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October 22, 2017

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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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One unit standing together: Police and firefighters learned from past tragedies, using different tactic to save lives
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Police and firefighters, learning from other mass shootings, teamed up to protect each other and save lives after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Drones that would augment truck delivery get test run in Las Vegas
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Drones could be routinely dropping packages out of the air as early as this December, just in time for the busy holiday season, if one company that demonstrated its technology recently in Las Vegas has ...
Hartfield, Metro officer killed in massacre, to be laid to rest today
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
The city that slain Metro Police Officer Charleston Hartfield served and protected will pay tribute to him ahead of his funeral service today.
Vegas Strong Resiliency Center's opening marks new stage in recovery of lost items
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
For those who left personal items behind when they fled the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, time is running out to retrieve those belongings at the Family Assistance Center. Any mass-produced items ...
Mandalay Bay security guard recounts encounter with mass shooter
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
The Mandalay Bay security guard who is believed to be the first person shot by the Las Vegas mass shooter made his first public appearance since the Oct. 1 incident. Jesus Campos ...
'Hoping for the best,' California man remains paralyzed after mass shooting
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
When Michael Caster walked into the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, he never would've thought it could be the last time he walked into any event again. ...
Man who died hours before mass shooting mistakenly part of crosses memorial
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
A man who drove nearly 2,000 miles to Las Vegas from Illinois with wooden crosses for each one of the deceased in the mass shooting inadvertently included a cross for someone not killed in the attack. Greg Zanis, with the help of Metro Police officers, laid the crosses behind the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the south end of the Strip on Oct. 5 with the names of ...
California woman in L.V. to honor shooting victims with 58 good deeds
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Looking for a way to honor the 58 people killed in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas Strip shooting, a California woman has traveled to Las Vegas to carry out 58 acts of kindness ...
Amazon adding 1,500 seasonal jobs in Nevada
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Amazon is prepping for the holiday rush by bulking up its staff. ....
Couple from LA Sheriff's Department say instincts kicked in when shots rang out
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Law enforcement officials put their lives on the line every day on the job. The last place they would expect to be shot is while they’re enjoying themselves at a concert. ...
Special show: Country artists perform for victims, workers at Sunrise Hospital
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Those caught in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history didn't know if the Route 91 Harvest Festival would be the last concert they would ever attend. Ensuring it ...
Victim files lawsuit in Las Vegas shooting
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
A 21-year-old woman wounded in the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting has filed a lawsuit against several entities with connections to the tragedy. Paige Gasper, a California college student, was struck by a bullet during ...
Zappos, many others working toward $1M match for victims’ families
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Zappos is already helping those affected by the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in advance of its crowdsourcing donation. The day after the tragic event, Zappos announced ...
Local hospitals working to help shooting victims with medical expenses
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Those injured in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip will undoubtedly be confronted with medical bills, and some area hospitals are stepping up to ease those patients’ financial worries. On top of various donation drives, University Medical Center, Sunrise Hospital and Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican will assist victims to ...
Officials returning items abandoned at shooting site
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
Officials have started returning thousands of personal items left behind in last week’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. As some 22,000 people fled, items from lawn chairs to electronics to ...
Strip lights go dark for 11 minutes to honor victims of mass shooting
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Properties along Las Vegas Boulevard participated in the 11-minute long blackout to honor the victims and their families ...
‘I just saw a calmness,’ surgeon recalls during harrowing night at hospital
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Gunshot victims who require orthopedic surgery often face a longer road to healing, says an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital who performed five surgeries the day after Sunday’s massacre. ...
Hospitals: ‘No training on earth that will prepare you for this’
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Hospital staffers routinely deal with people with traumatic injuries, but when they arrived in large numbers after Sunday’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, even the most seasoned professionals could not be ...
After shooting, center provides counseling, travel assistance, other help
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
The Family Assistance Center at the Las Vegas Convention Center is offering services to help the survivors and families of those killed in Sunday’s mass shooting on the Strip. “Our original intent for this center was for ...
Knowing location of exits helped festivalgoer when shooting erupted
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
One Las Vegas man who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival for the past three years said his familiarity with the location of the exits helped his group escape during the gunfire. ...
For many, harrowing escape from the festival grounds led to Haven Street
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
For some of the 22,000 people fleeing the Route 91 mass shooting on Sunday at the Las Vegas Festival grounds, a street named Haven, coincidentally enough, served as just that. Days after the ...
Travelers who lost IDs amid shooting can still fly
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
People who lost their identification cards while fleeing Sunday night’s shooting on the Las Vegas Strip can still fly out of McCarran International Airport, officials said today.
Airport officials said those who lost their IDs can get ...
President’s visit ‘uplifting’ to UMC patients and staff
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
University Medical Center officials said President Donald Trump was “uplifting” and acted as “everybody’s next-door neighbor” when he met privately with shooting victims, their families and medical professionals on Wednesday. ...
Dozens of shooting victims in critical condition at local hospitals
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
After taking an influx of patients late Sunday into early Monday morning after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, area hospitals are getting back to ordinary operations. ...
Geophysicist receives Nevada’s most prestigious science honor
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Geophysicist Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, was bestowed the Nevada Medal, the state's highest recognition for science, by the Desert Research Institute on Wednesday. ...
Simulator lets UNLV medical residents cut their teeth before patients
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
Residents at the UNLV School of Medicine are performing scores of delicate surgeries and racking up hours of realistic operating room experience, all without the fear of ...
