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December 10, 2018

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Chris Kudialis

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Chris Kudialis started at the Las Vegas Sun in 2015 after a year with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chris speaks three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and Brazil's Rio Times, among other metropolitan dailies. He was an international news intern at Mundo Cristiano in Madrid, Spain, and covered the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Before journalism, Chris worked as a translator and interpreter.

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103-year-old veteran an inspiration to those at Las Vegas fitness club
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
At the fitness center where Joe Rosa spends most of his mornings, he’s listed as 99 years old. That’s only because the 25-year Las Vegas resident’s actual age doesn't fit in the company’s system ...
5 years later, Downtown Container Park remains a unique Vegas draw
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
Amid the dozens of art galleries, breweries, restaurants, nightclubs and tech and cyber companies that have contributed to the restoration and newfound aura of downtown Las Vegas this decade, one project stands out as markedly different ...
Las Vegas votes to curb short-term rentals with new homeowner restrictions
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
The new regulations could force all but about 2 percent of the 162 legally operating short-term rentals in the city's jurisdiction to shutter when their special-use permits expire ...
Hispanic supermarket chain expanding to Henderson
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
La Bonita, a popular Hispanic supermarket chain with six valley locations, will open its first store in Henderson next summer. The new store, just north of Green Valley Parkway and ...
Las Vegas cousins overcome humble beginnings to create popular new weed product
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
The cousins from New Jersey shared a studio apartment in downtown Las Vegas as they worked to make their mark in the marijuana industry. There was no ...
Joe Biden speaks at gala marking UNLV law school's 20-year anniversary
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
Biden was one of nearly 60 elected officials and more than 900 law students, alumni and local leaders to gather in the Bellagio’s Grand Ballroom for ...
Students intent on making a difference shine at Sun forum
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Anaiya Parks, a 17-year-old junior at Legacy High School, was one of many students pre-registering to vote in the hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday morning. Even though the midterm elections have passed, fulfilling their civic duty ...
Las Vegas blade craftsman says your daily grooming routine should be a Zen experience
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Call him old-school, but Las Vegas resident Max Sprecher insists that men shaving with modern five-blade disposable razors and Barbasol cream are missing out on a sacred experience.
Marijuana tax collections top $7 million in September
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
Tax proceeds from legal marijuana sales in Nevada topped $7 million in September, falling just short of the single-month record set in August, officials announced today. The industry brought in ...
CCSD superintendent honors principals of top schools
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
Jesus Jara has been superintendent of the Clark County School District for less than six months. But he is already starting new initiatives to highlight the district’s successes. Jara led the first Superintendent’s Honor Roll ceremony ...
Take your outdoor adventures off-road
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Free falls of up to 120 miles per hour from planes as high as 15,000 feet can be found within 30 minutes of town.
Who wants to ride a camel? You do, of course
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Tourists can feed and pet many of the animals before embarking on a 90-minute camel ride.
See the Vegas Valley—and beyond—as you skydive from high above
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Free falls of up to 120 miles per hour from planes as high as 15,000 feet can be found within 30 minutes of town.
Nevada officials visit San Francisco to explore how marijuana lounges are run
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
San Francisco is the only major U.S. city to offer full-scale facilities where the plant can legally be smoked, vaped, dabbed or eaten ...
Med school panel urges UNLV students to provide Vegas-style customer care
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
In a city where quality customer service and visitor experience run the economy, professionals at UNLV’s medical school said embracing the same principles for sick patients will ...
Las Vegas marijuana convention skyrockets with growth of industry
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
One step into the annual Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas and the massive growth of the industry is evident. Small booths that used to squeeze into the Rio have ...
How to safely harness the health benefits of CBD
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Researchers say CBD, or Cannabidiol, has shown the most medical potential of all the chemical compounds in the marijuana plant.
Living the cannabis lifestyle: You don't have to smoke it to reap the benefits of marijuana and hemp products
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Made from the same cannabis sativa plant as many marijuana products, industrial hemp has myriad uses beyond oral consumption.
Cooking with cannabis: Bake, baste and blend your way to marijuana eats
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Three Vegas chefs share their recipes—and their secrets.
Las Vegas-based Essence marijuana operation selling for $290 million
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Owners of Las Vegas’ largest marijuana dispensary and cultivation operation announced today they are selling the business for $290 million. Armen Yemenidjian ...
Marijuana advocate sees Sessions’ ouster as a plus
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
