Charlie Brennan: Police Changes, Blind Coverage, Same-sex Marriage & Austism
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom is proposing to reduce the city’s nine police districts and downsize his command staff. He plans to complete the process by the end of the year. Does this mean less officers on the street? Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, actually commends Chief Isom for reducing his command staff plus Charlie as well for letting him plea his case on this issue.
Charlie follows up his coverage of the State possibly cutting health care for the blind. Denny Huff, President for Missouri Council of the Blind, apparently got some good news.
President Obama announced Wednesday that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states’ deciding the issue on their own. Charlie went to the phone lines.
The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at University of Missouri is one of the top autism research facilities in the nation. Charlie is honored to emcee their annual fundraiser for the past five years. To discuss their work, Charlie was joined by Dr. Tim Fete, Thompson Center Interim Director and Chair of the Department of Child Health and Children Miracle Network Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Are we celebrating graduations too much with parties and ceremonies? It’s another pet peeve from KMOX’s Carol Daniel of Total Information PM that Charlie decided to indulge.
Charlie got the ‘ins and outs’ of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Chess Championships that began on May 7 when he talked to Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. They also unveiled a Guinness World Record chess piece that stands at 14 feet, 6 inches tall and is 6 feet wide at the base.