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Most of the polls said he was going to lose, but U.S. Sen. Harry Reid won anyway, fairly handily.

Reid beat GOP challenger Sharron Angle by 5 percentage points, more than 40,000 votes.

Reid bucked the national tide, which had Democrats lose scores of seats in Congress.

"You never gave up because you know Nevadans never give up," Reid told a crowd of supporters after the results were obvious.

Pundits said Reid was able to get his supporters to the polls, and that he succeeded in making his opponent look bad.

Angle thanked her supporters, too, and said she was not dismayed.

"I want you to see that I’m still smiling because I believe in American exceptionalism," she said.

Monday

High school teacher kills himself on campus

Western High School teacher Michael Roberts met with an administrator on campus, entered the school’s outdoor quad area, and shot and killed himself.

There was no school Monday, but some students were on campus for extracurricular activities.

Roberts, 58, a science teacher, had been employed at the school since August 2009.

Tuesday

Others besides Reid also win their races

In addition to Reid, the other winners Tuesday included incumbent U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, a Republican, and incumbent U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Democrat. Republican challenger Joe Heck narrowly beat U.S. Rep. Dina Titus.

Brian Sandoval, who upended Gov. Jim Gibbons in the GOP primary, trounced Rory Reid in the gubernatorial election.

Democrats lost some seats in the state Legislature, but maintained control. They also kept their monopoly on the Clark County Commission.

Wednesday

Pot pretender closed as ‘ongoing health risk’

City officials shut down Weedz Alternatives, a downtown shop that allowed customers to ingest synthetic marijuana. "They need to be stopped immediately," Dr. Lawrence Sands, chief health officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, told the City Council.

Two police officers and two employees from the city’s business licensing department shut down the store, locking the doors and posting signs that no public access was allowed.

Thursday

Reid backer raggio loses seat of power

Republican state Sen. Bill Raggio, 84, was ousted as the Senate’s minority leader.

Raggio, a moderate who had backed tax increases in the past, supported Democrat Harry Reid against Republican challenger Sharron Angle in the U.S. Senate race.

In electing new leaders, state Senate Republicans chose Sen. Mike McGinness, who has been critical of Raggio’s support of Reid. McGinness attributed the change to a more conservative makeup among the Republicans in the Senate.

Friday

Arrests made in death of Las Vegas teacher

Police arrested three suspects in connection with the Oct. 20 brutal beating and death of Eldorado High School teacher Timothy VanDerbosch.

Marcos Coronel Castrejon, 20; Saul Favela, 19; David F. Rosas, 19, are each charged with one count of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, five counts of robbery and five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Two juveniles also were arrested on robbery and other charges relating to the robberies that preceded the killing.

A group of men attacked the science teacher about 5:30 a.m. as he walked to the northeast Las Vegas school, leaving him lying unconscious in the street, where a car ran over him.

 

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