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January 23, 2018

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Mick Akers

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Mick Akers joined the Las Vegas Sun in 2017 after two years at the Pahrump Valley Times, where he earned the 2016 Nevada Press Association's Outstanding Journalist award in the intermediate category. He reported on the Lamar Odom brothel overdose situation, the dire health care situation in Nye County and the Nye County School District. Mick is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an International Boxing Hall of Fame voter. He is a graduate of UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.

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McCarran hits highest mark yet for annual passenger travel
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Las Vegas’ airport soared to new heights last year as a record number of travelers passed through its gates ...
Las Vegas Councilman Barlow quits, says he'll take fraud plea
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Three-term Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow says he's resigning and will plead guilty to a federal fraud charge. He said in the council chambers the felony charge stems from ...
With new sports facility, Mesquite gets in on the action
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
The bevy of sports action taking place in Southern Nevada lately isn’t limited to Las Vegas. It stretches at least as far as 80 miles north, where a new training complex is making an impact on the local sports scene in the rural town of Mesquite.
Las Vegas shooter's online searches included venues in Los Angeles, Boston
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Stephen Paddock appeared to search online for the ideal spot to carry out a mass shooting almost as early as seven months before ...
NASA testing next-generation space power system in Nevada
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
As NASA looks to advance human missions to space in the coming decades, developing safe, reliable power sources to carry out those excursions is a top priority. Looking for a way to supplement radioisotope power systems that ...
'Our best year yet': Lyft claims 'ton of impact' on Las Vegas in 2017
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Lyft has seen its business in the valley double year-over-year since its entrance into the Las Vegas market over two years ago, an executive for the rideshare company announced Tuesday. With the ever-expanding business in Las Vegas, the city is benefitting in ...
Final phase of Project Neon bringing biggest traffic headaches
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
The final leg of the almost $1 billion Project Neon highway project will take center stage in March as the aptly named Main Event gets underway. After NASCAR weekend, Interstate 15 from ...
‘Trying it is believing,’ Sandoval says of self-driving vehicles
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
Touting the success of the autonomous shuttle operating in downtown Las Vegas, Gov. Brian Sandoval says the future is now in Nevada ...
CES tech show breaks data, exhibit space records
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Las Vegas’ largest convention, the CES tech show, broke several records this year. The show, which showcases the latest in consumer electronics, drew more than 175,000 attendees, with more than 3,900 exhibitors. This year, the show spanned 2.75 million square feet of ...
New gadgets: CES brought robots, blasters and thermal imaging for smartphones
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
CES brought the latest in electronic innovations to Las Vegas this week. These caught our eye ...
Tech on wheels: Self-driving ATVs and portable smart vehicles shine
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Wheeled devices made a big splash at CES this year, with technologically beefed up vehicles and robots for just about every situation ...
From baby oil to WD-40: Robots dance at Sapphire
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
It could have been a scene straight out of a science fiction thriller.
Lights out: Convention center loses power during CES tech show
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Las Vegas’ largest convention, the CES tech show, had its plug pulled today when the Las Vegas Convention Center experienced a power outage for more than an hour. The outage ...
How tech trends are enhancing the smartphone user experience
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Smartphones have become a gadget most can’t live without. With advancements made each time a new phone model is released ...
Intel launches a drone light show that dazzles above Bellagio
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
The skyline above the Las Vegas Strip lit up Monday night, and not due to the usual flare from the famous hotels but instead a first of its kind drone light show ...
How locals can avoid CES traffic this week
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
When the 175,000 conventiongoers converge in Las Vegas for CES this week to see the latest and greatest in technology, traffic near the sprawling exhibit spaces will be a nightmare. CES takes place ...
City’s Innovation District partners to be showcased at CES next week
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Partners in the city of Las Vegas’ Innovation District will be showcased next week when CES features its first Smart City Marketplace. ...
