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

• Las Vegas eighth-grader Tussah Heera wins the Nevada State Spelling Bee after correctly spelling “monogamous.” C-O-N-G-R-A-D … damn.

• A Las Vegas collector thinks he has found an early photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Although the beer bong Grant is holding does make the photo a tad suspect.

• Billionaire Warren Buffett tells CNBC the economy has “fallen off a cliff.” For once, we get to feel as financially astute as Warren Buffett.

• General Motors says the financial crisis forces it to end 22 years of support to Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The gross of disposable cameras GM gave Burns apparently didn’t cut it.

• Last Monday was National Napping Day. A parade, picnic, softball game and fireworks display were planned but, for some reason, nobody was answering the phone.

• Melissa Rycroft of “The Bachelor” fills in for an injured Nancy O’Dell on “Dancing with the Stars.” And the word “star” officially becomes devoid of meaning.

By JOHN PRZYBYS (jprzybys@reviewjournal.com)

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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
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Las Vegas police officer on being PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door
Las Vegas police officer David Anthony talks vegan lifestyle and how he feels about being voted PETA's sexiest Vegan next door from his home on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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