Las Vegas Sun

June 24, 2024

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  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks before former President Donald Trump at an America First Policy Institute agenda summit at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, July 26, 2022. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is seeking information from Gingrich about his communications with senior advisors to former President Donald Trump in the days leading up to the 2021 attack on the Capitol.
    One pillar of American racism is also propping up Fox News
    Conservatives have known Gingrich was full of it since his first campaign in 1974. Back then Gingrich touted a campaign slogan — “Newt’s family is like your family” — though it was common knowledge he was cheating on his wife ...
  • Lindsey Harmon, President, Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom, speaks during a news conference by Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom, Monday, May 20, 2024, in Las Vegas. Abortion access advocates in Nevada said Monday they've submitted twice the number of petition signatures needed to qualify for a ballot measure aimed at enshrining what they term reproductive rights in the state constitution.
    In Post-Roe America, new fronts open in war against women, families
    Two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dobbs case, overturning Roe v. Wade and 50 years of accompanying precedent. Since then ...
  • A close-up look at the solar panels used for the MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array during the launch of the 100-megawatt solar power facility Monday, June 28, 2021. The solar array facility will produce up to 90 percent of MGM Resorts Las Vegas daytime power.
    Bank rule threatens Nevada’s growth in solar
    Nevadans enjoy a little more than 250 days of sunshine a year, which allows for year-round activities, from hiking at Red Rock Canyon to skiing at Lake Tahoe. It also allows our state to rely on solar energy, which makes up 23% of Nevada’s ...
  • Abortion-rights demonstrators protest the U.S. Supreme Courts decision to overturn Roe v. Wade during a rally in downtown Las Vegas Friday, June 24, 2022.
    Sen. Rosen: 2 years after Roe fell, reproductive freedom on ballot
    Monday marks the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, reversing nearly fifty years of legal precedent and paving the way for cruel abortion bans in states across this country ...
  • President Joe Biden, with Congressional and border community members behind him, hosts a 12-year-anniversary event for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the East Room at the White House on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. A new Biden administration measure enables “Dreamers” to get work visas that could free them from relying on the DACA program, whose survival is in doubt.
    Biden’s executive order empowers undocumented spouses, children
    They are friends and neighbors, the smiling faces you see at the grocery store, community events and religious services. They are parents and volunteers ...
  • Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Sunset Park Sunday, June 9, 2024.
    Voters need some heads examined this year
    It takes a certain je ne sais quoi — some mixture of inflated ego, shamelessness and perhaps more than a touch of dementia of your own — to use one’s 78th birthday to mock a rival for being 81 years old. First, you have to believe that you aren’t really aging yourself ...
  • New York Giants' Willie Mays poses for a photo during baseball spring training in 1972. Mays, the electrifying “Say Hey Kid” whose singular combination of talent, drive and exuberance made him one of baseball’s greatest and most beloved players, has died. He was 93. Mays' family and the San Francisco Giants jointly announced Tuesday night, June 18, 2024, he had “passed away peacefully” Tuesday afternoon surrounded by loved ones.
    Just call Willie Mays ‘the best of all’
    In 2015, Major League Baseball honored Mays as a “Greatest Living Player” at its 86th All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Honored him and three other former greats — Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Bench — with the phrase that day based on ...
  • Population decline isn’t the problem. Hungry kids are
    Humanity is about to turn a major population corner, according to a new estimate. A recent article in the Lancet predicts that by 2030, we’ll no longer be reproducing fast enough to replace ourselves ...
  • Mack Allen, of Leavenworth, Kan., speaks with friends and family following a rally for LGBTQ youth at the Statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, in Topeka, Kan. Allen, 18, is transgender, and he says he's been challenged when he's been forced to use women's restrooms in public spaces.
    How a homophobe repented and became an imperfect LGBTQ+ ally
    I remember him well: his toothy smile. His spiky shag haircut. His high cheekbones and ringing laugh. I also remember what I called the teenager. Queer. Fairy. Even worse names. We attended high school together in the mid-1990s. I was a senior, he was a freshman ...
  • US Vice President Kamala Harris, left, is welcomed by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the Summit on peace in Ukraine, in Stansstad near Lucerne, Switzerland, Saturday, June 15, 2024.
    Ukraine’s volunteer spirit buoys fight against Russia
    As evening falls, the streets are mostly dark in Ukraine’s capital. Russia has been systematically destroying the country’s national power grid as Western allies have dawdled over providing promised air defense systems. The whir of generators has ...
  • Science-based treatment must drive response to opioids
    In the era of high-potency synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, expanding access to life-saving medications for OUD, particularly methadone and buprenorphine, is critical. Both medications are associated with reduced mortality in people with OUD. They help doctors treat ...
  • How to protect yourself as wildfire season gets underway
    Like last summer, which was one for the record books for wildfires and poor air quality, people are directed to stay indoors during alerts until conditions clear. But going inside doesn’t guarantee safety from pollutants ...
  • Ads suggesting President Joe Biden has dementia are ‘shameful’
    As we are all aware, this is down-and-dirty season, when the wicked and the vile sharpen their knives, and we fully expect things to get nasty, especially given the rancid state of American politics. ...
  • A view of pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the Las Vegas Strip looking south from Flamingo Road on March 24, 2023.
    The challenges of being unable to drive
    A driver’s license is often used as a proxy for employability, even when the jobs themselves have nothing to do with driving. A friend of mine who doesn’t have a license was looking at paralegal jobs recently and faced the same problem. Too often, ...
  • Former state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores listens to David Damore, UNLV associate professor, during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials 32nd annual conference Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Aria.
    Latino lawmakers can align on pro-growth mindset at Nevada Summit
    In the coming days, Las Vegas will become the epicenter of national Latino leadership as the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) convenes for its annual conference. This gathering is ...
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