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In brief: A proposed state drink for Nevada, a local Monsanto march and more

House of joy

Way to raise the bar for sons everywhere, Michael Luangrath. The Las Vegas resident gave his mother, 52-year-old Dao Vahn, a Mother’s Day gift for the ages when he presented her with ... a new house! This after dropping out of college to care for her while she battled cervical cancer. He posted a video of his mother’s reaction on YouTube, and it’s exploded, with nearly 1 million views. If this doesn’t shame you into getting something nicer for Mom next year, we don’t know what will. —Ken Miller

Forward march

Activists around the world will march this Saturday, taking a stand against agriculture company Monsanto for producing genetically modified crops. Las Vegas is one of 330 cities participating in the March Against Monsanto, which begins locally at 10:30 a.m. with a rally at the corner of Sunset Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, ending at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Want to eat GMO-free? Set that alarm and don’t forget to wear red. Find more details at —Mark Adams

Punch drunk

Nevada’s state flower? Sagebrush. The state bird? Mountain Bluebird. State soil? Orovada Series. But what about the state drink? Right now there’s no such thing, but there will be, if assemblyman William Horne and lobbyist Sean Gamble get their wish. They’re pushing for Picon Punch, a combination of brandy, soda, grenadine and Amer Picon orange bitters. Apparently it’s popular among Northern Nevada sheepherders. Presumably the bill will face opposition from Las Vegas First Man/Bombay Sapphire Gin spokesman Oscar Goodman. —Rick Lax

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