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All-Star Victory for Victorino

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder and Las Vegas resident Shane Victorino is making headlines for campaigning to be named to the National League All-Star team. Even Mayor Oscar Goodman endorsed Victorino’s candidacy.

Snake Eyes in Moscow

When then-President Vladimir Putin vowed to clean up vice-riddled Moscow, it’s hard to imagine the city’s corporate and home-grown gambling bosses took him too seriously. But this past week current President and Putin pal, Dmitry Medvedev, made good...

Clark County celebrates its centennial

When readers wonder just how long I’ve been a columnist, few of them realize that I was around when Clark County broke away from Lincoln County and declared its independence back on July 1, 1909. For proof, look no further than this David Stroud...

Cherchio has inside track in NLV

Community activist Richard Cherchio is the favorite to receive newly elected North Las Vegs Mayor Shari Buck’s Ward 4 City Council seat, a reliable source tells me. Cherchio isn’t a lifelong North Las Vegas resident, but he’s established himself as...

Picking Michael Jackson's bones

If you think Michael Jackson was skinny when he died, just wait until the carnivores and scavengers in his life get through picking his bones. After hearing almost nothing but bad things about Jackson’s upbringing, it was creepy to learn that Joe...

Magician Remembers Michael Jackson

Dixie Dooley Michael Jackson Magician Dixie Dooley sent this remembrance of the late Michael Jackson, a former Las Vegas resident. Jackson died Thursday at age 50. “On a cold windy day in Las Vegas, February 13Th. 2007 I was invited to perform my...