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Photographer Susie Hadland dies

Photographer Susie Hadland, who died recently after a long fight against cancer, was simply one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She also had a remarkable talent when it came to nature photography. Her photos of wild horses were published last...

Letters from gentle readers -- enjoy

I’m glad we’re all in agreement. Well, there were a few of you who appear to differ with me. From Michael: “Here you go again trying to get us out of a recession by advocating more taxes. Is that your only solution? Having worked for the federal...

Eppolito and Bravatti get off light

After five years of legal wrangling, “Mafia Cops” case minor players Anthony Eppolito and Guido Bravatti walked out of U.S. District Court Tuesday free men. In September 2009, Eppolito and Bravatti were convicted by a jury of federal drug charges –...

Oakland Raiders greats enjoy Las Vegas

They came through the door of Salvatore’s restaurant Saturday night at the Suncoast at a slower gait than in their prime. But the presence of the famous Oakland Raiders from those great 1960s teams was unmistakable. There was Otis Sistrunk, Big Ben...

Tark continues assault on Lowden

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Danny Tarkanian continued his thumping of fellow challenger Sue Lowden during a Wednesday morning editorial board meeting at the Review-Journal. While Lowden in a recent editorial board was reluctant to criticize her...

More Obama-thumping from Goodman

Mayor Oscar Goodman isn't shy about bashing President Obama for his remarks about Las Vegas. Although Goodman doesn't believe Obama's comment last year admonishing corporations that take federal bailout funds not to use the money to send employees...

This time, Sleepy Harry responds quickly

Never let it be said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t learn from his mistakes. Nearly a year ago, Reid moved slowly to seek clarification from Obama when the President said, “You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super...

Welfare agency may have more than rat problem

As a columnist, I often search for the right metaphor. Only rarely does one scurry across a desk leaving pellets in its path. Today, I can say with certainty I smell a rat inside the state Division of Welfare and Supportive Services Professional Development Center at 701 N. Rancho Drive. Not only do employees in the building, once home to a Safeway, smell rats: They see them, hear them, and occasionally clean up after them.

14-year-old Alex Smythe remembered as 'a great kid'

Camouflage cap turned backward, Alex Smythe gave the camera his best teenage tough guy squint. He couldn't quite pull it off. As more photos appeared during Smythe's memorial service Monday, the handsome young man's sunny, fun-loving personality seemed to warm the Palm Mortuary chapel on an otherwise miserable day.

Titus tells truth, clarifies, apologizes

When Politico reported that Rep. Dina Titus’ lament that the Democrats were “f---ed” and could lose re-election if they didn’t learn from last week’s Republican U.S. Senate victory in deep-blue Massachusetts, the press focus generally has been on...