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Rice's reach exceeds genre

"Night Stalker" author Jeff Rice probably would have appreciated a little more mystery associated with his July 1 death in Las Vegas. When you live in a creative world riddled with blood suckers and neck crushers, an ordinary death seems just a little tame.

A great ump, an even better man

Imagine the grinding from the grandstands longtime local baseball umpire Fred Atiyeh took in three decades behind the plate. Forget the fact he was a top-notch game caller and an even better man. Precision and ethics mean nothing to baseball fans, who know it's their God-given right, indeed their duty, to razz the umpire at every opportunity.

Don't limit wall idea to Burning Man

From where I sit, admittedly hatless in the noonday sun, there are two kinds of people in this world: Those who worship Burning Man and those who get no pleasure from having sand wedged in places nature never intended.

No pause in pressure on housing authority chief Hill

This figures to be a busy week for John Hill. Not only is the Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority in contract renewal negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, but these days he's also being asked tough questions about his management style and professional practices.

Boxing legends to pack Hall of Fame event

Whether you cheered for Marvelous Marvin Hagler or Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis, there will be a champion for just about every fight fan at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame gathering Saturday night at Caesars Palace.

Crazy Girls statue latest to shine elsewhere

This week we learned the late Riviera’s famous “No Ifs, Ands, or Butts” statue of the Crazy Girls is on its way to Planet Hollywood. It’s bound to be popular. Tourists traveled the length of the Strip just to take a gander at the polished brass derrieres of the Riv’s popular dancers.