.H.E.R.A.H. to implement the L.O.V.E. Project. The L.O.V.E. project is a 6 week program designed to help young girls tap into their feminine power through a series of activities. The activities include affirmations, journal writing, collage designing, upper body yoga and guided meditation. We will begin the program September 6, 2008 and end on October 18, 2008. The meeting time is from10:00 am-noon. We will not meet on the 11th of October. We are in need of women to volunteer at St. Vincent. There are forms that need to be filled out. Therefore, if you are interested in giving 2 hours a day every Saturday for 6 weeks, love to work with young girls and can maintain a certain level of compassion as well as professionalism, this is a great opportunity for you. Please contact Shante “LIFE” Davis as soon as possible to schedule a meet and greet and to fill out the proper paperwork. ..................................Believing in Excellence in Education is a 6 week life-skills program for ages 7 though high school designed to empower young people to BEE the best they can be. The program focuses on etiquette/manners, social responsibility, financial responsibility, internet safety, peer pressure and more (see attached flyer). Open Registration and Parent Orientation will be held at Emerson YMCA on Pershall Road (near hwy 270 & West Florissant). Classes meet every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks from 6:30pm-8:30pm and ends in the B.E.E. BALL where students will dress up and show off their newly learned skills.. To register, log onto Please pass along............................................STL Poet Floyd IMPAKT Boykin and his wife Jacquette would like you all to votes for their baby boy Floyd Jr in the Majic 104.9 Baby Idol Cutest Baby Contest! He is listed as "Floyd B" under the "E-J" button. Voting started Monday. Please go to the web site and vote for him to win ( G & G Casting is currently scouting talent. Based out of Chicago, G &G was hoping to connect with some folks in St. Louis. If you know of any individuals who are serious about their craft and have experience and/or professional head shots and resumes please let me know. G & G is currently revising their web site, but they do have a basic splash page. I have attached the link as a reference: Please direct talent to me, that I may review their material and touch base with each individual before it's forwarded to the Executive Director. If talent sends incomplete or inadequate material directly to G & G it may get discarded. Call or e-mail me with any questions. Talk to you soon!Tamekeyo House630-729-4169...................................................... Kobalt Books has just inked a movie-production dealwith Factor Media Group/Applecrate Films/OmniquestMedia to develop the true life story of Rev. BurtonBarr Jr. and his autobiography, “The HoodlumPreacher”, into a feature film. The publisher, KobaltBooks, is currently looking to raise development fundsfor this film. Potential investors will come on asmanaging members of the company thatproduces thefilm.For More Investment Info, Contact:Cedric Mixon at 314-503-5462........................................Shante LIFE Davis is offering tutoring services forthe youth for grades 1-12. If you are aware of anyonewho is in need of some extra educational support,please feel free to contact her or give them hercontact information. Shante "LIFE" Davis(314)418-9803................STL rapper/producer J-Kwon-has a new label deal and we are looking for some interns to work on the new label HOOD HOP MUSICgraphicdesigners street team female street team club streetteam models internet teams (e-blasting,bloggers,writers)We are looking for the best. So instead ofjust grabbing the person that says they are the best,we are looking for people to SHOW us they are the best at what they do. The bread-winners will be put onpayroll with a permanent job with the company. If youthink you will be the next hottest publicist, model,A&R, sponsorship writer, whatever it is that you do,then get at us! If you can do mixtape covers, adcovers, posters, willing to do street team work and beapart of this new label contact me directly at …………………………..Joel P. E. King, owner of JPEK CreativeWorks LLC and The Space, wants to make an offer to those of you who are in search for party and event space. Close to 2,000 square feet of available spacefor your next event, wedding party, baby shower, art exhibition and more. Here at The Space, you willacquire elegance, convenience and wonderful hospitality. The Space located at 320-24 N.Vandeventer (off Lindell Blvd. in SLU area) Contact:314.494.5976 or 314.494.9095................Saint Louis has a new STREET TEAM. STL Promotions Professional Staff ,On time reporting with Pictures Electronic Marketing:E-Cards, E-Blast, Website Presence, Guerilla Marketing Techniques, Service Street, Radio, College, and Mixtape DJs, Special Events, Telephone Conferences,Retail, Market Visits, Professional Marketing Strategy for Saint Louis, Premium Product Placement, Exposure every day and every night at every event Our machine operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!!! We will exceed your expectations!!! Contact us at 314-750-6806................
