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Sex doesn’t always sell, even in Las Vegas

Sin City is known for sex, gaming and general hedonism, but Las Vegas’ reputation has not helped the Erotic Heritage Museum.

Defendant pleads guilty to conspiring to kidnap cop

A 43-year-old man accused of conspiring to kidnap, convict and execute a random police officer as part of a domestic terrorist movement cut a plea deal with prosecutors that will land him probation.

A La Carte, Feb. 4-10

Dining events and news from across the valley.

Literary Las Vegas: Janet Coursey

It’s been four years since Sara Dobson’s husband, James, died from lung cancer. She feels his absence every day, but her life is full. Work and her connection to her four children and her grandchildren keep the 50-year-old widow going. While preparing for her youngest child’s 21st birthday, Sara rediscovers a side of herself she thought had died with James. Harboring secrets she can’t share for fear of hurting the people she loves, she turns in frustration to her grandfather clock, a 146-year-old heirloom she learns holds generations of her family’s darkest tragic secrets. Sara’s discovery is shared in Janet Coursey’s novel “The Secrets of Time,” which is set to be followed by “The Secrets of Time — Treasures of the Heart.” Coursey, who moved to Las Vegas in 1989 with the intention of opening a feed store, is a social media specialist for a local car dealership and is co-host of the radio show “Aspects of Writing” with James Kelly and Dana Micheli. The show is broadcast at 2 p.m. every other Tuesday and can be found at klav1230am.com. For more on the author, visit janetcoursey.com.

Teens can take tips on vegetarian eating from new book

Looking for a basic intro to eliminating meat from your diet? You’ll find it in “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian,” but there’s a lot of repetition to slog through to get it. That’s not to say that I didn’t like this book – because I did. It’s got humor, nutritional information, tips, and encouragement inside it, as well as argument-busters and a good section on eating disorders.

Book Briefs for Feb. 4-10, 2014

Literary highlights this week include a book tour visit from Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, and comedy-magician Mac King’s book drive. King plans to swap tickets to his show for donated books throughout February. The books will be given to local children during Kings Magical Literacy Tour.

Man charged in Las Vegas crime spree that had just about everything

Hugo Baldovinos’ arrest reports in Las Vegas read like a scene from the video-game Grand Theft Auto — armed robberies, a carjacking and shooting at police during a chase — and all in a year’s time.