With Nevada’s marijuana industry flourishing, one of its greatest threats was eliminated this week when President Donald Trump forced the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after nearly two years on the job, a leading Las Vegas pot advocate said. It is hoped that Matthew G. Whitaker, a former football player for the University of Iowa and Sessions’ chief of staff since October 2017, will take a more progressive stance on ...
Runners wed, memorialize loved ones during Las Vegas marathon festivities
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
More than 100 couples participated in the event’s “run-thru weddings,” a roped-off area on the north end of the Strip where runners of the half and full marathons who applied in advance had their vows read and were issued ...
'Our Super Bowl': Marathon organizers relish return to Las Vegas Strip
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
More than 40,000 runners, representing all 50 states and 86 countries, will take to Las Vegas Boulevard today ...
'Everyone must be held accountable': Las Vegas progressive groups rally to protect Mueller investigation
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
The protesters in Las Vegas honked their car horns and passionately hoisted signs in the air, joining a nationwide movement today with a common message ...
Police: 2 more arrested in mistaken shooting of girl, 11, in North Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
North Las Vegas Police say they have arrested all but one suspect in the gang-motivated, mistaken shooting death of an 11-year-old girl earlier this month. Police announced today ...
Lee, Horsford win as 3 of 4 Nevada House seats go Democrat
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Two of Nevada’s four congressional districts were expected to be won by thin margins Tuesday night, while it was assumed the other two races would be blowouts. It turned out all four races were ...
Former UNLV star Ryan Moore eager for more success at Shriners Open
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
The Strip casino emblem on Ryan Moore’s clothing still stands out among the swooshes, three stripes and other golf apparel manufacturers represented by the dozens of other golfers on tour ...
Finishing touches for Planet 13 as mega-dispensary set to open
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Tractors and commercial trucks moved their way through a crowded marijuana dispensary parking lot Monday just three days before the superstore was set to open to the public. Planet 13’s new 40,000-square-foot facility — located on West Desert Inn Road near Sammy Davis Jr. Drive — features a massive 16,500-square-foot mega-dispensary, a lobby that ...
Expert: Recreational marijuana sales in Nevada four times medical sales in first year
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
With an association-estimated $989.7 million in contributions to the economy, Nevada’s pot industry also produced 8,300 full-time equivalent jobs ...
Healing with art: Metro captain's poem a powerful message on Oct. 1 tragedy
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
As Metro Police captain Harry Fagel started reading the poetry he had written, many of his fellow officers and their families had ...
Sisolak calls for clearer marijuana regulations, banking aid for dispensaries
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Working toward a clearer definition of some of Nevada’s marijuana policies would be at the top of Steve Sisolak’s priorities if elected ...
Nevada National Guard shows off new search-and-rescue helicopters
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
As recently as this decade, a search-and-rescue mission aided by the Nevada National Guard would look something like this: a clunky Vietnam War-era OH-58 Kiowa chopper, capable of ...
Las Vegas pot advocacy group urges U.S. to follow Canada’s legalization lead
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
A mega marijuana bud prop dropped in Toronto Wednesday morning as a symbolic start to federal recreational marijuana legalization in Canada. In other parts of the country, eager weed buyers lined up by the hundreds outside the now-legal pot stores to ...
Culinary workers urge protection for immigrants under federal programs
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
With the future of immigrants under two federal relief programs in limbo, about 200 union workers in Las Vegas met today with Democratic political candidates and federal lawmakers, urging them to ...
Tribal mega-dispensary in Las Vegas celebrates anniversary with fanfare, vendors
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
The one-year anniversary celebration of the valley’s largest cannabis dispensary had the qualities of ...
Marijuana advocates want changes to Nevada employment, DUI laws
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Marijuana advocates want to see Nevada laws changed to prevent employers from firing workers for smoking pot and to raise the amount of ...
Desert Pines grinds out pivotal win over Legacy, 15-8
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
A high-stakes game with 4A Northeast division implications was for the first three quarters controlled by the Legacy Longhorns on their homecoming night ...
Inaugural UNLV fundraiser seeks more alumni donations
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
More alumni donors would help improve UNLV’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s list of best universities, an Alumni Association executive said today. Standing among about 100 people gathered for a rally launching UNLV’s inaugural #RebelsGive fundraiser, UNLV Alumni Association Senior Vice President Chad Warren said the percentage of alumni who donate is indicated as “alumni satisfaction” in the ...
MedMen opens new dispensary, releases Nevada-specific line of products
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
MedMen opened its second Las Vegas marijuana dispensary October 6.
Las Vegas Paiutes to open second marijuana dispensary with drive-thru
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
A second Nevada tribal marijuana dispensary will soon be operating in the northwest valley, expected to open by early next year. The second Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, owned ...
Entrepreneurs work to expand marijuana industry workforce
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
It’s a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, and while many in the Valley are watching the second week of the NFL season or spending time with their families, dozens of locals are tucked away in a warehouse learning how to sell legal marijuana.

