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July 7, 2015

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Guest column: Commercial real estate is rebounding
June 28, 2015
Companies no longer are struggling just to survive but again are invested in nurturing and growing the commercial real estate and development community in Southern Nevada. For the first time since the recession, NAIOP Southern Nevada, the Commercial Real Estate Association, has a growing membership base ...
Palo Verde ROTC cadet Karim Hussein practices rifle drills with other members at the high school on May 19, 2015. He saved his dad from drowning in a freak accident in March and was awarded the ROTC"s highest honor May 13, 2015.
‘The family hero’: Teen saves dad’s life
June 28, 2015
Sam Hussein had broken the bones in his leg in three places during the fall. He said he remembers seeing Karim swimming out toward him but can’t remember anything after that. With the help of the groom, Karim hauled his father back onto the rocks before paramedics took him to the hospital ...
Students prepare a planting area during a summer garden camp at Crestwood Elementary School Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Green Our Planet, a Las Vegas nonprofit organization established in 2013, has helped establish gardens in dozens of area schools.
School gardens cultivate young minds
June 28, 2015
Walter Bracken Elementary is among dozens of Clark County schools that, thanks to local nonprofit Green Our Planet, have on-campus gardens ....
K2 is dried herbs sprayed with chemicals. The Virginia General Assembly voted in 2011 to outlaw the use of the chemically treated, smokable leaves, known by names such as “Spice” and “K2,” and bath salts that are snorted or smoked as a hallucinogen.
Chasing the synthetic high: ‘Legal’ drugs are causing trouble for law enforcement
June 22, 2015
They come with names like Vanilla Sky, Cloud 9 and Ivory Wave — pale, flaky powders in packets decorated with bubbles or flowers and labeled for innocuous uses: potpourri, plant food or most commonly ...
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., followed by Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
What will Harry Reid’s life after Senate leadership look like in 2017?
June 22, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he has no plans for what he’ll do after he retires from Congress in January 2017. “I don’t know what I’m doing to do,” Reid said. “I’m not really worried much about it.” With 30 years of experience as a U.S. senator, eight of them as Senate majority leader, Reid has options. If he follows in the footsteps of his former colleagues, these are some of the moves he might consider ...
Jeremiah Roberts points to a photo of his mother Abby Roberts (a composite image created for his second birthday) at his home Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Henderson. With Jeremiah are his uncle, Johnny Roberts, and his mother’s aunt, Renee Roberts. Abby Roberts and her boyfriend Phillip Johnson disappeared from their Las Vegas rental home on Sept. 29, 2012.
Frustration, desperation in cold case of missing mother
June 22, 2015
The veteran police investigators never met Abby Roberts, but they talk about her like she’s an old friend. They reflect on her big heart, her independence and her passion for family. “Abby was so loving and caring,” Marty Wildemann said as his partner, Barry Jensen, nods. “She was truly a victim.” Roberts, a young mother who vanished from her eastside home nearly ...
The Carpenter 1 wildland fire was one of the largest fires ever in the valley. Sparked by lightning, it began July 1, 2013, near Pahrump, burned more than seven weeks and destroyed about 28,000 acres of land. The area still is recovering today.
What you need to know about wildfire season
June 22, 2015
As the valley gets hotter and drier, the prime season for wildfires is quickly approaching. A lightning bolt or flicked cigarette can start a fire within seconds, potentially causing millions of dollars in damage and risking lives. In the midst of summer vacations and weekend camping trips, here is what you need to know about how wildfires start, where they happen and how to prevent them ...
Graffiti is shown along the Las Vegas Wash channel near Pecos Road and Lake Mead Boulevard Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
North Las Vegas to taggers: Clean up your act
June 22, 2015
A new $6 annual fee approved by the North Las Vegas City Council and added to residents’ water bills aims to raise nearly half a million dollars a year to pay for four new graffiti abatement staffers and upgraded equipment. The investment is worth it, Blackburn said, as the estimated 18,000 graffiti reports the city receives each year cause more than $2 million in property damage ...