ONGOING BITZ Floyd Boykin hs a new GreetingCard Line "POETICBYDESIGN." PoeticByDesign is a greeting card line created to inspire you, motivate you and encourage you in all that you do. The primary focus is to touch the souls of our customers the best way we can...through heartfelt, honest words and sentiments. Now, about the promotion. Currently, if you go online, you can purchase all five cards that are available for only $12. As of today (08-20-2008) you can log on to and purchase ANY single card, your name with be automatically placed into our internet raffle. For each card that you purchase, your name will be placed into the raffle again, which will give you a better chance of winning. If your name is pulled, you will WIN 5 cards of your choice, redeemable anytime before 02-28-2009. So that means, as we produce more cards, you will have your choice of picking between existing and newly published cards. ISN'T THAT GREAT??? This promotion will end on September 30th.We sincerely appreciate your business. If you have any questions, please contact us at, or call 314-517-8764.

STLGRIND, Brainstorm and the Parker brothers present UPSCALE every Sunday at F15teen at 1900 Locust Street. Doors 7 p.m., Network 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Evolve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Admission $5 after 9 p.m. Ladies Two for one until 11 p.m. Info: 314.588.8899
NEW: Soup Kitchen presents a Taste of Healing every 1st Sunday of the month feat. DJ G and Needles at JMRJ Soul Food Restaurant, 2800 Olive Blvd below the Heritage House 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $10 Web-site: PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS!!
The Soulition and Absolut present Chocolate Sunday with Dj Needles, 9 p.m. at 609/The U Lounge, 609 Eastgate. Ladies Free til 11 p.m., Ladies $3, fellas $5.
Fred and Harry Inc. presents Champagne Sundays at Sol Lounge, 4241 Lindell, 3:30 p.m. Cocktails $5, Cover $3. For more info go to
Suite Soul Spot every 1st Tuesday of the Month at Old Rockhouse, 1200 S 7th St., Info: 314.588.0505. NEW. The Head Nodders Ball w DJ Needles Mondays at the Delmar Lounge, 6235 Delmar 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. $3 Cover..........................
+++Mondays are Comedy Nites at Janae’s West 7555 Olive Blvd, hosted by Darius Bradford. 8:30 p.m. $10 Cover. (314)863-7420...............................
NEW: EVERY Tuesday to follow, join 609, Bacardi USA and Precision for the Ultimate Tuesday Happy Hour from 5-8pm weekly. ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK Bacardi and ABSOLUT for $22 (tax included). Wristbands and cup provided!". Francois Cognac and Cigar Bar presents Evening of Expressions, every Tuesday a blend of culture, spoken word and neo soul, 326 N/ Vanderventer. Free until 9 p.m. $5 after 9 p.m. For more info call Ms. Bell at 314.229.7952 or Alexander at 314.448.2939..............................
Two Dollar Tease Me Tuesdays Comedy Show at the Twilight Room 8344 North Broadway, St. Louis MO. Call 314.385.4545 for more info.‏ Suite Soul Spot, 1st Tuesday of each Month at the Old Rock House, 1200 S 7th Blvd. 9 p.m. 314-588-0505.2 Dollar Tuesdays at The Spot, 8370 N Broadway. $2 to get in and $2 drink specials all nite long. Doors at 9 p.m. for more info call 314.385.4545..................
NEW: Fusion with DJ Needles of the Solution, Wednesdays at Posh, 408 N Euclid, 8 p.m. 21 Y.O. and up NO HATS FELLAS. FREE Roc-a- Star presents Refreshin with DJ NeedlesThursdays at Xes behind the Drunken Fish, 612. N. 2ndSt. Lacledes Landing. Ladies FREE til 11 p.m..............
Lamar Harris and The L, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. til midnite at Delmar Restaurant and Lounge6235 Delmar Blvd. Free before 10 p.m. 314) 725-6565 ·NEW: After Hours presents The Return of Nightlife Networking. No Cover. Live Entertainment every other Thursday starting Sept 25 at Posh, 408 N Euclid.
Drama House Thursdays @ The In Spot, 5854a Delmar- Clean Comedy‏ . Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. $5
Milq Da Game presents Destination Thursdays at Club Society. $500 to the sexiest lady. Ladies Free til 11;30p.m. 2 for 1 drinks before 10:30 p.m. for fellas and free drinks for ladies. Info:
M5 Entertainment presents Rhythm and rhyme Thursdays every Thursdays. Calling all hip-hop artists, poets, singers. Royal Palace Restaurant and Lounge, 4266 Natural bridge at Lamdin. Sign up by 8:30 p.m.. Show at 9:30 p.m., Admission FREE before 9 p.m., $5 After wards.
