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Las Vegas mayor’s speech invaded her privacy

Most of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s recent State of the City speech tilled familiar ground. She praised members of the City Council, highlighted progress being made with downtown redevelopment and mixed in a little schtick to lighten what otherwise was a paint-by-numbers presentation.

Vice cop writes what he knows

Veteran Metro vice Detective Chris Baughman continues to grow as a writer with a wealth of material from his longtime work as a leader of the department’s Pandering Investigation Team.

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.