Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

An `Intriguing Saga' of Casino Corruption

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

An `Intriguing Saga' of Casino Corruption

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ODDS COUPLE: Over lunch with literary types at trendy Traffic, behind One Metropolitan Square, scribe Rob Staggenborg, co-author of the upcoming tell-all, "Games of Chance: Las Vegas Rolls the Show-Me State," called his story "one of the most intriguing sagas in modern Missouri politics." The corruption, he said, was not in Las Vegas, but right here in Missouri.

MOVES: St. Louis University's prez, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi, confirmed that he had tried to negotiate the purchase of the three buildings that make up Teamsters Council Plaza. Said Biondi, "We couldn't compromise on a price. We're back at square one to look at other real estate." . . .

Developer Sidney Brilliant said he has found an alternate site in Clayton for his proposed Maryland Towers project. The erstwhile site was at Maryland Avenue and Brentwood Boulevard, which erupted into lawsuits between Brilliant and the Morrie Zimrings. . . .

DOWN PERISCOPE: St. Louis Entertainment Ventures, ranked first by the Port Authority for the Laclede's Landing/Riverfront North gaming lease, is having second thoughts about opening a submarine-themed eatery on the Landing. SIGHTEM: His ex-Honor Vince Schoemehl was signing autographs for fans behind the penalty box at Monday's Blues-Vancouver Canucks playoff game at Kiel Center.

PEOPLE IN PLACES: Todd Thomas had a reunion Monday night with Zoe Houck Robinson at her Cafe Zoe. When the dinery was in Lafayette Square, Thomas was a server/host. He's now a designer of moderate- to upper-priced women's wear in his 47th Street salon in Gotham. Next for Thomas - "the three B's" - Bendel's, Bergdorf's and Bloomie's. With Thomas was his pal, Carol Crudden, owner of Ziezo boutique in the Tivoli Theatre Building. Todd was here to assist Crudden in preparations for her grand re-opening this weekend. . . .

Vet retailer David Kaplan has bowed Designer Shoe Warehouse, at 780 North New Ballas Road. . . .

Sarita Fudemberg hit a record fifth hole in one at Meadowbrook Country Club. . . .

Cardwell's at the Plaza has inked Lenny Klinger and his Galaxy ensemble to entertain Sunday nights (dinner only from now on). …

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