The grand opening of White Castle at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on the Las Vegas Strip.
Chain invasion: Tourist-driven economy ideal for fast-food restaurants
June 22, 2015
White Castle opened its doors on the Strip at the end of January, then had to shut them less than 24 hours later because staff couldn’t keep up with the frantic demand of 4,000 burgers per hour. The recent arrivals of White Castle and Shake Shack — and others such as Chick-fil-A and possibly Cracker Barrel on their heels — could be a sign that ...
Hernias are more common than you think
Hernias are more common than you think
June 21, 2015
Hernias are caused by weaknesses in the abdominal wall tissues. Because of this, there are many potential reasons a patient could get a hernia, including age, chronic coughing, pregnancy, constipation, heavy weight lifting or ...
Attorney Dana Dwiggins, a partner at Solomon Dwiggins & Freer, strikes a balance between managing the law firm and handling her own caseload, plus making time for family and devoting time and energy to Safe Nest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence.
Attorney: ‘Proper trust and estate planning is extremely important’
June 21, 2015
Dana Dwiggins became managing partner at Solomon Dwiggins & Freer at age 32. In addition to practicing law — focusing on probate and trust litigation, small-business litigation, trust and estate administration, guardianships, and trust and wills — she oversees all financial aspects of the firm ...
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima hospital acquired an Indego exoskeleton, expected to be in use in early 2016. Indego is a powered lower-limb device that allows patients who cannot walk to stand up and walk again. It’s used in rehabilitation centers as a therapy tool and as a mobility assistive device for patients in their homes.
The Notes: June 21-27
June 21, 2015
In the Notes: Sunrise Health System, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen, Buffalo Wild Wings and Texas Land & Cattle, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Foreign Exchange, Galleria Arte Fino and Kona Ice ...
Editorial: We see a different Las Vegas than how the city is perceived
June 21, 2015
Among the 150 most populous cities in the United States, Las Vegas ranked 131, making it more worse than better for being conducive to a healthy and happy family life. These rankings make no sense to us ...
Cocktail of the Week: Ménage des baies
Cocktail of the Week: Ménage des baies
June 21, 2015
This drink is colorful, refreshing and mixed with booze — everything we like in a summer cocktail. The vodka is crisp, while the berry notes are perfectly elevated by the strawberry and lime flavors in the hard cider ...
The List: Highest-paid executives
June 21, 2015
Find out about Highest-paid executives. This week, we rank them by total compensation based upon most recent available filing with SEC.
Recipe: Stir-fry mushroom lettuce wrap
Recipe: Stir-fry mushroom lettuce wrap
June 21, 2015
Vegetarian recipes can be just as substantive and flavorful as meat dishes, as proven by many of Hakkasan’s offerings, including quick but complex mushroom wrap ...
Scott Jason owns and operates I Got Married in Vegas! Just Kidding, which creates elaborate pranks for customers to trick friends and family.
Any day can be April Fool’s with this prankster tourist attraction
June 21, 2015
For fake wedding to fool family and friends, “I Got Married in Vegas! Just Kidding” can provide an Elvis officiant to conduct the ceremony, a ring exchange, a pronouncement and even a fake marriage license with all of the couple’s information. A variety of photos are taken during and after the ceremony against a green screen, and customers receive prints as well as electronic images that can be uploaded instantly...
Andre Agassi, left, greets Kirk Kerkorian in 2011 at the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education Grand Slam for Children fundraiser, where Kerkorian donated $18 million to the foundation.
Kerkorian’s generosity will influence generations
June 21, 2015
On a night in 2011, Andre Agassi was about to tell the audience of about 1,000 dignitaries and supporters that Kirk Kerkorian had made a donation of $18 million to his foundation. “But before I tell you that gift, let me tell you that if it wasn’t for him and his kindness to my family, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today. ...”
