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GOP needs a Vegas vacation

Imagine the Republican National Convention coming to the Strip in July 2016, and the first image that comes to my mind is a sea of pale skin sizzling poolside. Whoever has the sunscreen concession is sure to make a killing.

UNLV's 'Music Man' moves on

It was hard not to get caught up in super salesman Neal Smatresk’s high-energy spiel. Barely four years later, Smatresk just closed the deal on the president’s job at the University of North Texas, Denton. Las Vegas townies are still tuning up their trombones, but our music man is moving on.

A day to enjoy the nation's collective humanity

For many Americans, perhaps most, today is best known as “Black Friday,” one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Although I realize its going against the crowd, I prefer to think of it as the National Day of Listening.

President's widow moved by poem

Ron Delpit has struck an endless stream of words to paper in his long journalism career, but it was a poem he penned as a college freshman that still gets him choked up even after nearly 50 years.

Nothing like the sun for Las Vegas' famous sign

Critics will call it a gimmick. Advocates will say it’s a sign of a brighter future. And the rest of us will smile at the irony and the symbolism when our famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign officially makes the transition to solar power.

Money needed to help fight cancer

To some people it seemed like a simple matter, a genuine no-brainer: Have insurance companies place oral chemotherapy on the same level as the intravenous cancer drug treatment.

Like Gillespie, Wheeler should admit his mistake

Political comedy writers across the country surely are considering sending Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, notes of gratitude after the language mangler managed to express a willingness to vote to bring back slavery if that’s what his constituents desired.