PANACHE "Every Last Friday of The Month"What: Night of MayhemHost: Precision EntertainmentStart Time: 9p.m.-3:00amWhere: XES Night Club (Next to the Drunken Fish on Laclede's Landing)
+++Urban Causal Fridays hosted by Bishop V-Luv, HappyHour at Spruills, 1101 N. Jefferson. Free from6p.m.-9p.m. (2 for 1) Free food 9 p.m.-11p.m. Drink specials until midnite. Party 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies free til 11 p.m. for more info call 314.574.9601 or314.625.4595 or go to
All Star Inc presents Grown Folks Friday at St. Louis happy Hour bar and Grill, 12948 Halls ferry at Parker Rd., with DJ Sir Thirl. Ladies Free til 11 p.m. FREE Parking. Status Fridays every Friday at Dolce Ladies $5 before 11 p.m. 9 p.m.-3 am
CAFE SOUL, every 3rd Friday of the Month, Place: Lucas Shcool House , PLEASE CALL 314-504-7405. FOR INFO.
NEW: DJ Sir Thurl will DJ your birthday party for FREE!!!Have "The Official Party Starter" DJ Sir Thurl from 100.3 The Beat Aka Mr. Myspace DJ for July Spin at your birthday party FOR FREE!!! All you have to do is call 314.551.9872 for the details or email: You must be 21 years of age or over to receive this special!
The Virtual Lounge Expressions, A Christian based open mic every 1st Friday, Cookies jazz and More #20 AllenBlvd. Webster Groves, Mo. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover $10. For more info go to
NEW: DT presents 30s the New 20 at the Jazz Spot (formerly WS Hotel), 400 Wash Ave., Starting Saturday, Sept 13, 30 and upo, Doors at 8 p.m. Dress Code. Info: 314.922.4387. JOIN DERRTY DJ'S DJ AJ & DJ CD EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT FOR THE ULTIMATE 30 & OVER PARTY

Rance John Styles and barbering, located in the luxurious Benton Park Neighborhood, 2909 Jefferson. 314.772.7511
*** PIECES OF A DREAM" One of the most critically-acclaimed, powerful independent films of our generation!!! ORDER IT NOW AT orBy calling the Customer Service toll free# at 888-418-8637 Mon.-Fri. between 10am - 5pm (CST) & selecting option #2 (accepting debit/credit cards & checks/money orders) Get the "Pieces Of A Dream" Feature Film DVD / the Music Soundtrack CD individually available for $13 + shipping/handling orGet the "Pieces Of A Dream" Combo Pack (Both the DVD & CD) for $23 + shipping/handling. Fans worldwide are responding and joining the "Conscious" Film Movement!!! Snapping up more than 30,000 copies of the independently produced "conscious" film "PIECES OF A DREAM" DVD & Music Soundtrack CD,since it's worldwide release in December 2007.
Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center, 5990 Page. Now Enrolling. School age children welcome. Info: 314.725.5710
Check out Leannett Payne’’s CHOCOLATE BLOG by emailing her at!
Catch all the latest STL entertainment sites, sounds and interviews at
UC ME Radio with Murphy lee, Kyjuan and comedian Darius Bradford, 6 p.m. Sundays on 100.3 The Beat.
For your hip-hop ministry and Christian music services check out Mynista’s website at :
Check out author and activist Keith Boykin’s new website Daily Voice at
Hear new music from STL singer Silky Sol at or
For all your photography needs go to
The Black Rep's blog, Black Reppin. It can be found on its website, or directly at
Bosley and Associates Traffic Law Centers .Suspensions, Speeding. Revocations. DWI. PointProblems. Accidents. Frison ‘s Flea Market, 7025 St.Charles Rock Rd., Fri-Sunday 9 am-5 p.m. or Big TopFlea Market, 367 Chambers Road. For more info, call314.621.1744
Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. Patrinna Wiley & Eric LaGrone Independent Associates Small Business and Group Specialists Identity Theft/Restoration Services We give members access to professional legal counsel not only for traditional legal problems, but for everyday events such as buying a house or a car, creating a will, handling a problem with an insurance company, dealing with identity theft, and much more where legal review should be routine, but rarely is. These events can be among the most important events in a person's life, yet there is a tendency for them to take place without proper legal review. For Pre-Paid Legal members, access to legal counsel is only a toll-free phone call away. Call to set up your appointment.Office: (314) 837-6779 Cell Patrinna: (314) 581-9888 Cell Eric: (314) 713-7803
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Check out Lisa Rose blogsite on Strong PositiveBlack Sisters at or go to her my space page at
Check out blog for local literary group
Sister’s Nineties Afrocentric literary activities for the family and youngsters.
Check out Lachrisa Crenshaw’s spa products at or call her at (314)401-0710
Check out Diversity Gallery, for all of your naturalhair and beauty needs as well its café located at 6150Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar loop.For more info call314.721.3361 or email at
For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs andother special effects, contactJessica Dana at or go to
Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radioplaylist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at or go to his myspace page www.myspace/enochisreal.
For all your STL hip-hop info needs, go to!
STL videographer Dana Christian has a website where people can send their professional music videos and films to get exposed. It is
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