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John Taylor

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John, who supervises the reporters covering community news, education and crime, grew up in a family of eight and now is married with two children. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Taylor has spent more than 25 years in journalism. He half-way followed a path blazed by his grandfather, who in the early 1900s ran both a Polish-American newspaper and a tavern.

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Review: Brandon Flowers surprises engaging New Order at the Chelsea
Thursday, March 24, 2016
New Order, the iconic synth-pop band from Manchester, England, didn’t shock anyone to the core at its Monday night concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, but it did deliver a solid set of new and old music.
Review: ‘Disney on Ice’s Frozen’ melts even the coldest of hearts
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
The floor of the arena was transformed into a majestic winter wonderland. Though the sets depicting the kingdom of Arendelle and the isolated North Mountain were somewhat sparse, the production made up for it with creative lighting, effects and more.
Review + photos: At Orleans Arena, it’s Alvin, Simon … Theodore!
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
Early selections in the show included Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” and “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” popularized by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. (Sample Chipmunk lyric: “I love rock ’n’ roll, so feed me another acorn, baby!”)
Review + photos: Dead & Company a tale of two shows in one night at MGM Grand
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Three of The Grateful Dead’s four surviving members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir — are touring this fall with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti as Dead & Company.
Photos: Anna and Elsa who? Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival is purr-fect
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
Sure, sisters Anna and Elsa of “Frozen” fame had been inching Hello Kitty out of my 6-year-old daughter’s wardrobe and toy chest. But for a magical couple of hours Friday, Hello Kitty was front-and-center in her heart.
Review + photos: Steven Tyler shines with Aerosmith at MGM Grand
Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Crouched over a mic stand dressed in a top hat, floor-length sequin wrap, silver-studded black pants and fuchsia ruffled shirt, the center of attention was Steven Tyler, the flamboyant frontman of Aerosmith.
Photos: At right, left and center, Neil Diamond engages all at Mandalay Bay
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Neil Diamond, sporting a gray mustache and beard, entertained a spellbound, near-capacity audience for just shy of two hours at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday night.
Here’s the dirty lowdown on Boz Scaggs at the Smith Center
Monday, May 18, 2015
Boz Scaggs is touring in support of his latest album, “A Fool to Care.” He played to a comfortably crowded Smith Center audience, nine stops into a U.S. tour that continues into August.
Review + photos: NKOTB, TLC and Nelly kick off ‘Main Event’ at Mandalay Bay
Thursday, May 7, 2015
This was no “Fight of the Century,” as the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight taking place the next night a few blocks north on Las Vegas Boulevard was billed, but NKOTB delivered some two hours of knockout entertainment to their adoring fans.
Review: Jokester Jason Mraz and refreshing Raining Jane at the Chelsea
Monday, March 16, 2015
Jason Mraz, who has cracked Billboard’s Top 10 with his albums “Mr. A-Z,” “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” and “Love Is a Four-Letter Word,” is amid a tour promoting his latest release, “Yes!,” which he co-wrote with the members of Raining Jane.
Photos: John Legend, OneRepublic bring iHeart love to Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Grammy winners John Legend and OneRepublic each performed sets for 500 people flown into Las Vegas for the private concert, winners in iHeart Radio Network’s Ultimate Valentine’s Escape, along with listeners on a live broadcast to more than 100 stations on iHeart’s network.
The Sun’s July Nine: A look at some of last month’s notorious crimes
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
From deadly fights and deadly home invasions to a hit on a Las Vegas Strip casino, crimes in July kept police hopping throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Here’s a look at some of the headline-grabbing crimes of the month.
UNLV lecturer has a million reasons why you should like Cappuccino potato chips
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chad Scott, who came to UNLV in January but is still working on his doctorate in sociology at Texas A&M University, is one of four finalists still competing for a $1 million grand prize in …
New study warns of even hotter summers in Las Vegas, across U.S.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Think summers in Las Vegas are sweltering now? By the end of the century, they’ll be more like those now experienced in the Arabian Desert if greenhouse gas emissions remain the same, according to a new study. Average summer daytime temperatures here will soar to 111 degrees, which is what summers are like now in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to Climate Central, a Princeton, N.J.-based research and journalism organization. Climate Central last week released...
The Sun’s June Nine: Highlighting last month’s top crimes in Las Vegas
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A midday ambush at a pizza restaurant took the lives of two police officers, and before the event came to an end five people would be dead. Homeless on homeless crime. A mother overtaken by voices and throwing two ...
