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Vigilance can help defuse danger of gas-line explosions

While a massive explosion in Las Vegas isn’t likely, it can definitely happen, experts say. With proper monitoring of natural gas pipelines — residents and contractors following call-before-you-dig rules and remaining vigilant — many potential problems can be avoided.

Book briefs

‘Pop Your Paradigm!’ with new book

Las Vegas native Franky Perez stars at Green Valley Ranch Resort

Ever since he could speak, Las Vegas native Franky Perez has been infected with the music bug. Perez’s mom was a singer who would perform at various family functions. He would be right beside her providing backup vocals and, on occasion, playing the spoons or whatever makeshift instrument he could find.

Dining pick of the week: Aloha Kitchen

Aloha, the traditional Hawaiian greeting, means more than just hello and goodbye. The literal meaning is often given as “the breath of life,” as the word represents a spirit of harmony, affection and mutual respect. This spirit can be found in Aloha Kitchen.

Districtwide proficiency rates drop in reading, increase slightly in math

Clark County School District students had an increase in math proficiency at the middle and high school levels last year, although reading proficiency dropped. Educators say the adoption of Common Core State Standards for curriculum this year will result in tougher standardized tests.

New school year to bring challenges, changes for Clark County students

This school year will open with more changes than any other in recent memory, and it has principals excited. There’s a new superintendent, a new measuring stick for student performance and new curriculum. Despite $150 million in budget cuts for education, Southeast Career and Technical Academy will proceed with a $32 million renovation that is being financed as part of a 1998 capital improvement bond.

Vegas Cine Fest to spotlight indie filmmakers

With so many creative outlets turning to online-only platforms, organizers of the third annual Vegas Cine Fest decided to break trends and host a classic three-day film festival Thursday through Saturday at the Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The first two Vegas Cine Fest events were online only.

STEVEN KALAS: Fine line between protecting children and overreacting to health problem

I enjoy reading your column and hope you can offer me insight. I have a 9-year-old daughter who has a playmate with herpes simplex 1. The outbreak is predominately located on her lip. I have educated my daughter about herpes — e.g., wash hands, etc. However, I wonder if I should politely pass on a play date when the child has an outbreak.

Literary Las Vegas

Las Vegas writer Teresa Lynne Perry grew up loving fairy tales and English literature. While pursing a degree in English, she explored that love further. She spent a summer in London studying Shakespeare and Chaucer. During her trip to London, she researched and came up with a storyline for “King Joseph’s Tale,” which she followed up with “King Joseph’s Tale Book II: A City Under Siege.”

District, teachers reach stalemate on budget concessions

More than 500 Clark County School District teachers face being laid off next month if the district and teachers union don’t reach a new contract agreement very soon. Among the concessions the district has asked the teachers union to agree to is a new contract that would eliminate pay raises this year and save the district about $56 million.

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