UNLV rolls out app designed to help with on-campus safety
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
RebelSAFE includes a speed-dial option for students to request a late-night campus safety escort or to access emergency services at the touch of a button ...
Vision of refreshed Maryland Parkway includes four districts, mass transit
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
The group working to reinvigorate the Maryland Parkway corridor recommends dividing it into four distinct districts, linked by a high-capacity transit system. The Maryland Parkway Coalition unveiled the districts at a community meeting Thursday at the Winchester Community Theater. Midtown Medical is located between Sahara Avenue and Desert Inn Road; Midtown Boulevard between Desert Inn and Flamingo Road; Midtown UNLV between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue; and Midtown Gateway south of Tropicana. An 8.7-mile high-capacity transit system would link ...
UNLV technology park expects to construct third building soon
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
The UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park in the southwest valley appears ready to begin construction on a new building. Representatives of the ...
The esports pipeline: UNLV is the go-to institution to learn about the budding industry
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017
UNLV's esports course, which began last fall, features industry speakers and classes conducted in local gaming spaces. Students develop related business plans as part of the ...
City of Henderson names new police chief
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
The city of Henderson has selected LaTesha Watson as its new police chief. Watson, deputy chief of the Arlington Police Department in Texas, was chosen after a national search that ...
In annual address, Jessup says sports medicine program in works at UNLV
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
In his State of the University address, UNLV President Len Jessup reflected on the school’s history as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, before turning his attention to projects on the horizon ...
Nevada developing global renown for drone research
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
After the Federal Aviation Administration designated Nevada one of six unmanned aircraft (UAS) research sites in 2013, the state has been capitalizing on the rare opportunity and cultivating an international reputation in the drone industry. ...
Golden Knights chief: Team already scoring economic goals off the ice
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
Before their first face-off, the Vegas Golden Knights are having an economic impact as Southern Nevada’s first major league team. ...
'Amazing time right now': Jessup offers overview of UNLV’s additions
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Recalling UNLV’s golden days when her husband, Jerry Tarkanian, coached the Rebels to a national basketball title, Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said Tuesday that the community should ...
Frontier Airlines looks to hire 300 attendants
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
In a move to support continuing growth in the Las Vegas market, Frontier Airlines is looking to hire 300 flight attendants at a pair of events this week. ...
More Interstate 11 signs on the way
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Signage along the nascent Interstate 11 route on U.S. 93/Interstate 515 from Henderson to the Arizona border will be changed to reflect the newest edition to Nevada’s freeway system. ...
Harvey will be ‘a landmark’ in drone usage, FAA chief says in Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Even as drones prove essential in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, the Federal Aviation Administration is exploring new ways to detect them when they’re being used for illegal and malicious activities. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, speaking at the InterDrone conference at the Rio on Wednesday, said drones are ...
$10 million pledged to Roseman University
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
The Roseman University College of Medicine received a sizable boost today, receiving the largest donation in the school’s history. ...
Las Vegas among cities to vie for Amazon’s second North America headquarters
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
E-commerce giant Amazon announced plans on Thursday to open a second headquarters (HQ2) in North America, and Las Vegas is among the list of interested cities. Amazon opened the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal (“RFP”) Thursday. Local and state government leaders ...
Now you can get Wi-Fi at Lake Mead National Recreational Area
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
Those who want to enjoy the great outdoors but stay connected are in luck as Lake Mead National Recreational Area has added wireless internet ...
New one-way streets implemented this week in downtown Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
New permanent one-way streets near the popular Arts District in downtown Las Vegas this week may have motorists doing double takes. As part of an ongoing project to ...
U.S. 95 near downtown Las Vegas closing overnight
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
A stretch of U.S. 95 near downtown Las Vegas will shut down overnight twice this week beginning tonight. The Nevada Department of Transportation will shut down southbound U.S. 95 between ...
UNLV students prepare house to compete in solar decathlon
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
Building a house with no prior experience is tough enough, but imagine constructing one knowing that you would soon have to split it into multiple parts and transport it out of state. That is just part of the challenge that 30 UNLV students face as they prepare for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017 competition next month. The winning school takes home $300,000. ...
A country mile: A vision that stretches from Mexico to Canada looks for traction
Monday, Sept. 4, 2017
It’s only a modest 2.5 miles of a long-term plan to better connect Las Vegas and Phoenix — the two largest U.S. cities not currently linked by an interstate — and a longer-term dream to link Mexico, the U.S and Canada. But last month’s opening of the first local phase ...
Influx of Las Vegas visitors for Labor Day weekend means crowded roadways
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
As people celebrate the unofficial end of summer, the Las Vegas Valley will see more than 324,000 visitors for Labor Day weekend. Of those travelers, 60 percent — or 180,000 — will be driving ...
McCarran’s new automated screening lanes to be tested on busy weekend
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend, McCarran International Airport has introduced automated screening lanes in Terminal 3. ...
McCarran's new cutting-edge camera system to upgrade surveillance
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
McCarran International Airport is enhancing its security operations with a new camera system. The Transportation Security Administration proposed a $9 million grant to upgrade the closed-circuit television system and Clark County will add “a couple of million dollars” to match for the camera upgrades ...
Airport director talks McCarran's capacity, goal of efficient passenger experience
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
A trio of airport executives addressed issues they’re set to face, ones that could prevent them from spreading their wings and soaring ...
Firm sees 'overwhelming response' to cybersecurity training program
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
When someone looks to change career paths and get into a new industry, it can be tough ...

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