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Hsieh cult suddenly forced to face reality

The cult of Tony Hsieh developed a crack this past week, and that’s a good thing. Good for Las Vegans jaded by decades of hot air of an endless string of “visionaries,” and good for Hsieh and his acolytes as they attempt to put down actual business roots in downtown’s hard-packed soil.

November election looks to be a snooze

Give the County Commission credit for trying to grab your attention on National Voter Registration Day. It probably won’t work, but perhaps nothing short of the return of Sinatra and Elvis would do the trick in an off year.

UNLV soccer rocks; weigh in on stadium

If you want to give a member of the City Council a swift kick for supporting a $200 million downtown soccer stadium plan, there’s still time to get a word in edgewise. But while we’re on the subject, here’s a Las Vegas soccer team all you fans clamoring for that stadium ought to get behind — and this one won’t cost you a bundle.

Tesla shows how to bargain in Nevada

When Richard Florida penned a scathing commentary this week in the Los Angeles Times about Nevada’s remarkable deal with Tesla Motors he showed that he just doesn’t appreciate the way business is done in the Silver State.

Tesla gets quick OK on factory

During the Tesla session this week, state Sen. Joe Hardy’s noted how fast the Tesla Motors battery factory plans went through the process in Storey County and said, “That’s a lesson we could learn in Southern Nevada.”

Hsieh talks the talk in Santa Fe

His heart and headquarters might be anchored in downtown Las Vegas, but Tony Hsieh took his show on the road to Santa Fe, N.M., this week and shared his vision for urban redevelopment with locals there.

Sandoval can woo as well as snub

Mount Charleston has provided an idyllic setting for Gov. Brian Sandoval to show his concern for beleaguered mountain residents and remind Southern Nevadans that the Republican incumbent is attuned to their needs.