Newsmakers, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2014

The Cultural Diversity Foundation has announced its Golden Hand Service Awards, planned for Oct. 23 at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road. The recipients of 2014 are: Rita Vaswani, vice president of Nevada State Bank; Judge Karen Bennett-Haron, Clark County Justice Court; Kim McAllister, background investigations specialist at Caesars Entertainment; Leslie Valdes, owner of Abuela’s Tacos; Tiger Todd, founder and president of Hero School; and Rosie Brown, case manager of Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services.

Air Force Airman Romel A. Alberson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is a 2014 graduate of Shadow Ridge High School.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino named Caitlin Grant of Liberty High School the winner of its second annual Guitar Pin Design Contest. The limited-edition pin is on sale for $12.95 in The Hard Rock Store; 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit The Public Education Foundation to help support fine art scholarships throughout the community.

Army Pvt. Le’asia Carter graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Carter is the daughter of Shelina Jones and sister of Precious Pruitt of Cincinnati and Marvin Carter of North Las Vegas.

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Richmond J. Shealy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Shealy is the son of Holly and Victor Shealy of Fulshear, Texas. He is a 2008 graduate of Coronado High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew A. Towles graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Towles is the son of Linda Stapley of Taylor, Ariz., and Richard L. Towles of Henderson.

Jeffrey Song of Las Vegas has been awarded a four-year Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. The scholarship pays for full tuition and academic fees, includes an annual book allowance and pays a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year it is in effect. Song plans to attend the University of California, Irvine, in Irvine, Calif. He is a 2010 graduate of Sierra Vista High School.

Air Force Airman Andrew T. Mantle graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Mantle is the son of Candice M. Mantle of Henderson and is a 2011 graduate of Green Valley High School.

Army Pvt. James Reyes graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Reyes is the son of James Reyes and stepson of Sheryl Sapanza of North Las Vegas.

Alex Roan, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky. He is a 2009 graduate of Spring Valley High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class James R. Iverson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is a 2009 graduate of Del Sol High School.

The Community Associations Institute, Nevada Chapter, announced the 2014 Ordinary People, Extraordinary Measures Award recipients. They are: Jill Bernacki, Trauma Intervention Program; Rex Doty, Toys 4 Smiles; Rae Erickson, Those Left Behind Foundation; Abigail Spencer, Abby’s Million-Dollar Dream; and Melanie Ust, teacher, coach and mentor.

Gretchen Baldau and Lauren Baldau made the spring 2014 dean’s list at the University of Dallas.

Clark Waggoner of Las Vegas made the summer 2014 dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael A. Jackson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Jackson is the son of Cindy Jimenez J. Jackson of Monrovia, Calif., and Anthony M. Jackson of Henderson.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Longtime Las Vegas attorney John Momot dies at age 74
Criminal defense attorney John Momot, who represented mob figures and even played himself in the movie “Casino,” has died.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sir Richard Branson announces purchase of Hard Rock Hotel
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with partners and plans to turn it into a Virgin-branded property by the end of 2019.
3 Centennial High School students killed in Calif. crash (Full)
Three Centennial High School students were killed Thursday morning in Southern California when their vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver while they were enjoying their spring break, according to a family member of one of the victims.
Retail Restroom Sexual Assault Suspect
Las Vegas police are asking for help finding a man they said groped a woman in a south Las Vegas Valley restroom. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Mojave Max at Springs Preserve
File footage of Mojave Max at Springs Preserve. (Springs Preserve)
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Driver dies in single-vehicle crash
One person is dead after an early Wednesday morning crash in the northwest valley. The single-vehicle crash was called in about 1:35 a.m. on Jones Boulevard just north of Deer Springs Way, according to Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Robert Stauffer. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services On Thursday, Uber launched its Uber Health platform for healthcare providers. Medical facilities, rehab centers, clinics and hospitals can book rides for patients from a centralized dashboard – no app required. According to Techcrunch, Uber Health general manager Chris Weber noted some 3.6 million Americans miss appointments due to lack access to reliable transportation. Uber’s endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the U.S. Since then there have been similar efforts throughout the world, from diabetes and thyroid testing in India, to subsidized rides for breast cancer screening in the U.S., to many more. Last summer, over 100 healthcare organizations joined the platform during a private beta. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas firefighters put out blaze along Bonanza Road
Las Vegas firefighters put out a blaze that burned for about 15 minutes Feb. 20, 2018, along Bonanza Road, across from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Jeff Mosier/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cabana Market Shooting -- Persons of Interest
On February 3, 2018 at approximately 1:57 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a parking lot located in the 3900 block of East Owens Avenue to investigate a report that a man had been shot. Responding officers located an unresponsive adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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