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August 20, 2014

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Book yourself some time to read Binion biography
Aug. 10, 2014
Don't judge this book by its cover, or its title, for that matter. Doug Swanson's "Blood Aces" is an engaging look at the life and times of one of Las Vegas' infamous pioneers.
Earl Brown flies his DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone at The Hills Park in Summerlin Thursday, July 24, 2014.  Brown turned to Craigslist after losing the drone on a flight earlier in the month.
Lose something? Beware of Craigslist cons
Aug. 10, 2014
Don’t lose your drone, but if you do, a Las Vegas man has a word of advice about getting it back ...
Secretary of state is a nonpartisan position, but the race for it is not
Aug. 10, 2014
While in office, the secretary of state is Nevada’s nonpartisan election watchdog. But in campaign season, partisanship takes over. More and more money is being poured into secretary of state candidates’ campaigns ...
The List: Subcontractors
Aug. 10, 2014
Find out about subcontractors. This week, we rank them by number of employees as of July 1.
Cupcake Girls volunteers head out to deliver cupcakes to strippers Friday, July 18, 2014.
On a mission, and bringing cupcakes: Nonprofit group is changing lives of adult entertainment workers
Aug. 10, 2014
Adriana wasn’t impressed when Joy Hoover started showing up with cupcakes at the strip club where she danced. Adriana was suspicious. In her world, those kind of gestures usually had strings attached. Each month, Hoover would arrive with a couple of friends, bringing perfectly iced cupcakes in hot pink boxes to the smoky backroom where the girls prepared to perform. The visitors, toting mini bottles of hairspray, eye shadow kits and false eyelashes, would offer ...
In this May 12, 2013, photo, wind turbines line the Altamont Pass near Livermore, Calif.
How a wind turbine works
Aug. 10, 2014
The wind can produce energy. We know that. But how much? At what cost? And is wind energy a solution for Nevada?
Food waste is collected at the Bellagio loading dock Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. It will be repurposed to feed livestock and make compost.
Why Southern Nevada stinks at recycling
Aug. 3, 2014
With an unmotivated public, complacent public officials and a garbage company in love with its landfill, Southern Nevada continues to lag in recycling. We look at what other communities...
Henderson weathered recession with cuts to salaries and services, now considers tax hike
Aug. 3, 2014
When Henderson officials explain the city’s tenuous finances, they point to their prudent spending cuts in the wake of the economic crash in the late 2000s. One message that’s repeated in the city’s presentations and brochures: Henderson reduced compensation by 6 to 11 percent for employees not protected by a union. The statement is true. But it’s also an incomplete picture ...
Antonio Bellows, 18, sits outside the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, where he is temporarily living, on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Football helps former gang member gain his focus
Aug. 3, 2014
By the time he was 15, Antonio Bellows had already been arrested and carried a gun wherever he went. But after serving time in jail, he found himself on the Rancho High football team and, turning his focus away from crime and toward the football field, improved his grades and now has collegiate aspirations ...
Abdul Nasser Karouni is shown with his wife Marian at the Afandi Restaurant and Market, 5181 W. Charleston Blvd., Tuesday, July 15, 2014. His wife was granted citizenship over a year ago but Abdul is still waiting.
Citizenship granted: ‘It’s like a new birthday for me’
Aug. 3, 2014
His case took a bit longer than usual, but Abdul Nasser Karouni, a Lebanese immigrant and Las Vegas small-business owner, is about to become a U.S. citizen ...
The Notes: Aug. 3-9
Aug. 3, 2014
In the notes: Bin 702, Dunkin' Donuts, SmithTrager, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Pas de Deux Children's Couture, Collective Souls Fine Art, SprayTans, Dana Delgando Dance Studios and Orogold Cosmetics ...
Owners Ellisha Haddix and Mya Daily of stained glass business Lead In the Window work on their current pieces within Container Park on Friday, July 25, 2014.
Finding their calling in the ‘almost lost art’ of stained glass
Aug. 3, 2014
Interested in learning how to do stained glass? Or maybe you just want a custom piece to decorate your home or front door. Either way, Lead in the Window has got you covered ...
A concrete pad is all that remains of the Laughing Jackalope Motel on the south end of the Strip Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
South side has its own struggling stretch of Strip
Aug. 3, 2014
The north side of the Strip has become synonymous with the failed excesses of the boom years, but the south side has its own stretch of blight ...
Window opening for local home buyers
Aug. 3, 2014
Faced with rising prices they helped create, investors have been pulling back for months. And as they buy fewer homes, sales volume is dropping and more listings are being ignored, creating opportunity for other buyers.
After 2 to 17 years depending on the type, cicadas emerge from the ground as nymphs. Nymphs climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their exoskeleton.
Cicadas: The neverending summer alarm clock
Aug. 3, 2014
This time of year, the song of the cicada can be heard throughout the Las Vegas Valley. There's not much you can do to stop it, either. But you can eat them, if you can stomach the idea ...
The Data: Aug. 3-9
Aug. 3, 2014
All of the information your business needs: Bid opportunities, bankruptcies filed and building permits issued. To add to our data, email us at [email protected]
The run of "Vegas Nocturne" at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. has ended.
