Remembering Nancy Reagan on the second anniversary of her death

By Dean Musgrove | [email protected] | Daily News PUBLISHED: March 5, 2018 at 5:02 pm | UPDATED: March 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm Nancy Davis Reagan, the wife of the late President Ronald Reagan, died two years ago at her home in Los Angeles on March 6, 2016. She was 94. The former first lady will perhaps be best remembered for her loyalty to her husband. She became fiercely protective of him after a 1981 assassination attempt and later stood by him as Alzheimer’s disease overtook him in his last years. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan together at an unknown event, 1950s. Photo Credit: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library FoundationNancy Davis publicity photo taken in early 1950’s. (LA Daily News file photo) Sound1971 – California: Gov. Ronald Reagan being inaugurated while wife Nancy looks on -Chief Justice Donald Wright Administers the oath. *** NOTE*** Artist painted white haze around the peopleRonald Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952.11/3/86 – At campaign pep rally this afternoon held at Orange County Fairgrounds Amphitheater. Left to right- Senate candidate Ed Zschau with Nancy Reagan waving to fans- Pres. Ronald Reagan laughing and Gov. George Deukmejian. The groupwas having a good time watching the carnival of events at the close of the campaign rally.11/21/88–Simi Valley-President Ronald Reagan shovels dirt while Nancy struggles to break the surface during a ground breaking ceremony for the new Reagan Library in Simi Valley.(John McCoy/Daily News)REAGAN COMES HOME–Nancy Reagan waves to the crowd on hand to greet her as she arrives at Mugu Naval Air Station friday afternoon to be buried at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, CA. Escorting Reagan is Commanding General, US Army Maj. General Galen Jackman. Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News.6/11/04–Simi Valley– The First Lady, Nancy Reagan during funeral services for the 40th President at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Ca, Friday, June 11th, 2004. ( Continue Reading

Which generation has it worse? (Opinion)

(CNN)Editor's Note: Generation whining has become nearly a national pastime. Millennials say they have it the worst. Generation X feels neglected. Baby boomers are tired of being called narcissistic. In articles and cartoons everywhere -- from CNN to The New York Times to Gizmodo and beyond -- critics call out this generation's sense of entitlement, that generation's self-absorption. We invited writers, activists and CNN contributors from different generations to hash it out. Jeff Yang: Generation X is bitter I belong to generation X, which might as well be called the interstitial generation. We're the cohort everyone skips over — the all-but-invisible slice of 50 million fortysomethings, jammed in between the self-satisfied boomers and self-indulgent millennials. Jeff Yang with Scottie Pippen. Yet, despite our generation's small size and overlooked status, we've nevertheless been handed the job of being America's cultural roadies, stuck with the grotty work of cleaning up a world-stage festooned with the detritus of decades of boomer indulgence, while simultaneously setting it for the triumphant arrival of the millennial headliners to come. (Plus we're raising the post-millennials to not be like their unappreciative grandparents and big siblings.) We gave the world the smartphone, the Internet and the social media revolution. In return, the world called us slackers. Is there any wonder we're bitter? Jeff Yang is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal Online and contributes frequently to radio shows, including PRI's "The Takeaway" and WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show." He is the co-author of "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action." Read More Paul Begala: Boomers, worst generation ever Sixteen years ago I wrote in Esquire, "The baby boomers are the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-interested, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in American history." Nearly a generation later, I stand by every word. In fact, Continue Reading

Meet the candidates for 2018 Queen of Snows

The 14 candidates for Aurora, 2018 Queen of Snows of the St. Paul Winter Carnival include a funeral director and a former fire baton twirler; college students, single moms, empty-nesters and women with previous tiara-wearing experience; an immigrant who now works with refugees; teachers, moms on carpool duty, business owners and graduate students; women who are interested in medallion hunting, traveling to all seven continents and some real Tough Mudders (an obstacle course race) — as well as a candidate sponsored by a past Vulcan Krewe (it’s allowed, Carnival folks assured us). From this interesting tapestry, one woman will be crowned Winter Carnival queen Friday, Jan. 26; four others will be named princesses. As part of the royal family, the five will spend the next year representing St. Paul and its Winter Carnival throughout the city, metro, state and even into Canada (and other far-off locales). The Pioneer Press will interview the new queen shortly after she is crowned. For now, let us introduce you to the contenders for this sparkling role in St. Paul history — as well as the inspirational quotes we asked them to share with us. Samantha Brogger, 35, of Lakeville. Sponsored by the 2014 Vulcan Krewe. Provided bio: “Originally from Northfield, Samantha has lived in seven different states, traveled to over 20 countries and five continents, courtesy of the United States Navy.  She spent eight years as a crew chief and loadmaster on a carrier-based cargo airplane before being selected for a commissioning program. After graduating from the University of Minnesota and receiving a commission as a Naval officer, she served for five years in Navy Growler squadrons. Currently, Samantha is attending Capella University, working on a graduate degree in public safety with a specialization in emergency management. Having made it to all 50 states, her next travel goal is to make it to Africa and Antarctica to check visiting all seven continents off Continue Reading

