Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Handgun Permits Come with Hospital Greetings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Handgun Permits Come with Hospital Greetings

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DON'T CALL US: Applicants for handgun permits in the city of St. Louis are now getting a sobering warning from Sheriff Jim Murphy in the same envelope as their permits: a glossy pamphlet on firearm safety, inscribed with the corporate logo of the BJC Health System and the message, "Barnes trauma service wants you to be a responsible firearm owner."

FUND-RAISING: The annual City Hall employee charity drive is getting greener, but maybe not cleaner. For the first time ever, employees can choose to donate through payroll deduction to the Missouri Environmental Fund, an umbrella group of 20 conservation-oriented groups. Or they can choose the Bill Clay Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. On the fund's board sits ex-comptroller Virvus Jones, currently behind bars.

BIG WHEELS: Michelle Steger, the energetic young president of the local chapter of Americans Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT), has had quite a month, successfully publicizing efforts to force 25 downtown Clayton buildings and the Old Cathedral on the riverfront to become accessible to persons with disabilities. MR. NITELIFE: "Wherever I go, people recognize me and greet me. But in Holland, while they recognized me, they wouldn't say a word - you know they're so Calvinistic," said the St. Louis Symph's Hans Vonk. After he conducted excerpts from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" Saturday night, Vonk and his wife, Jessie, worked the lobby of Powell Hall smoother than any colyumist could attempt. At the Maestro Hans Vonk Gala, staged by the Symphony women's auxiliary, they moved from table to table, always catching the sights of the magnificent roses-and-hydrangea centerpieces by Ken Miesner and John Sullivan, who also dittoed the garlands throughout the hall. The rave dinner was prepared by Mark Erker's Catering St. Louis, under a tent on the hall's parking lot. The tablecloths were so chic that Kimmy Brauer confided she'd bought 10 of them. On hand for the salute were the usual 350 suspects and then some, who plunked down about $1,500 a couple to raise more than $500,000. Included were attorney and "friend of Prez Bill" Tom Lakin with Irene Rettig; SIU-E Chancellor Nancy Belck with her hub, Jack; Julie and Jim McPike, former majority leader of the Illinois House; Linda and Dale Chapman, prez of Lewis & Clark College; the Rams' John Shaw with his ever-lovin' Lori Zech, a volunteer at the Wolf Sanctuary; Barbara and Andy Taylor; Betty and David Farrell; Byrd and Bourne Bean; Ed Fisher with Donna Wilkinson; David and Susan Mesker; Dick and Jo Liddy and Roma Broida Witcoff. …

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