Las Vegas has long been a national convention capital, but it’s now obvious it also has emerged as a great place to stage events with political punch.
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Harry Reid recently announced he was selling his home in Searchlight and moving to Henderson. Reid’s residence on 110 acres is being bought by a mining company for $1.7 million, according to published reports.
Every four years the inquiry is made repeatedly and breathlessly: Will soccer ever catch on in the United States as it has around the rest of the world?
As a heavyweight fighter, Gary Bates lacked great power. His speed was barely average, and compared to some of the giants he battled he was downright short-armed.
Rick Rizzolo figured the federal agents who turned up at his door Wednesday were kidding him. He’s funny that way.
There’s something about gritty downtown’s rebirth that seems familiar to Irish artist Graham Knuttel.
I don’t know if you can dance to Austrian rapper Kilez More’s “Klimawandel (Klimaluge), Klimaschwindel,” but on Monday night some Strip visitors found out.
Perhaps one day law enforcement officials will acknowledge that Las Vegas has emerged as a national crossroads for oxycodone abuse and trafficking.
You know those crazy Nevadans — any excuse for a party. It’s that way in 2014 as the Silver State celebrates its 150 anniversary with a calendar full of pomp and commemoration.
Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt continues to get the cold shoulder from unlikely places.
If you’re like a lot of people bewildered by the campaign season, you have probably wondered how you, too, might run for public office.
Given the romance that Americans have enjoyed with the Pony Express era, you would be forgiven for thinking those courageous riders were in the saddle for decades instead of just 18 months from April 1860 to October 1861.
Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins have unintentionally provided so many punch lines during their political careers that it would be easy to write off their latest episode as just another bit of tired lounge comedy.
Louise and Laurence Gaskins have always taken pride in their modest home on Mary Ann Avenue, and for years it served their family well.
He saw the question coming, but then who wouldn’t? Having failed to receive a recommendation from the Clark County Commission for a coveted state medical marijuana dispensary license for Southern Nevada, the jilted applicant knew he’d be asked if he was just a sore loser.
Obituaries are fine as far as they go, but the real news value isn’t found in a person’s death. It’s how he lived that counts. I was reminded of that after news of the death of KSNV-TV station owner and attorney Jim Rogers circulated through the local media. Rogers died Saturday. He was 75.
She was born in 1844 to the Northern Paiute people near the Humboldt River. Her parents named her Thocmetony after the beautiful shell flower that manages to bloom following even the harshest winter on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.
Even in death, Officer Alyn Beck was responsible for helping to save lives on June 8 and stop two killers who were trying to carry out a revolution of hate.
Imagine the surprise of some of those cabbies and customers when the doors of Club Paradise were temporarily closed after the service of a law enforcement search warrant on June 6. They would be forced, sigh, to seek their dancing dream girls elsewhere.
Father’s Day is meant to be a gentle holiday. It’s the Sunday in June traditionally set aside for bad ties and barbecues, corny cards and a ballgame in dad’s honor.
His calm, respective demeanor hasn’t always served Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie well politically, but during these awful days it has helped provide a reminder that the citizens chose well when they elected him to lead local law enforcement.
Give John Bonaventura credit. Any bum can lose an election. It takes a special brand of public official to serve with such devastating distinction that he actually destroys the office he’s occupying.
Judicial candidate Jacob Hafter delivered a truly low blow recently when he accused veteran District Judge Valorie Vega of racism and anti-Semitism.
Few legends in Nevada history approach the amazing feats of strength and endurance of the great Sierra mailman, John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson.
If he chose to, Saville Kellner could dwell on the dizzying irony: A businessman who raises funds for scleroderma research gets diagnosed with the most devastating form of the disease.