Prepare for your road trip with these tips
Prepare for your road trip with these tips
June 21, 2015
It’s road-trip season — time to check the forecast, grab your trusty map or GPS, corral your family into the car and hit the highway. Being spontaneous can be fun. But conversely, without a little preparation, it also can get really expensive. Stock your car now with these items so you’ll be ready for anything when the urge strikes ...
Car care tips for teens and first-time car owners
Car care tips for teens and first-time car owners
June 21, 2015
Although committing to regular checks and knowing how to perform routine maintenance can be intimidating for many, it’s often a simpler process than you might think, and it can save you lots of money and time in the future ...
Looking north on Las Vegas Boulevard circa 1990.
Gaming changed the city, and time changed gaming
June 15, 2015
When Gov. Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers approved the largest tax increase in Nevada history, they gave the casino industry’s lobbying group something it strongly desired. The measure aims to ...
Executive Chef Josh Smith prepares a Mediterranean seabass in the Bardot Brasserie kitchen.
Executive chef: ‘You have to always have the drive to be better’
June 15, 2015
Joshua Smith is executive chef at Bardot Brasserie at Aria. A Las Vegas native, Smith has more than a decade of experience in the restaurant business, including a stint at L20 in Chicago, which had two Michelin stars before it closed five months ago. Smith is responsible for developing the culinary program at Bardot Brasserie, which is Michael Mina’s first foray into traditional French cuisine on the Strip ...
The Data: June 14-20
June 15, 2015
All of the information your business needs: Bid opportunities, bankruptcies filed and building permits issued. To add to our data, email us at research@vegasinc.com.
An artist’s rendering depicts the Fusion Project — the latest stadium proposal to surface for Las Vegas.
Latest stadium plan is visionary, but still a long shot
June 15, 2015
Someone far wiser than I — maybe it was Steve Wynn or the late Bob Stupak — once said to be wary of a man and his renderings. Regretfully, you could paper the Strip with the fancy and fruitless concepts proposed for our city through the years: the UNLV Now stadium, the downtown Las Vegas Arena, the downtown Las Vegas soccer stadium. So what to make of the Fusion Project, a project of F Group International, and its ...
William Foster, a 17-year-old who attends Nevada Virtual Academy, takes a final exam on his computer at home.
Virtual classroom: Online high school has its advantages
June 15, 2015
During class, William Foster listens to the teacher’s lecture through headphones and takes notes as a student in any classroom would. The school, since it’s part of the public education system, is tuition-free and sends Foster the textbooks he needs. His schedule is similar to a traditional student’s, about six hours each day ...
Brothers Spencer, left, and Thomas Typinski, center, talk with Fennemore Craig director Mark Hawkins about their business, Peak Physique.
Law firm’s program helps entrepreneurs avoid rookie mistakes
June 15, 2015
Run by attorneys who specialize in startups, the venture accelerator program offers legal advice and tailors its approach to need. But there’s much more to the program than a little lawyerly hand-holding ...
A truck drives through storm runoff on Fort Apache Road.
5 bills that passed in the Legislature that will affect local governments
June 15, 2015
With the 2015 Legislature in the books, local governments and agencies are beginning to take stock of how they’ll be affected by new laws. Here’s a look at several issues local governments say ...
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield exchange punches during their WBA Heavyweight match Saturday, June 28, 1997, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The fight was stopped after Tyson bit Holyfield on each ear during the third round. Tyson was disqualified and Holyfield retained his title.
Mike Tyson sounds off: He loved the Rebels and considered one legendary fighter the best of all time
June 15, 2015
For Mike Tyson who has spent most of his adult life living in Las Vegas, joining the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame carries just as much significance, if not more, as his other ...
Why Sin City is the wedding mecca and divorce capital of the country
Why Sin City is the wedding mecca and divorce capital of the country
June 15, 2015
While Nevada is a wedding mecca, it’s also the divorce capital of the country. For decades, it has had the highest divorce rate in America. Here's everything you need to know about getting married or getting divorced in Sin City ...
The List: Accounting firms
June 15, 2015
Find out about accounting firms. This week, we rank them by number of professional staff as of April 30.