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Stories of heroism and resilience in the face of Las Vegas mass shooting tragedy
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Survivors of the mass shooting on the Strip describe chaos, terror and carnage, but many of the stories that linger are about heroism. Not just shown by the first responders who ...
Why misinformation is like 'wildfire' after tragedies like Las Vegas shooting
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
In times of crisis, we seek contextual details to make sense of a world that no longer makes sense, said Manhattan-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert. People “crave information that will provide some degree of calm and predictability, even if that information isn’t entirely accurate."
Counselors come out in force to soothe a grieving city
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
The cataclysm that unfolded on the Strip during the Route 91 Harvest music festival Sunday left 58 people dead, nearly 500 injured and an entire city in mourning. Many local therapists and organizations are offering their services to help heal those grieving losses or just feeling shaken.
GoFundMe drive raises $2.5 million; MGM offering free rooms for victims, families
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Blood donations are in needed for the wounded. All blood types are in need, especially Type O. Because of long lines, officials urge to make an appointment and are scheduling people days out. Here's how to make an appointment ...
How school gardens, food 'rescues' are helping Nevada's hungry
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
One in seven households in Clark County is food-insecure, defined by Three Square Food Bank as not having access to sufficient nutritious food. In the valley’s hardest-hit ZIP code — 89106, near downtown — that share leaps to more than 25 percent. And society’s most vulnerable make up ...
Which mattress should you take to bed?
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Some people sleep better on a firm surface, others a soft one. For some people, cost is a concern, while for others money is no object. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on shopping for the best place to spend a third of your days.
The grape generation: Millennial wine-love is shaping the market
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
The “Mad Men” generation had three-martini lunches, and millennials are showing a strong taste for wine. In fact, they’re on the verge of toppling baby boomers as the most grape-loving group.
Hidden figure: UNLV student helps NASA delve into survival on other planets
Monday, Sept. 4, 2017
Amber Turner tried to balance working and going to school full time, but when she passed out in her economics class from exhaustion, she knew it wasn’t possible ...
Southern Nevada task force joins Harvey relief effort
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
A team of Southern Nevada emergency responders deployed for Texas on Monday to assist with rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey ...
Volunteers needed to advocate for Southern Nevada’s foster kids
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017
Clark County's CASA Foundation has for three decades been supporting the work of volunteers who advocate for foster children in the court system and with the Department of Family Services. They are a crucial point of stability, and there aren’t enough of them.
What is Las Vegas doing about burgeoning feral rabbit problem?
Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
Americans abandon rabbits more than any other domesticated animal, and the problem compounds because the bunnies reproduce rapidly. It takes just 30 days for a mother to ...
Countdown to first day: Here’s your back-to-school resource guide
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
School starts early this year in the Clark County School District, Monday, Aug. 14. Here’s a list of events and services to help parents and students prepare for the first bell. ...
Know your trash: What can be taken curbside? What do you do with stuff that can't?
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Old medication doesn’t belong in the toilet. Batteries aren’t supposed to get tossed with basic garbage. And that ginormous TV can’t be left on the curb. Or at least, none of these things should happen. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on how caustic everyday waste can be, and how to dispose of it the right way.
Study: Las Vegas has highest risk for OB-GYN shortage
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Las Vegas has the highest risk for an OB-GYN shortage compared to the top 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a new report by Doximity, a social network for physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

Las Vegas' new center for homeless youth honors its namesake
Sunday, July 23, 2017
After eight years in development, the three-story, 37,000-square-foot shelter will house 166 youths at capacity.
Digital life comes with risk
Young girls are especially vulnerable to social media’s emotional pitfalls
Monday, July 17, 2017
Time spent on social media is considered a risk factor for mental health problems. The platform is too new for there to be scientific consensus on its effects, as studies alternately point to self-image and eating problems and benefits in terms of personal relationships and political engagement. But it has been shown to function like an addiction in teens that get fixated.
What does being American mean to you?
Monday, July 3, 2017
The United States is divided. The division goes back centuries to the roots of partisan politics, but there’s no question that emotions are heightened around how people define ...
