Lunchbox: Local, regional, national, beyond

Get motivated!: U of L Coach Rick Pitino says, “I could wake up and come up with 10 reasons why I should be unhappy.” But instead, he says, “I convince myself every morning how lucky I am, how blessed I am.” These are among the many gems Coach shared during a motivational conference yesterday that drew with a crowd of 17,000 that laughed at cheered in response to Pitino, who has been the subject of some, uh, unflattering press as of late due to an extramarital tryst with a woman of questionable sanity. Other speakers at the Freedom Hall event included former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Laura Bush, Rudy Giuliana and Terry Bradshaw.

Son speaks: The son of U.S. Census worker Bill Sparkman — who was found bound, gagged and tied to a tree in rural Clay County — believes his father was murdered, even though the authorities have not publicly made that determination. “I look at it as disrespectful to be still throwing suicide and accident around,” Josh Sparkman told the Associated Press. “He didn’t do this to himself. That’s dishonorable. My dad was a good man.” Sparkman’s body was found in a graveyard — hands and feet duct taped — with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest, causing speculation that this possible murder was spurred by anti-government sentiments.

Right to bear arms: The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether the right to own guns for self-defense, announced by the court last year when it struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns, also applies to other states and cities with gun-control laws. Last year’s landmark decision — Heller v. District of Columbia — only addressed D.C., which falls under federal jurisdiction.

Another case of The Iraq?: When then-Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke of Iraq’s “unconventional weapons” back in 2003, he was quite persuasive, offering up satellite images and all. That led to a long and costly war, with Americans later learning Iraq didn’t actually have any WMDs. This left The People a bit jaded, which explains why some are skeptical about the recent talk of Iran’s nuclear program. At the very least, critics want to be sure this isn’t another rush to judgment.

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