The very best pictures from the triumphs and tragedies of 2017

1 of 75 View 75 Items Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Utah Army National Guard Spc. Curtis Jeffs helps stranded flood victim Hersey Kirk after Tropical Storm Harvey in Rose City, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Related Links The top 10 arts and entertainment stories of 2017 Elder Hales' passing, Scouting changes and the top LDS Church stories of 2017 As a photojournalist, you have a front-row seat to history. Documenting that history, often life’s triumphs and tragedies, is part of the job. For the photojournalists of the Deseret News, 2017 was a historic year as they traveled around Utah, around the U.S. and even out of the country to cover some of the biggest stories. 1 comment on this story From Houston’s Hurricane Harvey to the Las Vegas mass shooting to the fires of Santa Rosa, our photojournalists brought picture stories of strength and survival, hope and healing to Deseret News readers. Through their lenses, readers saw the good in humanity as the country tried to come to terms with so many heartbreaking stories. But there were also some lighter moments life offered this past year that helped bring some of the chaos back into focus and balance us. Whether covering a STEM conference that saw a girl’s hair stand straight up or an epic eclipse that turned day to night, these moments captured our hearts. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News A home owner tries to put water on the fire at it burns homes and property near Weber Canyon on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Jane Cunningham Otis yells out as she joins hundreds of others at a town hall meeting with Rep. Chris Stewart at West High School in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 31, 2017. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke enjoys a horseback ride in the Bears Ears National Monument with local and state representatives on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Continue Reading

Ultimate Michigan bucket list: 50 things you must do

Michigan is the home of many splendid things — we know it, because we live here. Beautiful scenery, majestic lakes, fabulous food, quirky locales and hidden gems just barely scratch the surface of what Michigan has to offer.We asked staff members of the Detroit Free Press to share some of the best things to see and do in Michigan, based on our personal experiences. Here are 50 ideas you may want to add to your bucket list.Think we missed something? Add your bucket list item here and be sure to explain why it's great.The Call of the Wild MuseumThis quirky Gaylord museum is a relic from the days of local roadside attractions, when long rides Up North were punctuated by corny and kitschy tourist stops in small towns along the way. The museum features dozens of animals preserved years ago by local taxidermists, but it’s also a museum of a lost era of tourism, before highways like I-75 enabled tourists to bypass the towns they once drove through.Maple Syrup Festival in VermontvilleFor many rural places in Michigan, local weekend festivals are celebrations of small-town life, an occasion for a town to trumpet its distinctiveness and to advertise itself to the rest of the state. The annual Maple Syrup Festival in mid-state Vermontville is the quintessential small-town event. It offers arm-wrestling contests, a pancake derby and Bovine Bingo, which involves betting on a square drawn on a football field where a cow is allowed to roam free until it leaves a dropping on the winning number. A Maple Syrup Festival queen is crowned at the end of it all. Held every year on the last weekend in April.Oswald's Bear RanchWant the terrifying thrill of seeing a grown man standing next to a full-grown bear that could kill him with one swipe yet prefers to snuggle instead? Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry features dozens of rescued and orphaned bears on 240 acres of Upper Peninsula woodlands, plus the opportunity to have Continue Reading

A DECADE OF RAZZLE DAZZLE. A murderers’ row of stars celebrates ‘ Chicago ‘ ann’y

'I'm older than I ever intended to be. " That's Roxie Hart's signature line from "Chicago," the blockbuster musical revival that, like its feisty heroine, has held on longer than anyone imagined it would. "Chicago" turns the big 1-0 tonight - ten hit years on Broadway. Such staying power is, after all, something to sing about. The show celebrates its landmark anniversary tonight with a gala performance benefiting the victims-assistance group Safe Horizon. The event reunites stars from the original 1975 version of the musical and the 1996 revival, including Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton, Joel Grey and Marcia Lewis. They will be joined at the Ambassador Theatre by a starry group of alums of the Broadway and London casts and international touring companies. Razzle-dazzle 'em, indeed. What explains the longevity of this show about two murderesses who manipulate the media to get out of jail free? First, there's the great score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. When you leave the theater, you can't help but hum "All That Jazz," "All I Care About," "Razzle Dazzle" or any number of "Chicago's" other catchy tunes. Then there's the muscular and magnificent Bob Fosse choreography, redone here by Rein­king, the revival's original Roxie. The show's energy has been continuously boosted by a who's who of celebs - from Melanie Griffith to Usher - coming in to fill the lead roles. The Broadway box office also got a bump (and grind) by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version. And maybe the chief reason the show has legs - well, the show has legs ... lots of sexy, sculpted ones, and it knows how to use them. THE BILLY FLYNNS. THE ROXIE HARTS. GREGORY HARRISON is best known from the TV series "Trapper John, M. D. " His movie credits include the '70s cult favorite "The Harrad Experiment. " In 1997, he appeared on Broadway in another Kander and Ebb musical, "Steel Pier. " ALAN THICKE, once a popular Canadian talk-show host, is Continue Reading