With no rain on horizon, Las Vegas flirts with extended dry spell record
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Not since Feb. 28 has measurable precipitation fallen at McCarran International Airport, where the National Weather Service makes its official observations for Las Vegas. Only 13 other ...
Newest Strip casino SLS Las Vegas moves opening up a week to Aug. 23
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The newest resort on the Las Vegas Strip will open ahead of schedule. Officials with SLS Las Vegas said in a statement today the hotel and casino would open...
Police say jealous former husband brutally beat woman to death
Monday, June 16, 2014
The anonymous call to 911 was ominous: “All right, pay attention: 2606 S. Durango, apartment 873. There’s a (woman) dying. Go help her out. Ain’t no joke.” Metro Police say...
The D settles with unions; 5 downtown casinos face prospect of strike
Friday, May 30, 2014
Negotiators for the Culinary and Bartenders unions and the D Las Vegas reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract today, leaving five downtown casinos still facing a strike by union workers this weekend. News of the agreement with the D was announced on the unions' website. The settlement contains the same key elements as earlier announced deals with the...
Mother charged with shooting son, 11, wanted to take her family to a ‘better place,’ police say
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Shavon Jacklein Carrillo, also known as Shavon Jacklein Aguilar, 31, Las Vegas, told police after the shooting she had attempted suicide shortly after her breakup with …
Guy Fieri, Caesars team up on restaurants in Laughlin, Atlantic City, Baltimore
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
After last month’s opening of Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Quad, the Food Network celebrity’s relationship with Caesars Entertainment is …
El Cortez agrees to terms with union workers; strike still possible at six downtown casinos
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Culinary said about 1,200 more restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders and other members remained without contracts at ...
Mother charged with attempted murder in shooting of son, 11
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The mother of an 11-year-old boy fighting for his life after a shooting Monday is under arrest in the incident. Shavon Aguilar, also known as Shavon Carrillo, 31, faces …
The D casino unveils ATM that will exchange Bitcoin for dollars
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Las Vegas-based Robocoin is the first company to introduce a Bitcoin ATM in the United States, and the D Las Vegas is just the seventh U.S. property to …
Sands president to retire at year's end; Adelson to remain as CEO
Thursday, May 22, 2014
As Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands, prepares for retirement at the end of the year, CEO Sheldon Adelson says ...
Unions call for June 1 strike at nine downtown casinos
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In a news released posted today, the Culinary and Bartenders Unions said its restaurant workers, hotel housekeepers, cocktail servers, bartenders and other members would walk off the job at 5 a.m. June 1 and start …
Frontier adding nonstop flights from McCarran to Washington Dulles
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
To kick off the new destinations from Washington Dulles, Frontier sold seats on round-trip flights from 14 cities, including Las Vegas, for $15 each way. By 5 p.m. today, however …
Las Vegas among nation’s cheapest cities for renting a car, survey finds
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Renting a car in Las Vegas is cheaper than just about any other top destination in the nation, according to a survey from The website, in a survey released last week, put Las Vegas at No. 47 among 50 cities, with an average daily rate of …
Grandfather died from knife wounds to neck, police report says
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Steven Dale Woodard used a box cutter and knives in attacks this week that left his grandfather dead and his father severely wounded, a Metro Police arrest report …
Las Vegas Sands says it's not selling its Pennsylvania property
Friday, May 2, 2014
In a news release today, Las Vegas Sands said also named Mark Juliano as the property’s new president.
Wynn reiterates: Despite what George Clooney says, I didn't call Obama an (expletive)
Friday, May 2, 2014
In an interview with Bloomberg Television's Stephanie Ruhle, Steve Wynn again denied George Clooney’s version of a stormy ending to a dinner at Botero that …
Report places Las Vegas among nation’s most polluted cities
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Add a less-than-desirable ranking to Las Vegas’ portfolio: A top-10 ranking among the most polluted cities in the United States. In its annual “State of the Air” report, the American Lung Association gave Las Vegas-Henderson...
Nation’s comics set their sights — and songs — on rancher Bundy
Friday, April 25, 2014
Forget that he’s made live appearances shows on the Fox cable network and CNN since his public fight with the BLM. Now the 67-year-old Bunkerville resident has captured the attention of …
Bundy says, like MLK and Rosa Parks, he’s standing up against bad laws
Friday, April 25, 2014
In a signed posting on the Bundy Ranch Facebook page, Clark County cattle rancher Bundy defended his comments and invoked Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks...