Cosmopolitan still forging its own Vegas vibe
Aug. 3, 2014
The closing of the "Vegas Nocturne" show at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. has been confusing for some people, who think the nightclub has closed. It hasn't. The hotel has used Las Vegas and national agencies to recruit performers to populate the entertainment lineup. But there is little in the way of specifics as to who is actually appearing on a given night. That is intentional ...
Immigration woes point to bigger problems
Aug. 3, 2014
People are very passionate when it comes to border security, and unfortunately, that means a lot of misinformation takes on a life of its own in the echo chamber. We sort through the false arguments ...
People on the Move: Aug. 3-9
Aug. 3, 2014
In the People: Bryan Gragg, David Gutke, Derek Sola, Christopher Fenton, Jim Seely, Eleni Stylianou, Jared Jones, Joseph Boylan, Deacon Nauslar, Jon Dedeaux, Shana Tucker, Kathleen Smith, Yasnai Rodriguez, John Perra, Joe Fieldsted, Chris Brooks, Anu Bhagat, Josh Driggs, and more ...
Tim Malte, left, and Keith Goodman compete during a cornhole tournament Saturday, July 26, 2014.
By any name, cornhole is expanding beyond the tailgate
Aug. 3, 2014
Call it tailgate toss, or bags, or whatever you want, but if you’re throwing a bean bag about nine yards toward a raised plank of wood with a hole cut into it, the game you’re playing is cornhole. Don’t be embarrassed to say it, though: You are far from alone in Las Vegas. There are even tournaments in town.
GriefShare facilitator Carol Von Eschen visits with Shane Price, 35, while donating blood in the United Blood Services' mobile van during the blood drive at New Song Church in Henderson Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Blood drive has a caped crusader
Aug. 3, 2014
Carol Von Eschen organizes one of the most prolific blood drives in the valley ...
Ethan Kwok screams while his sister Grace Kwok giggles in a hurricane simulator at Lied Discovery Children's Museum Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Keep cool during summer playtime
Aug. 3, 2014
With temperatures in the triple digits most of the month, letting kids play outside can be dangerous. We share some ideas for playtime inside.
Married gay veterans’ next battle is for equal VA benefits
Aug. 3, 2014
Don't ask, don't tell is over. And gay marriage — or civil unions, or domestic partnerships — is rapidly becoming legal throughout the country. So why is the Veterans Affairs Department "penalizing" gay soldiers who get married? Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat from Las Vegas, is trying to get ...
A view of Woodlawn Cemetery Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Opened in 1914 on 10 acres of donated land, Woodlawn, the oldest cemetery in Las Vegas, is coming up on its 100th anniversary.
Everything you want to know about death in Las Vegas
July 27, 2014
Who deals with dead bodies? How much does a funeral cost these days? Are you allowed to scatter someone's ashes on the Strip? How are organs harvested from the deceased? Funeral home directors and others who work in the death industry answer questions you may be afraid to ask ...
Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel has his photo taken at the unveiling of the new sign for the former LVH Wednesday, July 22, 2014.
Westgate owner climbs high again; Agassi stays grounded in Reno
July 27, 2014
David Siegel was raising crane again, while Andre Agassi was raising money for UNR and Greg Maddux was being praised in Cooperstown, N.Y. ...
The List: Law firms
July 27, 2014
Find out about law firms. This week, we rank them by number of local attorneys as of April 30.
Stacy Bromberg throws during a meeting of the Las Vegas Darts league Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Crowbar.
The point of darts: Spirited competition, sure, but also camaraderie
July 27, 2014
David Flowers receives a message on Facebook from a friend challenging him to a game of darts. They agree to play in an hour. But his challenger isn’t a member of his local leagues. Technology is shrinking the world of darts and making it easier to enjoy a game against someone half the world away. “This game is for everybody,” said Stacy Bromberg, who heads Las Vegas Darts and is a multiple-time Women’s World Darts champion. “You don’t have to be physically fit to play. You don’t have to spend days practicing ...
Laurie Kendrick, Table 34 general manager, and her brother Wes Kendrick, executive chef, pose in their fine dining restaurant Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
It’s fine dining, family style
July 27, 2014
Brother and sister Wes and Laurie Kendrick opened Table 34 in 2004, embraced the city and survived the Great Recession by focusing on the long road rather than dwelling on short-term pain ...
Teazled CEO Dina Proto displays gay and lesbian greeting cards at her office Monday, July 21, 2014. Teazled is a company that makes "traditional greeting cards for nontraditional familes."
As LGBT-owned companies come out of the closet, they find support in business community
July 27, 2014
With same-sex marriage rapidly becoming legal and accepted nationwide, business owners and others who market to this demographic are in position to grow.
Business owner Abdul Nasser Karouni has been waiting since 2012 to become a U.S. citizen.
Citizenship delayed: Las Vegas businessman caught in limbo after questioning by FBI
July 27, 2014
When the citizenship process goes smoothly, it typically takes five or six months for someone to go from application to taking the oath of allegiance. In the case of Lebanese immigrant Abdul Nasser Karouni, it's been almost two years, and a lot of scrutiny in airports ...

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