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WEEK IN REVIEW: Reporters’ notebook

An editor asked Carson City bureau chief Ed Vogel if freelancer Cathleen Allison had taken photos to go with his story on rattlesnakes.

Vogel responded, in his own dry way: “I saw Cat’s photos. Some were terrific. She felt she should take photos laying on the ground two feet from the snakes. I expressed my concern, but she didn’t listen.”

MARK WHITTINGTON

Our motto here at Week in Review is Trust No One. So when President Barack Obama began his speech in North Las Vegas on Wednesday with a bold statement about the weather, our fact-checkers quickly swung into action.

“I didn’t know it rains in Las Vegas,” Obama said. “I have never seen it raining here.”

But eyewitness accounts and weather records suggest a different story.

On Oct. 22, 2010, Obama appeared at a rally for Sen. Harry Reid at a Las Vegas middle school. A trace of rain was recorded in the valley that day, and a reporter who covered the rally recalls getting drizzled on after her umbrella was confiscated by the Secret Service.

Clearly, the president is hiding something about the weather – something undoubtedly important and terrifying.

Or maybe he was kidding.

HENRY BREAN

On Wednesday, when the Las Vegas Valley was being pummelled by rain, an odd post showed up on the Facebook page for Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

It showed a picture of birds flying over glassy water under the caption, “A calm day at Lake Mead.”

In truth, it wasn’t.

As an explainer on the site later read, the photo was taken last spring and was not meant to reflect current conditions.

News about what was really happening at Lake Mead came in a subsequent post, which appeared less than 30 minutes after the calm day picture. It announced that several roads into the park were closed due to flooding.

HENRY BREAN

TWEET OF THE WEEK: @yoyoha (Josh Hara, cartoonist and Internet funnyman) “Hey Vegas, your slogan is bull—-” – Prince Harry

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