Hey, everyone! Here’s some good news I culled from the intertoobz.
• Another crack in the glass ceiling: the mayor of Los Angeles has nominated Marcie Edwards, the first woman ever, to head the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power. The LADWP is the nation’s largest publicly-owned utility.
• Scientists believe they’ve discovered a faster, easier source of human stem cells than the method they’ve been using.
• A solar-powered MacBook? It’s coming.
• Frackers have been banned from New York State for at least one more year.
• The Archbishops of Canterbury and York criticize Africa’s anti-gay laws in a letter to the leaders of Nigeria and Uganda:
The communique said: “We continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people.
“The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us.
“We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.”
• An Iranian schoolteacher shaved his head to show solidarity with a bullied student. The bullying stopped and the teacher is now a national hero.
• A new species of river dolphin has been discovered in the South American jungles. It’s the first such discovery in about 100 years.
• President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.
• The Florida State Supreme Court approved a medical marijuana initiative for the November ballot.
• Senior citizens recreate iconic scenes from your favorite movies for a retirement home calendar: check it out, it’s way cool.
• Fascinating story about Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, who uses guns to create musical instruments. He also recently held theater workshops in Tampa to initiate discussion of American gun culture. Says Reyes:
“Yes, I do believe guns are bad. Because, you know it’s an industry that to thrive, it needs conflict.”
• Monsanto appears to be backing away from GMOs.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• President Obama visited Nashville yesterday. I wasn’t there, but I watched his address on TV. You can see it here.
• Medical marijuana is on the legislative calendar in Tennessee.
• Tennessee ranks number one in gains in union membership.
• Superstar and Tennessee native Tina Turner has donated an undisclosed amount of money and memorabilia to be used toward the renovation of her old elementary school, the Flagg Grove School. The one-room school was closed in the 1960s and in 2012 was moved to the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tennessee.
This week’s cool video: great works of art brought to life. Enjoy!