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WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters’ notebook

Local artist Susanne Forestieri was organizing her first-ever “Carnival Meets Mardi Gras” parade in the Arts District downtown.

After asking who obtained the parade permit for the event, she admitted she didn’t get one.

“Well, the guy we borrowed the float from says he drives it around all the time and never gets pulled over by the police or anything,” she said. “So, we’re letting him drive it.”

CAITLYN BELCHER

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Before a meeting of a regional board on Thursday, Henderson City Councilwoman Debra March was seen showing off a copy of that morning’s Review-Journal, which featured a Valentine’s Day story about local lovebirds.

One of the featured couples was Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross and his wife, Kelli, but Ross seemed momentarily confused when March showed him the paper featuring his wedding photo.

“I didn’t recognize my own picture,” he said with a smile. “That’s what happens when you get old.”

HENRY BREAN

Some male veterans complain about the prospect for sex- and age-adjusted “double standards” for women to pass physical requirements for serving in combat. But there’s one thing men have a hard time doing that women excel at in today’s war zones: gather intelligence from other women, especially in the Islamic world where women must refrain from interacting with men who aren’t their relatives.

“Obviously a male isn’t able to go into other societies and talk to a female as he would to a male,” said Nevada Army National Guard Spc. Morissa Baker, a 24-year-old who drives a 10-ton wrecker for the 777th Forward Support Company.

“We can walk in and bring rapport to other women as the men can’t do because they (Islamic women) aren’t allowed to talk to them,” she said.

KEITH ROGERS

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: @Misnoper (Internet wiseacre and travel blogger for VegasTripping.com) If I was staying @CaesarsPalace tonight, I’d stick my head out the window and motorboat 3D-virtual Kate Upton.

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