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India trip an eye-opening excursion for Girl Scouts

Being a Girl Scout is more than earning badges and selling cookies. For these girls, it’s about giving back to the community.
Local girl scouts Vada Ortiz, 15, and Ashley Smith, 14, spent 19 days in India last month helping women and children learn about health and hygiene, nutrition and participated in other community projects.

Westside Gateway: Transformation of historic campus in planning phase

Plans to restore the Historic Westside School campus including visions of million-dollar mixed use development — with retail and residential similar to Town Square or the District — were presented at a July 25 community workshop by Kelvin Haywood and Mel Green of KME Architects.

Dining pick of the week: POP’S Pride of Philly Steaks

POPS is an acronym for Pride of Philly Steaks. And Pop can be proud. These tasty sandwiches are not just close to the real thing, they are the real thing.

Winchester Skate Team keeps kids rolling in school

The skate team sponsored by the Winchester Cultural Center has proved a lifesaver for 12 youths who say participation in the sport inspired them to want to graduate.

DEBORAH WALL: Explore caves, night skies at park

Great Basin National Park doesn’t get its fair share of visitors, but that’s all the better for the enlightened few who get to enjoy it without fighting any crowds. Deep summer is the best time to go there, when its high elevation provides the cool temperatures so longingly sought by hikers and campers from Southern Nevada. Nevada’s only national park, it offers plenty to do.

Literary Las Vegas

Identical twins Ron and Don McKenzie were more than just brothers. The duo co-wrote the Fargo Blue Mystery series beginning with “Poolside Sting” and “Coyote Trap.”

Book Briefs

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER:’Best in Show’ is ‘abso-poodley’ cute fun

Who has the best dog in the world? Um, that would be you, right? There’s no other dog like yours, and if you put your pup up against every other dog in the neighborhood, the city or even the entire country, you know who would win. Whether Fido is a flea-bag or Buster is a blue-ribbon-getter, your dog is a winner with you.

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SmartCellar technology helps diners make wine selections

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