Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis for 9-05-15

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis for 9-05-15

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LATE SCRATCH * Take "First Night" festivities in midtown St. Louis off your list for this year. Grand Center Inc., producers of the event, announced it will not throw the party this Dec. 31.

Further, the statement says center officials will meet with Downtown STL to see if the event can be rekindled in December 2016.

In a statement on the center's website, former Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl Jr., center president and CEO, said the decision "was not arrived at lightly."

"The event has simply outgrown the Grand Center neighborhood." the statement said. "We realize First Night is a New Year's Eve tradition for many families in our community, so we've been working to find an alternate location."

Missy Kelley, Downtown STL's president and CEO, joined the statement to say a decision on whether her organization will bring back the event will be made in early 2016.

SPICE SUIT * Care for some freshly ground pepper on your $5 million lawsuit?

Katrina Linker, of St. Louis, has filed a proposed class action suit in U.S. District Court against McCormick & Co. Inc., alleging that the spice company was being "unlawful, deceptive and unfair."

Linker's problem is not with the pepper, but with the empty space in the pepper container.

Filed Aug. 27, the suit claims the company decreased by 25 percent the amount of pepper it puts in its tins but has kept the containers at the same size. The suit alleges this violates state and federal laws against "slack-filling," using a container that deliberately aims to mislead consumers.

Ryan Keane, Linker's attorney, said a national effort began in June when J.R. Watkins, a Minnesota company that sells spices and lotions, filed suit.

Keane said plaintiffs in at least seven states had now filed potential class-action suits. He said the $5 million damage request was not specifically for Linker but was the minimum required by federal guidelines.

RIVER CARD * STL radio host/poker power Paul Harris will have his mug on the big screen next month, with a cameo in "Mississippi Grind."

The movie opens Oct. 2, and stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as itinerant gamblers looking for a big score. …

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