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Nonprofit works to repair credibility

Workforce Connections isn’t like most agencies. Each year it shepherds millions in federal dollars to local job training and related service providers, then has the task of holding those recipients to account for the funding.

Las Vegas stagehand had his moment — as a corpse

The pleasant and unassuming Tim Redsull, a union stagehand by trade, was depicted playing the most notorious corpse in Las Vegas mob history on the set of Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic “Casino.” He was a stand-in — or a lay-down to be more precise — for Joe Pesci’s “Nicky Santoro” character in the movie.

Downtown churches upset with Life is Beautiful

Rehan Chaudhry’s Life Is Beautiful festival is scheduled to hit downtown Oct. 24-26 with an all-star lineup of singers and chefs. Last year’s roaring celebration of music, food and art attracted an estimated 60,000 revelers, who no doubt enjoyed themselves but easily overran hundreds of local churchgoers in the area.

Hsieh cult suddenly forced to face reality

The cult of Tony Hsieh developed a crack this past week, and that’s a good thing. Good for Las Vegans jaded by decades of hot air of an endless string of “visionaries,” and good for Hsieh and his acolytes as they attempt to put down actual business roots in downtown’s hard-packed soil.

November election looks to be a snooze

Give the County Commission credit for trying to grab your attention on National Voter Registration Day. It probably won’t work, but perhaps nothing short of the return of Sinatra and Elvis would do the trick in an off year.

UNLV soccer rocks; weigh in on stadium

If you want to give a member of the City Council a swift kick for supporting a $200 million downtown soccer stadium plan, there’s still time to get a word in edgewise. But while we’re on the subject, here’s a Las Vegas soccer team all you fans clamoring for that stadium ought to get behind — and this one won’t cost you a bundle.

Tesla shows how to bargain in Nevada

When Richard Florida penned a scathing commentary this week in the Los Angeles Times about Nevada’s remarkable deal with Tesla Motors he showed that he just doesn’t appreciate the way business is done in the Silver State.