WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters' notebook

Courtrooms have strict rules about evidence. The judge can't assume facts without it. That makes sense. But there might be a thing or two that should be taken for granted to, you know, speed things up.

We respectfully submit this quote, from prosecutor Michael Staudaher during an attempted murder case, as Exhibit A.

"And I would submit to the court that breathing is a vital function of the body," Staudaher said.


Jen Germano studies how to reintroduce tortoises to the Nevada desert, but she once worked on a similar effort in New Zealand involving endangered frogs.

There was a problem: About the same time she released her frogs into a new habitat, another research team released endangered kiwi birds nearby.

It took a while, but the birds eventually ate all the frogs.

It was heartbreaking, Germano said, but at least they learned something. Until then, some researchers thought kiwi birds wouldn't eat frogs.

"Nothing is wasted as long as you learn from it," she said.


Henderson's city clerk and city manager took different approaches to preparing their official performance evaluations.

City Clerk Sabrina Mercadante read a prepared statement that highlighted her accomplishments and goals.

City Manager Jacob Snow, with a serious tone, said he would defer to the city attorney, Josh Reid, to represent him.

Reid, son of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., played a video that highlighted Snow's accomplishments.

It ended with a speechless Josh Reid, choked with feigned emotion, on screen.

City Council members were speechless. The crowd laughed and applauded.

Mayor Andy Hafen said he had never before seen anyone present a video for their performance evaluation.

"We are in creative hands," Councilman John Marz added.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: @PaulOgata (comedian Paul Ogata) I am camping tonight in Vegas. Sure, it's at the mall for an iPhone 5, but it's still camping. PS the mall frowns on fresh made s'mores.