'I’d lose everything': Immigrants in Las Vegas unite to preserve protected status
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Pablo Deras escaped natural disaster and poverty in his home country of El Salvador nearly two decades ago to make his American dream come true in Las Vegas. A janitor at the Wynn, Deras, 38, worked up to three jobs to provide for his wife and now 13-year-old son since moving to the United States in 2001. Thanks to ...
How to protect yourself from hackers and email phishers
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
As technology improves, hackers have become smarter and their techniques more advanced. The personal information of innocent and unknowing victims, many of whom live in Las Vegas, is out there for the taking. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates an average of 12 million Americans have their identities compromised each year in the form of their driver’s license, Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, resulting in more than ...
Festival survivors find healing at memorial blood drive
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Talking about her stageside experience at last year’s country music festival still brings Las Vegan Lisa Donahue to tears. Donahue thinks about her 13-year-old daughter, who was at her side listening to Jason Aldean before ...
Revival reminds that Las Vegas shines in face of Oct. 1 tragedy
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Tony and Linda Blache of Las Vegas wore matching black T-shirts with Route 91 printed on them — a reference to the music festival that turned tragic last year when a gunman opened fire on ...
Scholarship fund will help children of those killed in Oct. 1 shooting
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
After losing their daughter in the Oct. 1 Strip shooting, Debbie and Chris Davis found themselves thrust into a virtual role they hadn’t played in many years — parents. Neysa Tonks, a single mother, left behind ...
Las Vegas faith leaders unite for emotional Oct. 1 service on the Strip
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
“This past year has been a time of unthinkable pain and raw emotion for the Las Vegas community,” Bishop George Leo Thomas told the crowd. “But it has also been a time when Las Vegas has revealed the best the human family has to offer, the resilience of the human spirit in the face of incalculable odds.”
'We’ve become stronger': Victims’ families talk resiliency at Oct. 1 art exhibit
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
But between the tears, hugs and countless words of encouragement, many of the dozens in attendance for an art exhibit highlighting the 58 casualties ...
'The first of its kind': Mega entertainment venue behind Venetian breaks ground
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
With a height rivaling that of the Strip casinos a block away, a proposed 18,000-seat globe-shaped facility with a 160,000-square-foot LED screen will be a gigantic ...
Key figure behind Oct. 1 memorial events touts resilience of Las Vegas community
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
A year after tragedy, Las Vegas is stronger than ever. That’s according to the man behind the valley’s many community events to mark the nation’s deadliest mass shooting ...

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