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Harmon was the first to bring up the most fragile of topics when he wondered aloud whether the city needed to think about how to "re-affiliate" with St. Louis County. To get to that walking-erect stage, though, the city must first crawl its way into doing governmental business the way the rest of the world does.

Schoemehl told the crowd that a change in the charter "will help communicate to the rest of the state and the rest of the region that St. Louis city is more in conformity with the accepted form of government throughout the rest of the state. We will be, if you will, less odd."

Well, it'd be a step.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: Lou "Fatha" Thimes, like many other disc jockeys before and since, was fond of saying, "That sounded so nice, let's back it up and play it twice." That must be what the omniscient editors at the daily paper of record were thinking when they ran -- twice! -- Kevin Johnson's review of the Faith Hill concert at the Fox. Word-for-word, the upbeat review was published April 13 on page D3 of the "Everyday" section and on page B2 of the "Metro" section. So what gives? Maybe they should have put a copy of it in the Business section so the drones who just look at stock prices could read that Ms. Hill was "sporting a long blond ponytail not unlike the one Madonna wore for her 'Blond Ambition' tour."... In Zen Buddhism, a koan is a nonsensical question or statement posed to a student to trigger meditation that may lead to greater awareness or enlightenment. Cardinal broadcaster Mike Shannon was raised a good Catholic boy, but he seems to have at least one koan up his sleeve at each game. The few Salesian Brothers left at CBC might have grimaced at the verb tense ex-Cadet Shannon used Thursday night when he uttered this koan after Mark McGwire hit a home run in the first inning: "I hope the fans coming to Three Rivers tonight are already here." What he meant to say, we think, was that any late arrivals missed a McGwire home run. What is the sound of one hand clapping? What is the sound of one man drinking Busch? Heh-heh-heh-heh.

Contributors: Eddie Silva, D.J. Wilson

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