St. Jude’s seeks more volunteers to bring siblings from broken families back together
Sunday, July 2, 2017
You might not think an afternoon of splashing around makes a difference, but relationships can fall apart because of lost contact, even escalate to permanent estrangement, according to the 2013 Child Welfare Information Gateway report on sibling issues that arise in foster care and adoption.
Prevent ‘summer slide’ with these educational adventures
Sunday, June 18, 2017
For all kids, we recommend a combination of reading for pleasure and taking advantage of the valley’s many venues offering “edutainment” — where learning is innate to stoking the imagination.
When childhood ends: Nevada youths at high risk, national study finds
Monday, June 12, 2017
In terms of harmful disruptions during the average childhood, the United States ranks 36th out of 172 countries, falling between Bosnia and Russia and lagging well behind France, Norway, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Greece — some of which have experienced far more economic instability and a slower recovery from the recession than the U.S. Domestically, Nevada is among the bottom 10 states (No. 42) where childhood is most threatened, according to Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report.
Local students don't have to go hungry during summer vacation
Friday, June 2, 2017
More than 200,000 Clark County School District students will struggle to find food during summer vacation. The district and Three Square food bank are combating that reality.
Shadow Ridge student hasn't missed a school day
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
This Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas student didn’t miss a day ...
Recognize domestic violence: The incidence in Nevada is higher — and the spectrum broader — than most realize
Monday, May 29, 2017
Every 9 seconds, a woman in America is beaten or assaulted. And Nevada consistently ranks high in deaths related to domestic violence ...
Goodwill’s new center helps the unemployed find and train for jobs
Sunday, May 14, 2017
The brand known mostly for thrift stores provides vital services for locals seeking work.
With gardens in more than 100 local schools, Green Our Planet is transforming the desert
Monday, May 8, 2017
Last year, the nonprofit helped organize 125 markets through the Farmpreneur Program, a learning initiative that teaches fifth-graders the ins and outs of running a business. Some of the schools have expanded their market offerings from raw goods to candles and soaps made from herbs the students have grown.
New center for homeless youth taking aim at troubling statistics
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Nevada has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless youth in the country, at 81.5 percent of all those ages 14 to 24 unaccompanied on the streets. The new Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, slated to open this summer, will combat that troubling reality.
Earth Day marches will push back against White House policies
Monday, April 17, 2017
On April 22, the March for Science will hit more than 300 cities, from Washington, D.C., and Dublin, Ireland, to Cape Town, South Africa, and Las Vegas.
What exactly is Mercury in retrograde?
Sunday, April 16, 2017
A dreaded guest in our lives, Mercury in retrograde is the favorite astrological scapegoat for anything that goes wrong. But what is it, really? Why does it have such a bad rep? And what can you actually blame on another planet’s behavior?
Armed with new tools, child welfare caseworkers help more families address underlying problems
Monday, April 10, 2017
Every day, Kisha Earhart and Malou Steele balance the need to eliminate risks to children with the value of preserving families. Earhart is a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigator for kids 4 and younger who have experienced extreme abuse or neglect, and Steele is a former investigator-turned-permanency caseworker who helps displaced youths find ...
Young Las Vegas filmmaker goes for modern-day Frankenstein with ‘Artificial Human’
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Now studying film at the Art Institute of Las Vegas and working at Cashman Photo, Norvell Ji’Floyd carved out time to partner with his friends and create “Artificial Human,” with the hope of seeing it play on the big screen.
Senate to hear legislation that would protect LGBTQ youths in foster care
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Only 13 states and the District of Columbia have laws with specific protections for LGBTQ youth in foster care. Nevada is not one of them, but the state soon could be.
Children on the cusp: The transition from foster care to adulthood is leaving some behind
Monday, March 13, 2017
Turning 18 means being legally declared an ‘adult.’ For many teens, that’s an exciting milestone, but those aging out of foster care face a harsher reality. Working through a spectrum of trauma and a cycle of disadvantage, they must transition to independence without the traditional support system of family. Nationally, about 26,000 teens age out each year, meaning ...
