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Joe Williams scholarship concert canceled

The late legendary jazz singer Joe Williams, who made his home in Las Vegas for many years, was known as a kind and generous soul. He also cared about up-and-coming musicians, and to that end he created an annual concert to raise money for...

What’s ‘Artie B’ up to these days?

Las Vegas has had more than its share of gamblers with impeccable instincts and skill at more than one game. Arthur Bodendorfer, known on the street as “Artie B,” is one of the most gifted. Not only has he had a head for numbers in the bookmaking...

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 –...

Nevada Smith: An icy fish story from Cave Lake

(I write a weekly column on rural Nevada that appears in several weeklies throughout the state. Starting today, I'll also post them on my blog under "Nevada Smith.") Pushing my shopping cart past the fish case at a Las Vegas supermarket late Sunday...

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...

Lowden camp responds to Tark’s Yucca barb

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden has mostly let allies such as Chuck Muth do her fighting for her whenever she’s been criticized by a primary opponent (primarily by the hard-charging Danny Tarkanian. Muth has made Tarkanian a personal...

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...

Yucca Mountain getting whacked: Do you care?

I guess now we’ll find out just how much Nevadans hated the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Year after year statewide opinion polls suggest Nevadans by a wide margin don’t want a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. For some, it’s a...