Reporters’ Notebook

PERHAPS OSCAR B. GOODMAN’S MIDDLE INITIAL stands for “bare midriff.” (Not his, thankfully.)

On Thursday, the mayor once again found himself on television with attractive young women — in this case, cheerleaders from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In fact, he ordered a cameraman to hurry up and start filming as the mayor’s weekly news conference started, good-naturedly complaining about footage of his collapse at the opening of the Fremont East District in August.

“You get me when I’m falling over, but not when I’m with the young ladies,” the mayor said.

The cheerleaders, along with several UNLV honchos, were there to see Goodman declare Friday “Rebel Red Day” in honor of the school’s homecoming weekend.

Goodman also wanted to atone for having to wear a University of Nevada, Reno football jersey at Wednesday’s council meeting. He lost a bet with Reno Mayor Bob Cashell over the UNLV-UNR football game.

Though their uniforms exposed their toned abs, the cheerleaders looked positively Victorian compared to the bikini-clad Brazilian dancers who posed with the mayor in September to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.

In addition to being smart and beautiful, the cheerleaders were also quite young.

“I think I know your family, don’t I?” said Goodman, 68, after one cheerleader introduced herself.

“You do,” she responded. “My grandpa said to tell you hello.”


OVERHEARD ON THE SCANNER: “I can’t let this guy drive. He’s not doing a good job.”

THE NEWS THAT BARACK OBAMA AND DICK CHENEY are apparently eighth cousins was still making the rounds on Thursday when the Democratic presidential candidate made stops in Northern and Southern Nevada.

Interviewed while on a plane from Reno to Las Vegas, Obama joked about his kinship with the vice president.

“He’s on the plane with me right now. Want to talk to him?” Obama said. “We’re playing a little gin rummy.”


OBAMA HAD ALREADY TAKEN AS MANY AUDIENCE QUESTIONS as he’d promised to at a campaign appearance in North Las Vegas on Thursday. But, seeing a sweet, serious-looking child in the front row, the Illinois senator said he’d make an exception and take one more from the little girl, who said she was 11. Awww.

“What’s your question, sweetie?” he asked.

“What are you going to do about gas prices?” the girl chirped, to laughter from the crowd.

Obama laughed, too, saying he’d expected something more age-appropriate, like what had made him want to be president.

“I thought you were going to ask me an easy question. That’s a serious question.”

Obama proceeded to give the precocious pixie a serious answer, saying he would push for energy independence and higher fuel economy standards.


OVERHEARD AT LAST WEEK’S RENAISSANCE FAIR at Sunset Park: “It’s not every day you get your cell phone caught in your chain mail.”

GEORGE KNAPP, A KLAS-TV REPORTER, was a surprising choice to serve as grand marshal of Saturday’s Nevada Day parade in Carson City.

The sponsors of the parade, which has drawn as many as 50,000 to Carson City, decided to make “Area 51” the theme this year. While acknowledging Knapp is largely unknown in Northern Nevada, Nevada Day Inc. President Reg Creasey noted he is famous in Southern Nevada for his stories about Area 51 and the paranormal.

Area 51 is the so-called “secret” military base at Groom Lake, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, where the U-2 spy plane and the stealth fighter were developed. According to legend, it also is the base where aliens whose aircraft have crashed are taken for study by the government.

Knapp is co-author of “Hunt for Skinwalker,” a book about UFOs and strange creatures that reportedly have been sighted at a ranch in northeastern Utah.

In becoming grand marshal, Knapp joins such luminaries as Clark Gable, Michael Landon and Frank Sinatra Jr. in serving in the role. None of them were know to consort with aliens.


LAS VEGAS MAYOR OSCAR GOODMAN was bursting to tell the Review-Journal’s editorial board about pending plans for Neonopolis, but decided to hold his tongue despite cajoling and cagey guesses from journalists in the room.

He would only say that an entertainer is looking at occupying some of the empty space in the mall that haunts the east end of the Fremont Street Experience.

When one wag cracked that Lawrence Welk probably wasn’t what downtown needed (hint: as in the late Lawrence Welk), Goodman insisted that this particular entertainer is “on fire.”

Was Lawrence Welk cremated?

When Britney Spears’ name came up, it was immediately dismissed. After all, that’s not a good location for a rehab clinic, or a GI Jane hair salon.

Goodman, however, did confirm that Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo might occupy office space there.


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VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System hosts Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ
The 4th Annual Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ is held in celebration of Veterans Day at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center in North Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Wildfires in Southern California
Wildfires hit Ventura County, Calif., on Nov. 9, 2018. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dedication of Nevada's Battle Born memorial
The state of Nevada on Friday dedicated its Battle Born memorial honoring 895 state residents who have died in America’s wars.
Las Vegas police and Sunrise Children's Hospital hope to prevent infant deaths
The Metropolitan Police Department and Sunrise Children's Hospital held a press conference to get the message out on preventable infant deaths attributed to "co-sleeping" and other unsafe sleeping habits. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
No serious injuries after car hits tree in south Las Vegas
One person reported minor injuries but wasn’t hospitalized after a Wednesday morning crash in the south valley.
Nellis Air Force Base keeps airmen fed
Nellis Air Force Bass airmen have delicious and healthy food items, and a variety of dining facilities to choose from. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Las Vegas police determined that a suspicious package found Monday morning at a central valley post office was not a threat.
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Police evacuated the area around the Garside Station post office early Monday morning near Oakey and Decatur boulevards.
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
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Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
Las Vegas family shares flu warning
Carlo and Brenda Occhipinti lost their son, Carlo Jr., or “Junior,” to the flu last year.
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Stadust Raceway
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Project Neon 85 percent complete
On Wednesday morning Oct. 31, Interstate 15 northbound lane restrictions were removed opening up Exit 41 to Charleston Blvd. On Thursday Nov. 1, Interstate 15 southbound lane restrictions were removed. The new southbound off-ramp to Sahara Ave. and Highland Dr. also opened Thursday, November 1. With Project Neon 85% finished the flow of traffic on Interstate 15 has substantially diminished. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Girl killed after jumping from bridge onto 215 Beltway in Henderson
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1 dead in central Las Vegas crash
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Richard Knoeppel named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year
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Mojave Poppy Bees
(Zach Portman/University of Minnesota Department of Entomology) Male Mojave poppy bees exhibit territorial fighting behavior. The Center for Biological Diversity wants the bee, found only in Clark County, to be added to the endangered species list.
Clark County Schools announce random searches
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Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss React to Dennis Hof's Death
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss speak about their friend and prominent brothel owner Dennis Hof's death at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof has died
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Las Vegas police investigate suspicious package at shopping center
Las Vegas police evacuated a southeast valley shopping center at Flamingo and Sandhill roads early Tuesday morning while they investigated reports of a suspicious package. (Max Michor/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Las Vegas Metro hosts the K-9 Trials
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Kingman residents love their little town
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Service at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
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Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years
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National Night Out
About 100 Summerlin residents gathered at Park Centre Dr. in Summerlin on Tuesday for National Night Out. Lt. Joshua Bitsko with Las Vegas Metro, played with 3-year-old David who was dressed as a police officer. Face painting, fire truck tours and more kept kids busy as parents roamed behind them. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rural homeless issue comes to a head in Pahrump
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