'The hurricane is about to hit': Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration sparking fear, action in Las Vegas
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
An unmarked white van pulled up to Astrid Silva’s home last week. The driver approached with a box and asked for her by name. She asked what the box contained ...
Middle school students take on bullying
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
More than 1 out of every 5 students in the U.S. reported being bullied in 2016, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. The most recent data for Nevada is from the 2013-14 school year, in which the state documented 3,754 reports of incidents, Clark County accounting for 2,286 of them. School-based bullying prevention programs can decrease bullying by as much as 25 percent, which is why, since the start of this school year, students at Findlay, Swainston and Brinley middle schools have worked with teams of volunteer mentors to design custom anti-bullying campaigns ...
Mob Museum celebrates five years with chilling new artifacts and free admission for locals
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
The Mob Museum started its fifth anniversary celebration with an appropriate bang, unveiling new artifacts from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, including bullets removed from the bodies of the victims and the original coroner’s documents. They connect to one of ...
Chasing the dream: Community comes together to honor and drive the fight for MLK’s vision
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
The songs, dancers and speeches were not to applaud the advances of civil rights, but to call the community to keep battling for Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.
Seven takeaways from Sunset Park’s birthday tour
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Clark County marked the 50th year of Sunset Park with a rain-soaked walking tour on Friday. Clark County Museum Administrator Mark Hall-Patton, a frequent contributor to “Pawn Stars,” led the tour. Here are our takeaways. ...
Henderson wine tasting to benefit Nevada Diabetes Association
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
The Nevada Diabetes Association from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday will host its “A Winter Wine Tasting” fundraiser at Grape Expectations on 760 Eastgate Road in Henderson ...
Sunset Park to mark 50 years with walking tour
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Over its 324 acres and spanning the decades, Sunset Park has hosted countless festivals and tournaments, spontaneous community gatherings, birthday parties and even the UNLV football team’s practices in 1971. On Friday, the regional park’s own 50th birthday will be the occasion to celebrate. ...
Inside the 58th presidential inauguration
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
On Jan. 20, Donald Trump and Mike Pence will lose the hyphens from their titles. The next president and vice president will take their oaths and do plenty of smiling and waving. While President-elect Donald Trump has promised a “great show,” Inauguration Day is really about the peaceful transfer of power. It goes back to George Washington, who ...
MLK's vision looms large as refugees struggle to find their place
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Nanda Sharifpour closes her eyes and can still smell the earth after it rains. She can see her friends’ faces and the snow on the mountains from her window. Sharifpour and her husband, Ali Fathollahi, left flourishing careers as artists in the Iranian capital of Tehran in 2009, after she picked up the phone and ...
Design firm owner’s Good Deed Project connects the dots for those in need
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017
After watching her mother, a Mexican immigrant, work two jobs to provide for her and her half-brother, Mandy Telleria is paying it forward through her nearly 2-year-old nonprofit organization, the Good Deed Project, which renovates other nonprofit organizations pro bono. Its first beneficiary was Living Grace, a shelter for homeless teenage mothers ...
Timeline: Harry Reid through the years
Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
Harry Reid's long career in American government boasts a lot of milestones, from helping to pass the Affordable Care Act to blocking the development of Yucca Mountain into the nation's dump for nuclear waste.
Your holiday handbook, from feasts and light shows to finding Santa
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
Home for the holidays. For some Las Vegans, that means flying this fabulous coop to wherever loved ones are gathered. But tourists come for the mild desert winter and notoriously merry mood, so why not invite the family here to start a new tradition? In typical Las Vegas fashion, reality is being defied all over ...
Inside Trump's Cabinet: Who are they? What will they do?
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
The piecemeal selection of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet members and other close advisers hasn’t been short on drama, as his choices represent what The Washington Post called “the richest administration in modern American history,” and some polarizing stances on everything from health care to the environment ...
'Pure fear': Trump presidency has Las Vegas Hispanics worried about their future
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
One of the cornerstones of Donald Trump’s campaign was his hard-line stance on immigration, which included a proposal to deport undocumented immigrants like Sonya Hernandez of Las Vegas. Trump's election has left Hernandez unsure if she'll still be in the U.S. when her son returns from a ...

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