WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters' notebook

Valley resident "Foul Ball" Paul Jones is known for his collection of 1.4 million baseball cards.

When he recently donated $350 to the Metropolitan Police Department, Fiscal Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Hammer promised to match it if Jones' collection included fellow committee member Larry Brown. The county commissioner played two years in the 1980s for the Las Vegas Stars, then a Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

"You are probably the only person I know that has a baseball card of Larry Brown," Hammer said.

"I have two of them signed by him," Jones replied proudly.

"I don't even have his county commissioner card," Hammer joked.


The Associated Press reported last week that transportation agencies are printing fewer road maps these days as more people turn to websites, smartphones and GPS devices to guide them to their destinations.

Sometimes, though, there's no substitute for an old-fashioned, hard-to-fold paper map.

Consider the young man at the gas station in Caliente on a recent Sunday night. As a reporter filled his tank on his way home from a weekend getaway, the man sheepishly approached looking for help. He said he was on his way from Tucson, Ariz., to Seattle but his GPS crapped out shortly before he reached Las Vegas. The next thing he knew, he was driving in the dark through some of the emptiest country he had ever seen.

"Does this road go to Oregon?" the 20-something asked, motioning toward U.S. Highway 93.

Um, no. More like Idaho, by way of a whole bunch of country even emptier than the stuff you just drove through.

Crestfallen, the recent college graduate headed for the convenience store in search of a map to buy.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: @GroverNorquist (president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform) Which idiot put the GOP convention the same time as "Burning Man" in Nevada? Is there time to change this?