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Now on sale: ‘Amelia’s Long Journey’

Amelia and John L. Smith with book cover in background. (Photo: Jo Mitchell) The event Saturday night at the Flamingo Library announcing the publication of “Amelia’s Long Journey” was a great success. We sold a bunch of books — proceeds benefiting...

Agassi's real story is told at his academy

Wonder what really motivates Andre Agassi these days? It’s the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. “I think we’ve learned more than we’ve taught, to be quite honest,” says Agassi, who dropped out of school in the 9th grade to pursue his tennis...

'Extreme Makeover' home goes up for sale

Locals will recall the heart-warming story of the Cerda family, which in May received a new house courtesy of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Well, now that house is up for sale. Terri and Chuck Cerda’s daughters, Molly and Maggie, suffer...

Hughes stories told at event

Lynn Zook’s compelling “Untold Stories” series continues at 6:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve with a presentation on Howard Hughes’ eccentric Las Vegas years. On the panel will be journalist and author Geoff Schumacher (“Howard Hughes:...

Readers report cop ‘speeders’

Following last week’s column on the senseless deaths of two Metro officers killed after speeding in their patrol cars, I received dozens of contacts from readers. A few were angry that I’d have the audacity to suggest Sheriff Doug Gillespie needs to...

Chimp is a Raiders fan, frowns on Fox

Terry, the 28-year old chimp at the Las Vegas Zoo, likes to watch television. In fact, Terry has a TV in the den of his 2,500-square-foot space. “Raider football is his favorite,” Las Vegas Zoo Director Pat Dingle says. “We let him watch everything...

Reno struggles with a new motto

Ray Hagar of the Reno Gazette-Journal offers an entertaining piece on the subject of city slogans. It seems Reno’s bewildering “A Little West of Center” program left Mayor Bob Cashell cold – and a little angry. It has been canned at a cost of $100,...

McDonald tax investigation goes silent

Courthouse wags have grown awfully quiet about the status of the IRS tax investigation of former Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald. McDonald’s relationship with embattled former topless cabaret mogul Rick Rizzolo and his lawyers is part of...