$58 million freeway enhancement planned for NLV near Apex
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
The $58 million Interstate 15-Garnet Interchange project in North Las Vegas will begin construction next month. The project will improve safety and enhance mobility for both Interstate 15 and U.S. Highway 93, officials say. The Nevada Department of Transportation previously sought a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the Federal Highway Administration for enhancing the corridor. A modified diverging diamond interchange are ...
Mesquite carving out its spot on the map
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
Mayor Allan Litman talks about growing Mesquite and making it known for the right reasons.
Brothel owner, 2 others sue Nye County commissioner over comments
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof is one of three people suing Nye County Commissioner Andrew “Butch” Borasky over comments made at a recent board meeting. Hof, Nye County Republican ...
Police: Elderly woman hit by truck in parking lot; driver arrested
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
The driver of a U-Haul truck was arrested today after she hit and killed an elderly woman in a parking lot and left the scene, according to Henderson Police. The 79-year-old victim was taken ...
Some table games at Palace Station now feature smartphone charging outlets
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
With the bevy of major upgrades as part of Palace Station’s $191 modernization project, one smaller addition might be easy to overlook. The Station Casinos property rolled out 32 new gaming tables that include smartphone charging stations equipped with six outlets — one for each ...
A look inside: Strip’s glamour infuses UNLV’s new $60 million hotel college
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
UNLV’s latest building gives its world-renowned Harrah’s College of Hospitality a world-class facility. The modern-industrial style interior is designed to feel like you are in one of the properties on the ...
Virgin Hyperloop One sets speed record at Southern Nevada track
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Virgin Hyperloop One set a speed record on its test track in North Las Vegas, hitting 240 mph. The company has the only full-scale hyperloop system in the world and achieved the speed during its ...
Smart bikes tested in downtown Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
While a lot of “smart city” technology focuses on motor vehicles, one startup company wants to shift some of the emphasis toward cyclist safety. Charles River Analytics, a Boston-based company, has created ...
Dana Marshall-Bernstein remembered by family as superhero
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Dana Marshall-Bernstein’s family called her their superhero. During a nearly lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease, Marshall-Bernstein worked courageously to raise awareness about the disease and her fight against it, including appearing in a documentary film titled “Semicolon; the Adventures of an Ostomy Girl.” On Sunday, she succumbed to the disease at 28. “Dana is and always will be ...
UNLV to host esports exhibition during Mountain West basketball tournament
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Looking to further its reach into the developing esports industry, UNLV plans to host an exhibition competition among fellow Mountain West schools during the conference’s annual basketball tournaments. ...
Oklahoma City mayor says mass shooting won’t have long-term effect on Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Having helped lead his city out of troubled times, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said Las Vegas’ ascent from tragedy shouldn’t be as tough. ...
What’s changed in the RTC’s 25 years on the valley’s roads
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada celebrated its silver anniversary of operating the transit system in the Las Vegas valley earlier this month. ...
Mayweather fight, Oct. 1 shooting among Google’s most searched terms
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
The Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip and the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight were among Google’s most searched terms this year. The shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured at ...
Construction to start in January on UNLV training complex
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
UNLV is expected to break ground next month on a $22.5 million football training complex, university President Len Jessup said today. A recent $3 million pledge toward the Fertitta Football Complex brings total donations to ...
‘The Block’ urban core to be centerpiece for Henderson’s new western gateway
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
The plan features an urban core with retail shops topped by residential space. “We have been holding onto this site for several years. We think it’s the best development parcel of this size left in the valley, and the best opportunity to create new lifestyle options for a changing Henderson and all of Las Vegas.”
Memorial crosses on display at Clark County Museum until Sunday
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
“We want to make sure this stuff survives so that as people in the future want to study it and want to learn about (how) the whole world mourned with us, they'll ...
