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THE REVIEW-JOURNAL GENERALLY DOESN’T WRITE stories about pawn shop stickups in faraway places. But we can’t pass on an armed robbery that sounds like an Abbott and Costello routine.

Police in Mesquite recently arrested a guy in connection with a Dec. 30 stickup at the Virgin Valley Pawn Shop. His name: Major League. Actually, the cops call him Major E. League in a press release, so there’s no confusion about other guys with the same name.

So what does the E stand for?

Police spokesman Robert Everett says it has nothing to do with errors or earned-run averages. The E is short for Everett, Everett said. “Trust me, no relation.”


LAST WEEKEND MARKED THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY of KCLV-TV, Channel 2, the city of Las Vegas’ television station. To mark the occasion, a few minutes of the Jan. 5, 2000, City Council meeting — the station’s first broadcast — was shown, much to Mayor Oscar Goodman’s chagrin.

“What happened to my hair?” he wailed mournfully, looking at the thinner and more richly maned vision of his mayoral past.

“I think my hair has been replaced by about a hundred pounds.”


For a brief moment, a School Board workshop on Wednesday felt more like a weekly movie critics’ show.

Picture “At the Movies” in a sparsely filled auditorium and hosted by one enthusiastic film fan, in this case School Board member Sheila Moulton recommending that everyone see “The Blind Side.”

Incidentally, A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips, the two critics of “At the Movies,” gave the thumbs down to “The Blind Side,” saying the film lacked drama.


A STORAGE TRAILER PACKED WITH PYROTECHNICS caught fire next to a fireworks store on one of Pahrump’s busiest streets on Thursday.

While the blaze did result in a modest, daytime aerial display, firefighters managed to keep it from spreading beyond the one trailer, to the disappointment of at least one Pahrump resident.

“I was going to get my beach chair and some beer, and watch the show,” the Pahrump woman said.


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