Website’s commenters take issue with Las Vegas’ listing among world’s most disappointing destinations
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Maybe the nearly 40 million people visiting Las Vegas annually are wrong? The website this week ran a story listing...
Las Vegas is top trade show destination for 20th consecutive year
Friday, March 28, 2014
Las Vegas’ status as the nation’s top trade show destination was reaffirmed again this week. For the 20th consecutive year, Las Vegas found itself atop the Trade Show News Network’s …
Clark County population tops 2 million, new census report estimates
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Clark County’s population grew by an estimated 30,209 people, a modest 1.5 percent rate in the year ending July 1, 2013, but enough to push the county past 2 million residents, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. With the influx...
In jailhouse call, pet shop owner says fire-starter can't be ID'd in store's surveillance video
Friday, March 14, 2014
Gloria Lee was adamant during the phone call. Authorities already had shown her surveillance footage of the Jan. 27 fire at her Prince and Princess Pet Shop that almost cost 27 puppies their lives. Lee is clearly visible on the surveillance tape, but it is a hooded person who is seen …
Cuban national in custody in 2009 slaying of former partner in Las Vegas marijuana operation, police say
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Leandro Lopez-Turatiz, 29, was booked Thursday into the Clark County Detention Center after being extradited from Canada. He is being held in the 2009 slaying of...
McCarran reports solid start to 2014 with increase in January passenger traffic
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
McCarran International Airport kicked off the first month of 2014 with a healthy increase in passenger traffic. Nearly 3.3 million passengers passed through the airport’s gates in January, up 5.3 percent from January 2013, according to figures released this afternoon by the Clark County Department of Aviation.
Sex workers keep secrets, brothel assures potential GOP conventioneers
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
A Nevada brothel has a message for anyone who thinks legalized prostitution will keep the 2016 Republican National Convention from convening in Las Vegas. It’s time to reassess.
Light rain at McCarran brings end to Las Vegas' dry streak
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
The National Weather Service’s official Las Vegas station at McCarran International Airport recorded a trace of rain shortly before 4 p.m. today, according to NWS meteorologist Ryan Metzger.
Sin City doesn't crack top 10 among America's least Bible-minded cities
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Maybe — just maybe — Las Vegas isn’t as sinful as we’ve been led to believe. The American Bible Society’s annual listing of the nation’s 100 most Bible-minded cities, released last week, ranks Sin City at 90th. The ranking means Las Vegas didn’t even crack the top 10 of the nation’s least Bible-minded cities. "We conducted this research because we know that cities are complex, and guesses and hunches about them are often incorrect. But we also know that God is at work in every city, and we are encouraged to see that the Bible has strong advocates in Las Vegas," said Andrew Hood, American Bible Society's director of marketing.
For Las Vegas, it’s a record-setting, windy day
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Winds blowing this morning into the Las Vegas Valley had a hitchhiker: record warm air. During a 40-minute period today, the temperature at McCarran International Airport rose from 57 to 70 degrees.
Wife’s insistence on divorce preceded horrific stabbing, husband’s confession, police report says
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Richard Magdayo Dahan said he grew so enraged when his wife told him she wanted a divorce, he killed her before showering, driving to a police station and turning himself in, according to Metro Police arrest report.
D.A.'s office clears officers in fatal 2013 shooting of suspected gang member wanted for attempted murder
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
Metro Police officers who returned fire and killed suspected gang member Roberto Torres in February 2013 were justified in their actions, the Clark County District Attorney’s Office determined.
Real estate website ranks Las Vegas among America's 10 best cities
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
as Vegas isn’t America’s funniest city, the nerdiest, preppiest or the most exciting, but according to the real estate website, it is among America’s 10 best cities for 2013.
Nevada's drivers worst in the U.S.? Far from it, website reports
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Forget the stories about how bad drivers are in Nevada; a new ranking says drivers in 11 other states are worse than those here in the Silver State. The website says the nation’s worst drivers are in Louisiana.
NWS says today is the wettest day so far in 2013
Nearly half an inch of rain measured at McCarran; heavy snow expected on Mount Charleston
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
A storm system over the region saturated Las Vegas with nearly a half an inch of rain on what is officially the wettest day so far in 2013. And the precipitation isn't expected to clear out of the area until late this weekend.
Group pans healthy-eating options at McCarran, ranks it near last among nation's busiest airports
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Getting a healthful meal at McCarran International Airport is more difficult than it was a year ago, according to a new survey by a Washington, D.C.-based health group.

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