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Former sports writer shares first-person account of Ali and ‘Hurricane’ Carter

The first thing Muhammad Ali did as the limousine slowly crept away from the Passaic County Courthouse in Paterson, N.J., was reach into his pocket and take out a fistful of hundred-dollar bills. He placed the wad into one hand of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter while Carter nervously fingered the gold chain around his neck, which was clasped to a glittering gold medallion. How do I know all this? I was the fly on the wall in that limousine.

Summerlin’s ‘young water system’ makes contaminants unlikely

If you live in Summerlin or surrounding areas, it should be of comfort to know that the water you drink is clear of even the remotest threat of lead and any other contaminants. And that’s irrespective of whatever some final determination might be about whether there was lead in the water of the old school house in the little town of Goodsprings, located west of Las Vegas.

Looking to go solar? Find an alternative through Southwest Gas

“Go solar”… “Save money and energy”… “Help preserve the environment.” Sound familiar? It should, especially if you’re one of the more than 17,000 Nevadans who got suckered into believing those and other positive catchphrases when you either bought or leased the solar energy panels sitting on your roof.

Counter-terrorism group keeps close eye on houses of worship

You might think that any of the glitzy Strip casinos, McCarran International Airport, Hoover Dam, or major overpasses such as the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which spreads across the Colorado River and bypasses the dam, would stand out as being among the most vulnerable sites for a terrorist attack. But there’s another sector that may be even more susceptible: houses of worship.

Couple share story of trying to save Desert Shores duck

“Not many people would stop and do what you did,” the employee at the animal hospital told Chris and Alan Beck, after they tried to save the life of a coot — a small black duck — that had been lying on the middle of Soft Winds Drive, a street in the Desert Shores section of Las Vegas.

Metro asks for public's help in stopping mail theft

Once upon a time, it was unthinkable that someone would break into mailboxes, whether yours, mine or any of those big blue boxes that are the property of the U.S. Postal Service. But times have changed, and mailbox crimes are happening with greater frequency, especially in Summerlin.

Starbright Theatre still shines as a jewel of Sun City

Whether or not Las Vegas can boast of being The Entertainment Capital of the World, or merely of the U.S., or even second-best, is a matter of semantics. But one thing no one can deny is that the quality of entertainment in this town is on so high a plane that it routinely exceeds the nose-bleed level of the stratosphere.

Authority spokesman says valley has water for new housing

It began almost four months ago with a column in this corner that questioned how the development of new homes in Summerlin — and indeed new housing in all of Southern Nevada — can continue at the pace it has for decades in light of the mother of all droughts continuing to plague the Southwest.