Here are a few things in news, sports, entertainment and popular culture that we’ve been talking about lately.

• Representatives for Garth Brooks say the country singer isn’t working up a performance deal with Steve Wynn. But after finishing up a few more bar mitzvahs, Chris Gaines is totally available.

• Convicted child molester Chester Stiles says his sentence of 21 life terms is excessive. We’d hate to seem vindictive, so how about 15 life terms and we call it even?

• Sanjaya Malakar, Janice Dickinson, Heidi and Spencer and Patti Blagojevich are dropped into the Costa Rican jungle for an NBC reality competition. What number do we call to have them left there?

• Tussah Heera, 13, of Las Vegas is eliminated from the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee by the word “herniorrhaphy” (a surgical procedure to fix a hernia). It’s OK, Tussah; that word freaks us out, too.

• Madame Tussauds unveils a Criss Angel wax figure. Who knew the wax figure would have a better personality?


Celebrity photographer dedicates dance book to Las Vegas shooting victims
Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Meadows School founding kindergarten teacher retires after 34 years at the school
Linda Verbon, founder of the The Meadows School's kindergarten program and the first faculty member hired at the school, retired in the spring after 34 years at The Meadows. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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