2 new solar plants boost Switch operations, state's clean energy outlook
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Working toward Switch’s goal to have its data centers be 100 percent powered by renewable energy, the commissioning of a pair of solar projects on Monday represented a huge step forward. Switch Stations 1 and 2, at the Apex industrial park north of Las Vegas, were ...
Support groups open to those struggling after mass shooting
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
People struggling to cope with the holidays after the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting are being urged to reach out for emotional support. “For those who lost family, friends, or colleagues from the shooting, facing the holidays, anniversaries and ...
Is it a suitcase or a robot? Luggage rolls along with the latest technology
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Looking to take some of the hassle out of traveling, a San Francisco-based startup has developed a high-tech solution to lugging around a suitcase. ...
System to warn wrong-way drivers to be part of new interchange
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
A new detection system to help prevent wrong-way crashes will be part of an interchange under construction in the south Las Vegas Valley. There were 279 wrong-way driver crashes on Nevada’s freeway systems from 2005 to 2015, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. They resulted in 41 fatalities and ...
Improvements considered for hazardous span of Lamb Boulevard in east valley
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
A 4.5-mile portion of Lamb Boulevard is set for improvements after a study by the Nevada Department of Transportation revealed the area had a crash rate 15 percent higher than the state average. From 2011-2016, there were 1,286 crashes on Lamb Boulevard between Desert Inn Road and Lake Mead Boulevard, NDOT revealed Tuesday at ...
Lyft lists marijuana dispensary as most visited Las Vegas location
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
After serving the Las Vegas area the past two years, Lyft knows where its clientele wants to go. The ride-hailing company compiled some of the most visited destinations in ...
Nevada seeks to expand drone testing with new FAA program
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Nevada is looking to soar to new heights with drone testing, applying for a federal program to push the limits of unmanned aircraft systems. The program would ...
Road improvements on Water Street in Henderson will be complete by spring
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
The $10.6 million Downtown Complete Streets project includes roadway and utility improvements to the Henderson business district as well as ...
Turf replaced at iconic sign on Las Vegas Strip
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Work began Monday to replace the turf surrounding the world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” landmark. The project on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of ...
Doctors sounding alarm after spike in child abuse deaths
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Even after 25 years in medicine, Dr. Jay Fisher still struggles to deal with the heartbreaking cases of child abuse he sees. And in seven cases this year, the young lives he seeks to save ...
Community Ambulance workers recall horror of massacre, continue to heal
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Two months after they responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, members of the on-site medical crew are still processing what they witnessed and have been relying on each other to heal ...
Work underway on new interchange at I-15 and Starr Avenue
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation broke ground today on the $33.7 million Interstate 15-Starr Avenue interchange between St. Rose Parkway and Cactus Avenue in the southwest valley. The interchange will travel under Interstate 15 to reduce traffic-related noise for nearby neighbors. “This interchange alleviates traffic along local streets as well as the southern ...
How city officials weigh benefits of ‘smart city’ technology
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
As “smart city” technology becomes increasingly prevalent in early-adopter cities such as Las Vegas, ensuring it has a practical use in everyday life is key as officials evaluate pitches from developers. ...
Solar company gives electric vehicles free spots to juice up
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Owners of electric vehicles can save money by plugging in at power stations put up in Southern Nevada by a solar company.
DC Solar offers free electric-vehicle charging in Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
They can charge one or two vehicles at a time depending on the model. They are powered by solar panels attached to each station, and there is a biodiesel generator on each unit for backup ...
Air Force aircraft roar over valley for training
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Noise above the Las Vegas Valley will increase over the next several weeks as the Air Force conducts weapons training, officials said. More than 80 aircraft are scheduled to take off from Nellis Air Force Base twice a day and ...
Banning certain vehicles from the Strip should be considered, Giunchigliani says
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Looking to improve safety and traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard, one Clark County commissioner envisions banning private vehicles from the famed road. Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani wants the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to consider allowing only certain vehicles on the Strip such as taxis, ride-share vehicles and ...

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