Thanksgiving has come and gone, Black Friday is a memory and, with only 17 days until Christmas and 23 days until New Year’s Eve, ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. It’s a time of endless stress, rushing to and fro and a steady flow of invites clogging your inbox for office gatherings, cocktail parties, impromptu drinks with friends and an exasperating number of guilt-inducing family commitments.
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Here are a few pop culture tidbits that caught our eye last week.
For some, enjoying parties with friends and co-workers is the best part of the yuletide season. For other (ahem) more reluctant socializers, attending holiday parties is the psychic equivalent of walking through a minefield decorated with colored lights and pretty tinsel while a painfully jolly choir sings in the background.
Las Vegas dentist Lee Turner knows it happened — that he drove his Ford Escape into a light pole just more than a year ago.
When you read the opening to the Nov. 8 “Dear Patient” letter that Tracey Brierly and some others received from the KE Medical Group, you realize that it embodies the weirdness surrounding the group’s very public demise.
A group of cancer patients didn’t realize what they were in for recently when they were invited to be given makeovers for free.
Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems. The analysis suggests the world’s No. 1 cause of cancer deaths isn’t as lethal as doctors once thought.
Getting out of your seat and jumping around is a low-tech way of getting the heart pumping and the body moving. That is the first step to getting in shape. Get moving. Plain and simple.
Thousands of Nevadans who have been out of work, some longer than a year, have reason to feel unsettled going into the holidays as federal funding for long-term jobless benefits are scheduled to expire a few days after Christmas.
“A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember,” written and illustrated by Las Vegas author Michael Pascoe, follows the journey of a Douglas fir tree from Christmas Valley, Ore., to New York City in the wake of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Can Doug bring joy to a city in sorrow? At least one little girl who lost her father in the disaster finds comfort in the tree’s presence. In addition to writing, Pascoe has worked in magazine design and as a magician. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/9-11christmas.