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Homeless advocate, 12-year-old team up to donate food for veterans

When Alyssa Dixon, 12, began studying for her Oct. 13 bat mitzvah, her mother suggested she help veterans as her community service project. Alyssa opted to join family friend Martin Dean Dupalo in his grass roots effort to help veterans by collecting about-to-expire food from local stores and donating it.

Area Briefing


Repairs at schools await approval of tax increase

Hyde Park is one of the top-performing middle schools in the Clark County School District. After 55 years of use, it is also one of the oldest. Hyde Park is one of 19 schools in line for “major modernization” if voters approve a property tax rate increase Nov. 6.

Matriarch gathers five generations for celebration

There are large families that come together for holidays and special occasions. And then there’s Lucille Bryant’s family. Bryant, 81, hosted a family gathering at her West Las Vegas home that was attended by 68 guests.

With new tenants lined up, Neonopolis owner pursues vision

The neon lights of the downtown casinos aren’t the only things buzzing along the Fremont Street Experience. Neonopolis, 450 Fremont St., is beginning to generate the buzz that developer Rohit Joshi has been seeking for years.

Book Briefs for July 10-16


‘Muskrat for Supper’ is a book nature lovers will eat up

It was hard staying focused in school this year. The problem was the window in the classroom. In the fall, you watched birds fly south, and you imagined them calling to one another. Winter teased you with outdoor challenges and fresh, brisk air. And in the spring, when wildlife is most active? Well, you might as well not be in school at all.

Literary Las Vegas: Oksana Marafioti

Green Valley resident Oksana Marafioti’s mother was Greek and Armenian, and her father was Ukrainian and Gypsy. She grew up in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. At 15, she and her family moved to Hollywood and struggled to adjust to American life while holding onto their Romani culture.

A La Carte


Hottest July 9 in 70 years

Monday’s high temperature reached 113 degrees and tied Las Vegas’ record high for July 9 set in 1943, the National Weather Service reported. Highs today and Wednesday could reach 113 degrees, temperatures not expected to set records.

Ex-councilman’s housing project proposal hits snag

Former Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald’s lack of development experience could undermine his proposal to use millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to build a housing project for senior citizens and reap a seven-figure development fee.

Michael Morton announces plans for downtown Mexican restaurant

Restaurateur and nightclub operator Michael Morton on Monday announced plans to open an as-yet-unnamed Mexican restaurant at 106 Sixth St. later this year. The currently vacant building is just south of Fremont Street.