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October 6, 2015

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Identical twin sisters marry identical twin brothers, move in together

(via People)

Comment The Doublemint Twins have nothing on this group. Phil and Doug Malm are a set of identical twins, as are Jena and Jill. Phil and Doug married Jena and Jill, respectively, in 1993 at the Twins Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, and returned to the festival to celebrate their 22nd anniversary this week. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas arena and city’s NHL bid are rolling along

An artist's illustration of the completed arena is displayed during a topping off ceremony for the Las Vegas Arena Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Representatives from MGM Resorts International and AEG, contractors Hunt-Penta and elected officials were on hand to celebrate the installation of the arena's final steel beam. The $375 million arena is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.

(via By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times)

Comment The building creaks in the quiet of the hot afternoon, an eerie sound that’s entirely normal as its concrete and 7,000 tons of structural steel settle into place within the arena under construction just off the Las Vegas Strip. Soon that creaking will fade, replaced by the sounds of music and cheers at concerts, boxing matches, college basketball games and ...

Report: Boeing and GE were warned about airplane engine that exploded

A British Airways passenger jet is surrounded by emergency vehicles after a fire Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at McCarran International Airport.

(via The Daily Beast)

Comment A British Airways Boeing 777 suffered a catastrophic engine failure on takeoff from Las Vegas last week, with fire and debris shooting into the wing and fuselage. The Daily Beast has learned that the General Electric engine that failed was the subject of a safety warning from the Federal Aviation Administration four years ago. To see the full story, click ...

Experts: Pilot delivered ‘textbook response’ to catastrophic engine failure

(via The Guardian)

Comment The captain of a British Airways jet that was forced to abandon its takeoff from Las Vegas after an engine burst into flames is a veteran pilot who was due to retire next week. The pilot — identified by the Guardian as Chris Henkey, 63, from near Reading, Berkshire — was applauded by passengers for averting a potential disaster on ...

Harry Reid may be permanently blind in right eye

(via CNN)

Comment Harry Reid, who took a brutal fall in a New Year's Day exercise accident, says he may be permanently blind in his right eye. In an interview Tuesday with CNN, Reid said, "No, probably not," when asked if he would ever see again out of his injured eye. To see the full story, click here.

Connecticut teen arrested in hazing case as coach remains on leave

(via USA Today)

Comment A fast-moving hazing investigation in Connecticut has led to the arrest of a high school student athlete in Connecticut, where his coach has already been placed on leave. As reported by Hartford Fox affiliate WTIC, a 16-year-old member of the Cromwell-Portland football team was arrested on Thursday in connection with hazing allegations against the program that were brought to police ...

Trump’s Latino bashing risks GOP Senate hopes in Nevada, 2 other key states

(via Talking Points Memo)

Comment The havoc Donald Trump is wreaking on the presidential race is just the beginning of the problems he is poised to cause Republicans in 2016. Already Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric is becoming a flashpoint in the down-the-ballot campaigns. The direction he is pulling his fellow Republicans could put in jeopardy the GOP's majority in the Senate, as some of ...

Snoop Dogg’s son quits UCLA football team

(via USA Today)

Comment Wide receiver Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg and a Bishop Gorman High School graduate, has quit the UCLA football team. To see the full story, click here.

Five years later, Maryland casinos have addiction, crime, half-filled promises in wake

(via By Sam Skolnik, City Paper )

Comment Casino gambling has exploded in Maryland as a result of the referenda passed in 2008, which allowed for slot machine parlors in five locations, and 2012, which allowed these five slot palaces to expand into full-fledged casinos with table games, including everything from blackjack and roulette to poker, as well as the development of a sixth casino in Prince George's ...

Former UNLV guard Deville Smith inks contract to play in Europe

(via By UTM Sports)

Comment Deville Smith, former guard for UNLV and the University of Tennessee at Martin, has signed a contract to play for MAFC Budapest in the Hungarian Basketball League. Smith will depart for training camp in two weeks with MAFC Budapest, whose season begins in early October and runs through late April. MAFC Budapest is part of the 14-team Hungarian Basketball League ...

Firefighter killed at South Lake Tahoe fire

(via Reno Gazette-Journal)

Comment Lighting sparked a small wildfire over the weekend in the South Lake Tahoe area, which went on to kill one firefighter and injure another, the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday. The Sierra Fire ignited Saturday afternoon in rugged terrain south of Echo Summit in the Eldorado National Forest. The lightning followed a thunderstorm in the area west of the Sierra ...

Why former Colorado defensive coordinator Kent Baer took pay cut to coach at UNLV

(via By Keith M. Scheessele, MWC Connection)

Comment The journey out of the Mountain West cellar for UNLV football is a tall task, but Sanchez, a month away from his first game as head coach of the Rebels, has injected excitement into the program not seen for years. While the former Bishop Gorman head coach has made tremendous gains regarding the 2016 recruiting class, perhaps his biggest success ...

Gorman’s Cunningham breaks own national high jump record

(via By USA Today High School Sports)

Comment Bishop Gorman High School incoming senior Vashti Cunningham broke another high jump record Saturday during the Pan Am Junior Championships in Edmonton. Cunningham, daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, cleared 6 feet, 5 inches to set a meet record. The jump also bettered her national high school record. To read the whole story, click here.

UNLV, BYU reschedule 2015 football game to 2017

(via Mountain West Connection)

Comment Per the UNLV media guide, the Rebels' previously slated Nov. 15, 2015, date with the BYU Cougars has been rescheduled. The schools have agreed to play the game Nov. 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. Late last season postponing the game was confirmed to give BYU the opportunity to play Missouri in Kansas City in 2015. The 2017 UNLV-BYU matchup is ...

Allegiant pilot says jet from Las Vegas low on fuel, makes emergency landing

(via BloombergBusiness)

Comment The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into why an Allegiant Air pilot declared a plane to be so low on fuel it needed to make an emergency landing last week in Fargo, North Dakota. To see the full story, click here.