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September 19, 2014

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Photo: Three and 4-week-old lion cubs are shown with Keit
Keith Evans, the city’s lion king, still working to keep his habitat alive
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
It was in July 1999 when I met Keith Evans and a few of the big cats he had just led into the then-new MGM Grand Lion Habitat. The attraction was about a week old then, a $9 million operation just off the casino floor. ...
Critique from an Obama fan
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Other Voices:
I’m probably one of the few Americans left with some sympathy for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and even I have to admit his Syria policy has been a mess.
Big business should thank Obama
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, had hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time.
American horror story
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Like the smattering of other Americans who still pay close attention to the wearying spectacle of our country’s politics, I worry about what will happen on Nov. 4, the day of the midterm elections.
President and Congress share onus of confronting Islamic State
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
For most of the summer, Republicans had it easy when it came to the Islamic State. All they had to do was complain that President Barack Obama wasn’t tough enough, accuse him of lacking strategic vision and demand he do more.
Photo: Frankie Moreno sings during a performance of the B
It’s a cabaret doubleheader this week as ‘Cast Party,’ Composers Showcase give Cabaret Jazz a workout
Monday, September 15, 2014
In the vicinity of these two showmen, no open mic is safe. We talk of the esteemed Jim Caruso and the similarly esteemed Keith Thompson, both of whom are bringing showcase performances to Cabaret Jazz this week. ...
Photo: Tiesto spins during Night 3 of Hakkasan's first-an
Tiesto wades into new production with Bellagio Fountains show
Monday, September 15, 2014
On Wednesday, a customized medley of three songs from “A Town Called Paradise,” the new release by Tiesto, will be unveiled along with a new choreographed water show on the Strip in front of Bellagio. ...
How we’ll cultivate leaders in education
Monday, September 15, 2014
other voices:
When we see schools that ensure every child in the building, regardless of race or socioeconomic background, has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, we see great school leadership present.
I hope Rice never plays in NFL again
Monday, September 15, 2014
other voices:
There are few scenes more disturbing than seeing a man viciously strike a woman.
Obama: A man with a plan
Monday, September 15, 2014
other voices:
It’s a tough time to be a concerned citizen. The truth of the matter is, the job has always been messy. But it’s way worse when the focus is on international affairs.
Out of the depths of the Great Recession — a new, more resilient Nevada emerges
Sunday, September 14, 2014
other voices:
What a difference four years makes. In Fall 2010, Brookings Mountain West began program planning for a statewide gathering to discuss the broken Nevada economy. In January 2011, UNLV hosted an event—Nevada 2.0—in coordination with Brookings Mountain West, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Secretary of State, and newly elected Governor Sandoval’s economic development advisors. Nevada was the state most damaged by the Great Recession. The state’s GDP stood well below its 2007 high and there appeared no immediate path to restore prosperity. But the Great Recession also provided Nevada a chance to rethink its entire approach to ...
America’s history of protesting the most recent immigrants
Sunday, September 14, 2014
other voices:
We like to say the United States is a nation of immigrants from everywhere who get along together, a melting pot that works. It’s partly hard-won truth, partly comforting national myth. (The riots in Ferguson, Mo., underscore the myth.)
A question for Southern Nevada legislators
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Where I Stand:
So, what have you done for us lately? I always questioned the foolishness implied by this question because any reasonable answer knowingly discounts all that people, programs and projects have done over the years for us and, instead, boils it down to what are you doing now. It’s as if all that has happened in the past counts for nothing.
Focus on fashion really wears on me
Sunday, September 14, 2014
other voices:
In honor of Fashion Week, which as I write is underway in New York City, let me describe how I prepare in the morning for another busy day at the word factory.
Photo: A 700 million-year-old metaquartzite and brass bou
The answer to a heavy query is the Rainbow Quarry
Sunday, September 14, 2014
As one hotel opens its doors and shows off a giant boulder in its lobby, another repurposes door handles to create a chandelier, and a third is holding a giant garage sale, of sorts. ...

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