no hurry for the 110 degree heat our summers bring. Today, high of 80 but very windy (gusts to 55
miles an hour).
Happy Mother's Day. Today I remember my mother, Mary Lynch. The little lady my friends grew to knew
as always wanting to make everyone happy. She is survived only by myself and her older sister Ann,
who tuned 90 in December. Happy Mother's Day.
And to my wife Laura, who is with the Las Vegas Grandkids, eating whatever they manage to make as
"breakfast." Happy Mother's Day to my partner and the love of my life.
If you want to be satisfied with life, the Gallop Well Being Index, which interviewed more than
one million Americans, puts Boulder Colordo as the happiest city in America, with the best well being,
with Hawaii the happiest state, followed by Wyoming and North Dakota. Obesity is only 13% in
Boulder, where outdoor activities, the arts, a realitve high standard of living and a younger mean
population than many other cities surveyed. Sleep, exercise, regular hours, finding things you enjoy
in what you are going, family, religious faith and strengthened relationships with other people help to
raise the standard of well being for any American.
HunTighton, West Virginia is dead last in the well being index. Coal mining busted, factories closed,
the population aging, they drink and smoke more per capita than other cities surveyed and the population
is ageing. Poverty in the surrounding areas and the flight of young adults are adding stress to Huntington.
Nevada legislative panels made short work of approving a Nevada redistricting plan backed by
Democrats, a move quickly denounced by Republicans who called the plan illegal. Both
the Senate and Assembly committees on Legislative Operations and Elections voted yesterday
to approve bills that detail new voting districts developed by Democratic strategists.
A sweeping campaign reform bill has been amended by a sate senate committee to prohibit contributions
from foreign nationals. It's an embarrassing issue for state lawmakers this session after dozens received
contributions from a foreign-based company that wanted to position itself for legalized Internet poker
in the state. The amendment was adopted yesterday.
Two dresses worn by Princess Diana have sold for a record $276,000 at an auction in Beverly Hills.
Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, said yesterday that a black crepe evening gown
Diana wore during a state visit in 1992 fetched the higher price of $144,000. A light blue strapless
gown with accompanying stole sold for $132,000 and was worn on three occasions.
The Venice Film Festival says it will honor Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio with a Golden Lion for
Lifetime Achievement at the next edition of the festival running Aug. 31-Sept. 10. The festival called the 71-year-old Bellocchio "one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of recent decades."
Bellocchio's first film "Fists in the Pocket" in 1965 established him as one of the leading figures of
Italian cinema. The Recent winners of the award have included Hong Kong actionfestival said in a statement Sunday that the worldwide success of 2009's "Vincere" confirmed Bellocchio's standing as one of three
major Italian directors active today, alongside Bernardo Bertolucci and Ermanno Olmi. filmmaker
John Woo and John Lasseter and his Pixar creators of "Toy Story," "Nemo" and other animated films.
A tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open the 27th annual PBS National
Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol lawn in Washington. Organizers said in a statement that
the segment would remember "those who lost their lives that day, and their loved ones, and
commemorating the heroism of the firemen and policemen who first responded." The event will
also continue the tradition of honoring soldiers and their families. "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise
and "Criminal Minds" star Joe Mantegna (mahn-TAYN'-yuh) will host the event, which will also
feature performances and appearances by "American Idol" finalist Pia Toscano, eighth season
"Idol" champion Kris Allen, "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" star Forest Whitaker and gospel singer
Yolanda Adams. PBS will broadcast the concert live May 29.
Today is the anniversary of the launch of "New Coke", the highest profile failure in marketing history,
surpassing the Edsel (a car designed on what Americans said they wanted but did not buy).