Garner portrayed a classy gambler

Although he never won a World Series of Poker bracelet or a $1 million jackpot, James Garner’s “Maverick” character was the first acceptable gambler portrayed on television. He was handsome, clever, never cheated a sucker — and always outsmarted the bad guys.

Child Haven struggles with capacity

A continued surge in the number of abused and neglected children at Clark County’s emergency shelter pushed it over capacity while state approval to raise its maximum population was pending.

EDC promoters release videos of 2014 shows

The folks at Insomniac Events, which puts on the Electric Daisy Carnival, have released a cool series of videos chronicling this year’s festivities, featuing performances by the likes of Laidback Luke, Arty and Boregore.

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Mental problems suspected in dog dismemberments

A lawyer for a 24-year-old man accused of dismembering six dogs at two Reno motels said the former Reno High School student has “mental health issues” and might need a psychiatric evaluation before he goes to trial.

Nominee pledges to ‘transform’ VA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that “systematic failures” must be addressed.

Sports

13 young players picked for USA Select Team

Two brothers and three sets of teammates were among the 13 players picked for the USA Select Team, announced Tuesday by USA Basketball. The Select Team will train with and against Team USA at at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center on July 18 to 21.

$350 million soccer plan floated

Jason Ader, a gaming industry entrepreneur from New York City, said he is going to launch a $350 million effort to bring a Major League Soccer team to Las Vegas, complete with a new covered stadium of 18,000-20,000 seats and players with international appeal.

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Hoffman didn’t want children to be ‘trust fund’ kids

In a July 18 filing in Manhattan Surrogate Court, Friedman recalled conversations with Hoffman where the topic of a trust for his children was raised. He said Hoffman wanted his estimated $35 million fortune to go his longtime partner and the children’s mother, Mimi O’Donnell.

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