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Kerkorian lauded in Armenian profile

Kirk Kerkorian doesn’t like to promote himself or advertise his charitable gifts. Thanks to a profile in the Armenian Reporter magazine, he doesn’t have to. Kerkorian has given nearly $250 million to Armenian causes in recent years. That generosity...

Church of Twain: Life in a ‘Curious Republic’

One of Mark Twain’s least known books is a collection of sketches called “The Curious Republic of Gondour.” As with many of is works, it is a compilation of material first printed in newspapers and magazines. In this case, Twain’s early sketches for...

Rebels looked more tired than Tark

This can’t be the way this year’s edition of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team expected to play Tuesday night against Wasburn at the Thomas & Mack Center. The crowd gathered to honor former coach Jerry Tarkanian and the 1990 NCAA...

Shots fired before Hells Angels clubhouse raid

Neighbors report hearing gunshots last night just hours before Metro SWAT officers converged on the Hells Angels clubhouse on Torrey Pines and Washington. The door of the two-story home on Wednesday morning was padlocked, as was an iron gate leading...

News Flash: Vegas a den of crass commercialism

You can’t sneak the sun past reporting rooster John Silvester of the Brisbane Times of Australia. Perhaps after slapping his forehead with the palm of his hand, he concludes “Las Vegas is simply stupid” and is secretly interested in separating...

State sells $130 million in G.O. Bonds

With state Treasurer Kate Marshall announcing Nevada has finished the sale of $131 million in general obligation bonds, I’m left with a lot of questions about whether this will have much of an impact on a state mired in recession and high...

Now on sale: ‘Amelia’s Long Journey’

Amelia and John L. Smith with book cover in background. (Photo: Jo Mitchell) The event Saturday night at the Flamingo Library announcing the publication of “Amelia’s Long Journey” was a great success. We sold a bunch of books — proceeds benefiting...

Agassi's real story is told at his academy

Wonder what really motivates Andre Agassi these days? It’s the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. “I think we’ve learned more than we’ve taught, to be quite honest,” says Agassi, who dropped out of school in the 9th grade to pursue his tennis...

‘Amelia’s Long Journey’ discussed tonight

“Amelia’s Long Journey,” a collection of columns I wrote about my daughter as she endured her cancer treatment, goes public at 7 p.m. at the Flamingo Library as part of the Vegas Valley Book Festival. There will be a short speech and discussion, but...

'Extreme Makeover' home goes up for sale

Locals will recall the heart-warming story of the Cerda family, which in May received a new house courtesy of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Well, now that house is up for sale. Terri and Chuck Cerda’s daughters, Molly and Maggie, suffer...

Hughes stories told at event

Lynn Zook’s compelling “Untold Stories” series continues at 6:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve with a presentation on Howard Hughes’ eccentric Las Vegas years. On the panel will be journalist and author Geoff Schumacher (“Howard Hughes:...