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Reporters’ Notebook

The Harry Reid Machine got some fancy digs at the Aria on the Strip for what turned out to be a huge victory party on election night.

TV reporters dominated the room, with risers set up that were so huge the print reporters couldn’t see a thing. Now and then, the lowly print reporters wanted to get up and leave the fenced-off area set up for them. Get something to drink, maybe. Interview a candidate. That sort of thing.

As one reporter tried to leave, an event representative stopped him. “We’re keeping the press in the pen,” she said. She was not growling, but it seemed as if she were.

“Am I allowed to go to the bathroom?” the reporter asked in a high-pitched voice.

A stern look followed.

“Yes,” she said. “But don’t abuse the privilege.”

Also at the Reid event, plenty of drinks were available. Beer, wine, water, soft drinks and even Red Bull for those who couldn’t keep up.

Except when you’re a poor working stiff, the prices at any of the four cash bars were out of control. Domestic beer: $8. Imported: $9. Bottled water or soft drinks: $5. Red Bull: $9.

Hey, at least that limited the need for trips to the bathroom.

RICHARD LAKE

Students at Silverado High School were asked not to wear breast cancer awareness bracelets with the message, “I love boobies.”

School district officials clarified they have nothing against the cause of fighting cancer, but just can’t handle the slang of “boobies.”

If they allow “boobies,” would they also have to allow “I love balls” for testicular cancer or “I love buttholes” for colon cancer?

JAMES HAUG

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman receives many visitors bearing gifts, but he is particularly pleased with a robe presented to him by the ambassador from Uzbekistan.

It’s plush and royal blue with gold leaf embroidery, and came with a sash and a tyubiteika, the Uzbek national hat.

“I come down here in the evening and walk around in my robe,” Goodman said. “I feel very royal and regal.”

So, if you’re in City Hall after hours and see a strange figure approaching, don’t call security immediately. Ask it for a martini instead.

ALAN CHOATE

 

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