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April 17, 2014

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Has GM pulled a Pinto?
Thursday, April 17, 2014
other voices:
In the late 1960s, a charismatic vice president at Ford Motor Co. decided to bring out a low-priced car that could be produced for little money while bringing in huge profits. The executive’s name was Lee Iacocca, and the Ford Pinto he championed became one of the most infamous models in U.S. automotive history. Why? Because to save money, Ford released a car that could explode in even low-speed rear-end collisions.
Go ahead, Vladimir, make my day
Thursday, April 17, 2014
other voices:
So the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn’t pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine’s pipelines are the transit route for 15 percent of gas consumption for Europe. If I’m actually rooting for Putin to go ahead and shut off the gas, does that make me a bad guy?
The oldest hatred, forever young
Thursday, April 17, 2014
other voices:
Most of the hate crimes in the United States don’t take the fatal form that the shootings in Kansas over the weekend did, and most aren’t perpetrated by villains as bloated with rage and blinded by conspiracy theories as the person accused in this case, Frazier Glenn Miller. He’s an extreme, not an emblem.
CEO pay goes up, up and away!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
other voices:
At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize and analyzing executive pay for other media such as Fortune and, most recently, Bloomberg News. He’s been known to call his second career “atoning for my sins.”
The boundaries of Boston Strong
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The 118th Boston Marathon, next week, will actually be the first of its kind — the first running of the iconic American foot race after two bombers killed three people, injured 263 (many horribly) and shook the nation a year ago.
Diversity and dishonesty
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Earlier this year, a column by a Harvard undergraduate named Sandra Y.L. Korn briefly achieved escape velocity from the Ivy League bubble, thanks to its daring view of how universities should approach academic freedom.
Photo: St. Patrick's Day @ O'Sheas
O’Sheas’ booze sales are intoxicating; Sebastian De-Bachery at Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Former Planet Hollywood headliner Holly Madison is opening her burlesque-themed speakeasy 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque on Thursday evening at Mandalay Place, but she’s still holding the remote for a TV project ...
Poverty not just about race
Monday, April 14, 2014
other voices:
Why does so much of our talk about race and poverty leave us Americans spinning our wheels? One big reason is etiquette. What is said often matters less than who says it.
All in the family, sort of
Monday, April 14, 2014
other voices:
Here’s the latest life lesson from the campaign trail: If you are, say, making a home movie about how great your family is, try to remember to use pictures of your actual relatives and not random attractive strangers.
While America moves forward, Iowa Republicans step backward
Monday, April 14, 2014
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As stealthily as it reared its ugly head, the power to harness prejudice against gay people to win national elections is shriveling up and dying a well-deserved death.
Photo: Olivia Newton-John makes her official Las Vegas ar
Olivia Newton-John’s round at Flamingo is par (or birdie) for the course
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Olivia Newton-John, on Friday evening at the grand opening of her Flamingo show “Summer Nights,” rolled out her hits and a couple of nifty covers and closed not with a rousing number but with something delicate ...
Has Obamacare become too big to fail?
Sunday, April 13, 2014
other voices:
When Obamacare’s first open-enrollment period ended recently, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot of younger-than-26 Americans got covered by their parents’ plans.
Does that baby bird need help? Interfering can actually hurt
Sunday, April 13, 2014
other voices:
As surely as April showers bring May flowers, spring brings baby animals. Chicks are hatching, rabbits are digging dens and fawns are meandering through meadows, so chances are good that many of us will encounter young wildlife. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to scoop up a vulnerable-looking fledgling bird or squirrel pup, but well-meaning people often hurt — rather than help — animals’ chances for survival by “rescuing” baby animals who are perfectly fine and whose parents are foraging for food nearby.
Hearing from the Greatest Generation
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Where I Stand:
I have spent a lifetime reading the comments of readers of the Las Vegas Sun and, more recently, our new weekly publication, The Sunday. For the most part, those who comment on stories and columns are thoughtful and sincere. It matters not whether I agree with what they say, only that they are respectful and considerate of the ideas of others.
Photo: A streetscape rendering of the Shops at Summerlin.
City makes room for another mall
Sunday, April 13, 2014
OPINION:
The Shops at Summerlin is slated to open near the end of this year. But after the ceremonial ribbon has been cut, after the congratulations and adulations are doled out, what exactly will shoppers walk into?

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