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July 29, 2014

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Moon landing brought us together
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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It was, after all, only a boot crunching dust. You wouldn’t think the sight would affect so many or change so much.
Photo: Dorothy Brooks, shown in 2004 with Celine Dion dur
‘Miss Dorothy’ ushers in her 90th birthday at Caesars; Pavel Chekov muses about brushes
Friday, July 25, 2014
The week was brightened by the smile of 90-year-old Colosseum usher Dorothy Brooks. “Miss Dorothy,” as she is uniformly known, celebrated that birthday Wednesday before the Shania Twain performance. Miss Dorothy still pulls three shifts a week at ...
Downside of giving weapons
Friday, July 25, 2014
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The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to nonstate actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Barack Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.
I won’t take growing old sitting down
Friday, July 25, 2014
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I’ve lived my life with enthusiasm, courage, raucousness and passion. Why on earth would I want to grow old gracefully? Why would I want to be “Whistler’s Mother” when my whole life what I’ve wanted to be is Mae West?
Is anything still ‘too big to fail’?
Friday, July 25, 2014
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Ralph Nader has written a new book, titled “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” If you spend any time looking into the current state of affairs with the Dodd-Frank Act — Monday was the fourth anniversary of the law enacted to ensure that the country never suffers through another financial crisis like the one in 2008 — you’d have to say that he has a point.
Photo: John Payne and Robin McAuley perform with other ba
A thunderstruck John Payne takes ‘Rock Vault’ to court
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As predictable as a rock fan shouting “Free Bird!” at a Skynyrd show, the dispute between John Payne and his former mates at “Raiding the Rock Vault” has wound up in court. That Payne sought a legal avenue in the wake of his departure from the show was ...
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Cente
Nevada 150th all-star show is one to be remembered, if not recorded
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thus far, the Nevada 150th event has snared an impressive lineup. Acts, individuals and productions to be represented include Las Vegas entertainment legend Jerry Lewis, Cirque du Soleil, “Jubilee,” “Jersey Boys,” ...
How many times is enough?
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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It’s nice to see so many of the world leaders now shuttling back and forth from Jerusalem to Cairo to Qatar in search of a formula to end Israel’s incursion into Gaza. But the more I listen to the “Band-Aid solutions” proposed by some world leaders and diplomats, the more convinced I am that some of the ideas have been lifted right from the “Wise Men of Chelm.” For the third time in a decade, Israel was forced to call up tens of thousands of reserves to re-enter Gaza, the place they unilaterally withdrew from in 2005, to again respond ...
Who’s right and who’s wrong in the Middle East?
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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With Israeli troops again invading Gaza and the death toll rising, some of the rhetoric from partisans on each side is oddly parallel. Maybe it’s time to correct a few common misconceptions among the salvos flying back and forth.
Democrats losing moral clarity
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The Pew Research Center recently released a new survey of American attitudes in the Middle East. The results weren’t surprising. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians.
Photo: Ellie Smith, left, gives a hug to her sister Amy S
‘Scoring irregularities’ might send two Nevada contestants to national teen pageant
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On June 1, Las Vegas Academy of Arts student Amy Smith was crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen. Smith is representing our state at next week’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. If it were only that simple ...
Mexicans, gringos, dumb guys and politics
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Hey, you know what Dems stands for? Dummies endorsed by minorities. Funny, right? No. Just like it’s not funny to say GOP should stand for “gringos y otros pendejos,” which is what state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, said at the recent Texas Democratic Party convention in Dallas.
To fight trucker fatigue on our roads, focus on economics, not electronics
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers.
With invective directed at refugees, where is Lady Liberty?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The English language changes. I have no beef with that, generally. But I do have a problem with how the term “haters” has been mangled beyond recognition.
‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana
‘Mamma Mia!’ closes in less than three months at Tropicana
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The return of “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana lasted about six years less than the show’s original run at Mandalay Bay. The show is closing, effective ...

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